A non-heated practice, Yin Yoga focuses on the finer muscles and tissues in the body. Compared to other forms, in Yin Yoga each posture is held for a longer duration; the holding of poses helps create space for opening deeper tissues, apart from just muscles and tendons. These tissues, when stretched, reduce tightness and release tension around the muscles. Rebound poses are intertwined, allowing the benefits of each pose to settle in. While upper body is also addressed, Yin Yoga targets spine, lower back, and hips –areas where flexibility is often compromised by lifestyle and work environments that include much sitting. It has also been found that many of us carry stress in our hips, causing them to be tight. Gentle twists help detox internal organs; breathing through discomfort (adjusting or backing off whenever pain is felt) results in natural deepening and maintaining presence in the moment … beneficial both on yoga mat, and in life.

“The power of yin yoga is time, not effort. It takes time for our connective tissues to slowly respond to a gentle stress, it cannot be rushed. Learning to patiently wait calms the mind and develop the necessary attitude for meditation practices.

Modern culture appreciates the strength of the yang attitude to ‘go for it,’ but there is no end to our desires. To be truly happy, we must also cultivate the yin qualities of patience, gratitude, and contentment.”

– Paul Grilley, Yin Yoga Principles & Practice

“Yin Yoga is part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition. In its modern incarnation Yin Yoga combines the influences of Indian Yoga and Chinese Daoist practices with Western science to improve our health on many levels. With its emphasis on long-held, passive stresses of the deeper connective tissues, Yin Yoga mobilizes and strengthens our joints, ligaments and deep fascial networks.

Most forms of yoga today are dynamic, active practices designed to work only half of our body, the muscular half, the ‘yang’ tissues. Yin Yoga allows us to work the other half, the deeper ‘yin’ tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascial networks, and even our bones. All of our tissues are important and need to be exercised so that we can achieve optimal health and vitality.”

-Bernie Clark, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga