Hot yoga studios are offering it. Moksha studios too. Even some Bikram studios are offering Hot Yin classes. Does this make any sense? Isn’t “Hot Yin” an oxymoron? Often, it is recommended that students practice yin yoga when the muscles are cool, so that the stress of the posture can soak deeper into the connective tissues. The temperatures in studios offering Hot Yin are not the full on, 105°F (~40°C) maximum common in the hot yoga classes, but rather a “cooler” 95°F (~35°C). Still, at those temperatures, Hot Yin means that the muscles will take up the stress of the pose much more than the deeper tissues. So, why do so many studios and students love their Hot Yin classes?
Coming March 2016: Your Body, Your Yoga Bernie’s Newest Book!
You can now check out the Table of Contents for Your Body, Your Yoga and see what it is in store for you. We still expect the book to be available by the end of March, 2016. Your Body – Your Yoga will describe all the sources of tensile resistance to movement and the implications and ranges of natural human variations. What this means for you and your yoga practice will be illustrated. Your Body – Your Yoga will help you understand your uniqueness and will help you find the postural alignment that works for your body. Volumes 1 and 2 will introduce the What Stops Me? Spectrum and the Lower Body in detail. Future volumes will cover the rest of the body and the topics of asymmetry and proportions. As a special bonus, there will be a foreword by Paul Grilley. Stay tuned for more information in future Newsletters.
Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings
Yin is In! 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 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 offered by Semperviva, 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 15th-22nd, 2016 November 13th-20th, 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!)