Yin yoga is rooted in the Taoist tradition, which again refers to our masculine and feminine energies – this time, as the “yang” (masculine) and “yin” (feminine). While Hatha and Vinyasa focus on moving the body and building heat, Yin is all about finding stillness and letting go in a more cooling practice (so you might want to have a light sweater and socks handy!)
Plus, unlike Yang yoga practices, which involve tensing the muscles, Yin works deeply to stimulate the connective tissue around these muscles (known as “fascia”) – like a layer of clingfilm. Each pose is held for several minutes, in passive stretches where you can really connect with your breath.
Yin is a quiet, slow practice… but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! In fact, many students new to Yin Yoga will find it a whole new kind of challenge – to find stillness in a pose. But once they create the space to really connect with their bodies, to slow down and to practice self-compassion, they love it!
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