Yin

Yin Yoga provides enormous benefits for physical and emotional health, and is the yoga that will fast-track achieving flexibility in the body. It just won't FEEL like it's happening fast...

That's because in this practice, we hold our poses for longer periods of time (like, we're talking 2, 3, 5 -- sometimes up to 10 minutes!). But don't worry - almost all of the Yin postures are reclined or seated, and we generally have the use of props (blocks, pillows, blankets) to help support us.

We ensure that the muscles are turned off, as we are trying to find relaxation across the entire body.

Many of us find Yin yoga more difficult than other styles simply because of what it asks us to do: be still. Without fidgeting, without trying to control.

We loosen the grip. Surrender.

That's when the magic happens.

And you carry this magic - this relaxation and this surrender and this sense of trust - from your mat into your real life.

Please note that you may be required to bring additional props with you (a blanket and a pillow for example), depending on the class. You'll see that when you sign up. But socks are always a good idea in Yin because we get COZY!

If you're interested, read on for the science behind Yin Yoga:

The principle of all exercise is to stress tissues so that the body will respond by strengthening them.

But different parts of our body require different forms of love and attention. Including exercise. 

This is mainly due to the elasticity of a tissue, which varies dramatically depending on its fluid content.

Our muscles are known as the Yang tissues of the body.

Our muscles (containing high amounts of water) enjoy rhythmic, repetitive movement. They love short, sharp movements like contraction and release.

Our Yin tissues are our connective tissues: tendons, ligaments, and fascia - the stuff that holds us together. They're found in every bone, muscle, and organ, and concentrated at the joints.

Our connective tissues contain a smaller percentage of water making them drier, harder, and more stiff. They have a different intention therefore a different construction. They respond best to a static, longer-held stress.

You could think of it like a sponge: when a sponge is wet, you can easily manipulate it by pulling, twisting, and squeezing... vs when a sponge is dry, it rips very easily, but will stretch a bit if you apply gentle pulling.

In short:

Exercises that focus on the muscle tissue = "Yang" = more active

Exercises that focus on the connective tissue = "Yin" = more passive