Yin and Yang Yoga
Yin/Yang is a Taoist concept that has its roots in China. It is a combination of Yin and Yang. Yin is a slow and balanced practice that is feminine, balanced and internal, and Yang (Hatha) masculine, external and warming.
Yin and Yang are two forms that complement each other and are interdependent as well. One cannot exist without the other.
It is a practice that is a balance of spiritual and physical. A type of Yoga practised for increasing strength and flexibility along with internal calmness.
With this Yoga, you get the goodness of both in one; it is vital and has the benefits of holding dynamic yoga poses.
Yin and Yoga is a comparatively calmer and slower practice held for a longer duration. It works in the depth of our bodies within the tissues and joints of the body.
Yin and Yoga both need to be practised to maintain balance. Yin and Yang can be practised both at the same time within the same schedule.
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Yang Yoga is a more refreshing and vital type of yoga that focuses on strength and endurance, making the body more active and energetic.
A few postures of Yang Yoga are Ashtanga yoga and Hatha Yoga.
Restorative yoga helps to lose weight significantly as the poses are not very difficult and are easily accessible. Challenging poses can be intimidating for an overweight person, but the yang poses are calming and relaxing; it also helps reduce stress. Cortisol levels are associated with stress which increases stress. Yang yoga decreases the cortisol level in the body, which reduces stress and weight.
Benefits of Yang Yoga
- Increases confidence as we accept our body the way it is and learn to nurture it
- Increases blood circulation in the body
- Identifies tension and stiffness in the body and releases it
- Releases harmful toxins stored in the body
- Makes you more energetic and active for the entire day
- Works as strength training as it makes the body more flexible and robust
- Improves mental clarity of the person
While we practise asana, we put our bodies through rigorous poses, making us tired and still while our mind also finds stillness and does not wander around.
Yin Yang Flow
A Yin Yang yoga class may start with Yin yoga to calm the mind and work on the joints before the muscles are warm. You could also end with a Yin to complete the workout with relaxation and managing the nervous system.
Yin Yang Balancing Flow Yoga
The famous Sarah Powers, who combined yoga with transpersonal psychology and Buddhist philosophy, says, “The practice of yin/yang yoga helps us learn about stillness in movement and the flow in stillness.” Sarah Powers
Having a holistic approach by combining both elements increases energy levels and positively impacts the mind. Depending on what the outcome you are focussing on can help you alternate between the practices’ approach. If it is Monday and you are still not over your Sunday, to begin with, the intense workout, you can practise Yin to get into the right mind frame and gradually move to the intense and dynamic ones.
Benefits Of Yin Yang Yoga
Benefits of Yang Yoga
- Tones the body and the muscles
- Increases the stamina in the body
- Removes the obstacles within the body and allows the prana to circulate within the body
- Allows the mind to be in sync with breath and the body
Benefits of Yin Yoga
- The energy channels are stimulated, getting a balance between the organs of the body
- Yin Yoga helps balance both mind and body
- It improves the mobility of the joints
- Also, it helps reduce stress and anxiety
- Fascia, ligaments and tendons are worked up
Yin Yang Vinyasa
Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life force or primary energy. Prana is deeply rooted in our bodies. It is the masters of our body’s energies and has ten main functions because of eating habits and lifestyle changes. Various breathing techniques and pranayama help clear the prana. Breathing techniques such as Anilom Vinilom, Nadi Shodhana, and Yang Vinyasa flow also enable you to burn off excess prana.
Vinyasa Yoga also helps you build up and increase metabolism and maintain a lean figure with yoga poses’ repetitions. It puts the body through a zillion movements, which not only decreases weight but also increases circulations.
Yin Yang Yoga Benefits Doshas
Dosha is a peculiar combination varying from each person. It is a combination of mental, emotional, and physical attributes, which includes their vitality.
Doshas are the energies that are one of the primary reasons for the functioning of our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It is an individualistic roadmap to health and fitness.
Imbalance within the body could be because of external or internal factors. The imbalance of dosha can lead to various ailments and chronic diseases. Depending upon which dosha is imbalanced, the issues related to specific dosha begin.
Know More About Your Doshas And Your Body Types
Stress is one of the factors that lead to dosha imbalances. Yin Yangs being a restorative yoga, helps reduce the stress enzyme and decreases stress to balance the doshas.
Other Ways to Manage Stress
In today’s world, stress is part and parcel of everyday life. Various techniques can manage stress; meditation and breathing are one of them. Deep breathing is one of the most inexpensive ways to reduce stress. They help ease worries and obtain a calmer mindset. You do not need any types of equipment while doing your deep breathing exercises. It is just your body, soul, heart, and mind.
Below are the few Pranayama and breathing techniques for stress
Nadi Shodhana helps clear the Nadis, the energy channels in the body blocked for various reasons. By clearing the Nadis, stress, toxins built up in the body decreases.
It also spikes oxygen level in the body increases with inhalation and exhalation involved in Pranayam. An increase in Oxygen helps to tackle stress and anxiety.
Anilom Vinilom is another breathing technique that helps you exhale stress and promote well being.
Shambhavi Mudra is another yoga practise which helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
Along with Asanas there are a few herbs that help to reduce stress:
This herb has calming effects on the brain and relaxes your nerves. It also reduces the tension in your body, warding off stress and anxiety, helping you sleep better.
Ashwagandha is one of the most potent herbs in the world of Ayurveda. It is frequently referred to as reducing anxiety and stress. It promotes better quality sleep as well.
The juice extracted from sugarcane is rich in tryptophan which later forms serotonin. Serotonin helps lower stress, regulate moods.
Yoga helps weight loss, and it also facilitates the connection of body and mind. It makes us attuned with the present by making us more mindful and calm.
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