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How Yin yoga helps keeps us in balance - mentally, physically and emotionally

Julie Garrido sees stack of pebbles in different sizes perfectly balancing
Yin yoga can help you find balance both on and off the mat

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard of Yin yoga but have no idea what it is. Yin is nothing new - it can be traced back over 2,000 years to China – but just recently, it’s become hugely popular. What makes it different from other styles of yoga is that it doesn’t set out to work the muscles. Instead, it physically nourishes the body it at a deeper level, whilst calming the mind too – almost like meditation. It’s a practice that everyone can do, as every pose can be easily adapted to suit each person’s degree of flexibility without compromising the benefits. But that’s not all……

Improves flexibility

Yin by-passes the muscles to stretch the connective tissues and fascia. This helps to release any tightness around the muscles and improves circulation in the joints.

Reduces stress

In Yin, you hold each pose up to five minutes giving you time to relax, peel away the stress and focus on your breathing. The connective tissues respond best to a slow, steady load and become longer and stronger.

Brings calm

Yin allows you to listen to your body and opens up space for you to release any negative emotions and thought patterns; leaving you feeling wonderfully refreshed and lighter.

Develops mental resilience

Yin can be challenging but by mastering the art of breathing, you will learn to find comfort in discomfort. This helps develop mental resilience both on and off the mat.

Improves energy flow

By removing energetic blockages, you will improve the health of your organs, boost your immunity and emotional wellbeing.

Cultivates stillness

People now appreciate the importance of being still, which can be the hardest part of a busy life. This cultivation of stillness is probably one of yoga’s greatest gifts.

Complements traditional yoga

Yin provides the perfect balance for those with fast-paced lives or who have an active yoga practice. It’s also ideal for older people looking to regain mobility in their joints.

So, if want to learn a style of yoga that's focused on bringing balance physically, energetically, and mentally, then look no further than Yin. If you’ve never done yoga before, why not book private lessons to help get you started? You won’t regret it.

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