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Living the Yoga Life

019 Bernie Clark – Working With The Hidden Causes…

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In this episode of Practically Conscious, I talk with Bernie Clark,

author, practitioner, and Yin Yoga expert.  Through his extensive research and writing Bernie has become one of the most well known and beloved teachers of Yin Yoga.

Bernie shares a wealth of valuable information about the benefits of Yin, and I hope he inspires you to make this practice a regular part of your life.

Enjoy!

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Useful links from the show:

Paul Grilley

Sarah Powers

Erich Shiffmann

Bernie can be found at:

www.yinyoga.com – do spend some time exploring Bernie’s website.  It’s a  bit old school, but if you use the navigation tools on the left side, you can find an incredible amount of information on poses, teachers, history of yin, and more.

 

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Namaste Everybody!

-Chris

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Living the Yoga Life

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.

Enjoy!

Listen to this episode with the player above or subscribe & review at iTunes or Stitcher,

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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)

Thanks for listening!

Thanks again for listening! If the show has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons you see on this page.

Additionally, reviews of the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher Radio are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They help the show to get to more people, and I would be super grateful.

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And lastly, if you have any questions or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!  Please feel free to drop me an email at chris@chrisbrownstudios.com

Namaste Everybody!

-Chris

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Best Yoga on the Web

Best Yoga on the Web – Friday, November 29…

For yoga teachers and serious students, “Best Yoga on the Web” is your hand-picked guide to this week’s best of the best yoga from around the world.  This week – Yin Yoga – including Paul Grilley & Suzee Grilley, Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark, Joe Barnett, and Paulie Zink

No serious yoga student or teacher should be without a yin yoga practice.  Yin provides the only way I have found to deeply touch and keep healthy the ligaments, connective tissue, and joints of our bodies.  Additionally the slow pace of yin, with its long holds, provides plenty of opportunity for meditation within the practice.  If you are new to yin or want to deepen your yin practice, here are the best yoga on the web resources for yin…

Paul Grilley & Suzee Grilley

Any “Best of Yin Yoga” has to start with Paul Grilley.  Although Paul was influenced by a number of teachers, he is the person responsible for defining yin as a specific style of yoga  and is also at the center of yin’s increasing importance as a physical practice.  I first came upon Paul as  the expert in yoga anatomy.  His excellent Anatomy for Yoga video is both scientific and practical in it’s explanation of our bodies.  His conclusions have the power to change forever how you look at the physical practice of yoga.

About 10 years into my physical practice, Paul’s DVD  Yin Yoga: The Foundations of a Quite Practice, completely transformed my physical practice.  If you are new to yin, this DVD is a must have introduction.  If you want to go deeper into the study of yin, you can find information about Paul and Suzee’s trainings at www.paulgrilley.com.

 

Sara Powers

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Sarah Powers was an accomplished yogi when she met and became one of Paul Grilley’s students.  Deeply influenced by Paul’s style, Sara came up with the yin name for the practice and began adopting and spreading it through her teaching.  Over the years, and what really makes Sara a special teacher, she has continued to develop, beyond yin, a holistic system for a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Sara’s teachings now includes yin yoga, yan yoga (flow yoga), buddhism, and psychology.  A good place to start with Sarah is her book  Insight Yoga.

 

Bernie Clark

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I love practical approaches to yoga, and Bernie, who is trained as a scientist, has an extremely practical and scientific approach to yoga.  He recently published an in depth, three part series “how to critically analyze yoga articles” over at elephant journal.  It’s not an easy read, but it really helped me clarify why I often come away from yoga articles thinking “this just is not right” or “this is not really yoga.”  Bernie’s book The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga is a must read and the current bible for the practice.

 

Joe Barnett

I love Joe, or as my wife likes to call him, “Joey”.  For the past few years, Joe has been constantly traveling the world spreading yin, or as he likes to call it, “the other half of a balanced yoga practice”.  Joe travels and teaches so much that there is a good chance you will be able to attend one of his workshops.  I wouldn’t miss it.  His gentle style and deep knowledge are a gift to anyone who practices yoga.  You can keep up with his travel schedule here.

 

Paulie Zink

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Even though I’m always saying, “it’s not about the pose”, I’m a sucker for a crazy picture like the one above of Paulie Zink, looking like some crazy guy straight out of the 1800’s.  Paulie was one of Paul Grilley’s teachers and is therefore known as a founder of yin yoga.  Although I have deep respect for Paulie, I have to admit that his teaching style doesn’t particularly resonate with me.  That doesn’t mean he’s not a great teacher, so I still recommend you check him out.  He can be found at www.pauliezink.com

If you have something you think might be worth sharing in a future edition of “Best Yoga on the Web” send me an e-mail or link at chris@chrisbrownstudios.com.
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