Yin Yoga Sequence for the Whole Body

Yin Yoga Sequence for the Whole Body

This yin yoga sequence is designed to be a well rounded practice that targets a variety of areas in the body instead of just focusing on one. Use this practice when you’re not sure what area of the body you’d like to focus on, or alternate this practice with other practices that emphasize more specific actions or areas.

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What are the differences between restorative yoga and yin yoga?

What are the differences between restorative yoga and yin yoga?

It makes sense that restorative yoga and yin yoga are sometimes confused with one another. These two practices are similar in many ways. They’re both slow, receptive, calming, cooling, and oftentimes, they both emphasize contemplative teachings.

These two practices do have some essential differences though. I often get asked how these two forms of yoga are different from each other, so watch the video and read the post to learn more:

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Yin Yoga Sequence for the Back

Yin Yoga Sequence for the Back

This yin yoga sequence works with the four main movements of the spine. The spine is designed to move into flexion (forward bending), extension (back bending), lateral extension (side bending) and rotation (twisting).

The spinal column is made up of gently curving stacked bony vertebrae. Between each of the vertebra are discs made up of a fibrous outer layer and a jelly like centre. These disks hold the vertebrae together and help the spine absorb shock. The spines naturally curved shape, and the shock absorbing qualities of the discs, provide buoyancy to our body and our movements.

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Yin Yoga Sequence for the Hips

Yin Yoga Sequence for the Hips

This yin yoga sequence targets the outer hip and inner groin.

Many of the poses below emphasize external rotation of the hip, so be sure to also include poses that re-establish internal rotation as well. When practicing a lot of external rotation in the hips, it can be helpful to simply return to the midline with a close knee child’s pose, which you can see in the sequence below. You may also want to include active standing poses that strengthen your outer hip. Remember - we’re always looking to create balance in the body - stretching and strengthening!

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Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Using the wall is a great way to support the body if you’re feeling fatigued, or if you’re looking for a very gentle practice. Using the wall is also helpful if you or your students have some physical barriers that limit mobility in seated yin yoga poses.

Parts of this practice could be considered more “restorative” due to the very supported nature of the poses. But if you’re feeling a “stretch”, or feeling gentle pressure in the body, that means you’re still activating the connective tissues which is a central tenant in the yin yoga style of practice.

In any case, you can use this practice to slow down and calm the nervous system, or to support tired legs and feet. Check out the video to practice along:

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Join Seasonal Support and Self Care for Spring

Join Seasonal Support and Self Care for Spring

Spring is on its way here in the Pacific Northwest, so I'm opening my super low commitment Self Care for Spring Online Course for enrolment once again.

Spring is a time when we can start again in many ways. As the natural world starts to awaken after hibernation, we also have the opportunity to shake off the heaviness of winter.

You can use Self Care for Spring as a little guide for seasonal support during this season.

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Yin Yoga Toe Squat pose and Yin Yoga Ankle Stretch pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Toe Squat pose and Yin Yoga Ankle Stretch pose with modifications

Yin yoga toe squat and yin yoga ankle stretch are great to open the bottom of the feet (the plantar fascia), they create more space in the toes and they open the ankles.

These yin poses also target all of the lower meridians that run through the feet. The meridians targeted are the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen, and Stomach meridians.

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Yin Yoga Dragonfly Pose or Straddle Pose with modifications - Lateral Dragonfly Pose, Dragonfly Pose with a Twist

Yin Yoga Dragonfly Pose or Straddle Pose with modifications - Lateral Dragonfly Pose, Dragonfly Pose with a Twist

Yin yoga dragonfly posture or straddle pose is a forward fold with the legs wide. From a seated position a forward fold, a side bend or a twist can be practiced.

A yin yoga dragonfly pose targets the backs of the thighs (hamstrings), hips, inner groin, and inner knees. It also activates the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Liver, and Spleen meridians.

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