Yin and Yang – Vlog 89

by Melissa West on October 23, 2017

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Yin Yoga Teacher Training


This past weekend I had the privilege of taking part in a yin yoga teacher training. I went into the training being very much interested in how we stress the connective tissues, joints and bones in yin yoga, in other words a more anatomy-based focused and came away with something completely different.

We began our training with a huge focus on yin yang theory and understanding the co-essential, nonhierarchical polarities that move through and animate all of life. Yin energy is like the moon, receptive, nurturing, restorative, earthy, and nourishing. Yang energy is like the sun, active, bright, energetic, dynamic and externally driven.

In our culture we tend to favour the yang energy. We push ourselves to achieve, accumulate, expand, accelerate, produce, attain, acquire and earn. All of this leaves us imbalanced and quite depleted.

My biggest takeaway from my experience this weekend in this yin yoga teacher training was that although my yoga and meditation practices are quite yin nourishing, my life is quite yang focused and externally driven. This often leaves me feeling exhausted and depleted.

I came away from this yin yoga teacher training with a renewed aspiration to bring balance to my whole life and a commitment to nourish my feminine yin energy throughout my whole day, not just during my yoga and meditation practice times.

What is true for you? Are you more in balanced in your yin or yang energy? What would help you to find more balance right now in your life?

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Namaste, Melissa

  • barbara salmi

    I loved your yin focused video, Melissa! You are so honest and forthright about your life, your stressors, etc. I so appreciate that. One reason I have never been in to social media is because I don’t believe most people are honest about their lives. Also, Yay Outlander and Jamie and Clair! Have you read the books? They are awesome. I’ve been following Khrista’s(sp?) yin classes, along with yours. Now I have a greater understanding of the practice. Can’t wait for Sunday night’s live class with you. Love you, Barbara

    • Thank you Barbara, that was pretty edgy to open up about how out of balance I felt in my life. It is a day to day challenge to find balance in a world that is so pushy! But, I just felt like I finally got it through that training…. that I couldn’t just seek balance in one or two hours a day on my mat. It had to be a whole life thing.
      I have read all the books in the Outlander series. They are so good! I agree! I’m so glad you are enjoying yin yoga. I look forward to seeing you very soon Barbara. This morning’s class was very special and I expect this evening’s to be the same. <3 Namaste, Melissa

    • barbara salmi

      I’ll be there!

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