Yin Yoga for Neck, Shoulder & Upper Back Tension Relief {30 min}

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Soothe away neck & shoulder tension with this 30 min yin yoga class
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If you experience stiffness or discomfort in your neck, shoulders or upper back, this is the perfect class for you! Daily tasks like sitting at a desk, holding purses, carrying children or long hours of driving can leave us with a lot of tension in the upper body.

This Yin Yoga class is designed to help you bring movement back into that area and leave you feeling open and relaxed. We’ll intertwine a few hip openers throughout the class as to not completely ignore the lower body.

What is Yin Yoga? Yin yoga is often called the Yoga of the joints because unlike other styles of yoga, the emphasis is not on the muscles but on the deep connective tissue. Connective tissue is made up of fascia, ligaments and tendons which surround and form your joints. Yin yoga improves the range of motion in your joints and also strengthens them. The results and benefits are more felxibility and greater range of motion and also more stability within your joints. Although your muscles will also be stretched, that is not the focus of the practice. It is best to practice yin yoga while your muscles are cold and NOT warmed up, even if that sounds counterintuitive. The reason we do this is so that we can send the “stress” and the “Stretch” to the connective tissues. If the muscles are warm they will steal the focus away from the joints.

There are 3 principles of Yin Yoga.
1. Find your edge
2. Be still
3. Hold the pose

Find your edge means respecting your body’s limits and not pushing too far and risking injury. Pull back a little bit and as you hold the pose you will be able to go deeper into it without pushing too far or hurting yourself.

Being still means that once you are in the pose it is important to completely relax your muscles so the benefits can get into the connective tissues and joints. Try not to fidget or move or distract yourself, this is a meditative practice. Breathe deeply in and out through the nose.

Holding the pose means that in Yin Yoga a pose can be held for 1-10 minutes depending on the pose performed and on the comfort level of the student. I usually teach poses held for around 4-5 minutes. Learn to surrender and keep a timer close by if needed.

Use as many props as needed in Yin Yoga! Blocks, bolsters and straps are all great ways to support your body to make sure you are respecting your edge and not going too far.

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40 COMMENTS

  1. Hey I just wanted to say: I have had tension headaches/migraines for a few years now, and I'm another person in your comments who has been helped more by following this video (like 2-3 times a week) than by more doctors and medicines than I feel like counting right now. I was able to drop a med that was giving me bad side effects and this video helped me get my doc's approval to do so. Thank you!!

  2. I'm loving your videos. They are easy to follow. I pick a different one each time depending on what makes sense for the day. Thank you for being here and offering your classes for free!

  3. My first session with you, Kassandra, and my first Yin yoga session. What a beautiful practice, and your guidance so clear and gentle. Thank you.

  4. I had been told by every Medical doctor I ever saw that the only choice was surgery for my legs, and I was very close to making use of up all of my savings to fund a procedure. I`m so glad that I discovered this legs treatment “fetching myma space” (Google it). My legs got great results now!.

  5. I really like this neck, shoulder class so much. Instead of going every week to a therapist for my body, I can do it myself now. Thank you so much, Kassandra 😉

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