Here is a short description of this style of yoga – to learn more join our JIIVA tribe and come on the #JIIVAjourney with us!

What is it? 

Yin Yoga is a practice which places emphasis on the connective tissues of the body aiming to deepen the benefits of the poses further than the superficial tissues.

What does it mean? 

Yin Yoga can be referred to as the ‘art of surrender’, whereas a Yang practice could be referred to as the ‘art of action’.

Who founded it? 

A few significant teachers have played a role in the growth of Yin Yoga – Paulie Zink, Paul Grilley, and Sarah Powers.

How did it evolve?

The Holding poses for a longer period of time as in Yin Yoga, is not unique to this style of practice but became popularised through the teachings of several teachers who shared this style in the West. In 2002, Grilley published the book, Yin Yoga: A Quiet Practice and in 2008, “Powers published the book, Insight Yoga, which teaches Yin yoga sequences”.

What is a class like?

A Yin Yoga class will have a smaller number of poses held for longer periods of time, aiming to deeply release and stimulate the connective tissues of the body. It is a meditative style that still focuses on the breath as in other forms of asana practice.