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What is Yin Yoga?

What is Yin Yoga? This question is asked a lot by students who have been practicing Yoga for a while but have never come across this particular challenging style. Simple answers such as ""It is the balancing practice for your yang style of Yoga"" or ""It is Yoga for the joints, not the muscles"" are not overly satisfying.

Suitable for all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of Yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.

Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of Yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we call the yang tissues).

Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Imagine positions that concentrate stretching and conscious focus into areas such as the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Yin Yoga can also focus on the inner organs such as the bladder, digestive track, kidneys etc.

Click here for an interesting article about Yin Yoga from the Yoga Journal.