What is Yin Yoga?

Paul Grilley thinks that in recent years, yoga in Europe and the United States has concentrated on “power yoga” or Ashtanga Yoga that combines strength and breathing. He feels that such exercises are too masculine and require feminine elements to balance, so he created Yin Yoga. This new school. Theory of
Yin Yoga

Paul Grilley

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In other words, Paul Grilley, based on a Westerner, found the principle of balance between yin and yang in China and then incorporated some ergonomic viewpoints to develop a theory. In other words, he believes that after often practicing asanas that focus on strength training, soothing movements are needed to lengthen our muscles and tendons, so that the body does not pay too much attention to muscles, and less softness; To the time of their own contact with the soul.


Therefore, the movements he designed are not difficult, such as butterfly style, front splits … These are not “heavyweight” movements for people who often practice asanas. However, it is difficult: each action stays for about 5 minutes. In other words, every action is made one after another with the pulls + stay.


Paul Grillry believes that in addition to breathing, there is a principle to do Yin yoga, that is, the lower body should be extended, and the upper body should have a little muscle exercise. Because he believes that most people’s leg movements are only for walking, running, or muscle training and they don’t stretch enough, so they need to stretch more. But for balance, the upper body needs to practice some muscles.


Difference between East and West


Paul Grilley’s theory is mainly designed for Westerners who like to practice muscle. Even if they do yoga, they also like Ashtanga Yoga or strength yoga which has a feeling of strength training. Therefore, they need to use the method of stretching to achieve balance.


Yoga has a strong emphasis on stretching asanas, so you will feel that Yin Yoga is very familiar with these moves. If softness has been valued in your asanas in the past, you no longer need to practice yin yoga, because that will overstretch our muscles and connective tissue.


But if you have been focusing on practice recently, you can use the Yin Yoga method to extend the muscles and tendons that you usually do not notice. However, its extension time is very long, so please do not stay at your own maximum limit, for example: please do not cut to the maximum angle when splitting your legs, but be conservative, take some back, so that you do not overstretch when you stretch for a long time And hurt ~
As Paul Grilley said, only when yin and yang reach equilibrium can we be in harmony and bring ourselves to a more joyful level. Isn’t it?