Sphinx & Seal
Start on your belly and then lift your chest to bend your elbows so that they are stacking under your shoulders. Your hands will then rest straight out in front of you. Let your ribcage drop and your chest lift. There should be minimal effort in your arms to hold you up with your joints stacking (shoulders over elbows).
Your legs can be together or as wide apart as you need. We’re looking for a compression in the lower back, but we don’t want pain or pinching. Relax your legs and settle.
To exit start to walk your hands forward and bring your chest down towards the mat so you’re laying flat.
Stretches front body
Compression of lower back
Contraindications: Lower back injury. Shoulder issues. If you are pregnant you likely need to avoid this pose so that your belly isn't pressing into the floor.
Props: You may like to use a bolster under your chest for support here.
Important: In your Yin Yoga practice it is extremely important to listen to your own body. Within some of these poses you may experience discomfort, but we are NOT looking for pain. If you have an injury, be sure not to push yourself. If you feel any pain or pinching, back off out of the pose or try something else.
Make sure you move in and out of these poses slowly and mindfully. Give your body time to understand the changes that are occurring and make sure you rest between poses so that your body can reset.
While each pose does list suggestions for props and the known contraindications, your body is unique. It is your responsibility to keep yourself safe in your yoga practice ❤