Let’s talk about yin and yang yoga. If you follow this blog, you see me writing a lot about yin yoga. So what is yin yoga and if there is yin, is there yang yoga and what is the difference between yin and yang yoga? I’ll explain you all in this video.
Yin and Yang
You are probably familiar with yin and yang. They are each others opposites and at the same time one can’t exist without the other. There is no dark without light, no day without night and so on. As I said I write a lot about yin yoga and whee there is no yin without yang there is no yin yoga without yang yoga. Most yoga styles you know – asana styles to be precise – are yang. With almost every yoga style you are targeting your muscles. Lengthening them and releasing emotions out of them by doing so. Yin is different. In yin yoga you are targeting and your connective tissue and your meridians. I’ll write a blog about connective tissue soon, but think of ligaments. Your knee for example. Your thigh bone and your shin bone are connected to each other with ligaments. Just like muscles ‘shrink’ when you don’t stretch them, connective tissue becomes tighter as well. So we have to stretch it. Yet: we can stretch a muscle within half a minute. Connective tissue isn’t as elastic as muscles are. You need three to five minutes to stretch your connective tissue.
As I already mentioned you are not only stretching connective tissue, but also your meridians or nadis as they are called in Sanskrit. These are the energy lines in your body. They can get blocked as well. Mostly through unresolved emotions. By holding poses a long time, we can unblock our nadis. It kind of works the same as acupuncture, where an acupuncturist will put a needle in a meridian/nadi to unblock it.
So roughly: all ‘fast’ yoga is yang, all ‘slow’ yoga is yin. We are still stretching, we are still letting go of emotions, but we work on different parts (muscles versus connective tissues and nadis) of our body.