Child's pose

Illustration: Reena De La Rosa

Yin expert Sarah Powers offers this sample series, and suggests that you start by holding each pose for one to three minutes. Come out slowly on an inhalation and rest for a minute in a neutral position before moving on. As the postures get easier, you can gradually extend the time you hold them.

Wide-Knee Child's Pose with Twist
From a kneeling position, push back toward your hips, spreading your knees as wide as they will allow without straining. Twist your right shoulder toward your left knee, stretching your left arm back. Rest your head on the floor or on your right upper arm. Repeat on the other side.

Sphinx pose

Illustration: Reena De La Rosa

Lie on your stomach with your legs straight behind you. Push up onto your forearms, an inch or so in front of the shoulder line. Bring your palms together in front of you. Stay upright without slumping your shoulders or tensing them up around your neck.

Eye of the Needle yoga pose

Illustration: Reena De La Rosa

Eye of the Needle
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Rest your right ankle atop your left knee and draw it toward your chest, reaching your left hand around the outside of your left leg and your right hand between your legs to interlace your fingers near your knee. Repeat on the other side.

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