Traditionally the chakra system is considered quite distinct from the glandular system: chakras are found in the subtle body (the pranamaya kosha), while the endocrine system is definitely part of the physical body (the annamaya kosha.) They are not the same thing, although some teachers do link them. Many years ago, in an anatomy lab lead by Gil Hedley, I listened intently to a correlation he drew between the energy levels purported to surround the chakras and the energies that stimulate various glands. It may only be a coincidence, but it is quite fascinating. I thought I would share this idea.
Bernie is coming to Toronto! April 9th to 12th, 2015
This April, Bernie will be offering several classes and workshops as part of the Toronto Yoga Conference. For those in Eastern Canada and the USA North-east, this is a rare chance to see Bernie outside the Vancouver area (he normally doesn’t travel to teach.) Here is a list of the workshops and classes he will be offering:
Thursday April 09, 2015 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Your Body – Your Yoga: Understanding your uniqueness and what it means for your practice.
Friday April 10, 2015 9:00 am – 4:00 pm The Mysteries, Mythologies and Meanings of Yoga
Saturday April 11, 2015 10:30 am – 12:30 pm The Basics of Yin Yoga
Saturday April 11, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Energy Body & The Dragon Dance
Sunday April 12, 2015 9:00 am – 11:00 am Whole Body Yoga – A Yin/Yang Fusion Experience
Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings
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 Trainings and Retreats with Bernie Clark
A 60 hour, 7-Day Yin Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat June 28th to July 5th, 2015
Now open for registration! Our annual retreat will be at the lovely Sea-to-Sky Retreat Center (SSRC) and it always sells out early. Visit SSRC 2015 for more information and comments from past attendees.
50-hour, 7-Day Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings Feb 9th-15th, 2015; May 11th-17th, 2015; July 27 – Aug 2, 2015; August 24th-30th, 2015; November 9th-15th, 2015.
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).
MEDITATION REVEALED With Bernie Clark & Nathalie Keiller May 17th-24th, 2015; November 15th-22nd, 2015.
This course will examine what meditation is, why we do it (its many benefits, spiritually, psychologically and physically), and how to do it, from a variety of viewpoints: From Eastern Yogic and Buddhist views to Western Psychotherapeutic understanding. The course will include personal, one-on-one training in Deep Meditation, as well as group instruction, to give the student an experiential basis for the practice of meditation. Held at the Semperviva Yoga Studios – Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Learn More
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!)