Is Yin Yoga For Beginners?

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Is Yin Yoga For Beginners?

In today’s episode, we’re diving into a comment that caught my eye in a Yin Yoga Facebook group: “Yin Yoga is not suitable for beginners.” My initial reaction? Say what? That’s news to me! So, I decided to dig deeper. Why would someone say that?

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any answers from the person who made the statement 🤷🏻‍♀️ so let’s break it down together.

The thing about Yin Yoga is, well, it’s a bit like life—there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. It’s a mix of yes, no, and it depends.

Picture this: someone walks into a Yoga studio, brand spanking new to the whole scene. They’re there for the trendy “Yoga butt” or to sculpt their ‘yoga body’ in time for swimsuit season. They’re looking for a workout, not a meditation session. For them, Yin Yoga might be a miss.

See, if someone’s hopping on the Yoga train solely for the physical benefits, they might find Yin Yoga frustrating.

Yin is all about stillness, not sweating buckets or doing heart-pumping flows. So, for these workout warriors, Yin might not be the best fit.

But then there’s another kind of beginner—the one who’s seeking peace of mind in a world of chaos. They’ve heard Yoga and meditation go hand in hand and figure, “Hey, why not give it a shot?” For these folks, Yin Yoga is a golden ticket. It’s like a mini meditation retreat disguised as a Yoga class. Holding those poses becomes a gateway to serenity, offering bite-sized doses of Mindfulness.

Now, imagine a worn-out mom, juggling a million things at once, barely catching a moment’s rest. For her, Yin yoga is a godsend. It’s a chance to press pause on the chaos, to reclaim a slice of tranquillity in a whirlwind of responsibilities. Yin becomes her sanctuary, a place to recharge and rejuvenate.

The bottom line? Blanket statements rarely hold up in the diverse landscape of human experience. So, the next time someone insists that Yin Yoga—or anything else—isn’t for beginners, take it with a grain of salt.

We’ll dive into this in more detail and I’ll offer tips on how to guide beginners in a Yin practice for those of you who are teachers in this episode.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Welcome

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and for those of you who didn’t know. Because you’re listening to this, you can always watch these also on Youtube,

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and those are uploaded as the completely unedited version, like, I literally just upload the zoom recording

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Nyk Danu Yoga: to Youtube, whereas with audio I do go through and remove some of the extra Ums and Oz and pauses and things because

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Nyk Danu Yoga: they don’t come across. Well, when you’re listening.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So that’s something you should know if you prefer. If you’re a visual person you prefer to watch, please know that’s there for you.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: for those of you that prefer to listen and are listening on one of the podcast apps. If you’re on apple.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: podcast episode, page so like click on a yen, Yoga podcast or search out a Yen Yoga, podcast when it pops up, scroll down a little bit.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and you’ll see about halfway down that there’s a spot where it says leave of review.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: If you could leave me some 5 stars, I would be super grateful.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The other thing you can do on Apple is also leave a written review.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So if you would do one or both of those things I would be super grateful. Thank you so much for that.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and for those of you on spotify. You can also again get on the the main

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Nyk Danu Yoga: page for my. So, not in your feed. You actually want to click on my episode. Make sure that you’re following or subscribing, and then click the 5 stars.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and that will give me a review there.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: One of the reasons that you’ll hear Podcasters often talk about this is because, especially with a fairly new podcast and this one is, it’s not even a year old yet. It’s just a baby. Still

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the more likes and

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Nyk Danu Yoga: sort of listens of course, downloads and follows, and stars and written reviews, that a podcast gets the more likely apple or spotify, which I mean. There are other apps as well, but those are the 2 biggies. Right now.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: it’s more likely that they will show them to people that are searching out in the search, Yin Yoga podcast. Or Yoga podcast etc, or just searching Yin.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: one of my friends and colleagues told me that

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Nyk Danu Yoga: she was actually on spotify, just searching yin, looking for music, and my podcast popped up. So the reason that that happens is because of awesome, generous folks like you, who take about 2 min out of their time to do this.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so if you wouldn’t mind, pause right now, I’ll wait. It’s okay. Go for it

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and offer a review. That’s for those of you who have been here before. If you’re new.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: don’t worry about it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Gotta wait and see. First.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: thank you. I appreciate you very, very much.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And before we get into today’s topic. I also just want to share a little bit of a testimonial or praise that I’ve gotten on my therapeutic Yinda Yoga teacher training program.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So

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Nyk Danu Yoga: this one is from Gillian Green.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Nick’s passion and knowledge for Yin Yoga helped to keep me engaged. It has made me realize how influential it can be to include yin practice in your yoga repertoire.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I’m so happy. I took this training with Nick.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I did another training

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Nyk Danu Yoga: with a teacher who was teaching yin, but it was more like Hatha than yin.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I feel much more knowledgeable in Yen Yoga now, and also it’s great to know where it originated.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: She was very professional and knowledgeable, I felt supported through the training.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Nick was amazing, and brought a huge depth of information to the topic, and did a great job of keeping the conversations on track.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: This training was amazing, and it went by really fast. I can’t wait to learn more.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: That’s from Gillian Green. Thank you, Gillian.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So if you are a Yoga teacher who is either not yet trained in Yen Yoga, or is wanting to add more additionally in training, because most Yan teachers don’t just stop at one training.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Then you can check out

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Nyk Danu Yoga: by clicking the link in my bio. There’s a link there that says, get on the wait list that will take you to the page where you can read more about my training.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and then you can get on the wait list and how you get on the wait list is if you look way up in my photograph, there’s a button there that you can push and enter your name and email or way down on the very bottom of the page. Also an opportunity to add your email. And if you’re there long enough, a little polite, pop up, will slide on over and say, Hey.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: do you want to get on the waitlist? And you could enter your name and email there

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Nyk Danu Yoga: when you get on the waitlist. Here’s what you get.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: First of all, you get a free Pdf sequence

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Nyk Danu Yoga: head to toe yan practice.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Then you’re going to get a few days later a video of the same practice so that you can practice it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And then you’re going to get little snippets and nuggets from me along the way. So you’ll get these podcast episodes delivered in your inbox.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: You will get little sort of samplers of my training, little video snippets of my training so that you can kind of see behind the curtain.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: You will also get early registration notice. So before I post it everywhere on the social medias. I always go to the waitlist first and let you all know registration is open.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so you’ll get that first.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and then the other thing that you get when you’re on the waitlist is the first 5 that sign up can use a 25% off discount code, and that is only available on the waitlist. We do not share that anywhere else.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay, so those are all the reasons why you might want to get on the wait list of my training. So if you’ve been around here a few times, and you’ve

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Nyk Danu Yoga: been liking my point of view, if you’ve been

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Nyk Danu Yoga: learning from me, if you’ve been getting some Ahas, and you’re like, Hmm! Maybe I need some more yin training, or maybe I need a yin training, and I would encourage you to check that out. The link again is in the episode. Notes.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: All right, my friends, let’s

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Nyk Danu Yoga: get into today’s topic.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: This

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Nyk Danu Yoga: topic came up as often. Some of my ideas for topics come up when I’m in one of those Yin Facebook groups.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And I’m you know, scrolling around, seeing what everyone’s got to say, and and trying to be helpful. If someone’s got a question I can answer, or just, you know, seeing what everyone’s doing, what’s going on.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And sometimes I’ll see questions in those groups. And usually I will then take that question, and I will type it out in my magic. Iphone.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in my list of podcast ideas, because that’s where I keep track of podcast ideas.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So if you’re listening to this, and you have an idea

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Nyk Danu Yoga: for a Yin, Yoga

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Nyk Danu Yoga: subject. Or if you have a question specific to yen Yoga, that you want me to cover in the podcast

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Nyk Danu Yoga: send me a DM on Instagram or on Facebook. Just let me know, hey, I’d like to. I’d like to have you cover this, so I’m always willing to add extra episodes

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Nyk Danu Yoga: to my list. They have to be yin related, though this is a yin. Podcast so somehow connected to the Yin experience.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I was scrolling through, and I found

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Nyk Danu Yoga: a question

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and somebody. It wasn’t the question itself that struck me. It was actually somebody’s answer in the comment, feed

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Nyk Danu Yoga: somebody in the comment. Feed said, Yin, Yoga is not suitable for beginners.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And I remember thinking.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: say what?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Well, that’s news to me.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and I have no idea

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Nyk Danu Yoga: why that person thinks that I did actually ask, why do you say that? Didn’t get a response?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So that’s what we’re going to break down today.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: is Yan Yoga suitable for beginners?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Maybe. Yes, maybe no.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the answer is in yin, as it always is in yen, or often is, well.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: yes, no, and it depends.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So let’s break this down a little bit more.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: If somebody comes to

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Yoga.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: they’re brand new Yogi. They come to Yoga. They’re a beginner because they want to get their yoga, but or they want to get their you know yoga body in time for swimsuit season, or detox, or do Yoga air quotes exercises or get a yoga workout?

