Foundations of Yin with Jenn Wooten and Laura Forsyth
In this special 20-hour course, open to yoga teachers and interested students, we’ll explore an approach to asana called “Yin” Yoga.
In this mindful and deliberate practice, we work with the “cooler” yin tissues of the body, most specifically the connective tissues of the joints & ligaments, the bones, and the fascial network of the body. The poses are held seated or lying down for several minutes at a time with minimal to no muscular engagement. Each pose is followed by a minute of integrative rest. By creating deliberate stresses on the yin tissues they becoming stronger and more supple. This approach, practiced intelligently, has the potential to slowly unravel long held patterns in the body and restore optimal health and balanced movement in the joints.
In addition to the physical benefits, we will explore the more subtle benefits revealed in the energetic pathways that align with the connective tissues. As we traction these tissues and gently compress and release different regions of the skeletal system, we encourage a more unobstructed flow energy just as if we were to kink a water hose, then release and allow a strong current of water to flush through the system.
Yin Yoga is very different than “restorative” or “gentle” yoga. The poses ask us to come to an appropriate edge of sensation and remain still for a period of time. This requires a willingness to not only be still with what is, but to explore our bodies and with them our held emotional experiences. For this reason, Yin Yoga is a also a true wonder for moving energy, and releasing tension, stored emotions and trauma. Conscious practice of Yin Yoga can lead to deep somatic and emotional healing and prepare one for deeper states of meditation.
This course will offer each participant the foundation of the Yin Yoga practice and an experiential, personal understanding of how to intelligently practice and teach this form of yoga.
Some topics that will be covered include:
- Yin Poses, Alignment and Sequencing
- Yin Versus Yang Theory
- Functional Anatomy of Yin Tissues and the Major Joint
- Basic Yin Meridian Theory
- Adjusting and Touch in Yin Poses
- The Yin Practice of Non-Striving
- Pendulation as a Form of Staying With Sensation
- Mindfulness Meditation in Yin Yoga
What you can take away from this workshop:
- A understanding of why, how and when to practice yin yoga
- Guidelines for safe and therapeutic practice
- An experience of longer practices with extended yin holds
- An understanding of fascia that supports postural alignment
- An understanding of connective tissue that creates supple joints
- An ability to use yin yoga to work with discomfort
- How to use yin practice to reach deep states of ease and meditative awareness
- Simple yin sequences to use at home
This course meets 12:30-5:30pm Saturday and Sunday over 2 weekends at Yoga Yoga Westgate: 4477 S Lamar Blvd #420 | Austin, TX 78745
about your teacher
Jenn and Laura
Jenn Wooten is an intuitive, a yogini and a mother who has been living and teaching yoga for over a decade. She has an educational background in physiology and neurobiology. Her focus is in nervous system regulation and moving from trauma through to resilience. Her gift as a teacher and guide is her deep compassion and the ability to connect somatically and emotionally with her students to guide them to connect with the wisdom of their own bodies.
For 20 years, Jenn has delved deeply into numerous yoga lineages, philosophies and therapeutic modalities. Her study with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers in Yin Yoga has had one of the most profound influences on her yoga practice and her life. The practice of Yin Yoga has carried her through pregnancy, injury, illness and loss. Jenn loves teaching students how to practice this form of yoga as a pathway for healing and awakening.
Laura Forsyth, RYT500 has been practicing and studying various lineages and philosophies of yoga for over 20 years and teaching for over 12. She teaches weekly classes, seasonal workshops and specialty course material for Yoga Yoga Teacher Training. Laura has served as National Events Director for Yoga Yoga since 2006 and has had the privilege of studying extensively with some of the most tenured and respected yoga teachers in the world.
Her influences include Dr. Richard Miller, Leslie Kaminoff and Judith Lasater, plus she is grateful to have spent time on several occasions over several years with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. She is additionally trained in bodywork from the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in California, and has personally explored several meditation modalities.
The approach of Yin Yoga has the potential for deep physical, energetic and emotional benefit and, in her opinion, is one of the most powerful approaches to yoga asana for our times. She looks forward to sharing this with you during this course.