The terms Yin and Yang are familiar to us, but what do they refer to in the context of yoga? They help us differentiate between the way we can expect to practice and the intention behind those practices. “Yang” yoga practices generally seek to foster a balance of strength and flexibility in the muscles of the body through rhythmic, repetitive movements, as well as sustained holds of postures that require effort. “Yin” Yoga invites us to find that same harmony between stability and mobility, but instead targets our connective tissue, ligaments, and joints. This access is granted to us by spending a prolonged period of time (usually 3 to 5 minutes) in postures that create sensation, but allow gravity to supply the effort.
Appropriate for practitioners of any level, Yin Yoga is a meditative journey deep into the body, where we find tension replaced by quiet spaciousness. It is an ideal compliment to traditional yang practices or activities.