"There are three kinds of stillness we seek in Yin Yoga, 1) of the body, like a majestic mountain, 2) of the breath, like a calm mountain lake, and 3) of the mind, like the deep blue of the sky." - Bernie Clark
Intended to target our joints, ligaments and fascia, yin yoga is a practice of surrender. Asanas (poses) are held for anywhere from 3 minutes, to as long as 20, depending on the intention. By using gravity and your own body weight, you bypass muscles and lengthen your fascia, connective tissue, and work your joints. Yin yoga is all about accessing "yin" energy and creating stillness of mind. Passive, still, slow, inward. It offers balance in a culture where we exist in a more active, "yang" energy.
Yin's focus is not on relaxation or restoring, but rather, finding that edge of resistance and then resting and surrendering there in stillness. And then, coming to the edge again. Yin is about listening and yielding to your body's wisdom. It's about being in the discomfort and discovering what transpires. If the majority of your life tends to be busy, active or strength based, Yin Yoga will afford the necessary balance to your routine. A beautiful practice that Kellen encourages everyone to experience.