Yin Yoga combines aspects of Hatha Yoga, the concept of the meridians in Chinese medicine, Taoist philosophy, and Buddhist meditation techniques.
In a Yin class, the postures are held for three to five minutes. Sometimes even longer. This sounds and feels long but is completely worth your effort!
Long held postures give the muscles time to relax so that the connective tissue is stimulated. It will give your mind time to become aware of the experiences or traumas that rise up out of your joints. The aim is to free yourself from old, locked-up tensions.
Fewer asanas are practiced and they’re mostly done sitting or lying on the floor or using the wall. With its emphasis on long-held, passive stresses of the deeper connective tissues, Yin mobilizes and strengthens our joints, ligaments and deep fascial networks.
Letting go is the hardest asana but also the most rewarding!
Unlike the heat-building, blood pumping, strengthening yang side of Vinyasa practice, Yin yoga focuses on postures that lengthen the muscles surrounding the hips, pelvis and lower back. The elasticity of our connective tissue diminishes with physical activity and aging, which makes yin practices essential for injury prevention and joint health.