Yin yoga is gaining popularity on Cape Cod. If you're in the Falmouth area, you can find a yin yoga class Saturdays 8am at Uptown Body-Linda Dias, MS Ed/Registered Yoga Teacher.
Whether you're looking on Cape Cod or elsewhere, you'll see many different types of yoga classes available i.e. Hatha, Kundalini, Bikram, to name a few. Linda's yin class is crafted from the Hatha tradition of yoga which incorporates yoga poses, breathing and meditation.
If you have already attended a yin yoga class you likely noticed it wasn't like a typical yang or "active" yoga practice. Perhaps you wondered why? In general, a yin yoga practice targets deeper connective tissue in the body. Areas around the pelvis for example, have an abundance of connective tissue. There is a trend with age for this tissue to shorten or shrink with age. Yin poses aid in slowing or reversing this process. It is done with muscles relaxed and poses held for several minutes and has an overall cooling effect on the body. A yang practice, by contrast, typically engages muscles, builds muscle strength and warms the body.
Most yoga classes out there incorporate both yin and yang aspects, with active poses outweighing strengthening poses. If that's what you're looking for you're in luck, although many of us need a more balanced approach of yin AND yang.
So, next time you're checking out classes in your area, look for a yin class and try it out! If you're in the Falmouth MA area, drop-in and join us...Saturdays 8am at Uptown Body, 305 Dillingham Ave, Falmouth MA.
There's always more to learn about yoga and in turn, learn about yourself.