If we look at the ancient Chinese concept of yin and yang, we can see that within two opposing forces, there is interdependence, connectivity, and balance. Yang represents the qualities of dynamism, heat, masculinity, movement, activity and "doing." Yin represents the qualities of stillness, coolness, passivity, femininity, resting and “being”.
Yoga styles, or any form of movement, can be classified as “yang” or “yin” based on their inherent qualities. Ashtanga, for example, with its focus on strength, stamina and dynamic movement, can be classified as a yang style of yoga. Yin yoga, on the other hand, is completely different—think long-held poses done of the floor with an emphasis on mindfulness and surrender rather than strength and perfect form.
I have found yin yoga to be a transformative practice in so many ways. Here are five reasons why you should give it a try.