1. What props do I need for yin yoga?
Prepare a couple of yoga blocks, a couple of yoga blankets, a bolster, and a strap within reach of your mat or practice space.
2. Can I do Yin Yoga without props?
Yes, but focus on the first rule of Yin Yoga – find your edge. Props help a lot with this, but it’s doable without them. Really listen to your body, not the ego, and always back out of the pose if you feel any sharp or sudden pain. If you’re a beginner, try shorter classes with shorter holds of each pose.
3. What are the benefits of Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga is an excellent complement to other systems of asana and other forms of movement and exercise. The long holds of each pose allow for the connective tissue in joints (tendons, tissue, and fascia) to gradually and safely stretch, improving overall flexibility and mobility.
4. How to use yoga props?
Place blocks under your hands in lunge poses to prevent the chest from collapsing over the front leg. Sit up on blocks to keep the knees in line with or lower than the hip points in seated cross-legged poses. Place blocks under elevated knees in poses like Easy Pose, Firelog Pose, or Cow-Face Pose.
Use blankets and bolsters under the backs of the knees in supine poses to support the lower back.
Use straps to increase flexibility in the hamstrings in forward folds, and to increase flexibility in the upper back in binds and backbends.
5. Where can I do yin yoga online?
Yoga with Kassandra, Boho Beautiful Yoga, and Travis Eliot are hugely popular YouTube channels. Each provides a wide selection of videos for different levels, meridians, and flexibility targets.