Yin yoga targets the deepest tissues of the body especially in the hips, pelvis and lower spine; our connective tissues, ligaments, joints, bones and the deep fascia network of the body, rather than the muscles (the focus of a yang practice), is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility.
Yin Yoga is a slower and more meditative practice, giving you space to turn inward and tune into both your mind and the physical sensations of your body. Your mind is always busy with thinking instead of feeling and being fully present with what you are doing, it aims to help awaken your body and mind to the energetics of the posture you are holding and to restore your natural ability to move with fluidity and be fully present in the felt experience of practicing yoga and to remain open to your untapped potential of inherent possibilities.
Yin helps give us the strength and resiliency to be able to move naturally and achieve optimal health.
Benefits of a yin practice:
Releases fascia & improves joint mobility
Can revitalize the tissues of the body & increases circulation
Yin yoga forces us to slow down & find more balance
This practice can help us become more resilient to stress
Yin gives tools to reduce anxiety
Yin yoga can help us tap into the parasympathetic nervous system