Yin/Yang Yoga for the Shoulders and Upper Back

Sarah Jane Steele
Instructor Sarah Jane Steele
Average: 4.4 (218 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


Gaynor Walters 2 years ago

Another good class thank you. However I would have preferred as a beginner for the pace to be a bit slower to allow time for adjusting into positions. Hopefully as I practise more this will be easier.

Melanie Lichtinger 3 years ago

Deep yummy stretches into the shoulders (was looking for that and voila!) - perfect self-therapeutic Medicine under the Scorpio Moon (and beyond).
Thankyou Sarah Jane!
Oh, and yes, I agree, it's rather intermediate.

knansea1 3 years ago

I had a hard time following despite years of yoga experience. Because shoulders are so easily injured, I'd only do this class again after researching the correct way to do some of the poses. It would help to have the camera show her arms (as when she starts hero pose) since it's hard to tell exactly where to put hands, should arms be straight, etc. I would appreciate more cues as to positioning.

Nyamyj 3 years ago

I enjoyed this class. My first yin yang and I thank you. Great class.

Froedi 3 years ago

Wo, I really enjoyed this class! I am having a cold and I was not sure weather I would be able to do all the postures but it really helped me to breath deeply and stretch my aching body. Thank you very very much!

MollyFr 3 years ago

This was one of my favourite videos on this site so far. It was hard for me (as a beginner), but she showed modifications that usually helped. There were two poses that I had no hope of doing, so I'd just stop and hold the 'starting' phase of that pose rather than trying to go deeper and follow her into the actual poses.
Thanks for the great practice!

vanislebean 3 years ago

Like others, I felt this was too advanced for a beginner, even with modifiers. Planning to come back to this one once I have worked through the rest of the 30 day challenge.

Helen Alford 3 years ago

What I love about Sarah Jane's yin/yang classes is they provide something between an intermediate vinyasa class, which is sometimes too much for me if I'm tired, and a beginner class which is too gentle. These are a perfect middle ground and I always feel great after them.

kholbein 3 years ago

I just finished this practice as a part of the transform your life in 30 days beginner practice and it was amazing!! I will definitely be bookmarking this to do again!!

nmariiie 3 years ago

I am new to yoga so I decided to do this 30 day challenge. I've loved it so far but this particular video felt far more advanced than just 'beginner'. I struggled quite a bit throughout. I was not able to get into each pose properly and felt rushed. Otherwise- have enjoyed this challenge thus far!