(Y)insights from a Yin Yoga Aficionado

by Amanda Trevelino

“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.”  –Yogi Bhajan

This was one of my guiding quotes when I first visited DYP for a teacher training almost a decade ago. Yoga had become a path to reclaiming my personal well-being, and I wanted to know more. So, I found myself immersed in learning its mysteries alongside some of Atlanta’s brightest talents. I never imagined I would one day find myself teaching; I just loved being a student.

Then…

I discovered Yin Yoga.

And I could not get enough.

It was the opposite of everything I had done so far, and there was something about the stillness, something about the silent conversations I had with myself while just waiting. There was the grace I found in the sometimes graceless shapes my body made; and the unavoidable self-discovery that emerged when I had nowhere to go.

I didn’t know that most people spend 47 percent of their time thinking about something other than what they’re doing (according to a 2010 Harvard study). And that paying attention to present moment sensation could build a level of resilience unlike anything I had been exposed to so far. Admittedly, I have been avoiding meditation, but practicing Yin helped me cultivate the ability to be present, to be resilient and renegotiate my relationship to impermanence.

I wanted to know more.

I sought out teachers in Florida, Hawaii, Georgia, and Costa Rica. I have developed a deep passion for guiding Yin yoga, but secretly, I am thrilled that teaching allows me to remain a perpetual student. So, this month, I indulged in refreshing my Yin training with Josh Summers, a world-class teacher and acupuncturist who assimilates the benefits of an often misunderstood practice in a current and (Y)intelligent way. I can’t wait to share his foundational insights into tension and compression, the benefits of appropriate stress, as well as practical considerations for how bone variation affects our range of motion and alignment considerations.

The training I’ll offer at DYP goes beyond mechanics and range of motion. It gives purpose to this complementary practice, exploring unity through tensegrity, emphasizing mindfulness, fascial fitness and, most importantly it positions the teacher as the facilitator of each practitioners’ inner authority. We’ll learn how to language for internal awareness, guide a practice from gross to subtle, and we will introduce the basics of energetics.

I hope you will consider turning (Y)inward with me October 18 – 20 to learn the latest approach to Yin Yoga Teacher training. This program is affiliated with Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts’ 300-hour certification, and/or is offered for 20 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units. It also welcomes any curious practitioners who hope to master a deeper understanding of their own personal practice.

About the author

Inspired by the Kripalu and Pranakriya traditions, Amanda’s teaching style is breath-centered, focused on an inner awareness of our experiences.  Amanda found yoga at age 40 while searching for a level of healing beyond what doctors could offer. Her belief in self-health led to inquiries around nourishing the Self on many levels. She considers the yogic journey a path of compassionate inquiry and endless unlearning.  Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and a registered Yoga Alliance teacher (RYT500, E-RYT200), Amanda also is a certified Thai bodyworker. She trained in Self-Awakening Yoga Therapeutics® under Don Stapelton PhD (Nosara Yoga Institute, Costa Rica), with Pranakriya School of Healing Arts with Yoganand Michael Carroll, and continues advanced studies at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Massachusetts. Amanda is fascinated by the body’s capacity not only to heal, but to reveal, and she considers herself a life-long student. 

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