Yin Yoga

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Yin Yoga: yoga for the deeper connective tissue

Do you want to do Yin Yoga in Groningen? Yin Yoga focuses on the deeper connective tissue. In this quiet lesson you will work on flexibility, mobility and learn to listen to what your body needs.

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What is Yin Yoga and is it right for me?

Yin Yoga is a quiet, meditative form of yoga where we do not move much. Yin focuses on the deeper connective tissue. With each posture we look for a stretch or compression in a specific part of our body. We call this the target area. In this area you will look for what your body needs. We teach you to listen carefully to what your body has to tell you: sometimes you take it a little slower, other times you move a little deeper into the posture.

Unlike dynamic yoga styles such as Hatha and Vinyasa, where you actively hold postures, Yin Yoga poses are passive and held for longer – usually 2 to 5 minutes. We use (a lot of) props, such as pillows, blankets and blocks, to make the postures work for you.

The challenge in Yin is maintaining an attitude for longer. This can cause discomfort, physically and mentally. A little discomfort is okay, that’s what we look for. The trick is to know when to adjust the attitude and then not to judge it ;)

We give Yin based on the principle of Paul & Suzee Grilley. They emphasize the importance of individual differences in body shape and adapt poses to meet the needs of each student. Knowing more? Check out their website »

What is the purpose of yin yoga?

The physical goal of Yin Yoga is to stretch and strengthen your deeper connective tissue. It is therefore very suitable as a recovery moment after intensive mental or physical exertion. Yin contributes to flexibility and mobility.

In addition, Yin Yoga is intended to help you relax and from there tune in with yourself and your needs. What does your body need? Yin Yoga is very mindful: we ‘do’ less and ‘be’ more.

Can I do Yin Yoga?

Yes, yin is suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis. You get different options for each posture that you can adjust to what feels good for you. First time? Let your teacher know at the beginning of the lesson.


Is Yin Yoga the same as Restorative Yoga?

Yin Yoga, like Restorative Yoga, falls under the passive forms of yoga. Yet it is not the same. At Yin we look for a stretch in a specific part of the body for each posture. At Restorative we want to experience as little stretch or compression as possible. Read more about Restorative Yoga »

Functional Yoga

At Open Yoga we work from Functional Yoga, which in short means that we recognize that everyone is different, and that every yoga posture looks different per person. We do not look for the perfect picture or what the posture “should” look like. We don’t try to force our bodies into a position; we try to shape the posture to our own body.

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Book a Yin class at Open Yoga

Became curious? At Open Yoga we have Yin for you in different forms: there are classes in the studio and online classes.

Getting started with Yin: take a trial lesson!

Are you new to us? Take advantage of our trial lesson package!


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