What is it?
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. Fascia responds differently than muscle and requires this slow approach to facilitate opening.
Yin yoga works on the yin tissues, also known as the connective tissues. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load, which is why we hold the poses for longer (3-5 minutes). This is a deeply meditative practice, and no prior yoga experience is needed.
Why do we need it?
We live in a fast-paced, yang world; this practice invites you to slow down and create space for stillness, while opening of the fascial layer of the body. Fascia is the connective tissue (shrink wrap) that underlies the skin, wraps the muscles, and holds the bones together. It is the conduit for the meridians of the body through which energy flows. Over time chronic tightness of this layer causes stiffness, restricting mobility and energy flow.
When we experience pain, discomfort, or stress of any kind, our bodies become tense, and we use our fight or flight response. Yin yoga teaches us to reroute the mind and slow the heart rate when we experience discomfort. You've got three chances every week to get Yinified with us.