Yin Yoga Yinsights
November 26, 2018
Review of the 5th International Fascia Congress
November 13 to 15, 2018 in Berlin, Germany
The previous congress was in 2015, so 3 years have passed. What new and exciting revelations occurred in these 3 years? I can't say that anything presented this year was completely revolutionary but a lot of research has been done expanding our basic understanding of fascia at both a cellular and physiological level . Of interest was the fact that researchers in medical silos far afield from fascia (from cancer to evolutionary biology) were present and presenting--fascia is finally being accepted and recognized as a critical component of understanding our bodies and health.
It is challenging to see immediately the clinical implications of the basic research presented, but some very interesting studies and explanations certainly helped to deepen my understanding of what fascia is, and why it is. The following notes are from many presentations and plenary sessions, but I have not made an attempt to document the complete state of research nor summarize all the reports presented. Rather, I have compiled the reports that are of interest to me and ones that I feel may have a bearing on how we teach yoga asanas.
Live WBGR Health & Wellness Network Facebook interview with Bernie Clark, Tuesday
Nov 27 at 7pm EST/4pm PST
Rhythym of Yoga host, Valencia Folks will be talking live with Bernie about yoga in general and Yin Yoga specifically. This will be a Facebook Live event in which
you will be able to ask questions in real time. Don't worry if you can't make it for the live showing because it will be
available for viewing aftewards as well.
To watch or participate in the talk
Josh Summers interviews Bernie Clark about Your Spine, Your Yoga
Josh has a series of podcasts called Everyday Sublime: Shedding Light on Yin Yoga and Meditation.
In this first episode of a 4-part series, he welcomes Bernie Clark back to the podcast to discuss his new book, Your Spine, Your Yoga. In it, Bernie talks about the main themes in the book including the importance of stability over mobility in the health of our spines.
Josh also asks Bernie to define some important terms that every yoga practitioner should be fluent with. They discuss the difference between stability and mobility, how best to train each, the differences between stress and stretch, as well as flexibility and mobility.
As always, Bernie proves to be a treasure trove of knowledge and practical wisdom.
Listen to the podcasts
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 11th-17th, 2019;
April 1st-7th, 2019;
May 6th-12th, 2019;
June 3rd-9th, 2019;
July 22nd-28th, 2019;
August 19th-25th, 2019;
September 23rd-29th, 2019;
November 4th-10th, 2019<.
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.
With Bernie Clark & Nathalie Keiller
February 17th-24th 2019
June 9th-June 16th 2019
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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The Yin Yoga Forum
Recent Forum Discussions: If you have something to contribute to these topics, feel free to add your voice and experience to the discussions!
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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!)