Origin: This ancient form of yoga is rooted in China, but has recently been modernized by Paul Grilley, the California-based yogi who is now synonymous with Yin yoga.
Philosophy: A slower, more introspective form of yoga, Yin focuses on deepening postures, stretching the connective tissues, and working to create greater flexibility.
What to Expect: Prepare to acquaint yourself with the hips, pelvis, and lower spine—and their level of tightness. You'll feel challenged to remain relaxed and focused in the large spaces of time you are held in the poses—sometimes up to ten minutes.
Try it If…
… you want to deepen your flexibility and target tight hamstrings, hips and back.