The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga

Paperback(Revised Edition)

$18.95
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Monday, October 21

Overview

The Yin Yoga Book provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga. Clark's fascinating and comprehensive book is divided into three sections:
(I) What is Yin Yoga; (II) The Benefits of Yin Yoga, including discussions of anatomy, the energy body, and the heart and mind body; (III) The Practice of Yin Yoga, including illustrated descriptions of 30 yin yoga asanas (poses).

Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (the yang tissues). Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935952503
Publisher: Wild Strawberry Productions
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 45,207
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bernie Clark loves learning about and then sharing the things that fascinate him. As a child, he enjoyed studying the world and how it works, and as a teen, he loved thinking about the mind and the soul. The seemingly contradictory interests in science and spirituality continued to shape his philosophy of life well into his adult years. With one foot in the commercial world of space and computer technologies and another in the realm of meditation and yoga, he sought bridges between Eastern and Western maps of reality. These maps and bridges are described in his teachings and writings with the hope that others who share his fascinations will be able to enjoy what he has learned, without having to go through the labor of detailed research.

Bernie has a degree in science and spent 30 years as a senior executive in the high-tech/space industry. He embarked upon meditation in the 1970s and began teaching yoga in the 1990s. He conducts yoga teacher trainings several times a year in Vancouver, Canada. To stay informed of Bernie’s activities, visit his website, www.YinYoga.com, where you can subscribe to his Yinsights newsletter.

Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She is the founder and author of Insight Yoga, which interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology into an integral practice to discover and enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of floor poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with an alignment-based slow flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar teachings, and QI gong. Sarah feels that enlivening the physical and pranic bodies, as well as learning to meet our psychological reactivity is paramount for preparing one to deepen and nourish insights into one’s essential nature – a natural state of awareness. She has completed level 3 of Internal Family Systems Therapy training and has been a student of Transpersonal Psychology for 28 years. She also draws from her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism. Her main influences have been Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Bhante Gunaratana, Lama Pema Dorje, Stephen and Martine Batchelor, B. Alan Wallace, and Anam Thubten.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Foreword ........................................................................................................ xi
Preface ............................................................................................................ xiii
Acknowledgements..................................................................................... xv
Introduction .................................................................................................. xvii

Chapter One: Yin Yoga Defined ............................................................. 1
Yin and Yang ........................................................................................... 2
Yin Tissues and Yang Tissues ............................................................... 6
The Theory of Exercise ........................................................................ 8
Original Yin ............................................................................................. 10
Daoist Yoga ............................................................................................. 13
Modern Yinsters ..................................................................................... 19

Chapter Two: The Practice of Yin Yoga .............................................. 29
How to Practice Yin Yoga ..................................................................... 30
Intention & Attention ............................................................................ 42
Moving Energy ........................................................................................ 51

Chapter Three: The Asanas of Yin Yoga ............................................. 63
Anahatasana ............................................................................................. 66
Ankle Stretch ........................................................................................... 68
Bananasana .............................................................................................. 70
Butterfly .................................................................................................... 72
Half Butterfly .......................................................................................... 75
Camel ........................................................................................................ 78
Cats Pulling Its Tail................................................................................. 81
Caterpillar ................................................................................................. 84
Child’s Pose .............................................................................................. 87
Dangling ................................................................................................... 89
Deer Pose ................................................................................................. 92
Dragons .................................................................................................... 95
Frog ........................................................................................................... 99
Happy Baby ............................................................................................. 102
Reclining Twist ........................................................................................ 105
Saddle ........................................................................................................ 108
Shoelace .................................................................................................... 112
Snail ........................................................................................................... 115
Sphinx & Seal .......................................................................................... 118
Square ....................................................................................................... 121
Squat ......................................................................................................... 124
Straddle (Dragonfly) ............................................................................... 127
Swan & Sleeping Swan ........................................................................... 130
Toe Squat.................................................................................................. 133
Shavasana ................................................................................................. 135
Yin Yoga Poses for the Upper Body ................................................... 140
Yang Counterposes ................................................................................. 148

