The holiday season is devoted to joy and peace…but can also be a challenging time of the year for many. Yin Yoga, the quiet, contemplative sibling of Vinyasa Yoga, is an excellent way to slow down and find peace within. Where Vinyasa is flowing and active, Yin is slow and passive…the two styles complement each other and are great tools to help us find harmony. Our heartfelt gift for you this week is a 15-Minute Yin Yoga Sequence for Inner Peace!
Life in the Balance
Ayurveda teaches that like increases like and opposites balance. This means that the same experience can affect two people in different ways, depending on their current inner state. On the one hand, when life is slow and uninspiring, we need to find ways to lift our energy. On the other hand, when life is hectic, we need to find activities that help us slow down. It is up to us to learn what we need at any given moment.
The natural slowness of the winter season allows for a slowing down of life, making it a perfect time for yin yoga…just as plants go dormant in the wintery north, we too need time to rest. However, if we tip too much in that direction, a warming and uplifting vinyasa practice can be just what we need to find more balance. The holiday season, while nestled into the heart of winter, is a busy time of the year for many, and often calls for a slow, nurturing practice. Incorporate this Yin Yoga Sequence for Inner Peace into your routine, and experience the results!
Feel all the feels
The holiday season can also be an emotional time of the year; it marks the end of a cycle, which often calls for introspection. For some of us it is a reminder of what we have lost, or goals we haven’t yet reached. Yin yoga works on the deeper layers of the body to release tension and circulate energy. It is the perfect practice to invite attention inward and allow feelings and emotions to be processed in a soft and accepting way.
Benefits of Yin Yoga
Some of the benefits of Yin Yoga include:
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves sleep quality
- Increases mindfulness
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Increases deep circulation
- Improves flexibility
- Improves the flow of Prana or Qi
Yin Yoga Sequence for Inner Peace
Enjoy this lovely Yin Yoga Sequence taught by Yandara Lead Trainer, Allison Eaton. Add it to your routine this winter season!
We teach Yin and Restorative yoga classes in all our teacher training programs at Yandara, and in the 100hr Yin & Restorative Module, Allison and Amber go deep into these invaluable teachings!
Nicolina Sandstedt, Yandara Lead Trainer