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Get rid of upper back knots and pain with this 30 minute beginner yin yoga class.
Hi Yogis, this week's Yin Yoga class was inspired by own upper back issues. For a few weeks I was suffering from a horrible knot in my upper back and although Yin Yoga didn't completely fix it, certain poses provided a lot of relief!
This is a short practice that I'm hoping will also provide relief to others also suffering from tightness, tension and knots in the upper back. Have a block close by and let's get started :)
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
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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