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


Helen Alford 3 years ago

I love this class but I normally do intermediate classes - it made a really relaxed and welcome change and stretched my back and shoulders out. The first position was total bliss! I'll do this one again.

EmDaisi333 3 years ago

I should have read the comments before starting this but as it is near the beginning of the 30-Day Yoga Challenge, Beginner level, I didn't think I'd need to. I had to stop after only 22 minutes because I couldn't even do the modified stretches and poses. Part of it is that I have shoulder issues I'm working on, but even the parts of the poses that weren't shoulder or upper back related were really difficult and not on par with other Beginner level classes I have taken on the site.

Emerot 3 years ago

I do this practice about once a week - nothing else works so well for helping with a sore shoulder. Thanks Sarah Jane x

Megan Vass 3 years ago

I thought this was a great shoulder opener. I enjoy how you could just do the more beginner poses, or you could transition into deeper more intense postures.

AmberLove 3 years ago

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

Astray 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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 4 years ago

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 4 years ago

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 4 years ago

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. :-/