Your Yin-vite ! Recently I undertook an intensive online teacher training in the Yin style of Yoga with the knowledgable Bernie Clark & Diana Batts. Based in Canada they have become known worldwide for their dedication to Yin practices and themselves studied with the creator of 'Yin' - Paul Grilley. I invite you to come and explore this practice too! From 2021 I'll be offering Yin yoga sessions and possibly some yin/hatha fusion too - watch this space. Feel free to express interest in these future classes and in the meantime if you're wondering what is it here's a bit more info/insight below Lindsey | firstname.lastname@example.org
'Yin Yoga' what is it and what does it do? Yin yoga like other styles of yoga can support our greater mental and physical wellbeing. Yin yoga does this in a different way from other 'Hatha' style practices which can be regarding as more 'yang' in nature. In yang style practices the physical work targets movement of the body focussing on the muscles building strength, flexibility and endurance. A Yin style of practice seeks to take the work further in, below the muscles to what is termed our 'fascia' - our inter-connecting web of bodily tissues including, ligaments, tendons, joint capsules and bones. The intention is that these areas require some amount of stress to be healthy, an absence of pressure can lead to areas being weaker and potentially more prone to injury. During a Yin practice we take a little more time in postures to get these beneficial effects and in a typical 60 minute class you can expect to work through around 6 non-complex poses. This doesn't mean the practice is easy - staying in a position for longer works us in a new way and also requires us to work with our mind and thoughts.
What's Lindsey's experience with it? I first came across the Yin style of yoga when I was living in Canada in 2006 in my early thirties. I actually signed up to a workshop with Paul Grilley himself but then cancelled my place (doh!). I remained curious about it and found it surprisingly challenging both on a physical and mental level in holding a pose for an extended amount of time. Since returning to the UK I've dipped in and out of Yin practices and continued to watch and read more about the neuroscience and physical benefits around it. During lockdown I completed a Spinal health course with an expert on the health of the spine (Prof. Stuart McGill) and cohosted by Bernie Clark - the highly regarded Yin Yoga trainer. The quality of this course was so outstanding and for the first time due to lockdown, the Yin yoga teacher training became available through an online delivery (as much as I would have loved to go to Vancouver for it!!). And I have to say I am very Yinspired (sorry to easy to drop these puns in!) by the experience and knowledge that sit with these new practices. I will say that a Yin style practice is generally and typically better suited to people that prefer a less energetic cardio style practice, are interested to explore in more depth the capabilities and health of their bodies beyond being muscularly fit. Having said that, practicing yin alongside other more energetic practices can offer a great balance and support in building endurance and flexibility if these form part of your aims. As I have journeyed through many different styles of yoga since my 20s I am feeling more drawn towards a yin type of practice alongside my love of Hatha in helping my body stay supple, strong and happy and in the journey to uncover more insights into the body, mind and spirit
Thanks for reading if you've made it down this far. Any queries feel free to get in touch - to the continuing Journey....