Yin Yoga Snack for Heart & Hips is another short Yin Yoga practice that focuses on the chest, upper back and hips. This one was more what I expected from Yin Yoga. I was able to hold these poses for the entire period with no discomfort. The biggest problem for me was the rolled up blanket. I kept messing with it and never got it where I wanted it. I had to make myself stop messing with it and just deal. But next time I think I am going to use a cylinder pillow instead of a blanket. Hopefully that will work better. Anyway, this one was very relaxing. I actually didn’t feel the hip stretch much at first and was worried I was doing it wrong, but the longer I held the pose the more I felt it in my hip. The supported fish pose (for me) is all about the height of the rolled up blanket. Too low and it didn’t feel like I was doing anything. Too high and it was very uncomfortable. So you might want to find the perfect support before you even start this practice.
Aprille says in the beginning that this is her first yoga snack (short 10-15 minute yoga workout) and she does talk a bit more at the beginning of this one, but then she goes silent while holding the poses like she did in her other Yin Yoga Snack that I have done.
Yin Yoga Snack for Heart & Hips is 10 minutes. You need a rolled up towel or blanket (or something cylindrical under your back).
- Supported fish pose for 3:30 minutes (lay rolled up blanket on floor, lay on floor with blanket under mid/upper back, arms extended out to sides of body with elbows bent)
- Remove rolled up blanket (still on back), bring knees into chest, hold knees and roll hips side to side
- Still laying on back, legs are raised and bent, cross legs and hold onto shins or feet, hold this pose for 2 minutes
- Repeat #2
- Repeat #3 with other leg crossed on top
- Repeat #2
- Sit cross-leg and take deep breaths