‘LOVE YOURSELF’ YIN YOGA SEQUENCE + PLAYLIST
This yin yoga sequence will help you to practice self-love. You probably heard this before: loving oneself is the most important thing. It’s the first step to being able to love someone else and to be truly happy. But how to do it? How to stop these nagging thoughts telling you that you are not good enough, not pretty enough, not whatever enough?
To develop this self-love takes practice. Yoga, breath work, meditation and study of yoga philosophy are practices that can open the door to knowledge and love, of ourselves and others.
The following yin yoga sequence will help you to open your heart and release. Because practicing yoga is releasing. It’s peeling away all the emotions, fears and judgments you have buried deep inside yourself. It’s connecting to what’s really true. When we peel everything away, what are we left with is our true essence – love! So roll out your mat and get ready for some serious self-love.
Yin Yoga Sequence to open your heart
Disclaimer: Not all yoga poses are suitable for all persons. Always consult your health care provider and obtain full medical clearance before practicing yoga or any other exercise program. The information provided in this blog is strictly for reference only and is not in any manner a substitute for medical advice or direct guidance of a qualified yoga instructor.
This is a nice backbend for the upper and middle back that opens the shoulders and softens the heart. On your hands and knees, walk your hands forward, allowing your chest to drop towards the floor. Keep your hips right above your knees. Hold for three to five minutes.
This yin yoga pose will stimulate your sacral-lumbar arch and tone the spine. Lie down on your belly. Clasp your elbows with the opposite hands and move the elbows just ahead of your shoulders, propping yourself up. Notice how it feels in your lower back and adjust your position accordingly. If the sensations are too strong, move your elbows further away from your body, lowering your chest closer to the floor. Hold for three to five minutes.
This healing, restful yin yoga pose gently stretches the spine and is a nice counterpose to the backbends you just did. Sit on your heels and fold forward, bringing your chest to your thighs and your forehead to the mat. Your arms can be stretched out forward or next to your body, whatever feels better. Hold for one to three minutes.
One of my favorite yin yoga poses and a great stretch for your hamstrings. To get into the pose, bring the soles of your feet together and then slide them away from you until your legs are in a diamond shape. Allowing your back to round, fold forward. If you have problems folding forward, you can elevate your hips by sitting on a block or bolster. Hold for 5 minutes.
This yin yoga pose will open your hips, groin and the back of your thighs. It’s also a great pose to practice awareness and acceptance for your body. Only go as deep as feels right for you, don’t push yourself. To get into the pose, spread your legs apart and fold forward, resting your weight on your hands or elbows. Sitting on a cushion or bolster will help you tilt your hips and fold forward more. You can also bend your knees and place bolsters below them, that will help you to bend forward more easily and allow gravity to do the work. Hold for five minutes or up to ten minutes.
Sit on the matt or on a cushion with both legs straight out in front of you. Fold forward over the legs, allowing your back to round. If your hamstrings are tight, you can bend your knees and place a bolster underneath. Relax your muscles and let gravity take you deeper into the pose. Hold for three to five minutes.
Twisting will help you to release tension in your spine. Lie on your back and draw your knees to your chest. Open your arms to the side and drop the knees to one side. Try to keep the shoulder blades flat on the floor. Hold for three minutes and change sides.
This is your time to relax and rest the body. Lie on your back with your legs slightly apart and your arms by your side, palms facing upwards. Relax your face, and your whole body. Pay attention to the energies flowing through your body.