Yin Yoga Autumn Newsletter

Time flies! (which is my way of saying sorry I didn’t send a Spring Newsletter)  Instead of sitting at my computer writing said newsletter, here’s what I’ve been up to instead. In February, I ran my first movement workshop at a CrossFit gym (the amazing CrossFit Freefall in Seaford) and we played around with efficient and fun ways to mobilize hips and shoulders so these Crossfitters can jump, squat, and lift better.  Later that month I returned to Perth (and one of my favorite studios Beyond Being) to lead Yin Sequencing training.  Then I squeezed in a weekend of education for myself with MovNat.  And by education […]

Mobility for Athletes: Workshop at Crossfit Freefall

One of the things it took me a long time (and a few injuries) to really grasp is that flexibility and mobility are not the same thing.  Simply put,flexibility is your end range of motion.  Mobility is the range of motion where you can maintain control of your movements.  People define “control” in different ways but I would say control means you understand where you are in space, you understand the forces at play and the direction in which you intend to move yourself (or yourself and an object) you have the ability to slow the movement down or speed it […]

Through her lens, a photographer glimpses the future!

Before I moved to Australia and became a full-time yoga teacher, I had a different life.  I was a documentary filmmaker focused for many years on using the power of media to draw attention to political, economic, and social injustice.  Frequently that work put me in contact with women leading small organizations or grass roots movements with few resources but unwavering commitment to fight for the health and safety of their communities. Often they were motivated by personal experience with violence and exploitation whether it was the brutality of the Taliban in Afghanistan or sex trafficking in Asia or domestic violence in the United States. In order to help […]

Book Now for My First Scheduled Melbourne Yin Trainings of 2017!

Overview Yin Yoga is more than resting on a prop (although you will certainly learn how to use props more creatively!) Yin is not an endurance test to see how long you can squeeze your eyeballs, clench your jaw, and hold a pose. It’s not the aggressive pursuit of flexibility (and you don’t even have to be able to touch your toes to get started!) It is not the yoga for when you are injured or sick and cannot do an athletic flow (although Yin can help you heal). Yin is not about drifting off but learning to pay attention […]

Untangle Yourself with Chakra Meditation

If you’ve ever tried to untangle your headphone cords, you know that the most difficult part is trying to figure out where the whole tangled mess starts!  If you are distracted or in a hurry, you will pull in all directions, make a few more knots, blame whoever has recently pissed your off for the whole mess, and go back to walking around being half-strangled by hopelessly tangled cords. Meanwhile beneath the protective outer sheath of the cord, the delicate copper wires that ensure the quality of the sound reaching your ears are slowly degenerating.  Of course the alternative to […]

Anatomy Training for People Who Don’t Like Anatomy (Yet) !

This year Movement by Design founder Luke Bryan and I have partnered to create and facilitate a new kind of anatomy training for yoga teachers.  Rather than asking teachers to memorize muscle origins and insertions or scripted alignment cues, we challenge teachers to think critically about what good movement means and how to achieve it.  We focus on teaching movement principles that hold true whether you are extending into a backbend or diving under an olympic lift.   So how did an Olympic Lifting coach and a yoga teacher meet and decide to develop training together in the first place?  Well, funny […]

2016 Yin Yoga Teacher Training Weekends at Ohana Yoga in Port Melbourne

Ohana Yoga was one of the first places in Melbourne to offer Yin Yoga classes so I am really excited to offer two weekends of Yin Yoga training in Ohana’s new spacious, light-filled Port Melbourne studio.   These two weekend trainings can be taken separately or combined for a 30 Hour certificate. The first weekend is Yin Fundamentals (15 hours) and the second weekend is Yin Sequencing (15 hours)   Both trainings are open to all levels, including students of Yin Yoga who simply wish to deepen their personal practice.  Here are the details: Schedule: Yin Fundamentals: Saturday April 9- Sunday April 10, 2016 […]

100 Hour Yin Yoga TT in Fiji – Get Yin to It!

David Kim and I are pretty excited about co-facilitating our 100 Hour Yin Yoga TT in Fiji in August 2016.  Our Early Bird pricing expires May 1, 2016 so get in touch to reserve your spot! Dates: 14-28 August, 2016 Rates: Early Bird US$2,395 (before 1 May, 2016) Regular US$2,440 Inclusions: 14 nights full room and board (triple occupancy) Suva airport transfers, and taxes *Double and Single occupancy rooms are available at extra cost. Information and applications: abby@davidkimyoga.com Need to think about it? Chuck your name on the waitlist here and I’ll email you more info to help you make a […]

Yin for the Holidays

During the hectic holiday season we could all use a little more Yin!  Tina Bruce, a recent graduate of my 50 Hour Yin TT at The Yoga Social in Melbourne, has illustrated some lovely (and very handy) cards with the foundational Yin Yoga poses to inspire your home Yin practice. The cards feature Yin Yoga postures and inspirational quotes and come with a little stand for easy card viewing while you practice. Tina’s website also features some step-by-step guidelines for coming in and out of these poses. These would make a great gift for the Yin Yogi in your life […]

2016 Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings at Vitality Yoga in Bendigo

Vitality Yoga of Bendigo will host two weekend Yin Yoga TT’s in 2016. These two courses can be taken separately or combined for 30 Hours. Individual Yin TT’s: EB $425 and Regular $450 (includes manual and certificate of completion) Package Price for both Yin TT’s purchased together: $800 (must be purchased by Feb 19) Contact Melanie at Vitality Yoga for information and bookings: 404 Hargreaves Street Bendigo (Next to the Good Loaf Bakery) Bendigo VIC 3550 AustraliaPh: +613 5442 2081 Email: info@vitalityclinic.com.au Yin Fundamentals (15 hours) Saturday 5 March – Sunday 6 March (9am-5pm daily) In this course you will […]