The Practice of Being: Advanced Yin Training for Emotional Resilience with Jenn Wooten and Fanny Priest
“Freedom is instantaneous the moment we accept things the way they are.”
-Karen Maezen Miller
When the circumstances of our daily life bring up feelings of discomfort–be they in the form of physical or energetic sensations, or unpleasant emotions–our habitual response tends to be, “I don’t want to feel that.” But not only does rejecting these sensations fail to bring us the peace we seek, it also cuts us off from large, valuable swaths of our human experience, and deprives us of the transformative potential of our discomfort.
The practice of Yin yoga–where passive poses are held close to the ground for several minutes–offers us a new way of being with the natural energy of life when it shows up in a form that we don’t like. By turning down the volume on the external distractions that fill our days, the practice of Yin yoga helps us tune in to our subtle and rich inner world, where we can learn to listen to, and dialogue with, our discomfort. And in so doing, we discover that whatever experience we are encountering in the moment is exactly what we need to help us wake up to ourselves and to our lives. By meeting the sensation as it is, and allowing ourselves to be as we are, we realize that leaning into the discomfort–rather than pushing it away–is what brings us the freedom that we so deeply desire.
In this advanced Yin training, experienced Yin students will refine their listening skills, hone their body’s own wisdom, and open to their discomfort as a means to developing emotional resilience. Through embodied experience, mindful discussion, and self-inquiry, students will learn new skills with which to encounter the natural energy of life, and how to integrate these skills into their daily rhythms so that this practice of being becomes their primary way to experience sensation.
This 12-hour training will cover the following topics:
- The nature of pain and the human animal brain
- The autonomous nervous system and yogic tools for self-regulation
- How to reframe your experience of strong emotions as a key component of your humanity
- How to create ease around discomfort by addressing your emotions through your bodily experience
- Body sensing practice and dialoguing with sensation
- Cultivating maitri (lovingkindness) and self-compassion
- The importance of self-care and upholding healthy emotional boundaries
- Practical tools to help you navigate the flow of daily emotions with equanimity
Prerequisite: 6 months of Yin yoga practice, completion of Foundations of Yin Yoga Training or permission from one of the instructors.
Friday, August 9
6:30 – 8:30pm
Saturday, August 10
12:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, August 11
12:30 – 5:30pm
about your teacher
Jenn has been teaching and living yoga since 2004. Her educational background is in physiology and neurobiology, and her teaching style focuses on grounding and embodying through asana, nervous system regulation and moving from stress and trauma through to resilience. Her gifts as a teacher and guide are her deep compassion, as well as her ability to connect somatically and emotionally with her students to help them attune to the wisdom of their own bodies.
For over 20 years, Jenn has delved deeply into numerous yoga lineages, philosophies and therapeutic modalities. She draws from the work of Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, David Berceli to inform her understanding of trauma and recovery. She believes that everyone can benefit from understanding how the nervous system responds to the stressors of life. Jenn teaches trauma-informed yoga classes and guides students to respond to life’s stressors through embodiment, breath and trust. Teaching students how to practice yoga as a pathway for healing and awakening is the core of her teaching. Jenn’s passion is in guiding students back to their own wholeness.
A native French speaker born and raised in Montreal, Fanny has been teaching yoga in Austin since 2008, with YIn yoga as her main passion and focus. She has been closely mentored by Jenn Wooten and Angie Knight, and has studied yoga therapy with Chase Bossart. In March of 2019, she will graduate from Yoga Yoga’s School of Yoga Therapy.
Fanny believes that our yoga practice is a means to come home to ourselves, and to find peace and ease in our own bodies, just as they are. She helps healers and empaths create safe space in the tender animal of their bodies, so they feel free to fully experience the whole, glorious range their human emotions. She views self-care as a sacred responsibility, and as the source of sustainable healership. Her teaching style is laid-back, soulful and fun, and she creates a warm and inclusive classroom environment where all are welcome, regardless of body type, age, gender, orientation, or level of experience.