What is Yin?

Yin is known as the Yoga for “Flexibility”. Other styles of yoga target the muscles and help with strength and mobility. Yin is very grounding and sometimes referred to as “Earth Yoga”, because all of the postures are done close to the earth while practicing stillness and awareness without judgement, called “Mindfulness”. Yin Yoga concentrates on the hips, low back and sacrum. It helps bring balance to  busy, fast paced life by training us to SLOW DOWN & LET GO. By holding the postures while relaxing the muscles, the stretch reaches deep into the connective tissue of the body. Yin Yoga targets the joints where the bones are connected by ligaments. Ligaments are super strong, dry, plastic tissue. Therefore, it is necessary to hold each posture for a minimum of three minutes in order to create any change. Many things may occur during this holding; emotions rise up, memories appear, thoughts stream in, sensations get stronger. By not reacting to these things we are given an opportunity to cultivate deep inner peace, concentration and a deeper connection to our true nature. After practicing Yin Yoga it is not out of the ordinary to feel deeply relaxed and energized all at once. With continuous practice it’s common to experience better sleep, less auto pilot reactions, and more ease in normal stressful situations in life. Yin is becoming one of the most popular styles of yoga taught in the West. The reasons will be clear once you try it for yourself!

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January 24, 2015 Lynne is a teacher who really gives her all every class to every student. Donna F.

January 24, 2015 Having Lynne as my yoga instructor has expanded my yoga practice and experience. For sixteen weeks every Tuesday evening I benefited from her mindful and focused instruction. She helped bring me to a more advanced place on my yoga mat. Thank you Lynne! Janice D.

Lynne has inspired me to take my yoga practice to higher levels. Because of her encouragement, I pushed myself to my edge…stuck it out…put my mind on my breath and on personal growth. What you think about, you bring about. Lynne’s enthusiasm after all these years will get your attention. She will take you to the next level.
~Namaste~ Denise B.

January 21, 2015 Lynne is one of my all time favorite teachers! She is always inspiring & freshly on-point! She’s authentic, devoted & cool! Soul-sister!  Lisa T.

“In the summer of this year  I was playing tennis three times each week and walking 2-3 miles a day about 4 days a week. Then something changed. I was so stiff in my hip joints that I could hardly move to play tennis or walk with my friends.  My legs felt like two stumps. Eventually I started taking ibuprofen several days a week just to help with the pain. I went to an Integrative Medicine session to see if I was eating something or having an autoimmune reaction to something that was causing this change to no avail. I thought I would have to give up tennis and cardio exercise forever. Then one day I stumbled upon Lynne’s Yin yoga classes offered each week at a local studio and decided to tried it out, not expecting any particular result.  I was astonished at the improvement. My hip pain decreased as my flexibility improved. I am only able to attend one day a week, but even at just that, I have not taken an oral analgesic for over a month now and can run on the tennis court without pain or flexibility issues. I consider this amazing. I am so grateful to have found Lynne’s class and what I believe is the secret for me to exercise at my age. (60)” R.S.

“Lynne’s Yin class has been transformative for me.  Under Lynne’s expert instruction, my body is gradually unlocking and years of misuse, injury, and trauma are set free.  Yin is an intense experience, not for the feint of heart, but the rewards of exploring Yin with Lynne transcend the brief hour devoted to this practice.  Life is frantic and harried and stressful: Yin with Lynne is the counter-pose to my crazy world.  Thanks, Lynne!”

Patty Mullen

Canton, MI

Want To Learn to Teach Yin with Lynne?

Please join Lynne for a weekend of transformation and education steeped in the ancient traditions of Yin Yoga.

Namaste – I fell in love with Yin after returning home from India where I studied Osho’s active meditations for a month at his Ashram in Pune. I wanted to share what I had learned. But after a couple of attempts I realized how hard it was for students to sit on the floor to meditate because their lower bodies were so tight. That’s when Yin appeared in my life. That was 2008 and I’m still learning, teaching and loving Yin more than ever! It would be my honor to share my passion for Yin with you. Please look at the testimonials written by students who have taken the training. And let me know how I can help bring Yin into your life!

With Love & Light~ Lynne

Read What Teachers are Saying

“When an instructor, teaches from the heart, the student learns from the heart. This has to be the quintessential of a learning experience. Very few teachers will persevere with this kind of energy.

