In our Yin class, we will hold poses for a longer period of time and will be trying to relax into the them. We will incorporate the use of blocks, bolsters and whatever we may need to facilitate this. We will each find our comfortable limit where we surrender the body's activity to gravity. (This may feel uncomfortable at first but should not feel painful and it is important to distinguish between the two.)
Yin yoga can be very challenging for a lot of us as it requires us to be still in one pose with our thoughts for an extended period of time, but if we can take on the challenge of it and really accept the space our bodies and minds are in, it can be a very beneficial form of yoga.
Yin consists of gravity assisted poses where the muscles are inactive as much as possible and we move in and out of the poses with great care. The theory behind Yin focuses on energy pathways, chakras and the five elements from nature: fire, water, wood, metal and earth.