• Chika Yamawaki

5 amazing health benefits of yin yoga (and why you should make time for it right now)

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

1. Release tightness and tension in the body

For me, practising yin yoga feels a bit like bathing in the hot water. I can feel the muscular tensions melting away while softening into each pose. During the practice, you are encouraged to drop into stillness and surrender. There is no forcing, no striving. In fact we want the muscles to be switched off so we can work with deeper parts of the body – connective tissues, ligaments and joints.

2. Reduce stress and anxiety

Yin yoga is the time to slow everything down! There is no hurry while we practice. We take time to arrive in each pose, stay there for a while and take time to come out. We rest between poses without rushing from one pose to the next. We have no agenda in mind. Just taking time to sit quietly with ourselves and let things unfold. It is so healing!

3. Enhance healthy function of the organs by encouraging healthy flow of chi in the body

Yin yoga is a little like a marriage between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga. We work with acupressure points and can work with specific meridians (energy channels) in our body, which encourages healthy flow of chi or what yogis call prana. This nourishes our organs and helps our organs to function fully. It feels a bit like getting an acupuncture session, but without using the needles.

4. Allow us to cultivate acceptance

This non-striving practice helps us to cultivate more acceptance in our life. There is no need to neither push nor force our body into a posture. We allow our body to go as far as it can naturally go. We often notice one side feels tighter than the other and take it as an opportunity to get to know our body and practice more acceptance. There is no need to achieve anything in this practice. We drop DOING and enjoy BEING.

5. Make meditation a little easier

As we sit in each pose for 3 to 5 minutes, we stay present in each moment, noticing the sensation of the body changing. We watch our thoughts or feelings coming and going. We are meditating as we remain in each pose! Yin yoga can be seen as a mini meditation session and it might be an easier place to begin meditation practice for some people. Many people find it challenging to remain still in a seated posture even for a couple of minutes. (because of throbbing in the knee, tightness in the hip, achy back etc.) Yin yoga helps you to give more flexibility in your hips and so it often helps you to sit longer more comfortably.

If you're interested in trying out yin yoga with me, sign up for this special online event that's happening on Friday 1st May 2020! This is the first ever free online yoga class I will be offering and this is the only free event I will be hosting in the month of May. Places are limited so make sure to sign up sooner than later. Enrolment closing at 1pm on 1st May.

FREE online event

Finding Balance Masterclass

Yin & Yang Yoga & Mindfulness

When: 1:30-2pm on Friday 1st May 2020

Where: Delivered online via zoom

For full details & registration, please visit:


About Chika

Chika has been a student of yin yoga for the last 12 years and sharing the teachings for the last 6. She got introduced to yin yoga by Sarah Owen, Australia’s first and only Insight Yoga endorsed teacher based in Sydney. Chika studied further with her teacher, Sarah Powers (the founder and the director of Insight Yoga Institute) on multiple occasions including level 1 & 2 trainings, workshops & silent retreats. Chika has over 150 hours of specific training in the field of yin yoga and total of over 500 hours in yoga studies. She is a Yoga Australia registered teacher for both adults & children and sees herself as a lifetime student of yoga and this beautiful thing called life. She is a mother to a nearly 4-year old daughter and is passionate about helping other mums embrace self-love & self-care through the practice of yoga & mindfulness. She has seen hundreds of mums, kids and young families transform their life and would love to help you too.

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