Welcome back to this week’s pairing of yoga and Care By Design Effects! Today I will be pairing one of my favorites, the Relax Effect with a soothing yin practice to end your long workday. The reason why this pairing is so complimentary is because Yin yoga is about being able to relax into the pose without pushing yourself past your body’s edge. When you exceed your body’s limitations, especially while holding poses for longer periods, you can injure yourself. That is why being able to stay soft and relaxed through this practice can help encourage relaxation through your mind and body. So, grab your favorite Relax Effect product and meet me on your mat!
How to begin: If you’re taking the soft gels for the practice like I am, be sure to take it 30-45min prior, so that you may feel the effects throughout the whole session.
Background: Yin yoga is practiced by holding postures for 1-5 min at a time to develop flexibility through the connective tissues (ligaments, tendons, and facia). When we put minor stressors on the connective tissue, the body responds by making those and the supporting muscles stronger. Beginners may hold poses up to 2 min or to their body’s tolerance and increase from there. Remember to find balance between the stretch and your comfort zone and utilize props to bring the ground up to meet you.
What you will need: A yoga mat or rug, two yoga blocks, pillows or a bolster, chair (if no props are available).