Yin Yoga TT Reading List

“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!  It’s great to discuss movement with our yoga peers but it’s also important to 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 teach movement 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 include cutting edge research on our evolving understanding of the role of fascia, how mindful movement might change your brain, and breakthroughs in the science of pain.

Some of what I’ve included is really accessible and some is more technical.  If you struggle to understand something, don’t worry!  Read or listen and jot down questions that might arise.

You will not be pop-quizzed on this material (I promise!) but I will refer to it in discussing how I cue and sequence Yin Yoga postures.  More importantly the scientists, therapists, and teachers featured here are asking provocative questions about why movement matters and how it heals.

Yours in Curiosity,


Yin TT Reading List

Module 1: Yin Fundamentals

Paul Grilley on What is Yin Yoga? and What is the relationship between Yin Yoga and fascia?

A short video on chronic, persistent pain by Pain Scientist Lorimer Moseley

Lorimer Moseley: Tame the Beast

Todd Hargrove (Feldenkrais Practitioner, Rolfer, and author) on pain, perception, and movement

An interview with Jules Mitchell, MS (Masters of Science) and yoga teacher, about the science of stretching

Liberated Body Podcast Episode: Jules Mitchell

An article by Liam Bowler (Massage Therapist and Structural Bodyworker) about proprioception and interoception

Interoception: Know Thyself

An article by buddhist scholar and meditation teacher Reginald A. Ray about Somatic Meditation

Tapping Into the Body: Somatic Meditation

Module 2: Yin Sequencing

Dr Helen Langevin on how connective tissue is part of the immune system and the influence of acupuncture and stretching on connective tissue

Liberated Body Podcast Episode: Dr Helen Langevin

4 short videos from Tom Myers about training fascia:

An interview with Dr. Daniel Keown, western medical doctor and doctor of Chinese medicine about fascia, fluids, embryological organisation, genetics, and Qi

Liberated Body Podcast Episode: Dr Daniel Keown

Peter Blackaby, Yoga Teacher and Osteopath, on why there is no such thing as perfect movement


Module 3: Yin Yang Sequencing

Peter Blackaby, Yoga Teacher and Osteopath, on yoga and homeostasis


Peter Blackaby, Yoga Teacher and Osteopath, on pain and healing


Bo Forbes, yoga teacher, on the importance of mindful movement

Bo Forbes: Lose Your Momentum