The practice of Yin Yoga addresses the more yin parts of the body. These are the parts of ourselves that lie closer to our core, specifically the bones and connective tissue above the knees and below the navel. Unlike the muscles, which are the more yang parts of our bodies, the connective tissue needs to be addressed in a yin way with an attitude of quiet acceptance.
Yang yoga practices include popular techniques such as vinyasa flow, ashtanga, power yoga and hatha. Yin yoga is the perfect complement to our yang style of yoga practice.
Yin yoga postures are all practiced on the floor and each is held for a long period, usually three to five minutes and in some cases up to twenty minutes.
By putting ourselves in safe and controlled positions, we can relax the muscles around the area we’re working, allowing the connective tissue to be gently and safely maintained. This practice offers deeper access to the body targeting our connective tissues, fascia and ligaments with the aim of lubricating and protecting our joints. These are areas of the body often not reached with a typical yang style of yoga practice or fitness regime.