Yin Yoga can be seen as the most powerful yoga in the modern age. Yin yoga is about stillness, moving in harmony with the breath, and releasing deeper into the pose as you exhale.
Yin yoga focuses on the parts of the body that are most problematic in a sitting, computer based workspace. The Yin yoga focuses on the connective, fascial and ligament tissues of the body around the hips, upper thighs, pelvic girdle and lower back – the main problem areas in this modern age.
It is not an over-statement to say that giving participants the knowledge to heal their own tightness and stuckness, yin yoga teacher training has the power to transform lives.
The three principles of yin yoga are
- coming into the pose to an appropriate depth
- resolving to remain still
- holding the pose for a length of time
In Yin Yoga the most important ingredient is holding the pose for a length of time, so that the pose can work it’s magic deep into the tissues and you can release fully into the space. When you hold the pose for a length of time the tissues deform, reform, become stronger, thicker and longer. As you gain more experience with yin yoga you come to appreciate that approaching your edge is where the actual magic begins to occur – and being able to measure your own depth and vibrancy is essential.
It is at this point that the energy lines are stimulated – and the acupressure points and meridian lines are triggered to send energy to our organs. The action of taking no action – remaining still deep into the pose – is what brings out the emotional and spiritual release.
Yin Yoga Poses for beginners
As you can see with the yin yang symbol at right, you can notice the the black yin dot within the white yang swirl. The dot is the still point - the pivot point where all the movement comes to a point of stillness. Much like the eye of the storm, or the center of the cyclone, the center of a spinning top, the still point is completely motionless and calm. Now take this to your own life - and notice when you have drama and distraction swirling all around you - the still point lies in the depth of the pose.
Holding a yin pose long enough that we begin to notice our mind wandering and asking questions is when we trigger the still point. We feel the tingles and tickles and drips of sweat running along our brow - but we hold the pose and surrender to the depth of deliciousness in the still point. Yin Yoga Teacher Training. And then it appears - that crystal clarity that comes with a long slow exhale and the bliss of diving deeper into yin.
Finding the still point in the midst of a challenging yin pose is mind training for those moments in our life when we may be pulled by torment or suffering and feel like we might lash out or opt for a reaction we later regret.
Yin Yoga Teacher Training
200 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training is the Foundation of Yoga Training. During your Yin Yoga Teacher Training, you can expect to be in experienced and professional hands – most yin yoga teacher training schools have solid instructor histories with decades of experience. You can expect your teacher to have experience in trainings across the globe, including the United States, Bali, Australia, Dubai, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Germany, and Japan. Completing a yin yoga teacher training will lead you to a deeper understanding of your own practice and prepare you to confidently teach yoga to others. There is something about the clarity you gain from hours of yin practice.
You’ll learn to teach Active Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow, and Restorative classes. You’ll be introduced to elements of popular styles including traditional Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, and Vinyasa Flow. And you’ll learn a proven system for integrating elements from these and other traditions into an intelligent and cohesive style that is authentically yours.
This is crucial to having a holistic and integrative yoga experience for your students - and is where the foundational aspect of yin yoga teacher training comes from.
Studying yoga is fun, don't forget. You’ll be immersed in study with fun-loving yogis from all over the world, under the guidance of a team of highly qualified expert teaching members. Along the way you’ll develop more confidence and grace, both on the mat and in your life.
Yin Yoga Anatomy Teacher Training
One of the hallmarks of your training is the innovative approach to self-awareness and personal transformation for which modern schools of Yoga have established reputations for. Grounded in the timeless wisdom of yogic and Buddhist teachings and at the same time refreshingly contemporary, this aspect of your training will lead you on a deep, transformational journey of self-exploration. It will touch your soul and forever change the trajectory of your life. Seriously - these are not just words on a page - there is a definite time before and after the yoga teacher training.
At the end of your training, you’ll be transformed – more uniquely, authentically, and beautifully YOU. And you’ll have a yoga family that extends around the globe and supports you as you continue your journey through life. You’ll be amazed at how much your practice deepens, how much you learn, and how much you grow. Yoga is for life and the journey may be silent but the experience sings throughout your life.
"In the quietude lies the power and out of the quietude arises the power." (Confucius)
Yin yoga – the quiet practice – turns our attention inwards, to connect to the true essence of ourselves.
We practice yin yoga meditatively, using long-held poses without muscle tension, which strengthen and flex our connective, fascial and ligament tissues, mobilise our joints, and stimulate and soothe the nervous system. As a result, the exercises we do have a stress-reducing and regenerative effect.
We learn how to accumulate the subtle energy flow (chi flow) and to feel the enhanced energy flow in our meridians after completing a yoga practice. Yin Yoga Teacher Training. This practice nourishes us from our core, with a blend of awareness, calmness and relaxation.
In the fast-paced world of the 21st century, yin yoga offers the perfect balance for teachers and students alike.
Yin and Yang Yoga Philosophy
"The noble man strives for harmony and not equality. The little man strives for equality and not for harmony." (Confucius)
Our world is comprised of yin and yang. We find polarity in our language, in our environment, in everything and everyone. This polarity and contrast blend seamlessly, as epitomised by the yin and yang symbol. In the West we like to emphasize our differences as way to mark out how unique we are - you went to a certain school, or wear a certain brand of shoe - so that makes you a certain type of person. This is in direct contrast to yogic thought, which emphasizes first how essentially similar and alike we are.
In the West, we practise mainly yang forms of yoga (Ashtanga, Bikram, Vinyasa Flow, etc.) muscle strengthening and muscle tension through rhythmic, flowing and repetitive movements, and this complements our fast-moving mentality and learned values. Yang delivers results you can feel and see rapidly - again something we have been trained to expect in the West.
Yin, on the other hand, is about the slow drawl of time and letting go of the anger of the past. Yin is taking extended moments to release into a pose so that the effect of time can be experienced on the stretch - and you can see how a longer hold actually allows your body to more deeply release.
Yang needs yin in order to exist, and yin needs yang in order to exist. When both sides are aligned, balance and harmony are achieved.
Yin yoga complements every form of yang yoga. While we cannot say that one is better or worse than the other, we can say that both belong together intrinsically, creating harmony between body, mind and soul.
Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. And as this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yin Yoga prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation.
Welcome to Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training I
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” (Confucius)
One of the main elements of our yin yoga teacher training is, understandably, the asana practice, so each day we will give at least one 120-minute class.
We learn yin yoga as a calm, meditative practice comprising poses which are executed on the floor, either sitting or lying down. We wait, calmly and serenely, for our body to surrender to the pose. Yin yoga focuses on the connective, fascial and ligament tissues of the body around the hips, upper thighs, pelvic girdle and lower back – the main problem areas in this modern age. Each pose is held for between three and five minutes.
This approach of stretching the ligaments in the spine by means of long-held traction and then strengthening the structure by building up the muscle is already known in the realm of back therapy, and yin yoga offers us and our students the opportunity to adopt this approach as a preventive practice for our joints until we reach a ripe old age.
Yin yoga focuses on the uniqueness of the individual. It accumulates the energies which flow through the body and releases them, after each practice, to enhance the flow of energy and disperse potential blockages. An additional quality of yin yoga is the meditative, inwardly focusing, quiet attentiveness from which insight and strength are derived.
Yin yoga prepares both body and mind for longer meditation sessions. Anatomical understanding of not only the individual bone structure but also the muscular, connective, fascial and ligament tissues is an essential prerequisite for an effective yoga teacher. Leave a comment if you want to write for this blog, or contribute in any way.