20 min Morning Yin Yoga – Wake up & STRETCH! (NO PROPS)

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Duration: 15-30
Style: Yin Yoga
Level: All Levels
Focus: Morning Yoga, Yoga for Flexibility, Full Body Yoga, Yoga Without Props
Teacher: Kassandra Reinhardt

Overview

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.

23 Comments

  1. Saisha

    Wonderful morning sequence, thank you :)!

    • Kassandra

      Yay!! You’re welcome

  2. Baerbel

    Love it! I combinde it with one of my favorite short morning yoga vinyasas. All is well and I am safe🤗❤️

    • Kassandra

      I love with shorter videos how they can be layered

  3. Elke Schwalm

    This felt really good, especially Thread the Needle. My back was melting into the pose! I am not a big fan of Yin yoga, holding positions for minutes is hard for me. But this was a great opportunity to get into it. Thanks so much, Kassandra – oh, and my word for today is “flow”.

    • Kassandra

      The shorted holds are definitely a nice way to get into the concept of yin! And I too love thread the needle

  4. Jillian Brown

    Love!!!! Thank you for providing a focus for hips

    • Kassandra

      Lots of hip focused classes in the archives too!

  5. Noémie Sauvé

    Calme is my intention, it felt verry good 🙏😊

  6. Hilde

    Nice practice, my intention for today is feel

  7. Ellen Storms

    Since it is a grey and rainy autumn day here in Belgium, my intention is Sunny ☀️

  8. Robin Van Royen

    Relax is my intention. PS: I don’t feel like these poses are doing very much for me … I don’t know why. I get to my limit but it still doesn’t feel like I am stretching the right way. (I am really not super flexible or strong either, regular, I guess.)

    • Kassandra

      Have you ever done a yin class in person? Or are you relatively new to yin?

  9. Rebecca Bruns

    Prepare. Scrumptious practice.

  10. Sally-Ann Soulsby

    Absolutely love this class. A perfect 20 min class. Thank you

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