SaraBethYoga: 30 Minute YIN YOGA for Beginners | Deep Stretch for TENSION & STRESS

30 Minute Yin Yoga for Beginners | Deep Stretch for Tension & Stress is a deep stretching session from Sara Beth. This workout is done Yin Yoga style, meaning you hold the poses for a very long time. Even though “beginner” is in the title, I felt every stretch–sometimes to the point of mild discomfort by the end of the pose time. And I am relatively flexible. The yin yoga practices I have done all use more equipment than other types of yoga workouts and this one is no exception. I used my bolster, a pillow, a flat yoga block and a regular yoga block. I did everything with the props except the puppy pose. Using the props was very uncomfortable for me so I just did a regular puppy pose. Sara sits on a blanket for many poses but I just sat on my flat yoga block. Also, on the poses where you hinge forward and rest your head on pillows, I used my bolster but it wasn’t as thick as Sara’s multiple pillows so I just put a regular yoga block beneath my bolster to boost it higher.

30 Minute Yin Yoga for Beginners | Deep Stretch for Tension & Stress is 30:49 minutes. Equipment: bolster or pillows and a fitness mat. Optional blanket and yoga block. I also used my flat yoga block. Sara shows modifications to make this workout even more accessible to you if needed.

  1. Wide leg child’s pose w/ upper body resting on pillow(s)/bolster (2 minutes)
  2. Puppy pose with head resting on bolster/pillow(s) (1:45 minutes)
  3. Butterfly pose (Sara is sitting on blanket); place pillow(s)/bolster between legs/on feet and hinge torso forward, resting forehead on pillow(s)/bolster (3 minutes)
  4. Still seated on mat/blanket, one leg is open and extended straight to side, other knee is bent with insole against opposite inner thigh, place pillow(s)/bolster on floor in front of you, hinge torso forward, resting forehead on pillow(s)/bolster (2:15 minutes)
  5. Repeat #4 on other side of body (1:45 minutes)
  6. Lay on back with knees bent and feet resting on pillow(s)/bolster
  7. Same starting position as #6, but with feet on floor, raise hips into bridge and push pillow(s)/bolster under hips, rest hips on pillow(s)/bolster (one minute); extend one leg straight and rotate foot to side (1:45 minutes); swap leg positions (1:30 minutes)
  8. Still laying on back with pillow(s)/bolster under hips, pull knees into chest (1:45 minutes)
  9. Still laying on back, push pillow(s)/bolster under your knees so you are now in corpse pose with hands in cactus (she gives you the option of raising arms higher overhead so hands touch) (4 minutes)
  10. Sit cross-leg on pillows with hands in prayer and eyes closed

For more info on SaraBethYoga and other (free) streaming workouts I’ve sampled and reviewed, check out my Streaming page.

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