“Radiant Release” Yin Yoga Sequence

Since I’ll be away doing more Yoga Teacher Training up North, here is a “Radiant Release” Yin Yoga Sequence for my students who requested something to do at home. The “intention” of this sequence is to clear the mind with unnecessary thoughts. I]This sequence was inspired by the poem “Ten thousand flowers,” by Wu Men.

Ten thousand flowers
by Wu Men
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn
A cool breeze in summer, snow in winter
If your mind is not clouded by unnecessary things
This is the best season of your life

Find a quiet, warm, comfortable space. Make sure you have a strap, block, pillow and blanket. Anything in the house can be used as a substitute: a necktie, many blankets rolled up can act as a pillow, books can be used as a block. Be creative. Don’t stress too much over it. Find what you can. Remember to hold each pose for 3 minutes or longer. Adjust as you need to. Do both sides.

Begin by laying onto your back. Find a sense of calm. Use your breath, let go of the day. Start to draw your attention with generosity and care inwards. Shift. Start to cultivate a sense of investigative quality about your practice without any resistance. This means we become receptive to the present and the nature of our experience. Begin to suspend all your ideas and expectations of the practice and come to the mat with a curious mind. Almost becoming a journeys man on your mat — a mind that is open, curious and stripped of any assumption. We take nothing for granted or accept anything outside of our own direct experience as true.

  1. Knee into Chest (Ardha Apanasana aka Half Pontoon Pose)
    This is very similar to Yin “Dragon” Pose however, this is supine.


2. Eye of the Needle Twist


3. Side Lying Lunge / Half-Saddle Variation


4. Hamstring with Strap


5. StoneHedge Pose (Savasana) with credit to Tianne Allan, my Restorative Yoga Teacher
Take as much time as you need.


Remember, find your own edge in your own practice. Don’t overdo it. You can always do too much of a good thing. Allow yourself to unfold. Always practice conservatively. Enjoy the release and the clarity of the mind. Namaste.

With love and light,
Lisa

*Check with your physician before any practice.

Yin Yoga Intensive {Module 1} Now Open – NEW DATES June 1, 2 & 3

Yin Yoga Intensive {Module 1} will be hosted at Crunch Fitness Blackhawk, located centrally in beautiful Danville, CA.

This training will take place

Friday, June 1 – 5pm – 9pm

Saturday, June 2  – 10:30am – 6:30pm

Sunday, June 3  – 10:30am – 6:30pm

In my training, it is imperative that in order to truly understand the practice of Yin Yoga that we learn anatomy. Anatomy is key. Without a true understanding of the muscles, joints, or the Yin tissues then true understanding and confidence in teaching true Yin Yoga is elusive. In this training we will cover key concepts of Yin Yoga and the functional approach and have at least 75 minutes of Yin and or Yang practices each session.

The key principles of this training are based on Lisa Jang’s studies with Bernie Clark, Diana Batts, Paul & Suzee Grilley.

To register, click here.

Announcing an Addition of New Yin Yoga Class!

I’m super excited to announce my NEW Yin Yoga class at Just Be Yoga’s newest studio in Danville, CA located in The Livery! Join me Thursday evenings from 7:45pm – 9pm beginning January 25th, 2018 for 75 minutes of Yin Yoga Bliss, where we will target deeply into the Yin tissues of the body.

Remember, Yin yoga is meant to be a complementary style of practice to more active styles of yoga. Yin Yoga style of practice intends to target, stimulate, strengthen and revive our deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues — ligaments, joints, bones, and the deep fascia networks of the body — that are not emphasized in the same degree as an active style of practice. Hence, it’s complimentary nature.

Join me on Thursdays and register online early at http://www.myjustbeyoga.com. See you on Thursday!

2018 Happy New Year & Workshops

Happy New Year! It’s been hectic to say the least! I haven’t been posting on my blog. Many sequences I have put together but unable to share them on this site! I will get to that one day…

For now, wanted to share my upcoming workshops. One is around the corner on January 27 1-3pm at Just Breathe Yoga Rivermark in Santa Clara. The next one is February 3 11:30am – 1:30pm at Studio Mandala in San Ramon. I’m hoping to reignite the Yin Yoga love. Come join me if you can! Click on the links below the photos for more info!

www.justbreatheyogarivermark.com

www.studiomandala.yoga

See you on your mat!