Chapter Four: Yin Yoga Flows ................................................................ 153
An Easy Beginner’s Flow ....................................................................... 154
A Flow for the Spine .............................................................................. 156
A Flow for the Hips ............................................................................... 157
A Flow for the Legs ............................................................................... 159
A Flow for the Shoulders, Arms and Wrists ...................................... 160
A Flow for the Kidney and Urinary Bladder Meridian Lines ............. 162
A Flow for the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridian Lines .................... 164
A Flow for the Stomach and Spleen Meridian Lines ........................ 166
A Flow for the Whole Body.................................................................. 168
Wall Yin .................................................................................................... 171

Chapter Five: Special Situations ............................................................. 177
Hip & Knee Issues ................................................................................. 178
Lower Back Disorders............................................................................ 181
Having Babies .......................................................................................... 183

Chapter Six: The Physical Benefits ........................................................ 191
Stressing our Tissues .............................................................................. 191
Fascia ........................................................................................................ 194
Connective Tissues ................................................................................. 200
Joints ......................................................................................................... 207
Other Physiological Benefits of Yin Yoga .......................................... 211

Chapter Seven: The Energetic Benefits ............................................... 219
A Yogic View ........................................................................................... 219
A Daoist View ......................................................................................... 228
A Western View ...................................................................................... 247

Chapter Eight: The Heart & Mind Benefits ....................................... 269

Bibliography ................................................................................................. 279
Index ............................................................................................................... 282
About the Author ......................................................................................... 294

Interviews

This second edition of the best selling The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga differs from the first edition in several ways. The first edition of The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga was a follow-on from my first book, YinSights. As time goes on, we learn new things and develop new perspectives. Years after writing YinSights, I felt the need to expand upon what I had written, to include more about the practice of Yin Yoga and de-emphasize the general philosophy and history of yoga. In the second edition, this evolution continues apace. You will find much more about the practice of Yin Yoga, including new sections on: how and why to use props in your practice; a more functional approach, emphasizing the concept of targeted areas; why Hot Yin is not an oxymoron and may be very beneficial for many people; the importance of stress in reducing fragility; understanding the nature of creep and the importance of counterposes, with a revised list of effective counterposes, including a full description of the lovely Golden Seed Flow Paul and Suzee Grilley created; many new photographs of the postures and their variations for different body types; a current overview of the physiology of tissues and the energy body, reflecting new understandings in the science of fascia and cellular signaling; and many other updates too numerous to catalogue here.

  • Over 35% more text and information
  • Over 230 photos, twice as many as before, and over 40 illustrations
  • New descriptions of the postures, including some new variations
  • Photos showing the use of props and different body types
  • Updated information on the science of Yin Yoga
  • A wider variety of yang counterposes

Diminished in this edition are the stories of the developers and early teachers of Yin Yoga: Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley and his teacher Hiroshi Motoyama. Their stories are still available, but to make space for the new material, Paul Grilley suggested that I move these personal stories to the Web. So for interested readers wanting to learn more about Paul, Sarah and Dr. Motoyama, please visit my website. Also missing from this edition is one particular asana that never really resonated with me: the Camel. In my view, it is too yang to really be used as a yin posture, so I removed it (with Paul’s blessing—although it is still available on the website for those Camel fans who do love it). In its place, I added the Bridge, which I have come to love as a very yin-like backbend. Hopefully, you will love it too.


Another significant change is the de-emphasis of the traditional benefits listed for each posture. Benefits are still important, of course, but many yoga teachers over the centuries have made claims for the practice that are not borne out or are pure hyperbole. At best, the claims refer to anecdotes, which can be acceptable as evidence but are not considered strong science. In the second edition more emphasis is placed on describing the target areas for the postures: these are regions of the body where the poses are most likely to create the desired stress.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Complete Guide to Yin Yoga 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best guide to Yin Yoga ever.