Yin yoga might not be the very first thing an average lifter thinks of relating to recovery. In any case, that one energy yoga class you took at your native fitness center may need left you feeling more sore than you have been earlier than. And including “Yin” to the entrance of yoga seemingly means nothing to somebody who doesn’t have a membership at an precise yoga studio.

We’re about to introduce you to your muscle tissue’ new favourite passion — however first, let’s get previous just a few misconceptions.

First off, many lifters who get into yoga are doing it to achieve a singular objective: to be extra versatile. And whereas increased flexibility is the obvious advantage of working towards yoga constantly, that mindset narrows the scope of athletes and informal gym-goers who may benefit from it.

In actuality, yoga can have a number of bodily and psychological advantages, and there are a lot of various kinds of yoga other than the standard kinds supplied at gyms or on-line — mainly, wherever exterior of a devoted yoga studio. Yin yoga, a slow-paced, meditative follow that focuses on muscle tissue, connective tissues, ligaments, joints, and tendons, is one such fashion.

“If you consider yoga, you consider motion, perhaps some sensational postures like down canine or a solar salutation,” Alana Kessler, MS, RD, and Knowledgeable Registered Yoga Trainer with Yoga Alliance, advised M&F. “It’s very dynamic, whereas [Yin] is definitely a slower paced follow the place it’s totally on the ground.”

Kessler describes Yin as a extra passive follow that’s meant to create vitality by breath, visualization, and stillness. The extra widespread and dynamic yoga kinds, alternatively, burn up vitality as you progress.

We spoke with Kessler to seek out out extra about Yin yoga and its advantages for athletes, fitness center rats, and anybody else who needs to get in tune with their physique. And bodybuilders, pay attention up, as a result of spoiler alert: the mind-muscle connection is concerned.

Maintain studying to seek out out what units Yin yoga other than the yoga flows you’re picturing in your head proper now and, extra importantly, to seek out out why it’s value incorporating into your routine.