Yin Yoga

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In Portland, I had been introduced to a few types of Yoga - Hot, Ashtanga and a very powerful one called Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga is an asana practice, and counterbalances the body from the more common Yang yoga practices. These poses target the deep tissue between the muscles rather than the muscles themselves. For me, it allows me to focus on greater flexibility and opening up areas that typically store the body's tension - in women, the hips and in men, the shoulders.

Each Yin pose is typically held for 1-3 minutes. It's a great way to quiet your mind and body in the evening, when you feel tense, or first thing in the morning to reset yourself at the start of a day. With practice, you can hold poses for 20-30 minutes.

Follow these principles when practicing:
1. Come into the pose to an appropriate depth
2. Resolve to remain still
3. Hold the pose for time

I've attached two "workouts" that I made for 20 min and 30 min sessions. Enjoy!

Updated: I've added a bonus to each one which includes the Plank pose - supposedly the toughest and single most important pose to tone multiple areas of your body.


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