Embracing The Fire Element: Summer in Taoism, TCM and Yin Yoga

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  Embracing the Fire Element Summer in Taoism, TCM, and Yin Yoga “The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long”  Lao Tzu’s If you live in the northern hemisphere and you are listening to or watching this episode as it comes out then today is the first day of Summer. So in honor of the day, I thought I would do a special episode on Embracing the Fire Element Summer in Taoism and TCM Element of Fire … Read More

Beyond Boredom: Keeping Yin Yoga Classes Inspiring

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Beyond Boredom: Keeping Yin Yoga Classes Inspiring Do you ever feel like Your Yin Yoga classes are getting boring? The first thing to get clear on as a teacher is, are you bored or are your students bored? The first thing to mention, most of them (your students) aren’t bored It’s in your head, dear teacher, you are bored. They are probably not. 90% of the time, your students are not bored. They are content to do the same thing … Read More

What to Do When You don’t feel a Yin Yoga pose

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What To Do When You Don’t Feel A Yin Yoga Pose.   This week’s episode was sparked by a question from a listener: “What about when you don’t feel it physically? I don’t feel it’s, it working. So that functional element, which Paul and you are teaching is not there. I’m able to hold these poses for five-plus minutes without fiddling, moving, or being impatient. I mean, it’s bliss. Don’t get me wrong, but I’m tapping more into restorative Yoga … Read More

How To Teach A Yin-Yang Class

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How To Teach A Yin-Yang Class What I have witnessed many times when I attend other people’s yin-yang classes, is that the class starts with some grounding and centring. Then quickly moves into sun salutations. Then there’s a dead stop in the practice into child’s pose, which is their transition into yin. And then they throw in some Yin poses. That’s not very skillful. And here’s why our nervous system is going to have a lot of trouble adjusting to … Read More

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 … Read More

Hands Off – Should We offer Hands-On Assists Yin Yoga Classes?

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Hands Off – Should We Offer Hands-On Assists Yin Yoga Classes? This week’s episode, I think is going to be a juicy one and probably a little bit controversial, perhaps  (I am known for having unpopular opinions), we will be exploring the question of offering hands-on assists in Yin yoga classes from my perspective. If you are new to the podcast, or if you’re new to Yin, you may also want to check out the episode What is Yin Yoga, … Read More

Unearthing Trauma – Yin Yoga for Release and Resilience with Janis Isaman

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Unearthing Trauma – Yin Yoga for Release & Resilience   This Is Part three in a three-part mini-series on Trauma, the nervous system and Yin Yoga. In part one Alyssa Stephenson and I discussed The nervous system and Trauma. In part two Nicole Marcia and I talked about the definition of Trauma Sensitive Yoga and how we Can make Yin Yoga Trauma-informed. In this final part, we come full circle in so many ways. My guest today Janis Isaman started … Read More

Is Yin Yoga Trauma Sensitive? With Nicole Marcia

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Is Yin Yoga Trauma Sensitive? This is a nuanced and complex conversation. I hope this conversation will give some clarity on what trauma-sensitive Yoga is, and what it’s not. And the difference between trauma-sensitive Yoga and trauma-informed Yoga is. This episode will help teachers learn how to make their Yin classes more trauma-informed and have a better understanding of how trauma shows up in Yoga classes. When I started my Yoga therapy training (and met today’s guest) I initially had … Read More

Trauma, The Nervous System And Yin Yoga With Alyssa Stefanson

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Trauma, The Nervous System and Yin Yoga. When I started planning this podcast and its topics I knew we had to have an episode on trauma but as it turns out we will have three. This episode with Alyssa Stefanson will be the first in a three-part series on trauma starting first by laying the foundation of what trauma is and an understanding of our nervous system.   As soon as I started planning this episode I knew that Alyssa … Read More

Are You Teaching/ Practicing Yin Yoga with Your Yang Attitude?

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Are You Teaching/ Practicing Yin Yoga with Your Yang Attitude?   I wanted to talk about today’s topic, because not only do I see it come up in my classes with my students, and I see it come up with teachers that I’ve taught in my teacher training. But also, in the yogaverse in general on Facebook groups, etc.   I also think it’s sort of rampant in our world in general. So today’s topic is: Are You Practicing/Teaching Yin … Read More

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