Meeting with Noëlie Staibano, yoga teacher in Aix-en-Provence.

Yin yoga with Noëlie

Historical overview

Yin is a rather recent discipline which dates from the 1990s and was developed by the American Paul Grilley who followed the teachings of Paulie Zink and was interested in the work of Doctor Hiroshi Motoyama on the meridians and the chakras. However, this discipline has its origins in much older sources: Taoist philosophy and traditional Chinese medicine. Originally called “Daiost yoga”, Sarah Powers, one of Paul Grilley's students, gave the current name of “Yin Yoga”.


What is Yin?

It is to hold a posture on the ground while remaining still for several minutes The 3 principles in Yin: the right posture: learning to tell the difference between a sensation and a pain, what is good for us and what is not, immobility: to hold in a posture without moving, slowness: to remain a certain time in posture, usually between 3 and 5 mn.


What I like in YIN

It is a yoga perfectly complementary to my usual practice, more dynamic, the Vinyasa that I practice and teach also. I like the introspective side of Yin Yoga, letting go into the posture, the letting go of it. I like this apology of the slowness that one tends to lose in the everyday life, and the mental and emotional challenge that this practice provides by its immobility, in a zone of discomfort. Yin brings us to be present to what is and to welcome all that comes to us without judgment, it is to sit in silence and to listen to one's deep being.


The benefits of Yin Yoga

This yoga softens, moisturizes and protects the deep connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fasciae, joints) promotes the circulation of the vital Energy by soliciting the meridians of the body, learns to refocus favors the interior calm develops the concentration allows to reach a deep meditative state.


My advice

Choose a quiet place, let people know that you need a moment for yourself, turn off your phone, prepare a serene and practical atmosphere, get well and take cushions and other equipment to get comfortable but staying in a zone that stimulates your body. You can put soft music or prefer to practice in silence. Do not forget the pause between each posture, which will let you infuse all the benefits of this practice and observe the flow of energy in your body.


My training

Yoga has appeared in my life, by a happy coincidence 15 years ago, when a friend proposes to accompany me to a class. Very quickly I become aware of the power of this discipline that brings me in addition to the physical aspect, balance and inner calm. Inspired and inspiring teachers train in Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga, Prana Flow, Iyengar, Nidra and Yin Yoga. I start giving lessons at home, then I open there 5 years my first studio located in a green setting, favoring courses in small groups. We have since moved to a more comfortable studio (close to the first) that always promotes quality and where a team of passionate teachers accompanies me. I consider myself an eternal student myself, I continue to do internships with teachers who inspire me and come to enrich my personal practice and my teaching. I am currently a program of mindfulness that will allow me to transmit to my students a new aspect of my passion for this ancestral discipline, its infinite richness, its unlimited potentialities.


My choices BEM

I like to practice yin in comfortable and flexible clothes, not too tight unlike Vinyasa. And as we move little and I'm rather chilly, I cover myself enough to not be cold, and I do not forget my socks to keep my feet warm :-) I favor soft cotton materials from BEM Store .
Keywords: Yoga styles, yin yoga