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Yin Yoga for the Lower Back

Intermediate I
If you have lower back tightness or pain, sometimes a gentle class where you hold the poses for longer periods of time can be the most effective way to find relief. Sarah-Jane's choice of poses will help you do that in this 30-minute yin yoga class. She helps you release many of the muscles that are commonly involved in lower back issues, and she helps you through it with specific guidance and knowledge of anatomy. Note: to learn how to make your own bolster at home, click here.
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Ors9800
Ors9800
March 21, 2022
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Thank you so much for this practice! I keep coming back to it, it's been my absolute favorite yoga practice for years now. It really helps with my back pain.
Sarah Jane is amazing, I just love the way she explains every step and makes sure to include instructions for each level of difficulty. I appreciate that she offers variations of each pose regardless if you're new to it or an advanced yogi, so it's easy for everybody to follow.

Mikeyv70
Mikeyv70
December 27, 2021
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I am unable to get the audio portion to work. Please advise how I can get this working!
Thank you,
Mike

Mikeyv70
Mikeyv70
December 27, 2021
Comment:

I am unable to get the audio portion to work. Please advise how I can get this working!
Thank you,
Mike

Mikeyv70
Mikeyv70
December 27, 2021
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I am unable to get the audio portion to work. Please advise how I can get this working!
Thank you,
Mike

epurcell
epurcell
February 6, 2021
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This is the first class of Sarah's I've tried, and I really enjoyed her energy and guidance. It deepened my appreciation for yin practice, which is new to me. I've long avoided yin classes because I find them so difficult. But, I found this one to be a real pleasure and deeply rejuvenating for my spine. Thank you.

Trudywalker5@gmail.com
Trudywalker5@gmail.com
January 12, 2021
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Love this class , my whole body feels so much better
I find yin difficult so I will practise more often !
Peace
Wait
Hope

FairfaxYoga
FairfaxYoga
January 1, 2021
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I come back to this class time and time again. Sarah Jane is terrific. Thank you for sharing your love for yin yoga.

Leahjoojoo
Leahjoojoo
November 15, 2020
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I had my phone on charge while this video was running so I wasn’t able to look at the video very easily as it was up on the table. I found it hard to follow just by listening. For the transition from the first position of seated, soles of the feet together, knees out to the sides, to the next, which was wide leg seated - Sarah-Jane didn’t actually say to widen your legs, just an instruction to not worry about flexing your feet too strongly. I was trying to figure out what I was supposed to do just by listening. Actually I had to come out of the position to peek at my video before I knew what to do. Unfortunately I then lost trust in the practice and the teacher. I can always follow the other instructors perfectly just by listening, with clear guidance and instruction, but in this video I feel Sarah-Jane was very vague at times.

JonG34
JonG34
August 19, 2020
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Thanks really enjoyed your class and just what my back needed.

oakhazel
oakhazel
January 20, 2020
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Lovely class, thank you. The background music was exactly that so that was great.

KJOsgood
KJOsgood
June 29, 2019
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This class is MAGIC! Seriously my lower back hasn't felt so good! Try it, you won't regret it!

margotkeyes
margotkeyes
March 14, 2018
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After Fiji's 14-day yoga challenge completed, this was a lovely alternative practice to really sink into the poses for several minutes each and stretch and release. :)

missethyl
missethyl
October 25, 2017
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Thank you for this beautiful and deep practice. The gentle yet powerful poses have me feeling very light and long. Will definitely repeat.

clafond
clafond
September 16, 2017
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This is my go to practice when I wake up with lower back pain. I always feel relief. Thank you Sarah. Namaste.

Turtle70
Turtle70
January 21, 2017
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Great class, Yin/Yang Yoga is my favorite:)

tracyelizabeth81
tracyelizabeth81
January 16, 2017
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I was pinned between 2 cars 4 years ago and although my injuries are healed, I have a difficult time with my lower back and my hips that I never had prior. Many of your Yin Yoga videos have really helped open me up, and this one is no exception. Thanks!!

DeniseCS
DeniseCS
October 17, 2016
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Thank you Sarah for an unbelievably wonderful class. I always learn so much from you. You are an incredible teacher.

Macmom44
Macmom44
September 6, 2016
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I do at least 2 or 3 classes a week and usually they are more of a vinyasa. This was a great class to start off the week and open up the back! Thanks.

racheleh
racheleh
June 22, 2016
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I keep forgetting that i've done this one and enjoy it so much that i've bookmarked it. Good job Sara!

