Yin yoga is a slower, quieter form of yoga. Poses are held longer (sometimes up to five minutes each), and focus on the connective tissue--ligaments, tendons and fascia--around the joints. The intention is to increase blood flow and circulation in the joints, thus increasing flexibility and range of motion. Also, by embracing stillness, yogis learn to cultivate an “inner witness”, that is, the ability to observe what arises within without feeling the need to fix it, reject it, judge it or deny it. More flexible body, more flexible mind!
If you're looking for yin, look no further. Feel free to do this as a stand-alone practice at the end of your day (or after you've been moving around for awhile, it's not a practice for when your muscles are "cold"!), anytime you want to truly calm your nervous system and open your hips deeply, or pair it with a butt-whooper like these guys did. We start with a long hold in bound angle pose, move into long holds in head-to-knee forward bend, marichyasana variations, half frog pose, half lotus, and double pigeon. Breathe deeply as we move from one long hold to the next, and help your body release tension as we quiet the mind and soothe the soul.
Want to get right to it? Me, too. Get into your hips and hamstrings from all possible directions as you breathe deeply. If you want to really chill but also deeply open, this is for you. Perfect for before bed, days when you have little to no energy, times you're fighting insomnia, getting over a cold, or just want to open your hips like never before.
Take seven minutes to give your hips some love, and to calm your nervous system. You can do this on a break during your work day, at night before bed, or in the morning, to ease your way into the day. Whenever you do it, there's no doubt that opening and releasing tension from your hips, hamstrings, hip flexors and psoas muscles does a body (and mind!) good.
This is the perfect antidote for a stressful, busy day to wind down before bedtime! What to expect: Grab pillows, blankets or anything else you need, jump into your pjs (or yoga pants) and roll out your mat for some deep hip, hamstring and side body stretches that we will hold for a few minutes each for maximum yumminess! Poses we will be exploring: Baddha Konasana, Wide-Legged Seated Forward Fold, Parvrrita Janu Sirsasana, Enjoy!
Need to chill after a challenging work day or week? This super slow yin sequence is a great way to let go of stress and restore your body! What to expect: I will be offering options for using the props if you feel like you'd like a little extra support. Poses to be explored: Supta Baddha Konasana, Reclined Twist variation for quad and psoas opening, Reclined Twist, Pigeon. Enjoy!
The theme this month is Relaxation, and this week we dive into both activating/strengthening and releasing the psoas muscle. We start and end with a more restorative session while lunging and leg balancing our way through the Vinyasa.
A Yin Chill Pill. A practice designed to create space in the ligaments and connective tissue around the hips and the sacrum, as well as some deep hamstring opening. Long holds and conscious breath, as we release and relax, and practice the fine art of being, rather than doing. If you're looking for some deep hip-opening, if you're ready to move into stillness, this is for you.