By popular demand, here’s another short morning yin yoga class! This will help you stretch your entire body in just 15 minutes with simple passive poses. This is suitable for all experience levels (beginners welcome!) and no props are needed. The poses we will do are: butterfly, deer, half butterfly and melting heart with a few counterpose stretches in between.
Luna joins me in this morning’s yoga class but she pretty much just sleeps the entire time 😛
There are 3 principles of Yin Yoga.
1. Find your edge
2. Be still
3. Hold the pose
Find your edge means respecting your body’s limits and not pushing too far and risking injury. Pull back a little bit and as you hold the pose you will be able to go deeper into it without pushing too far or hurting yourself.
Being still means that once you are in the pose it is important to completely relax your muscles so the benefits can get into the connective tissues and joints. Try not to fidget or move or distract yourself, this is a meditative practice. Breathe deeply in and out through the nose.
Holding the pose means that in Yin Yoga a pose can be held for 1-10 minutes depending on the pose performed and on the comfort level of the student. I usually teach poses held for around 4-5 minutes. Learn to surrender and keep a timer close by if needed.