Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, which are opposite and complementary principles in nature. Like two sides of one coin, one cannot exist without the other. Most forms of yoga are dynamic, active, heat-building practices designed to work the muscular half of the body, the “yang” tissues. Yin Yoga allows us to work the other half, the deeper “yin” connective tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascial networks, and even our bones. Yin Yoga asks us to hold the poses with awareness and mindfulness – it can be described as a deep stretch that is softened, rather than muscled, into. Yin Yoga is the perfect complement to a regular practice of active asana. This practice has been shown to improve range of motion and flexibility, increase circulation, and improve joint mobility. The poses also stimulate the different meridians or energy channels in the body, bringing balance to the internal organs and improving the flow of chi or prana.