In Yin yoga, the poses are held for a
long period of time – typically three to five minutes or longer – to
target the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, rather than
focus on the muscles. As a result, the poses are more passive holds
with little active engagement of the muscles. A Yin/Yang yoga
practice often begins with yin poses.
Developed in India, Yang yoga is what
the Western world thinks of as yoga – Hatha and Ashtanga yoga asanas and
vinyasas that warm the body and stretch and strengthen the muscles.
Yin/Yang yoga typically includes the yang portion of practice in the
second half of class.
By combining the two styles of yoga,
Yin/Yang yoga improves energy and fitness while promoting relaxation