Join acclaimed yoga and meditation teacher Sarah Powers for a beautiful meeting of yoga and Buddhism. This DVD is a powerful journey into awareness and insight using asana, vinyasa and meditation. Sarah presents her unique blend of Yin yoga, vinyasa yoga and the meditation traditions of Buddhism to create an energetic yet safe environment for profound inner exploration.
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’s 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. As meditative awareness is both the ground and fruition of our practices, Sarah offers both guided instruction outlining the basic tenets of Insight Meditation as well as silent practice, sharing through each the tools necessary to begin and continue this essential practice of concentration and inquiry.We hope you are inspired and joyously refreshed by this collection of practices, while continuing to embody the potential for full freedom!
Highlights from the 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
- detailed menus guide you through a wealth of information
- suitable for all levels of yoga and meditation practitioners
- 4 hours
- 1 DVD
- ALL regions
“Powers is an excellent vinyasa teacher, but where she really shines is in the two Yin practices. What she offers is a broad education that links the poses to traditional Buddhism, Western anatomy and physiology, and Chinese medicine. Her explanations of how the shapes of the poses activate certain organs and subtle energy channels are especially illuminating. Holding a yoga pose for five minutes can be a challenge, but Powers’s soothing voice and powerful integrative vision turn the stay into a transformative experience.
“Insight Yoga is one of the most complete yoga training DVDs you’ll find anywhere.”
— Yoga Journal
“Throughout [Insight Yoga], Sarah’s lovely voice and gentle presence flow like a soft summer breeze that carries you deep into the practice. If you’ve never tried Yin yoga, you’ll find this DVD both a great introduction and an excellent practice guide. And if you’re looking for a holistic practice that works on all levels of the body and mind, here it is.”
— Yoga Chicago Magazine
“Here is a DVD that successfully cultivates a strong inner focus and foundation for a personalized home practice. Drawing from Sarah and Ty Powers’ studies in Buddhism and yoga, Insight Yoga delivers an integrated approach to practice and fills a void in the present market. With over four hours of instruction, this DVD offers a medley of Yin yoga, vinyasa yoga, insight meditation, and guided Savasana. These can be experienced in a “pick-and-choose” style, by constructing one’s own unique sequence, or through any of the 10 intelligently designed practices that aim to create particular effects, such as banishing fear or quieting excess mental stimulation.With her trademark softness and depth of personal practice, Sarah’s instructions reveal a pertinent fusion of Dharma, Taoism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Indian yoga traditions, and personal anecdotes.The result is not a cacophony of information, but rather a slow and deliberate guidance to a deeper place within. A single practice of Insight Yoga gives one the opportunity to become still, enlivened, self-reflective, and bathed in meditative breath awareness throughout.”
— Fit Yoga Magazine
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.