2013 is off to an amazing start!

2013 is off to an amazing start!  It kicked off with Sarah Powers here in Melbourne for the first time at the lovely Grass Roots yoga in St Kilda.  Not only did we get to host Sarah for a 2-night yin workshop but I also had the privilege of getting to know Sarah and her husband Ty Powers as I helped Grass Roots owner Shannon Barry show them around Melbourne.  Shannon was so inspired by Sarah’s teachings that he’s off to study with her in France in May!  And I’m seriously considering her training in Thailand in November (unless we […]

More Yin!

In response to cries of, “More Yin Yoga, please” I am expanding my Yin offerings.  On Saturday April 28, I will be offering a Yin Yoga workshop at Ohana Yoga and Wellness in Albert Park.  The workshop will include both theory and practice and is suitable for all levels.  More details soon!  And in May, I will be offering a 5-week Yin Yoga course at Studio Cirq on Wednesday mornings, from 7:15-8:15am.  For information about the workshop or the 5-week course, feel free to contact me at jencrescenzo@gmail.com

Yin Yoga in the Land of Medicine Buddha

In August 0f 2009, I traveled to the Land of Medicine Buddha in California to spend two weeks studying the anatomical and philosophical foundations of Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley, leading teachers of Yin Yoga.  The Land of Medicine Buddha is a magical place with red prayer wheels set amidst the tall trunks of redwood trees, stone buddhas gazing serenely from small herb gardens, and a gracious staff that seems to perform every task as an offering. But what made the experience so memorable was the wisdom, generosity, and humor of Paul and Suzee as they led 30 […]

Now teaching at Union Yoga in South Melbourne

Come take a class with me at lovely Union Yoga in South Melbourne.  If you want to enjoy a quiet, meditative practice that gently and effectively stresses the connective tissue, cultivating freedom in the hips and spine and  the flow of healing energy through the entire body, join me Wednesday’s at 7am to enjoy Yin Yoga.  If you want to enjoy a creative flow practice that draws inspiration from yoga, dance, and martial arts, join me Sunday’s at 9:30am. For more on Union Yoga, visit www.unionyoga.com.au For more on Yin Yoga, see my blog posts about Yin Yoga and visit: […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 4

December 9, 2009: Since I had some difficulty focusing in martial arts when I did my meditation before class, I decided to wait until after class this time.  Wednesday night is sparring class so, needless to say, it is always physically and mentally depleting and after last night’s class, I had some bumps and bruises.  I came home, iced myself, showered, and then sat to meditate.  I decided beforehand to use the same so ham/ham sa chakra meditation technique I had been using (guided by Paul Grilley’s chakra meditation DVD) but to do 2 rounds of each and to add […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 2

December 7, 2009: Today I did a Ham-Sa/So-Ham meditation, guided by Paul Grilley’s Chakra Meditation DVD.  In this practice, you start at the lowest chakra at the base of the spine, repeating repeat “Ham” on the inhale and “Sa” on the exhale.  As you move up through each successive chakra, you repeat the same mantra, eventually drawing the energy all the way from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. When you reach the crown of the head, you say “So” on the inhale and “Ham” on the exhale and move the energy back down, pausing […]

Big fan of new Pranamaya Studio online courses

This is a shout-out to Pranamaya, who produce and distribute high quality yoga DVD’s ( Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, and Jill Miller’s among others) and are now offering online courses.  http://www.pranamaya.com/online-courses You go to the website, create an account, and buy a class or workshop from the instructor of your choice.  You can instantly stream the video you have purchased.  And it goes into your account so you can log in anytime and stream any of your courses an unlimited number of times.  Anywhere you have an internet connection, you have an instructor at your disposal.  Right now the offerings […]

I ♡ Yin Yoga

I describe how studying Yin Yoga with Paul and Suzee Grilley transformed my yoga practice in an article for Quiet Mind Yoga in Washington D.C. http://www.quietminddc.com/yin.html Like many, I was initially drawn to the most dynamic and complex asana sequences, the most challenging arm balances and inversions, that feeling of exhaustion after multiple chaturangas. If a teacher put me in a pose and then went to adjust another student and left me there in a long hold, I grew resentful. I struggled to sit through meditation and fidgeted in Savasana. But, after several years of practice, things started to change

What the heck is Yin Yoga?

In case you’ve been wondering what the heck this Yin Yoga stuff is, this article offers a good, clear introduction to the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga.  It’s written by one of Yin Yoga’s founders, Paul Grilley who I had the chance to study with this summer. There are two principles that differentiate yin practice from more yang approaches to yoga: holding poses for at least several minutes and stretching the connective tissue around a joint. Read it here: http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/580?print=1