YIN YOGA Meridians and Mindfulness TTC
YIN IS IN. Recently yin yoga is getting a whole lot of attention. Might be because our “yang” dominated modern life calls for more balance.
In yin yoga we work on our flexibility while we integrate the ancient wisdom of the acupuncture meridians and the chi flow in a mindful meditative yoga practice.
In the asana the target is the fascial system which connects every part of the body to another, it gives support and stability, yet allows for flexibility and motion. The focus is on applying positive stress to rejuvenate and activate our connective tissues, ligaments, tendons and joints that normally are not getting much attention in other dynamic and muscular practices.
In a Daoist / Zen way, we emphasise the value of breath, meditation and intuition rather than ritual worship or rigorous following of old scriptures and perfect alignments. It matters how it feels much more than how it is supposed to look.
The practice is focused on three tattvas or principles:
“playing our edges”, “remaining still” and “holding a pose for a long time.”
While initially, yin yoga can seem boring or passive, there is actually quite a challenge in finding our edge in the poses and then holding them for a long time.
By doing so we practice Daoist mindfulness principles while reaching into our deepest level of fascial tension. We ride the edges of our sensations with a gentle flowing Dan Tien breath, tuning in – like a surfer is riding the waves of the ocean.
Here is a gateway to emotional healing and the releasing of energetic blockages. Our acupuncture meridian energy flow gets stimulated and we activate our body’s own healing powers. We refresh, rejuvenate and activate our chi.
In the teachers training we take you on a journey through all the Daoist elements. You will learn all about the ancient wisdom of the main acupuncture meridians and chi flow in the body. We will give you insight in each element and the correlating acupuncture meridians and organs. Find out more about their subconscious value and the applied body acupressure points and yin yoga poses to help balance those.
We explain you ways to emotional healing and the releasing of energetic blockages in the asana. As we put our bodies in certain positions different meridian energy streams get stimulated and we activate our body’s own healing powers.
You will get to know more about additional tools and different meditation techniques to support this process. We offer you insight into the power of visualisation and breath, yoga nidra, mantras, mudras and chakras.
At the end of the day there will be different meditations, acupuncture healing circle or a sound healing session, mindful nature walks and kirtans.
And since its all about the balance we make sure we start our days with an active dynamic yang style yoga class.
We discuss yoga’s buzzword fascia as well as the anatomy of the muscular and skeletal body, the concept of compression versus tension in joints and their movement.
To complete a basic understanding of yoga in all its variations we will also look into the Ayurvedic Dosha system and introduce different aspects of yoga philosophy and foundations like the Eight Limbs and Patanjalis yoga sutras.
In our ‘Circles of Transformation’ we create a save space to connect and share. Together we open the gates to a long lasting transformation.
Elemental Yin Yoga TTC Content
definition and theory of yin yoga
physical / energetic / soul & mind / mindfulness
practice of yin yoga
25 regular yin yoga asanas
additional upper body poses, wall poses and modifications
special situations / target areas
the art of teaching yin
intention / expression / context / tools
chi & the meridian flow in the body
yin / yang / chi defined
5 Daoist elements
12 primary traditional Chinese Medicine organs & meridians
+ physical, energetic and emotional value
+ functional aspects in the asanas
acupressure points for each meridian / asana
anatomy of the mind – mindfulness principles
the power of visualisation & Dan Tien breath
basics of Ayurveda – know your Dosha
daily yang yoga practice
morning class for self practice of different dynamic yang styles of yoga
basic anatomy / Paul Grilly
muscular and skeletal system, understanding fascia, compression vs tension, joints and their movements
yoga philosophy and basic foundations
history and people
8 limbs of yoga
Patanjali yoga sutras
pranayama, chakras, mudras & mantras
different meditations, yoga nidra, kirtan, healing session, circle of transformation, mindful sunset walks …)