Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that has been around for thousands of years, but has exploded into popularity throughout Australia, especially in the past 10 or so years. Having experimented with many of these different styles myself over the past 7 years, it wasn’t until a few years ago, that I stumbled across Yin yoga. I have to admit I really didn’t enjoy my first ever Yin class. It was much slower than the other forms of yoga I had done previously, and I soon became impatient and frustrated at the lack of flow. But it wasn’t long until I was fully converted. Like so many of us, I lead a predominantly Yang life, with a never ending to do list, places to go and people to see, so I quickly realised the benefits that Yin yoga had on my life. Not only did it force me to slow down, it opened up space in my mind and body, offering me a deeper sense of clarity and peace. Who doesn’t want more of that?! Soon Yin became my main yoga practice and here are some of the amazing benefits of Yin: it’s challenging yet simple, encourages stillness, is relaxing, reducing stress and anxiety, improves flexibility, brings balance back to not just the body, but the mind and spirit, and is a great forum in which to practice mindfulness. But don’t be fooled into thinking Yin yoga is easy. Like any yoga practice, you can always take it further, challenge yourself and begin to explore uncharted territory. Yin yoga has the potential to open you up to more possibilities in life, as you begin to expand your mind and body! I hope to see you on the mat soon, Namaste!