In a yin yoga class, we gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a 1-5 minutes. We concentrate on relaxing the muscles and noticing bodily sensations. The body responds by making the connective tissue a little longer and stronger. When we don’t use the full range of our joint flexibility, over time, the connective tissues will shorten and our joints become “shrink-wrapped”.
Yin yoga generally promotes flexibility in areas often perceived as nonmalleable, especially the hips, pelvis and lower spine. A meditative and peaceful practice, yin yoga can help you notice and release tension. It is detoxifying and a lovely counterpoint to any other physical activity you enjoy.