Bernie Clark

With a bachelors degree in science from the University of Waterloo, Bernie Clark has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998.

His combination of passion with scientific investigation creates a wholly unique approach that keep his students coming back. Calling Vancouver, Canada his home, Bernie regularly conducts workshops and teacher trainings through the year on top of his normal yoga and meditation classes at the Semperviva yoga Studios.

Bernie Clark's natural curiosity fuels his ongoing studies into mythology, comparative religions, and psychology. These avenues of exploration clarify his understanding and deepen his appreciation 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. He is the author of YinSights: A Journey into the Philosophy & Practice of Yin Yoga, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, and From the Gita to the Grail.


    The Yin-Side of Letting Go Video
    The Yin-Side of Letting Go (December 2014)
    60 minutes
    Bernie Clark offers an insightful yin yoga practice that provides space and time to let go of tension: physically, emotionally and psychologically. By relaxing into these yin poses for several minutes at a time, this class ...
    Available worldwide
    Meditation On Sounds Video
    Meditation On Sounds (January 2010)
    13 minutes
    Bernie Clark teaches us that sound can play a beneficial role in our meditation practice acting as a tool for enhanced focus and inner observance. Enjoy this guided meditation offering various applications of concentration ...
    Available worldwide
    Meditation On Thoughts Video
    Meditation On Thoughts (January 2010)
    15 minutes
    In this mindfulness session with Bernie Clark you will learn how to watch your own mind; to follow the coming and going of thoughts without getting attached to them or caught up in the drama that our thoughts create.
    Available worldwide
    The Yin Side of Energy Video
    The Yin Side of Energy (March 2014)
    64 minutes
    Classical Yoga Philosophy posits that we have 5 layers that make up our body. The most obvious is the “food sheath” = the annamaya kosha, which is the physical body, but beneath that layer, more subtle and harder ...
    Available worldwide
    Mini Yin Yoga Practice for the Hips Video
    Mini Yin Yoga Practice for the Hips (November 2011)
    22 minutes
    This practice with Bernie Clark is great for people who are short of time and need a deep rest mentally, but also want to work to open the hips and lower back.
    Available worldwide
    Happy Yin Happy Hips Video
    Happy Yin Happy Hips (August 2013)
    60 minutes
    This Yin Yoga class with Bernie Clark is focused on the hips physically but will also offer an investigation into joy: its causes and misunderstandings. The intention will be to develop a path to joy during our practice, so ...
    Available worldwide
    Yin Yoga for Runners (and everyone else) Video
    Yin Yoga for Runners (and everyone else) (December 2014)
    62 minutes
    This yin practice with Bernie Clark is designed to nourish and rebuild these areas, making them stronger, longer and ready for your next run.
    Available worldwide
    Yin Yoga for the Upper Body Video
    Yin Yoga for the Upper Body (January 2012)
    78 minutes
    In this live class filmed at Semperviva Yoga in Vancouver, Bernie Clark works the upper body in a Yin Yoga style.
    Available worldwide
    Meditation On Emotions Video
    Meditation On Emotions (January 2010)
    16 minutes
    In this mindfulness session with Bernie Clark, you will learn how to watch the rising and falling away of emotions, feelings, and thoughts that lead to these states of mind and heart. The practice is one of allowing all states ...
    Available worldwide
    Yin Yoga: A Rest and Digest Practice Video
    Yin Yoga: A Rest and Digest Practice (January 2011)
    79 minutes
    This practice will explore how to use yoga and breath to turn off the stress and start to rest and recharge the body.
    Available worldwide
    Yin Yoga for the Energy Body: Edited Commentary Video
    Yin Yoga for the Energy Body: Edited Commentary (January 2010)
    42 minutes
    In this yin yoga session with Bernie Clark, the emphasis of the practice will be on the deep connective tissues of the hips. We will open this deep, tight area slowly but fully. While we luxuriate in the deep postures, we will ...
    Available worldwide
    Yin Yoga for the Four Quadrants of the Legs Video
    Yin Yoga for the Four Quadrants of the Legs (November 2012)
    57 minutes
    This yin yoga class with Bernie Clark will work the four sides of the thighs: the tops (quads), the inner thighs (adductors), those stubborn hamstrings and the outer hips (glutes and IT band.)
    Available worldwide


    General Yoga
    December 5, 2014
    Yin Yoga offers a great way to begin a yoga practice, one that can branch out in many directions, one that can last for the rest of your life. Yes, beginners definitely can start their yoga journey with Yin Yoga.
    General Yoga
    October 27, 2014
    Societies are kept functioning through the power of the class systems, through varna, but in India two other tools were also required to keep everything in order: dharma and karma. Together varna, dharma and karma kept Hindu society safe from any...
    General Yoga
    August 26, 2014
    Bernie Clark shares the Hindu story of Vikra the yogi
    General Yoga
    April 12, 2011
    The shoulder is one of the most mobile and complicated joints in our body, capable of a large variety of movements. One reason that this is so, is because what we refer to as shoulder movement is really two separate movements; that of the arm and...
    General Yoga
    April 7, 2011
    We carry a lot of stress in the neck and shoulder area, especially people who spend great swaths of time typing or working with their hands. Tight neck and shoulder muscles can lead to headaches and shallow breathing. Chronically tight necks can...

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    rosie72, posted on March 9, 2016

    I am really loving your classes and I am wondering if you do teacher's training?

    tgkolda, posted on January 20, 2015

    Just another fan adding her thanks to you. Love your teaching style, especially the corny jokes. Yin has been a great addition to my practice. I enjoy your classes so much that I'm always surprised when the time is up. Meditation sessions are appreciated as well. Keep it coming!

    taupelamb, posted on December 28, 2014

    Just a quick hi from a couple of middle aged yoga fans who totally enjoy your yin to our busy yang lives, your humour to balance the stress of our jobs, your peace to the confrontations of practising social work in today's society and a reconciliation of ourselves to our self. Keep doing what you are doing. We love it.

    bernieclark, posted on December 28, 2014

    I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the Yinside of Yoga! Cheers, Bernie

    yummygirl, posted on October 16, 2014

    i have been having a super sore back the serratus muscle and the middel trapezius which video do you have that could help that area thanks katherine

    bernieclark, posted on December 28, 2014

    Sorry for the delay in replying: I didn't notice your question until now. Were you able to try the Yin Yoga for the Upper Body video?

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