Lately we hear more and more speaking about yin yoga, but what is it exactly, what are the differences with the other styles and when was it born?

Yin Yoga is a style of slow yoga, some define it as sweet or soft but in reality although it is really suitable for everyone, if done constantly and correctly it is anything but a sweet practice. Yin yoga envisages maintaining in a relaxed way static positions for a minimum time period that goes from 3 to 5 minutes. Yin Yoga: is a practice for all.

In a time where everything is fast and running, yin yoga proposes to slow down, lengthening the tissue hence helping to acquire greater flexibility and strength.


The invention of Yin Yoga is attributed to Paul Zink.

Teacher of Taoism and champion of martial arts, in the seventies Zink decided to create a new task by combining mainly asanas of hatha yoga and Taoism. Over the years this discipline has been changed and improved thanks to the contribution of Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.

By exploiting their knowledge of anatomy, chinese medicine and the meridian system, they developed sequences able to stimulate in a better way energy and breathing.

Yin Yoga starts from the belief of the Taoist life that sees two complementary energies but different in its inside YIN and YANG precisely. These forces mentioned not only present only in nature but also in our body. Belongs to nature Yang what is active, flexible, clear, warm and soft. On the contrary, belongs to nature Yin what is passive, rigid, dark, hard and cold.

Accordingly, thanks to this distinction, our connective tissue is associated with the elements of nature Yin since rigid and not elastic, while our muscles are associated with the elements of nature Yang, because elastic and soft.

Zink gave a lot of importance to both the forces of nature and in fact it was spoken about a yoga yin and yang at the same time, but then over years more importance was given to the Yin nature.

This change is influenced by the theory of the meridians of chinese medicine according to what is in the connective tissue where the points of intersection of the channels which carry the vital energy (prana or chi) reside. In the absence of a proper physical activity, the energy flow is hindered and slowed down and it is thanks to slow and deep movements that it can be rebalanced.


Starting therefore from traditional yoga: Hatha yoga, yin yoga is merged with Taoism and therefore also in this practice we find many movements belonging to these activities. The fundamental difference lies in the time of execution of the exercises and in the type of recurring exercise . To improve the flow of energy and stimulate the tissue and joints, a Yin Yoga sequence is made up from positions (poses) that are maintained for at least 3 minutes.

You can get to maintain a position even for 5 minutes or more, depending your level of resistance. The reason for these times lies in the fact that such long periods serve to relax and lengthen the connective tissue such as the tendons, ligaments and joints. Furthermore, most of the positions are carried out either lying or sitting down. The active positions relate to the yang, the passive to the Yin precisely.

There are training courses to become teachers of YIN YOGA, usually they are residential courses

Like the one below and may be attended by both yoga teachers, and lovers of yin yoga who have no teaching experience.


yin yoga teacher training

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