Through the complete stillness we can learn to turn our attention turned inwards and develop introspection. We can use guided visualizations with the breath and begin to influence the subtle body of connective tissue and fascia. Being still allows us to sit with the minor discomfort of joint stress, therefore learning to sit with both our physical and our emotional discomforts, building inner strength. We learn that we do not need to push ourselves to the point of pain or ignore the messages of the body but develop our body/mind connection.
Taking care coming out of the pose
We try to stay relaxed as we come out of our Yin yoga postures. We often do not realize how hard we have worked the body until we come to move out of a pose. Therefore, we have to learn to also release with care. As with all yoga asana, it is just as important how we come out of a posture as to how we go in. It is normal to feel stiff or a achy sensation upon first release. This doesn’t last and shows we have stressed into the connective tissues.
Use of mindful breath
We breathe normally in a posture, one that suits us and feels unstrained. We can then slow the breath down and work with a deepening of the breath to aid relaxation but this still needs to be at a rhythm that causes no anxiety within the body. Trying to force the breath into the same rhythm throughout an entire Yin class is a Yang way of practicing. We need the breath to be soft and steady.