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by Bernie
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:25 am
Forum: The Science behind Yin Yoga
Topic: Hyaluronic acid secretions?
Replies: 0
Views: 8

Hyaluronic acid secretions?

II recently received the following questions: Hi Bernie. I hope you're well during these crazy times. I was trying to post on the forum but couldn't find how to do it, I apologize if this has come through to the wrong place! I did your training a few years back. I have a question that was asked to m...
by Bernie
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Yin Yoga Postures, Practice & Sequences
Topic: Yin kind of tissues
Replies: 2
Views: 30

Yin tissue or yang tissue?

Lingual frenulum? That stringy bit at the bottom of the tongue that anchors it to the floor of the mouth? Is it yin or yang? I have never thought about it. But, whether something is yin or yang always depends upon its context. (There is a bit more of this discussed in YinSights and more recently in ...
by Bernie
Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:18 am
Forum: Yin Yoga and Hips
Topic: Gaining external rotation range through yin
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: Gaining external rotation range through yin

Yes, many students are challenged in Shoelace due to the requirement for hip adduction: their legs get in the way. Fortunately, Square pose (with neutral hips) and Butterfly (with hips abducted) still allow you to externally rotate the hips. However, you may wish to try Shoelace lying down. Without ...
by Bernie
Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: Yin Yoga and Hips
Topic: Gaining external rotation range through yin
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: Gaining external rotation range through yin

You asked, "is opening of the hip externally supposed to be a long process? How long? I guess it depends on lot of things doesn't it?" The answer is — it depends! It depends upon what is stopping you. If you are feeling compression in the outside of the hips when you try to bring knees down while in...
by Bernie
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Yin Yoga and Hips
Topic: Gaining external rotation range through yin
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: Gaining external rotation range through yin

Hi Skyland. This is a favourite question for lots of people. You may want to check these threads... Hip stretches for an absolute beginner Balance in Butterfly A Yin Yoga sequence for knee problems Square pose with extremely tight hips But, the short answer is — it depends! There is no "should" here...
by Bernie
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:56 am
Forum: Yin Yoga Postures, Practice & Sequences
Topic: Oversteping Dragon pose
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: Oversteping Dragon pose

Worrying about whether the knee should be or must be aligned over the ankle is focussing on aesthetics, not function. If the knee was not meant to go past the heel and over the toes, we would never be able to walk up or down stairs. (Try it! You can’t do it without allowing the knee to come forward....
by Bernie
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: General Yin Yoga Topics
Topic: strength training
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: strength training

Hi Dan Never to old to build or maintain strength. Good luck with your training. For me, I like to do pushups (all the way to the floor!), and sometimes arm balances like Crow and Handstands, but I also swing kettle bells. Basic stuff like arm curls, presses, deadlift, suitcase carries. Nothing too ...
by Bernie
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: Yin Yoga and Spine Issues
Topic: Psoas issues causing chronic back pain
Replies: 0
Views: 128

Psoas issues causing chronic back pain

I recently received the following question: Hi Bernie, I am deeply appreciative of your teaching and regularly practice under your (online) guidance, including through Yoga International. I have recently realized the the cause of my chronic back pain is due to a hiked hip, which is due to a tight il...
by Bernie
Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: General Yin Yoga Topics
Topic: Yin Yoga and Energy
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Yin Yoga and Energy

Hi Shompoe I don’t know what is going on. It would be good to know more about you. You are unique: your life story is uniquely yours (your biography); your anatomy, physiology, current conditions, etc. are also unique to you (your biology). Without understanding your biology and biography, there is ...
by Bernie
Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: General Yin Yoga Topics
Topic: Aesthetics verses Function
Replies: 0
Views: 163

Aesthetics verses Function

I recently received the following questions: Hi Bernie ... I have been pondering aesthetics and functional yoga. Something that I had never heard of until your course! Which quite frankly I wish I had. I am naturally quite flexible, but I have also worked on this too. I do not do yoga for the aesthe...
by Bernie
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Yin Yoga Postures, Practice & Sequences
Topic: Different types of Yin Yoga
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Different types of Yin Yoga

Yes, from your description this teacher's classes are not in keeping with how either Paul or Sarah teach. In Yin Yoga PG, the postures are held 3~5 minutes, no muscular engagement, no movement (except getting into and out of the poses), no going to "ultimate edges". Now, Sarah does teach vinyasa and...
by Bernie
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:12 am
Forum: Yin Yoga Postures, Practice & Sequences
Topic: Different types of Yin Yoga
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Different types of Yin Yoga

Unfortunately, just because someone has studied with Sarah Powers or Paul Grilley, it does not mean that they will follow the teachings that they were offered. Sarah and Paul do not police their students to ensure they are teaching "properly". There is no Yin Yoga Police, and there is no one right w...
by Bernie
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Yin Yoga Postures, Practice & Sequences
Topic: Floating knees in Saddle
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Floating knees in Saddle

Sure! Let them float! I never insist that students must have their knees on the floor. Let's get back to functional basics: what is the intention of the pose? The targeted areas include the top of the thighs (quads), lower back (sacral lumbar area), hip flexors and maybe even upper chest. If you are...
by Bernie
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: General Yin Yoga Topics
Topic: A question about yin yoga and improving flexibility
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Re: A question about yin yoga and improving flexibility

The "yin" attitude is to take it easy. Why rush? (That's yang thinking) If you are already seeing progress, be happy. Trying to do more, faster may end up counter productive. If you insist, experiment a little, but carefully: longer holds, longer sessions, more times per week...but again, don't over...
by Bernie
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: General Yin Yoga Topics
Topic: Stress vs Strain
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: Stress vs Strain

Hi Rita A 2015 study * was done to answer the question of how much stretch and for how long is optimal to reduce pain, increase range of motion and improve physiologic function of joints. Myofascial release (MFR) is a physical therapy using long-held, static stretches. It was employed to stress join...