Book Review: Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga by Kassandra Reinhardt
Yin Yoga: Stretch the mindful way 
by Kassandra Reinhardt

5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


This beautiful book gives practical meditation tips, breathing exercises, and yin yoga postures for beginner through intermediate yogis. It includes yoga sequences for 30-90 minute yoga practices, and instructions on how to modify each yoga pose to make it easier if you need a gentler posture, or to make it harder if you are ready for a deeper stretch.

I adore the gorgeous photos of each pose. The serene ocean in the background of each photo makes me feel soothed and calm. The golden light and beautiful seaside landscapes really enhance every yoga posture.
I was inspired by the peaceful quotes, and gentle reminders to “come to a point of stillness within.”
I feel like each page invites the practitioner to breathe softly into the tranquility of each corner of the body. I especially appreciated the simple modifications to help make each pose an expression of your own practice.

I was intrigued by the section on chakras and meridian balancing, and now I’m eager to try the suggested poses and meditation techniques for each area of the body. This book really gives you the tools to target particular ailments or “stuck” places in the body, and loosen and soften those areas, bringing the mind, heart, and body back into harmonious balance.

There are “Be Aware” tips for each pose, to help you be safe and avoid aggravating any previous injuries. Each pose is not only illustrated in the photos, but also described in detail, aiding the yogi with how to get in and out of each pose safely.

The sequences are especially helpful, since they bring all the information together, creating a balanced practice that is easy to follow. There are sequences for the beginner, for the more advanced yogi, for relieving stress, for digestion, for backaches and neck pain, for hips, posture, prenatal, for more energy, for bedtime, and a dozen others. I love how these sequences are organized so that you can squeeze every benefit from your practice. And it’s useful to have various time frames to work with, so that you can choose a sequence that matches the time you have available.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about yoga, but intimidated by the “Bikram” hot yoga style, or worried that an energetic “yang” yoga class would be too taxing.
Yin yoga is gentle and slow, giving the body the rest it needs, while still providing a beneficial stretch and strength to the joints.

I would also recommend this book to anyone who is already a seasoned yogi, but wants to expand their home practice, find out more about yin yoga, and dive deeper into the beauty of their own body.

I would recommend this book to anyone who needs some stillness in their life, needs to reduce stress, and make their busy mind more tranquil. Yin yoga is perfect for training the mind to be quiet while the body is relaxed.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the thoughts and opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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