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Nyk Danu Yoga: If that’s why they’re coming to Yoga. If they have fallen under this misconception

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Nyk Danu Yoga: that

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Yoga is fitness.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and it’s another way to work out when you’re not at the gym.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: If that’s why they’re coming.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: then Yin Yoga is probably not for that beginner.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: because they’re going to show up in class, and they’re going to be still and quiet and not move, and they’re not going to be getting

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Nyk Danu Yoga: their needs met as far as what they thought they were coming to Yin for.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And this is one of the reasons why, if you’re a studio owner and you’re listening to this, you really want to make sure that your class descriptions are very

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Nyk Danu Yoga: clear. I know that sometimes people don’t read them anyway.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: that’s a whole other thing, but at least for those who do read it. Make sure that you say, still quiet, meditative, etc, so that when someone’s reading your

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Nyk Danu Yoga: classes they know which one is going to fit their needs.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So that’s 1 one type of beginner, right? We could say, that’s 1 one style of student, somebody who

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Nyk Danu Yoga: has misunderstood what Yoga really is, and thinks that it’s another way to air, quotes, get a workout.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: something else to do to air quotes, get a workout when they’re not at the gym, and so they’ve come to Yoga for that reason.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Well, then.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: that for that particular beginner, yen’s not going to be a good fit.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: They’re just going to find it frustrating, and they’re going to feel disappointed.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: What if, however.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: somebody comes to Yoga when they’re new, either first time or still fairly new student, because actually, they’re looking to learn to meditate.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Maybe they’ve heard meditation and yogurt kind of connected, even though unfortunately rarely are both in the same class. But that’s a rant for a whole other time.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Let’s say that student comes

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and they’re like, Oh, I’ve heard that Yoga is really good for you, for your mind. It helps to calm you down kind of like meditation. I’d like to work with my mind more. I’d like to learn how to meditate. Okay, I’ll go to yoga.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So that beginner

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Nyk Danu Yoga: ding, ding, ding, ding! Oh, my God! Yen is going to be amazing for that particular beginner.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: because they’re looking for some of these kind of quieter, deeper practices.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So for that beginner.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Yin Yoga would be the perfect choice, because the whole time they’re in these poses they’re going to be getting these little 5 min meditations or 2 min meditations, or however long you’re holding your poses, for

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Nyk Danu Yoga: they’re going to get these little bite-sized doses of meditation

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so that they can experience some of the kind of mental and emotional aspects of a practice like this

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Nyk Danu Yoga: that’s assuming, of course, that the teacher is actually shutting up at some point, and not just talking incessantly.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And if your teacher, if you’re

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Nyk Danu Yoga: listening, and that kind of struck you, I have a whole episode

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Nyk Danu Yoga: on shutting up Indian

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in season one.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So

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Nyk Danu Yoga: if a student comes looking for a physical workout

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and they’re a beginner, then Yen is not for that beginner.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: If a student comes because they

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Nyk Danu Yoga: want to deal with their mind. They’re wanting to be more mindful. They’re wanting to.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: you know. Learn how to deal with their mind. They’re wanting that kind of grounding.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Then yin would be ideal for that particular beginner.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: What if a beginner

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Nyk Danu Yoga: is actually just? Maybe they’re a I’ll use an example of a mom. Right? A mom of small kids. Let’s just say

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Nyk Danu Yoga: they don’t get any quiet time. They don’t get any time to themselves.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: They’re always go go go doing things, doing things, doing things. They’re exhausted. They run off their feet and they’re constantly taking care of the needs of these little small humans

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Nyk Danu Yoga: that they are the mother to

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Nyk Danu Yoga: do. We think that for that particular beginner

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Yin would be ideal

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Nyk Danu Yoga: hell! Yes, it would

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Nyk Danu Yoga: dedicated time just for them where they can be still and quiet, and not have somebody pulling on their clothes and demanding things of them, and they can just rest in their nervous system and nourish their body, and probably even fall asleep at some point, if they’re a mom of little ones.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So

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Nyk Danu Yoga: for that beginner

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Nyk Danu Yoga: would yin

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Nyk Danu Yoga: practice be good

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Nyk Danu Yoga: absolutely, it would be great for that beginner.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the reason that I’m pointing this out

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Nyk Danu Yoga: is and we I’m going to do a few more examples. Don’t worry

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Nyk Danu Yoga: is that when people make blanket statements about anything in life.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: it’s

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Nyk Danu Yoga: a bit immature, and I don’t mean immature, as in in an in an insulting way. I mean, actually, just like your knowledge is not well formed, right? You haven’t studied

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Nyk Danu Yoga: or thought about it. Enough that you have a mature viewpoint on something.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: or, in other words, you could use is ignorant. And again, I’m not meaning ignorant as an insult. I’m meaning. It is in the actual definition of the word meaning. You don’t have the knowledge, skill, or experience in an area.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So if somebody is sort of ignorant to

00:15:21.280 –> 00:15:24.849
Nyk Danu Yoga: the many, many, many benefits of Yin.

00:15:25.690 –> 00:15:28.119
Nyk Danu Yoga: then they might not know that

00:15:28.490 –> 00:15:30.839
Nyk Danu Yoga: it could be for a whole bunch of beginners.

00:15:32.210 –> 00:15:33.300
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:15:34.560 –> 00:15:37.610
Nyk Danu Yoga: it’s not whether or not someone’s a beginner

00:15:37.860 –> 00:15:40.210
Nyk Danu Yoga: that denotes whether or not

00:15:40.320 –> 00:15:41.819
Nyk Danu Yoga: they should be doing. Yin.

00:15:42.210 –> 00:15:43.050
Nyk Danu Yoga: it’s

00:15:43.440 –> 00:15:46.230
Nyk Danu Yoga: what are they coming to, Yoga for?

00:15:46.950 –> 00:15:49.649
Nyk Danu Yoga: So we’ve already used the example of the

00:15:50.030 –> 00:15:55.760
Nyk Danu Yoga: you know, the super kind of gym person, you know, the person who really like wants a workout.

00:15:55.800 –> 00:16:03.019
Nyk Danu Yoga: and I I remember very distinctly, and I talked about this bit more in the episode called Yen Yoga is totally hardcore.

00:16:03.490 –> 00:16:06.439
Nyk Danu Yoga: I remember being at a studio that I was teaching at.

00:16:07.090 –> 00:16:11.250
Nyk Danu Yoga: and walking in right after one of their kind of hotter, sweatier classes.

00:16:11.400 –> 00:16:12.580
Nyk Danu Yoga: And

00:16:12.890 –> 00:16:24.249
Nyk Danu Yoga: one of this, this very young, fit kind of Ken doll looking Guy saying, Oh, what class is next thinking? And I knew. Of course he wanted to double up. He was thinking, oh, maybe I’ll stay for the second class, and I said.

00:16:24.420 –> 00:16:25.820
Nyk Danu Yoga: Oh, it’s yin!

00:16:26.020 –> 00:16:30.010
Nyk Danu Yoga: And he said, and I quote fuck that shit

00:16:30.800 –> 00:16:32.330
Nyk Danu Yoga: that shit scares me.

00:16:33.050 –> 00:16:36.909
Nyk Danu Yoga: I would do a handstand workshop over yen any day.

00:16:38.050 –> 00:16:39.330
Nyk Danu Yoga: word for word, quote

00:16:40.280 –> 00:16:42.390
Nyk Danu Yoga: so, and he was not a beginner.

00:16:43.480 –> 00:16:45.140
Nyk Danu Yoga: So here is my point.

00:16:45.170 –> 00:16:52.799
Nyk Danu Yoga: He’s an experienced Yoga practitioner. He’s been doing yoga for a few years already, and is still a hell to the know with Yin.

00:16:54.530 –> 00:17:02.019
Nyk Danu Yoga: So what I really want to break down in this episode is these ideas that we get and these sort of blanket statements that we make

00:17:02.100 –> 00:17:11.279
Nyk Danu Yoga: about whether or not something is this or that, this or that? You see this going all the time on social media? Is it this or that guess what? Sometimes it’s yes, and

00:17:11.790 –> 00:17:14.180
Nyk Danu Yoga: sometimes it’s it depends.

00:17:14.240 –> 00:17:18.149
Nyk Danu Yoga: and sometimes it’s yes and no, and sometimes it’s this and that.

00:17:18.270 –> 00:17:19.030
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:17:20.230 –> 00:17:23.419
Nyk Danu Yoga: in the case of somebody who is looking for a workout.

