Yin Yoga 101: learn the basics about this beautiful practice from Yogacara Yoga Teacher Training


Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga. Most practices of yoga are utilized to work the muscular portion of our body (Yang), where as Yin yoga lets us dive deeper into the yin tissues of our bodies, ligaments, bones and joints. Yin yoga can have the same objectives as another school of yoga and some students can find this style of class boring and passive but quickly discover that this can be the most challenging style of practice due to the long duration of poses.

With less postures in Yin Yoga and postures that are more passive, on the floor, it is different in that you are “relaxed” into the posture, allowing your muscles to soften, allowing you to delve deeper into your body. Postures are held significantly longer than in a Yang style class and can range from 3-10 minutes or even longer, and becomes more of a meditation.

As we age flexibility in our joints decreases and Yin yoga allows us to maintain our flexibility, but requires that the student get to know their whole body, the physical, emotional and all the sensations that come with it.

Benefits of Yin Yoga:

  • Regulates energy in the body
  • Increases mobility & flexibility in the body, especially the joints and hips
  • Stress & Anxiety Management
  • Deeper Relaxation
  • Better ability to sit for meditation

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