About Yin Yoga

So what exactly is Yin yoga?

It is a more meditative approach with a physical focus much deeper than Yang Yoga Style practices like 262 Hot Yoga . Here the student is trying to access the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia and many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine). As one ages flexibility in the joints decreases and Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility. Yin Yoga is a wonderful complement to a regular 262 hot yoga practice.

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. ”

The Bhagavad Gita

Yin Yoga: The Taoist Way

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.

Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
Yin yoga's teaching in the Western world, beginning in the late 1970s, was founded by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink

Yin yoga employs specific sequences of poses aimed at stimulating particular meridians, or subtle channels, as understood in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the far eastern counterpart of India's Ayurveda; the system of medicine claims that there are energy channels of the subtle body, called nadi (Sanskrit for "stream"), with the ida, pingala, and sushumna as the principal or most important nadis.
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concepts of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin could be described as stable, immobile, passive, cold, and downward moving. Yang is understood to be changing, mobile, active, hot, and upward moving.

The sun is considered yang, the moon yin. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. More passive asanas in yoga are considered yin, whereas the more active, dynamic asanas are yang, because they stimulate the muscles and generate heat.

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A Yin Yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer

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