Can you Practice Yin Yoga Every Day?

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Yin Yoga Every Day?

If you have ever wondered how often you should practice yin yoga or if you can practice yin yoga everyday, then you are in the right place. In the rest of this video I am going to talk about how often you should practice yin yoga and the benefits of a yin yoga practice. In fact throughout this video we are going to talk about some pretty compelling reasons why you are going to want to make time for yin yoga, not only from the perspective of your physical body and the connective tissue, but also from the perspective of your mental and emotional well-being. We will also speak about the effect of yin yoga on your meridian system and yin yoga as a meditative and mindfulness practice.

A few weeks ago I had a great question from Kat,

Hello Melissa,
I’m loving your videos and am particularly enjoying the restorative and yin ones you have.
I am currently enjoying doing a yin yoga practise every day. I was really wondering what the best would be, alternating yin with more yang yoga like vinyasa/hatha. I’m relatively new to the yin yoga but enjoy it a lot, it’s just about wondering how much of the different yoga styles to incorporate into my week. I love doing yoga at home and because I am full time looking after my autistic 6 year old daughter, the benefits for me are so good after a big day. I would love to hear from you on how often to incorporate a yin yoga session into the week. I do yoga every day, even if sometimes only 15 mins, but I need my yoga fix, it is so healing. Thanks so much for all you share,
love Kat

So the answer to this question is multi-layered and multi-faceted. My daughter loves when I say that, I get the sighs and rolly eyes when I say multi-layers and it isn’t a simple answer. Both she and my husband love simple answers. 🙂

From the perspective of your physical body and your connective tissue (because we are not affecting the muscles in yin yoga so you do not need a day of recovery), yes you can practice yin yoga everyday.

When you are practicing yang styles of yoga where your muscles are tearing and breaking down and they need time to recover between the strain of exercise or even intense flexibility training.

When we practice yin style of yoga, we are practicing so that we feel sensation, but not so that it is sensational. When we find that appropriate edge, we soften into it. We could do this for days. It is like a gentle breeze, not a hurricane. There is no need for recovery.

Now from the perspective of an energetic practice I would also say, in many cases practicing yin yoga everyday can be appropriate. In the case of Kat, who is caring for her 6 year old autistic daughter full time, that sounds like it could be a very yang experience energetically throughout most of her day. A yin yoga practice could be a welcome reprieve. If on the other hand you sit all day at an office job in a sedentary position, then yin may not be the best possible option at the end of the job. Getting up and moving is probably a better option.

This is where it gets more complicated. Our lives are full of demands. Maybe we have a boss that is incredibly onerous and his ambitious nature spills over into our day. We may need yin yoga at the end of the day to find that balance again. Or perhaps we wake up in the morning after a sleepless night or a night full of restless sleep and nightmares. You get the picture. Yin yoga is an energetic practice, if you are experience yang excess, bring it into balance with yin practices.

Additionally, yin yoga is a wonderful practice to attend to the smooth flowing of chi throughout the meridians in our body. When we come into specific yin yoga poses they pull pressurize the tissues to affect the meridians of the body. This helps to balance the internal organs and systems removing blockages and restoring health. A blockage in the liver meridian for example may lead to frustration, irritation and PMS for example. I suspect few of us are perfect human beings with smooth flowing chi through all our meridian channels.

Another thing to consider is that yin yoga is a practice in mindfulness or a gateway to meditation. The long holds are a style of meditation in and of themselves that allow you to be present with what is arising. These are mental thought patterns, emotions and energy in your body that you may normally repress, ignore, or act out in your day to day life. However, when you sit quietly and soften into your long holds for five minutes you may come face to face with anger, frustration, grief, boredom, any assortment of emotions and the practice offers you the opportunity to open with kind attention to whatever arises.

So those are several reasons why practicing yin yoga everyday is entirely appropriate. The important thing to remember is to listen to your own body and to move when it is wanting to move and be still when it wants to be still. It is all about balance.

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If you made it all the way to the end of the video, give yourself a thumbs up and put, yay for yin in the comments.

Namaste, Melissa


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