Whether your access to yin yoga is via a public or private class, a yin and music event, whether local or on retreat, or a yin/yang class, the therapeutic foundation is the same.
Yin is a lingering and to be savoured, deep therapeutic style of yoga that involves long-held poses of stretch for the purpose of removing obstacles to our optimal well-being.
These obstacles could be in the physical body where range of motion optimization is mandatory for athletes, or where optimal movement capability has been compromised by injury or activities of daily living. From a yogic perspective, obstacles can also be energetic/emotional blocks in the spectrum of bio-electric, psycho-emotional disturbances in subtle energy lines of chakras and meridians. Each pose is a prescription for balanced wholeness of the physical, emotional and energetic body.
Yin yoga sets no limitations or expectations regarding the practitioner’s treatment perspective. Physical, emotional, energetic or combo - yin’s gateways are open without bias.
It is a practice that removes obstacles, which leads to transformation. Transformation takes time and change often not comfortable. Expect pockets of discomfort, but never allow pain.
Your journey into yin yoga is enhanced in neurofunctional ways to amplify therapeutic benefit. Enhancements such as sound resonance, styles of breath-work and meditation, or reiki energy healing. Expect bliss as you ease into an awakened state of profound presence, peace, joy. The most popular and potent journeys are via Yin and Music workshops I co-lead with musician Chris Gartner.
So what is yin and yang?
Yin and Yang are two archetypes, everything in existence is defined with primary attributes belonging to one of these two polar opposites. When yin/yang are in balance wellness and harmony is achieved. For example, yin is stillness and yang is muscle energy. In a yin class expect to use props to facilitate stretch while minimizing muscle effort to create or sustain the pose.
Yang is intellect, our calculating comparing judging mind that by knowing the past predicts the future which it anticipates, persistently forming opinions, coloured by negative bias (a wiring inherited from early days of our species survival tactics). The yang mind has become our default program code.
Yin is intuitive, perceptive, empathic, sensory, curious, creative, it is awareness of the present only. The yin state is what we experience in states of meditation.
Clearly then, a practice that involves deep therapeutic stretch can only be done safely when the practitioner is in a yin state of awareness.
I completed my yin teacher training with Tracey Soghrati in 2011 and have been teaching yin weekly since that time.
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DEEP THERAPEUTIC SUPPORTED STRETCH, MINDFULNESS, PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION, INJURY RECOVERY