What is Yin Yoga?

As the name implies, Yin yoga is a way to practice Yoga that is oriented toward the “yin” principle. Yin as opposed to Yang addresses the deeper levels, the basic, the profound, in modern language what is “under the hood”.
Accordingly, the practice of Yin Yoga provides the tools to reach into the deepest layers of our body, working the bones and the deep tissues holding the skeleton and other structures together.
There are two main elements characterizing the Yin Yoga practice:
long holds of the posture, and relaxation of the muscles.
Both elements provide gentle, sustained tension or compressions on the deep tissues in a way appropriate to the quality and texture of the targeted fibers.
Yin Yoga asanas generally work using gravity and leverages on the body while the
practitioner consciously tries to relax, especially around the targeted areas.
Holding the posture for an extended time (2-3 minutes or more) allows the body to settle deeply into the asana.
The postures are defined by possible target areas, rather than aesthetic requirements.
In this way, classical Yoga postures can be modified and adapted according to the unique anatomical design of each practitioner.
Yin Yoga unfolds its benefits on many levels: the deeper layers of the body respond to being addressed in the specific way they need to get stronger, healthier and more elastic.
Appropriate stresses to the fasciae have an energizing effect on the energy meridians traversing the body.
The long holding times provide a quiet environment and an invitation for the practitioner to enter a meditative state.
A noticeable feeling of wellbeing and peacefulness often happens as an immediate aftereffect of a Yin Yoga session
Yin Yoga is providing a gentle, quiet, unspectacular, at the same time subtle, deep and powerful approach to Yoga.