Today, I will share with you about the Yin yoga workshop I took in last month. The teacher who taught me was Joe Barnett. He has been working as an assistant teacher for Paul Grilley, who made Yin yoga.

First, I’d like to explain what “Yin yoga” is.

Yin yoga is a quite new style of yoga compared to traditional yoga, such as Ashtanga yoga and Sivananda yoga. When I did Yin yoga in the workshop, I was so surprised, because in Yin Yoga, we keep each pose for about 5 minutes to loosen around our joints and deep tissue. It is really unique.

Yin Yoga has various poses just like any other yoga. Some of them are normal yoga poses you can see in other classes, but there are specific poses you can’t see other classes. 

In Yin yoga, there is no correct alignment for poses. This is one of the unique points. Each pose has target areas, for example low lunge, which is named “dragon” in Yin yoga, can stretch your hamstrings and around hip joints. When you do this pose, the point is to feel a stretching sensation in these areas. So, it is okay to do it in any position as long as you can feel the sensation in the target areas.

Of course, your feeling will change while holding the pose. If you have pain or are not comfortable, you should adjust the position. For example, changing the position of your knee or using blocks.

In Yin yoga, the most important thing is feeling the “rebound”. The pose must have given some feelings to your body and mind. It may be calm or refreshing. Further, you can observe the flow of energy inside your body. You should feel the sensation after coming out of a pose.

In any yoga style, we should have some self-reflections through doing Yoga. How each pose helps us or what the overall effects are. But I noticed I might’ve forgotten about it. My mind was too focused on other things. 

“I want to do a lot of poses next to next.”

“I can’t feel refreshing unless I do many poses.”

I want a lot, a lot, a lot……so I recently might’ve had no room to feel what each pose gives me. I realized this when I practiced Yin yoga at the workshop.

Our daily life is the same too. We always get a lot of grace through our daily lives. But we are not aware of it and upset with saying “I have nothing!”. How stupid we are.

Always, it is important to have extra room in your heart.

Of course, we can’t live that way all the time. Sometimes we face a lot of stress that we can’t escape. However, that is why we need to remember what is important and make room for it through doing yoga. I have now realized how important it is.

I have been doing Yin yoga at home since last month. It helps me remember what I felt during the workshop. 

Thanks for the wonderful time, and thanks to Kanako, the organizer and Joe!

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