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Yin/Yang Yoga for the Shoulders and Upper Back

Intermediate I
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.
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AmberLove
AmberLove
May 29, 2017
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Felt more advanced than beginner. I did what I could, but most of the postures were beyond me even for the yin portion.

Astray
Astray
April 29, 2017
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I did this as part of the 30-day beginners' challenge. Some poses were very challenging indeed for a 44-year-old man with a number of old sports injuries! In particular the leaning back on one's heels with bent knees - I could not get anywhere near that. A very enjoyable practice, beautifully delivered, but a little ambitious in parts for this novice! Thank you.

marlowe2k5
marlowe2k5
April 27, 2017
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It was rough and it didn't feel like beginner. Couldn't move into the poses fast enough and couldn't even do the beginner modifiers. I'll give another try but honestly was the first time I felt frustrated. :-/

TriDorisimo
TriDorisimo
March 14, 2017
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To be honest I couldn't get in to some of the "easy" poses at the start, and holding for so long proved challenging... HOWEVER by the end of it I really got it! Felt quite significant release particularly to my shoulders. I'm definitely going to give it another go for the Yin Yang of it :)

Basil0623
Basil0623
March 9, 2017
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I found this to be a huge jump in difficulty. Leaning on my feet/ankles (and even the adjustments) was too much for my ankles.

arystarca
arystarca
March 7, 2017
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I felt that this class was at a different level than the David's deep shoulder stretch done a couple of days before in the 30-day Yoga Challenge. I might suggest that this be considered more of a challenging beginner rating. I also felt that the speed was a little frantic. :-/

MaidMarian
MaidMarian
February 25, 2017
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I keep returning to this class...a lovely release. Thank you.

levenez
levenez
February 16, 2017
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What a surprise to find elements of my previous Bikram practice - the best ones for releasing / easing my hips / lower back connection.
New to DYWM and the 30-day challenge.
Will look up the other yin and yang class

levenez
levenez
February 16, 2017
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Fantastic class! New to DYWM and 30-day challenge.
Found elements of my previous Bikram practice - the one that helped release my hip / lower back connection.
What a great surprise!!!
Need to work on my balance though and the first part.
Thank you!!!

branwine
branwine
February 14, 2017
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I just started the 30 day challenge. I go between beginner and advanced and like both! I am trying to be very mindful and loving to myself and not push it. I had an injury to my arm and had to not do yoga for a few months. Now healed I am finding this 30 day a good way to get back to my practice!

terkalin
terkalin
February 12, 2017
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I have never done a YIN/YANG and oddly had more challenges with the YIN than the YANG. I need to find some sort of alternative for those bent back knees...yipes. But, yes, like you said near the end... my shoulders now feel quite buttery. Thanks for offering this variation.

dtripp
dtripp
January 30, 2017
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Shalom! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
What I needed. Thank you for being here for me.

margotkeyes
margotkeyes
January 22, 2017
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Another lovely practice- I am beginning to really like the YIN/YANG practices with deep, long concentrating poses and then invigorating movements with heat. I am so excited that I have kept this up so long!

Dakota Drummer
Dakota Drummer
January 22, 2017
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The day after a whole day of kettlebell certified training I am a bit tight and sore in the shoulders and upper back. This class really helped me recover and prepare me for a four hour drive home. Beautiful setting.

Mic a little hot on Savasana?

terriblemonde
terriblemonde
January 22, 2017
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Thank you for this lovely, melty class. I appreciated the guided talk in shivasana.
(note to future self: next time warm up with a few vinyasanas first, then continue with this.)

Margarete
Margarete
January 22, 2017
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Thank you enjoyed the opening of the shoulders. that is where my tension is carried. Great practice. Namaste

Emerot
Emerot
January 20, 2017
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A lovely, gentle class for when you're feeling tired and still want to do your body some good. Thanks Sarah Jane!

Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
January 18, 2017
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Ahhh, haven't done long yin openings at the beginning of a practice in a long time. Definitely brought benefits for getting into the fascia, and being much more open in yang, esp. Eagle. What a difference! Needs to be a warm environment though for these long passive holds. First long backbend was a strain on my neck and knee, and couldn't be there or in variations for 5 min. Maybe with practice and gentleness and playing with alternatives. Other than that, excellent class, with a (for me) new approach - thank you Sarah Jane!
Do you have a similar class for hips / lower back too?

yogibailey
yogibailey
January 6, 2017
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I really enjoyed this session, especially the Yin warm up and focus on the shoulders. Thank you Sarah!

