How Yin Yoga came into being | Paul Grilley & Sarah Powers
Paul Grilley, founder of Yin Yoga, was highly interested in human anatomy. He practiced with Paulie Zink, an expert Taoist Yoga teacher, to study the long-held ground postures of his teachings. He came to understand the basic principles of what we now know as Yin Yoga. Paul Grilley and his wife Suzie went on to study with Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, where they studied acupuncture, the meridian system, and chakras comprehensively.
Anatomy, the ground postures of Taoist Yoga, the principles of acupuncture, the chakra and the meridian system, were all interwoven into one, resulting in the practice of Yin Yoga. For a while the practice was taught under the name of Taoist Yoga till Sarah Powers came into play. Being a yoga teacher and a dedicated student of Paul Grilley, Sarah implemented the slow, long held ground postures into her classes. Sarah referred to it as ‘Yin Yoga’.
When the time came and Paul’s first book was published, the yoga style officially got its name through the book “Yin Yoga: Outline of a quiet practice”. This does not mean that it only came into being recently, but rather has been an integrated part of yoga without a specific name. When the focus in the West shifted from Yang Yoga to also include Yin postures, Yin Yoga came into being as a practice on its own or combined with Yang.
Wolfs Yoga’s Lot has studied under Sarah Powers. In 2018, she joined a teacher training intensive in Seattle, USA, to deepen her practice in Yin Yang and Mindfulness. She integrates Sarah’s philosophy on yoga and mindfulness into the classes she teaches during the Wolfs Yoga Retreats.