What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga, also called “Daoist” yoga is a style of yoga that connects the breath with targeted poses to reach and move the deep connective tissues of the body (vs. the superficial tissues) and the fascia that covers the body.  This type of yoga is known to help the person practicing being more aware of their body and create deeper access to parts of the body we usually don't "work out."
Yin Yoga postures are usually done on the floor and combines breath and relaxation techniques (poses are held for 3 to 5 minutes) to soften the muscles and move closer to the bone. Each pose allows the yogi to access the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia, helping the body become more flexible and mobile. 
This intimate practice of yoga requires students to be ready to get intimate with the self, feelings, sensations, and emotions, which can easily be avoided in a faster paced yoga practice. 
Yin yoga can be practiced by anyone, at any age and at any stage of life. For athletes or people who enjoy high intensity or vigorous workouts, you might need to try this a couple of times to really understand it and start to like the slowness of the practice. 
While you will most likely experience immediate benefits like more open hips, a more relaxed body and centered mind, this practice can open up parts of the body over time you might not be able to experience in other types of exercise or yoga.  
Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are:
  • Calms and balances the mind and body
  • Balances energy in the body
  • Increases mobility and flexibility
  • Lowering of stress levels
  • Greater stamina
  • Better lubrication and protection of joints
  • More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
  • Release of fascia throughout the body
  • Deeper Relaxation and improves quality of sleep
  • Decreases anxiety and stress