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3 Ways to Use Yin Yoga For Release

By: Gaia Staff  |  October 4, 2013

Learning to let go has become a life task for most people, including myself.

Although I have several certificates saying that I am a yoga teacher, this does not mean that I have also mastered all the difficulties which come across in life. I have been a yoga practitioner for many years and every time I think I’ve learned something about the ability to let go, something else comes up and shows me how much I still have to learn.

It sounds so simple, yet it is so hard to do. We hold onto our fears, our anger and sorrow without realizing that, by doing this, we are losing our ease in life. Practicing Yin Yoga was a great help to me when it came to learning how to let go more easily.

Let Go in Your Body

When you enter into a Yin Yoga pose you have to let go on a physical level. It is not a good idea to keep the muscles in the pose active over a period of several minutes because it will only make you feel more tension. In a Yin pose you are asked to passively sink into it as much as your body will allow.

Let Go in Your Breath

Once you’ve learned to relax your body, you will notice your breath flowing effortlessly with more and more ease and tranquility. You don’t have to think about your breath flow anymore, so just let it come and go without directing it.

Let Go in Your Mind

This will eventually lead to stillness of the mind. When you start diving into your own silence you begin to realize what you are clinging on to: all the unnecessary worries of the past and the anxieties about the future. Maybe you’ll feel that you are tensing up again in your body as these thoughts arise. As you remember to sink deeper into your Yin pose, and let the tensions in your body go by connecting to your breath, you will be able to let these thoughts go as well.

Coming out of a Yin pose, and shifting back to neutral in your body, will leave you with a feeling of lightness and ease. Once you realize how good it feels to let go of the things that don’t serve you in life, you will probably want to practice it more often. Practice Yin Yoga and start experiencing the happiness you really deserve.


Stefanie Arend

Stefanie Arend is an author of yoga books. She holds a university degree in foreign languages for English, French and Spanish. Her first book on yin yoga won the election for the Best Yoga Book of the Year 2011 in the German speaking area. She released her own Yin Yoga class on DVD in 2011 and 2013. She is currently a yoga teacher (700 +) and teaches in her own yoga studio in Germany as well as abroad. She also works as a nutritionist.
Website: www.yin-yoga.de
Facebook: Yin Yoga Germany and Stefanie Arend
Twitter: @StefanieArend
YouTube: Yin Yoga Germany
Amazon: Stefanie Arend


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