Spring Yin Workshop

Sun, 3/24/24


w/ Faye Rex and Emily Feinberg

Sunday, March 24th 

Springtime is an awakening. We are each seeds that, having been steeped to soften in the deep watery conditions of Winter, become poised to sprout and blossom. Spring is a time of physical and emotional growth and expansion. If you have previously taken Emily and Faye's Winter Yin Deep Dive, expect this time around to explore Yin poses that restore balance after hunkering down through the cold. In Spring, the Qi of the liver and gallbladder dominate, bringing more focus to our plans, life dreams and relationships. Yin yoga is particularly helpful for unwinding stuck Qi, which helps bring a clearer vision toward our bountiful plans this Spring. 

This 2-hour Masterclass includes a 90 minute practice, pranayama, meditation and brief introduction to Yin, and the meridians. 

In Taoism, the shaded side of the mountain represents the parts of us that lie just beyond our awareness. Yin Yoga is the introspective, shadowy side of the asana practice. When working with the shadow, you may have moments of awakening that lead to greater authenticity, creativity, and emotional freedom.

What is Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. Like two sides of one coin, yin cannot exist without yang, nor yang without yin. They complement each other. Existence is never static, so what is yin and what is yang are always in flux. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. 

Yin yoga works on the Yin tissues – also known as the connective tissues. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load. If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time, the body will respond by making them a little longer and stronger – which is exactly what you want. The principle of the exercise is to stress the tissue so the body will respond by strengthening it. 

What are we practicing when we practice Yin Yoga?
  • Stilling the mind, listening to our bodies
  • Facing and sitting with resistance from within
  • Taking time to communicate with ourselves
  • Practicing introspection and reflection
  • Activating the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Learning to self-soothe in prolonged periods of discomfort

Included in course:
  • philosophy of yin (pdf)
  • 90 min practice focusing on Spring meridians
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