When it came to choosing a yoga practice for myself I had a hard time choosing between the different classes on offer at the Brussels Yoga Loft. From Vinyasa Flow classes to Ashtanga Yoga Classes, Restorative Yoga Classes as well as Yin yoga classes. While vinyasa was something I thought would be a good way to introduce myself to yoga, I was curious about yin yoga. So, after gaining a little confidence about my yoga practice, I decided to try out a yin yoga class at the Brussels Yoga Loft.
Before diving into the practice, I decided to read up a little bit about it. One interesting fact that I came across was that Paulie Zink, a martial arts expert, first founded the practice. However, the practice of yin yoga is nothing like martial arts and is very different from other styles of yoga. Yin yoga is a much deeper and relaxing practice, and I think that it is an excellent way to balance out our busy and sometimes stressful. Most of the time the activities that we perform are part of the yang. It is important to balance the yan by incorporating some yin practices.
Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
We all follow some kind of night routine that help us unwind and get better sleep. In fact most of the things that we do as a part of the night are yin. Yang in our daily routines involve things such as writing down our to do list for the next day, etc. Yin yoga is a great way to balance out the yang practices with a yin practice. Yin yoga focuses on being still and holding yourself in a pose longer.
We are always trying to push ourselves to the limit. Even in all other forms of yoga we are pushing ourselves to the edge. Yin yoga is not like that. Since in yin yoga you need to stay in the same pose for a longer time, you need to find the right balance between comfort and discomfort. If you put this on comfort scale of 1 to 10, you should be on a seven. Here 1 means the highest level of comfort to 10 being the lowest level of comfort.
The Yin Yoga Experience
The most rewarding part of the experience was the fact that I felt more relaxed and re- energized. At the same time it was a great moment to be still and just focus on yourself. The class I took was at the end of the day and it felt amazing to unwind and relax. Just some of the benefits of yin – besides an amazingly relaxing experience – are:
- calmer and more balanced mind and body
- less stress and anxiety
- better circulation
- higher flexibility
- better joint mobility and
- balanced internal organs.