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Yin Yoga: Sinking Into Stillness

Beginner I

Join Anastasia for this hour-long class that spends five delicious minutes with every pose. Breathe deeply, relax your body and take the time to sink into the opening within each asana. It will calm you down immensely and leave you feeling grounded and centered in your body. If you haven't done yin before, you will be holding each pose in this class for five minutes. Note: to learn how to make your own bolster at home, click here. 

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  • Block
  • Bolster
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pipodd
pipodd
June 2, 2021
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I recently hurt my back and couldn't do my usual yoga practice. I did this class every evening for a week, and it played a big part in the healing process. Magic! Thank you Anastasia.

amygonzalez
amygonzalez
May 13, 2021
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Enjoyed this one. I would like to come back to this again and again. Thank you so much for this.

brindmore
brindmore
April 30, 2021
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I loved the readings, the teachings, the suggestions, the poses - a lovely class. I must say that I felt the transitions out of the poses and the counter poses were too fast for me. My body needed more time before transitioning into the next pose. Thank you for having a full hour class of yin!

kmt2y@yahoo.com
kmt2y@yahoo.com
October 17, 2020
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Thank you for posting the poem and replying to my email. I really enjoy your classes and the comments and breathing guidance you provide. Your classes are paced well for me, especially since I am a vata dosha and need to slow down and consciously coordinate breathing with movement to quiet the nervous system. Thank you and keep making videos!

Anastasia Hangemanole
Anastasia Hangemanole
October 16, 2020
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Many of you have asked about the poem I read at the end. Here is it:

My beloved child,
break your heart no longer.
Each time you judge yourself
you break your own heart.

You stop feeding on the love,
which is the wellspring of your vitality.
The time has come, your time
To live to celebrate...
and to see the goodness that you are…

Let no one, no thing, no idea or ideal obstruct you
If one comes, even in the name of “Truth”,
forgive it for its unknowing

Do not fight
Let go
And breathe – into the goodness that you are.
~ Bapuji

kmt2y@yahoo.com
kmt2y@yahoo.com
October 7, 2020
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Hi Anastasia, just a quick question. What is the name of the poem and poet that you read at the end of the class? I love it and want to copy and reference it. The name sounded like Bapuci (???) but I know that is not how it is spelled. Also, since I was asking about names, what is the origin of your last name? It is quite unusual and I have never heard it before.

Thanks, Kris

Anastasia Hangemanole
Anastasia Hangemanole
October 16, 2020
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Thanks for asking Kris! I have posted the poem in a new comment in hopes more people will see it. My last name as an interesting origin. My family is Greek and my ancestor's last name was Manolis. My great-great-popouli (grandfather) was baptized in the River Jordan and so was able to take on the title 'Haj', so the family name became Haji Manolis. When my Popouli emigrated through Ellis Island in 2011, the immigration people did not understand his name and changed it to Hangemanole.

GlassBeach
GlassBeach
September 28, 2020
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Perfect. Great poses, your voice and instructions carried me through.

Foxy Roxi
Foxy Roxi
July 4, 2020
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Thank you, this was a great session. I appreciated you showing what would be needed and the alternatives if these were not readily available. It was joyful to do this. As with some other videos it would be useful to have a closing to the practice, I lay in corpse pose for some time before I got up to check if it was and maybe that was the point, that I take as long as I needed without placing judgement over weather or not this is how long I should be doing it for. Namaste

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
May 18, 2020
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Thanks for this great yin practice. I will save this as a bookmark so I can come back to it.

vrivahgirl
vrivahgirl
April 14, 2020
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Your videos are very helpful for those of us who love yin yoga and can't get to a class. Can you pleas tell me the author and source of the poem you read during the Sinking into stillness video? I believe the author you mentioned was Bapucci.

