“People say: idle curiosity. The one thing curiosity cannot be is idle.” – Leo Rosten
Dear Yin Students,
As yoga teachers, I believe it is essential that we continually investigate the ideas (and assumptions) that shape the way we teach. New findings may challenge what we think we know! And new experiences on and off the mat can inspire new ways of cueing and sequencing. It’s great to exchange ideas with our yoga peers but it’s also important to leave the “yoga bubble” and consider what scientists are discovering in their labs, coaches are learning as they train athletes for peak performance, osteopaths and chiropractors uncover through hands-on work, and Ayurvedic healers and TCM practitioners learn through needling, acupressure, and herbs. Perspectives from different disciplines can change the way understand and cue movements and ensure that our teaching is grounded in both time-tested tradition and our continually evolving understanding of the human body/mind.
The links below represent a variety of perspectives on the anatomy and philosophy of Yin Yoga and cutting edge research on our evolving understanding of the role of fascia, how mindful movement might help re-wire the brain, the importance of stress, and the science of pain.
Some of what I’ve included is really accessible and some is more technical. If something is incomprehensible, don’t worry! Read or listen to what you can and jot down questions that might arise. Particularly for those attending their first Yin TT, I’d highly recommend starting with Bernie Clarke and Paul Grilley.
You will not be quizzed on this material (I promise!) but I will reference some of it in lecture and discussion. More importantly, this is a collection of ideas from very smart, curious people who are questioning long-held assumptions about why movement matters and how various therapies (yoga, massage, TCM) really work.
Yin TT Reading List
Tom Myers on Training Fascia:
Do We Understand Stretching?
Todd Hargrove on Pain, Perception, and Movement:
- Does Bad Posture Cause Pain?
- Why Do Muscles Feel Tight?
- Why Practice Slow Movement?
- Why Expectation Matters for Movement and Pain?
Why does Self-Awareness Matter?