Yin Yoga And The Energy Body Video
Yin Yoga And The Energy Body

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Yin Yoga And The Energy Body

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In this 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 also explore energetic effects Yin Yoga can have on our body. The models of energy of the Indian Yogis, the Chinese Daoists and the Western scientific views will be discussed.


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Yoginijeanne, posted on November 18, 2015

My whole body feels different. Open and stimulated. Thanks for a yummy practice. The spots in my hips that were cranky are now mellow!

judypal, posted on August 7, 2015

The video stops a few minutes in and there is a little text box that reads, the video is unavailable. The video actually works fine but you have to press the start button again.

judypal, posted on August 7, 2015

This is transformative. Thank you. It is a pleasure to see you and hear you. You are a vision of health and a calming teacher. I feel extremely balanced both energized and relaxed. A sore spot is relieved. This class is one I will revisit.

tatiana.cicchelli, posted on July 7, 2015

I love Bernie's classes but this is the third time that the video restarts towards the middle of the video. I'm in hips bliss and then all of a sudden back to where it began. Not sure if it's the video or what but it is a bummer. Hopefully this gets fixed!

yogitroppy, posted on April 11, 2015

Thanks for sharing this practice. What is the background music being played at the end of the practice?

yogitroppy, posted on April 11, 2015

Found the name with Shazam - again great practice - exactly what I needed this morning.

Lorax1377, posted on November 6, 2014

Thank you Bernie. After a rough and emotional day dealing with trauma, this practice helped to bring me back to a peaceful, centered place.

cantorlevy, posted on September 20, 2014

You are a fabulous teacher!

cantorlevy, posted on September 20, 2014

You are a fabulous teacher!

jmadden7171, posted on February 9, 2014

Thank you Bernie. I was feeling kinda tired today and was craving a yin practice. This was just enough.

Yoginijeanne, posted on January 6, 2014

An article vortex outside. A warm yin practice inside. Namaste.

kumarisky, posted on December 30, 2013

Thank you so much for another wonderful video! You are such a great teacher! Namaste <3

Awebb, posted on November 3, 2013

Another lovely practice thanks Bernie, I'm finding your videos and the other excellent yin practitioners very inspiring for my practice and teaching. Thank you. Andrea Melbourne,Australia

bernieclark, posted on October 22, 2013

@nbitunjac Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope you do find time to taste the other Yin Yoga practices here. Cheers!

nbitunjac, posted on October 21, 2013

That was very powerful for me Bernie. I experienced a deep release in my back ribs during one of the postures. The relief which accompanied it brought tears to my eyes. I feel inspired to do your other classes and return to this practice. Thank you for sharing your practice Bernie.

bernieclark, posted on August 19, 2013

@dorrieditton I am happy to hear that you can find ways to share the knowledge with others, especially the elderly. People gotta move to stay healthy. Thanks for keeping them mobile. Cheers.

dorrieditton, posted on August 5, 2013

Bernie,thanks for explaining electrical energy and how it applies to the knees and hips and knees.I am a massage therapist dealing with elderly population and seeing how inactivity has caused such damage as people age.This video gives me some ammunition ,I can use this to explain why it is so important to stretch and do yoga to keep in shape and prevent hip and knee replacement surgery.Every time I view one of your videos I learn so much and it helps me personally in my own mission to keep healthy.Thanks again!

shyoga, posted on March 17, 2013

Bernie is great. very instructional of A&P etc.

bernieclark, posted on March 14, 2013

@dartingtrout Hi Lily

If by “tone” you mean muscle tone, no - Yin Yoga does not target your muscles in ways that will make them stronger, just longer. We need both yin-styles and yang-styles of yoga for complete balance. How much is a question only you can answer but generally, the older we get the more we tighten and the more we need a yin-style of practice. When we are young we have a lot of natural mobility so that is the time for stabilizing yang-styles of practice. This question and many others are addressed frequently on the Forum at www.YinYoga.com. Feel free to browse all those topics and ask more detailed questions there.


Moram, posted on March 14, 2013

Excellent practice for today Bernie, thanks :) !!

dartingtrout, posted on March 14, 2013

Hi, Bernie! I love your videos - you're my first introduction to yin yoga a few years back, and I've been a fan ever since, so thank you!! I have a question that I cannot seem to get answered, however, and that is, does yin yoga help to tone the body? I interchange yin with my other yoga and exercise, so I cannot determine the answer to this. I wonder were a person to do yin yoga only for a while, would they become toned from this, say, for example, they were not accustomed to other forms of exercise, other than walking? Respectfully submitted, Lily

bernieclark, posted on March 6, 2013

This is for Rachel Dubois: There are a number of things that you can do for the knees and first and foremost is to have zero tolerance for pain while in any pose. If you experience pain, the first thing to do is come out of the pose and then find a way to not be in pain. Several possible modifications are available depending up the pose you are in. Unfortunately you do not say which poses cause you problems but if there are specific poses that you find challenging, check out the postures at my web site: http://www.yinyoga.com/ys2_2.0_yinyoga_asanas.php.

There you will see (via videos) or read (via the text descriptions) alternatives if you suffer knee problems. Generally these include: supporting the knee by placing a cushion or blanket under that thigh, flexing the foot more, or - and this is always a good one - get a towel, roll it up a bit (or a yoga strap folded a few times to give some thickness) and pull it tight behind the back of the knee as you bend the knee. This creates some space in the joint and may avoid the pain of compression.

