If you haven’t yet experienced a Yin class or you love Yin yoga but haven’t much time to practise, try this selection of 30-minute Yin yoga classes.
1. Stimulating Chi flow in the joints – José de Groot
Based on a sequence offered by a Shinto priest, who has done scientific research on chi, chakras and meridian pathways, this class gets the joints moving and the energy flowing.
2. Settle down – Anat Geiger
Especially good for those times life deals us difficult challenges. The poses stimulate the liver and gall bladder meridians, making us feel softer, calmer and more connected.
3. Free up your hips and lower back – Esther Ekhart
Free up stagnant energy in your lower body. Simple, short sequence, holding the poses long enough to slow down and working on freeing the tissues of the hips, lower back and the area around them.
4. Decompress – Katy Appleton
Turn heaviness into groundedness with this combination of Yin and restorative poses, which will leave you calm, quiet and decompressed after a busy day.
5. Bedtime practice for deep sleep – Marlene Smits
Leave your day behind with this soothing practice that will help you balance your nervous system and your brain. Experience peace and quiet that will help you drift off into a deep and blissful sleep.
6. Intelligent, peaceful and flexible practice – Francesca Giusti
The clue’s in the title. Embrace your body the way it is now and let it open gently. Gentle and effortless practice with some Pranayama and restorative poses thrown in for good measure. Delicious.
7. Relax your legs – Afke Reijenga
Mindful Yin session with hip openers, Butterfly, Happy baby pose, psoas stretches and twists. Especially good if you have tired legs or had a long day.
8. Yin for hips and hamstrings – Andrew Wrenn
Soothe and open the hips, lengthen the hamstrings and abductors and calm the nervous system. Seasoned with Andrew’s “philosophical common sense and spiritual flavouring”!
9. Yin to balance strong yoga – José de Groot
Perfect class following strong arm balance and core strengthening practices to help release tension in your shoulders, chest, abdomen and spine.
10. Yin it! – Anat Geiger
More of an invitation to ‘yin things out a bit’ – particularly helpful when you feel stressed out, hyper or anxious and wish to calm down a bit and reconnect.