What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a style of yoga that typically incorporates longer, passively held postures. Bodyweight and gravity apply gentle, sustained strain on joint tissues, eliciting a profound physiological effect that’s 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 can explore several avenues: A physical approach, exploration of the meridians in Chinese Medicine, preparation for meditation, nervous-system regulation.
How Will Yin Yoga Improve or Shift 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, while providing a safe apace for their students to break through physical and emotional barriers.