SID MONTZ YOGA
Sid was introduced to Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi & Buddhism in 1987 in La Jolla, Ca while studying directing UCSD. He received his Masters Degree in Directing from University of Leeds, UK where his dissertation was on actors movement with the use of yoga. While directing theatre in Europe & the United States, he taught actors the benefits of yoga for getting into their bodies and controlling their breath.
He studied at Yogaworks Santa Monica under Vytas Baskauskas & Maya McKenna for his 200 TT & David Lynch (who trained with Annie Carpenter) at Yogaworks Larchmont for his 300 TT.
He went on to study Yin Yoga with internationally acclaimed Master Yoga Teacher and best selling author, Bernie Clark & Diana Batts at Semperviva Yoga in Vancouver. Studying with Bernie & Diana is when Sid found his true calling.
Going on to study with Sarah Powers, Bernie’s first yin teacher and one of the original Yin Yoga creators (along with Paul Grilley), Sid was accepted to the Sarah & Ty Powers Insight Yoga Institute to further his teaching interests integrating Yin/Yang Yoga, Buddhism and spiritual psychology into a skillful practice to balance the body, heart and mind.
Jillian Pransky - Restorative Yoga
Paul Grilley - Yin Yoga: The Functional Approach
Elise Browning Miller - Yoga for Scoliosis Level 1 & 2
Annie Carpenter - SmartFlow- Psoas, Pranayama & Deep + Safe
Carrie Owerko - Form, Fluidity & FUNction
Eleonore Koury - Reiki Level 1 & 2 (Usui Lineage)
Judith Lasater - Relax & Renew Level 1 (restorative yoga)
Rod Stryker - Para Yoga Nidra
Sid’s meditation practice comes from his long time trainings and practices in various Buddhist traditions. His primary teacher is Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn. He is an active member of Organic Garden Sangha and Deer Park Monastery. Teaching and practicing meditation is a deep passion for Sid in the Buddhist mindfulness traditions.
Curious at heart, Sid encourages students to get to know & honor their bodies where they are today. In his classes, Sid likes to guide students through an empowering, meditative and lighthearted practice, giving the students opportunities to deepen their connection to their body, mind and spirit.
A native New Orleanian, Sid resides in Beverly Hills, Ca & New Orleans, La.
Sid is a 854hr (RYT) specializing in Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra & Meditation.
Sid teaches at and is part of the staff at Zen Yoga West Hollywood, M Power Yoga (New Orleans), & Fitness SF (San Francisco). He also offers private classes, pop up classes and workshops.
Sid also is on faculty at Tree Academy in West Hollywood where he joyfully teaches mediation and yoga to young people in 6th through 12th grade.
YIN YOGA FAQS
BENEFITS OF YIN YOGA
On a physical level, yin yoga targets and affects our deepest layers: the connective tissues, which include our fascia, ligaments, joints, cartilage, and bones. All tissues need exercise to regain and maintain optimal health, and these deeper tissues are no exception. But, to safely exercise the deeper, yin-like tissues of our body we need to use yin-like stresses.
Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are:
Calming and balancing to the mind and body
Regulates energy in the body
Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips
Lowering of stress levels (no one needs that)
Better lubrication and protection of joints
More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
Release of fascia throughout the body
Help with TMJ and migraines
A great coping for anxiety and stress
Better ability to sit for meditation
Ultimately you will have a better Yang practice
I really do believe that if you incorporate a little of both will create a more well-rounded practice as well as a better-rounded version of the awesome you!
YIN YOGA PRINCIPLES
In Yin Yoga the practitioner is trying to access the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia and many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine).
As one ages flexibility in the joints decreases and Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility, something that for many don’t seem to be too concerned about until they notice it is gone. yin yoga there is time…lots of time: time to explore sensations, time to learn the appropriate depth for you in each posture, time to develop the habits of attending, noticing, and making appropriate decisions. This is one reason that yin yoga is so beneficial; you are provided time to get to know your body, what it needs, and what it does not need. Yin yoga explores the edges where resistance arises. This resistance may be physical, but there are other edges to become aware of as well—emotional and psychological edges are also to be noticed and honored.
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.
PRACTICE WITH SID
Yin Yoga is a meditative yet powerful practice applying moderate stress to the connective tissue of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
Yin involves a relaxed practice of floor postures that are held from three to five minutes at a time.
Yin Yoga classes are a perfect complement to a more yang or more active style of yoga such as Vinyasa Power Flow or Ashtanga.
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