What Can Your Body Really Do?
5 Ways to Rethink Your Yoga
by Sophie Legrand
The line between real and fake has become so blurry these days that our critical self almost wants to stop caring. Truthfulness is a currency whose value has plummeted over this decade. In the era of compulsive selfies, celebrating our individuality has entered an unnatural and distorted dimension. Luckily our yoga practice comes again and again to correct our warped perception of ourselves and others. It appeals to our saner side and intends to bring us back into a more authentic realm.
Sebastian and Murielle have created a new version of their website and it has some wonderful features. Check out their library of Yin Yoga postures. If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a free copy of their Postures Poster!
Back in November of 2016, Bernie Clark offered for the first, last and only time, a workshop on how to teach the Dragon Dance. The handout for that workshop is now freely available. Feel free to share it with your students and teachers. If you have never danced with the dragon, you may want to view the video on Gaia Yoga first.
A Plethora of Yin Yoga Videos Gaia Yoga (formerly MyYogaOnline) has over 40 different Yin Yoga videos ranging in time from short 20 minute classes to over an hour. They have almost 20 Yin Yoga classes by Bernie Clark, but also videos from many other teachers such as Doug Swenson, Cameron Gilley, and Dina Amsterdam. If you have never watched a Gaia Yoga video, the first month is really reasonable ($.99) so check them out!
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 13th-19th, 2017Waiting list only; May 8th-14th, 2017; July 24th-30th, 2017; August 21st-27th, 2017; September 25th to Oct 1st, 2017; November 6th-12th, 2017;
February 12th-18th, 2018; May 7th-13th, 2018; July 23rd-29th, 2018; August 20th-26th, 2018; September 24th to 30th, 2018; November 5th-11th, 2018.
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 February 19th-26th, 2017;
June 16th-23rd, 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!)
What Can Your Body Really Do?
Sophie Legrand shows us how our yoga practice comes again and again to correct our warped perception of ourselves and others.
The Yin Yoga Experience
Check out Sebastian’s and Murielle’s new site and sign up to get a copy of their great Yin Yoga poster
Learn the Dragon Dance
The handout from the Learn to Teach the Dragon Dance workshop is now available for free!
Yin Yoga videos
There are a plethora of Yin Yoga videos by Bernie Clark and many other great teachers available at Gaia Yoga. Check them out! (You can also find non-Yin videos by Bernie there too, including the Dragon Dance.)