Upaya Yoga is delighted to offer a unique 200-hour teacher training course which combines together an in-depth practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Yin yoga. The aim of this training is to deliver a complete understanding and experience of these two practices, which can nowadays synthesize the top aspects, respectively, of a yang and yin practice. The course deeps dive into the two styles of yoga in order to show their true complementary and their equal importance for a healthy and balanced yogic practice. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga stands as the most authentic and meaningful active style of yoga from which have, in the modern era, been developed all sorts of dynamic fast-paced practices such as Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga and so on.
The correct and mindful practice of the modern styles of yoga cannot exclude a good knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Once this is achieved all the rest unfold before the practitioner. A true skilled teacher should acknowledge and master all the essential elements of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to avoid importing them unconsciously into any other form of modern practice. Yin Yoga represents the most challenging and effective passive style of yoga. Any committed ashtanga, especially if not very young, should combine the intense series of Ashtanga Vinyasa with the practice of yin. This will restore the whole body; it will soothe the pulled muscles and will heal basic joints injuries, and it will finally increase the overall flexibility. The importance of being aware of the two practices also operates on the body energy system. Only the complementary of a yang and yin practice can bring an equilibrium in between these two energies which are normally fluctuating in anyone. Hence, for instance; a very hectic day or a restless mind can be readdressed through a slow yin practice and vice versa laziness or an apathetic mind can be overcome through a yang practice.
Finally, these two practices also operate and train the mind in different ways. Ashtanga Vinyasa promotes concentration and determination; it also enhances body awareness through the synchronization of the movements with the breath and the constant reference to the drishti. Yin instead trains the mind to understand and practice acceptance; and also, to cultivate the ability of observation, being patient and letting go.