TracieJ65
TracieJ65
April 3, 2020
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Thank you this was just what I needed tonight! I am in day 17, of quarantine for the Corona Virus, with a minimum of 27 more in front of me. This was the day that I had a melt down. Depressed, tired, no energy, headache, wasn't able to stay positive. It actually took every bit of will power, that I could muster up, to get on the mat but it is imperative that I do yoga during this time frame. I chose this class and am so glad that I did. It was the perfect way to calm down, relax, and just let it go. The 4-5 minutes of holding the poses was perfect for my muscles to calm down and finally relax into the pose instead of holding onto the stress. Great class.

d.johnson994
d.johnson994
April 9, 2020
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I’m sorry that you’re having such rough time during quarantine. Anastasia’s classes have been so helpful for me during this crazy time. I hope you find peace and relaxation and stay safe and healthy!

Szn
Szn
October 30, 2019
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This is a great yin class. It would be perfect if she didn’t talk about other things during poses.

Anastasia Hangemanole
Anastasia Hangemanole
October 16, 2020
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As a yoga teacher, especially teaching Yin, it's always hard to find that sweet spot with the perfect amount of talking. Some people love complete silence and others appreciate the teacher's voice to use as an anchor. I tried my best to find that balance - it won't always work for everyone :)

lumina10
lumina10
August 6, 2019
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Wonderful class! If you could post the last quote near the end of class it would be greatly appreciated!

sanzenbacher
sanzenbacher
August 3, 2019
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Anastasia I love your yin classes! Thank you so much. I just wish there were more!

katielee23
katielee23
March 29, 2019
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Thank you Anastasia, that was just perfect. I feel grounded and released and also light and limber. Nothing hurts anymore! :-).

Helen Alford
Helen Alford
January 22, 2019
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Dear DYWM, Please would you consider putting this one on youtube? Only sometimes I can only get the classes on youtube and this is in my opinion the best yin class on the site, I'd love to do it every day for a while!

duroc017
duroc017
December 30, 2018
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I don't think I had done this practice before, and I have not done a yin practice for at least two weeks-a month. This practice
was exactly what I needed on the first day of my cycle, after having an intensely emotional last few days. All the quotes, meditations, and poetry Anastasia recites throughout were nice little grounding reminders. This was also a good reminder for myself to make more time for yin yoga!

ÀfricaRM
ÀfricaRM
August 24, 2018
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Thank you, Anastasia, for this great yin class. The positions are basic but very well chosen, stretching all your body. The explanations are clear and calm, which helps concentrating. I liked the emphasis in pranayama.

Druidcat497
Druidcat497
July 6, 2018
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Sometimes I have a hard time turning my brain off, or at least down to a whisper, and this class really did it. I am relaxed, re-energized, calm and feel wonderful.

rustr007
rustr007
January 27, 2018
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Thank you for this wonderful class. I am wondering if you have any suggestions for accommodations for the knees? Thank you!

bronwynhegarty
bronwynhegarty
October 17, 2017
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This was a beautiful class, and it is good to know that the long stretches are helping to release chi. I loved the poem by Bapuji. It was very moving.

debbie123
debbie123
September 7, 2017
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Thank you for the amazing class!
I feel so relaxed right now!

Rythea
Rythea
June 18, 2017
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This was just what I needed. Brought me right into my body. I love your voice and your pacing. Thank you!

Akiara
Akiara
March 2, 2017
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This was wonderful! My husband always tells me I live too much in the yang, and that it would be good for my mind to get into the yin state much more often. I tend to do yoga with more movement, but I think style might turn out to be one of my favorites. Thank you!

mario-gp
mario-gp
November 7, 2016
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Thanks for sharing it.
It's just what I needed to relax.

Azore
Azore
March 12, 2016
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Great class ! For people who can't stop thinking all the time, who have difficulty to let go, who need to rest for real or to feel more conscious. I love it !

Fialaanna
Fialaanna
March 11, 2016
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Thank you Anastasia! This class was just what I needed this morning. I am working through a lot of grief lately, and a deep release was perfect. I feel great, thanks!

