Yin Yoga, Resting in What Is
Yin Yoga via Buddhism's Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Emphasizing the techniques of vipassana (insight) meditation and Taoist yoga, this class is an opportunity to go inward. Yin
yoga is the practice of holding various postures for longer periods of time; sometimes as long as 5-10 minutes in length. Practicing the
postures in this way allows one a deeper relationship with the subtle aspects of practice; and this in turn allows the body to relax in a way that creates access to the layers of tissue that
comprise the muscular system's underlying foundation - namely, that of connective
tissue. Due to the length of time in each posture, the majority of yin practice consists of a
more gentle floor-based and meditative practice (vipassana-like); depth of experience results not from efforting, but rather arises naturally due to the extended time in each
posture. This style of yoga is appropriate for all body types and experience levels.
NOTE: The way in which I teach yin yoga is guided by a combination of my years studying and practicing numerous forms of yoga, meditation, and philosophy (primarily Buddhism and Hinduism); my own personal life experiences; and the intuition that arises continually when we each practice awakening to pure awareness, or presence. It is in this same spirit that I encourage your own self-exploration.
With regards to class structure, I would like to mention that the teaching of Sarah Powers has influenced the manner in which I teach yin yoga - her ability to integrate body, heart, and mind has mirrored back to me my own teaching and practice in refreshingly natural and clear ways. Sarah is co-founder of the Insight Yoga Institute.
Over the years many students have inquired as to the manner in which I taught vinyasa yoga. Although I have had the opportunity to study with many wonderful vinyasa teachers, my most consistent and primary influence has been the teachings of Ganga White and Tracey Rich of the White Lotus Foundation - I have found their sequencing, approach, and method of conveying the heart of a flowing daily practice to be deeply supportive and nurturing in subtle, yet profoundly revealing ways.