I recently completed a seven-day yoga workshop where I had to wake up at the ungodly hour of 6.20am everyday to arrive at said workshop by 7am. For the next 75 minutes, we would hold poses for 2–3 minutes that would stretch parts of our bodies that I don’t think any of us knew existed. Yin yoga is a particular kind of yoga where you hold poses rather than move from one to another. The only work you do is to stay in the pose while allowing gravity to pull your body rather than pushing yourself to reach a goal. If your hands don’t touch the floor in a forward fold, that’s fine, the aim in yin yoga is to simply let your body relax in the fold for as long as required. By applying stress to the connective tissue, this increases circulation and flexibility when done regularly.
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