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Yin is more internal, passive, cooling, and downward. Yang is more outside, dynamic, warming, and upward.
A yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body: the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues, while expanding flexibility and invigorating the energy centers of the body (nadis), blockages are released and your energy flow increases. Yin yoga focuses on static movement, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. The primary differences between yin yoga and many others forms of yoga is that you are encouraged not to use your muscles and passive poses are held for up to 5 minutes, sometime longer. This flow of energy through the body in chinese medicine is referred to as chi and in Yin yoga philosophy as prana. This energy travels through pathways in the body referred to as meridians. It is thought in yin yoga the chi runs through the connective tissue in the body (meridians/pathway).
Yang Yoga, in contrast, refers to a more active (warming) practice working on the (Yang) muscles and blood flow, building strength, stamina and flexibility. Yang styles of yoga are those with rhythm and repetition like Hatha Flow. It is a classic set of Hatha poses that flow from one to the other with a few pauses for further instruction and teacher demonstration. Hatha yoga aims to achieve a balance between male and female energies through the use of postures that seek to find the balance between strength and flexibility. The synchronization of conscious breathing and body movement promotes stress reduction and purification of the mind. Other benefits of practicing hatha yoga include strengthening and toning muscles, facilitating digestion, improving organs function, and promoting sleep. It improves the immune system with the contractions and stretches of the muscles and the movement of the organs, helping the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins from the body.
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