Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses or asanas that are held for longer periods of time - Several minutes per pose is typical. lt was founded and first taught in the United States in the late 1970s by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink. Yin-style yoga is now being taught across North America and in Europe, due in large part to the widespread teaching activities of Yin yoga teachers Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues - the tendons, fascia, and ligaments- with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Last years research within the field of fascia has shown its significance for the human body and our well being. They are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body.
Improved qi flow is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being. A more meditative and mindful approach to yoga, Yin aims at cultivating awareness of one's inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality. Yin yoga is not intended as a complete practice in itself, but rather as a complement to more active
forms of yoga and exercise.