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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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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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 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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