Yin Yoga Trainings
Yin Yoga is a unique combination of Indian Yoga, Taoist practices, and Mindfulness Meditation. The body gradually releases its habitual holding as the poses are held passively for several minutes at a time, affecting the nervous system, the body’s connective tissues, and its energetic pathways, like a form of self-acupressure. Concentration, mindfulness, and receptivity are cultivated in the poses, making Yin Yoga a wonderful introduction to meditation.
In Level 1 “Guiding the Practice of Yin Yoga: Foundations,” you will learn about the anatomy of the body’s soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia), the energetic system (chi, prana, meridians), how to incorporate meditation, and of course, the major poses of Yin Yoga. We will cover how poses can be adapted for less flexible bodies or injuries, and how to practice safely without over-stretching. Therapeutic applications of Yin Yoga will be explored, including how to design classes that address ailments and energy imbalances through the meridians.
Level 2 “Elemental Yin: Weaving Together Strands of Science, Practice, and Nature” delves more deeply into aspects of physical anatomy, breath/energetic work, meditation, and the nervous system, relevant to Yin Yoga. Using the Elements of Nature (such as Earth, Water, Fire, etc.) as a centerpiece, the training ties together time-honored techniques and traditional wisdom with the growing wealth of scientific knowledge about the body and brain. This training is designed to help you bring it all together – old and new, big picture and detail, theory and practice – into an integrated and personalized practice. You will add to your repertoire of Yin Yoga poses, and also refine your approach to class design. We’ll also cover the neuroscience of mindfulness, the biomechanical and neurophysiological science behind stretching, skeletal variation, and recent research on fascia.
Addie deHilster (E-RYT 500) has studied Yin Yoga in Vancouver, BC with renowned teacher, Bernie Clark, as well as in workshops and retreats with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, the primary founders of this style of yoga. Also a dedicated practitioner of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, she continued her studies in the Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in which Yin Yoga was included as an embodied meditation practice. Having earned her 500-hour credential in the therapeutic Yapana Yoga style taught by Leeann Carey, Addie brings a Addie brings a gentle, healing perspective to the practice of Yin Yoga, informed by current research on the biomechanics of yoga. Addie leads Yin Yoga teacher trainings regionally, as well as leading the 200-hour teacher training program at Spiral Path Yoga Center.
These trainings are open to current and aspiring yoga teachers, as well as enthusiastic students who wish to spend the weekend immersed in all things Yin!
Please see the main Trainings page for the schedule of 2017 Yin Yoga weekends. Note: We will likely only offer Level 1 and Level 2 once each in 2017…don’t miss them!