“I know that I feel great after doing my Yin Yoga practice, but I wonder if Yin Yoga really works. Is there any scientific evidence you can provide that proves Yin Yoga is good for me?” This question, and others just like it, is often asked in emails I receive from students and teachers. When surrounded by doubt, it is logical to seek some assurance that you are on the right track, but to fully answer these concerns we have to step back and look at a bigger question: Why do you do yoga? When we look at this broader question, we find many reasons why Yin Yoga is so good for us. But what scientific proof is there?
Chris Brown has released his latest podcast – Practically Conscious: an interview with Bernie Clark! “I talk with Bernie Clark, author, practitioner, and Yin Yoga expert. Through his extensive research and writing Bernie has become one of the most well known and beloved teachers of Yin Yoga. Bernie shares a wealth of valuable information about the benefits of Yin, and I hope he inspires you to make this practice a regular part of your life. Enjoy!”
GaiamTV Series on Meditation
Practice a Free Guided Meditation from GaiamTV! MyYogaOnline (now GaiamTV) has started a new series of practices on Meditation, many narrated by Bernie Clark. You can check it out here and get the first day free. This is the beginning of a journey that will take you deeper into wholeness and help you bring a new perspective to life. Several of the videos are guided meditations by Bernie.
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
50-hour, 7-Day Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings July 27 – Aug 2, 2015; August 24th-30th, 2015; November 9th-15th, 2015; February 8th-14th, 2016; May 9th-15th, 2016; July 25th-31st, 2016; August 22nd-28th, 2016; November 7th-13th, 2016.
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 November 15th-22nd, 2015; May 15th-22nd, 2016
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!)