Lynne Baum has a very deep personally rooted, time experienced and well traveled position in the Yin Yoga world and she stops at no boundaries to share this with her students.”

January 2015 Graduate, Pavel Bednarski, RYT

What an inspiration and profound teaching! My expectations were well met – intense practice for each of us teachers balanced with great fundamental knowledge. And – I am humbled by releasing “ something old ”, that’s what I needed to experience myself in order to teach it – the intensity of this powerful healing work.
Thanks Lynne, this was outstanding!
Greetings, Claudia

“Yin with Lynne’s 20 hour training was the best money I have ever spent.

Lynne’s passion and love shows in her generosity to share her knowledge over and over. Her teaching style is honest and real. Lynne’s  training is far above the ordinary.   While working in a small group you still feel your being taught privately.  I would highly recommend this training to everyone. I look forward to further training with the Queen of Yin!”

Jan. 2016 Graduate,Caroline Holmes

Love It Yoga, Ontario, Canada 

If you have the chance to take this class, then do it!  Lynne is a wonderful and engaging teacher.  For me, taking Lynne’s Yin Yoga Teacher training class has been a life changing experience.  Not only has it taught me a different perspective on Yin Yoga, but it has also showed me how to help my students even more with the postures themselves.  I only wish it could have gone on longer than 20 hours.

Rae – Feb. 2016 graduate

I’m professionally and personally grateful for what I learned in Lynne’s Yin teacher training. Now I am confidant I can lead students in a yin practice which will help them ease tight connective tissue and release tension.  I can also use what I learned to guide my own practice, too. During training I was able to relax my hip flexors so that I was able to sleep flat on my back for the first time.

– Anita Sept. 2015 YYTT

I have been practicing Yin yoga for about three years and have been a regular student in Lynne’s class.  I completed my RYT 200 hours in June 2015 and wanted to explore Yin yoga on a deeper level so that I could start to teach Yin.  This training was exactly what I needed.  Lynne is wonderful person and an amazing teacher!  She shares so many insights into practicing and teaching Yin yoga that you cannot get from merely reading a book. I would highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to enhance their personal Yin practice or start teaching Yin yoga!

– Rebecca Sept 2015 YYTT

At a time when I needed it most in my life, I took Lynne’s wonderful Yin training to deepen my understanding of this rich tradition. Yin yoga has transformed my approach to both teaching and my personal yoga practice. Lynne gave me the tools I need to share the amazing benefits of this practice with others. A truly lovely spirit, Lynne is a font of knowledge and an incredible resource for our yoga community. I look forward to taking more trainings wth her!

– Amy Sept 2015 YYTT

Here’s What You Will Learn:

Course Overview Yin Yoga Training Program will provide:

  • Knowledge of the Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga
  • Understanding of the benefits of Yin Yoga: physically, energetically and spiritually
  • Learning the difference between Yin and Yang styles of Yoga
  • Overview of the Anatomy of Yin
  • Understanding the Energy of the Meridian System
  • The study of Yin as your meditation
  • Experience Practicing and Teaching the 26 Yin Yoga asanas
  • Practice in teaching Yin Yoga classes-
  • A Yin Yoga – Level 1 manual
  • A Yin – Level 1 certificate of completion

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Must be a 200 hour certified/ registered teachers to receive a teaching certificate. Others will receive a certificate of completion instead. The credits of this course may be applied towards a 500 hour certification. You are also eligible for 20 hours CEU with Yoga Alliance. Continuing Education Units are required to maintain your status as a Registered Yoga Teacher. Upon completion of the course students will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting participation and attendance.

