Yin Yoga for the Upper Body Video
Yin Yoga for the Upper Body

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Yin Yoga for the Upper Body

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In this live class filmed at Semperviva Yoga in Vancouver, Bernie Clark works the upper body in a Yin Yoga style. We will target the deeper connective tissues of the hands, arms, neck and shoulders especially the fascial bags that can cause our muscles to be so tight. We will also allow the lower body to marinate a bit in some lovely yin sauce. This class may be great for people who suffer from tightness in the shoulder and neck area, or for those who carry a lot of stress there.

Note: Anyone with neck issues or who have suffered whiplash should be very careful with the neck movements, perhaps even skipping those parts of this practice. For people with significant shoulder or wrist problems, this practice may be helpful but please check with your health care provider first and go slowly.


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shreram, posted on August 11, 2016

I do really appreciate Bernie style of teaching, on this and other videos, the emotional intelligence used on his way to guide is really fluid, simple yet profund. I do appreciate his way to interact and bring back the attention into the ''energies'', feelings and the sensations, that are flowing...Thank you Bearnie for being so inspiring for students and teachers as well. OM.

noellelani, posted on June 18, 2016

So thankful for this class! Bernie you are a gift <3

addie0pitre, posted on December 1, 2015

This practice was the perfect way to start my day and wake up the body, especially after my aerial workout last night. Thank you!

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on December 1, 2015

We appreciate your review! You can always add this class to your Playlist to watch again anytime.


KLennedy, posted on September 28, 2015

this music is lovely..what is it?

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on December 1, 2015

Thank you for commenting! Unfortunately, we don't have a listing of the music that was used in this class.


rllewellyn, posted on June 28, 2015

I need this one so much with all of the computer work I do these days. Thanks for teaching this one Bernie. While I always I need the hip openers that I get from yin, I also need to incorporate much more of these asanas for the upper back and neck areas.

lorareed, posted on February 23, 2015

This is a very powerful practice with the ability to melt away tension in the entire upper body. Very impressed with this one :)

youdee, posted on January 6, 2015

What a wonderful session! Tack så mycket!

Laetitia, posted on December 29, 2014

thanks for this lesson - first time in years that my neck pain faded away!

sabri67, posted on December 15, 2014

I loved the class, very calming, perfect for the evening. Thank you very much for all your very wonderful instructions.

lilalila1972, posted on October 18, 2014

This a great lesson, but, the player keeps jamming :-)

LadyMadonna007, posted on October 22, 2014


leahowe, posted on April 1, 2014

thank YOU!

Jwoodworthalcock, posted on March 26, 2014

Wonderful practice , thank you

bernieclark, posted on March 14, 2014

@604steph You are not alone - not everyone can do Shoelace for a variety of reasons including large thighs. But the good news is - this is why we have many other postures that can work the same areas. The target areas for Shoelace are the lower back/sacral area (flexion of the hip and lumbar spine) and the outer hips (external rotation). If you can't get these areas to feel anything, try the Square Pose instead [see http://www.yinyoga.com/ys2_2.0_asanas_square.php] or if that doesn't work or is not available, try Butterfly [see http://www.yinyoga.com/ys2_2.0_asanas_butterfly.php]. Regarding the pinching sensation between your shoulder blades - try moving your hands further apart. If that doesn't work - keep experimenting until you find a place that does work. Try leaning back on your elbows, have your hands on blocks, etc. Good luck! Bernie

604steph, posted on March 13, 2014

Awesome class! I love your style, and the philosophical/spiritual component that you add. Two questions:

1. I am not able to do shoelace pose (neither full nor half) - my thighs are too bulky, at present, to allow one leg to cross over the other. :-/ Is there something else I can do to help release my outer hips during that portion of the class?

2. Whenever I put my hands behind my hips and lean back, it feels great to open across the chest, but I feel a great deal of pinching between my shoulder blades. Do you know of anything I can do about this?

Thanks in advance, and I look forward to checking out your other classes!

crystald41, posted on February 11, 2014

Beautiful upper body release, thank you

Jeneba5454, posted on December 30, 2013

@bernieclark Thank you so much! "They/ I" are/ am MUCH better than at first, but I have been frightened of re-injury. I am looking forward to reading! Have a New Year filled with Light and Blessing!

bernieclark, posted on December 30, 2013

@Jeneba5454 I am not a doctor and can't really diagnose your tennis elbows at a distance. First thing to do is ask your health care provider, however, if you go mindfully you may find that stressing the elbows can help with healing them. The trick is to not overstress them, which is counterproductive. However, understressing them is also not going to help them heal well. You can learn more in an article I wrote about Yin Yoga vs Restorative Yoga: http://www.yinyoga.com/newsletter13_restorativeyin.php. Another possible therapy you could try is called Earthing, which I also talk about here: http://www.yinyoga.com/newsletter4_earthchi.php. Good luck!

