Affirmations for Self Love & Healing, and Yin Yoga Poses to Go with Them

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I absolutely love to use affirmations in my personal yin yoga practice.

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I absolutely love to use affirmations in my personal yin yoga practice. I find partnering poses with affirmations to be a great way to uncover limiting beliefs, do some personal development on your mat, as well as a great way to keep the mind busy while you hold poses.

Your job is not to convince yourself to believe the affirmation. Rather take note of how they make you feel, physically and emotionally.

I highly suggest that you have a journal handy for after your practice. Give yourself the time to write down and process any emotions that come up for you.

Each pose should be held between two to five minutes. Feel free to set yourself a timer, so that you can take time off of the mind as you work through each pose and affirmation.

Have 2 blocks handy before you begin. If you don't have blocks, cushions or thick pillows will do.

1. Wide-Legged Child's Pose - From kneeling, bring the big toes together and take the knees as wide as comfortable. Walk the hands forward, bringing the forehead to the mat (or to a block). Reach the arms out, keeping the shoulders relaxed away from the ears.
Affirmation: "I am worthy of love and joy."

2. Dragon Pose - From table top, step the right foot forward to the outside of the right hand. As you will hold here for a couple of minutes, you may want to fold in the left edge of the mat to double it up or add a blanket under the knee for added support. Keep the right knee and toes pointing forward. You may stay up on the palms, or lower down on to the forearms or blocks. You may also want to support the forehead with a block or pillow.
Affirmation on first side: "I forgive myself and set myself free."

Ease gently out of the pose and take whatever stretches feel good before you switch sides.
Affirmation on second side: "I choose to feel good about myself everyday."

3. Melting Heart Pose - From table top, walk the hands forward and lower the forehead down to the mat or a block. Keeping the hips stacked over the knees. Relax the arms, letting your elbows rest down to the mat. Melt the chest towards the ground, opening in to the upper back, while keeping the belly gently drawing in.
Affirmation: "I love and accept myself exactly as I am."

4. Toe Squat - Curl the toes under and sit the hips back on to your heels. You may need to use your hands to move the pinky toes off to the side. Let your hips and weight of the body sink down. Getting a stretch in to the soles of the feet, as well as the toes and ankles.
Affirmation: "The more love I give, the more I receive."

5. Straddle Forward Fold - Come to seated, opening the legs wide. Grounding down through the sit bones. Keep a small bend in the knees if you are feeling any discomfort. Hinge forward at the hips, maybe bringing your head to rest on a block, or two stacked. Make this forward fold passive, not pushing and pulling but letting gravity open you in to the pose instead. Honoring where you are at today.
Affirmation: "I am worth loving."

6. Laying Spinal Twist - Lay down on to the back, bending the knees and bringing the soles of the feet to the mat. Open your arms out to the sides. Lift and shift the hips over to the right, lowering them back down. Drop the knees over to the left, either stacked or crossing the right leg over the left for a deeper stretch. Keep the right shoulder in contact with the mat, and possibly turn the gaze over towards the right fingers.
Affirmation on first side: "My potential is endless."

Ease out of the twist. Hug the knees or do any little movements the body needs. Then take the twist to the other side.
Affirmation on second side: "I love every cell of my body."

7. Savasana - Never skip your savasana. Give yourself the time for your final resting pose, to integrate the work you have done. To open up to the insight. To relax fully for a few moments. Extend the limbs, take up space. Open the collar bone wide. Relax the jaw, let go of tension. Close the eyes and release to relaxation.

More of an audio or visual learner? Practice along with me on YouTube.



Namaste,
Kassandra

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I absolutely love to use affirmations in my personal yin yoga practice.

😍 ONLINE YIN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING 😍 Get certified to teach! ❤️ http://bit.ly/yinytt

I absolutely love to use affirmations in my personal yin yoga practice. I find partnering poses with affirmations to be a great way to uncover limiting beliefs, do some personal development on your mat, as well as a great way to keep the mind busy while you hold poses.

Your job is not to convince yourself to believe the affirmation. Rather take note of how they make you feel, physically and emotionally.

I highly suggest that you have a journal handy for after your practice. Give yourself the time to write down and process any emotions that come up for you.

Each pose should be held between two to five minutes. Feel free to set yourself a timer, so that you can take time off of the mind as you work through each pose and affirmation.

Have 2 blocks handy before you begin. If you don't have blocks, cushions or thick pillows will do.

1. Wide-Legged Child's Pose - From kneeling, bring the big toes together and take the knees as wide as comfortable. Walk the hands forward, bringing the forehead to the mat (or to a block). Reach the arms out, keeping the shoulders relaxed away from the ears.
Affirmation: "I am worthy of love and joy."

