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Most meditation practitioners have experienced the pain of stiff knees and an aching back at one point or another. The good news is that Yin Yoga can condition you to sit longerâand more comfortably.
So what's the difference between yin and yang approaches to yoga? In Yin Yoga, you hold poses for several minutes, stretching the connective tissue around a joint. This, over time, can improve your seated meditation practice. Yin Yoga emphasizes releasing muscles rather than contracting them, so most Yin Yoga postures are done seated.
A basic Yin practice incorporates forward bends, hip openers, backbends, and twists. Forward bends can often be combined with hip opening, such as Butterfly Pose (a Yin version of Baddha Konasana, or Bound Angle Pose). To balance this forward bend, use a pose like Seal (a Yin Bhujangasana, or Cobra Pose).