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Yin Yoga Poses For Deep Relaxation

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses or asanas held for a minimum of five minutes. Some people also called full-body stretch yoga.

Yin Yoga For Beginners, Full Body Stretch Yoga

Yin Poses are deep stretching poses. Increased circulation and flexibility are the results. Yin Yoga also offers a relaxing respite to the busy holiday season.

You may be concerned with holding a pose for 5 minutes or longer. However, Yin poses tend to be very relaxing with many seated and supine positions. Gomukasana or Cow Faced Pose without the arms is a great choice.

Eka Pada Rajakapotanasna or One-Legged King Pigeon Pose can be very calming. Enter each of the poses in a comfortable place and up the ante slowly intensifying the stretch.

In Yin poses, props are a must. Rather than sitting upright, folding forward onto a prop allows the torso to relax. Utthan Pristhasana or Lizard Pose can feel wonderful when the body is collapsed on blocks or a bolster. And also yoga backbends add joy to your upward-facing bow.

Surprisingly even Hanumanasana or Splits can feel relaxing. The key is to use as many blocks, bolsters, pillows and props as one need to let go fully. Experiment with your props placing them wherever you feel tight. Hold nothing back.

Many say the hardest pose in Yoga is Svanasana or Corpse Pose. Yes; laying on the floor in total relaxation is surprisingly difficult. Letting go of thoughts, muscles, impulses and giving in to complete relaxation is the hardest pose of all.

That is why we save Svanasana for the end of class. When one's mind and body are tired from concentrating on more typical active yoga poses, it is much easier to attain total peace.

In this busy Holiday Season, try a passive approach to your practice. Try Yin Yoga and let yoga happen to you rather than "do yoga." Do less, and you may feel more.