Non Fiction Review: Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga by Diane Paylor
Yin Yoga: Essential Poses and Sequences for Balanced Energy
by Diane Paylor

5 out of 5 stars

This book is divided into chapters for Yin and Yang poses (still or moving poses), with special chapters for rising energy, grounding, seasonal practices, and targeting specific areas of the body. It begins with an explanation of Yin yoga, how to harness the energy of your breathing, how yin yoga helps your ligaments and joints, and how to quiet the mind during yoga.

I really love that each pose comes with instructions for modifications and variations, so that the yogi can choose what feels best to them in the moment. There are also warnings for poses that could affect old injuries, or would not be appropriate for the elderly or for pregnant women, so that the reader can practice poses safely.

Each pose has clear instructions with options to use props like a bolster, blanket, yoga strap, or pillow. You can make the pose deeper if you are ready for more of a stretch, or you can make the pose easier if you want less pressure or intensity.
I appreciate that this book includes a few yang (or active) postures along with the yin poses. Whenever I am practicing yin yoga, I feel the need to move around a little and work out the kinks in between yin poses, and these easy yang poses are just right!

I really like the sequences of poses that are in the last chapters, including sequences to get your energy moving, give you clear focus, release anxiety, get your spirit grounded and peaceful,
I definitely want to try the sequence for the Root Chakra, which focuses on the legs and hips, and the Shoulder Tension Relief sequence, since I hold a lot of stress in my shoulders.
There are even sequences for Kidney Care and Digestion Soothing!

Another cool set of sequences are the ones designed for different seasons of the year. There is the Winter Warmer sequence, a Spring Detox, Summer Cooler, and a Fall Flow sequence, along with a dozen others!

The beautiful artwork demonstrates each pose with drawings of men and women in pastel colors and bold lines. I really love the pen and watercolor style of the art, and it feels soothing and calm.

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

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