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Yin describes things that are relatively darker, denser, more feminine, more mysterious. It really means the other side of the hill or the shady river. Meanwhile, Yang describes things that are relatively brighter, lighter, warmer, things that are more obvious and more superficial.

It means the other side of the hill or the river is sunny. The yin is also relatively wetter while yang is drier. We also find these qualities in yoga practice. In general, the exercise is more physical, hot, and strong when compared to the quieter, cooler and more passive.

For example, restorative yoga would be negative compared to vinyasa, which is positive. When entering the pose, go to the first stop and relax there. Here you will receive a stretch that is challenging enough, but not to the maximum.

Once you get to the right cut-off point, where you can feel a moderate tension, relax. If your limit shifts, then there is no more physical challenge, you can move to find a new limit. But be aware we’re not looking for the maximum range of motion.

The length of time to hold varies from person to position, but generally from 1 to 10 minutes. When body sensations become intense., it’s time to step back or get out of position.

Holding time is more important than experiencing intense posture. You can stay in the position for longer instead of going deeper into the pose. When exiting a pose, move slowly, carefully.

The yin poses are purposely creating a feeling of weakness when escaping, due to the fact you have been stretching the body for a while. Allow your body to slowly enjoy the feeling of recovery, between positions.

The practice of yoga affects us in many ways: physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual. Physically, the purpose of Yin yoga is to exert a moderate amount of pressure on the corneal tissue and maintain the pressure in these places for the right amount of time.

Note, Yin’s aim was not to increase the range of motion, although this was possible. And if you don’t have pain, then it doesn’t matter. In terms of the psycho-emotional aspect, Yin helps to create presence, to be attentive to bodily sensations, or to observe the breath or internal energy flow.


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