Tranquil style of yoga. Deeply relaxing, Yin Yoga is a slow-paced practice. Time spent in each calming pose on the floor is like spending time in meditation. You relax into each pose and soften the muscle while holding the pose. This style of yoga targets the deep connective tissue of the body, bringing wider range of flexibility, calm and balance to body and mind.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
Although many Yin yoga poses or asanas closely resemble the asanas in Indian hatha yoga, they have different names, in part to alert those who are familiar with similar poses in hatha yoga not to perform them in the same way. In general, the poses of Yin yoga are performed with very little muscular exertion.