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5 Yin Yoga Asanas: Finding the Stillness Within


The term “yin yoga” comes from the Taoist tradition. Yang relates to movement, often repetitive movement, creating heat in the body. Yin is about finding stillness and cooling the body. At a physical level, it is an effective way to open tight hips and hamstrings. On a mental and emotional level, the practice allows the body to drop down into the parasympathetic nervous system, and therefore becomes deeply healing and nourishing. Practitioners report that it is grounding, calming and revitalizing, with profound energetic and emotional effects.
What to Expect:


Yin Yoga Asanas
Anahatasana (Melting Heart)

A nice backbend for the upper and middle back, will also open shoulders, softens the heart.


This asana works the spine in a lateral flexion (side bend) from the iliotibial (IT) band to the tops of the side rib cage. It stretches the oblique stomach muscles and the side intercostal muscles between the ribs

Baddha Konasana (Butterfly)

A nice way to stretch the lower back without requiring loose hamstrings

Salamba Bhujangasana (Sphinx)

A modified version of Bhujangasana to help beginners ease their way into it. This pose is also good for people who have lower back ache as it has less arch and therefore reduces the pressure on the spine.


Saddle Pose

A deep opening in the sacral-lumbar arch and hips flexors and quadriceps stretch

Note: Yin yoga is not meant to be comfortable. Much of the benefit of the practice will come from staying in this zone of discomfort, despite the mind’s urgent pleas to leave.



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