You can learn some fundamentals of Yin Yoga from Yin Yoga teachers
but you can only learn the complete art from the founding master
“I am delighted to see how the practice of Yin Yoga has spread throughout the global yoga community. But I have not authorized any other person or school to offer Yin Yoga Teacher Certification. To this effect I have founded The Yin Yoga Institute in order to provide guidelines in teaching Yin Yoga and to establish a standard of excellence in the art. The Yin Yoga Institute also serves as the official Teacher Registration for Yin Yoga teachers who meet the minimum requirements.” Master Zink
Master Paulie Zink is the founder of Yin Yoga and was Paul Grilley’s teacher. Master Zink is a multifaceted instructor of rare quality. He is a highly proficient Yin Yoga practitioner, a Chi Kung expert and an internationally acclaimed martial arts grand champion. The combination of his exceptional background, knowledge and skill makes him unique among yoga teachers in the western world. In order to achieve this degree of mastery he underwent demanding training and esoteric disciplines which emphasized cultivating the felt awareness and embodiment of one’s intuitive, instinctual, and mystical natures. As a result, he can actualize the power and spontaneity, the flowing movement and wild spirit that are inherent in our awakened primal energy.
Master Zink conveys a profound and refreshing simplicity that comes from true understanding. With his relaxed and playful demeanor, students find him to be a very approachable and enjoyable teacher. Master Zink continues to evolve his art of Yin Yoga by adding postures, variations, and insights. Through many years of study, practice and teaching he has further developed this ancient Taoist tradition into his own distinctive and dynamic style.
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“I took from Paulie Zink one Yin Yoga workshop
and I learned more in that one weekend
then I did in all of my yoga teacher trainings!!!”
“I was taught at a Yin Yoga workshop that everyone’s bones are different, and my bones aren’t meant to bend in a way that would allow me to do certain poses. They told me I will never do the splits, but it’s not my fault, it’s my bones. They showed me other ways to practice, and I trusted them. I continued doing my daily yoga practice, becoming more flexible then I have ever been, but with a belief that there was a limit to what I can do.
Then I took a workshop with Paulie Zink. He reminded me why I fell in love with yoga in the first place. At his weekend workshop he told me I can do anything I set my mind to, and that there aren’t any limits to what I am capable of accomplishing [within reason]. He showed genuine care and interest, and had an energy that just radiated throughout the room. He is an example of the type of teacher I hope to be: one who inspires.
And one day, I will do the splits!”
“It is not possible to predict what a person may physically accomplish by observation, medical examination, X-ray of skeleton, MRI or other imaging devices.
(This of course assumes we are not talking about ever being able to bench press a tractor trailer!)
This may not apply to someone who has a congenital physical deformity or a post traumatic physical deformity. The question of being able to perform any physical posture is not dependent on bone structure for the most part, but far more on the amount of time devoted to practicing.
I strongly discourage any concept by teachers or students about what can and cannot be accomplished. The heart of the practice of yoga rests completely in the word ‘practice’, it is not measured in what external physical form is demonstrated. We have all seen individuals who through genetics and practice can do outrageous physical contortions, but have no spiritual awareness and we have seen individuals whose wisdom, compassion, and love are endless who have never heard of downward facing dog.
My response to a student who would ask if he/she would ever be able to do a particular asana, would be practice from the heart with compassion, diligence and persistence and ask me that question in another 20 years.”
Joe Lanzarotta, M.D.