I was first introduced to yoga more than fifteen years ago by a close friend while training for a triathlon. I fell in love with the strength, tranquility and overall sense of well-being that yoga brought to my life.

My yoga and mindfulness meditation practices have helped me develop compassion towards myself and awaken strength and flexibility that I apply to my life both on and off the mat. I received my teaching certification through Avalon Yoga Teacher Training in Palo Alto, California, and I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance. I also completed a 60-hour Insight Yoga Teacher Training, which integrates yoga, Buddhism and psychology, with Sarah Powers.

About Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a quiet, slow-paced, meditative practice, in which gentle floor poses are held for three to five minutes, with the muscles relaxed. Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body and the fascia that covers the body and is a great way to maintain flexibility, as flexibility decreases with age. Yin yoga also opens energy channels and regulates the flow of energy in the body, and it is similar to having an acupuncture session.

Not only does Yin yoga offer deeper access to the body, but Yin also gives one greater awareness of what is going on in the mind. This yoga practice enables you to listen and get intimate with yourself by tuning into your thoughts, your emotions and physical sensations. Time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation — I usually guide students in meditation during the postures. Yin yoga is often taught in programs that treat addictions, eating disorders, and mood and anxiety disorders. 

These articles from MindBodyGreen and the UK Guardian in Yin yoga are most insightful.

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
— B.K.S. Iyengar

Benefits of Yin yoga:

  • Calming and balancing to the mind and body
  • Regulates energy in the body
  • Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips
  • Lowering of stress levels
  • Greater stamina
  • Better lubrication and protection of joints
  • More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
  • Release of fascia throughout the body
  • Help with TMJ and migraines
  • Deeper Relaxation
  • A great coping tool for anxiety and stress
  • Better ability to sit for meditation
  • Ultimately you will have a better Yang or active practice
  • Yin is such a great compliment to other styles of yoga and your own personal life, because it involves long periods of time in an uncomfortable position, which then asks you to learn to “be” to “accept what is” in that given moment. Something we can all benefit from daily.
I think one of the main benefits is being more at home in our own skin. Whether we’re a large person, or very slight, and through the seasons of our lives — this body is our particular garden to take care of. And we start to have more respect and therefore more embodied dignity in the body. Rather than treating it like an object and comparing it to the ideal that we see in glamour magazines.
— Sarah Powers

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