Yin yoga works deeply into the body by targeting the connective tissues such as ligaments, joints, and fascia. A yin practice is most beneficial when the body is cool or not warmed up in order to access the deeper tissues instead of relying on the muscles. Unlike the more traditionally known Yang asanas (poses), Yin postures are held for one to five minutes allowing the body to soften into the pose creating space in the body. Props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters and straps may be used to help the individual settle into a pose. Because asanas areheld for an extended period of time, the mind will ultimately be challenged as well. This practice is meant to help stretch and lengthen the muscles and connective tissues creating more flexibility in the body and expanding the mind.
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