I hope you are all doing well. Today I have a very special class in store for you – yin yoga at the wall! This 60 minute class is created with love and has the primary goal of giving you a nice release as you flip your perspective a bit. Practicing at the wall is one of my favorite things to do whenever going through a change….weather, seasons, life circumstances etc. I feel that changing things up in this way will help you to access parts of the body and mind that need deep release. My prayer is that this class blesses you with rest and renewal.
NEW! If you would prefer to practice this sequence with a video instead, I have included a youtube version of this class as well. I would love any feedback you all have to offer on that front – it’s a new one for me.
Sukhasana (4 min)
Easy Seated Pose
Spine lengthened and resting against the wall. Slow your breath here and find an intention you’d like to keep with you. Potentially on the topic of what you lean on in your life – as you utilize the wall as a physical support today. Perhaps locating one particular foundation in your life that is dependable to lean on and find your hope in so you can truly take rest – mind, body, spirit.
Tricep Pull Neck Release (1 min each side)
Take the right hand behind the back and place the back of the hand on the sacrum. Grab ahold of the tricep with your left arm and begin to pull forward but at the same time resist the pull in the right arm as you gently draw back. Breathe in and then on your exhale, drop your left ear to your left shoulder until you find a good surge of sensation. Breathe there for about a minute.
**Repeat on the other side**
Butterfly (4 min)
Draw the soles of the feet together and drop the knees wide. Use an exhale to guide your chest forward and release your head to a block, allowing gravity to pull you in. Over time, you may adjust the height of the block or remove it completely as long as your breath can stay vibrant and full.
Extended Arm Stretch (3 min each side)
Facing the wall in a standing position, extend the right arm to the side at about 90 degrees from the body. Left hand will be to your side like a kickstand. Use an exhale to rotate your body so the right side is resting on the wall. Find more sensation the more you rotate. Eventually you can relax the left arm and drop the head to the wall if you’d like.
**Repeat extended arm stretch on other side**
Downdog (3 min)
Turn toward the wall and begin to walk your hands down and your feet back. Melt your heart toward the earth beneath you and find a good amount of intensity in the shoulder joint. Relax through the facial muscles and focus on your breath while you’re here.
Give yourself a moment to roll the shoulders and release this stretch
Dolphin (3 min)
Similar to downdog at the wall, begin to bend your elbows and place the forearms at the wall. Adjust your feet and chest until you find a nice amount of release to work with. Once you land in the height of sensation, focus on the quality of the breath crating space where you feel the most tension.
Again, give yourself a moment to counter this stretch with a few shoulder rolls or similar
Forward Fold – HIPS at wall (3 min)
Turn around so your hips are to the wall and your head faces the center of the room. You can use a block out in front of you for your hands or head as you melt into a forward fold position. Bend the knees bringing the chest to the thighs as much as you need to. Give yourself grace when and where you can!
Take a moment to stand up and lean against the wall for several moments before moving to the next pose
Forward Fold – BACK at wall (3 min)
Now, begin to turn toward the wall and walk into a forward fold with your hips facing the center of the room. Same options with the block and bending the knees. Take your time and lean into where you feel this most – trusting that wall to support and uphold you even when it gets intense.
Childs Pose (1 min)
Drop to your knees and sit back to a childs pose, resting your head to a block for a few breaths. Observe the physical and mental space created from the poses you’ve already put into your practice today.
Reclined Pigeon (4 min each side)
Come to your back and place your feet on the wall, knees bent. Cross your right ankle over the left thigh finding your reclined pigeon at the wall. The closer your hips are to the wall, the more intense this becomes. Find a good balance between drawing the left knee toward you and right knee away from you, then just breathe.
Yogi Squat + arms rest on inner thighs (1 min)
From reclined pigeon, open the knees wide into the shape of a yogi squat. You can rest the weight of the arms on the inner legs to intensify the release.
**Repeat reclined pigeon on other side**
Butterfly (2 min) + Wide Leg Gravity Pull (4 min)
Scoot your hips all the way to the wall and draw your feet in, knees out. Rest here for several moments. You can also place a blanket around your ankles and feet to support the legs if you’d like.
From here, straighten the legs up and then allow them to open out wide falling into the pull of gravity into a wide V shape, then let any activation in the feet and legs relax.
Savasana – legs up the wall (7 min)
Straighten the legs straight up the wall and support them with a blanket or strap. Take rest and enjoy the release of your practice!