Most styles practiced today emphasize muscular contraction and are considered yang. by contrast yin yoga targets the ligaments, tendons and connective tissue in the legs, hips, spine and shoulders. yin postures are practiced on the floor and are held for 4 to 6 minutes in a relaxed way with little muscular activity. the goals are to lengthen and strengthen connective tissue, to promote skeletal health by stimulating the production of synovial fluid in the joints and to use the breath to quiet the anxious mind. suitable for practioners interested in the principles of yogic stretch and injury prevention, as well as those interested in yoga for stress reduction and as meditation.
An invigorating yang style of yoga that was developed as an extension of classical ashtanga yoga. vinyasa is a heat producing muscular style that emphasizes cardiovascular and respiratory endurance while strengthening and balancing opposing muscle groups. mindful attention to the details of alignment during practice can create a deep sense of inner power as well as a profound sense of peaceful well being that, for some, far outshines the physical benefits. suitable for those who enjoy moderate to intense physical activity.
completes the yin/yang circle. passive non-muscular yin postures to help lengthen and strengthen connective tissue while the meridian lines in the legs, hips, spine and arms slowly open. active muscular yang movements in combination with chi gathering techniques help complete the cycle by drawing universal, abundant and benevolent energies into the physical body. meditation then concentrates these energies and circulates them through the system; revitalizing body, mind and spirit. suitable for all.