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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.

Yoga for Couples and Friends

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Partner yoga for everyone! My friend Sanni (a beginner in yoga) helped me do this yoga video where we show you a cute routine that you can try with your significant other or a friend. It’s a perfect date idea for Valentine’s Day. Throughout the video I offer you beginner tips but also show you how more advanced yogis can flow together.

Yoga x Pilates  for couples and friends (feat. Acroyoga)

My best friend Niko (also a beginner in yoga) helped me do this video. This routine will work your abs and help you relax. Be it your boyfriend, bestie or mother this one should be fun!

5-Minute Morning Yoga: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Getting inspired to workout during the morning time might be a bit challenging at first. But once you start doing it you just might get addicted. A trick to do it could be in indulging just five minutes of stretching and blood flow boosting yoga moves in to your morning routine.
 
Imagine yourself. You get out of bed, start your coffee maker and plan to take a shower or whatever it is that you usually do. Postponing all of that with five minutes can’t be that bad. And with postponing I don’t mean to hit the snooze button two more times but actually get up and do yoga the first thing in the morning.
 
When you start with just five minutes and get that as your routine you will start craving for more and you could turn into a “morning-workout” -person because all of a sudden you started feeling better and seeing the morning workout as a priority rather than a chore.
 
Your morning workout sessions will become longer during the sunrise when you actually have time and during the mornings when you really have to rush out of the door you are going to prioritize the need of an exercise and involve anything from two minutes to five minutes to those days you are running late, after all you are already running late but you could make your body feel better while doing so.
 
This 5-minute yoga routine is a solution for those who need to hurry in the mornings and also a way to trick yourself becoming a workout person. In this routine you will open up your spine and hips from the sleeping mode and get your blood flowing.

Intermediate 5-minute Morning Yoga

Advanced 5-minute Morning Yoga

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Yoga for your Abs

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Yoga calms your mind and body, but it can also serve as a cardio exercise that will make you sweat! Don’t believe me? You will feel a lot better and relaxed after yoga due to its constant focus on your breath. 


 
In this routine you will be actually performing a continuous flow of moves instead of a single pose after pose. You will build up sweat while targeting your abdominals when moving in this ashtanga yoga-inspired flow, which also has weight loss benefits. Ashtanga requires more strength and the routine is more fast paced than a hatha yoga class for example.


 
The correct breathing technique makes yoga become a focused flow of different movements. With  every inhale and exhale you do something else, unless you are required to stay in a pose for certain amount of breaths. Connecting your breathing into the movements will make your practice easier.

Using the relaxing benefits of yoga and mixing it up with poses that target your core, you end up having a nice cardio flow. 

Follow Marinka on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram @rinkae_. Check out her blog and YouTube channel.

Can yoga be used for skin care?

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Although yoga is known for helping people to improve their flexibility, strength, and confidence,  there is more to it. Yoga’s benefits can effectively improve the health of your skin. How is this possible?

Yoga relieves stress.

A lot of people end up getting a pimple or two when they are stressing out. By practicing yoga you slow down your breath and this way you are able to have a calmer mind not just during your practice but also in your daily life.

Improved oxygen flow

Yoga practice helps you to breath deeper and through the entire body. Deep breathing can help you to utilize your full lung capacity. Increased oxygen update will help your body to expel toxins from your bloodstream and organs through exhalation.  

Better Circulation

Certain poses increase blood flow throughout your entire body. Moves like forward folds and inversions are especially good for increased blood flow to your face.

In the two videos in this blog, you can multitask by reaping the benefits of yoga and skin care while also making time for yourself. You can get through these videos even without the face mask and still get the benefits for your skin as the poses are focused on helping you to have a glowing skin.

About Marinka Essel

I am a 22 year old girl from Helsinki, Finland and I would like to introduce yoga for people as a great workout routine that gets you to know your body.  I wish to attract different types of people to highlight the fact that yoga can be an everyday hobby.

Follow Marinka on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram @rinkae_. Check out her blog and YouTube channel.