Yin yoga is a slow, meditative style of yoga that enhances healing, promotes inner peace, releases stress, and strengthens your body and mind. Ajalaa Powers, LPC, Ashley Stotesbery, LPC, and the registered yoga trainers at PMA Assessment and Counseling offer Yin yoga, a style suitable for beginners and anyone seeking to balance their lives and improve their well-being. Call the Cleveland, Ohio, office or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online if you have questions about Yin yoga or want to learn about the class schedule.
All types of yoga, including Yin yoga, are mind-body practices that combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. This powerful combination delivers physical benefits while relaxing your mind and promoting mental well-being.
Yin yoga is a slow, gentle, and more meditative style than other forms of yoga. While you typically hold a yoga pose for three to five breaths, Yin poses are held for three to five minutes.
Most forms of yoga strengthen your muscles. By comparison, Yin yoga is passive, relaxing the muscles while stretching the deep connective tissues, including ligaments, joints, bones, and fascia. The fascia is a connective tissue surrounding and supporting your muscles, nerves, blood vessels, bones, and organs.
Yin yoga improves your physical and mental health by:
Intense activities, repetitive movements, and injuries damage the fascia, creating painful inflammation, scarring, and adhesions (areas where tissues stick together).
Practicing Yin yoga stretches and releases the fascia, which prevents and treats adhesions, improves muscle movement, and eases pain.
Yin yoga stretches tissues in the joints, decreasing stiffness and improving the joint’s range of movement.
Stretching and relaxing fascia relieve tension throughout your body. As you mindfully focus on the release, your brain relaxes, easing stress and releasing negativity.
Yin yoga gives you more time (holding the pose longer) to focus on achieving stillness, calming your mind, and enhancing mindfulness.
Muscle knots, tight fascia, and adhesions restrict blood flow. As Yin yoga stretches and relaxes your tissues, circulation improves, allowing healing oxygen and nutrients to reach tissues.
During Yin yoga, you perform a series of floor poses, often using props to help you get into the proper position. You move slowly and gently into the pose, never stretching so far that you feel pain.
You hold the pose for up to five minutes, remaining still and using focused breathwork to help relax your body and clear your mind. After several minutes, you come out of the pose, once again moving slowly and mindfully.
Call PMA Assessment and Counseling to learn about Yin yoga or use online booking to schedule classes.