Yoga involves sensations; lots of physical sensations—we seek them out deliberately, we marinate in the juiciness of the postures, we play the edges of our poses where sensations ebb and flow, swell and retreat. But, what happens if the sensations become sensational? Is that a good thing? When do I back off? When do I go deeper? Is pain a reliable signal; is it always bad; and what is pain anyway? Is it discomfort or something more?
YinSights was originally published as an electronic, web-book that allowed anyone with an Internet browser to discover the philosophy, physiology and practice of Yin Yoga. This original version is still available, however many readers found that trying to read and digest over 300 pages of information from a web site was difficult. They asked for a printed version of YinSights and their requests were answered in 2007 with the printing of a hardcopy version of the online material. With the creation of The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga in 2012, the earlier hardcopy version of YinSights went out of print. But, now it is back! We have reprinted a limited number of copies of YinSights and made them available through Amazon.com. If you want the original version of Bernie’s Yin Yoga book, its is now available.
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 November 7th-13th, 2016Waiting list only; February 13th-19th, 2017; May 8th-14th, 2017; July 24th-30th, 2017; August 21st-27th, 2017; November 6th-12th, 2017.
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).
LEARN TO TEACH THE DRAGON DANCE A Dynamic Indian/Daoist Fusion Flow A 3.5-Hour Workshop By Bernie Clark at Semperviva Yoga Studios in Vancouver, B.C. November 5th, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Bernie Clark has been offering the dance since 2008 and has decided it is time to share it in a new way … by teaching teachers how to lead students through the dance. Learn More
MEDITATION REVEALED With Bernie Clark & Nathalie Keiller February 19th-26th, 2017;
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!)