“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.
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
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
An article by Liam Bowler (Massage Therapist and Structural Bodyworker) about proprioception and interoception
An article by buddhist scholar and meditation teacher Reginald A. Ray about 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
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
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