The goal of Yin Yoga is to access deep connective tissues and to also connect with a more meditative state that allows the body’s energetic pathways to open. 

From a physical point of view, Yin creates balance by releasing the constriction of connective tissue, including fascia, a web of tissue that lies beneath the skin and holds muscle, joints, and organs in place. 

Psychologically, Yin Yoga helps us process subconscious emotions and memories. In this way, Yin Yoga helps us cultivate mindful awareness. 

In Yin Yoga, we develop a strong sense of stretch, find stillness, and stay in a passive, but deep pose for 45 seconds to 5 minutes or longer. The series of long-held, passive floor poses mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, and lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. 

During the asanas (poses), muscles are relaxed to avoid muscle spasms, which could result from engaging muscles for long periods. 

The intention of this practice is to soften and let go into the shapes and through patience, softness, and acceptance, this transformational practice can create freedom in body and mind.

Energetically, Yin Yoga improves the flow of Chi (energy) in the organs. To be healthy, we need healthy organs as well as healthy muscles. Yin Yoga also offers wonderful emotional and mental health benefits. 

In our day-to-day lives we are in a state of Yang (Sympathetic Nervous System – Fight or Flight – Solar energy) with all of our day-to-day stressors, in order to be balanced we use the practice of Yin to activate our rest and digest (Parasympathetic Nervous system – Moon energy) to prevent dis-ease and chronic stress on the body. 

Yin is incredibly inclusive as the practice works based on YOUR body and YOUR limits in order to slowly ease your body into a deep state of relaxation and for some, a rich meditative state. 

As we get older, our bodies begin to feel tighter, even in colder climates our bodies feel tighter than how they feel on a warm holiday, this is because our connective tissues aren’t being stressed (in a good way) and need to be slowly stretched to release tension (physical, emotional and mental). 

Yin is a way for your body to melt into pure bliss and also notice the difference between your mind’s restrictions and what your body can actually do for you; your physical and mental state calms and allows you to ease in to a deeper Pranayama and Meditation practice.