Yin Yoga is a quiet and simple practice, but not necessarily an easy practice. It is a more meditative, and passive approach to physical yoga.

What you’ll experience in Yin Yoga

Your typical Yin yoga class consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. Yin yoga is almost entirely passive, during the postures, muscles are relaxed.

Why add Yin Yoga into your life?

  • Increase circulation and improves flexibility
  • Stillness: Calms and balances the mind and body
  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Fascial release
  • Deeper relaxation
  • Greater joint mobility
  • Meridian stimulation brings balance to the organs
  • Better lubrication and protection of joints

Yin Yoga targets our deepest tissues, our connective tissues — ligaments, joints, bones, and the deep fascia networks of the body — rather than our muscles. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load. If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a few minutes, the tissue will respond by creating more length and strength. Yin Yoga requires the muscles to relax around the connective tissue in order to get a stretch.

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Energetically, yin yoga improves the energy flow, enhancing the flow of chi to our organs. Yin Yoga poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. It is suggested that these meridians are created by our connective tissue. Improved flow of qi will improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being.

how to safely practice yin yoga

  • “Find your appropriate edge”: Move slowly and gently into the pose, and seek a maintainable amount of intensity, never stretch so far as to cause sharp, shooting pain
  • Stillness: consciously try to remain still, without shifting position, unless pain surfaces
  • Hold the position: beginners hold for 1-3 minutes, as you advance hold for five minutes or more
  • Release slowly with care