Slow down, relax and surrender
In Yin Yoga we slow down, relax and surrender in the poses. Yin Yoga is a slow and gentle, yet very profound and meaningful practice. It allows us to reduce our stress levels and release built up tensions, so that our energy system will restore and find balance.
We hold the poses for time (3-5 minutes) with relaxed muscles, which creates a deep and continuous stimulation of the deeper connective tissues (e.g. fascia) within the joints, tendons and ligaments. In this way the natural juiciness of these deeper layers of tissues is reinforced, creating suppleness of the body and a strong and free flow of vital life energy (also referred to as ‘ki’, ‘chi’ or ‘prana’).
Yin Yoga offers us the experience of turning inward, of surrender, stillness and mindful awareness, which is often rather challenging as our minds are used to being so active! The Yin Yoga poses invite us to sit, to be with our thoughts and emotions, allowing them to arise (in stead of suppressing them) and to release the blocked energy that is stored in the body.
Yin Yoga is the antidote to our busy lifestyles and is perfect to balance out any form of strong, physical (yang) exercise (e.g. running, cycling, gym work outs, Ashtanga Yoga).
I am a certified Yin Yoga teacher, passionate about sharing the teachings of Paul & Suzee Grilley. My main Yin Yoga teachers are Anat Geiger and José de Groot, who I have practiced and studied with extensively in The Netherlands. I have teacher training certifications in: Yin Yoga & Chakras Studies (YA 200 hrs. - YogaGarden, Amsterdam NL) and Yin Yoga & Anatomy (YA 100 hrs. - Delight Yoga, Amsterdam NL). Additionally, I have followed many Yin Yoga workshops and trainings, among others with Sarah Powers and Joe Barnett.