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Yin Yoga Benefits

Updated: Jan 16

Yin Yoga is a passive style of Hatha Yoga in which postures performed on the floor are held for several minutes, with the aim of calming the central nervous system, stimulating vital energy flow (Prana or Chi) and giving flexibility to ligaments and bones, in order to generate a greater range of motion in joints and muscles.

The direct stimulation to the fascia activates the large network of energy channels that runs throughout the body, thus establishing a bridge between the physical body and the subtle body. The fascia is a kind of spider web that surrounds internal organs and is also located between them and the skin. It contains around 72,000 tiny energy channels (meridians or nadis).

By stimulating it we improve the essential energy flow that gives us life and in this way it is possible to maintain an optimal state of health. The flexibility of the joints is favorable for other yoga practices characterized as "Yang" like Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power Yoga or Bikram, which work all the muscle tissues, blood and skin. In contrast to Yin Yoga, which works the connective tissues of the body, which are found around the joints, in addition to bones.

Therefore, if we want to achieve a better state of health or prevent injuries, we must exercise absolutely all the body's sheaths (both Yin and Yang). Let’s remember that as we age we become more prone to injuries, because the muscles (Yang tissue) become weaker and the ligaments (Yin tissue) become more rigid and fragile.

At the same time, this practice offers the possibility of going deeper into the mind, which is ultimately the main objective of Yoga. By calming the fluctuations of the mind, our thoughts, we get rid of much of the stress that daily life generates.

At Smash we invite you to receive all the benefits of this meditative practice in our hot room. The added heat greatly strengthens the respiratory system and causes the muscles to relax much more.

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