Yin yoga is a deep and introspective practice. It is also an effective method to prepare the body for meditation. Physically, the primary intention is to stimulate the underlying tissues that wrap around the joints. Stretching and strengthening the connective tissues in the joints is therapeutic when done with proper alignment. Long holds awaken the subtle energetic body, which restores vital energy and creates optimal balance within. A typical yin pose is held for 3-7 minutes, and a good Yin practice is comparable to an acupuncture session, where the vital organs are nourished and Chi (prana) is renewed.