2016 Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings

Early Bird Pricing $100 Discount ($395.00 Total)

Jan. 15-17, 2016 Birmingham Unitarian Church– Bloomfield Hills, MI SOLD OUT

Feb.  26-28, 2016 Yoga4Peace – Southgate, MI SOLD OUT

May 20-22, 2016 Birmingham Unitarian Church– Bloomfield Hills, MI SOLD OUT

Sept. 16-18, 2016 Birmingham Unitarian Church– Bloomfield Hills, MI  SOLD OUT

October 14-16, Yin w Lynne Studio- Bloomfield Hills, MI SOLD OUT

October 21- 23rd, 2016 The Spring Yoga Center– Sandy Spring, MD SOLD OUT

Nov. 11-13, 2016 ABC Yoga South Lyon, MI SOLD OUT

2017 Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings

Jan. 27-29, 2017 A2 Yoga Ann Arbor, MI SOLD OUT

April 7 -9, 2017  R.O.M Studio Bloomfield Hills, MI SOLD OUT

May 5-7, 2017 Blossoming Lotus Yoga- Lasalle, Ontario SOLD OUT

June 23-25, 2017 R.O.M Studio Bloomfield Hills, MI

September 22-24 2017 Location TBD

October 20- 22 2017 The Spring Yoga Center– Sandy Spring, MD

Typical YYTT schedule:
Friday 5-10pm
Saturday 12-9pm
Sunday 11-6pm

(Times may vary depending on location. Please check with hosting studio for exact times)  

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Refund Policy: Please note that the $100 deposit is to hold your space and is non-refundable. The remainder, if paid in full, is refundable up to 30 days prior to the start date of the training. All circumstances are negotiable and full payment can be applied to a future Yin with Lynne Teacher Training.

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Lynne guides students to the Yinside.

Student is certified and ready to teach Yin Yoga

January 2017 Happy and Relaxed after Weekend Immersion Training

Poses & Descriptions

An abbreviated description of some of the Yin Yoga Postures you will study and practice in great detail in your Yin Teacher Training. There are 26 Yin yoga postures in total.

Ankle Stretch
Opening up the tops of the feet, this posture may be very difficult, especially for men who are not used to having the toes pointed in higher heels. The stomach and Spleen meridians open up here. And practicing this posture will help you move into many of the other hip openers more easily.
Ankle Reclining
Opening up the tops of the feet, this posture may be very difficult, especially for men who are not used to having the toes pointed in higher heels. The stomach and Spleen meridians open up here. And practicing this posture will help you move into many of the other hip openers more easily.
Seal Posture
Seal Posture – This posture takes Sphinx to the next level. As you squeeze your glutes, the lower back lengthens. That allows you to lift through the front body and push down into the tops of the feet. The Stomach and Spleen meridians are stimulated on the front of the legs as well as a gentle compression of the lumbar spine.
Toe Stretch

This posture stimulates all six major lower body meridians at once. It’s harder than it appears to be, especially if you have tight feet. So move into it slowly and mindfully.

Butterfly
The hips move in four directions. This posture takes both hips into the outer rotation direction affecting the Gall bladder Meridians on the outer thighs. This posture will help students achieve deeper awareness of the standing postures such as Warrior II and Triangle.
Childs Pose
This posture stretches the tops of the feet, the shins, thighs and lower back. This is a great way to begin a Yin Yoga sequence!
Half Frog
Frog Pose is typically known as an inner rotation posture. When practiced in this form the extended leg gets a nice hamstring stretch, while the bent leg is in inner rotation. Kidney and liver meridians are affected on the bent leg side of the hip. Urinary Bladder on the straightened leg.
Sphynx
This is a very gentle backbend that anyone can use to release low back tension. A slight compression in the lumbar spine creates stimulation of the Urinary Bladder Meridians.
Half Butterfly

This is similar to Janu Sirsasana. One difference is that in a Yin Posture we try to relax all of the muscles so the stretch can reach deep into the ligament in the joint.The Urinary Bladder on the extended leg and the Gall Bladder on the bent leg are the Meridians being affected.

Dragon Fly

This posture, similar to Upavistha Konasana in Hatha Yoga, stretches the hamstrings and lower back. Each Yin Yoga posture directly affects the meridian system as well as the physical body. The energetic channel of the urinary Bladder is stimulated here.

Squat

In India people sit this way all of the time, minus the praying hands. In our country most people of any age cannot get into this posture easily. But the benefits are myriad. Lower back, hips, knees and feet are all being stretched in this position, along with many of the lower body meridian channels.

“When an instructor, teaches from the heart, the student learns from the heart. This has to be the quintessential of a learning experience. Very few teachers will persevere with this kind of energy.

Lynne Baum has a very deep personally rooted, time experienced and well traveled position in the Yin Yoga world and she stops at no boundaries to share this with her students.”

Pavel Bednarski  RYT

January 2015