Yin yoga – unlike most other forms of the more ‘yang’ styles – allows us to work on the other half (that may be missing with the yang-only styles). It works on the deeper ‘yin’ tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascial networks and even our bones. It’s a slow-paced yoga with each pose held from anything from 3-10 minutes. These long holds really allow the time to tune in and observe the breath creating a powerful mind-body connection. Yin yoga is a great complement to our crazy rushed city lives.
It’s complementary to all the ‘yang’ styles of yoga as well as for anyone with a very active lifestyle. Surprisingly, the intensity in this style comes from the lack of movement – and the stillness and mind focus – so it’s not so much on the superficial physical level but rather the subtler (but deeper) levels of the body.