How do I begin to write about my experience in Yin Yoga teacher training? At first, the limitation of using words to describe this meditation stumped me. Then I thought about how artists, poets, and scientists have explained the experience of love. Like how these folks expressed their interpretation of love, I will share with you my daily experiences of deepening my Yin Yoga practice, led by Dina Amsterdam. As a heads up, the description of my first day will go over the structure of the daily training with some observations. In the following days, I will share with you specific insights that popped up for me.
During the first morning of the teacher training program, I practiced chanting, pranayama, yin poses, meditation exercises and subtle body practices. During these exercises, I developed more awareness of my
chattering mind, emotions, and body sensations. Of the three levels of work, I had the hardest time with learning how to quiet my mind. My monkey mind kept popping up, welcomed and unwelcomed. But, through the practice of Yin Yoga poses, subtle touches (Jin Shin Jyutsu), Ujjayi breath-work and the guidance of Dina’s Inner Yoga Philosophy, my monkey brain retreated as my loudest cheerleader.
In the afternoon session, I deepened my understanding of the philosophy of Yin Yoga. I learned about the idea of, “widening of the circle of compassion (Maitri),” delineating the difference between the thinking mind, the awareness mind and the idea of impermanence (Anicca). I learned how Inner Yoga philosophy (Safety, Sourcing, Savoring, and Service) supported the practice of Yin Yoga. For example, compassionate mantras to say while in the Yin Yoga poses.
After getting my mind wet with the philosophy of Yin Yoga, I had the opportunity to hear about the practice experience of other students in the class. Our group connected by sharing their intentions for taking the training, and I found out that I was surrounded by a community of healers! To maintain a sacred space I will not share specifics; however, hearing the different perspectives was deeply moving and profound.
I look forward to the next several days of training and sharing this journey with you!