2. Dragon Pose - From table top, step the right foot forward to the outside of the right hand. As you will hold here for a couple of minutes, you may want to fold in the left edge of the mat to double it up or add a blanket under the knee for added support. Keep the right knee and toes pointing forward. You may stay up on the palms, or lower down on to the forearms or blocks. You may also want to support the forehead with a block or pillow.
Affirmation on first side: "I forgive myself and set myself free."

Ease gently out of the pose and take whatever stretches feel good before you switch sides.
Affirmation on second side: "I choose to feel good about myself everyday."

3. Melting Heart Pose - From table top, walk the hands forward and lower the forehead down to the mat or a block. Keeping the hips stacked over the knees. Relax the arms, letting your elbows rest down to the mat. Melt the chest towards the ground, opening in to the upper back, while keeping the belly gently drawing in.
Affirmation: "I love and accept myself exactly as I am."

4. Toe Squat - Curl the toes under and sit the hips back on to your heels. You may need to use your hands to move the pinky toes off to the side. Let your hips and weight of the body sink down. Getting a stretch in to the soles of the feet, as well as the toes and ankles.
Affirmation: "The more love I give, the more I receive."

5. Straddle Forward Fold - Come to seated, opening the legs wide. Grounding down through the sit bones. Keep a small bend in the knees if you are feeling any discomfort. Hinge forward at the hips, maybe bringing your head to rest on a block, or two stacked. Make this forward fold passive, not pushing and pulling but letting gravity open you in to the pose instead. Honoring where you are at today.
Affirmation: "I am worth loving."

6. Laying Spinal Twist - Lay down on to the back, bending the knees and bringing the soles of the feet to the mat. Open your arms out to the sides. Lift and shift the hips over to the right, lowering them back down. Drop the knees over to the left, either stacked or crossing the right leg over the left for a deeper stretch. Keep the right shoulder in contact with the mat, and possibly turn the gaze over towards the right fingers.
Affirmation on first side: "My potential is endless."

Ease out of the twist. Hug the knees or do any little movements the body needs. Then take the twist to the other side.
Affirmation on second side: "I love every cell of my body."

7. Savasana - Never skip your savasana. Give yourself the time for your final resting pose, to integrate the work you have done. To open up to the insight. To relax fully for a few moments. Extend the limbs, take up space. Open the collar bone wide. Relax the jaw, let go of tension. Close the eyes and release to relaxation.

More of an audio or visual learner? Practice along with me on YouTube.



Namaste,
Kassandra

Please do subscribe to my YouTube channel








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These are 7 easy stretches you can do to loosen up the lower legs.

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For many of us, it is well into the height of Winter. Wearing our Winter Boots, shuffling on icy sidewalks, and then staying fairly stagnant cuddled up on the couch on the evenings and weekends. All of this is quite likely leading you to feel tight, stiff, sore calves and ankles.

These are 7 easy stretches you can do to loosen up the lower legs.

Have 1 block handy if you've got it, or a thick book will do.

1. Toe Squat - From hands and knees, curl your toes under as you sit back on to the heels. You may need to use your hands to move your little toes out of the way. If this is too intense you can untuck the toes and rest on the tops of the feet. To provide some distraction, you can inhale the hands up and exhale the hands down as you hold here. Add in a twist, by bringing the left hand to your right knee and bringing the right hand back behind you. Then right hand to left knee and left hand back behind you.

2. All Fours - Come to hands and knees, setting the wrists up under the shoulders and knees under the hips. Spread the fingers wide and untuck the toes. Move through a few rounds of cat/cow - Inhale, drop the belly and lift the gaze. Exhale, contract and tuck the chin to the chest. Return to a neutral table top pose, then extend the right leg back behind you. Push in to the right heel, getting a stretch in to the calf. Pick up the right foot and step it as far to the left side as you can. Looking over the left shoulder towards the foot. Pushing the right hip backwards to get a stretch through the right side body. Float the right foot up straight behind you and do some ankle rolls.


3. Low Lunge - Step your right foot through to the top of the mat, outside of the right hand. Line the knee up over the ankle, and not past. Tuck the left toes under and lift the back knee off of the mat. Push through the left heel as you rock back and forth. Keep your left hand down on the mat, reaching the right arm up to the ceiling in an easy twist. Lower the right hand down and step your right foot back coming in to to downward dog. Stretch further in to the calves in this downdog by keeping your left knee bent as you ground down through the right heel. Then bend the right knee and take the left heel down to the mat.

Repeat 2 and 3 through on the other side before moving on.

