“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 ONE: YIN YOGA FUNDAMENTALS
Paul Grilley, yoga teacher and scholar, founder of Yin Yoga
Paul Ingraham, Massage Therapist, Science Writer
** Important Note: Flexibility: Quite a Stretch is a long article. If you are short on time, please read just from Section 4 until the end as this deals more directly with yoga and flexibility
Todd Hargrove, Feldenkrais Practitioner, Rolfer, and author of A Guide to Better Movement
Liam Bowler, Massage Therapist, Structural Bodyworker, Rock Climber
Peter Blackaby, Yoga Teacher and Osteopath
MODULE TWO: YIN YOGA SEQUENCING
Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains
Dr Helen Langevin, Director of the National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the NIH
Dr. Daniel Keown, western medical doctor and doctor of Chinese medicine and author of The Spark in the Machine
Bio-electricity and cells
Reginald A. Ray, Buddhist Scholar and meditation teacher