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Stretch out your quads and thighs in this 40 min yin yoga class.
Hey yogis, I'm back with a brand new Yin Yoga class filmed in beautiful Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica! This class was a special request from one of my subscribers and focuses on opening up the quads, thighs and hips flexors.
There aren't very many yin yoga poses that focus on the quads, but there are four and those are the ones we'll be doing today. The poses include: laying quad stretch, twisted lizard/dragon, reclined hero and cat pulling it's tail.
The quadriceps are big muscles at the front of the thighs that can get quite tight, especially for athletes. This practice will target the entire front of the thigh, from the hip flexors all the way down to the top of the knee. This is a great yin yoga class to do if you have knee tension, although people with acute knee injuries should not practice this!
Make sure you have lots of props such as a blanket, two blocks and a strap.
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 flexibility 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 counter intuitive. 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
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