Wind down the day with long-held yin stretches during the first part of class. End with a deeply restorative yoga nidra practice.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
Yoga Nidra, also known as yoga sleep, is a systematic deep relaxation practice that is accessible to all levels. It can help reduce stress, anxiety and help those who suffer from insomnia. Nidra is typically practiced lying down, though students can do it seated or in a supported restorative pose. As your body and mind rest, you open up new pathways in the mind for greater self-awareness and creativity. Scroll down to watch!