Yin Yoga: Sinking Into Stillness

Anastasia Hangemanole
Instructor Anastasia Hangemanole
Average: 4.7 (202 votes)
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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

Equipment: Block, Bolster
Style: Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin and Yin/Yang Yoga, Yoga for Back Care


kmt2y@yahoo.com 4 months ago

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 Hange... 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 Hange... 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

Perfect. Great poses, your voice and instructions carried me through.

Foxy Roxi 8 months ago

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 9 months ago

Thanks for this great yin practice. I will save this as a bookmark so I can come back to it.

vrivahgirl 10 months ago

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 11 months ago

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 10 months ago

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!