This practice is designed to help you sit longer, and more comfortably, in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine). A passive practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia.
This type of yoga, as it implies, is a relaxing way to soothe frayed nerves. Its classes involve the use of bolsters, blocks, and blankets to prop students in passive poses. The purpose of this is to allow the body to experience the benefits of a pose minus any intense exertion of effort.
Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
An ideal restorative yoga will charge you more than a good nap. Often practiced at night.