300 YA Credit
This workshop will be a basic introduction to yin yoga and the teaching of yin yoga postures, sequences, and classes. The objective is for students to develop a more refined idea of what a truly ‘yin’ attitude is during a yin yoga practice. Participants will learn some of the traditional ideas of a Daoist and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. Students will gain a more fundamental and general understanding of the physical effects on connective tissue from relaxed, long-held traction.
1. Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridians. How and which Meridian lines are affected by yin postures.
2. Modern physiological and anatomical concepts of a yin practice.
3. Cues, sequencing and prop usage.
4. Descriptions and properties of classical yin postures.
5. Definition, context and modern history of the phrase ‘yin yoga’
6. Leave the weekend with more confidence instructing basic yin classes
7. Become equipped with a broader array of asana sequencing
Jason Wurnig starting practicing yin yoga in 2009 with Bill Cottrell. He has been teaching yoga in the Athens and Watkinsville area for several years, and his yin background includes practice with Sarah Powers and a yin specific teacher-training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts. Although his interests in yoga are eclectic, he has a deep appreciation for yin yoga and its benefits for the connective tissue. Jason started his yoga practice as a way to relieve mental stress, but also found it to be a valuable compliment to running and rock climbing. In a former life, he worked in the field of astronomy and astrophysics, and having lived and traveled to places with population densities similar to New Mexico and Tibet, his practice is inspired by the wind, the moon, the sun, and the stars. He joyfully agrees with an assertion that when you gaze upon a mountain range, ancient trees, or the Milky Way on a crystal clear night, know that you are just as vast.
I completed my 200-hour training with Bill Cottrell at Yogaful Day Shala here in Athens in 2013 and have been teaching yoga (mostly yin) since then.
I teach weekly yin classes at Let It Be Yoga in Watkinsville, GA and at Rubber Soul in Athens, GA. I have also taught Hatha and Vinyasa classes at Keep It Simple Yoga and Yogaful Day Studio and Atman Shakti Yoga (the last two listed studios don’t exist anymore). I also occasionally teach yin yoga for runners at the Athens Running Store in Athens, GA and ‘pop-up’ yin yoga classes at Latitude Yoga in Monroe, GA. I have also led a handful of yin yoga mini-workshops (2.5 hours long) at Let It Be Yoga). Some of my regular practices over the years have been Hatha with Myrna Composto, Vinyasa Flow with Cathy Jackson and Alignment-based Hatha with Meg Brownstone. The intensive I attended with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts was a 60 hour teacher-training in British Columbia, Canada in 2015. Prior to that, I attended a weekend workshop with Sara Powers in Chapel Hill, NC in 2014. I’ve also attended workshops by Tias Little and Noah Maze. I'm registered as an ERYT-200 with Yoga Alliance and also as a Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).