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Yin Yoga Sequence: 60 Minute On-Your-Back Class

One of my intentions when I facilitate a Yin class is to create a safe, nurturing space for students. A little while ago I wondered what it would be like to teach a class that consists of mostly poses that have you laying on your back and if this would be a valuable experience for people.

I know that in my own practice I like it when Yin classes require as little movement as possible between the transitions of each pose to the next. This allows me to stay more within myself, go deeper and doesn’t take me out of the practice.

Here is what I came up with… Let me know how you go!

  1. Reclining Butterfly – (5 minutes) > Counter – Straighten legs and move straight into next pose.
  2. Supported Fish pose (4 minutes) > Counter – Roll to one side, remove bolster to the side and lay on back in Savasana for about 10 breaths. Then simply roll over onto stomach, facing the same direction.
  3. Sphinx pose (5 minutes) > Counter pose – Rest forehead on hands. Roll back over onto your back, minimal movement.
  4. Spinal Twist (R) – (4 minutes) > Counter pose – Back to centre to Savasana.
  5. Spinal Twist (L) – (4 minutes)  > Counter pose – Back to centre to Savasana.
  6. Reclining Pigeon (R) (4 minutes) > Counter pose – Back to centre to Savasana.
  7. Reclining Pigeon (L) (4 minutes) > Counter pose – Back to centre to Savasana.
  8. Bananasana (R) – 3 minutes)  > Counter pose – Back to centre to Savasana.
  9. Bananasana (L) – 3 minutes)  > Counter pose – Back to centre to Savasana.
  10. Baby Giraffe (4 minutes) > Counter pose – straighten legs, Savasana.
  11. Bridge (5 minutes)
  12. Waterfall (5 minutes)
  13. Savasana (10 minutes)

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