SteveMo
SteveMo
November 24, 2015
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Without any doubt this is my 'go to' class after a long run or bike session. Provides total relaxation and a calmness. Thanks Anastasia for the great introduction to Yin Yoga.

MadelineFleming
MadelineFleming
October 14, 2015
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Lovely class to help me sink back into my regular yoga routine.
The quotes and poems brought a smile to my face (: Thank you!
Namaste

Jojamili
Jojamili
September 7, 2015
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I enjoyed this class immensely with the gentle poses and Anastasia´s pleasant voice guiding throughout.

kpieczyn
kpieczyn
June 12, 2015
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I discovered yin yoga about a year ago. I love this class. thank you!

melissasue1968
melissasue1968
April 20, 2015
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I absolutely loved this class. I noticed that this is the only Yin class available on this site. Is there any other classes similar to this?

Johnstonkellie
Johnstonkellie
November 13, 2014
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Anastasia!
I. Love. This. Class. It's exactly what I've been needing. Thank you!

Siobhan_yogini
Siobhan_yogini
September 13, 2014
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Excellent class! Really calms things down even when I'm having very difficult medical issues. David, thanks so much for making yin yoga part of this site!

Cornelia
Cornelia
August 20, 2014
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first time at this site. have no bolster and easy made one with the instructions about the blanket and the ties! the sessio was great, I feel so centered now. I was moving a lot to find the right posture, felt a bit that I did not do it 'right'but I feel bright and quiet now. So I should have done something right! also the hour went by so quick!
thank you very much for posting this on line :-)

camin90066
camin90066
June 6, 2014
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Have done this a few times and am always amazed at how hot I become in pigeon (a fave pose)...and in today's practice, some nausea. Normally not a fan of props but it's easy to incorporate them here. By nature I'm too anxious to endure long holds but use this to work through that, achieve focus along with deeper, more relaxed breathing. But just as I achieve that state the transitions are too fast which cause a bit of agitation and I lose the 'sink.' Also, the lack of...perhaps...a guided meditation in a protracted savasana is unfortunate. Thanks to all who provide the great variety of videos on DYWM.

Literateparakeet
Literateparakeet
February 3, 2014
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I'm a beginner, but I already love Yin Yoga. I've learned through therapy the importance of mindfulness and breathing, Yin Yoga take that to a new level.
My body won't allow me to do a couple poses...pigeon? Ha ha, it will be a long time before I can move like that. But it doesn't matter, I just substitute another pose that is in my range. The class as a whole is still of great value to me. Thanks!

charleyb
charleyb
February 8, 2014
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I am a 23 year old intermediate/advanced yogi who has recently found a love for yin yoga. I have suffered from clinical depression and extreme social anxiety disorder for over 10 years and as a result am heavily medicated, which I do not like. I discovered this video about a month ago and have been practicing it 3-4 times per week. In the past month I have been able to halve my medication as I have been having less and less panic attacks. I credit this to this video. Anytime I am feeling anxious or need to just calm down I go to this video (instead of a pill) and it works every time! The ability to meditate and stay in a posture for 5 minutes was something I never thought I would have the mental capacity to do and now this hour is my favourite part of the day.
I just wanted to thank David so much for having this site open and free for everyone (love your videos as well David) and to Anastasia for posting this video.

Yogini Luna
Yogini Luna
February 14, 2014
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Coming home from work today, my mind was numb from allergy meds and scattered from trying to mind three children (I am a nanny). Residual shock from events several days past and fear that has made it much harder to be alone basically meant I was in complete shutdown. It took twenty minutes to go from deciding to do this video to actually navigating to this page, because I kept zoning out. With this video, I was able to change that cluttered emptiness in my mind into peaceful strength and patience. Thank you for creating and posting this video.

ilivelifenow
ilivelifenow
February 26, 2014
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What a wonderful class energy has been low in my body but this was so wonderful to restore and connect. Beautiful class and one I will use again.

Shogun
Shogun
February 27, 2014
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Thank you very much Anastasia, great class.