Exploring A Yin

Perspective On Life 

with Josh Summers

The Question

Yoga and meditation have exploded in popularity in the last two decades and many styles, modalities and philosophies now prevail in the West.

With so much choice how do you know what works best and whether you’re doing it right?

This week features meditation and yoga expert Josh Summers to talk about the differences between yin and yang approaches to both meditation and yoga and how to practice each effectively.

If you’re interested in understanding yoga and meditation more deeply as well as finding answers to common pitfalls with both, this episode is for you.

Our Guest

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Josh Summers

Yin Yoga & Meditation Teacher

Josh is yin yoga teacher, a licensed acupuncturist, and a meditation instructor.

He leads workshopstrainings, and retreats throughout the United States and Europe. He teaches yin yoga which is an inherently meditative approach to yoga that focuses on the connective tissues of the body. It helps to stimulate the energy flow of the meridians, which is a fundamental concept in acupuncture as well.

He began studying Iyengar yoga in the early nineties with James Murphy in New York City. Since then, he has spent several years in India, Taiwan, and Burma where he studied both yoga and meditation.

He founded the Summers School of Yin Yoga which offers 200-hour and 300-hour Certifications Yin Yoga Teacher Training.  For more on this training please visit: www.yinyogaschool.com

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The Talk

Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. Some call it the “other half of yoga.” In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body.

Yin Meditation is a way of practicing meditation that parallels the approach to yoga that you will find in Yin Yoga. Yin Meditation begins with the intention to cultivate Yin qualities of mind in relationship towards all experiences that come up during a period of meditation.

With Yin Meditation, rather than trying to direct the mind to the breath, body or mantra, a Yin meditator would begin with an intention to develop Yin qualities of mind – receptivity, allowance, reflection, and tolerance – in relationship to their experience. In other words, instead of trying to control what their mind is attending to, the Yin meditator can emphasize the quality of receptivity they have towards any experience.

In this episode we talked about the benefits and drawbacks of yin practices versus their yang counterparts.

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The Questions

  • What is the difference between yin yoga and other practices?
  • What is a yin approach to meditation?
  • What are some of the challenges people have with meditation?
  • How does a yin approach to meditation cure some of these?
  • Why did you settle on yin as the practice you would teach and embody?
  • Who and what have been your major inspirations in life?
  • What advice do you have for practicing yogis?

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