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'Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—five minutes or more per pose is typical. Its teaching in the Western world, beginning in the late 70s, was founded by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink. Yin-style yoga is now being taught across North America and in Europe, due in large part to the teaching activities of Yin yoga teachers and developers Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.

Shoelace

Shoelace pose, a classic pose orasana of Yin yoga, a more meditative style of yoga. The shoelace pose opens the hips, and is said to affect the liver meridian in the groin and the gallbladder meridian along the outer hip and leg. 

Sphinx Pose

'Sphinx pose: In the more advanced version of this pose, the "Seal," the arms are fully extended and the back bend is deeper. Seal pose is similar in appearance to the Cobra pose of hatha yoga, but is performed differently. The same is true of other yin poses and their similar versions in hatha yoga.

Saddle Pose
Benefits

 

Calming and balancing to the mind and body

  • Regulates energy in the body

  • Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips

  • Lowering of stress levels (no one needs that)

  • Greater stamina

  • Better lubrication and protection of joints

  • More flexibility in joints & connective tissue

  • Release of fascia throughout the body

  • Help with TMJ and migraines

  • Deeper Relaxation

  • A great coping for anxiety and stress

  • Better ability to sit for meditation

  • Ultimately you will have a better Yang practice

  • I really do believe that if you incorporate a little of both will create a more well-rounded practice as well as a better-rounded version of the awesome you!

Saddle pose: This pose stretches the feet, knees, thighs, and arches the lumbar and sacral vertebrae. It is said to stimulate the Kidney meridian as well as the kidneys themselves.

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