Yin Yoga directs stimulation deep into the connective tissues of the body, such as ligaments, bones, and even the joints that are not excercised in dynamic muscle engaging forms of yoga. Yin describes a style of yoga that is denser, heavier, more feminine, contemplative, receptive, and passive. It’s opposite, Yang, describes a brighter, hotter, dynamic, active and masculine approach to yoga.
In this Yin Yoga workshop we also explored the salutation to the moon – the moon aligning with Yin, while the sun aligns with Yang. The Moon sequence starts standing in MOUNTAIN POSE, lowering to CHAIR, then sweeping to FORWARD FOLD, and rising to MOUNTAIN POSE again.
Working the right side, lift the right foot and come to TREE and bend toward the right knee for LATERAL TREE. Step the right leg back into CRESENT LUNGE, and pivot feet to STANDING GODDESS POSE (HORSE). Fold into WIDE LEG FORWARD FOLD. Pivot feet again to WARRIOR 2, right foot leading to the back of the mat, then lower to TRIANGLE. Pivot feet to the front mat left food leading to align for SIDE ANGLE, then balance forward into HALF MOON right leg in the air. Bring the right leg forward to the top of the mat in MOUNTAIN POSE. Repeat on the left side to complete the FULL MOON sequence, called CHANDRA NAMASKAR.
Go slow; take your time; move with breath as you renew and receive the benefits of this Moon practice. Thanks to Shelly for the wisdom of her teaching.