Yin Yoga Poses

Yin Yoga Poses with Founder Paulie Zink

Paulie Zink demonstrates several yin yoga poses after hours at his Yin Yoga Teacher Training workshop at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Paulie Zink’s complete art of Yin and Yang yoga contains many dozens of yin yoga poses and many variations of poses and yoga flow which are not included in the simplified version of Yin yoga that is commonly taught. Yin yoga poses are based on the characteristics of animals and their movements as well as the qualities of the five transforming energetic elements of Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire. By practicing the postures students learn how to feel the qualities of these energies in their own bodies. These energetic states enliven the body with qualities such as lightness, springiness, solidness, resilience, and fluidity. Paulie teaches students how to grow in their flexibility and to bring forth the power of the primal self.


yin yoga poses root with students at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Yin yoga poses with founder Paulie Zink and Kripalu students

yin yoga poses crab with founder Paulie Zink and Kripalu students

Class of Crabs

yin yoga poses swan with Paulie Zink and student

yin yoga poses crab with kiddies

Kiddie Crabs

yin yoga poses Cow Arms


yin yoga poses Butterfly with founder Paulie Zink


yin yoga poses downward dog

Downward Dog Yin Style

yin yoga poses Twisted Cat

Twisted Cat

yin yoga poses Dragonfly


yin yoga poses Phoenix on ball of foot


yin yoga poses Sea Horse

Sea Horse

yin yoga poses Butterfly-Shrimp


yin yoga poses Monkey King

Monkey King

Photos courtesy of Nick Atlas, used by permission
Our thanks to Nick and the students who posed for the photos