00:17:24.170 –> 00:17:26.569
Nyk Danu Yoga: regardless of whether or not they’re a beginner.

00:17:26.740 –> 00:17:28.599
Nyk Danu Yoga: Yen’s not going to be their practice.

00:17:29.970 –> 00:17:38.680
Nyk Danu Yoga: I mean, there is the odd exception. Of course, somebody who might stumble into a yin class accidentally end up falling in love with it and add it to their repertoire for sure that could happen.

00:17:38.760 –> 00:17:48.420
Nyk Danu Yoga: But if their goal for going to Yoga is, I want to sweat. I want to get stronger. This is my air quotes rest day from the gym. That person

00:17:48.820 –> 00:17:52.180
Nyk Danu Yoga: is not probably gonna find that they love. Yeah.

00:17:52.310 –> 00:17:54.339
Nyk Danu Yoga: it’s not for that kind of beginner.

00:17:55.200 –> 00:18:00.720
Nyk Danu Yoga: If they’re a beginner, and they really want to start working with their mind if they want to be more present if they’re.

00:18:01.590 –> 00:18:18.380
Nyk Danu Yoga: you know, realizing that they’ve got a lot of stress, and that they need to kind of down, regulate, and learn to work with their mind better. Maybe they’re doing some counseling or something even, but they’re a beginner for that beginner Yin is going to be epic because they’re going to be taking these small

00:18:18.650 –> 00:18:19.820
Nyk Danu Yoga: poses

00:18:19.940 –> 00:18:25.949
Nyk Danu Yoga: and many meditations from one pose to the next. So for that beginner Yin is amazing.

00:18:27.450 –> 00:18:31.979
Nyk Danu Yoga: We use the example of the beginner of the the mom, who has small kids

00:18:32.010 –> 00:18:43.149
Nyk Danu Yoga: who just never, ever gets any time to themselves never any quiet time. People are always demanding things of her, pulling on her, etc, etc, and although I’m sure she loves her children, she just needs a frickin break.

00:18:43.360 –> 00:18:51.400
Nyk Danu Yoga: So for that beginner, Yen is going to be amazing because she’s really going to get a chance to settle, to ground.

00:18:51.460 –> 00:19:01.870
Nyk Danu Yoga: to not talk to people if she doesn’t want to to drop inward and to really nourish herself. So for that beginner, Yen would be amazing

00:19:04.360 –> 00:19:07.070
Nyk Danu Yoga: for somebody who is

00:19:07.150 –> 00:19:09.479
Nyk Danu Yoga: working on healing their trauma.

00:19:09.940 –> 00:19:12.520
Nyk Danu Yoga: They’re working with a therapist.

00:19:12.740 –> 00:19:17.079
Nyk Danu Yoga: and they’re at the stage in their therapy where they’re

00:19:18.010 –> 00:19:23.469
Nyk Danu Yoga: clearly aware of their trauma, and they’re taking sort of active steps to work with their trauma

00:19:24.490 –> 00:19:25.870
Nyk Danu Yoga: for that beginner

00:19:26.370 –> 00:19:28.000
Nyk Danu Yoga: Yin could be amazing.

00:19:28.560 –> 00:19:30.640
Nyk Danu Yoga: That would depend on the individual.

00:19:30.660 –> 00:19:36.430
Nyk Danu Yoga: And I did 3 trauma episodes back to back not long ago. So you can scroll and find those.

00:19:36.520 –> 00:19:39.570
Nyk Danu Yoga: and one of which my friend and colleague, Janice

00:19:39.700 –> 00:19:40.710
Nyk Danu Yoga: Heisman.

00:19:41.760 –> 00:19:44.490
Nyk Danu Yoga: said that trump that her

00:19:45.190 –> 00:19:50.669
Nyk Danu Yoga: trauma journey, that yin was a crucial part of that. It was one of the key tools she used

00:19:51.480 –> 00:19:54.160
Nyk Danu Yoga: when she was working through and unearthing her trauma.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So of course, I can’t make a blanket statement about everybody with trauma, because, again, like everything in the real world, in the real adult world, it depends. Everything is gray. We don’t know yes or no, maybe.

00:20:06.800 –> 00:20:08.669
Nyk Danu Yoga: but for some people.

00:20:09.000 –> 00:20:12.830
Nyk Danu Yoga: if they’re looking for again, that kind of quiet time

00:20:13.190 –> 00:20:15.329
Nyk Danu Yoga: to process their trauma

00:20:15.430 –> 00:20:18.889
Nyk Danu Yoga: to have somebody hold brave space for them.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: then

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Nyk Danu Yoga: that might be the perfect beginner

00:20:24.530 –> 00:20:25.870
Nyk Danu Yoga: for yen yoga.

00:20:27.230 –> 00:20:28.570
Nyk Danu Yoga: or not depending

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Nyk Danu Yoga: who else would be a great beginner for yin. Yoga.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Maybe somebody’s dealing with some just kind of general mental health stuff, right? They’ve got some anxiety. They’ve got some depression.

00:20:45.580 –> 00:20:48.460
Nyk Danu Yoga: and they’re just sort of feeling sort of on edge.

00:20:49.350 –> 00:20:50.080
Nyk Danu Yoga: right?

00:20:51.080 –> 00:20:56.500
Nyk Danu Yoga: That beginner might find a huge amount of solace in a Yen Yoga practice.

00:20:56.890 –> 00:21:03.390
Nyk Danu Yoga: taking the time to slow down to be quiet, to ground literally, you’re on the ground. So grounding practice

00:21:04.318 –> 00:21:08.699
Nyk Danu Yoga: might be exactly what they need to add to their repertoire

00:21:09.270 –> 00:21:10.390
Nyk Danu Yoga: to help them.

00:21:13.790 –> 00:21:17.320
Nyk Danu Yoga: So those are all examples of beginners.

00:21:19.040 –> 00:21:20.730
Nyk Danu Yoga: different kinds of beginners.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Here’s another one. Let’s say somebody is

00:21:26.430 –> 00:21:33.109
Nyk Danu Yoga: just coming out of some kind of an injury or a surgery, and they’ve been given the go ahead by their doctor.

00:21:33.871 –> 00:21:37.059
Nyk Danu Yoga: You know, to to start exploring

00:21:37.360 –> 00:21:40.040
Nyk Danu Yoga: physical movement again, and things like that. But

00:21:41.320 –> 00:21:52.050
Nyk Danu Yoga: they maybe have something like chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, and so going to a really active moving class is just not possible, for where they are in their healing journey.

00:21:54.500 –> 00:21:58.489
Nyk Danu Yoga: But a yin class for that beginner would be great

00:21:58.820 –> 00:22:05.900
Nyk Danu Yoga: because they can go, and they can take this time to nourish their nervous system, which is just going to amplify their healing.

00:22:05.980 –> 00:22:17.259
Nyk Danu Yoga: and to do something good for their body, and to begin to again befriend their body, to see their body as an ally instead of this thing where things are going wrong

00:22:17.910 –> 00:22:19.719
Nyk Danu Yoga: for that beginner.

00:22:19.780 –> 00:22:22.140
Nyk Danu Yoga: yin would be an amazing practice

00:22:25.410 –> 00:22:27.470
Nyk Danu Yoga: if somebody’s got chronic fatigue

00:22:28.330 –> 00:22:31.089
Nyk Danu Yoga: for that beginner. Amazing practice.

00:22:31.530 –> 00:22:40.740
Nyk Danu Yoga: If somebody has just finished their battle with cancer, meaning they’ve done their chemo and all of that. And they’re moving back into life. But they’re exhausted still.

00:22:41.320 –> 00:22:44.039
Nyk Danu Yoga: for that beginner yen would be amazing.

00:22:45.440 –> 00:22:47.549
Nyk Danu Yoga: for somebody who has

00:22:48.690 –> 00:22:50.450
Nyk Danu Yoga: a lot of excess weight

00:22:50.630 –> 00:22:57.629
Nyk Danu Yoga: is really trying to take care of themselves and get moving, and, you know, do things that are good for their body.

00:22:57.720 –> 00:23:03.319
Nyk Danu Yoga: but because of their size, just there’s no way that they could do the average yoga class

00:23:04.020 –> 00:23:07.110
Nyk Danu Yoga: for that beginner yin would be amazing

00:23:07.240 –> 00:23:11.540
Nyk Danu Yoga: again, a great way to take care of their body, to befriend their body.

00:23:11.590 –> 00:23:13.640
Nyk Danu Yoga: to take time for themselves

00:23:13.810 –> 00:23:16.450
Nyk Danu Yoga: in a way that’s nurturing and loving to their body.

00:23:16.590 –> 00:23:23.380
Nyk Danu Yoga: instead of another way to kind of beat their body up, which, despite our best intention, sometimes, as Yoga teachers.

