Yin Yoga for Back Pain
In this 30-minute class, Brett Larkin guides us through a slow and soothing sequence of yin yoga for back pain. The term 'Yin yoga' comes from Taoist tradition - while yang refers to repetitive movement to create heat in the body, yin is more about being still and cooling the body. In practice, this means that instead of holding our poses for five breaths as in an Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence, Yin yoga would have us hold for anywhere between 2-20 minutes. The longer poses allow us to access the deeper connective tissue (ligaments and fascia) in our bodies. Complemented with more yang movements (Vinyasa or Hatha yoga, cardio, etc.) that strengthen muscles, we reach an optimum yin/yang balance.
Yin yoga tends to be particularly helpful for opening up the back and releasing pain and tension. If you're interested in finding out more about the practice, this article captures the differences and benefits really well.
About Brett Larkin
Currently based in San Francisco, Brett Larkin teaches at Zazen Yoga Studio and Google HQ, while designing and filming free online classes for the wider yoga community. Her background in ballet and modern dance raised her interest in fluid transitions and spiral movements - elements that she now likes to explore in her yoga classes. Brett orients her practice and teaching around certain themes: discovering new space in the body; attention to transitions (seeing yoga as a kind of dance); slowing down and surrendering; and bringing ourselves into balance.
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