Yin and yang yoga is a style of yoga that blends the slow-paced, passive stretching of yin yoga with the more dynamic, active movements of yang yoga. The practice aims to balance and harmonize the body’s yin and yang energies, which are seen as complementary and interdependent forces.
Yin yoga postures are held for an extended period of time, typically three to five minutes or more, and are designed to apply gentle pressure to the body’s connective tissues, such as the ligaments, tendons, and fascia. In contrast, yang yoga postures are more dynamic and involve flowing sequences of movements that build heat and energy in the body.
In yin and yang yoga, the practice begins with a series of yin yoga postures to open up the body and release tension in the connective tissues. This is followed by a series of yang yoga postures to build strength and increase flexibility. The practice ends with a final series of yin yoga postures to help calm the mind and restore balance to the body.
By combining the complementary energies of yin and yang yoga, this style of yoga is believed to help balance the body’s internal systems, promote overall health and well-being, and cultivate a sense of inner peace and balance.