Essential Poses of Yin – DEER POSE

Deer Pose supports a healthy digestion and has a healing influence on the reproductive organs of women during menopause or pregnancy, where it can help with swollen legs. Also highly beneficial for conditions such as high blood pressure and asthma. This pose furthermore positively influences our hip joints and – if we combine a twist with it – the spine.

 Deer Pose is an interesting asana of Yin Yoga, because it effectively combines the healing effects of internal with external rotation.
Deer Pose is an interesting asana of Yin Yoga, because it effectively combines the healing effects of internal with external rotation.

When encountering problems with the knee, keep the front foot closer to the groin and/or support it with a pillow or a blanket.

In Deer Pose there is the tendency to lean away from the hip of the back leg and “lift off” a tad. This would influence the Liver and Kidney meridian in an undesirable way. That’s why it’s so important to keep both of your sit bones grounded. In order to be able to do that, simply experiment with foot positioning!

Can you feel the activation in the “stocking” (as we like to call it in Yin) – The area of the thigh between groin and just above the knee joint? Yes! Then we also have done something really really good for our spleen and stomach meridian!

Yin Yoga Wien - Deer Pose
There are no limits to your creativity when playing with this pose! Main goal: activation of the target areas (where we want this pose to have a healing effect on our body)

As with all Yin Yoga asanas, mindfully and calmly leaving the pose is just as important as consciously residing in it! Feel what is moving within you – maybe you can sense some sort of rush of your blood or different sensations such as heat or cold in certain areas of the body. Over time, as your awareness becomes more and more fine-tuned to what is happening in your being, you will be able to feel distinct sensations of energy movement in the pauses in between poses. That’s what we call the “rebound”: Chi – guided by the healing intelligence of the body – is shifting into areas where balance is needed. Learn to perceive this shifts consciously can be very enriching to your own practice of Yoga!

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