For a long time I had a love-hate relationship with Yin Yoga. I knew it was really good for me: opening up my connective tissue, stretching my muscles, making me more flexible. But being in poses for such a long time (3 till 5 minutes), sometimes really, really hurts. By now I enjoy it. I enjoy it so much that the best way to start my day is just to lay in a yin yoga pose for a couple of minutes. Half snoozing, half meditating. A nice one to start is anahata asana – melting heart pose. In regular yoga the pose is also know at puppy pose.
In yin yoga stretches are generally held for long periods of time. Connective tissue needs more time to stretch than muscles do. Next to working the connective tissue yin yoga works on the meridians (nadis) and the joints. The meridians are the energy lines in the body.
Getting into Anahata asana – melting heart
- Start in downward facing dog
- Bring your knees down to the floor. Keep your upper legs vertical
- Melt your chest towards the floor
- Walk your arms a little more forward
- Stay in the pose for three till five minutes
Benefits of Anahata asana – melting heart
- Opens the shoulders
- Mild backbend for the middle and lower back
- Softens the heart
- Stimulates bladder, stomach, spleen, heart and lung meridian
Want more? Check out my library of yoga poses or do them with me on YouTube.
Source: Iyengar – Light on Yoga / Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long / Ashtanga – David Swenson / Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati