Yin Yoga Classes Online - Welcome to The Yinside

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Yin Yoga Classes and Video Library

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Welcome to the Yin-side is a one-year subscription (multiple payment options available) to weekly online Yin Yoga Classes and an on-demand video library of Yin Yoga classes taught by Bernie Clark. Each class is a unique practice with different focuses and themes. A new class recording is added each Sunday (around noon Pacific Time). Thus, the library will continue to grow.
Classes include 70 minutes of Yin Yoga followed by a 20-minute guided meditation.

Yin Yoga Classes Theme and Structure

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Themes for the Yin Yoga classes will vary each week and may include

  • Focusing on the physical body 
  • Targeting the energy body
  • Developing the mind-body
  • Musings on more esoteric topics like mythology and psychology

For the first 30 minutes of each Yin Yoga class, Bernie will usually combine some thoughts on the theme of the week along with guiding students into and out of each posture and options for those not receiving the appropriate juiciness (too much stress or too little). However, by the end of the practice, he will become quieter, focusing solely on guiding the postures. Once the student has fully settled, the final Shavasana will be pure silence.

Do I Need Props for an Online Yin Yoga Class?

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Props can be helpful  in a Yin Yoga Class. If you don’t own props, read this article on DIY Props, but they are unnecessary. It is okay if you don’t have any. But, if you have never done Yin Yoga with props, trying them at least once or twice may prove instructive. You don’t need anything fancy. A rolled-up yoga mat (or two) can be a perfect bolster. Folded towels or blankets are also handy. A book, a willing pet, or a family member can substitute a block. Get creative.

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Quote from Bernie Clark

What is Yin Yoga? This question is asked a lot by students who have been practicing yoga for a while but have never come across this particular challenging style. Simple answers such as “It is the balancing practice for your yang style of yoga” or “It is yoga for the joints, not the muscles” are not overly satisfying. If students haven’t heard of Yin Yoga, they won’t know what a yang style of yoga is. And isn’t all yoga good for the whole body, including our joints? To really answer the question and get to know Yin Yoga requires a fuller explanation. This part of our journey provides a deeper look into Yin Yoga and begins with an explanation of what it is, how it evolved, and its benefits for the whole body mind.

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 (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.

Yin Yoga is not restorative yoga. Like all yoga practices, if the tissues you are targeting for exercise are damaged in some way, please give yourself a chance to heal before resuming your regular practice.

 

Is Yin Yoga for me?

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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. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

While initially this style of yoga can seem quite boring, passive, or soft, yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to twenty minutes! Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.

– Bernie Clark

Interested in Yin Yoga Teacher Training?

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Online Yin Yoga Teacher Training, led by Bernie Clark and Diana Batts, is designed for students who have been practicing Yoga for at least one year and want to deepen their understanding of the practice. Prior experience in Yin Yoga is not required. You do not have to be a yoga teacher nor desire to become one, but you are expected to have a passion for Yoga. Expect to learn much more than just Yin Yoga.

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