00:23:23.940 –> 00:23:30.230
Nyk Danu Yoga: When we come into these more movement based classes, there can be a bit of that whole boot, Campy Vibe. Right?

00:23:31.880 –> 00:23:35.300
Nyk Danu Yoga: So for that beginner, Yin would be amazing.

00:23:38.000 –> 00:23:40.020
Nyk Danu Yoga: for the fierce introvert

00:23:41.550 –> 00:23:47.620
Nyk Danu Yoga: raises her own hand right for the person who just really is introverted. And

00:23:48.590 –> 00:23:56.229
Nyk Danu Yoga: I want to just clarify. I’m not talking about people that are shy, and if you just thought right now, wait! What introverts are no way shy. No, they’re not my friend.

00:23:56.520 –> 00:23:59.400
Nyk Danu Yoga: and I’m not going to get into that, because that could be a whole episode.

00:23:59.760 –> 00:24:03.650
Nyk Danu Yoga: If you all want that, let me know. It’s not really Yen related. But okay.

00:24:04.170 –> 00:24:06.400
Nyk Danu Yoga: but let’s just say someone’s an introvert.

00:24:06.730 –> 00:24:10.689
Nyk Danu Yoga: and they’re always out kind of in the world. And

00:24:12.050 –> 00:24:22.829
Nyk Danu Yoga: you know, they find all that interaction with people eventually is draining. That’s what happens with introverts. We refill our battery by taking still quiet alone time.

00:24:23.850 –> 00:24:26.630
Nyk Danu Yoga: So for that beginner.

00:24:27.010 –> 00:24:31.030
Nyk Danu Yoga: would a yin Yoga practice be ideal? Yes.

00:24:31.140 –> 00:24:36.889
Nyk Danu Yoga: because they would be. Even if they were in a public class, they would be on their own mat sort of on their own little island.

00:24:37.040 –> 00:24:44.240
Nyk Danu Yoga: They don’t have to necessarily talk to anybody. They can just come, do their thing, recharge their battery, and leave, or

00:24:44.310 –> 00:24:50.740
Nyk Danu Yoga: for that person even better might be to an establish a home. In practice. They can just be at home with their

00:24:50.750 –> 00:24:55.270
Nyk Danu Yoga: tea and their blankies, and they can do their yin and just recharge their batteries.

00:24:55.890 –> 00:24:59.199
Nyk Danu Yoga: So for that beginner, yen would be amazing.

00:25:00.790 –> 00:25:01.680
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:25:02.110 –> 00:25:05.599
Nyk Danu Yoga: I hope that you’re starting to see my point here.

00:25:06.480 –> 00:25:12.969
Nyk Danu Yoga: that when we make these generalized statements with no nuance, no shades of gray, this black and white

00:25:14.020 –> 00:25:15.440
Nyk Danu Yoga: that’s not skillful.

00:25:15.800 –> 00:25:20.619
Nyk Danu Yoga: so to say. Go around saying, Yin yoga is not for beginners.

00:25:20.980 –> 00:25:22.639
Nyk Danu Yoga: No.

00:25:22.940 –> 00:25:24.180
Nyk Danu Yoga: that’s not true.

00:25:24.260 –> 00:25:31.230
Nyk Danu Yoga: It depends on the beginner. We’re all individuals. We all have our own needs and the reasons that we’re coming to Yoga

00:25:31.760 –> 00:25:33.190
Nyk Danu Yoga: recently.

00:25:34.045 –> 00:25:36.070
Nyk Danu Yoga: And this changed kind of

00:25:36.170 –> 00:25:39.690
Nyk Danu Yoga: Pre covid during. And then during Covid and Post Covid.

00:25:40.220 –> 00:25:45.030
Nyk Danu Yoga: there was a whole bunch of surveys that went around that were asking people why they came to Yoga.

00:25:45.370 –> 00:25:50.890
Nyk Danu Yoga: and it used to be that people came to Yoga for the physical aspects. They wanted

00:25:50.980 –> 00:25:55.990
Nyk Danu Yoga: to get more flexible, or they thought they were going to get in shape, or they wanted to get stronger, etc, etc.

00:25:56.930 –> 00:26:03.639
Nyk Danu Yoga: But what they’re learning now is that the mass majority of people that are coming to Yoga. Practice now

00:26:03.840 –> 00:26:06.670
Nyk Danu Yoga: are coming for the mental emotional realm.

00:26:07.470 –> 00:26:11.260
Nyk Danu Yoga: If they’re coming for the mental health and the emotional Health realm.

00:26:12.330 –> 00:26:13.640
Nyk Danu Yoga: And my friends

00:26:13.650 –> 00:26:21.700
Nyk Danu Yoga: for that realm. Yin Yoga has it in spades. Yin. Yoga’s superpower is interception

00:26:21.930 –> 00:26:28.460
Nyk Danu Yoga: learning to drop in and go inside and see what’s going on in there. This is Yen’s super power.

00:26:29.660 –> 00:26:30.680
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:26:31.710 –> 00:26:38.149
Nyk Danu Yoga: to make grand statements like yin Yoga is air quotes, not for beginners is unskillful.

00:26:39.240 –> 00:26:40.210
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:26:41.010 –> 00:26:45.669
Nyk Danu Yoga: that’s what I wanted to address first is Yen Yoga for beginners.

00:26:45.690 –> 00:26:47.429
Nyk Danu Yoga: Well, it depends on the beginner.

00:26:47.460 –> 00:26:52.509
Nyk Danu Yoga: It depends on why they’re coming to Yoga. What they’re personally going through mentally, emotionally, physically.

00:26:53.150 –> 00:26:55.820
Nyk Danu Yoga: What their goals are with Yoga, right?

00:26:56.320 –> 00:26:58.190
Nyk Danu Yoga: So we can’t make these statements.

00:26:58.280 –> 00:27:10.550
Nyk Danu Yoga: Yin Yoga is not for beginners. I have beginners in my I teach only 2 dropping classes at the time of this recording for one studio. Because I don’t love dropping classes, but I love this studio. I make an exception for them because they’re amazing.

00:27:11.040 –> 00:27:13.830
Nyk Danu Yoga: Anyways, I always

00:27:13.910 –> 00:27:15.430
Nyk Danu Yoga: have a beginner.

00:27:15.470 –> 00:27:26.150
Nyk Danu Yoga: maybe not each week. But, like beginners, are super common. They’re either a brand new student period to yoga altogether, which is actually easier. I’ll talk more about that in a moment.

00:27:26.510 –> 00:27:32.760
Nyk Danu Yoga: or they’re a beginner, and they’ve done a few classes, but they’ve been more active classes. So they’re a yin yoga beginner.

00:27:34.910 –> 00:27:38.639
Nyk Danu Yoga: There may be still a beginner in Yoga in general, and they’re brand new to yin.

00:27:38.820 –> 00:27:41.230
Nyk Danu Yoga: and that happens all the time in my class

00:27:41.260 –> 00:27:43.490
Nyk Danu Yoga: all the time, and they do great.

00:27:43.660 –> 00:27:45.130
Nyk Danu Yoga: The students do great.

00:27:45.680 –> 00:27:48.329
Nyk Danu Yoga: So I don’t know where this idea

00:27:48.600 –> 00:27:56.130
Nyk Danu Yoga: came from. That yin Yoga is not a beginner practice. If someone knows where this idea came from, please let me know.

00:27:56.300 –> 00:27:58.539
Nyk Danu Yoga: But I’m going to remedy it now.

00:27:59.220 –> 00:28:17.880
Nyk Danu Yoga: You cannot make that statement, because each person is individual, just like you cannot say the right way to do this pose is blank, blank, blank, because we are all individuals, and so what might be the right way for you to do. A pose might be different than the way I would need to do the pose.

00:28:18.350 –> 00:28:26.509
Nyk Danu Yoga: Same thing goes with our students not all beginners. You can’t lump all beginners like one little category together like they’re all the same.

00:28:28.110 –> 00:28:30.520
Nyk Danu Yoga: So I want to just but dispel that myth

00:28:30.650 –> 00:28:32.720
Nyk Danu Yoga: is Yan Yoga for beginners

00:28:33.270 –> 00:28:39.580
Nyk Danu Yoga: depends on the beginner. Why are they coming to Yoga? What are their goals? How are they feeling physically, mentally, emotionally.

00:28:40.060 –> 00:28:43.470
Nyk Danu Yoga: So that is all important. First.

00:28:43.790 –> 00:28:46.969
Nyk Danu Yoga: then, I want to mention the other elephant to the room.

00:28:47.260 –> 00:28:53.519
Nyk Danu Yoga: But there are people who have been practicing Yoga for many, many, many years.

