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Challenge Overview

Whether you’re new to yin yoga or you’ve been practicing it for a while, this five-class program is designed to help you slow down, turn inward, and cultivate the quiet stillness that is the essence of yin. And, you’ll also have the opportunity to combine yin with yang (active) yoga, so you can experience the integrating effects of blending the two styles.

You’ll begin with an exploration of basic poses. Then, you'll learn how to use props to help you work within your range of motion. You’ll also do a short-hold practice for your whole body and two hip- and heart-focused yin/yang sequences. Throughout the classes, Ellen explains the benefits of the poses so that you can fully experience the spiritual and mental, as well as the physical effects of yin.  She also offers suggestions for deepening your awareness at each step of the way, helping you to feel supported as you progress into longer holds.

Visit these practices again and again—allow yourself to go deeper over time if you wish—and most of all, enjoy the process.

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

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Challenge Outline

2.4 to complete

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Section 1
  • In this introductory class, you’ll learn what yin yoga is and explore a few basic shapes. Allow yourself to let go in this practice that’s all about releasing into poses and cultivating a quietness within. You’ll need two blocks and a blanket for this class.
Section 2
  • Learn how to work within your range of motion in this propped yin yoga sequence. You’ll focus on supported forward folds that primarily target your hips, followed by beginner sphinx variations, then unwind at the end in savasana, where Ellen encourages you to stay for as long as you like. You’ll need two blankets, two blocks, a bolster, and a strap for this class. Have an extra blanket on hand for this class.
Section 3
  • In this whole-body, breath-centered class, you’ll experience shorter pose holds (all are under three minutes) to get a feel for a range of yin poses. You’ll begin with a seated sequence designed to give your feet a good stretch, followed by lunges, forward folds, a legs up the wall variation where you’ll use a strap instead of the wall for support, and more. Along the way, Ellen explains the benefits of each pose and how to be an observer of your practice so that you can fully experience the spiritual and mental, as well as the physical effects of yin yoga. You’ll need two blocks, two blankets,...
Section 4
  • Combine the cooling effects of yin yoga with the warming effects of yang (think vinyasa) yoga in this class. You’ll begin with a few yin poses that target the side body, hips, and chest. After that, you’ll move into a short yang sequence designed to complement the yin poses you’ve experienced. Rest at the end in savasana and feel the harmonizing qualities of this practice. You’ll need two blocks, a bolster, and a blanket for this class. You’ll need an extra blanket for this class.
Section 5
  • In the class, you’ll first go inward with yin poses and then energize with a standing flow. You’ll begin with pigeon, a forward bend, and a supine backbend where Ellen invites you to progressively let go of tension so you can feel the effects of becoming still. After that, you’ll move into a short sequence that includes knee hovers in plank, side body stretches, a triangle variation, and more. Conclude with a restorative backbend savasana, where you can experience the “yintegrating” effects of this practice. You’ll need two blankets, a bolster, and two blocks for this class. You’ll need an extra...

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Ellen Mosko
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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this challenge in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This challenge is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Challenge completion.
No prerequisites are required; this challenge is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
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