Yin Yoga is such a luscious form of yoga. A quiet practice that allows the time and focus to feel the tissues, thoughts and emotions shift and release in your body. Many yin practices focus a great deal on the low back and hips. And, these are great amazing practices. But, the shoulders deserve some love and attention, too. A complicated joint, the shoulder requires greater awareness, patience and creativity in a yin practice…
So, here are a few reminders about how to best approach Yin Yoga…
- Never push.
- Approach your edge gently.
- There is no place for pain in this practice.
- Discomfort is ok, just be sure it is not pain.
- Your breath should stay steady and easy. If it doesn’t, you have gone too far.
- The shoulder is a sensitive joint, approach warily if you have ever sustained injury there.
- Stay present.
- Relax, again.
We are not really targeting muscle fibers in Yin Yoga. Rather, we are targeting the tissues surrounding the fibers and attaching them to the bone. As well, we are targeting the tissues of ligaments. This is a practice that requires patience. There is no need to seek a stretch. As the fibers release (and they always do this slowly), the stretch will find you, evolving and changing.
Hold each pose for at least 2 minutes. I like to use my breath as my timer. You can, too. Just check how many breaths you take in a minute. 🙂
Yin Yoga Practice for the Shoulders: