The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga Revised Edition
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Bernie Clark’s The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga is one of the best yoga resources now available.”
— Paul Grilley, author of Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice
Yin Yoga is a practice much needed in today's difficult, divisive times. It offers us a way to leave behind our ideas of how we should be, and return to our true selves, where all lasting healing takes place. Bernie Clark has written a wonderfully detailed account of the history, philosophy, and practice of Yin Yoga. I recommend it not only for those interested in Yin Yoga, but for all yoga practitioners.
— Biff Mithoefer, author of The Yin Yoga Kit
About the Author
Bernie has a degree in science and spent 30 years as a senior executive in the high-tech/space industry. He embarked upon meditation in the 1970s and began teaching yoga in the 1990s. He conducts yoga teacher trainings several times a year in Vancouver, Canada. To stay informed of Bernie’s activities, visit his website, www.YinYoga.com, where you can subscribe to his Yinsights newsletter.
Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She is the founder and author of Insight Yoga, which interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology into an integral practice to discover and enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of floor poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with an alignment-based slow flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar teachings, and QI gong. Sarah feels that enlivening the physical and pranic bodies, as well as learning to meet our psychological reactivity is paramount for preparing one to deepen and nourish insights into one’s essential nature – a natural state of awareness. She has completed level 3 of Internal Family Systems Therapy training and has been a student of Transpersonal Psychology for 28 years. She also draws from her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism. Her main influences have been Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Bhante Gunaratana, Lama Pema Dorje, Stephen and Martine Batchelor, B. Alan Wallace, and Anam Thubten.
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It briefly discusses history, how yin and yang movements work together, and then the middle has specific poses and guidelines to help release and stress deep tissue. It does a great job at not just explaining the how, but the why.
What took my experience to the next level was the whole 2nd half of the book!! It bridges the gap between western science and eastern energetics! It talks about all the various body tissues, systems, cellular processes, etc (in easily understood language) to help explain how amazingly complex, and brilliant our bodies are. It also helps emphasize how we can heal ourselves.
My book has become well loved from the worn cover, marked pages, highlights etc. Definately one that will stay ok my shelf for continuous reference.
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The full title is "The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga - Philosophy and Practice" and the strap line adds "Revised edition with updates and expanded practices, postures, props and photos" - does it live up to this?
Yes, it does, in my view. Honestly, if you have one book on the shelf about Yin Yoga, you could do a lot worse than this one. Its well laid out with logical headings including, inevitably, a comprehensive illustrated section on 25 main Yin poses, with a slight evolution from the first edition - Camel is out, Supported Bridge is in (good call). There are also comprehensive sections on the Physical, Energetic and Psycho-Emotional aspects of Yin Yoga, some suggested flows (all things are relative).
Clark is a prolific author and in his typical fashion you get a lot of detail in his books yet presented accessibly in such a way that you can dip easily into the bits you need.
For me reading this book was a refresher on the practices I both teach and use personally - not to relearn them, as my own approach won't change wholesale, but as a chance to come back closer to the source (a loose concept in Yin Yoga), and get a reminder of the key concepts. I had read the first edition several times, and I am sure this revised edition will be coming on and off my book shelf.
This book is, in my view, suitable for experienced practitioners of Yin Yoga, those new to it, and those anywhere in between. It is a marvellous and clear resource.
It’s a must for teachers and practitioners of yin yoga.