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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press; 1 edition (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883991439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883991432
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Yoga as practiced in North America is almost exclusively "yang" in nature, meaning that it relies upon postures that aggressively stretch the muscles. Paul Grilley offers his book Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice as a counterbalance to this trend. Yin yoga, he says, should only be done when muscles are already relaxed, and postures should be held for long periods at least several minutes. Yin yoga can be used to unwind, and is particularly appropriate for the end of the day. Anyone who thinks that yin yoga sounds wimpy should gaze hard at the 35 photographs in this book, which illustrate some pretty challenging poses. Grilley's technique offers a unique blend of yoga meditation and Taoist principles.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone beginning a yin practice.
Marci Kelley
Being the open-minded person that I am, I decided to give the book and this practice a try.
shanti1
Nice little book -- loads of information in a concise, easy to read format.
Kimberly S. Carter

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Molly on December 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
No words are wasted in this book, its brief and to the point. Paul Grilley covers the meridians/nadis in the body and how they are affected by this simple yet deep practice.
In my opinion, yin yoga is much needed in our vinyasa-focused Western vision of hatha yoga. I am an ashtanga teacher and the practice of yin yoga has increased my understanding and awareness of my physical body. It is a welcome compliment to the yang aspect of my personal practice. Almost all the postures in this book are seated since yin yoga focuses on the area from the hips to the knees. What I love about this particular style is that you can do it first thing in the morning when you're cold and stiff or after a heated vinyasa practice.
I recommend this book because out of my numerous yoga texts, this is one that I constantly reach for.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By k VINE VOICE on February 10, 2005
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I started yoga over 20 years ago for an injury. Yoga was like this, slow, calm and peaceful. I have done starter level yoga for all these years, and have watched yoga become "Power, Hot, Strength" and many other unfun things. New yoga requires the perfect body type and hip alinment.

So I am back to YIN Basics, my hip pain is under control again. In two weeks I can get twice as deep into the postures, pain relief now lasts 24 hours. I like being a perpetual beginner, and I am really enjoying YIN yoga.

If you do not have a yoga block, I suggest you get one.I highly recommend this and Yamura Body Rolling if you interest is pain control, increased flexability, not ultra yoga.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Susan Koch on January 17, 2003
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I took a Yin Yoga workshop from Sarah Powers and that's how I came to connect with Paul Grilley's book. I use this in my yoga classes and after spending the summer working on my "yin" yoga I have noticed a marked increase in my flexibility. This book is full of very valuable information. Paul covers all the bases! I have a number of students wanting to purchase this book. You won't be disappointed with this book. You can read it ina couple of hours but will find you keep refering back to it because there is so much information in it.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By wild animals VINE VOICE on February 22, 2006
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This is a good book. I will probably refer to it for years to come! It contains a wealth of information, and is helping me to rethink my practice. After so long following athletic yoga DVDs, flinging myself between postures, it is indescribably pleasant to sink into poses for 5 minutes at a time, with no pressure to hurry. If that sounds good to you, then you'll want to read this book.

This book has many sections, including an introduction, some information on chi meridians and chakras, theory and basic anatomy of yin yoga, yin yoga posture instruction with photos, and more! The layout and colors are clean and attractive, and the photos of the poses are clear and helpful. Paul Grilley is very good at explaining where you should feel each pose, and what to expect if you do different variations. Most yoga instruction I've encountered hasn't mentioned that kind of stuff. Make sure you read the theory part before you go to the poses. Some of the most important information is in there--really!

But I have to be honest: This book has a lot of shortcomings, mostly in the format of the book itself. The table of contents doesn't list each pose individually, so if you want a certain pose, you have to flip through the whole pose section to find it. The book gives three or so sequences that you can use as-is or modify, each with a different focus (e.g.: a practice for stretching hip and leg muscles)--that's awesome! But, the poses skip all over the book, so you have to continually flip through to find each one--not awesome! Also, it would be invaluable if this book had a binding that allowed it to lay flat. I think I might add tabs to the book so I can flip to the poses more easily, but I don't know how to make it stay open.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on August 31, 2003
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Admittedly, my study of yoga has been mostly superficial: I've read a few books, but never studied with a professional teacher. However, I do enjoy the few asanas (poses/postures) that I do practice regularly, and was glad to receive an opportunity to expand on them.
Grilley combines Chinese mysticism with Indian philosophy to create yin yoga, incorporating the Modern Meridian Theory of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama and Dr. James Oschman. This theory postulates that the meridians run through the connective tissue of the body, representing the yin energy, whereas the muscle tissue represents the yang. Included are several colour diagrams of the body and connective tissue to illustrate this point. The main difference between what Grilley calls 'yang yoga' and 'yin yoga' is that the postures in the latter are held longer, with the muscles relaxed, rather than the straining of 'yang yoga'.
A large variety of poses are illustrated with photographs and detailed explanations on the benefit and suggestions for the novice and more advanced student, giving a range in the degree of difficulty. Three sample routines are included with various emphasis on spine, hips and legs and then a combination. The sample routines are arranged in such a way that the transition between them feels smooth and natural.
Several sitting postures are detailed as well, with brief descriptions of the chakras, and a variety of pranayama and meditation techniques, including Sushumna Purification, chakra and kundalini meditation, Bija or "seed" mantras, etc.
Regarding chakras, Grilley brings up an excellent point often overlooked:
'When trying to describe where a chakra "is" one is in a dilemma.
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