Paul Grilley’s original book, the book that re-started a whole new form of yoga practice has been expanded and re-issued in celebration of 10 years of being in print. Even if you already have a copy of his original green book, you may find the new version even better. It has extra sections on anatomy, energy, yin & yang philosophy and much more. But it is still the great, concise book it has always been.
Imagine there is a room in your house that you have forgotten all about. And imagine in this room there is a closet in which you once, long ago, placed a golden treasure. Today you feel poor, unsatisfied, wishing you had more, not remembering that you are actually quite rich because of your forgotten treasure. That golden treasure is your silence. This story is about finding your silence again.
“What a pain in the butt! No, a real pain – sometimes it shoots down the back of the leg and sometimes it is a dull ache. Is this sciatica?”
In yoga classes a student will often come to a teacher before class and state that she is suffering from sciatica. Too often the teacher may think that it must be due to “piriformis syndrome” and suggest some postures that could actually make the condition worse. To properly treat sciatica, first we must know what is causing it. Let’s investigate this systematically: first let’s look at what sciatica is, then what causes it, and finally what we should do about it.
The forum is available for anyone to ask questions about Yin Yoga in particular or Yoga in general, but the forum is not just for those who “don’t know” – it is also available for everyone who already know, and have stories and information to share with others. Recently the forum has been changed to make it easier to find the most common topics. Check it out and feel free to add your voice.
Yin is In! And, it is growing in popularity. 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 Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings with Bernie Clark
A 50-hour, 7-Day Yin Yoga Teacher Training February 18th-24th, 2013; August 19th to 25th, 2013 November 11th-17th, 2013;.
All of these 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, and are eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance. (CEUs = Continuing Education Units and are required to maintain your status as a Registered Yoga Teacher).
If you are having trouble finding a Yin Yoga teacher near your, or if you are traveling to somewhere new, try checking out the 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.
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!)
Finding Your Silence
In the midst of a hurricane there is the still point, the center, the eye where all is still. Winds rage but here, all is calm. Where do you go to find your center, the stillness, your silence?
Sciatica & Yoga What is sciatica, how does it develop and what can yoga do to help? This article helps to dispel much of the confusion surrounding this common ailment.
Recent Forum Topics On the YinYoga.com website there is a forum where anyone can ask questions about Yin Yoga or other topics, and everyone is free to offer wise commentary. Click here to learn more.
Teacher Trainings & Retreats
There are several Yin Yoga teacher training courses being held by Bernie Clark over the next 12 months. These courses often sell out early, but there is still some space available for the February training.
Plus registration is now open for the May, 2013 retreat near Whistler B.C. Click here to learn more about these.
Checking out Other Interesting Events There are many teachers leading workshops, Yin Yoga retreats and Teacher Trainings. Click here to learn more.