00:28:53.910 –> 00:28:58.309
Nyk Danu Yoga: and would still find Yoga super challenging

00:28:58.720 –> 00:29:10.669
Nyk Danu Yoga: because their practice has been purely physical. Asana. They haven’t done meditation. They haven’t maybe even done a lot of kind of some of these quieter breath work or pranayams.

00:29:10.880 –> 00:29:16.790
Nyk Danu Yoga: They’re the ones that want to leave before Shavasan, or they fidget during Shavasan.

00:29:17.170 –> 00:29:20.210
Nyk Danu Yoga: And again, that could also be a trauma response. So

00:29:20.220 –> 00:29:26.749
Nyk Danu Yoga: put that as little sidebar for that. Put a PIN in that. But I’m not talking about that example, but just people who are like.

00:29:27.150 –> 00:29:29.270
Nyk Danu Yoga: I’m just here for the workup right?

00:29:30.520 –> 00:29:34.219
Nyk Danu Yoga: And that student could have been doing yoga for several years

00:29:34.290 –> 00:29:36.210
Nyk Danu Yoga: and still not be

00:29:36.850 –> 00:29:38.980
Nyk Danu Yoga: an ideal candidate for Yen Yoga.

00:29:39.600 –> 00:29:43.449
Nyk Danu Yoga: So they’re not a beginner. They’ve got lots of yoga experience.

00:29:44.060 –> 00:29:45.889
Nyk Danu Yoga: But maybe Yen still isn’t a fit

00:29:46.730 –> 00:29:58.129
Nyk Danu Yoga: like the the guy I was telling you about in the story who came into the studio. Strong Guy. Lots of physical practice, you know, can do all the the fancy poses, the strong ones, handstands, etc. Blah, blah blah

00:29:58.560 –> 00:30:00.320
Nyk Danu Yoga: and yen yoga scared him.

00:30:01.770 –> 00:30:05.160
Nyk Danu Yoga: likely because of the still and quiet.

00:30:06.280 –> 00:30:07.180
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:30:07.960 –> 00:30:14.370
Nyk Danu Yoga: if somebody doesn’t want to go intern into their inner landscape. If they don’t want to practice introception.

00:30:14.680 –> 00:30:18.490
Nyk Danu Yoga: if they don’t want to be curious about their body and their experience.

00:30:20.120 –> 00:30:23.049
Nyk Danu Yoga: then they might not be a great candidate for Yen Yoga.

00:30:23.560 –> 00:30:28.109
Nyk Danu Yoga: but that is not attached to whether or not they are a beginner.

00:30:28.450 –> 00:30:37.169
Nyk Danu Yoga: You could have someone with years of experience who still isn’t willing to do that, and you could have somebody who walks into a yoga studio and signs up because they’re like, I want to learn to meditate.

00:30:38.430 –> 00:30:41.799
Nyk Danu Yoga: you cannot say one is a beginner thing and one is not.

00:30:42.210 –> 00:30:50.859
Nyk Danu Yoga: And if you are saying that you’re really kind of putting people in boxes and making statements and generalizations about people that just probably aren’t true.

00:30:52.870 –> 00:30:55.329
Nyk Danu Yoga: So that being said, now that I’ve kind of

00:30:55.850 –> 00:31:04.080
Nyk Danu Yoga: popped the balloon of you know, yen Yoga isn’t for beginner. What I think also might be helpful here, though, is to talk about.

00:31:04.390 –> 00:31:10.569
Nyk Danu Yoga: especially because I know a lot of teachers. Listen to this. Well, then what do we do when we have some beginners

00:31:11.140 –> 00:31:12.720
Nyk Danu Yoga: in our practice? Right?

00:31:13.150 –> 00:31:14.060
Nyk Danu Yoga: Because

00:31:14.530 –> 00:31:16.520
Nyk Danu Yoga: let’s face it. Yen Yoga is different.

00:31:16.820 –> 00:31:22.409
Nyk Danu Yoga: and it might be different than what they’ve seen on TV or in the magazines. If they’re brand new.

00:31:22.860 –> 00:31:29.110
Nyk Danu Yoga: it might be different than if they’re still a beginner. But they’ve been to a few classes, the movement based classes that they’ve done.

00:31:29.240 –> 00:31:31.519
Nyk Danu Yoga: And so how do we

00:31:32.470 –> 00:31:36.520
Nyk Danu Yoga: make the Yin practice the most digestible

00:31:37.140 –> 00:31:38.790
Nyk Danu Yoga: for beginners

00:31:39.290 –> 00:31:41.300
Nyk Danu Yoga: that is worth exploring?

00:31:42.790 –> 00:31:43.770
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:31:44.390 –> 00:32:00.430
Nyk Danu Yoga: I said a few minutes ago that it’s actually kind of easier sometimes in some ways. If somebody’s brand brand new to Yoga, they’ve never done yoga, and you happen to be teaching a in class, and that’s their first introduction. So in some ways that’s easier because they don’t already have

00:32:00.460 –> 00:32:02.860
Nyk Danu Yoga: preconceived ideas about

00:32:03.540 –> 00:32:24.609
Nyk Danu Yoga: what Yoga practice is, I mean, they may have seen, you know, a DVD or a video, or, you know, like a a thing on Youtube or a magazine, or you know, so they may have kind of some idea, but they don’t really have like a felt embodied experience of Yoga yet so actually for that person. It’s a little easier to introduce them to yin, because you don’t have to kind of

00:32:26.680 –> 00:32:28.260
Nyk Danu Yoga: point out differences.

00:32:33.810 –> 00:32:36.629
Nyk Danu Yoga: But for those that have done a few classes

00:32:36.760 –> 00:32:41.170
Nyk Danu Yoga: another, and maybe a yin beginner. They’ve never done yin yoga before.

00:32:42.410 –> 00:32:44.010
Nyk Danu Yoga: I personally think

00:32:45.700 –> 00:32:52.240
Nyk Danu Yoga: that if you have beginners in the room it’s really helpful to break it down a little bit before you move into quiet.

00:32:52.360 –> 00:33:00.679
Nyk Danu Yoga: So anyone who’s listened before knows I am a big fan of shutting the fuck up, dear teachers in your yin class quit talking so much.

00:33:00.890 –> 00:33:02.200
Nyk Danu Yoga: However.

00:33:02.840 –> 00:33:07.200
Nyk Danu Yoga: if you have beginners in the room, it can be helpful at the start

00:33:07.220 –> 00:33:10.099
Nyk Danu Yoga: to explain a few things, just so that

00:33:10.130 –> 00:33:20.200
Nyk Danu Yoga: they have a bit of a mental picture of how this practice is different. It will make it easier on them, mentally and emotionally to be in the practice if they kind of know what to expect

00:33:20.510 –> 00:33:26.419
Nyk Danu Yoga: right if they’re expecting a bunch of sun salutations in Chaturangas, and then you never get them off the floor.

00:33:26.680 –> 00:33:30.810
Nyk Danu Yoga: Their mind is going to be telling them all kinds of stories about that while they’re trying to practice.

00:33:31.290 –> 00:33:36.550
Nyk Danu Yoga: But if you can address that at the beginning, then it’s easier for people to settle into practice.

00:33:36.660 –> 00:33:42.049
Nyk Danu Yoga: So how do we even know, though, if there are beginners in the room. That’s the tricky bit.

00:33:42.410 –> 00:33:44.409
Nyk Danu Yoga: I’m not a big fan of

00:33:44.480 –> 00:33:47.220
Nyk Danu Yoga: asking people, while everyone’s seated

00:33:47.370 –> 00:33:52.840
Nyk Danu Yoga: to raise their hand if they’re new, because anyone who is kind of shy or introverted

00:33:54.050 –> 00:33:59.970
Nyk Danu Yoga: it’s gonna feel really uncomfortable doing that. So they may not do it because they just don’t feel comfortable with it.

00:34:00.580 –> 00:34:12.650
Nyk Danu Yoga: or somebody might be like, Oh, yeah, I mean, I’m you know, I’m new to yoga, but I’m super fit. So whatever. So they don’t raise their hand because they think like whatever Yoga can throw at them, they can handle, so no need to

00:34:12.699 –> 00:34:16.180
Nyk Danu Yoga: bring themselves out as a beginner, so that can also happen.

00:34:16.540 –> 00:34:27.380
Nyk Danu Yoga: So I don’t. I’m not a big fan of like the raise your hand if you’ve never done yin before, will everyone sit seated at the start of class? But what I do instead is because I always get my students in constructive rest.

