Yin Yoga is a counterpart practice to the more popular, energetic and muscularly engaging practice of vinyasa yoga/yang yoga. Most of the yin class is done on the floor and the poses are held for longer periods of time (2-5 minute) vs (up to 30 seconds in yang). The passive stretch in yin yoga acts on the deep connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine and works with the energy meridians "nadis". The active yang practice strengthens and lengths the superficial muscles and works with the chakra system. When there are blockages in the nadis or chakras, energy “prana” does not properly flow to organs and tissues and this creates an ample environment for disease and injury. After a yin class, expect amazing sleep and total relaxation of tense, tight muscles. The slow, deep breathing, of both practices, can reprogram the nervous system and relieve symptoms of chronic pain, ptsd, trauma, mental illness and many other conditions. Practicing any style of yoga can be life changing but having a balanced yin and yang practice might take your yoga practice to the next level.