I have decided that each episode will feature a pose. Today, we’re going to talk about the crow pose, the one they asked us to practice last session. It looks like this:
For me, since I’m a beginner, modifications were made for me to prepare for the pose. i was asked to rest my heels on a yoga block with my toes still touching the mat. Palms on the mat, knees outside the elbows and try to lift your feet up alternately at first and when you’re comfortable try to lift both feet.
Try to remove the yoga block once you get more comfortable with balancing on your toes.
Now let’s start with the topic (which I will most probably copy paste from yoga journal hahaha)
Yin and yang poses:
The traditional yoga practiced in North America is typically Yang Yoga. It usually targets the muscles with aggressive stretching postures and breathing exercises. Yin Yoga is the counterbalance to the practice of Yang Yoga, and is sometimes referred to as yoga for the joints.
What does that mean? This yoga form begins with relaxed muscles and targets the ligaments and joints that asana styles don’t normally exercise. Sometimes it is also referred to as soft yoga even though it can be more challenging than some yang poses. It involves postures that are held for longer periods of time than yang yoga. Some poses are held for up to 20 minutes. This stretches and strengthens connective tissues that are much deeper than superficial or muscular tissues.
Yin and Yang tissues are affected much differently with each style.
Yang is considered more dynamic, because it stretches and strengthens muscular tissues with an emphasis on internal heating. Yin focuses on the connections in the pelvis, hips, and even the lower spine.
Most yang postures involve standing while most yin postures involve sitting or laying down. Many yoga masters feel the combination of yin and yang poses balance each other out and give the body the full exercise it truly needs. It is even suggested that practicing only the Yang side of yoga is only half of the asana practice.
So generally: yang yoga is for stretching and yin is more strengthing (if I remember this and understood it correctly).
Continue feeling better, friends
Disclaimer: these are how I understand this and please to not quote me on this. Check the links for better information.