Yin Yoga for Health

Yin Yoga

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Yin yoga is the complementing practice to the many types of yang yoga and provides several different health benefits. Many people are familiar with the various forms of yang yoga, which focus on muscle activation and lengthening, but fewer people are aware of yin yoga. Unlike yang, yin yoga focuses on slow movements targeting the connective tissues and joints. Regular yin practice can provide benefits of increased flexibility, protects the elasticity of joints, and reduces stress.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a slower-paced form of yoga. The goal here is to create a deeper stretch that accesses the ligaments and joints. Yin works by settling into a pose and holding it for extended periods of time. Some poses may be held for as long as 20 minutes. Much of the work done in yin yoga is centered around the joints such as the spine or hips. Sitting in a pose for minutes at a time can become uncomfortable. Learning to stay and sit with those feelings of discomfort is all part of the practice. Breathwork is an important aspect of yin yoga. Holding poses requires breathwork to help your muscles release into deeper and deeper stretching. The long holds have the added benefit of creating a more meditative practice. Finding a meditative state during yin yoga helps to decrease stress and tension within the body.


Joints can become stiff if they are not regularly activated. Yin yoga does just that. The long stretches cause the ligaments of a joint to become more elastic and lengthen. This activation of the joints helps to keep the joints healthy and strong as we age. Flexibility is also improved both by lengthening the joints and the muscles.

Stress may be decreased by a regular yin practice. Slow movements and stretching help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This is important because the parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for bringing our bodies back into a state of rest and relaxation. Taking time to mindfully engage this system is a great way to help relieve stress and calm your mind.


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About Cali Naughton

Cali Naughton graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. She joined the marketing team at Empower Brokerage in the spring of 2021 as a marketing specialist and the department photographer.

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