What is Yin yoga?

Yin Yoga is named due to its compatibility with the yin concept called the Taoist concept. Unlike other branches of yoga where the asanas are more focused on muscles, yin yoga concentrates on the connective tissues. All the yin asanas are passive asanas and each asana is practised for several minutes. As the asanas are practiced for long duration, it cultivates many skills like concentration, patience, stubbornness.

What is Yin Yoga?

Connective tissues play an important role in the determination of range of motion’. Muscles account for forty percent of resistance and connective tissues for fifty percent against our body’s flexibility. Yin Yoga will target these connective tissues, especially, tendons and ligaments present in the spine and other joints. If practiced religiously yin yoga can lengthen the tissues and increase the range of motion.

How to Practice Yin Yoga


The entire asanas of Yin yoga are passive, they usually do not have any standing and balancing poses. There are around thirty five different asanas practiced by most of the yin yoga groups. However, they vary according to the teacher. Some of the poses include Anahatasana, Butterfly pose, Camel pose, Dragon pose etc. To avoid tetanus, muscles are relaxed during these asanas. This also helps in engaging the muscles for longer periods.

The physical benefits and intensity of this yoga is dependent on, temperature of the muscle and duration of the asana.

Duration of Asana

To lengthen the connective tissues, a practitioner should hold an asana and engaging in static stretching. By doing so, it applies tension and stress to the connective tissue and muscles in the targeted region. Muscles are elastic in nature so, they respond immediately and lengthen to their limit. Once the muscle stretches fully, the stress is continued to the connective tissues. These connective tissues are not elastic so, they cannot lengthen immediately. In order to strengthen them, they should be stressed for several more minutes. Usually, every asana in yin yoga is hold for five minutes and extended up to twenty minutes.

Temperature of Muscle

Cold muscles are less elastic, so more stress will be directly transferred to the connective tissues. Due to this reason, the yin yoga masters recommend the practitioners to practice the asanas in the early morning before any other physical activity. But some feel, practicing this yoga after a strenuous day has more psychological soothing.

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