I first discovered Yin Yoga at The Yoga Barn in Ubud in 2014. I was hosting a Bikram Yoga retreat with a group of ‘Type A’ Bikram Yogis. (busy, active, energetic, fast-moving, expansive, action-oriented) Sound like anyone you know? If yes, keep reading…

I had heard about Yin Yoga, but to be honest it sounded a bit slow! Being a Type A person I didn¹t see any value in just doing nothing. I remember, being in Straddle Pose (leg wide and bending forward), lifting my head and taking a curious peep and my fellow teacher Dave Reid. He had his torso flat on the floor and he was looking bored which was how I was feeling too! It took a few more classes to feel the magic of Just….Being…..Still. I look back on this experience with a smile on my face since I have learned so much about stillness. Back then, I had a dedicated Bikram practice for more than 10 years. I was used to moving through the postures in a timely fashion, and not holding each pose for several minutes. A 90 minute Bikram class was far more comfortable than to hold a simple Yin pose for 5 or more minutes! It took me years of practice to learn that simple does not mean easy.

After I took my Yin Yoga teacher training, I started teaching at our studio, I only then truly discovered the nuances of this meditative practice through the observation of my students. Back then, no one had heard of Yin Yoga, no one was teaching Yin Yoga so it was a wonderful discovery.

Running a studio and family keeps me busy. The learnings I have received from Yin helps we to pause when the life is moving fast. I learnt from my students the many variations of every Yin yoga pose, the many creative ways they like to use the props to support themselves (and taking support is perfectly ok), the duration of how long each pose they could endure, how long the rebound should be to enjoy the benefits and creating sequences to ensure that the experience feels complete.

We live in a world where news cycles are constant, we fill our day with all sorts of stuff, and our eyes are constantly fixated on a screen, it¹s now
harder than ever to switch off. To keep up with the demand of keeping up, we are constantly tapping into our Yang energy ­ busy, active, energetic, fast-moving, expansive, action-oriented ­ while leaving very little room in our daily lives to welcome in or make space for Yin energy.

Yin energy is slow, still, quiet, grounded, peaceful and passive. It¹s the gentle trickling of water over pebbles in a creek, the soft light of a full moon, or the beautiful melody of a slow classical piece.

Two opposite energetic forces, both equally necessary for our physical and emotional wellbeing, and that’s why we promote both Bikram and Yin as a married made in heaven.

Katie @
Soul tiger Yoga

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