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Why Yin yoga is worth a try

Do you ever have days or weeks that are more stressful than others? Maybe even for no apparent reason? Me, too!

Even though I know that Yin yoga is super complimentary to an active Yang yoga practice — and is especially beneficial for those of us who participate in higher-impact sports like running, CrossFit, biking, football, etc., — it just hasn’t been a big part of my asana practice.

This past week I did myself a favor and took both of the Restorative Yin Yoga classes we offer at Aspire, on Tuesday evening from 5:30-6:30pm and then yesterday (Saturday) from 9:30-10:30am.

Doing this really helped bring things back in balance for both my body and mind. It allowed me the time I needed to slow down and get in tune with the tightness and stress I’ve been carrying. I’m feeling much less stressed, my body feels great and I also slept like a baby both nights after taking those classes.

Here are just a few of the known benefits of Yin yoga:

  • Calms and balances the mind and body
  • Increases flexibility in joints & connective tissues
  • Helps with rehabilitation after an injury
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Improves circulation
  • Strengthens the mind and body connection

Yin yoga focuses on releasing tension in the body and relaxation of connective tissues. Poses are held for longer periods of time than in a yang-style class, sometimes up to five minutes or longer, which helps the body to surrender and release deeply held, stagnant energy.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, overstressed or overworked, then give Restorative Yin a try and experience the healing benefits for yourself. This style class is suitable for students of all levels.

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