Follow me on IG @lisa.j.allthingsyinyang

Yin Yoga and Acupressure Seasonal Workshop at JBY {Rivermark} Santa Clara

I’m super excited to announce my new Yin Yoga and Acupressure seasonal series that I will be offering at Just Breathe Yoga {Rivermark}. The idea came from studying the five elements at McKinnon where I took my Acupressure training from. What better way to combine my love and passion for both Yin Yoga and Acupressure? I can feel my ancestors smiling at me.

Here at the dates, so mark you calendars!

🕉Exploring the Metal Element

November 4th, 2017 from 1-3pm

🌊Balancing the Water Element

January 27th, 2018 from 1-3pm

☯️Nourishing the Wood Element

April 21st, 2018 from 1-3pm

🔥Friendly Fire Element

July 28th, 2018 from 1-2:30pm

🌿Harvesting the Earth Element

August 25th, 2018 from 1-3pm

Each 2-Hour workshop is $30 for early registration, $40 thereafter. The 90 minute class is $25 for early registration and $35 thereafter.

To register and get your spot, go to www.justbreatheyogarivermark.comSee you on you mat!

Yin Yoga Module One begins 8/19!

It is not too late! Drop in prior to the session begins so that you register or talk about payment options for this module. Enhance your teaching skills and knowledge!

YIN YOGA (MODULE 1) – THE FOUNDATIONS (20 Hours) – $395 by July 1st, $450 after
Dates: August 19 & 20, 26 & 27
Saturdays and Sundays: 12:20pm – 5:20pm
Payment Option: 2 Payments, $225 due each Sunday session
Register online at http://www.justbreatheyogarivermark.com

Why work with Lisa Jang?
Those who graduate from Lisa Jang’s Yin Yoga modules leave with an expertise in understanding anatomy & physiology as well as the traditional practice of yin yoga. Lisa Jang is extremely passionate about setting the highest standard for exceptional knowledge and ongoing teacher education. Lisa wants the best teachers guiding their students (and themselves) on their own unique journey to optimal health. Lisa Jang is an E-RYT under Yoga Alliance and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. Continuing Education credit can be applied to Yoga Alliance teachers.
Lisa Jang teaches yoga teachers (and her students) to understand the body, it’s functions, common injuries & illnesses and how to apply yin yoga to the individual for a more powerful therapeutic outcome.

LIST OF YIN YOGA TEACHER GRADUATES

Testimonials:
Valeri Pighini, Yin Yoga Module One Graduate
"I found “aha moment” after “aha moment” so many times during the course of the weekend. Things I’ve heard in the past finally because crystal clear to me. I was able to bring what I learned to my students the very next day after even our first session. Lisa has a really easy-going way about her, but is succinct and keeps reeling us in as we have a tendency to start talking because we’re all so excited about what we’re learning. It’s a wonderful experience for yoga teachers, especially who have already only brushed the surface of their yoga knowledge with a 200-hr YTT."

 

Up and coming

Thanks to my students who have been patient with my time off and understanding that I needed to be with my little one for Saturday morning baseball practice and games. 

I was hesitant on coming back, but after the flood of emails and outreach — I have decided to come back! What?!?!

I’m heading back to Crunch Blackhawk on Saturday’s at 8:30am beginning July 15. Yin Yoga, 60 minutes. As I transition, I will be having another Yoga teacher in class assisting me. Bernadette Nakashima has been so helpful teaching while I was out. She will be in my class assisting and subbing again when I head up to Canada for vacation and when I facilitate Yin Yoga Teacher Training. Much gratitude to Bernadette for help and dedication (you are OM-azing) and thank you always to my boss Liz for always supporting my decision. 

Yin Yoga teacher training…yes…

It begins August 19th. So register now at http://www.justbreatheyogarivermark.com and come join me to deepen your practice. Drop me a line if you have questions at lisajangyoga@gmail.com. I’m a Yoga Alliance Certified Educator. You can use it as part of your Ceu’s as part of continuing studies. Plus Just Breathe Yoga is a beautiful studio centrally located in Rivermark Plaza in Santa Clara, CA. Yay! Come on! What are you waiting for! 

