Yin Yoga is designed to help you sit longer, and more comfortably, in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, shoulders, wrists, ankles and spine). A passive practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia.
Yin Yoga is the opposite of the Budokon and Vinyasa Yoga styles that I practice and teach as these two are considered yang practices. They are like peanut butter and jelly, completely different but they both compliment each-other very well.
Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. Other yin-yang polarities include cold-hot, down-up, calm-excited. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
This is practice is great for training your patience, meditation, breath and ultimately to find relaxation.
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