You probably already know this but I’m big on incorporating yin practices into my life. For me yin practices are about so much more than ‘just’ yin yoga. I love yin yoga. Truly. But for me it’s about so much more. For me it’s about creating a balance between the yin and the yang. Both on and off the yoga mat.
I love going out. I love dressing up. I love hanging out with friends and family. It lights me up. I love being active. I love a sweaty vinyasa flow. I love handstands and arm balances. I can talk your ear off. Generally, I’m a very outgoing person. I have my quiet days too but overall I’m very outgoing and I enjoy company.
That being said I also enjoy my yin practices. They keep me grounded. It’s where I find my calm. I need my yin practices. They keep me and my life balanced.
I want to do a full blog post about yin and yang, but very briefly yin is feminine, passive, introverted, reflective, cool… It’s the night. It’s winter. It’s the shadow side of the mountain. Yang is outgoing, warm, dynamic… It’s summer. It’s the day. It’s the sunny side of the mountain.
We need both yin and yang. It’s about creating a balance between the two.
Now, I’m sure there are many yin practices, and you have to find the ones that work for you. I’m just going to share some of the yin practices that I personally love. Naturally, I don’t do all of these practices every single day. Sometimes I do one of them. Sometimes more. I like switching them up and doing what feels good on any given day.
5 Yin practices I love
I’m big on journaling. Writing is how I process my feelings. I love writing. Honestly, I could write all day long (which sometimes I do). When I journal I simply write whatever is on my heart. I don’t have a timer. I don’t have a topic. I just write. Sometimes for a minute. Other times for an hour. For some people writing/journaling might feel more of a yang than yin practice and that’s okay too. For me personally journaling is very calming, grounding, relaxing, and it’s an opportunity for me to just be.
Walks in nature
I’m not talking about power walks where you have Eminem blasting from your headphones. That can be great too. But that’s not a yin practice. I’m talking about those slow, restorative walks/strolls on the beach, in the forest or in the mountains. It’s not about moving your body. It’s about spending time in nature. It’s about listening to your body. Tuning in to your inner voice. Listen to the wisdom from Mother Earth.
Yin and restorative yoga
Naturally, I had to put yin and restorative yoga on my list. There’s not much to say here. You can read my blog post 5 reasons I love yin yoga.
It probably comes as no surprise that I love reading. Always have. For me reading non-fiction books is not particularly relaxing. Well, I do relax but I’m also learning. If I read as a yin practice it has to be non-fiction. That’s how I really relax.
Sipping a cup of coffee or tea quietly while looking out the window
Perhaps this is the most yin of all the things I’ve mentioned. I love just sipping my coffee while gazing out the window. With nowhere to be or nothing to do. I can allow myself to just be in the present moment.
I’m curious to know if you have any yin practices, or if some of the above mentioned practices resonate with you.