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by Bernie
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: Yin Yoga and Spine Issues
Topic: Psoas issues causing chronic back pain
Replies: 1
Views: 2233

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: 1745

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: 2279

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: 7
Views: 3166

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: 7
Views: 3166

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: 1957

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: 1661

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: 3094

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...
by Bernie
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: The Science behind Yin Yoga
Topic: Studies of myofascial release
Replies: 0
Views: 3252

Studies of myofascial release

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 joints and was...
by Bernie
Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: General Yin Yoga Topics
Topic: Immune system
Replies: 5
Views: 3929

Re: Immune system

Just for general interest on this topic of colds and cancer: there was an article in New Scientist Oct 26, 2019 issue which said, “Usually viruses cause us harm, from the minor miseries of the common cold to the devastation of Ebola. But they can have an upside. This was first reported in cancer in ...
by Bernie
Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: General Yin Yoga Topics
Topic: Yin as a complementary practice only?
Replies: 7
Views: 3612

Re: Yin as a complementary practice only?

Here is a short excerpt on what I have written in The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga Second Edition on Pranayama: The Benefits and Practice of Pranayama To achieve liberation, the tantric or Hatha Yoga traditions required cleansing and opening the major pathways, the nadis, and stimulating the flow of p...
by Bernie
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:12 am
Forum: General Yin Yoga Topics
Topic: Yin as a complementary practice only?
Replies: 7
Views: 3612

Re: Yin as a complementary practice only?

I am not sure what you mean by "energetic system". If you are referring to prana or chi manipulation, I suggest you work individually and directly with an experienced teacher. (Not via the internet!) The tools of pranayama can be very helpful and very dangerous if misused. If you are simply looking ...
by Bernie
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Yin Yoga and Spine Issues
Topic: Si joint pain and twisting
Replies: 3
Views: 9320

Re: Si joint pain and twisting

Hi Anelise This is a very complicated question. If you are deliberately trying to stress one sacroiliac joint via a Yin Yoga pose, I would probably recommend postures like Reclining Twist or Swan. This may help to increase mobility in that SIJ. However, how much is too much? Only the student can det...
by Bernie
Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: General Yin Yoga Topics
Topic: Teachers holding yang poses for an extended period of time and calling it yin
Replies: 0
Views: 2810

Teachers holding yang poses for an extended period of time and calling it yin

I recently received the following question: I would appreciate help articulating the principles of yin poses to a teacher who is simply holding yang poses for extended periods of time and labeling it yin yoga. This teacher has not had specific yin training, and she needs help evaluating/discerning w...
by Bernie
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Yin Yoga and other body parts
Topic: Tense jaws
Replies: 4
Views: 3541

Re: Tense jaws

General softening and relaxing techniques may be helpful. Visualize or imagine the area relaxing, softening, melting like ice cream on a hot day. Attend to the sensations; noticing what relaxation feels like in the jaw, the lips, the tongue. Ride the exhalations to let go of everything you no longer...