Yin Yoga 101 with Josh Summers

Yin Yoga is often described as the “other half” of yoga. But what does that mean? It means yoga practice works best when it's both yin and yang: passive (yin) and active (yang). Yin Yoga is the key to greater harmony, especially if you're always on the go or your go-to yoga practice is always vigorous. Join Yoga Journal and Josh Summers for this in-depth exploration of the theory and practice of Yin Yoga. This 6-week course will delve into the physical, energetic, and meditative aspects of Yin Yoga.
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There’s a yin side to your body, a yin side to your energy, and a yin side to your mind. And if you’re not taking care of your yin side, you feel imbalanced: stressed, edgy, and agitated—from too much yang. This 6-week journey begins with the body, revealing and releasing deep layers of tension held within your fascia. You’ll learn the science and experience of why your fascia loves Yin Yoga. Then Josh will lead you through the energetic channels that balance your yin and yang sides, creating a balanced space to end your journey in a meditative state—one that turns standard meditation rules on their head. Yin Yoga weaves all three layers of your being—body, energy, and mind—into a seamless whole, promising a sublime experience of stillness and peace. All bodies, and all minds, are welcome as we embrace the “other half” of practice together in this course.
You will learn:
  • How to safely practice Yin Yoga and address common concerns
  • Functional alignment in Yin Yoga, including prop usage
  • Yin Yoga's effects on fascia
  • How to incorporate “intention” and “experience” during Yin practice
  • What Yin Yoga is, along with its history
  • Yin-Yang Theory, including the functions of Qi and the main functions of Meridians
  • How Yin Yoga can influence your energy 
  • The difference between Yin Yoga and restorative yoga
  • The difference between yin- and yang-based meditation 
  • Symptoms of energetic and physical imbalance, along with the characteristics of balance
Each week includes:
  • A  5-minute introduction to that week's theme
  • A 5-minute meditation focusing on that week's practice theme
  • A 15- to 20-minute teaching on the physical, energetic, or meditative aspect of Yin Yoga
  • Readings drawn from Josh's teachings, which include: the principles of Yin Yoga, the physical benefits of the practice, the energetic effects from a Traditional Chinese Medical perspective, and the meditative possibilities within the practice
  • A 60-minute asana practice
  • A 5-minute meditation on sharing the good energy of one's practice with oneself and others
  • Journaling instruction and homework (except week 1)



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