4. Warrior 1 - From downward dog, kick your right foot up. Bend your right knee, kicking the right foot toward the left, and opening the hip up. Then step the right foot up to the front of the mat. Spin the back toes out 45 degrees and drop the heel down. Lift the hand up from the mat as you bend in to the right knee. Reach the arms up overhead. Push deeply in to the back foot to get a stretch in to the left ankle and calf. Bend further in to the front knee to get deeper in to the stretch through the back leg.

5. Pyramid Pose - Lower the hands on to the hips. Step the left foot in slightly. As you inhale, find length through the spine. As you exhale, hinge forward from the hips. Stop and hold when you come parallel to the mat. Keeping the legs straight, but avoid hyper-extending the knees. Inhale, to lift the torso. Step the left foot forward, beside the right. Bend the knees, drop the hips down and back, to come in to chair pose. Hold for a few breaths. Then exhale, as you fold forward and straighten  the legs.

Move through a vinyasa, then take 4 and 5 on the other side.

6. Ankle Stretch - Set the block up horizontally on its lowest level at the front of your mat. Step the left foot back about half way. Place the ball of the right foot on the block. Depending on how tight your calves are, you may already feel this. To intensify, start to lean forward in to the right foot. Possibly lifting the left heel from the mat, coming to tippy toes. You may even walk the left foot forward slightly. Move towards having the hips and shoulders over the block.  Switch legs.

7. Seated Forward Fold - Come down to sitting. Extend the right leg out on the mat. Bring the sole of your left foot to the inside of your thigh. Dropping the left knee out to the side. Curl the right toes back towards the shin. If accessible, grab the toes. Alternatively hook a strap over the ball of the right foot. Pull the toes back towards the shin. Lengthen out the back, keeping the spine long as you fold forward. Repeat on the other leg.

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Are you giving yourself the time to properly unwind after your workout? Whether you're doing a gym session or going out for a run, it is so important to stretch and cool down after getting your sweat on.

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Are you giving yourself the time to properly unwind after your workout? Whether you're doing a gym session or going out for a run, it is so important to stretch and cool down after getting your sweat on.

These 7 stretches can be done without any props, just roll out your mat, or if you're in the gym they can be done on the padded floor.



1. Ankle Stretch - From kneeling, bring the knees hip width distance apart. Shift the weight back on to your heels. Let the hands come down behind your back. Try to lift the shins off the ground as you shift the weight back. Keep the chest lifted as you draw the elbows and shoulder blades to the back.


2. Cat/Cow - Come to table top, with the wrists under the shoulders and knees under the hips. Spread the fingers, rooting down through the fingertips and knuckles. Inhale, drop the belly as you lift the gaze and your tailbone up. Exhale, push the ground away as you round your back, contracting chin to chest. Move through several rounds of cat/cow with your breath.


3. Low Lunge - From tabletop, step your right foot forward between the hands. Line the knee up over the ankle. Melt the hips forward and down. To take in to a twist, bring your right hand to the thigh and look back over the right shoulder.

4. Side Body Stretch - Keeping your knee at a 90 degree angle, lift the hips up. Bring your left toes to the long right edge of your mat. Shift the hips towards the right, moving into a side lunge. Bring the right hand to the top of the right leg. Keep pushing the knee open, as you press the hips down. Start to straighten the right leg as you turn the right foot parallel to the front edge of your mat. Let the left hand come down to the mat to the side of your left knee. Stretch the right hand up and over, coming in to a full side body stretch. Bring the right fingers back to the mat, return to table top.

Repeat 3 and 4 through on the other side.

5. Puppy Pose - From table top pose, keep your hips over your knees as you walk the hand forward. Melt the heart towards the ground, and bring the forehead to rest on the mat. Engage the low belly. Stay here with your fingers reaching forward. Or bring the palms together, bending your elbows, and reaching the fingers back towards the neck.

6. Sphinx - Slide forward on to the belly. Bring the forearms to the mat in front of you. Setting the elbows up in line with the shoulders. Pressing the palms and pelvis in to the mat as you come in to a little back bend. If you feel any pinching in the low back, lessen the stretch by moving the elbows further away from the body. Think about pulling the heart forward as you hold here.

7. Figure Four -  Flip over on to your back, with knees bent and soles of feet on the mat. Cross your right ankle over the left thigh. Flexing the right foot. You may opt to stay here, or lift the left foot off of the mat, reaching the right arm through the legs and clasping hold of the left thigh or outside of the knee. Draw the leg in to the belly, keeping the tailbone rooted down. Relax the shoulders down to the mat, it's not a curl up. Release the left leg, extending it on the mat, as you cross the right knee over to the left side. Open the right arm to the side and gaze towards the right fingers for a twist. Repeat through on the opposite side.

More of an auditory or visual learner? Cooldown with the video below.




Namaste,
Kassandra


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