Yin Yoga for Hip Flexibility - 60 min Yin Yoga Hips & Hamstrings Deep Stretch

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Hey yogis, it's been a while since I've done a yin yoga class just for the hips & hamstrings! This is a 60 minute yoga class that will help you improve flexibility in the lower body.

Hip openers are some of the most intense yin yoga asanas there are, so it's important to respect your limits and use props! In this class I'll be using 2 blocks but you may also want to have some pillows and bolsters close by just in case.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

What is Yin Yoga? Yin yoga is often called the Yoga of the joints because unlike other styles of yoga, the emphasis is not on the muscles but on the deep connective tissue. Connective tissue is made up of fascia, ligaments and tendons which surround and form your joints. Yin yoga improves the range of motion in your joints and also strengthens them. The results and benefits are more flexibility and greater range of motion and also more stability within your joints. Although your muscles will also be stretched, that is not the focus of the practice. It is best to practice yin yoga while your muscles are cold and NOT warmed up, even if that sounds counter intuitive. The reason we do this is so that we can send the "stress" and the "Stretch" to the connective tissues. If the muscles are warm they will steal the focus away from the joints.

There are 3 principles of Yin Yoga.
1. Find your edge
2. Be still
3. Hold the pose

Find your edge means respecting your body's limits and not pushing too far and risking injury. Pull back a little bit and as you hold the pose you will be able to go deeper into it without pushing too far or hurting yourself.

Being still means that once you are in the pose it is important to completely relax your muscles so the benefits can get into the connective tissues and joints. Try not to fidget or move or distract yourself, this is a meditative practice. Breathe deeply in and out through the nose.

Holding the pose means that in Yin Yoga a pose can be held for 1-10 minutes depending on the pose performed and on the comfort level of the student. I usually teach poses held for around 4-5 minutes. Learn to surrender and keep a timer close by if needed.

Use as many props as needed in Yin Yoga! Blocks, bolsters and straps are all great ways to support your body to make sure you are respecting your edge and not going too far.

For more Yin Yoga, try my FREE 7 Day Immersion: http://bit.ly/yinimmersion


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Hey yogis, it's been a while since I've done a yin yoga class just for the hips & hamstrings! This is a 60 minute yoga class that will help you improve flexibility in the lower body.

Hip openers are some of the most intense yin yoga asanas there are, so it's important to respect your limits and use props! In this class I'll be using 2 blocks but you may also want to have some pillows and bolsters close by just in case.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

What is Yin Yoga? Yin yoga is often called the Yoga of the joints because unlike other styles of yoga, the emphasis is not on the muscles but on the deep connective tissue. Connective tissue is made up of fascia, ligaments and tendons which surround and form your joints. Yin yoga improves the range of motion in your joints and also strengthens them. The results and benefits are more flexibility and greater range of motion and also more stability within your joints. Although your muscles will also be stretched, that is not the focus of the practice. It is best to practice yin yoga while your muscles are cold and NOT warmed up, even if that sounds counter intuitive. The reason we do this is so that we can send the "stress" and the "Stretch" to the connective tissues. If the muscles are warm they will steal the focus away from the joints.

There are 3 principles of Yin Yoga.
1. Find your edge
2. Be still
3. Hold the pose

Find your edge means respecting your body's limits and not pushing too far and risking injury. Pull back a little bit and as you hold the pose you will be able to go deeper into it without pushing too far or hurting yourself.

Being still means that once you are in the pose it is important to completely relax your muscles so the benefits can get into the connective tissues and joints. Try not to fidget or move or distract yourself, this is a meditative practice. Breathe deeply in and out through the nose.

Holding the pose means that in Yin Yoga a pose can be held for 1-10 minutes depending on the pose performed and on the comfort level of the student. I usually teach poses held for around 4-5 minutes. Learn to surrender and keep a timer close by if needed.

Use as many props as needed in Yin Yoga! Blocks, bolsters and straps are all great ways to support your body to make sure you are respecting your edge and not going too far.

For more Yin Yoga, try my FREE 7 Day Immersion: http://bit.ly/yinimmersion


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Kassandra

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🌺 Yin Yoga from Head to Toe Full Series 🌺 http://bit.ly/yinfullseries
❤ Your donations help me improve my channel and the quality of my videos, thank you! http://bit.ly/ywkdonate


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Hey yogis, last week I uploaded a 20 min post workout cooldown (here: http://bit.ly/yogacooldown ) so this week I'm sharing a 20 min warmup sequence that can be done before a run or a workout.

This class will help you warm up all major muscle groups, elevate the heart rate and lubricate the joints to get you ready for whatever kind of exercise comes next. Expect to open up your chest and shoulders while also strengthening your core. No props needed for this class, great for all levels :)

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Kassandra

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I'm so pleased to have interviewed one of the women I've most admired for the last few years, Carrie Green. Carrie is an award winning entrepreneur, founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association and author of the Hay House book She Means Business.

Having started the Female Entrepreneur Association in 2011, Carrie has transformed it in to a network of over 400,000 women from all around the world. It’s an online platform to champion and inspire women from all over the world and from all walks of life, to give them the inspiration and resources to achieve success.

