5 Reasons Why Back to School is the Best Time for Yin Yoga

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Best Time for Yin Yoga


Every year it happens. I swear it won’t and yet somehow it does. Back to school rolls around and what starts as enthusiastic passion reveals itself as overburdening myself with too many activities and an overflowing schedule.

The long days of summer start to slip away and the darkness of – dare I even say it? ( winter ) creeps back and I am forced to admit that I am feeling the effects of the frantic and overwhelmed pace of back to school yet again.

They are the classic signs of yang in excess: too much activity, overthinking, stress, irritability, working too hard. Here are my 5 reasons why I love yin yoga, to bring all that yang energy back into balance at this crazy-busy time of year.

#1 In yin yoga we hold each pose for 3-5 minutes. These long holds allow us to slow down and experience a place of rest and refuge amidst the rush of back to school.

#2 Yin Yoga asks us to find that just right edge and soften into the pose with non-abandoning attention. This kind of approach gives us the space in our ambitious and aggressive lives to be gentle and kind with ourselves.

#3 During those long holds we get to release the stress that accumulates in our bodies as tension. After a yin yoga pose and session we experience a release of the constriction, ease and peace in our bodies and minds.

#4 There are so many things to think about during back to school from registering for courses, picking up supplies and books and scheduling important meetings. During Yin Yoga we can give our minds a break and practice mindfulness, simply focusing on one thing at a time, such as our breath or the sensations in our bodies.

#5 By taking the time for yin yoga, holding those poses for five minutes with gentle attention we create space to be present to be present for ourselves. Instead of pushing through stress, anxiety, and going over and over our laundry list of to-dos, we soften into our experience and feel all the feels. Taking time to be still with these emotions without judgment and criticism is a beautiful act of care, consideration and love that we can offer to ourselves during this wild and crazy time of year we call back to school.

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