23 Jan Peaceful Warrior Retreat
What is Yin Yoga? A common thought that comes to mind for many when they hear they have to hold a pose for 5 minutes in complete stillness, “There’s no way I can do that.” However, this mindset is changing as yin is fast emerging as a key yoga player in Australia. Due to its vast benefits, we understand why!
So, what is it about yin that has made it so relevant to the modern person? There are two main things to consider when understanding the yin practice:
- Yin targets the deep connective tissues of the body and the fascia (be prepared to hear this word A LOT in class) that covers the body; ultimately helping to regulate the flow of energy.
- The poses and postures in yin are held for around 3-5 minutes, helping promote meditation and stillness within.
An intimate practice which can take you inside yourself, it is no wonder Yin is becoming more and more popular. Stillness, patience, and non-reactivity are just a couple of the benefits you will receive during a yin class.
We are lucky enough to have one of the pioneers of yin yoga regularly teaching at Power Living, Truth Robinson. We hold an annual retreat in peaceful Byron Bay called Peaceful Warrior. There is no one better qualified to run Power Living’s annual Peaceful Warrior Retreat than Truth, alongside the Founder of Power Living, Duncan Peak. On this retreat, you will be able to learn from Truth through his extensive Yin and Chinese medicine training. Truth has developed a unique style of yin yoga theory based on the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperors Classic) and his study with Dr. Wang (China) and Dr. Robertson (USA). Truth’s classes leave you feeling energised and inspired to make significant changes mentally and physically in your life.
We sat down with Truth to ask him a few questions on what makes yin yoga so unique.
Q: What about Yin has made it so relevant to the modern person?
In these modern times, it’s almost expected that we cram more and more into our days as we strive to live up to the expectations of ourselves and society. Yin yoga offers people something that we all crave: an opportunity to slow down and just be. To ‘be’ without needing to be anything more than just finding breath in this moment. Dropping into this state teaches us appreciation for the simplest of experiences, without needing more and more to satisfy us. This in turn will bring more gratitude into our lives: gratitude for our friendships, family, job and the even strangers we meet on the street.
Q: Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are…?
- Harmonises & calms the mind
- Less stress & anxiety
- Improved circulation & so reduced inflammation
- Increased flexibility
- Releases connective tissue adhesions & scar tissue
- Improves joint mobility
- Harmonises the organs
- Increases flow of Qi
Q: Why do you think yin is emerging so fast in the Australian yoga industry?
Bikram, ashtanga and power vinyasa are all exciting and physically stimulating practices and so fits the usual fitness paradigm we all know and regularly make time for. These practices serve as the initial passion that drive us into yoga. But, as everyone who tries yoga realizes, the mental and spiritual aspects of it offer so much more.
Individuals path into yin may have begun by accidentally turning up to vinyasa or Bikram only to realise that it was a yin class. Afterwards, without being able to explain it, one felt a deep state of relaxation and rejuvenation. In this way the Australian yoga industry is simply maturing and realising that there is a deep desire within to participate in these contemplative aspects of yoga, which honour slowing down and connecting back to the self.
Interested in learning more about the practice of yin?
Join us for the Peaceful Warrior Retreat! Slow down, escape your normal routine and create space within for yourself. A beautiful blend of learning about Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] theory, yin yoga and its accompanying philosophies, this retreat will directly impact your personal practise and the lives of the students you teach. During the retreat, you will:
- Take a deeper look at the 12 myofascial meridian lines and body reading in order to implement sequencing into your teachings that can help transform bodies and lifelong injuries
- Learn the concepts of Fascial Rehydration and how to deliver this knowledge powerfully to your students.
- Daily meditation, pranayama, dynamic yin flows and long, juicy yin practices using fascial lines, chi balls and creative sequencing to expand and balance energy in the body.
- Work directly with Duncan Peak and Truth Robinson, learning from their expansive combined knowledge, ultimately walking away with a concise understanding of the yin practice and how you can practice it in your daily life or, go on to teach it to your students, as well.