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The Other Half of Your Yoga Practice – Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark :013

Yin Yoga

The Other Half of Your Yoga Practice

with Bernie Clark

In this interview with Bernie Clark (a name synonymous with Yin Yoga) we discuss the who, what and why of this vital “other half” of our yoga practices and life!

 

Bernie has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. His yoga practice encompasses the hard, yang-styles, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, and the softer, yin-styles, as exemplified in Yin Yoga. Bernie also worked as a member of the executive team of one of Canada’s oldest and largest Hi-Technology companies. Bernie lives, teaches and offers workshops in Vancouver, Canada.

 

He is the Author of:

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga

Your Body, Your Yoga

YinSights

From the Gita to the Grail

 

 

“God doesn’t keep a list of who can do a deep forward fold.” – Bernie Clark 

“…that’s what we’re trying to in yoga, just become healthy- not super flexible.”

– Bernie Clark

Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark

In this Podcast on Yin Yoga:

Bernie Shares:

  • How started meditation in his 20’s and yoga asana practice to help meditation in his 40’s.
  • Initially due to his Type-A personality, he gravitated towards active “yang” style yoga and later noticed how Yin Yoga brought balance.
  • His Yin Yoga lineage from Paul Grilley to Sarah Powers
  • How yoga is like prayer and meditation
  • How Yin has specifically helped him (a self-acclaimed “Yang-ster) – Physical, Mental, Emotional
  • How to address very stressful times. (Resisting and acting out don’t work very well, but Yin-type actions do.)

 

 

“…to really understand Yin Yoga, or any form of yoga, one must experience it. Reading about yoga is like reading a menu when you are hungry: interesting, maybe even mouth watering, but until you actually partake of what you are seeing, your need will not be quenched. ” – Bernie Clark

 

 

About Yin Yoga:

  • What are Yin and Yang in general?
  • What are Yin and Yang in yoga and which tissues do they each target?
  • What are the effects of a yang-dominant yoga (exercise) practice?
  • What does lack of movement do to our tissues by comparison? Here’s a very good reference from Bernie’s book YinSights
  • What is fascia and why is it so important to pay attention to it? (Bernie offers a great illustration at about 22 minutes into the recording.)
  • What is the balance point between Yin and Yang styles of yoga or exercise?
  • How Yin Yoga can help a person meditate 2 and 3 minutes at a time.

 

 

How Yin Yoga has Helped me:

  • When I replaced my usual practice with solely Yin Yoga my joints were freed up and I could better use my Strength and Flexibility in my ballet classes I attend.
  • Bernie says that Yin Yoga is not Restorative yoga but I did experience a sense of calm during and hours after practicing.

 

 

 

Taking the Yin Concepts into Life – Yin Yoga on or Off the Mat

I ask each guest to share something that listeners can take into their daily life. Here’s what Bernie offered:

Know your intention. Why are you doing anything (that you do) in life?

Bernie explains this beautifully at the closing of the podcast with a helpful metaphor of the map. You can catch this in the last 5 minutes of the podcast.

 

 

“Know what your in-tention and then pay a-ttention- whether it’s yoga or life.”

– Bernie Clark

 

Other Books Mentioned in this Podcast:

Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer – Gregg Braden

The Places That Scare You – Pema Chodron

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie

 

 

More About Bernie Clark

Bernie has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor degree in Science from the University of Waterloo and combines his intense interest in yoga with an understanding of the scientific approach to investigating the nature of things. His ongoing studies have taken him deeply inside mythology, comparative religions and psychology. All of these avenues of exploration have clarified his understanding of the ancient Eastern practices of yoga and meditation. His teaching, workshops and books have helped many students broaden their own understanding of health, life and the source of true joy.

Bernie’s yoga practice encompasses the hard, yang-styles, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, and the softer, yin-styles, as exemplified in Yin Yoga. His meditation experience goes back to the early 80’s when he first began to explore the practice of Zen meditation. During those days, while he struggled with the conflict between practice and theory, Bernie also worked as a member of the executive team of one of Canada’s oldest and largest Hi-Technology companies.

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