00:34:28.848 –> 00:34:31.240
Nyk Danu Yoga: And they’re grounding. And so

00:34:31.330 –> 00:34:44.470
Nyk Danu Yoga: right before I get everybody to move into their next shape or their first technically in shape. I say, if you’ve done yin yoga before, let both hands rest at your sides. If you’ve never done yin before

00:34:44.679 –> 00:34:47.320
Nyk Danu Yoga: specifically the style of yin. Yoga

00:34:48.120 –> 00:34:50.330
Nyk Danu Yoga: put one hand on your belly so that I know.

00:34:50.429 –> 00:34:56.579
Nyk Danu Yoga: So now people are a lot more willing to out themselves as a beginner, because I’m the only one looking at them.

00:34:57.820 –> 00:35:08.620
Nyk Danu Yoga: So I’ll look around. And sometimes you got to say this twice, especially if you’ve done a good job of kind of centering and relaxing them from the beginning, and they’ll look around and just see, like how many hands are on bellies

00:35:08.830 –> 00:35:17.109
Nyk Danu Yoga: if there’s a lot of hands on bellies more talking in the beginning. If there’s no hands on bellies, I’ll usually clarify, just to make sure. So nobody’s brand new to in.

00:35:17.480 –> 00:35:19.759
Nyk Danu Yoga: There’s no hands on bellies that’s different.

00:35:20.100 –> 00:35:24.720
Nyk Danu Yoga: And then, if there’s a few that might also affect how much I I’m going to talk.

00:35:26.010 –> 00:35:26.950
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:35:27.070 –> 00:35:29.080
Nyk Danu Yoga: here’s what I do

00:35:29.380 –> 00:35:36.320
Nyk Danu Yoga: for brand new Yin students, whether they’re brand new to Yoga, or just brand new to the style of yin.

00:35:36.820 –> 00:35:42.689
Nyk Danu Yoga: I break down the yin practice guidelines, and you may have heard other teachers talk about these yin practice guidelines.

00:35:43.201 –> 00:35:51.029
Nyk Danu Yoga: Mine’s a little bit more lengthy, a little more complex, because I’m a yoga therapist. I’m all about the subtlety and the nuance, and you know.

00:35:51.580 –> 00:35:55.789
Nyk Danu Yoga: So the first yin practice guideline. And this is what I say to them

00:35:56.200 –> 00:36:00.430
Nyk Danu Yoga: practicing yin. Yoga is a little bit different than movement forms of yoga.

00:36:00.710 –> 00:36:11.290
Nyk Danu Yoga: So I’m going to talk a little bit about those differences, and how we practice. Yin, so that you have an idea of what we’re going to get up to, which will make it easier for you to practice right simple statements.

00:36:12.560 –> 00:36:15.129
Nyk Danu Yoga: Principle number one, take the shape.

00:36:15.540 –> 00:36:16.490
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:36:16.650 –> 00:36:18.080
Nyk Danu Yoga: take the yin shape

00:36:18.610 –> 00:36:26.830
Nyk Danu Yoga: and take the version. That’s going to work for you, because I’ll usually give them several options. So take the in shape, find a version that’s going to work for you.

00:36:26.920 –> 00:36:28.350
Nyk Danu Yoga: That’s point number one

00:36:29.040 –> 00:36:30.389
Nyk Danu Yoga: point number 2

00:36:31.650 –> 00:36:36.000
Nyk Danu Yoga: find 50 to 60% of the most you could do in this shape.

00:36:36.550 –> 00:36:39.300
Nyk Danu Yoga: Why am I pointing that out? Well, because

00:36:39.670 –> 00:36:53.530
Nyk Danu Yoga: we live in this culture of pushing, striving, efforting, etc, etc. And so I want them to know that what you can hold for 30 s is not the same as what you can hold for 5 min. So we want to find 50 to 60%

00:36:53.780 –> 00:36:55.579
Nyk Danu Yoga: of the most that you could do.

00:36:56.540 –> 00:37:08.320
Nyk Danu Yoga: And then I explained to them, too, that that 50 to 60% is a bit of a moving line in the sand, because your body won’t feel the same the first breath in this shape as it does in the last breath. So.

00:37:08.600 –> 00:37:09.800
Nyk Danu Yoga: although

00:37:09.880 –> 00:37:11.440
Nyk Danu Yoga: point number 3

00:37:11.900 –> 00:37:13.979
Nyk Danu Yoga: become relatively still.

00:37:14.310 –> 00:37:18.660
Nyk Danu Yoga: So, although we’re becoming relatively still in yen, we’re not being stagnant.

00:37:18.810 –> 00:37:21.550
Nyk Danu Yoga: So if part way through your body opens.

00:37:21.570 –> 00:37:23.860
Nyk Danu Yoga: and you need to change your approach

00:37:23.890 –> 00:37:25.480
Nyk Danu Yoga: to get a little deeper.

00:37:25.620 –> 00:37:32.159
Nyk Danu Yoga: or maybe you do the opposite. Maybe you were overly ambitious, and you now realize. Oh, I need to back out of this a little bit because

00:37:32.290 –> 00:37:43.830
Nyk Danu Yoga: 5 min does feel a lot longer than 30 s right? That this is kind of a moving line in the sand, and where 50 to 60% is of, for their body is in that shape will change

00:37:43.930 –> 00:37:48.650
Nyk Danu Yoga: within the time that they’re in the pose. It might change from last week to next week, etc.

00:37:49.100 –> 00:37:59.529
Nyk Danu Yoga: So I let them know. This may change. You may adapt your pose, but that we’re working into relative stillness, right stillness, but not stagnation. So it is a still practice. But

00:38:00.190 –> 00:38:04.180
Nyk Danu Yoga: please feel free to grab a prop if you need or to adjust the pose part way through.

00:38:04.480 –> 00:38:07.309
Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay, so so far we’ve got, take the shape.

00:38:08.010 –> 00:38:11.290
Nyk Danu Yoga: Find a version that works for you. 50 to 60%

00:38:11.470 –> 00:38:13.560
Nyk Danu Yoga: become relatively still

00:38:14.030 –> 00:38:16.070
Nyk Danu Yoga: letting yourself be adaptable.

00:38:16.590 –> 00:38:18.549
Nyk Danu Yoga: And then number 4

00:38:18.920 –> 00:38:23.650
Nyk Danu Yoga: is that I tell them we’re going to be holding these shapes anywhere between 2 and 5 min

00:38:23.760 –> 00:38:29.509
Nyk Danu Yoga: now, I say 2 and 5 min, because for a general drop in class, that’s my range.

00:38:29.640 –> 00:38:33.529
Nyk Danu Yoga: When I’ve got a mixed group of different levels of Yogis.

00:38:33.783 –> 00:38:46.450
Nyk Danu Yoga: Some that have been doing in a long time, some that maybe never have. I’m going to stick in the 2 to 5 min range. That’s certainly not a rule. I know lots of teachers in their own practice, or maybe with experienced students that do longer than 5 min holds.

00:38:46.480 –> 00:38:52.920
Nyk Danu Yoga: That’s fine. But I say 2 to 5 min because it’s a general drop in class with a bunch of different experience levels.

00:38:53.100 –> 00:38:54.440
Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay? So

00:38:54.840 –> 00:38:58.810
Nyk Danu Yoga: I say, we’re going to hold these shapes anywhere from 2 to 5 min at a time.

00:39:00.370 –> 00:39:02.500
Nyk Danu Yoga: and then I talk about coming out

00:39:02.910 –> 00:39:09.089
Nyk Danu Yoga: when you come out of oh, and I briefly explain that one of the reasons that we are

00:39:09.310 –> 00:39:10.736
Nyk Danu Yoga: doing this

00:39:12.340 –> 00:39:29.319
Nyk Danu Yoga: longer hold, and the stillness and the moderation of the practice, that these 3 things stillness. Moderation longer holds are the secret superpowers to helping you address your deep fascia and large bands of connective tissue which Yan Yoga is really good at.

00:39:29.530 –> 00:39:33.789
Nyk Danu Yoga: And then I explained to them, so that means, if when you come out of this shape.

00:39:33.880 –> 00:39:41.519
Nyk Danu Yoga: you feel that urge to sort of moan and groan and move slowly. If you feel temporarily vulnerable or fragile, or like, you’re not quite all put together.

00:39:41.760 –> 00:39:48.210
Nyk Danu Yoga: That’s a good sign. It’s a sign of a job well done, and so we do just that. And so then my next point would be.

00:39:48.230 –> 00:39:50.600
Nyk Danu Yoga: we come out slowly and mindfully.

00:39:51.210 –> 00:39:52.800
Nyk Danu Yoga: and then we pause

00:39:53.000 –> 00:40:02.769
Nyk Danu Yoga: to notice what my teacher Paul called the rebound, but I call the resonance or the linger of that pose in your body. So we take

00:40:02.790 –> 00:40:07.719
Nyk Danu Yoga: maybe 30 s between sides. If it’s an asymmetrical pose or a minute.

