Good morning everyone, thank you so much for joining me in this 20 minute yin yoga full body stretch practice. This class will help you wake up and get ready for the day through some simple yin yoga poses held for about 2 minutes on each side. This is suitable for all experience levels and no props are required.
I’ll be taking you through poses like half butterfly (head to knee), deer pose, dragon (low lunge) and thread the needle. Since this is a morning yin yoga class we will end with a short meditation to set our intention for the day ahead rather then ending in savasana.
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.