015 Markus and Karin – Teaching the Therapeutic Benefits of Yin Yoga

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015 Markus and Karin – Teaching the Therapeutic Benefits…

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Markus Henning Giess and Karin Michelle Sang are the founders of

Yin Therapy.  Following successful musical theater careers – they met while performing in the musical Cats in Berlin, Germany – Markus and Karin became yoga experts.  Increasingly interested in the benefits of yin yoga, they now offer workshops and teacher trainings in Europe and Australasia focused on yin yoga and anatomy.

In this episode we talk about their transition from theater to yoga as well as their recent move from Markus’ home country of Germany to Karin’s home country of New Zealand.  We touch on how Bryan Kest’s teachings liberated their yoga practices and teaching, plus their challenge as dancers to pull back and not do too much physically.  Paul and Suzee Grilley’s yin teachings have had a profound effect on their yoga practice and their lives, teaching them to respect their own bodies.

Other topics covered include:

-Yin Yoga as a cure for back pain and as a tool to become mentally positive.

-How stress causes fascia, or connective tissue, to contract resulting in physical pain, and how stretching and relaxing through Yin Yoga helps to relax and rejuvenate the fascia.  This also results in reduced mental stress.

-How we “cheat” in yoga poses and ultimately that’s ok, it’s more important how the pose feels.

-How children can help with your yoga practice by keeping you in the present moment.


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Useful links from the show:

www.yintherapy.com – Markus and Karin’s home on the web where you can find more about their teaching and upcoming trainings.

Paul and Suzee Grilley Yin Yoga The Foundations for a Quiet Practice DVD

Bernie Clark’s website www.yinyoga.com and his book The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga

Bryan Kest

Dr. Robert Schleip’s lecture on Fascia

German TV Documentary on Fascia (with English Voice Track)

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Chris Brown

Chris has been practicing both yoga and architecture for over 15 years. He combines them in his Yoga and Design for Conscious Living blog, and believes that the essence of yoga is found in the quality of the relationships we build with ourselves, others, and the world.

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