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.

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.

Each article and video has been chosen to represent different perspectives (sometimes conflicting). This is deliberate. The scientists, therapists, and teachers featured here are asking provocative questions about why movement matters and how it heals. In this training I invite you to think critically, consider what the experts have to say, and move your body to experience the theories in motion. We will discuss the concepts in relationship to cueing Yin poses and sequencing Yin postures.

Yours in Curiosity,


Yin TT Reading List


Reading for Weekend One

Anatomy and Physiology: (click on the links below to read or watch)

Fascia in Movement: The Essentials by Tom Myers, Manual Therapist and author of Anatomy Trains

Types of Connective Tissue: Crash Course by Hank Green, creator of Crash Course with degrees in biochemistry and environmental science

Stretching and Sensation: (click on the links below to read or watch)

The Stretching Debate  by Julian Bowen, Physiotherapist

Why Do Muscles Feel Tight? by Todd Hargrove, Manual and Movement Therapist and author of A Guide to Better Movement

Pain is Weird by Paul Ingraham, Massage Therapist and Science Writer

Reading for Weekend Two

How Can Yin Yoga Help: (click on the links below to read or watch)

Todd Hargrove Why Practice Slow Movement?

Peter Blackaby, Osteopath and Yoga Teacher Teaching-yoga-to-people-in-pain

Liam Bowler, Structural Bodyworker Interoception: Know Thyself

David Plans, founder of BioBeats We’ve Lost Touch with our Bodies

Peter Deadman, Acupuncturist, founder/publisher of The Journal of Chinese Medicine, QiGong practitioner Movement and Stillness: Yin and Yang in Practice


Reading for Weekend One

Myofascial Chains: (click on the links below to read or watch)

Tom Myers  Introduction to Anatomy Trains

Journal of Anatomy Review Article Intermuscular Force Transmission Along Myofascial Chains

John Kirwood, Five Elements Acupressure and Myofascial Release Acupressure and Myofascial Therapy: A Unified Approach

Reading for Weekend Two

Qi  and Meridians: (click on the links below to read or watch)

Paul Ingraham  Do You Believe in Qi?

Michael Graeme  Tai Chi and Qi Gong from a Western Perspective

Dr. Daniel Keown, MD, acupuncturist, and author of The Spark in the Machine What is Qi?

Helene Langevin, MD, Director of NCCIH  The Science of Stretch

Five Elements and Movement: (click on the links below to read or watch)

Peter Deadman A Brief History of Qigong

Carly Willsie, Acupuncturist, AMOA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Basic Five Element Theory


Helene Langevin, MD, Director of NCCIH Rat Yoga and Back Pain

Tom Myers  Can you Train Fascia?

Todd Hargrove What’s Better, Strict Training or Play?

Tensegrity and Cell Behaviour

The Body Electrician: Can Bio-Electricity Build Better Humans?