Hyperextension of the Elbow Good, Bad or Just Plain Ugly?
Beware of dogma – the insistence that there is only one right way to do something, and thus all other ways are wrong. Never is never right and always is always wrong (and that applies this sentence too!) But is it dogma when a yoga teacher commands her student to straighten her arm when it goes past 180°, past straight, into hyperextension? Or is it just plain common sense that an elbow should never be allowed to go past straight?
Hyperextension of our limbs just looks wrong! Basing our judgments of hyperextension on visual aesthetics tells us to never do it. But, never is never right – and so the command to never allow hyperextension of the elbow in yoga is also not right. Let’s find out why.
Norman Blair reports that ten years ago there wasn’t a single regular yin yoga class in London and now there are more than 30 weekly classes plus workshops and courses. As a way of maintaining contact and building community he has set up a website to publicise the various teachers and their classes in London: www.yinyogalondon.org. Have a look and check out what’s going on.
The Yin Yoga Forum
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. Here is just one example: if you are looking for some great music to accompany your Yin Yoga classes check out this post, which has many suggestions. Feel free to add your favourite music to the thread.
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 Trainings August 26th to Sept 1, 2013; November 11th-17th, 2013; February 10th-16th, 2014; May 12th-18th, 2014; August 25th-31st, 2013; November 10th-16th, 2014.
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 you, 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!)
Hyperextension of the Elbow There has been a lot of debate and controversy in the yoga world over whether hyperextension of our joints should be tolerated or banned. Is it healthy or dangerous to stress the joints by going past straight?
Music for Yin Yoga The YinYoga.com Forum is designed to allow everyone to share their experiences, including sharing what music works really well for a Yin practice. Click here to learn more.
New & Cool Yin Stuff People keep coming up with new Yin Yoga tools like books, websites, blogs, posters, etc. Check them out and keep current with what’s happening in the Yin-side of Yoga. 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 August training. Click here to learn more.
Checking out Other Interesting Events There are many teachers leading workshops, Yin Yoga retreats and Teacher Trainings. Click here to learn more.