00:40:07.780 –> 00:40:10.130
Nyk Danu Yoga: if we’re doing a longer held shape.

00:40:11.091 –> 00:40:18.490
Nyk Danu Yoga: We take that sacred, intentional pause again. I’ve done a whole episode on that called honoring the rebound

00:40:19.240 –> 00:40:26.280
Nyk Danu Yoga: we take that sacred pause, and that pause is to allow your body to begin to feel like it’s familiar self again

00:40:28.540 –> 00:40:35.220
Nyk Danu Yoga: before you ask it to do something else, to allow your body and your nervous system to integrate what has happened.

00:40:36.840 –> 00:40:40.740
Nyk Danu Yoga: and to embrace the space between no longer, and not yet

00:40:42.510 –> 00:40:47.760
Nyk Danu Yoga: to embrace the space between no longer and not yet otherwise known as the present moment.

00:40:47.910 –> 00:40:54.539
Nyk Danu Yoga: because this is one of the other huge benefits of a begin practice is coming back

00:40:54.760 –> 00:40:58.120
Nyk Danu Yoga: to the present moment again and again and again.

00:40:59.050 –> 00:41:00.189
Nyk Danu Yoga: and so

00:41:00.520 –> 00:41:10.669
Nyk Danu Yoga: I’ll explain that we come out mindfully and slowly. You might feel like you want to moan and groan, and then we pause for noticing the resonance of the pose

00:41:10.820 –> 00:41:11.940
Nyk Danu Yoga: or the linger.

00:41:11.970 –> 00:41:14.060
Nyk Danu Yoga: Again Paul uses the word rebound.

00:41:16.080 –> 00:41:21.849
Nyk Danu Yoga: and these rests and resonance. I don’t tell them what position to take. I don’t boss them around.

00:41:22.470 –> 00:41:35.150
Nyk Danu Yoga: I tell them I give them some ideas. You know you could lay here. You could hug your knees in. You could do this, I say. Sometimes our rests are quite still, sometimes our rests are a little wiggly

00:41:35.190 –> 00:41:42.330
Nyk Danu Yoga: you choose. Whatever your body just asked you to do is probably the right answer, and it might be different in the next pose or the next class.

00:41:42.490 –> 00:41:45.660
Nyk Danu Yoga: right? So we take that sacred minute

00:41:45.730 –> 00:41:49.970
Nyk Danu Yoga: or 30 s to notice the resonance of the pose in their body.

00:41:50.980 –> 00:41:53.360
Nyk Danu Yoga: and then we take the next shape.

00:41:54.420 –> 00:42:05.489
Nyk Danu Yoga: so that all sounded really long, because I’m breaking it down for you. Super super detailed. But basically the guidelines and the principles I’m talking are about. Take the shape and find the version that works for you

00:42:07.390 –> 00:42:10.019
Nyk Danu Yoga: find relative stillness.

00:42:10.900 –> 00:42:11.820
Nyk Danu Yoga: Hold.

00:42:12.480 –> 00:42:14.439
Nyk Danu Yoga: for, you know, 2 to

00:42:14.480 –> 00:42:15.969
Nyk Danu Yoga: 5 min at a time.

00:42:17.870 –> 00:42:19.870
Nyk Danu Yoga: Come out slowly and mindfully.

00:42:21.550 –> 00:42:24.980
Nyk Danu Yoga: Oh, I think I missed 50 to 60%. Let’s try that again.

00:42:25.050 –> 00:42:30.310
Nyk Danu Yoga: So those principles again are, take the shape. Find the version that works for you

00:42:30.420 –> 00:42:33.540
Nyk Danu Yoga: find 50 to 60% of the most you could do.

00:42:33.770 –> 00:42:37.640
Nyk Danu Yoga: knowing that that’s a moving line in the sand, and you may adjust it part way through.

00:42:39.160 –> 00:42:42.599
Nyk Danu Yoga: and then we’re going to hold anywhere from 2 to 5 min at a time.

00:42:43.090 –> 00:42:48.649
Nyk Danu Yoga: When you come out you might feel that urge to sort of moan and groan and move slowly and mindfully.

00:42:48.760 –> 00:42:55.010
Nyk Danu Yoga: and then the last one we rest, and we pause in the resonance before we take the next shape.

00:42:55.120 –> 00:42:57.900
Nyk Danu Yoga: So that’s 5 points that I discuss.

00:42:58.660 –> 00:43:00.999
Nyk Danu Yoga: And I just go over them sort of point form.

00:43:01.660 –> 00:43:03.090
Nyk Danu Yoga: And then.

00:43:03.910 –> 00:43:08.850
Nyk Danu Yoga: after I tell them how they’re going to do the practice physically like that’s all the physical stuff. Right?

00:43:09.190 –> 00:43:15.350
Nyk Danu Yoga: Then I point out that at some point soon in the not too far off future, I’m gonna quit talking so much.

00:43:15.750 –> 00:43:17.709
Nyk Danu Yoga: and that what can happen

00:43:17.760 –> 00:43:20.829
Nyk Danu Yoga: when somebody, when the teacher stops talking

00:43:21.100 –> 00:43:27.259
Nyk Danu Yoga: and the mind isn’t used to having still quiet time is, the mind can then use this as an opportunity to get some things done.

00:43:27.440 –> 00:43:29.500
Nyk Danu Yoga: So this is where I would discuss

00:43:29.980 –> 00:43:36.239
Nyk Danu Yoga: some of the mental aspects of yin, the thinking, the planning, the list, writing, the analyzing, etc, etc, etc.

00:43:36.850 –> 00:43:45.170
Nyk Danu Yoga: I explained to them that this is normal, that this will happen with their mind, and that it’s common that every single person in this room has a busy brain.

00:43:45.340 –> 00:43:47.589
Nyk Danu Yoga: and then I give them some anchors

00:43:47.780 –> 00:43:52.099
Nyk Danu Yoga: for where they could if they’d like to. I give them some tools. I don’t just say.

00:43:52.150 –> 00:43:57.840
Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay, so I’m gonna shut up and go ahead and be present. And good luck with that

00:43:58.570 –> 00:44:00.000
Nyk Danu Yoga: I give them tools

00:44:00.030 –> 00:44:06.899
Nyk Danu Yoga: that they can choose to use or not. And again I went over all of this in depth, in the episode about the mind in season one.

00:44:07.320 –> 00:44:15.709
Nyk Danu Yoga: So you know, you can backtrack to season one and find Yen Yoga in the mind, and I’ll talk about more details about what I offer students

00:44:17.720 –> 00:44:19.150
Nyk Danu Yoga: to work with their mind.

00:44:19.780 –> 00:44:28.180
Nyk Danu Yoga: So that’s what I do. If I’ve checked in with the group, and there are beginners in the room. If people have put their hand on their belly.

00:44:28.260 –> 00:44:34.420
Nyk Danu Yoga: it said that they’re new to yen. Then I’m going to go over that little speech a little quicker than what I just did with you.

00:44:34.880 –> 00:44:40.430
Nyk Danu Yoga: but because that allows those beginners to understand that. Oh, this practice is different.

00:44:40.590 –> 00:44:47.319
Nyk Danu Yoga: Then maybe, Yoga, I’ve seen in magazines or on Youtube, or the odd Yoga class that I’ve taken.

00:44:47.530 –> 00:45:03.280
Nyk Danu Yoga: or the Yoga that my friend does, or whatever they understand, that yen is different. And here’s how it’s different, and they kind of have some guidelines to practice with, which will allow their mind to settle a little bit more, and then you can give them some tools on how to deal with the mind.

00:45:04.580 –> 00:45:07.119
Nyk Danu Yoga: So I would give those same

00:45:07.480 –> 00:45:09.310
Nyk Danu Yoga: that same breakdown.

00:45:09.390 –> 00:45:10.940
Nyk Danu Yoga: those same points.

00:45:11.230 –> 00:45:15.590
Nyk Danu Yoga: whether somebody was brand new to Yoga period.

00:45:16.000 –> 00:45:22.319
Nyk Danu Yoga: and they’re in my yin class, or whether they’ve been doing yoga for years. But they’ve never done yin.

00:45:22.410 –> 00:45:24.030
Nyk Danu Yoga: It’s the same points.

00:45:24.050 –> 00:45:31.810
Nyk Danu Yoga: I give them the same thing because they are now a beginner in Yin, even if they are not a beginner in Yoga.

00:45:33.090 –> 00:45:34.090
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:45:34.360 –> 00:45:38.690
Nyk Danu Yoga: I give them those points, and then I slowly start to move into more and more quiet.

00:45:39.800 –> 00:45:42.359
Nyk Danu Yoga: So I hope that that is helpful.

00:45:42.650 –> 00:45:43.970
Nyk Danu Yoga: First of all.

