Introducing Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is markedly distinct owing to the longer posture times involved and much slower pace. As such, it has a distinct set of benefits that the faster forms of yoga are distinctively unable to achieve for the yogi.

Understanding The Origins Of Yin Yoga

Initially known as Daoist yoga, Yin yoga is one of the least known forms of yoga but nonetheless one of the oldest forms of yoga. It was introduced to the West by Paulie Zink, a Taoist yoga and mixed martial art practitioner and teacher in the 1970s. Through his Yin and Yang classes, Paulie combined Taoist and Hatha yoga disciplines and asanas with the underlying principles of yin, thereby developing this distinct form of yoga. This is different to other popular forms of Yoga which you can read more about on our website here:

Some of Paulie’s students including Paul Grilley contributed to the development of this form of yoga. She drew her knowledge and understanding of anatomy and ancient Chinese medicine to evolve the Yin yoga sequences to enable practitioners to stimulate and channel energy with intention of bringing balance to your body.


Although this yoga form was not popular and more a niche yoga style for people looking to increase their meditative capacity, it has been increasing in popularity recently as more and more people are turning to this form of yoga instead of the popular forms of yoga such as Iyengar or Ashtanga yoga. Many other people are opting to take up yin yoga as well as the faster form of yoga to achieve the yin and yang state.

Understanding Yin Yoga

As mentioned above, yin yoga is characterized by a much slower pace. This translates to taking longer in one posture than you typically would with the faster forms of yoga. For instance, when performing yin yoga, you will likely spend about 3 to 20 minutes on each pose. However, you will perform far fewer poses throughout the entire sessions, typically 16. As such, yin yoga is much more calming and significantly more restorative rather than being physically demanding as is the case with most of the popular yoga styles today.

By taking a slow pace and taking longer in each posture, you focus on stretching the deep-lying connective tissues and such as tendons, aponeuroses, and ligaments. As such, yin yoga focuses on stretching parts of the tissues that are typically not stretched when performing the faster types of yoga. As such, you truly increase the pliability of your tissues as you stretch every part of the muscle without fail.

In this regard, the more active types of yoga such as Ashtanga yoga or high-paced activities such as running, swimming, and cycling are considered yang. They activate the superficial muscles and activates the circulation system. Yin yoga is, therefore, part of the yin, to form the balanced state of yin and yarn. It more calming, meditative, and gentle.

The Principles Of Yin Yoga

Regardless of the type of yoga you practice, the objective is to create a stronger union between your body and mind. This is still the end goal for yin Yoga. However, when it comes to principles, the yin yoga has its own set of principle, which includes being still and calm, being patient, and exploring and understanding your limits.

The Benefits Of Yoga

Owing to the slower sequences and longer pose times, yin yoga is particularly effective at helping practitioners prepare for meditation. In fact, Grilley, one of the leaders and a developer of this form of yoga used the yin yoga to help her prepare for meditation. She found that when you practice yin yoga, whereby you hold a pose for much longer, thereby stretching your muscles for longer, you trained your mind to develop the capacity and ability to stay in one posture for longer, whilst ignoring distractions. Consequently, you are able to remain calm longer for a more effective meditation session.