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Books mentioned in this interview:
Michael Gerber - The E-Myth Revisited http://amzn.to/2niG2kS
Napoleon Hill - Think & Grow Rich http://amzn.to/2niHmnY
Florence Scovel Shinn- The Game of Life and How to Play it http://amzn.to/2mAbA7x
Carrie Green - She Means Business http://amzn.to/2nsJZCI

CONNECT WITH CARRIE:
Website: http://femaleentrepreneurassociation.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FemaleEntrepreneurAssociation

Carrie's new book: http://amzn.to/2nsJZCI


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Friends, the time to hesitate is through!
I only have 4 spots left in my upcoming Iceland Yoga Retreat! We are fully sold out of Superior Executive Rooms but still have some Atrium Rooms, both Single and Double Occupancy.
If you've been feeling the urge to break out of the ordinary, go on an adventure and take some time away, THIS IS IT!
This is your opportunity to explore one of the world's most amazing landscapes with a fun group of travelers while also nourishing yourself through yoga and delicious food! I'm getting excited just thinking about it!!! Explore waterfalls and geysers, case the city, find out what all of the geo-thermal fuss is about and chillax in the Blue Lagoon. From our base in Reykjavik we’ll find the rhythm and hum of the city with multiple escapes to unrivaled natural beauty.
If deep down you know one of those 4 remaining spots is yours, CLAIM IT.
As always, if you have any questions, I'm here to help. Simply reply to this email and ask away!
Hope to see you in Iceland this summer :)
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So you've just finished up a great workout, now what?

Cooling down is one of the most important parts of any exercise routine. It's important to slow down the heart rate back to its original state and give your muscles and joints a bit of TLC.

I just put out a NEW 20 MINUTE POST WORKOUT COOLDOWN YOGA CLASS on my youtube channel that takes you through an easy sequence to give you a head to toe stretch!

Here's a break down of my favorite poses to do after a tough workout:

1. Child's pose

Widen the knees, bring your big toes together and melt the heart forward. This is a fantastic way to open up the hips and get into the inner groin. By relaxing your forehead on the floor you can also start to calm your nervous system. 

2. Thread the Needle

I do this pose ever. single. day. No excpetions! This helps you open up the shoulders and upper back which can not only get tight during a workout, but is also prone to stiffness if you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. Begin on all fours and reach your left arm under you to lower the left ear and shoulder to the mat. Extend your right arm overhead and draw your right shoulder down and away from the ear. Breathe into your upper back and relax.

3. Low Lunge Quad Stretch

This is a pretty deep one! Begin in a low lunge by aligning your left knee over your ankle. Reach back with your right hand to catch a hold of your right toes. Focus on pulling your right heel into your glute INSTEAD of lifting your hips up to meet your foot, that's cheating! If you can't catch onto your ankle, use a strap.

4. Head to Knee pose

This hamstring opener will also lengthen your spine and help you relax. Extend your left leg forward and bend your right knee so the foot rests to the inside of your left thigh. Stay long through your spine as you reach for your left shin or left toes. A slight bend in the knee is perfectly fine here. Deep breaths.

5. Pigeon

A classic! One of the best hip openers there is. Align your left knee behind your left wrist and stretch your right leg back behind you. Square off your hips to the front of the mat to avoid rolling on one side more than the other. Use your hands on the floor for balance or fold forward to go even deeper. 

CLICK HERE to try the full 20 minute Post Workout Cooldown class! If you're a weightlifter, you might also enjoy this YOGA FOR WEIGHTLIFTERS full class. 

If you're interested in really improving your flexibility, try my 7 Day Yin Yoga Immersion program and get 7 Yin Yoga classes sent straight to your inbox! All beginner friendly and all 30-60 minutes long. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

That's it for now! I hope you'll connect with me on Facebook and Instagram.

For more full length yoga classes & tutorials, CLICK HERE to subscribe to my channel.

Kassandra




Just had a big workout? Unwind and cooldown with this 20 minutes all levels full body stretch! This will help you slow down your heart rate and stretch deeply into the hips, shoulders and side body.

Even if you haven't just worked out, this is a wonderful sequence to do when you're short on time and want to give yourself some TLC. We will play with poses like thread the needle, low lunges with quad stretches, pigeon, waterfall and a nice long savasana!

You will need one block for this class but if you don't own one, no big deal! Simply grab a cushion or a few pillows :) While you're here, you might want to check out my FREE 7 Day Yin Yoga Immersion program - http://bit.ly/yinimmersion

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CLASS

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Kassandra

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Wanna hang out? I'm leading a 2 hour Yin Yoga, affirmations and journaling class tomorrow night, March 5th at Astanga Yoga Ottawa. I'd love for you to join me! I only have a few spots left.
This introspective workshop will bring you deep into your body to reach a state of peaceful bliss!
The Art of Allowing is a subtle practice that asks you to take a clear look at the negative mindsets that hold you back physically, emotionally and spiritually. This practice will help you release blocks that prevent you from connecting to your inner strength and wisdom.
In this 2 hour workshop you will be guided through Yin Yoga asanas and will work with visualization and journaling to get clarity on your goals and let go of the mental clutter weighing you down.
We will explore themes of abundance, love, wisdom, health, career, intuition and confidence. Think of this practice as a reset button for your soul.
This is for yogis who are ready to begin a new chapter and want to dive deep within themselves for true transformation and personal growth. Let’s make magic happen!
CLASS INCLUDES:
  • 2 hours of Yin Yoga
  • Journaling/Writing prompts
  • Introduction to Affirmations & Working with Blocks
  • Guided Savasana Meditation
  • Insight, Growth and Community
Bring your yoga mat, your journal and pen and wear layers so you don’t get cold.
  • Where: Astanga Yoga Ottawa, 200 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1W8
  • When: March 5th, 2017 – 6pm to 8pm
  • Cost: $30 + hst
I hope to see you tomorrow :)
Kassandra
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