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What is Yin yoga?

Yin yoga is a slow-paced, meditative yoga practice of holding traditional healing postures for extended amounts of time. This benefits your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Placing moderate stress on your connective tissues by holding poses for a long period of time can improve circulation, decrease stress on your joints, increase flexibility and lower stress levels.

History of Yin yoga

The current Yin yoga methodology hit mainstream yoga in the 1980s, but the roots of this practice go way back in time. Yin yoga stems from ancient Chinese medicinal practices and Taoist principles of supporting Qi — or energy — to flow through the body. Yin yoga supports the abundant flow of Qi by opening the body up and allowing for maximum circulation.
Yin yoga is built on the belief that humans tend to hold onto negative energy that manifests as physical signs of stress. You release the negative energy that is blocking the flow of positive energy by supporting the flow of Qi through your body. This process will help you heal your mind, body and spirit.
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Yin yoga benefits

Once you understand the background and basics of Yin yoga, you can take a deep dive into how this practice can help you in your everyday life. The benefits of Yin yoga are the low barrier of entry (almost anyone can take a Yin yoga class), increased flexibility, improved joint health, injury prevention and mental health benefits.
Yin yoga is good for improving the health of your connective tissues. The special attention to bones, joints, ligaments, and fascia hydrates your connective tissue. This increases flexibility, improves joint protection and slows the internal aging process.

Who can practice Yin yoga?

Anyone can benefit from regularly practicing Yin yoga. From professional athletes to those taking their first step into their fitness journey, Yin yoga is the perfect complement to your standard sweat sesh. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been to thousands of yoga classes or zero — you can confidently walk into a yin yoga class knowing that you won’t get lost, overwhelmed or left behind.

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