Yin Yoga for the Upper Body | Shoulders + Spine

Good afternoon, yogi friends!

I hope that all is well in your world and that you are finding time for your yin practice in the warmer summer months. It is during the warmth of the season that our bodies and mind crave the benefits and environment of the yin practice to draw us back into balance. Yes, it’s of course ok to practice the yang side of the practice during this time of the year – but you do need to be intentional about incorporating your yin practice all the more.

Today I am sharing one of my go-to heart-opening sequences that I shared this summer at my “Understanding + Teaching Yin Yoga” workshop. It’s very simple, but can be a very powerful flow as it accesses the heart center and encourages blood and energy flow through areas that tend to get constricted by how we physically carry ourselves and mentally/emotionally hold onto and process our cares, passions and the things/people we love. My hope is that these poses offer you the time to gently open up and create space where there’s stagnancy as well as restore a sense of peace where there is anxiety. I am also trying out a new technique by recording me cueing the poses and timing it out for you. This will hopefully help the sequence easier to DIY at home.

Here’s the link to the recorded cues (it’s at 53 min. in length):

MY PLAYLIST

Reclined Fish (5 min)

Criss-Cross Arms (3 min. each)

Reverse Needle (3 min. each)

Elbows to Blocks (3 min.)

Childs Pose (2 min.)

Reclined Cow Face Arms (3 min. each side)

Butterfly (5 min.)

Savasana (6 min.)

4 thoughts on “Yin Yoga for the Upper Body | Shoulders + Spine

  1. meredith shah says:

    You are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

    On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 1:20 PM Nancy Nelson | Yoga & wellness wrote:

    > nancynelsonadventures posted: ” Good afternoon, yogi friends! I hope that > all is well in your world and that you are finding time for your yin > practice in the warmer summer months. It is during the warmth of the season > that our bodies and mind crave the benefits and environment o” >

  2. Tara S says:

    Thank you so very much for this amazing yin yoga sequence. It offers the perfect balance of intensity and calm, challenge and ease. The recorded cues were incredibly helpful. As someone who carries a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders, I will be returning to this sequence often. And each time I do, I will appreciate your generosity in sharing your expertise and time with us. Thanks again!

  3. Anne says:

    Thank you so much for this!
    Thanks to your recording I was really able to go more deeply into the practice without worrying about the time and different poses coming up next.
    Your thoughts and tips for different poses really helped getting the best from this sequence.

    Thank you again for your time and effort you put into this!

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