Yin Yoga

We have all seen that funky little black and white symbol. I sometimes imagine two whales circling, a balanced swirl, a hippie anthem on par with tie-die. However, we can also ask, what is the meaning behind this ancient Chinese concept, and how can we incorporate these ideas into yoga and our lives? Today we will consider the yin side, and leave the yang half for a toastier moment.

According to Wikipedia, (see link here yin yang):

"Yin is usually characterized as slow, soft, insubstantial, diffuse, cold, wet, and tranquil. It is generally associated with the feminine, birth and generation, and with the night."

In terms of the seasons, this appears to relate to the winter facet of life. Ice, rain, sleet, snow, shortened dark days, quiet long nights. Maybe a strong full moon allowing white glittering glows to shine in through the frosty window.

How then can yin relate to our yoga practice? I believe we can consciously welcome yin, related to our path in yoga. One might easily wonder how long it takes to do yoga right, or really find a pose. The truth is, a pose can always be right and found. This occurs when we are able to embrace the tranquility or yin of our current experience of a pose, rather than pushing on to anything else. Change does come in yoga and of course we allow ourselves this path as well, but it will happen gradually, and at times almost imperceptibly. While we may seek strength, warmth, energy, and growth, it is also okay to move slowly and softly.

So, whether you love Restoration and Gentle yoga, or Ashtanga Bikram Power moments, perhaps give the other side a chance to submerge in your practice, and you may notice that both together actually fit, like a key in a lock or a loving hug.


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