My relatively new Thursday ritual is to go to a morning yin yoga class. Â I never really saw the benefit in yin yoga until a massage therapist told me that my muscles were so tight and I needed the deep stretch and well as connecting my mind to body. Â We all know this, but your body pain is really evident of what’s going on in your mind. Â I have been battling this back pain for several months (almost a year now) and thought something was seriously wrong with it, but it turns out that most of the problem was my mind and the stress I was bringing upon myself with school and planning a wedding. Â I thought people were crazy when they told me this, but this is totally true!
I always had a problem with yin yoga in the past because of my mentality. Â I thought that if you went to the gym or did some form of exercise, it needed to be balls out and a crazy intense workout. Â When I thought about yin yoga, I told myself that this wasn’t a workout, but something I needed to do for myself to learn to breathe and relax as well as get the benefit of stretching my connective tissues.
In yin yoga, you only do a few poses because you hold them anywhere from 3-5 minutes each. Â This goes beyond stretching your muscles and gets the connective tissues deeper in the body such as tendons and ligaments–the fascia. Â I was also worried that the class would creep by and I would be bored, but definitely not the case. Â My teacher is wonderful; her voice is soothing and she says the right things to get you to go deeper in the pose and shut off your mind. Â The class flew by. Â I actually semi-fell asleep in the very last part of the class before savasana (dead body pose). Â It teaches you how to get through challenging poses (as in life situations) and learn to breathe through them… a very powerful life lesson!
I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone! Â There was a wide variety of people in the class and it was jammed pack with people!
*More pictures on next post… I promise!*