Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, mostly done on the floor, with long held postures (1-5 minutes). Absolutely everyone can do Yin—it’s the perfect introduction to yoga for those starting their journey.
The goal is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility and range of motion by stressing connective tissues (tendons, fascia and ligaments). This style of yoga does not build strength or cardiovascular endurance but it has challenges.
Yin cultivates mindfulness. Being mindful and still in a pose for several minutes is a challenge—we are are hooked on stimulation and distraction.
Yin is a crucial balance for practitioners of the active yoga styles or a fitness regime, those looking to regain lost functional mobility and/or anyone with a crazy busy life.
Yin is not new, it was founded by Master Pauli Zinc decades ago. It’s (relatively) recent climb to popularity may be because it is a very effective stress relief tool. Modern life is full of demands and stress—we need tools to ensure that stress is managed and our lives balanced. Yin is all about balance. Black and white. Hot and cold. Yin and Yang.