310.425.8528 Menu
Yin Yoga View our Specials >>

Yin yoga can be simply defined as a balancing practice for a yang style of yoga. It is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, in which the interaction of two principles influence destinies. Yin is negative, dark, and feminine, and yang is positive, bright, and masculine. In the body, connective tissues (ligaments, tendons, and fascia – the thin sheet of tissue around muscles and organs) are yin and the muscles and blood are yang.

What Is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a passive practice involving seated and supine poses that access deeper layers of fascia. It is designed to help you sit longer in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints of the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine.

Classes usually consists of a series of floor poses that primarily work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, lower spine, and inner thighs – an area particularly rich in connective tissue. For more advanced practitioners, these poses are held for up to 5 minutes, or longer.

Benefits of Yin Yoga

Yin yoga works on the connective tissues, which respond best to a slow, steady load. Poses are held for approximately 5 minutes in a yin yoga class, which gently stretches the connective tissues. The body responds by making these tissues slightly longer and stronger, which is the exact desired result. Regular yin yoga practice can produce physical and mental benefits, including:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Greater joint mobility
  • Increased circulation
  • Fascial release
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety
  • Calming and balancing of the mind and body

Tenets of Yin Yoga

Practicing yin yoga with the following tenets in mind can bring your experience to a deeper level:

  • Find your edge: Move slowly and gently as you enter a pose, pause and listen to the body, and wait for feedback before moving deeper. What you are looking for is the appropriate degree of intensity, a balance between sensation and space.
  • Be still: Refrain from fidgeting or trying to fix the pose, either to intensify it or to escape the sensations. Consciously release into the shape. This helps you relax the muscles around the connective tissue.
  • Hold for a while: Hold time from 1 to 3 minutes is recommended for beginners, and up to 5 minutes or more for advanced practitioners. Invite space and breathe steadily instead of contracting around the sensations.
  • Release carefully: The joints are vulnerable in yin yoga positions, when you put your body into a long hold. These positions can be dangerous if you move in or out of them too quickly or aggressively. Move slowly when changing poses.

At Red Diamond Yoga in Los Angeles, we offer Yin Yoga with Massage as well as a two-part Yin and Yang Yoga class that combines vinyasa flow and yin yoga to bring both styles into the same 90-minute class. All of our classes our intelligently sequenced with clear instructions and personal attention and engagement. Walk into our facility to get a feel for our quality and culture and the full experience we provide with our yoga classes.

© Red Diamond Yoga. All Rights Reserved.