Workout Wednesday: A Focus On Yin Yoga

Why hello there, Wednesday! Back again so soon. For those of you who are new to following the blog, you’ll realize that I haven’t jumped on the “What I Ate Wednesday” bandwagon like many other healthy living bloggers. I was asked a couple of weeks ago by a reader if I’m planning on doing these full day meal recaps, and I explained that no, I am not. Don’t get me wrong. I really appreciate the concept and love meandering through all of the WIAW posts to see what everyone is eating these days. However, I personally can’t commit to photographing every morsel of food that I consume throughout the course of a day, week after week. I barely have enough time to write blog posts these days, and when I do get an opportunity to eat, I usually have to do so very quickly. Plus, many of my meals look identical from day to day, besides dinner, so things might start getting slightly repetitive. I blog when I can, take pictures when I can…and that’s pretty much it :)

For now, any Wednesday post that I throw together will be dedicated to fitness. And for this week’s Workout Wednesday post, we’re sloooowing things down a bit!

Two weekends ago, I went to an early morning “Afterburn” class with a friend. At one point during a squat exercise, the instructor said, “I can tell just by watching your squat that your hip flexors are extremely tight.” Yes…yes they are. Thanks for noticing, buddy.

Evidently I should be doing a better job at stretching post-workouts and dragging my butt to yoga consistently. Fitting it all in is so hard sometimes! My fitness priorities are cardio and strength training, and although I do really enjoy yoga, it unfortunately gets swept under the rug far too often.

Luckily, the next day I received this offer in my Inbox!

With only 24 days left before my Canada trip, this seemed like a perfect deal. Not to mention that ONE class at this place costs $25! (Yeah…I know! Yikes. Can’t do it.)

I usually attend flow or power yoga classes that are a bit faster paced so that I feel like I’m getting a good workout. However, I’d heard good things about their Yin classes so thought I’d give it a whirl. Why not?

I LOVED it!!!

Yin focuses on lengthening muscles and connective tissue around the hips, legs, and lower back. It is so much different than what I’m used to. Basically, Yin Yoga is the opposite of “Yang Yoga” (the powerful, strengthening side). Apparently, it’s essential to participate in both Yin and Yang practice in order to reap the benefits of their complimentary styles. Who knew?

The biggest difference for me was the time limit for postures. I am used to flowing through each pose, but Yin requires you to hold the poses anywhere from 3-10 minutes (AHHHH!) in order to maximize the stretch and increase elasticity that diminishes as we age. This elasticity also diminishes with increased physical activity. My hip flexors and I clearly need more of this in our life!

Our MALE yoga instructor was awesome. He took the time to go through the anatomy and reasoning behind each pose, which I loved. It’s nice to know WHY I’m doing a certain pose, and hearing the beneficial properties definitely helped me make it through a few of the 5 minute segments. 

After five minutes, a peaceful alarm sounded and we moved into shavanasa (“corpse pose”) for 1-minute of rest, then onto the next pose. The hour flew by and I felt absolutely fantastic afterwards! I am planning to go again this week AND next, as I really liked the class.

I’ll be honest, though. I won’t be paying $25/class any time soon. If you’re new to yoga, I’d definitely recommend going to some classes to learn how to properly orchestrate the poses and asanas. Since I’m pretty familiar with basic yoga poses from casual attendance over the past four years, I feel that Yin is one practice that I can do in the comfort of my own home.

Here is today’s WW workout, dedicated to Yin Yoga! If you scroll to the bottom of the post, I’ve added photos of each pose for your referencing pleasure. For any yogis out there, please don’t take offence to my non-use of appropriate pose terminology :) 

I’m going to try to practice yin once a week at home from now on. I could definitely feel the difference after my class last week, and can understand why this form of yoga is an important and complimentary addition to my usual flow and power classes. 

All you need is a soft floor space (preferably a mat, but a carpet works), a timer of some sort (there are apps for that), some comfy clothes, and maybe even some peaceful music. It doesn’t necessarily have to be “yoga music” either! Just something to help you stay calm while holding your poses. I’ve been enjoying “Resolution” by Matt Corby lately :)

Well, that’s all she wrote. I’m off to the land of nod. Namaste, friends!

Do you have any new “relaxing” or “chilling out” music for me? I need suggestions for my lacklustre playlist.

Yin Poses

Rag Doll


Butterfly Pose


Frog Pose


Saddle Pose


Dragonfly Pose


Sphinx Pose


Toe Squat




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