Tried this new Yoga class at Elements3 Yoga called “Yin Yoga” it is based on stretching without using your muscles (for instance, sitting with your legs about against the wall and just letting the stretch sink in, but not using the muscles. Overall, pretty good, helped relieve a lot of delayed onset muscle soreness from Squats on Monday.
Ignore the “Feminine” part, it was a good stretch for a dude too.
Yin is the feminine, dark, passive, receptive, reflective, withdrawn, cool, introspective aspects of life. Yin yoga was developed to penetrate deep into connective tissue expanding flexibility while invigorating the energy centers of the body (nadis) to release blockages and increase your energy flow. The primary differences between Yin Yoga and many other forms of yoga is that you are encouraged to NOT use your muscles and passive poses are held for several minutes allowing the body to move beyond the initial 30 seconds it takes the muscle to relax and stretching to occur. Static stretching is excellent to increase range of motion. Therefore if you are tight due to repetitive movement from other sport activities or your day job keeps you in the same position 8 hours a day or your body has aged – Yin yoga will help stretch it out. Yin Yoga is also great for reducing stress in the body and mind. Holding poses without distraction for several minutes teaches us to relax. We begin to release tension that is deeply engrained in our muscles.