Yin/Yang Yoga for the Shoulders and Upper Back

Sarah Jane Steele
Instructor Sarah Jane Steele
Average: 4.4 (202 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 Yoga


LaGuiri 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 3 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.

stillsacred 8 months ago

Thank you Sarah! It was a nice thorough session, and I was able to do the deeper versions of the yang poses, which I didn't expect. I found the yin part a lot more challenging, mainly because of the long holds, though of course, I see that's the point. Feeling all loosey goosey and energized now :)

ÀfricaRM 1 year ago

Thank you, Sarah! I enjoyed a lot doing this class. The pace is very good, starting with yin poses that slowly warm up your body, and then going to more advanced poses. Personally, I didn't feel them as "yang" but classic hatha. At the end of the class, my body was very open, warm and relaxed and I could do some challenging poses such as the camel with ease and confidence.
An excellent class for slow-warmers such as me. Namaste!

David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I have moved this class up to intermediate and replaced it with a more appropriate class in the Transform Your Life Beginner 30-Day Challenge.

Dragon-fly 8 months ago

Hi David
A little confused here. This class is still listed as beginner and still in the 30 day Beginner Transform your a life a challenge. I’m not a beginner so will give it a try tomorrow.