Yin Yoga is a slow-paced, passive style of yoga. It has a more meditative approach where all the postures are seated and are held for longer periods of time (anything up to 5 minutes) allowing the body to open up slowly and at it’s own pace. During these longer holds, the body is encouraged to relax and the muscles to soften in order to reach the deeper connective tissues. This allows access to parts of the body that a more fast-paced dynamic practice does not reach. The gentle loosening of these connective tissues can help to open up the energy channels and regulate the flow of energy in the body.
Yin Yoga is an intimate practice that allows us to sit with ourselves and with any sensations or emotions that may arise as a result of these soft yet deep postures. We learn to face ourselves and our feelings and to simply be with these feelings as we completely surrender to the practice. Attention is given to the breath to help facilitate the body to relax and the muscles to release and to allow an inner stillness to be cultivated.
Yin Yoga is a deeply calming practice in itself and is also the perfect compliment to a more active Yang practice.