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Yin Yoga is derived from the Chinese philosophy of Taoism. The practice of Yin Yoga consists of slower, more passive poses to balance the more active, “yang” energy of other yoga styles. Yin Yoga poses are held for longer periods, releasing tension in the connective tissues and stimulating circulation in the joints. The practice of Yin Yoga is said to improve the flow of chi or subtle energy in the body, which supports immunity and emotional well-being.
What to expect
In a Yin Yoga class, students engage in deep, sustained holds, surrendering effort and maintaining patient, mindful awareness. The atmosphere of a Yin Yoga class supports ease of mind and non-judgment of self.
Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink developed Yin Yoga after practicing martial arts with the master Cho Chat Ling. Zink developed Yin Yoga to help practitioners discover techniques to ease their bodies into unwinding from the physical demands of daily life, while also cultivating the mind.