is a softer, quiet but not necessarily easy style of yoga where poses are taught with longer, more passive holds ranging from 2 to 5 minutes. These long held yin poses apply moderate stress to connective tissue, rather than exercising muscles, which also aims to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility. This results in lengthening of the tissue and a feeling of ease, mobility and an improved flow of chi through the tissues, promoting healing and a pleasant energetic release. Yin practice over time, will allow the connective tissue fibres to grow and realign to provide a greater range of motion and create strong and flexible joints (Yin Yoga Principles and Practice, Paul Grilley).
Yin Yoga uses restorative, floor-based poses which also nourish and stimulate the Chi or Qi in the body. Chi is the subtle energy, referred to in Chinese medicine, which flows through the meridian pathways of the body which are said to be created by our connective tissue. The benefits of improved Chi is to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being. Yin Yoga also provides the perfect space to develop deeper levels of self-inquiry and to cultivate the capacity for meditative self-awareness.
Yin Yoga is more of an inward-drawn and meditative approach to yoga, taking you to the more quiet inner realms of the mind to cultivate awareness of inner silence and allow you to bring your mind and body into the parasympathetic state of rest and digest, a desirable practice for those who suffer stress or stress related illness or disease.