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This yin yoga practice is for my people who are stressed the bleep out!
Want to know a secret?
Yin yoga may not look like much, but the practice can be tough. I mean, who has the patience to sit (or lay) for 5 minutes straight in one single pose? Ain't nobody got time for that!
Here's what I think. Yin is a lot like meditation. It isn't easy, but it does get easier with practice. If five minutes in each pose is too much for you, give what you can. Can you do two minutes? 60 seconds? Think of it as a challenge and use your phone's alarm. This way, you can fully relax, knowing you will be alerted when it's time to switch poses.
Again, I know it doesn't look like much here, you most certainly won't be breaking a sweat in this sequence, but you might be surprised by how good you feel afterwards. This is a practice that, in my opinion, is truly transformative. It's appropriate for all, but most notably for people with anxiety and stress. Give it a go and let me know how it suits you!
Yin Yoga Props
And we can't talk yin yoga without talking about props, amirite?!
Ok, real talk for a sec. Do you really need to invest your right arm for a hundred and twelve props? N to the ope.
You most certainly can substitute a number of household items for the above props. Some suggestions? Use a thick rolled up sleeping back instead of a bolster (couch cushions also might work well). Use a stack of books instead of a block. Get creative, and think outside the box.
In the off chance you are looking to invest in some yoga props, then I you can click below to check out the props I recommend. Side note: a yoga towel is definitely not a necessity for a yin practice, I just like that it adds a little cushion to my mat and feels nice and warm rather vs laying on a cold mat.
Related A 20 min yin yoga video
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