LisaBrez
LisaBrez
June 13, 2016
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Woke up with a stiff back, too tight for sitting at work. This session really opened me up. This one is my new go to back therapy session.

Anica
Anica
June 4, 2016
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Had a really sore lower back and it now feels so open. Thank you!

mateekaq
mateekaq
May 29, 2016
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Wonderful back opener this morning - thank you so much.

zira5313
zira5313
May 10, 2016
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Thank you for the video! I hurt my lower back a few months ago and this was my first time back on the matt. Very safe feeling, I've been scared of hurting myself again, and this was just what I needed to get back on track, thanks again!

SofiaMar
SofiaMar
May 10, 2016
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Thank you so much for posting this video. This has truly helped me with my back pain. Namaste.

lmonday67
lmonday67
April 19, 2016
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Oh sweet relief!! My lower back feels great this morning after dong this yin yoga last night!!!

Trudywalker5@gmail.com
Trudywalker5@gmail.com
April 11, 2016
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wow, staying still for 3 minutes is challenging for me, I will do this class again and again as I feel so much better. I too do lots of the intermediated classes but really need to do more of this Yin Yoga to relax my mind and body.
Fabulous class Sarah thanks so much
Peace

gypsyrasa
gypsyrasa
April 5, 2016
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Medicine for computer work thank you, such relief. I have a major problem on my left side when twisting with knees to the right, to the point where it is tough for me to figure out how far to let my knees drop (i'm talking even a few inches to the right). I can't seem to find a place to rest where i feel a stretch but no pain sensations. Any suggestions welcome.

Montauket
Montauket
March 28, 2016
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Poses feel great after I'm finished, but it seems to be feeling good in my UPPER back. I'll keep at it and see if a week improves my lower lumbar.

h1storynerd
h1storynerd
March 12, 2016
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I recently started a new job where I am sitting all the time, and my back has started to hurt. This is my first time using this video and I can already feel a difference! Can't wait to do it again!

chelsjed
chelsjed
March 11, 2016
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This feels amazing :) I have anxiety and asthma which effect my breathing and after this my back and lungs feel so open and amazing :) I am a beginner, and while its difficult for me to calm my mind and achieve deep breaths, I still feel completely revitalized after doing this. Helps me crack my back in all those hard to reach places too.

SimonDevlinBell
SimonDevlinBell
February 24, 2016
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Thank you so much for this video! Today was my first day and the soothing tones of Sarah Jane's voice, the gentle music and the sometimes exquisite stretches were just perfect. I can't wait until tomorrow for my next session.

Becky in TX
Becky in TX
February 15, 2016
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This was my first time for this class. I've been working on the intermediate level but recently have had a great deal of lower back stiffness. What a relief to see this on the opening menu. I will try it again as I expect it will take a bit to regain my previous flexibility. It's good to slow down and focus. Thank you

serasirrah
serasirrah
February 1, 2016
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This is a gentle, well-paced day. A great combination of poses to either start or end a day. I loved the amount of direction to guide, check in with feelings to see if I'm hitting the right spots, and always letting me think of where I can improve. Also, there are many that this gives me to consider what poses I might do for a few minutes during the middle of a work day. Excited for more!

anji.dec20
anji.dec20
January 31, 2016
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Today was my first day with this video and I really enjoyed it! Im not able to do all the poses to the fullest yet but I can't wait to do this again tomorrow. Great teacher!

Sarah Jane Steele
Sarah Jane Steele
February 1, 2016
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Thank you so much for the lovely comment. It's ok that you didn't do everything to the fullest- it was your first time! Muscles and joints need to slowly gain the memory. It's all connected to your brain as well. This is a gradual practice, with practice you'll go the length needed by your body. Thank you so much for attending and more classes to come!

Lisole
Lisole
January 27, 2016
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Just...Lovely! Best yin class ever for me. Thank you.

JudithAnne
JudithAnne
January 24, 2016
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Thanks for this, I have been meaning to work Yin into my practice.

Tesshiva
Tesshiva
January 23, 2016
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I walk every day, and coming into this practice after walking is a terrific way to relieve all the ache and tightness that I feel. I learn a lot, too, about paying attention to what my body can currently do, and not pushing beyond into pain. Many, many thanks for this!

MC Lessard
MC Lessard
January 22, 2016
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Thanks for this calming stretch class Sarah Jane, I love doing it as preparation for a rejuvenating slumber!