Friday Flow 6: Yin Yoga Sequence

What Do I Need to Know About Yin?

A Yin yoga practice focuses more on slow deliberative movement. It is a style of restorative yoga designed to gently release connective tissues and often relies heavily on props. There is a lot of good information out there on Yin – but here is a quick breakdown of common asanas used. When performing Yin, the asanas may be held for longer periods of 2-5 min and more. The props are to essential to help you hold these postures comfortably. Some asanas seem deceptively simple until you are prompted to hold it for 5 min. Then you will find it challenging if not painful without some additional support. If you eschew props in your regular practice, this is the time to break them out. The use of props reduces that ‘ego creep’ that you may struggle with in yoga. Rather than focusing on holding an asana in perfect alignment, the intention is to relax.

The benefits of Yin style are worth exploring. Relaxing fully into a pose is wonderful for stress relief and meditation. Try to focus on the breath or follow a guided mediation while holding a pose. If you are not up for meditation, Yin is still useful for loosening up stiff muscles or joints.  It is a great option when recovering from an injury or a strenuous workout. If you mainly practice vigorous yoga routines, mix in a Yin routine every once and awhile. Your body and spirit will thank you!

Flow Notes

Since this is a Yin routine, remember use of props is welcomed. Please have a bolster pillow, folded blanket and blocks available.  You will also be performing a “legs up the wall” pose, so set your mat up with foot of the mat facing an open wall.

This week the yoga download link is an online print out instead of the normal import file for Yoga App Studio. Read more details on that in the section below, Yogi Technical Woes.

Download the Yoga Routine

Yin Yoga Practice (mobile view and printables)

Recommended Music Selections

I’m normally not a huge fan of “Flute Music”, but it does serve it’s purpose sometimes for calm and meditation. I’ve found a beautiful Tibetan Flute Music that pairs nicely with this flow. It is very calming and unobtrusive.  Another option included on my Meditation Playlist is a Hip Hop Lofi mix. The drum beats and vocals make it slightly more distracting for meditation purposes, but it works well as background music if you simply want to relax.

Yogi Technical Woes – Site Update

Previously, I had been using the Yoga Studio App to create my many yoga routines. If you not familiar with this mobile app, it is an excellent yogi resource. The video quality is top notch and the automatic scene “stitching” feature makes it a pleasure to use. Unfortunately, I have been running into a number of limitations with using it for this blog. The sequence sharing process is less than ideal. Additionally, i’ve become increasingly frustrated by the lack of pose variations available when building custom classes. But this week, is the week they finally forced my hand to change. The most recent update is a fail.  It crashes my phone every time I attempt to edit my Custom classes.  I spent the better part of my evening trying desperately to work around it, but I finally threw up my hands.

In the coming weeks, I will be investigating all the different yoga sequencing options available.  So stay tuned for a post evaluating those options in depth and an updated yoga flow sharing process.

Making lemonade out of these lemons!