Yin Yoga Registration with Lisa Jang

See you soon! 

Summer blues? Upcoming events!

Hey guys,

A quick note to let you know of my upcoming events. 

Saturday, June 3rd 11-1pm Inversion Clinic http://www.theyogacompany.com

Saturday, July 8th 11-1pm Arm Balance Session http://www.theyogacompany.com

Yin Yoga Module One (20 Hours) Teacher Training Saturday and Sunday’s 12:20pm – 5:20pm August 19, 20, 26 & 27 

Register early to get your spot! Hope to see you all there.

Lisa 

Change

It is inevitable, change. We become attached to our classes, our routines, our teachers. Sometimes, we have to let go.

I recently had a change in my schedule which needed my complete family presence. I am in process of changing my schedule to accommodate for this change, which ultimately meant giving up a couple of my much loved classes.

It is a sudden shift, but sometimes you get a big knock at the door that says “hey, it’s time.” You have nothing but to go with the universal flow and say “thank you.”

I’ve put nothing but 100% and more into my classes. In turn, I don’t expect anything back but am grateful for them showing up in their mats and choosing me as their guide. Heck ya, I’m sad. But isn’t the part of the process? 

Thank you to my students who have always practiced with compassion and openly listen to my thoughts/good intentions knowing that my ideas are not absolute but they are there to inspire a deeper understanding their own journey. What I shared were conversations sparked by my mentors, teachers, healers and students. 

Remember what I say all the time (something that resonated with me when my teacher said this):

Listen not to remember everything that you hear – but rather sense what touches you that you know to be true in your heart. Otherwise, just let it pass through. 

Remember that I’ve always taught with nothing but love from my heart. Until we meet again, om shanti. Peace. Peace. Peace. 

Restorative Yoga, what?

“Restoration.” What do you think when you hear that word? For myself, I imagine in my minds’ eye a beautiful antique that has weathered and aged from the environmental stresses then restored because someone actually cared to recapture its essence and beauty.

Restorative yoga, to me; is much like this. Classical Restorative, that is. Our nervous system is stressed from the environment, the fast past culture. I never knew how much my inner body needed Restorative yoga! Last week I fully embodied restorative yoga every single day. My nervous system reset and there was an inner clarity and wisdom that I found was always there — I never really listened.

Restorative yoga is an advanced teaching. That’s what my teacher Tianne Allan from Semperviva Yoga College said. I would have to agree. There are so many subtle details, a presence you need to teach. The practice itself is such a wonderful teacher.

Some folks will push this type of yoga aside because they need to feel something. For example, sweating. While this would be wonderful for a more physical practice there also needs to be an inner caring of the nervous system.  Once you discover Restorative yoga –it so profound.

I’m so grateful I was able to learn from Tianne this past week. I invite you to try Restorative Yoga wherever you are. Become unattached to physical. Go inward, deeply. The practice is very insightful, thoughtful and profound. I am looking forward to offering this soon, be sure to check my schedule and workshops.

Until then, try taking 5 minutes of you day in a quiet room, dark with the room temperature “just right” in a supported comfortable pose and just sit with yourself and your thoughts. You’d be surprised how much 5 minutes can reset your day.

Deep gratitude to my Restorative yoga teacher Tianne Allan for all her beautiful work. Om shanti.

Go Yin-side: Yin Yoga & Acupressure Workshop!

I am excited to announce that I’ll be facilitating a special Yin Yoga workshop designed to maximize the release of physical and emotional issues stored in the tissues of the body. This class will specifically target connective tissues around the hips and back.

The Yin Yoga practice focuses on the deeper dense tissues of the body, such as tendons, ligaments and connective tissues. We will learn how to safely approach the Yin Yoga postures by inquiring about our own body in our yoga practice and learning how to use yoga props to modify or to deepen our postures. The ancient Chinese healing art of acupressure will also be introduced in this workshop. Massage balls will be used during our yin practice to press on key healing points. All levels are welcomed.

Register online at http://www.justbreatheyogarivermark.com! Click on “schedule” then “workshops” to register. Registration opens today!

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017 1PM – 3PM
Just Breathe Yoga, Rivermark
3971 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara, CA
415-517-2310

Cost: $35 Early bird, registered a week prior to event or $45 after. Space is limited!