Yin Yoga is based on ancient Chinese philosophies and involves holding yoga poses (asana) for longer periods than is normal with other forms of yoga. It focusses on improving the elasticity of your fascia (connective tissue which stabilises muscles), ligaments, joints, bones and your mind, which can increase your strength, flexibility and joint stability. Yin Yoga also has a strong breathing component.
Many Yin Yoga poses use reclined or seated postures meaning they’re suitable for those who are wheel-chair bound, tire easily, cannot stand for long periods or have an injury that interferes with standing.
Yin Yoga offers the perfect balance to a hectic day and fast-paced physical activities. It’s a great choice if you need to reduce stress and anxiety, want to stretch and strengthen your body and mind, suffer from chronic pain or a chronic condition like osteoporosis or arthritis, frequently succumb to injuries, or are interested in exploring meditation. If your body copes with a lot of high-intensity physical activity, Yin Yoga is the best option for bringing balance to your body.