The History of Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga has been described as new, yet ancient. While Paul Grilley has done much to publicize and popularize this form of yoga, [1] he did not invent it. Paul combined three lines of inquiry in a unique way. This is the hallmark of genius. In his own book, Yin Yoga, Paul dedicated his work to three teachers who guided his three lines of inquiry:

  • Dr. Gary Parker who taught him anatomy
  • Paulie Zink who taught him Daoist Yoga
  • Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama who reminded Paul of yoga's greater purpose

Paul Grilley
While Paul has done more than any other individual to spread the teachings about Yin Yoga in the West, its practice goes back thousands of years. In this section we will discover the distant roots of Yin Yoga. We will also hear Paul's own story, the stories of Dr. Motoyama, Paulie Zink, and the other great teacher of Yin Yoga, Sarah Powers, whose style of teaching is very different from Paul's.



1 -- It was actually Sarah Powers who coined the term "Yin Yoga" that is commonly used today.


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