About Paulie Zink Seminars
Participants learn a variety of yin and yang postures which blend and balance the body’s yin and yang energies. Instruction also includes methods of flowing with movement, how to grow the body to optimize flexibility, visualization exercises and breathing meditations. In addition, the properties of the five elements are explained and demonstrated as Master Zink leads students through the cycle of energy transformation.
Students find Yin and Yang yoga to be an excellent complement to other styles of yoga. Teachers of other styles regularly attend Paulie’s seminars to enhance not only their own personal practice, but also their classroom skills. Paulie is known as a teacher’s teacher.
Students who attend Paulie’s seminars are invited to practice at their own level of skill. There is absolutely no pressure to perform beyond one’s comfort and limits.
I just wanted to let you know what an amazing experience it was to be at Paulie’s workshop. He is truly a Master teacher and so much of what he said really resonated with me. And I don’t remember ever having so much fun at a workshop! Just from those three days, I could feel the energy changes in my body. I only wish I could study with someone who is at the high level he is at. I feel so honored to have been able to experience this time with Paulie and am truly thankful for this past weekend.
With much gratitude,
We had such a great time with Paulie. He is amazing, incredibly skilled, and most kind…the students loved him and so did we. He’s so down to earth and so open…he spent time with everyone who wished to talk with him…so many folks are looking forward to next year. There was more laughter, fun, and play than in any workshop I’ve ever attended…it was wonderful. I’ve got lots to practice now…look forward to incorporating lots of this into my own practice.
Owner Dharma Yoga Studios, SC
YIN AND YANG YOGA
TEACHER TRAINING / STUDENT INTENSIVE
Session One, 4-5 hours
THE FIVE ELEMENTS BIRTHING CYCLE
- The Five Elements: Theory, Energetic qualities, The cycle of transmutation
- Philosophy of Taoist yoga- the concept of non-interference
- Relationship of the microcosmic self to the macrocosmic universe
- The natural breath cycle and the circulation of energy
- Taoist meditations for grounding and relaxation
Session Two, 4-5 hours
THE FIVE ELEMENTS YIELDING CYCLE
- The Five Elements: The Yin and Yang aspects, Health and balance of the emotions and internal organ
- The Taoist way of spontaneity and receptivity
- Being in harmony with our individual Tao
- Relaxing the thinking mind to awaken to our primal and intuitive natures
- How to grow the body supple
- Taoist visualizations for deepening your practice
In this workshop we will explore
Yin Yoga- Postures of stillness for promoting growth, clearing energetic blockages, and enhancing circulation.
Yang Yoga- Postures for developing core strength and muscle tone, balance, and stamina.
Flow Yoga- Including both Yin and Yang yoga, Taoist Flow is more than just a sequence of postures. In Taoist Flow the process of transition from pose to pose is as integral to the practice as the postures themselves. Taoist movement incorporates continuous, smooth and circular motion that promotes ease, fluidity and grace in the body.
Taoist Alchemy- Cultivating and harmonizing the five transforming alchemical elemental energies that are contained in the universal life field and animate distinct qualities in the body such as lightness, fluidity, strength, springiness, and calm.
Participants who complete the requirements earn a teacher training certificate for the total hours of the workshop plus the number of hours committed to the assignment. These hours are applicable towards teacher certification in
Paulie Zink’s Art of Yin and Yang Yoga.
To earn a certificate, students must attend all sessions of the workshop plus read two translations of the Tao Te Ching and write a personal reflection of at least 100 words on a chapter of their choice.
Attendees who do not wish to earn the certificate are not required to write an essay.
Email the assignment to
- Your first and last name
- Your postal address
- The workshop date, location, and number of hours
- The number of hours committed to the reading assignment
THE ART OF YIN AND YANG YOGA WORKSHOP
This workshop will be largely experiential with some short lectures. Students will engage in Yin Yoga postures of stillness for promoting growth, clearing energetic blockages, and enhancing circulation, Yang Yoga postures for developing core strength and muscle tone, balance, and stamina, and Taoist Flow Yoga. Taoist Flow includes both Yin and Yang yoga. It is more than just a sequence of postures. In Taoist Flow the process of transition from pose to pose is as much a part of the practice as the postures themselves. Taoist movement incorporates continuous, smooth and circular motion designed to develop fluidity and grace in the body and a relaxed confident demeanor.
