Yin Yoga Yinsights October, 2011
The Yin Yoga Channel is Live!
The Yin Yoga Channel is a YouTube
site dedicated to explaining the main postures of Yin Yoga. It is brand new - check it out. You will find
video descriptions of a dozen or so asanas, meditation, shavasana and there are also videos of the poses performed, so that you can do
the postures along with the video. You may want to watch the asanas explained video before viewing and doing the asana performed video.
We have linked the asana performed videos into playlists so that you can do a full class via YouTube.
Just select the theme you like and the time
you have available, click and ... viola! ... a full Yin Yoga class on YouTube.
Of course, this is not meant to replace a real Yin Yoga class with a live teacher or the high quality Yin Yoga videos that you can find on
MyYogaOnline or Pranamaya, but the Yin Yoga Channel is a cool way to get some yin in when these other avenues are not available, or when you
just want a small shot of yin.
YinYoga.com is Changing!
We have just launched the channel: expect it to grow over time with more playlists and video postures. Maybe you will want to arrange the postures into
your own video playlist. If it is a good flow, feel free to share it! There is a section in the Forum just for sharing good flows. For now, if you prefer, you can go directly to
a particular asana via the YinYoga.com web site. We have added the video descriptions to the asanas section and enhanced the text descriptions as well (adding such things as "How to Get Into the Pose".)
Here is a list of the asanas that already have video explanations and performances.
Meditations - Opening
Meditations - Finishing
Sphinx & Seal
Fractals of Fear
In one side of a Petri dish is a single amoeba, and in the other is a dab of toxic sludge. The amoeba, sensing the danger, moves away from the toxins. In an act of self-defence it contracts into itself, becoming smaller and more protected. This is a natural reaction when fear is present: to withdraw, close in and shrink. A natural reaction, but one that comes with a cost: in this tight, protected state the amoeba cannot ingest food, grow or reproduce: it is totally focused on survival. Even this tiniest of creatures arranges its priorities: survival before growth. Fear is the key: the perception of danger causes the amoeba to feel fear and thus contract.
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Yin Yoga Teacher Directory
If you are having trouble finding a Yin Yoga teacher near your, or if you are traveling to somewhere new, try checking out the Directory of Yin Yoga teachers. We have hundreds of teachers registered from all over the world. If you are a teacher and are not in the directory, just send us your information and we'll be happy to add you.
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The Yin Yoga Forum
The forum is available for anyone to ask questions about Yin Yoga in particular or Yoga in general, but the forum is not just for those who "don't know" - it is also available for everyone who already know, and have stories and information to share with others. Recently the forum has been changed to make it easier to find the most common topics. Check it out and feel free to add your voice.
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Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings
Yin is In! And, it is growing in popularity. Yin Yoga has been with us since the beginning of Hatha Yoga
centuries ago. But since the early 19th century, yoga has become more and more yang-like in nature. Everything
requires balance: yin completes yang. Yin Yoga is the balancing practice for the more active, muscular yang yogas.
There are more and more teachers offering Yin Yoga today, and more workshops and opportunities to learn how to
become a Yin Yoga teacher. If diving deeper into the yin-side of life is on your bucket list, there are
lots of opportunities for you.
Upcoming Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings with Bernie Clark
January 7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd, 2012: A 35-hour, 3-Weekend Yin Yoga Teacher Training
August 20th-27th, 2012: A 50-hour, 7-Day Yin Yoga Teacher Training Intensive
Both of these will be at the Semperviva Yoga Studios, in Vancouver, Canada.
The Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program offered at the Semperviva Yoga College is a unique way
to deepen your yoga practice and touch tissues rarely worked in a more active yang style of yoga. For 200 hour certified teachers the credits of
the course can be applied towards the 500 hour certification, and is eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance. (Continuing Education Units
are required to maintain your status as a Registered Yoga Teacher).
For more details or to register, check the Semperviva web page or call
them at 604-739-2009.
May 20th to 27th, 2012: A 60 hour, 7-Day Yin Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat
This will be at the lovely Sea-to-Sky Retreat Center. Visit Upcoming Events for more information
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Other Interesting Events
Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, and Biff Mithoefer are each planning a full load of workshops in 2011 all over the world. You can check out
their schedules at their home web pages:
Paul Grilley's Schedule of Workshops
Sarah Power's Schedule of Workshops
Biff Mithoefer's Schedule of Workshops
Many teachers around the world are creating Yin Yoga based workshops and retreats. Some of them are posting these
activities on our Forum page. Check it out. There
may be one happening near you. (If you are a teacher, feel free to add yours to the page!)