45 min Upper Body Yin Yoga – (BACK AND SHOULDERS STRETCH)

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Duration: 40-60
Style: Yin Yoga
Level: All Levels
Focus: Yoga for Flexibility, Upper Body
Teacher: Kassandra Reinhardt


Hi everyone, welcome to my channel! Thank you for joining me in this 45 minute yin yoga class which will focus on your upper body, specifically your back, chest and shoulders. If you have tightness, tension or knots in your back, this will be a great sequence for you to do. This class is suitable for all access levels and you’ll want to have two blocks close by.

I’ll take you through a breathing exercise in the beginning to help you open up your shoulders and then we’ll do poses like reclined twist, forward fold, child’s pose, puppy pose, sphinx and supported fish. Remember that in yin yoga we usually hold poses for 3-5 minutes.

What is Yin Yoga? Yin yoga is often called the Yoga of the joints because unlike other styles of yoga, the emphasis is not on the muscles but on the deep connective tissue. Connective tissue is made up of fascia, ligaments and tendons which surround and form your joints. Yin yoga improves the range of motion in your joints and also strengthens them. The results and benefits are more flexibility and greater range of motion and also more stability within your joints.

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.