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

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Bernie Clark's The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga with illustrated sections on how to practice Yin Yoga, including descriptions with photographs of 30 Yin Yoga asanas.

All forms of yoga can provide benefits physically, emotionally, and mentally, however Yin Yoga works the deeper levels of the body/heart/mind: the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones and the energetic channels of the meridians, nerves and blood system. One big difference noticed by students of Yin Yoga is the long-held, passive nature of the posture, which gives time for a deeper journey to unfold, a journey into the meditative aspects of yoga, a bridge to living life mindfully.

Clark presents comprehensive information on how to do the practice, including a deep look inside over two dozen Yin Yoga postures showing the benefit of the pose, how to get into and out of the pose, contraindications and warnings for those who may have trouble with particular aspects of the posture, and other important information. The benefits are explored in three main sections: the physiological benefits, the energetic benefits and the mental/emotional benefits.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Yin Yoga is a part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition. In its modern incarnation, Yin Yoga combines the influences of Indian Yoga with Chinese Daoist practices and Western science to improve our health on many levels. With its emphasis on long-held, passive stresses of the deeper connective tissues, Yin Yoga mobilizes and strengthen our joints, ligaments and deep fascial networks.

Bernie Clark's The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga plus illustrated sections on how to practice Yin Yoga, including descriptions with photographs of 30 Yin Yoga asanas.

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 and 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

Childs Pose .............................................................................................. 87

Dangling ................................................................................................... 89

Deer Pose ................................................................................................. 92

Dragons .................................................................................................... 95

Frog ........................................................................................................... 99

Happy Baby ............................................................................................. 102

Reclining Twist ........................................................................................ 105

Saddle ........................................................................................................ 108

Shoelace .................................................................................................... 112

Snail ........................................................................................................... 115

Sphinx and Seal .......................................................................................... 118

Square ....................................................................................................... 121

Squat ......................................................................................................... 124

Straddle (Dragonfly) ............................................................................... 127

Swan and 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 Beginners 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 and 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 and Mind Benefits ....................................... 269

Bibliography ................................................................................................. 279

Index ............................................................................................................... 282

About the Author ......................................................................................... 294

Product Details

ISBN:
9781935952503
Author:
Clark, Bernie
Publisher:
White Cloud Press
Author:
Powers, Sarah
Subject:
Yoga
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Yoga
Edition Description:
Revised Edition
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW illustrations throughout
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
Yin Yoga is a part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition. In its modern incarnation, Yin Yoga combines the influences of Indian Yoga with Chinese Daoist practices and Western science to improve our health on many levels. With its emphasis on long-held, passive stresses of the deeper connective tissues, Yin Yoga mobilizes and strengthen our joints, ligaments and deep fascial networks.

Bernie Clark's The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga plus illustrated sections on how to practice Yin Yoga, including descriptions with photographs of 30 Yin Yoga asanas.

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