As a more meditative approach to Yoga, Yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality. With inner peace and happiness by stretching and relaxing your physical and mental bodies.
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 (ligaments, fascia, tendons) are yin, while the moving and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine, but also the upper body – shoulders and upper spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held between 3 to 5 minutes, sometimes longer.
Yin Yoga requires the muscles to relax around the connective tissue in order to get stretched; so not all yoga poses can be done safely or effectively when practicing Yin style. Thus Yin asanas have different names.