How yin yoga helps
Yin yoga offers so many benefits to your overall health. While it’s mostly known for deep stretching and relaxation, this practice also offers many other lesser known benefits and opportunities to find balance in the body.
*powers down* the nervous system
The long poses and deep breathing of yin yoga offers your body the ability to relax into a pose for longer than yang yoga styles. This relaxation allows the nervous system to *power down,* helping your body move out of fight or flight mode, and into rest and digest mode - the essential state for healing and recovery.
Stimulates the endocrine system
The endocrine system is responsible for your body’s hormone production and includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal body, and the reproductive organs (ovaries and testes). Many yin yoga poses work to promote Qi (energy) & blood flow to these organs, supporting their healthy function.
Stimulates Chinese Medicine meridians
In Chinese Medicine, there are 12 main meridians or energy pathways throughout the body, that when blocked - due to physical, chemical, & emotional stressors - the result is imbalances & symptoms. Many Yin yoga poses stimulate the meridians (fascia) using stretching & compression, thereby unblocking and improving energy flow.
Promotes blood flow & tension release
Different yin yoga poses offer improved blood flow to organs in the body (example Camel pose supports blood flow to the thyroid), or deep stretching and stimulation of connective tissues & fascia (example, the squat pose offers a deep pelvic release). Blood flow and tension release is important for healthy function.