What is Yin Yoga?
As a type of movement therapy, Yin Yoga is an approach to postural yoga that emphasizes passive, static postures, held with the muscles in a relaxed state so that dense connective tissues around the muscles and joints can be stimulated, somewhat stretched, and strengthened. This style is meant to be a complimentary style of practice to more active styles of postural yoga. The intentions of Yin Yoga are to stimulate, strengthen and revive tissues of the body that are not emphasized to the same degree as in more active styles of yoga, hence its complimentary nature.
What are the benefits of Yin Yoga?
On a physical level, the mindful approach to the practice of Yin Yoga gently and safely targets layers of dense connective tissue around our muscles and in and around our joints. This promotes the tissue's strength, vitality, hydration and resilience.
On an energetic level, Yin Yoga is one way of promoting greater energetic flow and enhanced energetic circulation.
The deep energetic stagnations in the body are unblocked, particularly in the joints, allowing for a calm and still response as one's energy circulates with unrestricted ease.
Mentally, Yin Yoga practice offers the opportunity to cultivate 'yin' capacities of mind where we may reflect on our thoughts and insights allowing gentle receptivity.