Welcome to the Yin-side with Bernie
Weekly Yin Yoga Classes and Meditation with Bernie Clark
Every Sunday morning at 10 am PST (Vancouver time zone), join Bernie for a live 70-minute Yin Yoga class followed by an optional 20-minute meditation practice. Or, if this time or day does not work for you, you can take the class at your preferred time by watching the video reply. In fact regardless of when you choose to attend, you can take the class as many times as you like, until the next class becomes live. (At that point the previous week’s class will no longer be available for viewing.)
(If you are not sure what time this is in your time zone, try this Time Zone Converter. Simply type 10 AM and Vancouver in the right hand boxes, and you will see what your local time will be in the left hand boxes.)
If for any reason you have trouble registering, send an email to email@example.com for help.
For the month of December, while we work out the bugs in the system, there will be no charge to watch the classes. From January 2022 onward, the cost of each class will be $4 US.
Here is the link for a Spotify Playlist for this week’s class. (Of course, you do not have to use the playlist if you prefer to do your practice in silence. However, if you do decide to use the playlist, start it as soon as the class begins — when Bernie greets you with “Welcome.” Make sure your repeat and shuffle settings are turned off.)
Other pre-recorded classes
To take other pre-recorded online classes, students can visit Yoga International or Gaia Yoga to watch other offerings by Bernie. Or, by visiting the Yinsights YouTube Channel, you can learn more about Yin Yoga and create your own practices by linking specific postures together.
The Weekly Live Class
Each class will include
- 3~5 minutes of centering/arriving at the start
- 55 minutes of yin asanas
- 8~10 minutes of Shavasana
- An optional 20 minutes of guided mindfulness meditation
- A suggested Spotify Playlist if you wish for music with your practice
Welcome to the Yin-side with Bernie is a combination offering consisting of 70-minute Yin Yoga followed by a 20-minute guided meditation. Students who feel the need for a longer shavasana can turn off the video and continue as long as they like. Students who prefer only to do the meditation, and are watching the replay, can skip ahead to that section. Remember, you can re-watch the whole offering for up to one week, so you can choose to re-do the Yin Yoga practice alone, or only the meditation, or both. Many students prefer to save the whole practice until later in the evening to help ease their way into sleep.
Themes for the classes will vary each week and may include
- Focusing on the physical body
- Targeting the energy body
- Developing the mind body
- Musings on more esoteric topics like mythology and psychology
For the first 30-minutes of each Yin Yoga practice, Bernie will usually combine some thoughts on the theme of the week along with guiding students into and out of each posture along with options for those who are not receiving the appropriate juiciness (too much stress or too little). By the end of the practice, however, he will become quieter, focusing solely on guiding the postures. Once the student has fully settled, the final shavasana will be pure silence.
Joining this Week’s Class
When your click on the register button above, you will be taken to the registration page. There you will see the link to the class. (While the class is hosted by Zoom, you do not need a Zoom account in order to join us.)
You can copy the link and save it, or you can enter your email address and you will be sent the link to the class. (We will not save your email address beyond this one time use.) About 5 minutes before the class starts, click on the link (or enter it into your browser) and you will be taken to the correct location for the class. If you haven’t received your confirmation email, please check your spam/junk folder in your email program. Occasionally, people misspell their email address thus they never receive the confirmation. Sorry, there is not much we can do about that, so please be careful when entering your address.
Props can be useful (see this article on all the ways props can be used and what you can use as props), but they are not necessary. It is okay if you don’t have any. But, if you have never done Yin Yoga without any props, it may prove instructive to try them at least once or twice. You don’t need anything fancy. A rolled up yoga mat (or two) can be a perfect bolster. Folded towels or blankets are also handy. Even a book or a willing pet or family member can be used as a block. Get creative.