Yin yoga is a slow-paced practice that involves passive postures held for long durations. Although it's a relaxing and meditative practice, yin yoga can be uniquely challenging, as it requires the practitioner to settle into relative stillness, which can be jarring for those who are used to constant movement.
From a physical perspective, Yin Yoga works by targeting the connective tissues of our body: our ligaments, joints, and fascia. This is one of the major differentiators between yin and yang practices (such as Ashtanga Vinyasa or Vinyasa Flow), which primarily target and work the muscles. On an energetic level, yin yoga can be tremendously beneficial for stress reduction and create a sense of peace and grounding, both during and after the practice.