Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. Other yin-yang polarities include cold-hot, down-up, calm-excited.
Yin classes usually consist of a series of long-held floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body (hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine), as these areas are especially rich in connective tissue. Gentle fascial release improve circulation and metabolic waste removal, tissue respond well to a slow and steady release. Meditation and breath awareness are important components in Yin Yoga.
Yin is beneficial for those experiencing fatigue, insomnia, or over-stimulation of the mind and body, supports hormone and reproductive health.
Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice
• Calms and balances the mind and body
• Reduces stress and anxiety
• Increases circulation
• Improves flexibility
• Releases fascia
• Improves joint mobility
• Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation