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Yin Yoga

Principles & Practice - 10th Anniversary Edition
Paperback Book
White Cloud Press
October, 2012
$21.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice is a new edition of the original book that introduced Yin Yoga as an integrated practice, and makes a great companion to Paul’s DVD.

Yoga as practiced in North America is almost exclusively Yang or muscular in nature. The Yin aspect of Yoga (using postures that stretch connective tissue) is virtually unknown but vital for a balanced approach to physical and mental health.

Yin Yoga outlines how to practice postures in a Yin way. Grilley includes an explanation of Modern Meridian Theory, which states that the meridians of acupuncture theory are currents flowing through the connective tissues of the body. Yin Yoga is specifically designed to address these tissues.

The two major differences between a Yin and a Yang Yoga practice are that Yin postures should be done with the muscles relaxed and should be held a long time. This is because connective tissue does not stretch like muscle and will not respond well to brief stresses. In addition, Yin Yoga better prepares people for meditation. For Yoga practitioners looking for something beyond physical postures, Yin Yoga addresses the deeper spiritual dimensions of yoga, with helpful sections on chakras, breathing exercises, and meditation.

Most yogis, even the most dedicated yang yogis, eventually develop a yin practice on their own. I have rarely presented a workshop on yin yoga where someone did not say “I have practiced yoga like this for years but didn’t give it a name.” Yin Yoga is a natural, healing practice that talented yoga teachers have always been rediscovering and integrating into their practice.

Also by Paul Grilley: Anatomy for Yoga on DVD.

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