Yin yoga is known as a silent practice. Some teachers call it also meridian stretching or yoga for bones. During this practice you hold every pose for 2 to 7 minutes. The yin poses you probably know from the active yoga practice, just this time you hold them without using the muscle strength. The poses are mainly seated. The goal is to work the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones.
The newbies to this practice can be sometimes really challenged, since the long holds might be uncomfortable. That is the reason you start with short-2 or 3 minutes holds. During the practice if certainly helps to concentrate on your breath. Your muscles during the yin class should be cool.
Calm yin (feminine) practice is a counterpart to an active yang (masculine) practice which concentrates on the work of muscles and internal heat. That’s why yin yoga is a perfect complement to your active hatha yoga practice. It is suggested to practice it early in the morning or just before you go to bed.