Jeneba5454, posted on December 29, 2013

Thank you so much for this offering! Would it be suitable for someone (me, of course) with two "tennis elbows?"

bernieclark, posted on December 3, 2013

@arubop Thanks for the caution. As always, we must listen to our bodies and see if whatever we are doing is really meeting our intentions. And every body is different. While many people do a long, lingering yin yoga practice before their aerobic and strenuous yang practices, and feel no ill-effects from it, there are some who may have opened too much during the yin session and they need to tighten up again before stressing the body again. We all need to pay attention. Cheers, Bernie

arubop, posted on December 3, 2013

I want to mention one experience which hopefully will help everyone practicing this style. One should give 24 hr rest and allow the connective tissues to heal before attempting any other practice - especially a dynamic one like Vinyasa. I almost injured myself by practicing this in the morning and teaching my Vinyasa class in the eve.

deema, posted on October 3, 2013

One of my favourite yin teachers .. loved the stories that helped us hold for time and work through the sensations we felt during the practice ... thank you

whiteowl_2, posted on September 8, 2013

There were moments during this practice when my migraine went away - thank you!

lm2, posted on August 17, 2013

delicious! thanks...

Gugui, posted on June 7, 2013

Thank you for a wonderful practice!!!!

Gugui, posted on June 7, 2013

Thank you Bernie Clark!!!! As always it was a wonderfull practice, and I loved you're story about the two brothers, it came to me on the perfect moment!!! Namaste.

anamaria1972, posted on June 2, 2013

I did this class one day at night and then i over slept the day after, I was late at work. NO doubt good relaxing

carabeth.rogers, posted on May 14, 2013

Great practice for people who sit at computers and type all day. My neck, back and shoulders feel so good now. Thanks!

sunnylion, posted on February 13, 2013

I am feeling wonderful benefit from this practice. Just what I needed! Thank you very much for sharing.

myogagirl, posted on January 9, 2013

YeePee... Maria

bernieclark, posted on January 2, 2013

@adamargento - Yes, I do offer Yin Yoga teacher trainings and retreats. You can find out about the courses on my website here: http://www.yinyoga.com/upcoming_events.php

adamargento, posted on January 1, 2013

Thank you Bernie, I'm reading your new Yin Yoga book (Complete Guide to...) and this class was a great compliment to some of the theory. Do you do teacher training specifically for Yin Yoga? (I'm in Calgary).

sushi2802, posted on October 3, 2012

I feel so relaxed now, thank you.

bernieclark, posted on June 26, 2012

Certainly, ujjayi breath can be done in a Yin Yoga class, but before you start huffing and puffing, you may want to read an article I wrote on this very topic. You can read it on my web site here: http://www.yinyoga.com/newsletter5_yinside_of_breathing.php


, posted on June 26, 2012

Hi, Bernie
Is it appropriate to do ujjayi breath in yin yoga?

mariavoici, posted on May 4, 2012

loved this! I suffer from chronic neck and shoulder problems - this is sent from above. Thankyou Bernie

blondmonkeyyoga, posted on March 5, 2012

Great Yin class, but the room was too dark. it's nice to be able to see which leg is up in shoelace for example, but it was too dark to ascertain. Thanks for all the great videos!!!

YinGina, posted on February 3, 2012

Loved this video, I could believe it was more than an hour the class went by so fast.

SuLeslieMama, posted on February 2, 2012

thank you!

bernieclark, posted on January 29, 2012

There are already two shorter Yin Yoga classes offered here on MyYogaOnline. You find them them if you search for Yin Yoga classes by Bernie: one is about 21 minutes and the other about 20 minutes. They target the hips and the spine. If you want a slightly longer practice, you may want to search for the Yin Yoga Channel I created on YouTube, but be warned, it is not nearly as nice as the productions you'll find here on MYO. You will find there a few 30 minute practices. (You can also get to the Yin Yoga Channel via my website, which is www.YinYoga.com.) Cheers!

SuLeslieMama, posted on January 29, 2012

This is truly a wonderful class! Thank you so much! I think I just found the right teacher for my husband as well!

I do have a request. Can you design a 30-minute class for us overly taxed parents who also spent too much time working in front of a computer? I look forward to joining this class again, but there are days I can only fit in a half an hour, which is better than nothing! Thank you again.

Taurus, posted on January 25, 2012

Thanks a lot for a great class. I love the gentle teaching, the stories and little anecdotes tying it all up. And a great Savasana. Thank you so much! Namaste.

SaraT, posted on January 17, 2012

Thank you so much for this - I have recently started using several of your yin videos...and am happy to have this one which focuses on the neck and shoulders - my overtaxed areas, as a writer!

NicoleUrdang, posted on January 15, 2012

Namaste Bernie,
That was another great, creative practice.
Thank you!

anasol13, posted on January 14, 2012

absolutely wonderful, thank you!

Adianet, posted on January 14, 2012

Thank you Bernie. Thank you also for giving us a book to understand more about Yin Yoga. Namaste.

TracyLeigh, posted on January 14, 2012

Loved it! Great antidote to being stuck in a chair in front of a computer all day. Bernie's videos are always great, and just what I'm needing!

BlissFULLHeart, posted on January 14, 2012

This was just lovely!!! Wow do my hips feel open :) Thank you Bernie. Namaste <3

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