Taoist yoga is an earth honoring tradition born out of the indigenous health practices and spiritual philosophies of ancient China. Taoist principles follow the way of simplicity and living in harmony with nature. In this all-levels workshop we learn to let go of concepts to free ourselves from the constraints of the thinking mind, grow the body supple, flow with movement, and be in harmony with our own Tao, or way of being.
We explore specific yoga postures that activate the vital properties of the five alchemical elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) and invoke the spiritual essence of various creatures, thus enlivening the body and consciousness with these energetic qualities.
Through this process of renewal we balance emotions, restore bodily systems, clear energetic obstructions, increase vitality, and enhance self-awareness. By returning to our true state of being we awaken to our primal power and playful spirit.
TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:
- How to endow the body with the energetic properties of the five elements
- Maintaining health and balance of emotions and the internal organs
- Unlocking the joints and clearing toxins
- The circulating breath cycle and the flow of energy throughout the body
- Relaxing the thinking mind and learning to feel with the intuitive heart
- Meditations for grounding and relaxation
- Visualizations for developing flexibility and deepening your personal practice
YIN AND YANG YOGA
THE FOUR TRANSFORMING SESSIONS WORKSHOP
The Art of Yin and Yang yoga
Developed from the healing practices and spiritual philosophies of ancient China, this art is based on the Taoist principles of living in oneness with nature. We will experience how to cultivate vital life force and direct it through the body, balance our yin and yang energies, liberate ourselves from limiting perceptions, feel with the intuitive heart and express the artist within.
Mostly asanas, energy awareness exercises
Yin Yoga Alchemy
We explore specific yoga postures to endow the body with the energetic qualities of the five transforming alchemical elements of earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. By integrating the power and healing aspects of these properties we stabilize emotions, harmonize the internal organs, and resonate with the true nature of our being.
Mostly asanas, energy awareness exercises
Yin Flow Yoga
Including both Yin and Yang yoga, Taoist movement is much more than a sequence of postures. It incorporates a continuous synergistic economy of motion designed to quicken our primal spirit, and to promote relaxed confidence, fluidity, and grace in the body.
Asanas and movement
Deepen your practice and enhance self-awareness by returning to the source of being and the mystery that informs all of life. We will hold postures of stillness to clear energetic blockages, improve circulation, and unlock the joints while focusing on visualizations for grounding, relaxation, and growing the body supple.
Mostly asanas, meditations
Master Paulie Zink is the founder of Yin yoga. He received intensive private training for ten years as the sole protege of Chinese Taoist yoga and Kung fu Master Cho Chat Ling. A three time international martial arts grand-champion, Paulie is renowned for his fluidity, flexibility and artistry of motion. Through his many years of practice and study Paulie continues to evolve his unique style of yoga rooted the ancient Taoist tradition he learned. With his relaxed and playful demeanor, students find him to be a very approachable and enjoyable teacher. He brings to his teaching over 35 years experience and a profound knowledge he conveys with a simple clarity that comes from true understanding.
Master Zink was featured in the BBC series “Jerry Hall’s Gurus”, a documentary on spiritual teachers produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, UK.
Master Zink has taught Yin and Yang yoga and Medical Chi Kung at:
- Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
- Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck, NY
- Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
- Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
- University of California Los Angeles, International Student Center
- Deaconess Hospital, Cancer Treatment Program, Billings, MT
- Midwest Yoga Conference, Chicago, IL
- Illinois Neuro-Spine Center
- Rush Copley Hospital, Aurora, IL
- Yoga Journal conference, Lake Geneva, WI
Paulie Zink’s Taoist art of Yin and Yang yoga is the original source of Yin Yoga.
Learn from the master who started it all.
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