A Beautiful Blending of Yoga and Buddhism
In order for our practices to encourage a balanced equilibrium on all levels of our being, we must address both the Yin, or receptive aspects of our nature, as well as the Yang, or active, radiant qualities. These two primordial energies are considered to be inseparable in all forms of existence, with any imbalance in our body/mind organism traceable to either an excess or depletion of these Yin or Yang energies. Each day it is essential that we assess our overall constitution and choose the practices best suited to balance us.
Sarah Powers' interest in understanding the inseparability of the physical, energetic, emotional and mental domains of our being has inspired her to interweave these teachings from Chinese medicine with the rich traditions of Yoga. This union forms the basis of Yin/Yang Yoga, and the foundation of the practices presented on this DVD. Through their application we aim to restore and revitalize the body and mind, while cultivating an inner atmosphere for contemplation and meditation to arise with greater ease.
Highlights from this DVD include:
- • Over 4 hours of practice material
- • 2 unique 1-hour Yin yoga sequences with commentaries on Buddhadharma and Chinese medicine
- • a 1 hour vigourous Vinyasa sequence
- • a 40-minute Sun Salutation sequence
- • a 10-minute guided Sivasana relaxation practice
- • a 30-minute guided meditation practice
- • programmable sequences for a variety of practice combinations
Bonus Downloadable MP3: Om Mani Padme Hum
Ty Powers and Betty Roi's beautiful chant from the Savasana on the Insight Yoga DVD is now available as a downloadable MP3! Buy it now or add it to your order free when you purchase the Insight Yoga DVD!
So nice to come home to self. Review by Heather
This is a wonderful broad spectrum DVD.
The Yin asanas are presented with “Insight” into which meridians are being most affected as well as a little Buddhist philosophy. This is done in a quiet respectful manner so as to not interfere with one’s own focus and awareness of what is happening within the long held postures.
I like the small but important areas brought to attention in the yang series. These little attentions to detail are hugely important to correct alignment and therefore physical safety. Even yoga can do harm over time when stressors are habitually applied incorrectly. In my experience many DVD ‘s as well as in live classes seem to forget the how’s and why’s of the practice of Yoga and therby the integrity of it all. Sarah never abandones.
An entire yin-yang class can be very long but you have ten class options to choose from to fit your schedule. I've never been to a live class with Sarah but I imagine this DVD is the next best thing. I feel like I'm there.
Insight Yoga. A very fitting title! Sarah’s book is also excellent!
These yin practices given (as in gifted) by Sarah’s, Paul Greely and Bernie Clark (check out yinsights.com) have been a quality of life saver for me. They have done for me what massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture, osteotherapy and my old yoga practice could not – heal a repetative work induced injury I experienced to my sacro-iliac.
It’s so nice to come home to self.
(Posted on 2/11/12)
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About Sarah Powers
Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga and Buddhism into an integral practice to enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of long held poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with a flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, and alignment based teachings.
Her Buddhist training in Insight Meditation includes many retreats with Spirit Rock trained teachers, time spent in a Monastery in Burma, and a dharma teacher training with Bhante Gunaratana. She has also sat a number of Zen and Chan retreats. Her main influence for the last 7 years has been the Dzogchen teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
She teaches retreats with her husband Ty, and together they home school their teenage daughter, Imani Jade. They live in Marin, CA.
You may also enjoy our special interview with Sarah: Sarah Powers on Insight Yoga and a Complete Path.