If you like to remain in yoga poses for longer, yin yoga might be for you. Detract from the hurried pace of life and explore what is happening in the present moment with this unique style of yoga.
Yin Yoga has a slower pace. Less is more in yin yoga. It’s a slower and gentler yoga practice where each pose is commonly held for longer periods. Holding a pose for more than 5 minutes is common for this style of yoga.
Yin yoga focuses on breathing. The practice of yin yoga draws attention to your inhalation and exhalation patterns. By doing so, it's easier to fall into a meditative state. As you hold each pose for greater lengths of time, you devote more time and attentionto the rhythm of your breath, relaxing your body deeper into the pose.
Yin yoga targets deep connective tissues. "Over the past few centuries, the physical practice of yoga has become more yang-like,"said Bernie Clark of Semperviva Yoga Studios. "The poses are physically demanding and held for longer periods of time. Balance requires the yin side to be honoured as well." Yin yoga is not an active, muscular form of yoga, but a simple practice. Physically, it targets deep connective tissues: bones, ligaments, cartilage, etc. It also stimulates the flow of energy within the body.
Try our yin yoga challenge
This calendar outlines each day that a new and complete yin yoga flow video will be released by PumpUp member @rinkae throughout the month of May.
Once you complete each video, take a photo of yourself doing this pose and share it on PumpUp and Instagram with #7DaysofYinYoga #LunaJai and #TeamPumpUp to win a pair of Luna Jai yoga pants. Each of the above poses will accompany each day that a new and complete yin yoga flow video will be released.