Enjoy this 15-minute heart opening yin yoga sequence to help improve back flexibility.

This short and relaxing practice will help you release physical and emotional tension around your heart. We will work on physically stretching out the shoulders, chest, and upper back. This yin yoga sequence relates to our Anahata chakra, also known as the heart chakra. By opening our heart chakra in this practice, we will encourage our ability to love ourselves as well as others; to focus on spreading compassion, love, and forgiveness.

In this heart-opening yin yoga sequence, you’ll need two blocks. If you do not have these maybe use two books or a couple of pillows. The poses in this practice all have to do with opening the area of the heart by stretching into the chest, upper back, and shoulders.

This practice is for all levels, beginners, and practitioners. It is a great way to relax, breathe and reset. Anyone needing to let go of tension, grief, or fear this is a wonderful practice to slow things do and let things ground and go.

So what is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is a style of yoga practice that goes deep into the connective tissue and targets your myofascial; in particular areas of the body that are not normally stretched as much in more active styles of yoga.

In Yin Yoga, we hold certain poses for an extended period of time. This can be anywhere from 2 minutes, all the way up until 20 minutes, depending on the asana. In this class, we will be holding our poses for 2 minutes only. When you are new to yin yoga, I recommend for you start my intro class before other yin yoga classes that hold asanas for a longer period.

You can see the class here:
► Yin Yoga For Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdiSF2GUASI&t=139s

Yin Yoga is one of my favorite styles of yoga as it is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.

There are incredible yin yoga benefits that you will begin to feel after regular practice. They include:

– Lowering stress and anxiety levels
– An improvement in flexibility and circulation
– A sense of stillness: calms and balances the mind and body
– Fascial release

This 15 min Yin Yoga class will give you that zen and peaceful feeling your body has been craving for. Remember to always breathe throughout your practice. Take deep inhalations and long exhalations out. This will help you to focus your mind and be fully present. Allow your muscles to release slowly and safely. Let your breath guide you into your asana. With each breath, encourage oxygen to flow through your body and into your muscles and mind. Let go of anything you have been holding onto from the day. Release any negative energy and simply allow your muscles to release.

See you on the mat,

Love & light,
Hello Spirit (Charlotte)

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