Related: How to practice Yin Yoga.
Yin Yoga delves into places we don’t normally go. That means physically into the fascia and sensations our bodies aren’t used to. It also means dealing with the emotions and thoughts the poses bring up.
The second chakra is “the sexy one.” It is located at the pelvis and associated with the reproductive organs. This chakra is all about emotions, creativity, fluidity and sensuality—a lot of fluids going on around there. The second chakra (a chakra is an energy center in the body) is also linked to our childhood: were you taught to feel your emotions or to stifle them? Poses associated with the chakra open the hips and can be “flowy,” rhythmic or pulsing.
To target the second chakra, here are some poses and meditation techniques to try at home. On my Yin Yoga: Second Chakra Focus board, you’ll find asana targeting the pelvic area, mindfulness tips, and more information about the Svadhishthana Chakra.
Remember, when practicing Yin:
- Get into the pose. Use props. Get to a place you can stay still for a while.
- Find your edge. You might feel uncomfortable. Pain is not okay; that means your need to change something about the pose. Discomfort is okay; get to a point where the pose is creating change. Over time, it will feel increasingly intense.
- Take time. Yin poses should be held from 2-5 minutes typically. Asymmetrical poses should be held for around 2-3 minutes on each side. It takes time for the deep tissues of the body to stretch.
- Release gently. Coming out of the pose is just as important as getting into it. Move slowly and be careful bringing movement back into your body. You may need to wiggle a bit after releasing one yin pose before going into the next.