The practice of Yin Yoga is the natural opposite of the practice of Yang Yoga. Yang Yoga includes all types of Yoga flow, and Vinyasa along with more gentle yoga like chair. Yin Yoga is different because it is practiced with the body "cool". There is no warming up in Yin. Yin Yoga classes offer up poses and stretches that are held for anywhere between 3 and 5 minutes. Now this may not sound like a lot, but the stretches can get very intense as you hold them.
This practice of holding and breathing encourages the release and stretching of the joint you are focusing on and can help the practitioner let go of emotional stress. This class focus on the hips, and will work to not only stretch but also strengthen the hip joint. I strongly encourgae grabbing a pillow or blocks if you have them, to support you in the practice.
Remember to be kind to your body, and listen when it tells you to release the pose. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Childs Pose: 10 Deep Breaths
Benefits: This pose brings your parasympathetic nervous system online and as a result, allows your body to relax into a rest-and-digest state. This pose also relieves the hips and low back of tightness.
1.From a table top position, push through your hands and send your hips back towards your heels. The hips might actually touch your heels, and they may not
2. Lengthen through your spine and bow your head to the Earth. If your forehead doesn’t touch the mat, you might consider supporting it with your block or bolster
3. Relax the chest so it rests comfortably on your thighs
4. Arms may reach energetically toward the top of your mat, or relax them softly at your sides
5. Breathe and bring your awareness to each part of your body that is connected with the Earth. Remember that you are supported by and connected to all energetic beings
6. Stay here for at least 10 deep breaths
Pigeon Pose: 20 Deep Breaths
Benefits: Pigeon pose offers up an intense stretch, while allowing the body to rest completely with the support of props. Holding this pose applies appropriate stress to the hip joint, which will rebound stronger and more flexible.
1. From Child’s Pose, press back up to table top
2.Take your right leg up in between your hands
3. Walk your right foot all the way over to the left side of your mat
4. Lay down the knee and ankle
5. Using supports (blocks, blanket or pillow) fold over the leg and allow the body to rest
6. Stay here for at least 20 deep breaths
TIP** If your hips are feeling tight, bring your front heel IN towards your body, this will make the stretch more gentle. If your hips are feeling open, push your heel AWAY from your body towards the top of your mat to intensify this stretch.