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Deep Stretch Yin Yoga

A counterbalance to vigorous yoga practice, Yin Yoga entails passively remaining in a pose, often supported by props, for several minutes.

DEEP STRETCH YIN YOGA, with Mimi Solaire. mimisolaire.com

By Richard Rosen

The three 20-minute sequences for the back, hips, legs, neck, and shoulders in Deep Stretch are based on this approach. It would be easy to let your mind wander while in these long-held poses, but Mimi Solaire, a yoga teacher and member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, engages your attention with clear instructions supported by vivid images, practical explanations of the postures' benefits, and ideas on how to approach the practice. There's also a 10-minute "bonus superstretch" session at the end.

Deep Stretch is a relatively brief but effective practice (the sequences can be done either separately or in combination for a longer practice), making it an excellent tool for keeping the mind focused, calm, and alert as you breathe and stretch in juicy Yin Yoga poses.

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