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Yin Yoga is a slow and gentle style of yoga that focuses on deep stretching and relaxation. It involves holding poses for extended periods of time to target the connective tissues and joints of the body.

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Time Commitment

30 - 90 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

2-3 times per week

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How to Do It

Find a quiet and comfortable space, follow a yin yoga sequence or select specific poses and hold them for an extended period of time, focusing on deep breathing and relaxation.

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Required Equipment

Yin yoga can be practiced without special equipment, but a yoga mat, blocks, bolsters, or blankets can enhance your practice.

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  • Improves flexibility and joint mobility
  • Calms the mind and reduces stress
  • Stimulates the flow of energy throughout the body
  • Improves circulation and connective tissue flexibility
  • Promotes relaxation and mindfulness
  • Relieves muscle tension and tightness
  • Balances the body's energy and promotes overall well-being

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Why it works

Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, allowing for deep stretches that promote relaxation, flexibility, and improved energy flow.

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Possible Side Effects

Yin yoga is generally safe, but avoid pushing yourself beyond your limits to prevent injury. Consult a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or underlying health conditions.

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  • Listen to your body and respect your limitations.
  • Focus on deep, slow breathing to promote relaxation
  • Explore different poses and sequences to find what works for you
  • Consider taking a class or watching online videos for guidance

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Supporting Studies and Articles

  1. Effects of Yin Yoga on Mental Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23008738/
  2. Effects of Yoga on Mental and Physical Health: A Short Summary of Reviews https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/165410/
  3. Intervention of Yoga in Stress, Anxiety and Depressionhttps://www.intechopen.com/chapters/79736 

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