Yin – Yang Yoga Flow
Flexibility Training for Athletes
SPEED UP YOUR RECOVERY
Yin Yang Yoga blends two styles of yoga into one practice – bringing together the benefits of passively holding yoga poses with more dynamic sequences and standing postures.
Yin Yoga is great for increasing flexibility, relieving tightness and deeply relaxing both body and mind. It’s not comfortable, and it requires a good amount of time, but the benefits are absolutely worth the effort.
Yang Yoga, in contrast, refers to a more active practice working on the (Yang) muscles and blood flow, building strength, stamina and flexibility. Yang styles of yoga are those with rhythm and repetition like Vinyasa Flow.
Yin yoga is a restorative practice with slow, passive movements that target the deep connective tissues in our body. There are no downward dogs, no back-bending sun salutations, and no warrior ones, twos, or threes. There are no standing tree poses, and no cows, or cats. In Yin yoga, the pace is slow and you don’t need to break a sweat in order to reap the benefits.
THE BENEFITS OF YIN YOGA
- Increases flexibility.
- Improves range of motion.
- Eases aches and pains.
- Improves posture.
- Speeds up recovery.
- Reduces injuries.
- Increases breath efficiency.
- Improves focus and concentration.
- Reduces anxiety.
- Builds discipline.
- Relieves stress.
- Calms the mind.
- Promotes relaxation and restorative sleep.
- Boosts creativity.
Benefits of Yang Yoga
- Strengthens and tones the body
- Improves flexibility and circulation
- Increases stamina
- Calms the mind down by inviting us to synchronize movement with breath
- Removes tension and obstacles in the body to allow breath and prana/energy to flow
Practicing Yin and Yang Yoga together
“The practice of yin/yang yoga helps us learn about stillness in movement and the flow in stillness.”- Sarah Powers
In this busy world, Yoga practice allows us to take our time, to bring our attention inward, notice how our bodies feel, and overall mindfulness. When you step into a Yoga class you have the opportunity to leave the world on the other side of the door for just a little while.