Yin as a passive practice is such an incredible way to relax and find some restoration before crawling into the sheets at night.
These are 4 of the best poses to do to get you ready for bed tonight. I’m not using any props for these, but feel free to make yourself comfortable with any supports.
- Wide-Legged Child’s Pose with Side Bend – Start kneeling. Bring the big toes together and take the knees as wide as you would like. Sink the hips back towards the heels. Walk the hands over to the left. Melt the forehead down to the mat. Crawl the right fingers as far forward and press back through the right hip to feel into the side body. After about 2 minutes switch over to the right side.
2. Swan Pose – Come up to hands and knees. Bring the right knee behind the right wrist. Kick the right toes as far or as little to the left as you like. Extend the left leg back behind you. Fold straight down, or take a thread the needle variation. Thread the left arm underneath lowering the shoulder and ear to the floor. Push into the mat. If this feels like too much, leave out the twist. Repeat on the other side.
3. Melting Heart – Lift to table top. Keep the hips over the knees. Walk your hands forward and fold down. Keep your arms straight or bend the elbows and bring hands to the back of the neck. Draw the low belly in.
4. Side Sphinx – Roll onto the right hip, with the legs extended out. Keep the forearm down or lift up to the palm to deepen the side bend. Keep the left hand grounded down. Let yourself sink into it. Feel the stretch in the obliques. Repeat on the other side.
These poses come from Day 26 of a 30 day Evening Yoga Challenge. You can check out the full practice below. Or sign up for the challenge HERE.