Skillful Means Podcast

#12 Yin Yoga for the Physical Body (Part 1)

February 13, 2020
Skillful Means Podcast
#12 Yin Yoga for the Physical Body (Part 1)
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Skillful Means Podcast
#12 Yin Yoga for the Physical Body (Part 1)
Feb 13, 2020
Jennifer O'Sullivan & Sarah Jane Shangraw

In this episode of our continuing series on Yin Yoga, Jen and Sarah Jane talk about the physical benefits of the practice. Many of us practice Yin Yoga, at least in part, to give ourselves the chance to experience “just being,” an antidote to the stresses produced by our busy lives. But even as we enjoy the emotional and mental effects of slowing down in Yin poses, all sorts of wonderful things are happening on the physical level.

As we unpack the benefits of Yin Yoga, including better mobility, Jen addresses common misunderstandings about the impacts of the practice on various tissues in the body. The result is a mini-primer on contemporary and emerging understanding of topics such as “stretching”--what is it?--to the longevity of the effects of practice, topics every yin yoga teacher should be at least somewhat familiar with.

And we didn’t even get to embodiment and body image, topics in the realm of the physical that are inextricably linked to Yin for so many practitioners! Stay tuned for those discussions in part 2, episode 14, next month. (Interceding odd-numbered episodes are guided practices.)

Resources
Facebook Group: The Art and Science of Teaching Yin Yoga

Jen’s Online Fascia Course: Fascia 101

Jules Mitchell’s new book: Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined

Paul Grilley’s book: Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice



Show Notes

In this episode of our continuing series on Yin Yoga, Jen and Sarah Jane talk about the physical benefits of the practice. Many of us practice Yin Yoga, at least in part, to give ourselves the chance to experience “just being,” an antidote to the stresses produced by our busy lives. But even as we enjoy the emotional and mental effects of slowing down in Yin poses, all sorts of wonderful things are happening on the physical level.

As we unpack the benefits of Yin Yoga, including better mobility, Jen addresses common misunderstandings about the impacts of the practice on various tissues in the body. The result is a mini-primer on contemporary and emerging understanding of topics such as “stretching”--what is it?--to the longevity of the effects of practice, topics every yin yoga teacher should be at least somewhat familiar with.

And we didn’t even get to embodiment and body image, topics in the realm of the physical that are inextricably linked to Yin for so many practitioners! Stay tuned for those discussions in part 2, episode 14, next month. (Interceding odd-numbered episodes are guided practices.)

Resources
Facebook Group: The Art and Science of Teaching Yin Yoga

Jen’s Online Fascia Course: Fascia 101

Jules Mitchell’s new book: Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined

Paul Grilley’s book: Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice



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