Yin Yoga Happy Baby Pose and Yin Yoga Stirrup Pose

Yin Yoga Happy Baby Pose and Yin Yoga Stirrup Pose

The yin yoga posture of happy baby pose or stirrup pose helps to open the hips and the inner line of the leg. The movement creates external rotation in the hips and can also decompress the sacrum and the sacroiliac joint.

Energetically, it targets the Liver, Kidney, Spleen, Gallbladder and Urinary Bladder meridians.

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Yin Yoga Forward Fold and Yin Yoga Caterpillar Pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Forward Fold  and Yin Yoga Caterpillar Pose with modifications

Caterpillar pose is a straight-legged forward fold. It helps to lengthen the ligaments that run along the spine, activates the hamstrings, and compresses the abdomen aiding in digestion. It also triggers the Bladder channel that runs along the back line of the legs and along either side of the spine.

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Yin Yoga Melting Heart Pose and Yin Yoga Quarter Dog Pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Melting Heart Pose and Yin Yoga Quarter Dog Pose with modifications

Melting heart is a beautiful backbend for the upper and mid back. It helps to open the shoulders and the heart. Remember if you feel any tingling in your hands or arms to back off. You can also lpace your hands shoulder width or wider to ease some pressure in the upper back. If you would like to intensify the opening bring your chin towards the floor instead of the forehead. You can also use padding under various areas such as the knees, ankles or chest to create more comfort and ease.

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Yin Yoga Butterfly Pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Butterfly Pose with modifications

Butterfly pose is one of the most accessible forward folds in the yin yoga practice. It's a great pose to open up space in the back, hips, and adductors (inner leg). And it targets the Ball Bladder, Kidney, Liver and Urinary Bladder meridians in the Chinese system.

It's a great low back stretch for people who are sometimes limited in other forward folds due to tight hamstrings and its a good forward fold option during pregnancy due to the space it provides the belly. 

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Yoga Posture Basics :: Legs up the Wall / Viparita Karani

Yoga Posture Basics :: Legs up the Wall / Viparita Karani

Viparita Karani or "legs up the wall" can be used in an active yoga practice, in a yin yoga or restorative yoga practice. It's a deeply nourishing pose that is very revitalizing for the lower body. It's also very calming for the nervous system.

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Yin Yoga Sphinx Pose and Yin Yoga Seal Pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Sphinx Pose and Yin Yoga Seal Pose with modifications

Sphinx pose is a backbend that helps to open the front of the body and compresses the lower spine, sacrum, and the region of the kidneys and the adrenal glands. It also activates the Kidney meridian, and the ligaments along the spine. This is a particularly important due to its connection with the reserve of Qi held in this area.

Seal pose is a deeper back bend and may not be available for everyone. Take your time. This posture not only pressurizes the spine and kidney meridian it also opens up the upper chest, strengthens the arm bones, and provides a stretch into the front of the body which is where the Spleen and Stomach meridian run. This variation is also safe to practice while pregnant.

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Yin Yoga Reclining Twist with Modifications

Yin Yoga Reclining Twist with Modifications

Today's video is the yin yoga posture "reclining spinal twist". There are many variations to this pose dependent of personal preference and mobility in the knees and back. This posture primarily helps to twist the spine and "massage" or squeeze the internal digestive organs, making it a great pose to work out any last bits of tension near the end of your practice.

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