Yin Yoga Yinsights Newsletter #5

Yin Yoga Yinsights

December, 2010

Happy Winter to Yinsters Everywhere!

Odin slaying Ymir. Courtesy of Wikipedia. In the midst of our most yin time of year, when the days are the shortest, we celebrate the beginning of the return of the sun to the northern hemisphere with our most yang celebration of the year. However you celebrate the solstice season, as Christmas or the Saturnalia or whatever celebration you choose, take a few moments to remember to breathe. This can be a very stressful time; this can be a great time to reconnect to your breath.

In this edition of Yinsights, we will examine the causes and consequences of stress and how to manage stress with our breath. Yin Yoga is an excellent time to learn to create new breathing habits and awareness. If you find this edition helpful, please share it with others.

Wishing you a wonderful and mindful holiday and a peaceful new year.

The Yinside of Breathing

"It can be argued that stress is the number one killer in the Western world today."

The above quote is from Dr Timothy McCall. In his book Yoga as Medicine, he goes on to say, "... stress fuels some of the biggest health problems of our time, including type 2 diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, heart attacks and strokes as well as autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis. While there isn't a lot of evidence that stress causes cancer, it appears to increase the odds of dying from the disease."

Whew ... stress! Who needs it? Stress is unavoidable in our culture and some amount of stress is actually needed for our bodies to be strong and healthy. All exercise includes the dual components of stress and rest. However, when we experience too much stress and not enough rest, problems arise. In physiological terms we are hyperactive in our Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and hypoactive in our Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). The SNS and PNS are part of our autonomous nervous system, and our yoga practice, especially the Yin Yoga practice, can help rebalance these two important systems. Before we examine how Yin Yoga, combined with mindful breathing, can help reduce our stress levels and dial back the SNS, let's look a bit more at what these two systems do.

To read the rest of this article, click here.

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Yin Yoga Teacher Directory

If you are having trouble finding a Yin Yoga teacher near your, or if you are travelling to somewhere new, try checking out the 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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The Yin Yoga Forum

The forum is available for anyone to ask questions about Yin Yoga in particular or Yoga in general, but the forum is not just for those who "don't know" - it is also available for everyone who already knows, and has stories and information to share with others. Recently the forum has been changed to make it easier to find the most common topics. Check it out and feel free to add your voice.

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2010 Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings

Yin is In! And, it is growing in popularity. 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 Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings & Retreats with Bernie Clark

35 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training

January 15th-30th, 2011 (Weekends only) at the
Semperviva Yoga Studios - Vancouver, B.C., 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, and is eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance. (Continuing Education Units 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.

7-Day: 60 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat

With Bernie Clark & Diana Batts
May 29th to June 5th, 2011 at the
Sea-to-Sky Retreat Centre, Whistler, B.C., Canada

The Spring 2011 Yin Yoga Teacher Training will take place from May 29th to June 5th, 2010. This retreat is designed for students who have been practicing Yoga for at least one year and want to deepen their understanding of the practice. Prior experience in Yin Yoga is not required. You do not have to desire to become a Yoga teacher, but you are expected to have a passion for Yoga. The facility is limited, so attendance is restricted to the first 20 students who apply.

Click here to see all the details.

To register please send an email to BernieClark@YinYoga.com. To look at pictures from past retreats visit Milla's web site (and many thanks to Milla for the wonderful work!)

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Other Interesting Events

Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers are each planning a full load of workshops in 2010 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

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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