In 2007, when I signed up for my first Yin Yoga Workshop, I actually had no idea what Yin Yoga was. I just recognized the teacher Paul Grilley from his Anatomy For Yoga DVD, which had completely changed both my practice and my teaching. So I just signed up. It was a weekend workshop that changed my Yoga practice and teaching forever!
That first dabble in Yin Yoga created a Yin Yoga love affair that is still going strong today. After that workshop, I felt amazing both physically and energetically. My body had a feeling of space and openness that I had never experienced before, energetically I felt a deep peace and quiet within myself that was completely new to me.
As a recovering ‘Type A’ personality and a Yogini with some very tight muscles and fascia (from my previous life as a bodybuilder) Yin was exactly what I needed. I immediately bought Paul’s DVD Yin Yoga and began to practice with it 2-3 times a week in addition to my Hatha Yoga practice.
In 2010 I decided that I needed to learn more about Yin Yoga so that I could deepen my practice and offer this powerful practice to my students. So I signed up for my first of many 100-hour teacher training with Paul and Suzee Grilley.
I have now completed hundreds of hours of Yin Yoga teacher training with the Paul and Suzee (and plan to do much more) and I am honored to call them my teachers. The breadth of knowledge, compassion and humility of this amazing couple is unsurpassed in my books and is something that is difficult to put into words.
In the video below I talk more about this journey to the Yin Side.
Generally speaking, we live in a Yang dominated society and culture. All we need to do is look at the huge amount of stress-related diseases to see that this is true. Yin Yoga creates a window of peace and harmony so desperately needed in our fast-paced world.
In the comments below, let me know; have you tried Yin Yoga Yet? For those of you who are Yin Yoga lovers, what difference has it made to you and your life?
Peace, Love and Yin,