YIN YOGA for Anxiety
In an article a couple weeks ago, we discussed how yoga can help with anxiety. Though it is not a cure, it can help provide comfort and calm when all else seems to be spiraling out of control. Follow along with the next few poses whenever you find yourself entering into an anxious state.
This sequence is best experienced in a quiet setting with very gentle music (if any). If you would like to use my spotify playlist as you transition through these poses, please view & listen HERE
Each of these poses will be linked over to my friends at yinyoga.com, yogajournal.com, and a couple others. If you are new to a pose or need a different variation than pictured, click on the name of the pose and you’ll be directed to more information.
Of note: If you are new to yin yoga, welcome!
- This style of yoga is a deep stretching practice, intended to help you dig into the connective tissues that surround the joints and release tension.
- It also helps to free up energy within the body. Specifically, this flow helps you free up emotional energy that may be causing your anxiety.
- In order for this release to happen, each pose is held a little longer than you might be used to. Enjoy the gift of time that accompanies this practice! It is very counter-cultural to be allowed to “simply be”. So soak it up. The act of slowing down might be all you need to calm your fears and concerns. Do your best to breathe and to sink heavily into each asana.
1. Reclined on bolster (optional: legs in bound angle) 5 minutes
2. Reclining Twist on bolster 4 minutes each side
3. Butterfly 5 minutes (optional: 3 minutes on bolster, 2 minutes without)
4. Reclined Pigeon at wall 4 minutes
5. Reclined pigeon twist 3 minutes
**repeat 4 & 5 on other side**
6. Sphinx with shins up wall 5 minutes
7. Childs pose 3 minutes
8. Hero/Saddle pose with wall at back 5 minutes
Optional addition: Neck/Shoulder release (30 seconds each side)
9. Seated forward fold/Caterpillar 5 minutes (optional: 3 minutes with bolster, 2 minutes without)
10. Legs up the wall/Savasana 10 minutes
In acceptance and stillness, there is peace. Namaste, friends.