Yin Yang Yoga Full Body Stretch and Strength Yoga with Melissa 436

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In this full length yin yang yoga full body stretch and strength class we will practice a fusion of yoga styles between yin yoga and hatha yoga. What is the difference between yin yoga and hatha yoga? Yin yoga is an advanced yoga practice practiced mostly on the floor where we allow time and gravity to do most of the work for us. The focus of yin yoga is the deeper, dense and less pliant connective tissues that wrap around the joints. By holding the poses for 3-5 minutes, allowing our muscles to be soft, we pull and pressurize the tissue to coax chi and blood through the joints allowing them to be more strong and mobile.

Hatha Yoga on the other hand focuses more on lengthening and strengthening the muscles. Ha means sun and tha means moon. Hatha yoga focuses on bringing balance to your body between those more active (ha) energies and restorative (tha) energies. Therefore you will often experience pose and counterpose in a hatha yoga class so that when you have exerted effort of worked one muscle, then you will rest or balance it by working the opposite muscle.

We will begin our class, while our muscles are still cold with yin yoga and focus on hip joint mobility and then we will move into the strengthening aspect of the class with hatha yoga. In the hatha portion of this yoga class we will be lifting our own body weight to build strength for your whole body, including your upper body strength, core strength, and lower body strength. Holding hatha yoga poses for longer and repetition of hatha yoga poses will also help to build strength.

Yin Yang Yoga Sequence: Wide Knee Child´s Pose, Half Happy Baby Pose, Keyhole, Keyhole Twist, Toestand, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Plank Pose on Forearms, Samanasana or Equal Balancing Pose, Chair Pose or Utkatasana, Extended Side Angle Pose or Parsvakonasana, Dolphin Pose, Locust Pose or Salabhasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose

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