What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a style of yoga that typically incorporates longer, passive postural holds. Bodyweight and gravity apply gentle, sustained strain on joint tissues, eliciting a profound physiological effect, different from more dynamic (“yang”) styles of yoga.
What Can Yin Yoga Teach Us?
Yin Yoga is an ideal forum to explore both Eastern and Western approaches to the physical and energy bodies. It highlights the uniqueness — as opposed to standardized “norms” — of our bodies so that we can better understand our true potential for both movement and mindfulness. Yin classes may explore several avenues: myofascial patterning, stimulation of energetic (chi, prana) meridians, preparation for meditation, nervous-system regulation.
How Will Yin Yoga Improve My Teaching Skills?
The Yin approach to anatomy empowers both newer and experienced teachers to move beyond rote verbal cues, by developing a sharper eye for different body types and a more spacious understanding of asana. Yin teachers learn how to create a meditative space that coaxes students to see beyond their habitual mental distractions, where most suffering originates.
Yin Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most influential styles of yoga in the world. A much-needed counterbalance to Power or Vinyasa styles, Yin exercises our body and mind through longer, passive postures that apply gentle stress to our joint tissues via bodyweight and gravity.
Yin anatomy combines Eastern and Western perspectives by highlighting the unique potential – rather than standardized “norms” — of our bodies. This course empowers teachers to move beyond rote verbal cues and aesthetically “pretty” poses, by developing a sharper eye for different body types and a more spacious understanding of asana. We will learn how to develop a meditative classroom space that coaxes students to see beyond their habitual distractions, where most suffering originates.
In this 40-Hour Foundations Course, you will learn:
• Fundamental Yin Yoga Postures, Modifications, and Sequences
• Functional Anatomy Focused on Skeletal Variations, Proportions, and Connective-Tissue Research
• How To Understand Bodies, Instead of Memorizing Poses
• How To Integrate Mindfulness Into Asana and Meditation
• How To Integrate a Yin Approach Into Yang-style classes
A Senior YogaWorks Teacher Trainer, David Kim (E-RYT500) teaches Yin Yoga in the style of his pioneering mentors Paul & Suzee Grilley. His ongoing anatomy studies include cadaver dissections with fascia pioneers Gil Hedley & Tom Myers, and research updates at international Fascia conferences and functional-movement workshops. David’s meditation practice is rooted in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program.
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