I like to think of Yin yoga as a mini detox. The benefits of a regular Yin practice are endless. By holding poses anywhere from 2-10 minutes at a time we get deep into the fascia or connective tissue and the body begins to release toxins that in some cases have taken years to build up.
Each practice is connected to a meridian channel which are energetic channels that run through the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is believed that when the meridians are blocked the function of the corresponding organ is adversely affected.
ie. The Liver meridian is related to Spring. This is the time when Liver energy or Qi begins to move and rise outward. This is what helps us to be more energetic and active.
A blockage here can result in lethargy, headaches, hey fever, vertigo and perhaps unable to control the associated emotion of Anger.
So through the regular practice of Yoga, Qi Gong, acupuncture or acupressure and by using food for health, the flow of energy in the meridians can be stimulated resorting in balance and health.