Turtle70
Turtle70
January 6, 2017
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Your classes are super helpful to my back and hip, thanks! Also, I seem to be much more flexible under your guidance than ever before, in spite of being in my late forties, fascinating...

yogawithsj
yogawithsj
January 6, 2017
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Lovely class, feel old shoulder injuries starting to heal. Thanks

DeniseCS
DeniseCS
October 2, 2016
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Thanks Sarah for another therapeutic practice. I truly enjoy your style and commentary just when I need it.

beest
beest
September 11, 2016
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perfectly taught, perfectly paced, with a wonderful even tone to her voice. i have a fused cervical spine, and this class helps keep me moving. it's a keeper that i go back to again and again.

Bibliophyle19
Bibliophyle19
August 11, 2016
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Based on all the comments I was expecting this to be a lot more difficult, but I found it to be perfect. I thought the poses were held for the perfect amount of time, and my shoulders now feel amazing! They've been giving me a lot of grief lately, so this was VERY appreciated. I feel so tall and open! Definitely adding to my regular practice. Thank you!

Cheryl Kennedy
Cheryl Kennedy
July 20, 2016
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I enjoyed the class however after practicing yoga for a number of years I can certainly say this is not a beginner class.

yogagypsy
yogagypsy
January 6, 2017
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I have also been practicing for many years and agree completely. I found that proper alignment cues were missing for beginners; if I didn't already have a strong practice, I would likely have injured myself.

dwahlers
dwahlers
February 9, 2017
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I did this one as part of the 30 day challenge and also didn't find it beginner friendly. I was able to do it but I missed some more explanation of the poses, how to place hands and feet, which muscles we should be feeling, etc. as to avoid injuries.

Amy H
Amy H
July 13, 2016
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A weird mix between some fairly advanced poses with a beginner approach. Felt a bit disjointed to me. But LOVE the focus shoulders and heart opener. Also, other than the first pose, no booster required for the rest of the practice.

zeecee
zeecee
July 12, 2016
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The Yin was beautiful. I thought the Yang was a bit fast but I guess that's the point.

Ohoodkt
Ohoodkt
July 11, 2016
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Ive got scoliosis so my doctor recommended yoga, figured i would try out an online class first to see how it goes.....even though i did this in my bedroom it still felt like i was up there with you on the beach.

this was my first time ever trying out yoga, i struggled a bit trying to stay balanced and not tripping over but im gonna try this again tomorrow to see how it goes.
Thank you!

Sarah Jane Steele
Sarah Jane Steele
January 6, 2017
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Hello, I just wanted to follow up and see how continuing my class has gone? I'm also curious when someone has something chronic or any kind of Ideopathy. You may also like one of my core classes to assist your balance. I know with spinal curvature core strengthening on the gentler side can facilitate what'a happening on the back body, Thank you for coming to the online class. Please know that it took me 6 months to be able to have any kind of balance or progress in yoga when I first began ten years ago. It comes with time :)

erwilson
erwilson
July 3, 2016
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Fantastic class! I'm not sure if I have ever felt my shoulders and upper back feel this relaxed. Thanks for the great class.

gomukhasana
gomukhasana
June 29, 2016
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Loved it :). Still strugling with the hero pose, but other than that, it was perfect. Namaste

aeryn_knox
aeryn_knox
June 26, 2016
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I felt this was fairly advanced for a video marked 'beginner'. I found myself modifying most of the poses. That said, this video is exactly what I need. I carry a lot of tension in my shoulders and am always tight there. This worked wonders for my upper back pain. Going to do this class regularly until I can keep up!

c.c
c.c
June 24, 2016
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I’ve been nursing a mild separated right shoulder for the past 30 days. Last night, I noticed this newest of Sarah Jane’s videos and, without considering my shoulder for a second, I participated fully in the poses from beginning to end. It’s now 2:00pm the following afternoon, and I have just realized that my right shoulder feels completely normal, after experiencing periodic slight pain after shoulder rotation for several weeks. Today, no matter how I rotate my shoulder and arm, I am feeling no pain of any sort. I am so grateful to Sarah Jane! I love everything about every one of her videos.