1st Edition | Yin Yoga…have you heard of it? Yin Yoga is a quiet contemplative practice. It targets the deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues – ligaments, joints, bones, the deep fascia networks of the body, and the meridians. This is in contrast to a Yang yoga practice such as Vinyasa yoga which targets the muscles.
This equally important style of yoga is focused on your connective tissues such as fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. It is slower and more meditative, giving you space to turn inward and tune into both your mind and the physical sensations of your body. Because you’re holding poses for a longer period of time than you would in other more well-known types of yoga, yin yoga helps you stretch and lengthen those rarely-used tissues while also teaching you how to breathe through discomfort and sit with your thoughts.
By stretching and deepening into our poses, we’re unbinding any blockages and allowing our energy to flow freely. The goal isn’t to move through postures in a free-flowing manner, each posture can be held for three to five minutes. Yin practitioners try to access deeper tissues with a special focus on the joint areas throughout the body.