Feeling a bit out of whack lately? You're probably not the only one. This yin sequence is a great one to help you to draw your energy upwards, to uplift and balance your soul, your breath, your spirit, your chakras.
Here's the poses I've included, in order:
🌿 Child's Pose (AJNA - THIRD EYE)
We are beginning with Ajna because Yin Yoga itself is a practice that assists us to draw our intention inward. Ajna can be thought of as the 'inner seeing eye' and is located between our brows (about an inch inward). We start here to awaken the inner journey. So in your child's pose, let yourself see. Go beyond the illusion of your mind and be curious about what you find.
To assist in unblocking/activating your third eye, you may picture the colour 'white' on an inhale and in your mind, repeat the mantra AUM as you exhale.
🌿 Caterpillar (MULADHARA - ROOT)
Continuing our journey, we are moving all the way down into Muladhara, our base/root chakra. This can be thought of as our 'abode of Kundalini'. It represents a rising of inner potential, abundance and the ability to put down roots.
To assist in unblocking/activating your root chakra, you may picture the colour RED on an inhale and in your mind, repeat the mantra LAM as you exhale.
🌿 Deer (SVADISTHANA - SACRAL)
Next, we come to Svadisthana, our Sacral Chakra. This can be thought of as the place 'where one dwells'. We spend a lot of time here and it is the store of our previous experiences (Karmas). This is where we tend to be instinctive and carry out behaviours or habits (Samskaras) that we don't necessarily consciously think about, based on our Karmas that are stored here.
To assist in unblocking/activating your sacral chakra, you may picture the colour ORANGE on an inhale and in your mind, repeat the mantra VAM as you exhale.
🌿 Dragon (MANIPURA - SOLAR PLEXUS)
Moving right on up into Manipura, our Solar Plexus Chakra, this is where our fire, vitality and vibrance is found. Fire regulates our processes of life. Our digestion, our heart fire, our ability to get up and GO. It's from here that we start to see a view of higher realms and when we balance, we light (or re-light) our effervescent flame.
To assist in unblocking/activating your solar plexus chakra, you may picture the colour YELLOW on an inhale and in your mind, repeat the mantra RAM as you exhale.
🌿 Supported Bridge (ANAHATA - HEART)
The Chakra that needs no introduction, it's Anahata, our Heart Chakra. This is the 'abode of the soul' and it's located behind our heart in the spine. This is where we remind ourselves that free flowing love is our birthright and there are no two ways about it.
'The Atma (higher self) is realised by reflection at the heart centre'.
To assist in unblocking/activating your heart chakra, you may picture the colour GREEN on an inhale and in your mind, repeat the mantra YAM as you exhale.
🌿 Viparita Karani (legs up the wall) - (VISHUDDHI - THROAT)
Vishuddhi, our Throat Chakra is, predictably, located in our spine behind our throat. It's here that we connect with a state of purity, harmony, peace and understanding. We deal with sound and vibration here, and it's no surprise that balance here can assist us in the ways we communicate. We CAN communicate safely and courageously.
To assist in unblocking/activating your throat chakra, you may picture the colour BLUE on an inhale and in your mind, repeat the mantra HAM as you exhale.
🌿 Deep Rest / Savasana - not pictured (SAHASRARA)
I haven't included any specific pose for our Crown Chakra, Sahasrara. While it's not impossible to work in this higher plane, many of us tend to need to work with some of the lower chakras a lot more before we can easily and comfortably work in the higher realms of Sahasrara. That being said, let yourself rest here. Let yourself imagine connecting with the Universal Oneness that we are all always connected with, and just see what happens.
In any yin yoga practice it's important to find a depth and variation of a pose that works for YOU in your body, mind & breath. What's pictured here may not be appropriate for you, so don't be afraid to use props, change it up a bit and make sure you're keeping yourself safe in your practice.
I like to hold poses for about 5 minutes each, but you can hold them for more or less, again it's up to what YOUR ENTIRE BEING needs in this moment. Make sure you take rest between each pose.
If you're keen to know more about each of these poses, click here to see my full Yin Yoga Pose Library with all the info on these poses including their physical benefits, how to approach them and when it's best not to.
PLUS, I have a 5-part Chakra Yin Video Series available for you to purchase and practice online! Click here for that. Thanks for being here 🥨🌿