Bernie Clark

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.

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Nourish and rebuild the muscles and joints, making them stronger, longer, and ready for your next run.
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This insightful yin yoga practice provides space and time to let go of tension: physically, emotionally, and psychologically. By relaxing into yin poses for several minutes at a time interwoven with poignant, metaphorical stories, this class brings to light the value in finding stillness, in the body as well as the mind. Leave the practice feeling open in your hips, side body, and more important, peaceful in your mind.
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Explore the two major causes of our edges in a yoga posture: tension and compression. Edges in yoga or in life are stopping points, places we just can’t seem to get past. Dive into the inquiry of “what is stopping me?” and discover how skillful action may not be to go further at all, but to accept where we already are.
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Embody the "here and now" as you're guided through this fluid and supported yin practice.
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This meditation practice from Bernie Clark focuses on creating positive habits for a healthy life. Take time to water the flowers of positive thoughts, and learn to let go of watering the negative weeds.
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This practice will explore how to use yoga and breath to turn off the stress and start to rest and recharge the body.
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Day 20: Celebrate
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Being in the present moment is the best recipe for happiness, well-being, and excellence. Celebrate the opportunity to enrich your life with this practice that takes meditation into every facet of living.
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Day 19: Transform
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Each moment brings the opportunity to discover your authentic self by recognizing and returning to the "Here and Now". This practice helps transform life by renewing our commitment to the present moment, no matter where life finds you.
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Day 18: Applying
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Thoughts seduce you, and your mind wanders away from the now to find anxiety and unease. Use these short Moments while out and about, applying the practice to free yourself from the shackles of unhappiness and the burdens of worry.
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Day 17: Persist
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
You can’t push thoughts away, but you can let them pass through the river of mind by liberating them to be on their way. Persist as you meditate with thoughts to find the happiness and deep joy that you seek.
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Day 15: Simplifying
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
No matter where you go, no matter where you are, your breath is right there with you. Today’s Moments remind you to return to your birthright —breath’s simplicity— throughout the day.
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Day 14: Soften
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Sink in and soften with this spacious practice that opens the field of silence for play. Gently and precisely meditate with the breath, and feel how grace bestows her blessing upon you when you pause in silence.
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Day 13: Observe
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
This most classic of meditation practices teaches how the simple act of breathing grounds us in the "Here and Now". Hone your meditation technique, revel in silence, and observe each breath as it comes and goes like a wave washing in from the ocean.
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Day 12: Opening
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Let today’s Moments help you become friends with any intense emotions or feelings that arise as you move through your day. Notice the emotions as they come and go, then see your practice create openings to engage with life differently.
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Day 11: Stabilize
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Though powerfully distracting stories may attach themselves to emotions and feelings, stabilize your meditation by recognizing and returning to the present moment. Tune in to the power of emotions and feelings by connecting to the deep source that contains and surrounds all that is.
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Day 10: Witness
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Recognizing and returning to the "Here and Now" takes on a new dimension when you merely witness your emotions and feelings. See how stepping back from your daily drama gifts you with the insight that you are neither your feelings nor your emotions, but something more.
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Day 9: Listening
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Sounds come and go as you move through the world, but you can ground them in your practice by intensifying your attention to them. Awaken your practice and feel it deepening when you bring new life to the sounds that surround you.
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Day 8: Intensify
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Sounds come and go as you move through the world, but you can ground them in your practice by intensifying your attention to them. Awaken your practice and feel it deepening when you bring new life to the sounds that surround you.
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Day 7: Receive
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
By learning how to listen in a new way, you can harness the power of sound to return you to the “Here and Now.” This meditation teaches you to listen without reaching out and “grabbing” sounds. See how conversations and connections change when authentic dialogue is alive in your world.
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Day 6: Returning
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Eyes blink, lungs breathe, heart beats, and the mind wanders—that’s just what it does. These short practices are available any time throughout the day to bring the “monkey mind” from distraction and wandering back to the present moment.
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Day 5: Enliven
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Sensations arise, dwell, and pass through the body with a raw texture that enlivens your practice. Observe the “monkey mind” as it jumps from branch to branch, and see what happens as your attention returns to the pure experience of sensation.
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Day 4: Recognize
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Unlock the power of meditation by learning to “recognize and return” when your mind wanders. This practice introduces you to the power of physical sensations and their capacity to anchor you in the "Here and Now", the home of clarity and awakening.
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Day 3: Restoring
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Throughout the day, restore your well-being with these brief, guided practices. Feel the changes as your body learns to relax on-the-go with these portable “Moments of Calm.”
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Day 2: Settle
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Get intimate with your own state of being as you dive deeper into the relaxation response. Unmask the tensions within your body, and settle progressively into a relaxed and alert state of mind as you turn inward to ask, “What’s changing inside my body?”
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Day 1: Commit
Here and Now: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation
Commit to a life of presence and well-being by learning to be in the "Here and Now" with this 21-day meditation guide. Unwind the nervous system, and prepare the mind for meditation with this relaxation practice.
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This practice from Bernie Clark uses both long-held yin yoga postures as well as more dynamic yang-style asanas to bring health into your hips. We need stress in our joints to keep them healthy, our hips are no exception.
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The Balanced You
The three marks of existence - suffering, impermanence and selflessness - are motivating factors for many of life's decisions, whether or not we're conscious of it. In this opening Yin practice with Bernie Clark, he invites us to explore these characteristics of human life as we move through liberating hip openers and spinal flexion and extension. Get ready to go deep.
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The Balanced You
Ram Dass summed it up better than most: Be Here Now. Bringing awareness of the present moment to your thoughts, their patterns and their physical manifestations in your body puts you on the fast track to an overall sense of calm and peace. And who doesn't want that? Meditation master Bernie Clark is back with a 13-minute meditation on mindfulness, and reminds us that it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. #Truthbomb
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The Balanced You
Have you ever watched your mind? This soothing meditation invites a retreat from competing thoughts to restore peace within.
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Bernie Clark
In 1975 Herbert Benson wrote the book The Relaxation Response. As a cardiologist he noticed that his patients with high blood pressure felt worse with the medication he prescribed. Just visiting him raised their blood pressure. Stress was the cause; the cure – relaxation. He, reluctantly at first, began working with TM meditators because they claimed to be able to reduce their blood pressure. He found out that they were right. These meditators decreased their heart rate, metabolic rate and breath rate, which Benson termed the Relaxation Response. He also discovered that the relaxation response can be triggered easily, quickly and anywhere. That is what we will tap into in this short, effective practice.
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This practice is for those who are short on time and still need a deep rest mentally. Work the energy lines along the back of the body and explore postures that include forward bends, backbends, and hip openers.
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Bernie Clark
Explore the benefits of yin yoga for the upper body, targeting the deeper connective tissues of the hands, arms, neck, and shoulders.
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Bernie Clark
This practice 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.
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Bernie Clark
Take time to direct your attention to your energy body, stimulating the flow of energy and removing blockages with flowing exercises and long-held postures. Enjoy a slow-paced meditation on energy combined with storytelling and science.
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Lie down, chill out, and enjoy this slow practice of deep relaxation. Discover what it means to find stillness, to listen to the universal sound of Aum, while supporting the spinal column.
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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 that we can take this path anytime we wish.