To help with recuperation of a slightly damaged knee you may want to try the exercise described here: http://www.yinyoga.com/Newsletter_volume7.php

I hope this helps.

racheldubois, posted on March 6, 2013

I really struggle to avoid tweaking my knees, no matter how much I modify, and though I've been doing the yin yoga sessions for a few months now. I had hoped it would be better by now, so can anyone suggest something to help me avoid damaging my inner knees? Thanks.

Andyguck, posted on February 3, 2013

Excellent video. Thank you Bernie. Namaste.

nacosta, posted on January 20, 2013

This was exactly what I needed today. Really sweet and nourishing!

BrynWinkle, posted on January 5, 2013

Really energising flow. Thank you.

racheldubois, posted on January 3, 2013

Please consider doing many more yin yoga videos with your commentary, Bernie. They're absolutely wonderful.

myogagirl, posted on December 17, 2012

A simply beautiful class... Thank You...

bernieclark, posted on December 8, 2012

@racheldubois The other resource you can check out (and its free!) is www.YinYoga.com. There is a lot to see there, and also check out the Forum and look at all the posts under the "Energy" heading. You'll also find a good article on energy in the Newsletters. Enjoy exploring!

racheldubois, posted on December 8, 2012

What a completely fascinating subject, energy medicine. I loved hearing about it and I always love your practices. I want to learn more so I'll get the book, but if there is any more informational resources you' can recommend, please let me know!

Majulily, posted on November 26, 2012

That was so nice. What a lovely session to help sleep. Thank you.

KParks, posted on November 6, 2012


Radine61, posted on October 7, 2012

I have discovered that Yin Yoga is just what I need for my fibromyagia! Thanks!

srock32, posted on September 16, 2012

I just love your videos! One of my biggest challenges in my practice is to really try to focus my mind and and to be present. I tend to bring all of my "stuff" to my mat, which is not very relaxing. But I am finding that yin with all of the stillness is helping me to quiet my mind more and release my tension and my "stuff" . Thank you so much, you are a wonderful teacher!..Namaste.

Nbrannick, posted on June 28, 2012

I love Bernie's classes. I learn so much, and the verbal instruction makes the class pass so quickly! Thank you!

bernieclark, posted on June 26, 2012

Congratulations on your little bun! It is wise to ask about whether Yin Yoga is appropriate now that you are pregnant. The short answer is yes - but you may want to read a few posts in my forum. There are posts there from experienced Yin Yoga teachers who have been pregnant. They may address most of your questions.



ehailstones, posted on June 26, 2012

Bernie, I'm enjoying your Yin videos and your kind voice and philosophy. I'm pregnant and wondering if you've got a Yin for pregnancy video or have any tips/advice on poses to avoid or concentrate on.

Redhotyogi, posted on April 26, 2012

I enjoyed this but found some of the poses were held for a too little time. Guess that means I'm relaxing more as that seemed like forever when I started doing Bernies classes!!

bernieclark, posted on February 10, 2012

Hi Yingina ... yes, it is a variation of Half Saddle. There are lots of different variations for the Saddle and Half Saddle (see http://www.yinyoga.com/ys2_2.0_asanas_saddle.php for more ideas) but the one in this video is more accessible to most people. It can also be called the reclining Windshield Wipers. In the more "classic" Half-Saddle, many people can't lie all the way down on the floor, but they can do this reclining Windshield Wipers variation. Glad you are loving Yin!

YinGina, posted on February 10, 2012

Love, love yin and love this video.maybe one day I can study under you. I do have a question. On the video the pose at the end where you and doing wide wipers and you drop to one side and pull the one foot up. What is name of this pose? My daughter and I call it bow and arrow, but really looking at the pose it looks like a half saddle variation.

Trying, posted on December 30, 2011

another great video from bernie!! he's one of the best. :)

AllysonClark, posted on November 26, 2011

Thank you :) This class was exactly what I needed after a long day :)

genevievetaylor, posted on October 27, 2011

This is a class that just makes me feel still, peaceful and happy. Thank you!

Yogalice, posted on October 23, 2011

A great Sunday am Yin practice! Bernie Clarkis awesome.

purezinha, posted on September 10, 2011

Loved it ! Thank you.

Lauramarie924, posted on September 2, 2011

Love Bernie Clark's yin yoga. So relaxing at night.

Rochelleandyoga, posted on June 7, 2011

i love the reminder of stillness in the postures

madmarchhatt, posted on June 7, 2011

I loved this video. Thank you very much Bernie!

Skinartia, posted on January 9, 2011

Love, love, LOVE this session. The poses are held for a longer period of time and I enjoyed Bernie describing in great detail what to do and how to do it so I didn't have to keep glancing at the screen. It was a much more natural flow and allowed me to have my eyes closed and meditate for the session. I also liked that Bernie spent the time between poses to discuss Western and Eastern medicine. This video certainly will be one that I use often. Thank you! :)

Milithor, posted on January 5, 2011

I did this session lastnight and it raelly loosed my hips up. It made me feel energized, yet I was able to get some really good sleep. I felt energized the following day and was even quick to get out of bed in the morning, which is not common for me. I also suffer from lower back pain and this really helped to aliviate it.

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