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More and more practitioners are exploring Yin Yoga. This is a natural reaction to what has become an extremely yang health culture. Yin yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures for three to five minutes at a time. A yin practice emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. It prepares the body and mind for longer meditation practices. By drawing the student’s awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxed focus is achieved.

This 30-hour intensive is a strong compliment for a current Yoga Teacher of any style or a spring board for the student who is ready to take the leap into a broader perspective and fuller appreciation of the practice of Yin Yoga.

Joe Barnett is an experienced Guest Speaker and Master Teacher of Yin Yoga. Joe lives in the Unites States and lectures and speaks extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. Joe is passionate about helping students to find their own natural alignment in yoga postures, particularly through Yin Yoga. Trained by Paul Grilley, the founder of Yin Yoga, and assistant Trainer at Paul’s trainings, Joe is uniquely qualified to bring this intensive to the Ottawa community.

Dates and Times

The intensive is held over two 2.5-day weekends for a total of 5 days: September 19-21, 2014 and September 26-28, 2014.

The hours each weekend are:

  • Fridays 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Saturdays 11:00 – 2:00 pm & 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Sundays 11:00 – 2:00 pm & 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Outline

Weekend #1 – Part 1: Foundations: A Practice of Surrender

Yin Yoga is a very simple practice. We settle into an asana for 3-7 minutes and slowly relax our muscles to allow the deeper drier tissues (the connective tissues that wrap our muscles and make up our joint capsules) to be safely and therapeutically stretched, stimulated and strengthened.

The alignment rules of the postures are also simple, but more importantly they are functional and organic: We listen to our bodies and lead ourselves into the shape that follows the natural contours of our spine, pelvis and hips. However, bringing ourselves into this simplicity can be quite challenging. The practice of being still and quiet for minutes at a time can be trying enough, let alone while dropping into a powerful stretch that moves across wide sheets of fascia and drops deep into the ligaments of the joints. Listening to our bodies to find the natural alignment of the pose requires a power of discrimination and an understanding and familiarity with the ever-changing sensations in the body.

In this intensive, we will analyze, observe and practice all of these elements of Yin Yoga in depth. We will examine ourselves on a personal level with ancient meditation techniques that guide us into a steady awareness of the changing sensations in the postures. We will study with slides of real bones and by articulating the joints on a plastic skeleton. But mostly we will have an interactive, hands-on study and examine each other with anatomical range of motion (ROM) tests. The study culminates in a truer understanding of the infinite variety of human bodies (from the bones up), an understanding of why every posture should be modified to the individual, and the basic techniques to help guide each Yin Yoga student with their unique skeletal structures into the appropriate asana for them.

Weekend #2 – Part 2: Understanding Alignment, Functional and Organic

We will go further into the study of skeletal variations and individual modifications, which we reinforce with continual, live and interactive anatomical studies; and because the source of most injuries in Yoga is a misunderstanding of anatomical differences in our bones. We will go further into the study of Functional Alignment and into schematics of muscle, fascia and subtle energy channels in order to focus less on what we are avoiding and a little more on our target areas in each posture.

This weekend culminates into the art of developing an effective and appropriate Energy Curve in a yoga class, and the art of sequencing Yin Yoga postures for a dominantly Yin class or as a means to support a more fiery and/or fluid Flow (Yang) class.

Cost and Registration

$650.00 per person on and after July 31st, 2014.

Register early and SAVE $55.00 by registering on or before July 31st for $595.00 per person.

Registration closes Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Fee includes manual, handouts and a 5-Class Package valid for one year.

Refunds (minus a $150 Administration Fee) are available up to September 12th, 2014. No refunds after commencement.

Attendees must have a minimum of one year of experience practicing yoga regularly. Prior certification to teach yoga is not a prerequisite. For 200 hour certified Yoga Teachers the credits for this intensive can be applied towards a 500 hour certification and is eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance.

Minimum Registration: 15 students.

Maximum Registration: 45 students.

See also: Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training – Level 1; Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2; Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training – Level 3; Hatha Yoga Teacher Training; and Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Team.

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