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Yoga Now
(617) 947-9488
282 Bussey St. REAR
Dedham, MA
Yoga Styles
Basics, Private Instruction, Vinyasa, B

Mystic Fitness
(508) 820-YOGA
855 Worcester Road Suite 18
Framingham, MA
Yoga Styles
Power, Hot, Vinyasa, and Bikram yoga

Universal Center for Energy Medicine
(781) 718-6028
325 Washington Street
Westwood, MA

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Bow Street Yoga
(617) 440-5947
34 Bow Street
Somerville, MA
Yoga Styles
heated vinyasa, restorative, and yin

Buyyogamat.com
(781) 583-7536
101 first street
cambrige, MA
Yoga Styles
All

Real Life Yoga Studio
(781) 767-1827
239 North Franklin St
Holbrook, MA
Yoga Styles
gentle, hatha, power yoga( no heat), res

DovenStar: Usui & Jikiden Reiki; Grief Healing; Meditation
(781) 586-0855
Hurd St,
Lynn, MA

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Luminous You Yoga
(978) 844-2796
76 School Street
Acton, MA

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Black Lotus Yoga
(617) 899-4775
289 Sidney Street #1
Cambridge, MA
Yoga Styles
Hatha/Vinyasa

The Ayurvedic Rehabilitation Center
(617) 782-1727
103 Bennett St.
Brighton, MA
Yoga Styles
Gentle, breath and spine oriented

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Yin Yoga

Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   

Sri Marie JamesonYin Yoga is a type of yoga practice based in concepts of Taoist Yoga. Yin Yoga emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. It is characterized by the relaxed practice of floor asanas for three to five minutes at a time. 

History of Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga contains the ancient, and some say original, form of asana practice. The sages who pioneered the  path of yoga used asanas to strengthen the body, so that they could sit for long periods in contemplative meditation. If you have ever sat for a long time with legs crossed, you know the hips and lower back need to be strong and open. The sensations you felt were deep in the connective tissues and the joints. These are the deep yin tissues of the body, relative to the more superficial yang tissues of muscles and skin. Yin Yoga opens up these deep, dense, rarely touched areas.

Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, hips, pelvis, lower spine, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.

Yang Yoga

Most yoga now practiced in the West is yang - an active practice that primarily focuses on movement and muscular contraction. Yang yoga provides enormous benefits for physical and emotional health, especially for those living a sedentary modern lifestyle. But it does not stretch the joints.

Yin Yoga vs. Yang Yoga 

If we don't exercise our muscles, they will atrophy and weaken. Similarly, if we don't stretch our connective tissues, joints, they will shorten and stiffen due to injuries, neglect, and aging. Athletes don't retire because of muscle problems; they retire with joint problems - bad ankles, bad backs, and bad knees.

Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.

Rediscovery of Yin Yoga

Recently Yin Yoga has been "re-discovered", and more and more students of yoga are adding this challenging form of practice to their regular sadhana.

Years of a dedicated asana practice will make anyone healthier, stronger, and more flexible, but at some point the muscles will have reached their limit of flexibility. New depths in postures, deeper ranges of motion, or an increased flow of energy may only be achievable by focusing on the deeper tissues of the body. This is why so many students are finding

Yin Yoga to be the perfect compliment and balance to their more active, yang practices.

Ying Yoga is 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.

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