Celebrate renewal & new beginnings with this yin yoga full class for spring equinox!
In this week’s 35 min yin yoga sequence we’ll do yin yoga poses that stimulate the liver and gallbladder meridians, which are energetic pathways of traditional Chinese medicine, to create seasonal balance within.
Spring Equinox is the time for renewal and growth. Now is the perfect time to tap into this potent energy of the season to get clear on what you want to accomplish this year and how you will reach your goals.
You may need one or two blocks and a blanket for this class.
These poses are a collection from my most recent video on YouTube. CLICK on the video above if you would like to take the full 35 minute practice alongside with me.
1. Toe Stretch
From all fours, flex your feet, curling the toes under. Shift your body back, until your hips rest directly on your heels. You may need to manually adjust your pinky toes with your hands. Place your palms on your thighs, back and neck remain long.
Hold for 1,5 minute.
2. Child’s Pose
Your big toes come together, knees go as wide as feels good. The wider the knees, the more intense the stretch in your hips. Press the hips back to the heels. Relax and soften the upper body forward.
Hold for 3 minutes.
3. Yogis Squat
Turn your heels in and toes out. Bend the knees and lower the hips into a squat. If you can’t come all the way down, you can always sit up on a block on any level that works for you. For this variation, drape your upper body forward, instead of pushing your elbows into your knees.
Stay for about 4 minutes in this pose.
Bring the feet parallel and about hip width distance apart. Keep your knees very bent & fold over the thighs. Clasp the elbows with the opposite hands and let your head hang heavy, chin to chest. Think of letting go what no longer serves you to make room for something new.
Hold for 1,5 minutes.
5. Shoelace: Sidebend Variation
Begin by kneeling on all fours then place one knee behind the other and sit back between the heels, so that one knee stacks on top of the other. Keep your heels as close to your hips as possible. For the side bend, walk your left arm out to bend to the side. Your right arm can rest on your right hip. Let you head be heavy for an additional neck stretch.
Hold for 3 minutes.
6. Full Shoelace
Right knee stay stacked over the left one. Close the gap with a block or cushion, or prop the hips up with some props. Stay lifted up, or fold forward letting gravity pull you deeper into the pose. You may want to support your head with one or two blocks here.
Hold for 2 minutes & then repeat this sequence (first the side bend & then the forward fold) on the other side.
7. Lying Spinal Twist
Come to lie down on your back. Bend your knees and bring the soles of the feet to the floor. Arms go out to the sides, bent at 90°. Lift your hips, sliding them over to the right, then lowering them back down. Drop both knees towards the left.
Hold for 3 minutes then switch sides.
Don’t forget to end this practice in savasana for as long as time allows!
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