What are the qualities of yin and yang and why do we experience a lack of yin-qualities in our modern world? How could you and others benefit of deepening increasing your yin-qualities in life with a yin-yoga-teacher-training? In this article we are going to unveil some pretty interesting facts about what you will learn as a yin-yoga-teacher that might first sound new to you but make sense on second thought.
Yin and Yang Elements
According to TCM, yin and yang are two seemingly opposite pieces that complement each other to form a universal whole.
Some of those characters that best describe yang are achievement, power, force, strength, heat, and simply the act of doing something. Yang can thus be related to our male energy.
Yin, on the opposite, has very soft and more female qualities such as receiving, letting go, being related to the moon, darkness and the mysterious. These qualities can equally be transferred onto the practice of yoga (asanas).
On a physical level, yin-yoga is about releasing tight muscles and tissue that has built up through too much activity and tension in our body. Therefore, yin-yoga rather targets fascia which is the connective tissue. Often tight, we can work with our fascia easily when allowing more softness and slowness in the practice. Yin-yoga is about melting into a pose without aspiring to go somewhere and this might take time. With the practice of yin-yoga, we aim to add more balance to our overactive life.
Yin Yoga – A missing Link in a Yang-oriented World?
Are you one of those persons who constantly feels tired and stressed? Are you working hard in your trainings to get fitter, leaner or to build on muscles but feel you’re loosing energy instead of gaining some? You are not alone. In fact, our modern world is based on qualities like building muscles and strength. And even in most yoga styles, our mind is constantly tuned on achievement: ‘Get into this pose!’, ‘Why am I not flexible enough to do bridge pose?’, or: ‘I need to touch the floor in this forward fold.’
If you are a regular practitioner of yoga, you might have noticed how important it is to create balance not only in your daily life but also when it comes to yoga. If your vision is to help people finding more balance in their life, create a healthy counterpart to their stress-based routines, and help them to find more relaxation in their body, then a yin-yoga-teacher-training could be exactly what you’re looking for.
The benefits of becoming a certified Yin Yoga Teacher
How to find out if Teaching Yin is something for you
Did you ever wonder which qualities you have more in your life? Do you always want to give 100%? Are you determined, feeling the need to be strong, always trying to be better and to achieve more in your life? Do you notice that even in yoga, you are constantly pushing yourself to a deeper stretch, a stronger pull or a deeper version of a pose?
Do you want to reconnect with yourself and your feminine energy? A yin-teacher-training helps you with finding that balance. Are you looking to transform your personality from being rigid and stiff in your body, to open up, becoming more soft and vulnerable? At the same time, you will gain true power and inner strength!
And do you strive to share those qualities with others?
What you will gain in a Yin Yoga Training
1. Deepen yin-qualities within yourself in a teacher-training
With a teacher-training, you have the opportunity to deepen your own knowledge and practice with yin-yoga. You will be learning new things about your own body, your emotions, how to take a step back, being more receptive with your body so to increase the yin-qualities within yourself.
2. Teaching yin will give you confidence
You will start feeling more confident as you get the opportunity to practice sequencing, teaching, and to interact in a group of like-minded people who share similar goals and values with you. You will find more strength by teaching yin in front of a class, to share your own voice. Let your very unique personality shine through as a teacher.
3. Sharing benefits of yin with other people – giving back
During a yin-yoga-teacher-training, you will gain the tools and methods to teach in front of people. You will be able to give back those wonderful tools and methods to other people all around the world. And sharing those to help others to find more balance in their life can be an incredibly fulfilling thing in your life.
Our Vinyasa Yin Yoga Teacher Training – what you will learn about Yin
You may wonder what a yin-yoga-teacher-training is all about and what you will learn in the process of becoming a yin-teacher. So let’s give you an example. Here is an outline of our program.
The Curriculum to becoming a Yin Yoga Teacher
In our vinyasa yin yoga teacher training, we will look at the two main yin approaches: The Paul Grilley 14 – 10 -7 method and the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach discussing the meridian lines in the body and the five element theory.
The basics of learning how to teach yin-yoga naturally involves how to use your breath and mindfulness to surrender, listening to your body, and therefore to being able to open up and to creating space in your body. Main parts of the yin aspect will cover the modules of philosophy, anatomy and TCM.
1. Yin-Yoga Philosophy
- Yin-yoga’s history: Yin-yoga roots in India, taoist yoga and beginnings of yin in the west with Paulie Zink, Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.
- Yin-yoga main principles: how can yin be distinguished from other forms of yoga such as vinyasa, ashtanga or hatha yoga.
2. Teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – Foundations
- Learning about the TCM meridian system: How to use the energy channels and meridians to structure a class.
- Five element theory: water, wood, fire, metal, earth. Learn more about five element theory here.
- Functions of Qi in the body: Learning about the universal life fore and energy flow in the body.
3. Yin-Yoga Anatomy
- Yin key poses: Learning the yin-system and core postures to deliver a yin-class and how to offer variations.
- Appropriate usage of probs during yin-yoga: Learning how to use probs during a class, and how to offer alterations.
- Learning about the fascia: Functional and structural anatomy of yin-yoga, learning about muscles and myofascial lines.
The module will also cover emotions, organ health, finding your emotional and physical edge and much more.
In our previous post we wrote down a Yin Yoga Sequence for better sleep and lower stress levels. If you haven’t already, check it out to get some more benefits out of yin-yoga.