Now that Fall has arrived and the weather is getting cooler, I have recently brought a Yang sequence into one of the Yin classes I instruct in La Conner, WA. Last night was the first class in which I did this.
This morning in my personal practice a question came up in regards to
this change, and that is "When" do I do the Yin...in the beginning or in the end?". Over the years I have always instructed that Yin Yoga is best practiced when the muscles are cool, which I have learned from my training with Paul Grilley, and studying of the "Complete Guide to Yin Yoga". In class last night I instructed the Yang first with several Sun Salutations, and then to the floor for Yin.......and, I thought to myself this morning "that is contradictory to what I have been saying all along, that Yin Yoga is best practiced with the muscles cool". Then I thought I am going to ask Bernie. I also study and use "Insight Yoga" and the wisdom of Sarah Powers as a guide for instructing my Yin classes. When I consulted with my "Insight Yoga" book this morning, in the section "Yang Sequence with a Yin Practice"... I see that the Yang Sequence is done first, as Sarah Posers says "because the movement practice settles the mind", which also makes sense to me. This class I teach is at 5:30pm, and most of the population is just getting off work and coming directly to class, so I see where the Sarah Powers approach is a good one, to calm the minds after a days work.
At this point I am feeling a bit confused and concerned that my instruction
is contradictory causing confusing for my students.
Would so appreciate any light you can shine on this confusion.
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