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7 Day Yin Yoga challenge | What is yin yoga?

7 Day Yin Yoga challenge | What is yin yoga?

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If you like to remain in yoga poses for longer, yin yoga might be for you. Detract from the hurried pace of life and explore what is happening in the present moment with this unique style of yoga.

 

Yin Yoga has a slower pace. Less is more in yin yoga. It’s a slower and gentler yoga practice where each pose is commonly held for longer periods. Holding a pose for more than 5 minutes is common for this style of yoga.

 

Yin yoga focuses on breathing. The practice of yin yoga draws attention to your inhalation and exhalation  patterns. By doing so, it's easier to fall into a meditative state. As you hold each pose for greater lengths of time, you devote more time and attention to the rhythm of your breath, relaxing your body deeper into the pose.

 

Yin yoga targets deep connective tissues. "Over the past few centuries, the physical practice of yoga has become more yang-like,"said Bernie Clark of Semperviva Yoga Studios. "The poses are physically demanding and held for longer periods of time. Balance requires the yin side to be honoured as well." Yin yoga is not an active, muscular form of yoga, but a simple practice. Physically, it targets deep connective tissues: bones, ligaments, cartilage, etc. It also stimulates the flow of energy within the body.

Try our yin yoga challenge

Yin yoga challenge - PumpUp Blog

This calendar outlines each day that a new and complete yin yoga flow video will be released by PumpUp member @rinkae throughout the month of May.

Yin yoga challenge - PumpUp BlogOnce you complete each video, take a photo of yourself doing this pose and share it on PumpUp and Instagram with #7DaysofYinYoga #LunaJai and #TeamPumpUp to win a pair of Luna Jai yoga pants. Each of the above poses will accompany each day that a new and complete yin yoga flow video will be released.

For a chance to win Luna Jai yoga pants:

  • Repost this photo on PumpUp or Instagram
  • Tag a friend
  • Perform every one of @rinkae's yin yoga routines (released throughout the month of may)
  • Take a photo you performing the above poses and tag it with  #7DaysofYinYoga #LunaJai and #TeamPumpUp

Deadline: May 31st

Day 1: The Beginning

This yin yoga routine from PumpUp member @rinkae will allow you to find silence during your practice. It elaborates more upon the foundations of yin yoga.

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10 yoga poses worth learning more about

In the words of the late Vincent Van Gogh, “The best way to know life is to love many things.” This is why we loved all of your yoga poses on the pumpupapp. Check out our photo diary chronicling some of our favourite photos down below.

Bow Pose

@iyarbo’s bow pose wins our #MyResolution prize from our yoga pose challenge! The bow pose helps to elongate the front of your body. Not only does this position strengthen your back muscles, it helps to circulate blood and oxygen to your core.

Dancer’s Pose

@latasia_lovely and @gillianmicah’s pose symbolizes cosmic energy. It’s a fun pose that allows the practitioner to make their balance and focus more acute by focusing on one leg at a time. It stretches the thighs and shoulders and opens up the chest and lungs. Yoga has been crucial for @gillianmicah’s recovery from an eating disorder: "It helps relieve stress and calm your body down. I would highly suggest it regularly."

Inversions

pameladiazfc's forearm stand and elivkaa's handstand are both excellent examples of yoga inversions. Practicing yoga encourages us to “shake it off”, if you will: to break from habit or routine. Inversions are yoga's way of dramatically increasing blood and oxygen flow to our upper extremities. This reportedly accentuates mental concentration, cognitive functioning, and memory. If you’re stressed out over exams, assignments, or particularly a heavy workload, take a gander at inversions. 

Partner Poses

@minimimi26’s resolution for the year is to incorporate yoga into her fitness routine. She only just began to practice this year! Having a workout buddy helps to keep her accountable. Similarly, @beckydirsch has been using the benefits of partner yoga to help perfect her inversions and balance.

Side Angle Pose

@ramo5678’s side angle pose is perfect if you are sedentary for most of the day (office chair and library desk-dwellers, we’re talking to you). This pose will open up your chest, lungs, spine, and shoulders while strengthening your lower half. It will help to prepare your stabilizing muscles to perform more advanced poses.

Crow pose

@linds_3’s crow pose is something of a feat. She’s been working on it for awhile and gleefully shared the progress that she made since August 2014. "I could barely get my toes off the floor in the summer, but now I can hold it for a second and my technique is much better!," she exclaimed. "I can see strength in my arms and shoulders. I had no idea I had improved on this pose so much! That is why it is so important to keep track of your progress."

Lotus Pose

@bangerz10’s meditative position helps to calm the mind. Do this if you need a break! It’s a perfect pose for reflection. You’ll be able to align your intentions with your actions the more you meditate.

Check out our full #MyResolution photo challenge here

21-Day Yoga Challenge Week 3: Learn the splits and more!

Day 13: Upper back 

This routine will give you some relief on your upper back problems and help the movement of your shoulder blades and also calming your mind.
Give some love to your inner organs by massaging them with these yoga poses included in this Detox Flow!
How to eventually do a split! What moves to do on daily basis to make it into a split? In this sequence we will go through some key stretches and you will receive tips along the way.
Day 16: Balancing poses 

Let’s go through some balancing poses and see if we can stay in them! Remember that balance is a state of mind and a great core workout.

Day 17: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression 
Yoga relieves anxiety and depression overall pretty well but there is some main poses that actually activate our brains and body and breathing that help us feel a lot better and that’s what we are focusing on this video. If you had to only do a one video from this challenge, this would be it.

This routine will help you relax and clear your mind. Especially good right before bed yoga because this one will help you fall asleep better.

Follow Marinka’s 21-day yoga challenge on PumpUp @rinkae using the hashtag #21DayYogaChallenge. Find the full calendar here.

Let’s begin the 21 Day Yoga Challenge with a Sun Salutation A. It is a great way to warm up your body and get your day going. During this challenge you will learn the habit of doing yoga everyday and you have no excuse not to fit some yoga into your day as these only last for 10 minutes or less!

Pilates themed workout focusing on our abs and the core which is essential when you start working towards more challenging poses.

Since we sit so much during the day the lower back can really start hurting due that. In this sequence we will relieve the tensions out of the lower back. However, be careful with your lower back, when done incorrectly simple poses like forward fold might actually hurt you. Always try to keep a straight spine and don’t round it unless necessary.

Deep stretching with this relaxing Yin Yoga sequence fit into 10 minutes. Feel more at ease after completing this yoga routine! Usually a Yin yoga sequence lasts up until 90 minutes but let’s see how much we can do in 10mins!

Yoga might not be your first choice for arm muscle sculpting but it actually does help you get toned and strong arms, so let’s do some poses to help you achieve that!

A relaxing yoga routine that will also help you cure your hangover and make your inner organs feel better after a night out.

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Ready for a 21-Day Yoga Challenge?

We’re excited to be partners with PumpUp member @rinkae during her 21-day yoga challenge! Starting December 1st, every day except Sunday, she will be uploading videos on her YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/klaaqu. PumpUp will be featuring recap videos on our Instagram account @pumpupapp on Sundays!

Update your PumpUp accounts if you participate in the challenge! Tag @rinkae, #PumpUp and #21DayYogaChallenge.