Maureen Walter instructs the following:
Yin yoga is a wonderful counterbalance to any fitness routine. It is a practice that facilitates deep release of the physical, energetic, mental, and emotional effects of everyday stresses. Think of it as a reboot. Just as more active (yang) exercise practices help build strength and flexibility in the muscles, Yin Yoga helps build strength and flexibility in the body’s connective tissue through gentle, long-held postures during which the focus is placed on the breath. This healing practice is perfect for new and experienced yogis, as well as athletes wishing to benefit from faster muscle recovery and increased range of motion.