How does it work?
Before you start, create a nice and quiet space. Play some calming music, lit a candle, create an altar or burn some incense to get into the right mood.
Decide how much time you want to practice. You can practice for ten minutes, half an hour or maybe you have a lot of time and want to spend 60 to 75 minutes practicing yoga. It really doesn’t matter that much. It is more important that you are focused. You will get more out of ten minutes focused practice than one hour practice with a distracted mind.
Determine how much time you want to spend in each pose. For example, do you want to practice 2 poses for 3 minutes each or do you want to pick 5 poses and hold them for 5 minutes. In Yin Yoga it is common to hold the poses somewhere in between 2 to 5 minutes. Never force yourself into a pose and ALWAYS respect the limitations of your body!
Start your practice with sitting quietly for a moment, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Take a moment to feel your body and turn your attention inwards.
Follow your breath all the way in… and your breath all the way. Do that at least three times. From this place of connection with your heart centre, ask your higher self which poses will suit you at this specific moment in time. You don’t have to overthink this. Trust your subconscious andit will pick exactly the right poses for you.
Shuffle the cards without looking at the graphics. Once you feel they are shuffled well enough you can spread the cards in front of you. Use your left hand to pick the cards. You can practice the poses in this order or adjust the sequence if that feels better.
Practice the poses in your own pace and time.
In between every two poses take at least one minute of rest in a neutral position (supine or prone position or child pose) and consciously feel the effect of the pose on your body, breathing and mind. Become aware of changes and all different sensations. Depending on how much time you stay in a pose you can adjust the time you spend in neutral position. Tip: set a timer so you don’t have to worry about the time. This way it is easier to focus on what is happening in your body and mind.
At the end of your practice lie down in supine position for a couple of minutes (savasana) before getting up. Thank yourself for doing your practice. Put a smile upon your face and continue with the rest of your day or enjoy a good night sleep!