Yin is In

I teach Yin Yoga at Vivify NM Yoga http://vivifynm.com

My training is primarily via teachers from afar (they don’t know that, but they are)

Erich Schiffmann.  He isn’t Yin per se, but I guess that is why I choose him first.  His style is Freedom Style, and I apply that to my approach to teaching, not just Yin but Yang. 

Bernie Clark is my primary “classic” if you will Yin teacher from afar.

There are tons of links that I will get around to adding here (or will I?)

My Yin-style is not traditional. There is no right Yin Way.   

I hold poses circa 2 min (with an occasional 5-10 min). I give out more anatomy snippets and biology bits than you might expect from a Trad YinSter. With my disparate training, I seek to blend  Yoga Instruction,  Anatomy, Biology, and Physical Therapy into what I guess is a ” Yoga Therapy”.

There are many of lovely blogs and podcasts I’m stumbling upon.  Look out there for Josh Summers and J.Brown 

Yin at Viv

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This flyer took me forever.  How to convey what Yin is (to me) and what you can expect from me.  I’m also inept with programs like Canva and the like, someone else might not thrash like I do.

The hand sparkles – my daughter made this some while back now.  How I wish I could invent flexibility fairy dust for my classes!

This is BullS*ht

You are not alone! I see this all the time!  🙂

It’s easy to think of ourselves as static. It’s hard to not compare oneself to others.  But we are always growing and changing.  Change takes time and patience.  We all have our unique talents.  

I am fortunate to be one of the Gumby’s. I have to admit a good stretch feels fantastic.  One of my goals as an instructor is to help motivate and encourage.  I’m working on inventing magic fairy dust that imparts flexibility, but I’m not there yet.  I am happy help in any way I currently can.  It is step by step, day by day.  With patience, the sky is the limit.

Happily Geeking Out

I have discovered, much to my pleasant surprise, that I actually LOVE reading about the Fascial network and how it intertwines with the better recognized musculoskeletal system  It’s all Tensegrity baby.

Huh? What’s that?  Super awesome question.  Right now I’m still gathering my information to adequately verbalize it at the level I get it.

I *am* a scientist, even if I have sort of turned my back on my title, I DO have a doctorate in the biological sciences.  I worked really f-ing hard to pull that off!  And now I’ve got an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy Assistance (NOT TO MENTION I AM ACTUALLY LICENSED TO PRACTICE THAT UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A PHYSICAL THERAPIST!).  Still getting used to that last phrase and feeling confident that I’ve spent countless hours considering how the human body function properly (or not!)

But back to Tensegrity Baby.  I’ve always had an appreciation for the power of a good long stretch, even as a youngster. And I am blessed with a naturally (extremely) flexible body that has gotten more flexible over the years thanks to 17 years of spending thousands (not kidding) hours on my Manduka yoga mat coupled with years of yoga teaching.

This is an incredibly exciting time to be a yoga instructor/yoga geek.  With notable Western Institutions publishing evidence based research on the powers of Yoga, mindfulness, and healthy fascia….. Wow. Western philosophy simply has to connect with the East, even if the naysayers will that I’m suggesting satanic worship, which is simply not the case.

There is a part of me that even feels compelled to write a research grant (not quite there yet, lemme heal from being in school). While I waffle on the grant writing idea AT THIS POINT, the more time I research connective tissues, the more confident I become on touting the findings of others and what I’ve just personally experienced in my own body and what I see happening with my fellow yogis.  In an increasingly insane world, reliant on the easy fixes… I am increasingly empowered.

Soooo

I’ll be revisiting these issues.  I 100% believe that a huge part of the study of the human body has been tossed into the biohazard bin, with the assumption that it (fascia/connective tissues) is simply the bubble wrap on the musculoskeletal system. And of course, the Msk system is an enormous component of our locomotion system.  But let’s not be that reductionist- and consider that the huge amount of tissue that’s historically been thrown into the biotrash bin warrants a WHOLE lot more thought.

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Getting back to Yin

I’m doing a solid re-edit of my blog.  I’m slashing most of it, just so long ago and honestly, way too tangential.

Flyer from the first Yin Yoga class I taught at Vivify.  I had taught skads of Yin classes back in WA state, but it had been awhile, and I knew things would need to be different here….

This flyer makes me cringe a little bit, but I can’t help but keep it here.

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