A Yin Sequence for Home Practice

Although I love going to class to practice Yin, being around the energy of the group, teacher and community vibes, sometimes life gets busy and I don’t have time to make it to the studio. Yin teacher training with Sarah Owen really inspired me to implement a short practice into my morning upon waking up, and/or evening before bed, especially for those days I don’t get to class. I really notice the difference in how I feel and it’s super simple, especially for those of you who are pressed for time!

One of my students said to me the other day… “I wish I could do Yin everyday, but I can’t always come to class or there aren’t classes at the studio to attend everyday.”

My answer: “You can practice Yin everyday! You can take what you know from coming to class and do your own sequence at home, even if it’s only a few poses.”

Here’s how you can implement it easily into your day without needing a lot of time, with a basic sequence. A meditation, 3 poses and Savasana. All you need is about 20 minutes or so. You can do this on a mat or in bed. Your choice.

Remember to notice if you wander off in thought, and use your breath as an anchor to bring you back into presence, either by fully focusing on it, noticing the in breath and/or out breath. Or by feeling it move and flow through you as your body expands, contracts, softens. It can help to use visualisation here, imagining the breath/energy flowing throughout your entire being. You can play gentle music or simply practice in silence. You can also use the Insight Timer app to time your practice or you can estimate the time held in each pose. I usually intuitively estimate. Feel free to adjust the timing to suit your needs.

Also note that you don’t need to push past your edge when you practice Yin. Make sure you are only going to about 50% and that you are comfortable. If you find there is discomfort, adjust and back off as needed.

Once you’ve finished your practice, notice how you feel. And then see if you can keep this up consistently. Even on days where you may only have a spare 10 minutes. 2 poses is better than none 🙂

Those of you who would like an extended Yin practice sequence, such as a full class worth, here is a 40 minute sequence and a 75 minute sequence.

 

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