00:45:44.100 –> 00:45:45.520
Nyk Danu Yoga: I hope that

00:45:46.300 –> 00:45:53.849
Nyk Danu Yoga: I’ve pleaded my case for breaking this myth. That Yen Yoga is not for beginners. That’s not true. It all depends on the beginner

00:45:54.120 –> 00:45:58.159
Nyk Danu Yoga: and their needs and their mental state and their goals, and what they’re coming in with right

00:45:58.220 –> 00:46:03.370
Nyk Danu Yoga: for some beginners yin will be amazing for other beginners, maybe not.

00:46:05.160 –> 00:46:17.500
Nyk Danu Yoga: and that even somebody who has years and years and years of yoga experience in other styles of yoga, particularly the more kind of physically demanding styles of yoga, the hot, sweaty kinds.

00:46:17.980 –> 00:46:20.290
Nyk Danu Yoga: if they’ve been doing a lot of that.

00:46:20.470 –> 00:46:23.880
Nyk Danu Yoga: but they’re not a beginner at all to Yoga.

00:46:24.550 –> 00:46:28.779
Nyk Danu Yoga: They might still have a big challenge coming into a Yid class

00:46:29.310 –> 00:46:43.199
Nyk Danu Yoga: that we cannot use the foundation of experience level in Yoga as a way to decide whether or not somebody is going to be a good candidate for a Yind Yoga practice.

00:46:44.380 –> 00:46:50.429
Nyk Danu Yoga: It’s not their experience level that determines whether or not Yoga Yan Yoga would be a good fit for them.

00:46:50.700 –> 00:46:57.839
Nyk Danu Yoga: It’s who they are their goals, what they’re working through, what they’re dealing with and what they come into the door with.

00:46:57.960 –> 00:47:02.730
Nyk Danu Yoga: That’s what decides whether or not Yin Yoga is suitable for that person.

00:47:02.780 –> 00:47:12.019
Nyk Danu Yoga: and I gave the beginning of this a boatload of examples of people who might all be absolute beginners, who yin yoga would be amazing, for

00:47:13.810 –> 00:47:22.209
Nyk Danu Yoga: the other thing that I just want to point out is that with beginners you are gonna have to repeatedly tell them to do less.

00:47:22.640 –> 00:47:23.410
Nyk Danu Yoga: So

00:47:23.670 –> 00:47:28.159
Nyk Danu Yoga: I said, 50 to 60%. I realize a lot of the books say 70%.

00:47:28.440 –> 00:47:35.460
Nyk Danu Yoga: That’s because I’m a yoga therapist. And I’ve worked with a lot of a type people who, when you say 70, they’re going to do like 1 20.

00:47:35.610 –> 00:47:36.770
Nyk Danu Yoga: And so

00:47:37.360 –> 00:47:40.460
Nyk Danu Yoga: that is why I say 50 to 60%.

00:47:41.510 –> 00:48:01.359
Nyk Danu Yoga: But you’ll have to remind people because we walk in the door often with these, especially those people who’ve done a lot of like really physical kind of challenging Yoga. You know the the Vinyasa lovers and the the handstand people, and they will probably need reminders that actually, in a Yin practice less is more

00:48:01.520 –> 00:48:04.309
Nyk Danu Yoga: that if you’re trying to affect the deep fascia.

00:48:04.430 –> 00:48:10.790
Nyk Danu Yoga: that pushing, efforting, and striving is actually cutting you off from dealing, from addressing the deep fascia.

00:48:10.880 –> 00:48:17.010
Nyk Danu Yoga: because your body starts to move into fight, flight or freeze response. Everything starts to tighten up. And now you’re not relaxed enough

00:48:17.040 –> 00:48:20.879
Nyk Danu Yoga: in a moderate amount to get into that deep fashion. So you may have to point that out

00:48:21.250 –> 00:48:23.379
Nyk Danu Yoga: to all beginners, regardless of

00:48:23.660 –> 00:48:26.480
Nyk Danu Yoga: you know their experience in other styles of yoga.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay.

00:48:29.660 –> 00:48:31.999
Nyk Danu Yoga: I think that that’s probably enough

00:48:32.170 –> 00:48:35.399
Nyk Danu Yoga: to talk about whether or not in is appropriate for beginners.

00:48:36.110 –> 00:48:37.150
Nyk Danu Yoga: Again.

00:48:37.330 –> 00:48:43.199
Nyk Danu Yoga: we have to watch as teachers our tendency to make these blanket statements about whole mass groups of people

00:48:43.650 –> 00:48:54.599
Nyk Danu Yoga: that’s ridiculous. We can’t say all beginners this, or you know, we could use genders, and we can’t say all women. This all men this all like? No, there’s there are shades of gray.

00:48:54.890 –> 00:48:57.610
Nyk Danu Yoga: and what be might be a perfect fit

00:48:57.960 –> 00:49:01.400
Nyk Danu Yoga: for one beginner might not at all be a fit for another.

00:49:02.110 –> 00:49:08.600
Nyk Danu Yoga: So let’s not make these blanket statements. Let’s not go out in the world telling people that beginners can’t do yen yoga.

00:49:09.330 –> 00:49:10.559
Nyk Danu Yoga: Of course they can

00:49:10.590 –> 00:49:13.340
Nyk Danu Yoga: if they want to, if it fits their needs.

00:49:14.200 –> 00:49:15.830
Nyk Danu Yoga: if it fits their goals.

00:49:17.400 –> 00:49:20.380
Nyk Danu Yoga: Alright, my friends, I think that’s enough of that.

00:49:20.990 –> 00:49:23.000
Nyk Danu Yoga: I hope that you found this helpful.

00:49:23.140 –> 00:49:30.899
Nyk Danu Yoga: By all means, please continue. And I have been getting from a lot of you, you know, Dms, and you know

00:49:31.160 –> 00:49:38.790
Nyk Danu Yoga: Facebook messages. And, by the way, if you have the choice of Facebook or Instagram, please contact me via Instagram, I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook.

00:49:38.870 –> 00:49:42.240
Nyk Danu Yoga: I go into the groups, and I get the hell out of there because I don’t like it.

00:49:42.770 –> 00:49:49.030
Nyk Danu Yoga: I only like the groups. But you know, for those of you who’ve been sending me little love notes about the podcast and

00:49:49.210 –> 00:49:53.210
Nyk Danu Yoga: how it’s helped your teaching and given me some of your Ahas.

00:49:53.290 –> 00:49:57.149
Nyk Danu Yoga: thank you so much makes my heart squeal with glee.

00:49:57.280 –> 00:50:05.320
Nyk Danu Yoga: Because you know my intention, when creating this podcast was to make it educational and to really help

00:50:05.480 –> 00:50:06.630
Nyk Danu Yoga: teachers

00:50:06.760 –> 00:50:07.680
Nyk Danu Yoga: teach

00:50:08.880 –> 00:50:34.870
Nyk Danu Yoga: and to have the skills and the tools to be able to do that more effectively. So the fact that I’ve been getting that feedback from you means that I’m on course. So thank you so much. So if you have any key takeaways from this episode, I would love it if you would write a written review. If you’re on apple or do a 5 star review on apple or spotify, or if you’re watching on Youtube, leave me some comments like, and like the video subscribe.

00:50:35.400 –> 00:50:37.409
Nyk Danu Yoga: If you want to send me a DM.

00:50:37.450 –> 00:50:40.529
Nyk Danu Yoga: Letting me know your Haas, that would be awesome.

00:50:41.451 –> 00:50:51.929
Nyk Danu Yoga: On Instagram. And you know, if you’ve done all that already, if you’re like Nick, I subscribed right away from your first episode, Nick. I’ve already offered a review.

00:50:52.070 –> 00:51:11.580
Nyk Danu Yoga: Nick. I’m already, you know I’m already following you all everywhere and listening to all the things. If that’s you. Thank you, Rockstar. If you don’t mind, maybe taking a Screenshot of this episode and sharing it in your Instagram stories and tag me at Nick Daniel, Yoga, or and or at your Yoga, podcast

00:51:11.800 –> 00:51:14.890
Nyk Danu Yoga: then I can share the love I’d be super grateful for that.

00:51:15.000 –> 00:51:19.159
Nyk Danu Yoga: That only works. By the way, if your account is public, so if your account is private.

00:51:19.380 –> 00:51:22.899
Nyk Danu Yoga: I won’t see that you’ve shared it. So there’s that

00:51:23.650 –> 00:51:24.470
Nyk Danu Yoga: okay.

00:51:25.260 –> 00:51:27.310
Nyk Danu Yoga: until we meet again, my friends.

00:51:28.100 –> 00:51:29.080
Nyk Danu Yoga: Bye, for now.


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