30 Dec Yin Yoga – Q&A With Duncan Peak
Yin yoga is a style of yoga that has been steadily growing in stature and popularity in recent times. If you haven’t been to a Yin yoga class yourself, you don’t know what you are missing out on. Amongst pure bliss and a feeling of complete calmness in body and mind, there are so many other amazing benefits. We have sat down with Power Living‘s Founder and Master Facilitator Duncan Peak to talk about all things Yin, his favourite Yin pose and all the benefits a Yin practice will give you. Plus, more details on the upcoming unique Yin Intensive Teacher Training, that will elevate your skills as a modern yoga teacher. You don’t want to miss this one.
Yin Q&A with Duncan Peak
How did you discover your love for Yin? Tell us about your journey.
It was simple; I was looking to increase my anatomy knowledge after studying an advanced diploma in neurospinology. I read an article from Paul Grilley, and he spoke of skeletal compression, connective tissue restricting the range of motion and even body proportions. Having a lot of the knowledge myself, but hadn’t seen many teachers considering the impact of it on posturing.
Once I learnt he was, I went and trained with him for his initial 200hrs and then just felt it was a missing part of my practice which complimented my yang vinyasa and my meditation practice. I knew we needed it in Australian studios.
What is Yin in a nutshell?
Well, that’s a long conversation, but Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and others are credited to creating the style. It is however similar to the original intentions of Hatha Yoga, poses to meditate in. They added the CHines Medicine element as it’s more comprehensive than what is left of the chakra system and created an accessible style for people that feels right in the body.
A key thing to remember is that Yin isn’t’ about more flexibility; it’s about hydrating fascia and connective tissue. This may result in more range, but it’s a yin approach that addresses physiology in the body not just gross Range of Movement (ROM).
Why is Yin becoming so popular these days?
Accessible, easy to do, effective feelings straight away and a doorway to meditation. It also honours skeletal compression and other common-sense things maybe some of the modern yoga styles miss.
Is Yin really for everyBody?
Yes, but in the right way. Over passive stretching isn’t healthy for a body, but hydration of facial tissue and relaxation is very healthy for everyone. So it depends on how someone approaches it.
I am not really flexible, can I still do Yin?
Of course, it’s about hydration not flexibility, but it will help your ROM.
If you could choose: Yin or Vinyasa?
Ha! No, I won’t choose, they are all Hatha yoga as far as I’m concerned, and I do what my body needs each day, a week etc.
What’s the best time of the day to practice Yin?
Anytime. I like it first thing in the morning, and some science backs up this being the best time before the muscles warm up with blood flow.
The most significant benefits of Yin?
- Hydration of tissue and joints.
- Relaxation and a doorway to meditation.
- Easy and accessible.
Are there immediate benefits after practice?
Yes! You will feel fantastic, relaxed, balanced and fluid. Mentally very calm, too.
Why is it so hard to find stillness is Yin? Is there a way to ease into it?
Ease into it by not going deep in poses. In reality, we should be at about 60% of range, not 80 or 90%, So take it easy, enjoy, use lots of props and relax so the tissue can hydrate.
What is your tip of not falling asleep during a pose?
Stay focused on the breath; try to meditate in each pose. But hey, if you need to sleep, maybe it’s good for you?
What’s your tips and tricks to calm my busy, hyperactive mind down during Yin?
Just how up to class, have no pressure to do anything right or deep. And use propr to make poses easy and reclaim your ability to let go.
What’s your favourite Yin pose?
That would be Saddle pose for the whole front side of the body. Not everyone is ready for this pose or needs a lot of props to be supported, so be careful.
Are you interested in deep diving into the practice of yin?
Yin Yoga Teacher Training
The Yin Yoga Teacher Training courses at Power Living will give you the tools and certifications you need to confidently and intelligently teach yin yoga. Expect a blend of applied anatomy and physiology, mainly about fascia and how it impacts/ informs movement in the body. Alongside this, you’ll learn Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, meridian theories and more. Establish a solid, well-rounded foundation to your practice and professional offering as a modern yoga teacher.
Join Power Living Founder and Master Facilitator Duncan Peak and Truth Robinson, Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in their upcoming Yin Yoga Intensive Training this February in Sydney. During this training, you will
- Cover and review the essential elements of yin yoga.
- Take a more in-depth look at the 12 myofascial meridian lines and Body Reading.
- Explore advanced TCM meridian theory.
- Learn to create multiple sequences following myofascial meridians that transform bodies and lifelong injuries creating supple, rejuvenated tissue.
- Be miles ahead of other teachers through an intelligent approach to Yin Yoga as a complete system, not just a balance for Vinyasa Yoga.
Are you ready to take the next step?
All you need is an appetite for self-discovery and the desire to evolve! There will be daily meditation, kriya, pranayama, juicy yin practices using fascial lines, chi balls and creative sequencing to expand and balance energy in the body.
This 65hr module is spread over six relaxed days and is open to all levels of students. While the content delivered is geared towards 200hr certified teachers, this immersion will provide opportunities to develop your teaching skills or to deepen your practice.
We cannot wait to have you on the training with us.
Are you joining us for some Yin lovin’, yogis?
Written by Power Living Team