Yin/Yang Yoga for the Shoulders and Upper Back

Sarah Jane Steele
Instructor Sarah Jane Steele
Average: 4.4 (214 votes)
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The yin comes before the yang in this wonderful, heart-opening, shoulder-releasing and back pain-relieving yin/yang yoga class. Sarah-Jane helps you ease into a series of intense yin poses to release the shoulders first, then moves you through a flow that deepens shoulder openers before you lie down to relax in savasana. Note: you need a bolster, pillow or folded blanket for this class.

Equipment: Bolster
Style: Hatha Yoga, Yin and Yin/Yang Yoga


ruth lewis 1 week ago

I loved the sound of this class but struggled with the very first pose which put me off continuing, unfortunately.

Connie Uberti 1 month ago

Thank you! Amazing for shoulders and upper back. This is a new must for me to have a balanced practice.

JAC 2 months ago

Just what I needed this morning. Lovely class. Thank you.

luzeamor 4 months ago

Perfect practice for when you are feeling a bit "stiff" around back and shoulders...thank you, I really enjoyed it!

Hymana 5 months ago

I wasn’t sure I’d like this class but was delightfully surprised by how enjoyable it was! Such wonderful shoulder openers. Great guidance with options based on body abilities. Thanks!

LaGuiri 9 months ago

I have very little flexibility in my upper body and it's hard to find sequences that address that. I couldn't do every single pose in the video (I had to skip camel and give myself a rest), but because each yang pose was held for such a short period, I didn't have the time to feel tired or frustrated.

It's a good idea to shift it to intermediate as the pace is so fast.

lovensup@gmail.com 10 months ago

Namaste Sarah! Exactly what I needed after my bike ride. Nearly didn't do it as I thought it would be too intense. Not at all thank you.

KGP 10 months ago

Hi Sarah! I love all of your yin yoga videos. As someone who uses yin for it's meditative quality, I find your amount of instruction exactly what I need to clear my mind. I hope you continue to make more yin videos. I find this one particularly soothing for my upper back and I think it's one of the few videos that focuses on this region which is particularly bothersome for me.
Thank you for being a great (remote) teacher.

brindmore 11 months ago

There should have been some kind of warmup before progressing to these strong yin poses, and a counter pose after each one would be very beneficial. I felt rushed through the whole class, and guidance to get through the yang poses was choppy. This all ended rather abruptly to drop into the final resting pose which was interrupted. Not one of my favorite classes.