Yin Yoga mainly consists of sitting and lying postures that you hold for longer periods of time. The emphasis in this practice is not muscle strengthening, but actually the complete surrender of muscle tension. While offering full attention to your body and mind, you relax as much as possible in a posture. This causes pressure in your joints while your connective tissue, cartilage and tendons get stretched so that they can recover, strengthen and refresh. At the same time, certain pressure points and meridians in your body get activated. Life energy (“Chi”) is allowed to flow better, benefiting your organs, health and emotional state of being. Making a Yin session like an acupuncture treatment you give yourself.
Yin yoga is good when you feel stiff or restless. It has a meditative quality, sometimes confrontational and powerful. This form is very suitable to alternate with more active yoga styles or sports.