Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.
Benefits of a yin practice:
1. Releases fascia & improves joint mobility
2. Can revitalize the tissues of the body & increases circulation
3. Yin yoga forces us to slow down & find more balance
4. This practice can help us become more resiliant to stress
5. Yin gives tools to reduce anxiety
6. Yin yoga can help us tap into the parasympathetic nervous system
7. Increases flexibilty in the body & mind
Suitable for all levels. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
While initially this style of yoga can seem quite boring, passive, or soft, the yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses held, we can remain in the postures anywhere from one to five minutes! Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised, you need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.
Please note: Yin Yoga is not restorative yoga and like all yoga practices, if the tissues you are targeting for exercise are damaged in some way, please give yourself a chance to heal before resuming your regular practice.