The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: Tuesday Giveaway
Posted on October 1st, 2012
Question: How do you balance your practice?
Balance is something we all seek, but often seems elusive and just out of reach. Perhaps this is because we see balance as some sort of end goal—if we just do enough of this and that, we will be balanced and stay that way. The reality of balance in life—just as in Tree Posture—is that we are constantly having to adjust and readjust in small ways to maintain the posture; some days this is easier than others.
Often in our daily practice, we forget balance as we choose to “do” yoga. We may push as hard as we can in class, or we may choose to take mostly power, hot, and vinyasa yoga classes to feel like we’ve got “a workout”.
Yin Yoga is a way to create balance in our yoga practice, our bodies, and our minds. This week’s giveaway of the book, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark, will help you bring the Yin to your Yang and your yoga mat.
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga is an in-depth look at the practice and benefits of Yin Yoga. All forms of yoga can provide benefits physically, emotionally, and mentally and Yin Yoga is similar, however Yin Yoga works the deeper levels of the body/heart/mind: the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones and the energetic channels of the meridians, nerves and blood system.
One big difference noticed by students of Yin Yoga is the long held, passive nature of the posture, which gives time for a deeper journey to unfold, a journey into the meditative aspects of yoga, a bridge to living life mindfully.
While initially this style of yoga can seem quite boring, passive, or soft, yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to twenty minutes! Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.
Bernie Clark’s Yin Yoga website
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