A little bit of yin is such a beautiful way to begin your day. Just making time for these 4 poses will have such an impact on your body for the rest of the day.
For each pose hold for about 2 minutes per side. Breathe in and out through the nose, while using as little muscular effort as possible.
You will want to have 1 yoga strap handy. Don’t have one? A belt, or towel will do!
- Knee to Chest – Lay down on your back, settling in and relaxing on your mat. Hug the right knee in towards the chest. Extend the left leg out in front of you. Keep the shoulders down.
2. Reclining Leg Stretch – Bend the left knee. Hook the strap over the arch of the right foot, and extend the leg up. Hold the strap further down so that the upper arms can relax on the mat. Flex into the foot. Keep a bend in the right knee as needed. To take it further, extend the left leg back out. Keep the hips level.
Repeat 1 and 2 through on the other side.
3. Child’s Pose with Thread the Needle – Come to hands and knees. Bring the big toes together. Take knees as wide as comfortable (wider the knees, the deeper the stretch). Reach your right arm underneath, bringing the shoulder and ear to the floor. Reach the left arm forward, push hand into ground or bring behind the back. Press hips back towards the heels. Lift up and switch thread, taking left arm to right side.
4. Square – Take a seat. Align the right shin over the left. Stacking right knee over the left ankle and right ankle over left knee. If this is too much bring the right shin in front of the left. Flex the feet. Hold here or walk hands forward. Use the hands to support the head if you like. Lift up, switch cross of legs and repeat.
These 4 poses make up a 20 minute Yin Yoga practice for morning on my YouTube channel and app.