“Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling” ― Deborah Day
Happy New Years Eve!
I firmly believe that it is important to take a step back before we transition into a new year. However, in our very busy society – it is hard to slow down and allow yourself time to process. I hope this yin sequence serves as your permission slip to take 60-75 minutes for yourself. Use this time to look back on the joyful times, the broken times, and the times that felt neutral. Practice gratitude for all of it. You made it through. I love the verses in Romans that state, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” May you feel the abundance of God’s love for you as you close out this beautiful year in the journey called life.
Allow your body and mind to rest into these poses and find an intention you’d like to set before you in 2016.
Any leg variation will do with these. I like to rest in butterfly or with the legs extended. Taking the arms overhead will help to also release the shoulders here. You can also add another block to support the head if it doesn’t touch the ground behind you.
Reclined twist on block (4 min. each side)
This is a new one for me. I love it because it’s like a little foam roller sensation that digs into the outer hip and psoas regions to release tension that is hard to target otherwise. With that said, if this pose is simply too much for you – just simply remove the block and take your favorite reclined twist.
*Repeat twist on other side*
Cat/Cow (2 min)
Remove the block from underneath and take a moment to hug the knees to the chest or stretch in any way that feels good for you. Rock up to table top position.
Nancy is the fearless leader here at Nancy Nelson Yoga! She has been instructing yoga since 2012 and is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) with Yoga Alliance. She loves guiding yoga classes in all forms – from sweaty vinyasa flows, to slow mindful movement - but her favorite style to practice and teach is yin yoga. She attended a formal 50-hour Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts in the fall of 2018 and it truly propelled her into developing her yin focused website, webinars and trainings.
Oh my goodness, I absolutely love your yoga sequences. Have you ever
considered posting videos on youtube!? I’m more of a visual girl myself, and
although your pics and instructions are totally on point, It would be nice to
see a play by play, without having to look and read. Mind you once the sequence
is familiar it really isn’t an issue, but just a thought:) Keep up the amazing work!
I’ve said this before, but you have literally saved my body and increased my quality
of life exponentially:)Thank you so so much!!!!
You are too kind! I love reading comments like this because I am always looking for new ideas as well as receiving feedback that the sequences are helpful for people. THANK YOU! I have dabbled in recording these a little bit, but my biggest dilemma is time to do it. I will definitely try to get one up soon (yes, just for you!). I have had this request before as well. Perhaps I can attempt to do that 1x/month or two months. Be on the lookout!
thank you for this yin sequence and encouraging quote. love love it
This is a fantastic sequence Nancy! Thank you for posting it. 😊🕉
Tried this sequence yesterday and absolutely loved it – going to teach it tomorrow night! I go to your site frequently for ideas and verbiage. I know all of this takes hard work Nancy….very grateful for your wisdom and dedication and creativity!! Wondering if you’d be willing/able to email with me regarding some questions I have about teaching as well as questions related to my faith journey and yoga? if time is too short no worries…I understand. God always brings what is needed when it is needed 🙂
Hi Ali! Thanks so much. I’m happy to hear that you enjoy my sequences. It is hard work, but it is truly my pleasure to share them. Being able to connect with like-minded yogis is always an immense blessing to me. You can email me anytime:) Happy to respond as time allows.
This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I am totally stealing but will be more than happy to give you credit in class tomorrow!
happy to share <3 The yoga did the real work here anyway.
Just came across this wonderful sequence. Enjoyed this very much. Appreciate that you shared this with the world. Peace, love and light for you for the New Year and beyond!
I did your gratitude sequence with my parents tonight & want to try this sequence as well! Yin is difficult for me because my mind is like a ping pong ball & I have a lot on my mind these days as my life is transitioning… I completed my 200 hour training last December (2016) and I enjoy learning from fellow yogis 🙂
It certainly requires more patience and perseverance than expected 😉 Glad you enjoyed though!
Very nicce blog you have here