I often tell students that it's all about the rebound in Yin. The rebound is the space between each posture where you begin to experience your inner landscape, moving from the gross to the subtle body. I consider this time sacred as it provides direct access to insights and a magical observation of the movement of chi.
Give it try! Here's a short and simple Yin sequence to experience your connection to the subtle:
Begin in Child's Pose - tune in and allow your breath to elongate as your hips sink toward your heels, knees are wide, heart and forehead melt down towards the earth. Hold this posture for 1-3 minutes.
Rebound in Savasana - lie on your back, stretch out like a star. Bring your awareness inward- feel, sense, listen. Hold for 45 seconds.
Wide Straddle - sit upright and extend your legs wide. Prop hips if necessary. Come into a gentle forward fold. Hold for 1-3 minutes.
Rebound in Savasana - come back on your spine, take up space and settle in. Hold for 45 seconds.
Reclined Twist - start by bringing the souls of your feet to the floor. Cross your left leg over your right and allow your knees to drop to fall to the right. You can place your right hand on top of your upper thigh to help guide the knees down. Extend your left arm out to draw the left shoulder toward the floor. Hold for 1-2 mins. Repeat twist on the left side.
Savasana - lie flat on your back. Spread your feet wide. Arms extend out. Palms face up. Let the bones in your body completely settle and be held by the earth beneath you. Relax the muscles in your face. Separate your teeth. Rest. Hold for 5-8 minutes.
If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you. For those of you coming to Santa Barbara, find me teaching Yin in the Salt Cave.