Yin Yoga: The Fountain Of Youth

By Lauren

  • As you hold Yin Yoga poses, you stimulate hyaluronic acid in the body and increase the moisture in your joints for greater health and youthfulness 
  • Hyaluronic acid is key to hydration, has antioxidant properties, and can help reduce the signs of aging
  • Try out my husband Travis Eliot's free yin yoga class here from the comfort of home! 

A decade ago I was introduced to the practice of Yin Yoga and began integrating it into my strong, power yoga style of personal practice and teaching. At first I hated it.

In Yin Yoga you hold deep, yogic-style stretches anywhere from five to eight minutes. For people like me, who are used to being on the go, this slower style of practice can be physically and mentally confronting, but, by holding these postures for extended periods of time you access the fascia which surrounds each muscle in the body.

Fascia is kind of like your own personal Spiderman suit. It encases and surrounds every single muscle in your body. Passing through the fascia are blood vessels and nerves. Over time, through the natural wear-and-tear of every day life, we develop adhesions in the fascia which impede the muscle’s ability to slide and glide over each other efficiently.

Adhesions can also inhibit the flow of blood and nerve communication. This can lead us to feeling stiff, tired and old. Yin Yoga can help to break apart these adhesions and improve mobility, flexibility, energy, and increase hyaluronic acid (HA) levels.

I knew the term “hyaluronic acid” from Yin Yoga first, then I began hearing it in commercials for skincare serums, lotions, and eye creams. I was stunned! We spoke about hyaluronic acid in the context of Yin Yoga as the “fountain of youth” and suddenly it was becoming a buzzword in skincare as well.

Your skin cells actually produce this acid naturally to maintain moisture levels. As you hold Yin Yoga poses, you actually stimulate hyaluronic acid in the body and increase the moisture in your joints for greater health and youthfulness. HA is key to hydration, has antioxidant properties, and can help reduce the signs of aging.

While you can now externally apply HA to your skin to receive the benefits on your face, you can naturally increase the occurrence of HA in your body too by practicing Yin Yoga weekly.

In fact, Yin Yoga is now one of the most practiced forms of yoga by professional athletes to help prevent injury, speed recovery, and improve mobility. Professional football teams, baseball teams, and even MMA fighters are using this form of yoga as a regular part of their training to increase longevity in their careers and the youthfulness of their bodies. Some of the most outstanding athletes of our time, such as Tom Brady, proclaim the benefits of mobility and agility as key to their enduring careers.

So, if you’re looking for the fountain of youth, we’ve perhaps found it! Give Yin Yoga a try for the next 90 days and see how you feel. In case you're new to this and not sure where to start, try out my husband Travis Eliot's free yin yoga class here from the comfort of home!