Yin Yoga Yinsights Newsletter #48

Yin Yoga Yinsights
December 13, 2017

Yin Yoga, inflammation, fibrosis and cancer
Introducing Fascia Rock-star Helene Langevin

Helene Langevin Helene Langevin is one of the rock-stars of the fascia research world. Wikipedia describes her as "a Professor in Residence of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is best known for discovering cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the field of acupuncture." But this bio doesn't begin to tell us about the way her works excites us yinsters. She and her team have done experiments using Yin Yoga techniques and discovered a host of positive effects.

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Virasana (W-sitting)
Is it good, bad, or just plain ugly?

There is a posture in Yin Yoga known as Saddle Pose. In the yang world it is called supta virasna: sitting between your feet and then lying back on the ground or a bolster. Can you do it? Should you do it? There are many yoga teachers who do not like this pose, and for good reason--it hurts their knees. But, this does not mean that no one should do it. It depends upon your anatomy.

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Dr Michele Summers Colon interviews Bernie Clark

Dr Michelle Summers Colon interviews Bernie Clark Join Dr. Michele on the Body Wisdom Podcast as she interviews Bernie, discussing Yin Yoga ... Michele a physician, surgeon, health coach, yoga teacher, anatomy instructor, author, podcaster and overall health & wellness expert. Her passion is helping women with diabetes and autoimmune disease heal their body.

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A Plethora of Yin Yoga Videos

Yin Yoga videos at Gaia Yoga Gaia Yoga (formerly MyYogaOnline) has over 40 different Yin Yoga videos ranging in time from short 20 minute classes to over an hour. They have almost 20 Yin Yoga classes by Bernie Clark, but also videos from many other teachers such as Doug Swenson, Cameron Gilley, and Dina Amsterdam. If you have never watched a Gaia Yoga video, the first month is really reasonable ($.99) so check them out!

Here is a listing of all the videos

Teacher Trainings

Yin is In! Yin Yoga has been with us since the beginning of Hatha Yoga centuries ago. But since the early 19th century, yoga has become more and more yang-like in nature. Everything requires balance: yin completes yang. Yin Yoga is the balancing practice for the more active, muscular yang yogas. There are more and more teachers offering Yin Yoga today, and more workshops and opportunities to learn how to become a Yin Yoga teacher. If diving deeper into the yin-side of life is on your bucket list, there are lots of opportunities for you.

Upcoming Trainings and Retreats with Bernie Clark

7-Day Yin Yoga Teacher Training
February 12th-18th, 2018;
April 9th-15th, 2018;
May 7th-13th, 2018;
June 18th-24th, 2018;
July 23rd-29th, 2018;
August 20th-26th, 2018;
September 24th to 30th, 2018;
November 5th-11th, 2018.

All of these 50-hour courses will be at the Semperviva Yoga Studios, in Vancouver, Canada. The Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program offered at the Semperviva Yoga College is a unique way to deepen your yoga practice and touch tissues rarely worked in a more active yang style of yoga. For 200 hour certified teachers the credits of the course can be applied towards the 500 hour certification offered by Semperviva, and are eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance. (CEUs = Continuing Education Units and are required to maintain your status as a Registered Yoga Teacher).

For more details or to register, check the Semperviva web page or call them at 604-739-2009.

Meditation Revealed
With Bernie Clark & Nathalie Keiller
February 18th-25th 2018
June 24th-July 1st 2018


This course will examine what meditation is, why we do it (its many benefits, spiritually, psychologically and physically), and how to do it, from a variety of viewpoints: From Eastern Yogic and Buddhist views to Western Psychotherapeutic understanding. The course will include personal, one-on-one training in Deep Meditation, as well as group instruction, to give the student an experiential basis for the practice of meditation. Held at the Semperviva Yoga Studios - Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
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Yin Yoga Teacher Directory

If you are having trouble finding a Yin Yoga teacher near you, or if you are traveling to somewhere new, try checking out the updated Directory of Yin Yoga teachers. We have hundreds of teachers registered from all over the world. If you are a teacher and are not in the directory, just send us your information and we'll be happy to add you.

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Other Interesting Events

Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and Biff Mithoefer are each planning a full load of workshops all over the world. You can check out their schedules at their home web pages:

Paul Grilley's Schedule of Workshops

Sarah Power's Schedule of Workshops

Biff Mithoefer's Schedule of Workshops

Many teachers around the world are creating Yin Yoga based workshops and retreats. Some of them are posting these activities on our Forum page. Check it out. There may be one happening near you. (If you are a teacher, feel free to add yours to the page!)











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