In Yin Yoga, postures are held for 3-5 minutes whilst sitting or lying with a passive body. This practice lends itself to introspection and mindfulness as you’re invited to slow down, take stock and stay in posture - even when the stretch feels intense.
Yin is a wonderful compliment to yang styles of yoga such as ashtanga and ‘yang’ sports such as running, cycling and weight training. Another major difference is that yang styles focus primarily on the muscles of the body. The repetitions and more rapid movements of practices such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow encourage strength and tone. Yin Yoga on the other hand, works more with the connective tissue, joints and ligaments. Muscles are invited to relax so that fascia and other connective tissue can unbind and release as the practitioner stays in posture and finds stillness giving you that glorious ‘just been for a massage’ feeling.