Yin Yoga Intensive
w Matt Eshelman and Erin Winters
The recent rise in the popularity of Yin Yoga is of great benefit, offering balance in an otherwise Yang culture. Many yoga instructors have adopted a Yin Yoga practice and are teaching Yin Yoga classes based on their experience. While personal experience is an essential aspect of teaching, it can be enhanced by the study of important anatomical, theoretical, and philosophical concepts. This workshop is designed for yoga teachers and experienced practitioners who would like to further explore the underpinnings of the Yin practice, and is intended to give instructors greater confidence in leading Yin Yoga classes.
Full Day Registration $115
Member Rate $100
YIN YOGA PRACTICE
10:00 - 12:00p
Yin Yoga – This form of Taoist yoga is a slow, relaxed practice holding floor postures for three to five minutes at a time. It is the ideal complement for more dynamic or “Yang” forms of yoga that emphasize muscles and movement. A Yin yoga practice emphasizes static stretching and stimulating deep connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. This style of practice is not only therapeutic for the body, it also allows for a calming of the mind and spirit. By drawing the student’s awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a profound level of relaxed focus is achieved.
FUNCTIONAL APPROACH AND FOUNDATIONS OF YIN YOGA
1:00 - 4:00p
Functional and aesthetic approaches
Functional levels of analysis
Skeletal segments and movements
Limitations to movements
Taoism, Yin and Yang
WTF - What’s the fascia?
Theory of exercise and functional stress
Empower your practice from the inside out! Rather than a focus on a universal, aesthetic alignment, a functional approach focuses on what we feel in the posture. Individual alignment may be as unique as your fingerprint, this is due to your uniquely shaped joints and skeleton. Learn the bones basics and their movements with ease, and simplify 208 Bones to 14 Skeletal Segments. Learn about Yin Yoga and the art of letting go - all about fascia, its unique properties, and how to safely target and stretch it. This workshop is designed for yoga teachers and experienced practitioners who would like to further explore the underpinnings of the Yin practice, and is intended to give instructors greater confidence in leading Yin Yoga classes.
POSTURE ANALYSIS - FUNCTIONAL TARGET AREAS AND 7 POSE ARCHETYPES
4:30 - 8:00p
Functional target areas, an anatomical perspective
Muscular groups and their actions
Functional analysis of postures
How to teach from a functional approach
Knowing how to target specific tissues of the body is extremely useful for practitioners and Teachers of any style of yoga practice. Be Functional, be a confident and informed anatomy nerd! Simplify 640 Muscles into 10 Muscular Groups by common function. Then breakdown the major families of yoga poses to understand which poses target which area of the body, and how the poses can be adapted to suit the needs of each unique individual. This workshop is designed to increase a teacher’s ability to instruct from a functional perspective, and this knowledge is a must-have for those leading Yin Yoga classes.