Yin Yoga takes a meditative approach to our inner selves with a special focus on the anatomy of our own bodies.
Although yin yoga asanas are held in a relatively comfortable position, holding out for extended periods of time presents a physical challenge for many students. In doing so, it is important to listen carefully to one’s own body and to gently sink into each posture bit by bit. In this way, the flexibility of the muscles and fasciae is increased and tensions are released or reduced, thus harmonizing one’s life energy.
In this quiet form of yoga, as many assistive devices as possible are used (bolsters/bolster cushions, blankets, scarves, straps, blocks, sandbags, etc.) in order to dive even deeper. Yin Yoga is primarily about energetic work in interaction with the body without having to seek pressure to perform or confirmation from others. In the process, mindfulness of one’s innermost core and more awareness of the here and now develop.