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


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




Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains

About Tom Myers

Dr Helen Langevin, Director of the National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the NIH

Rat Yoga and Back Pain

Dr. Daniel Keown, western medical doctor and doctor of Chinese medicine and author of The Spark in the Machine

Bio-electricity and cells 

The Face of Qi? 

Reginald A. Ray, Buddhist Scholar and meditation teacher

Tapping Into the Body: Somatic Meditation


Tensegrity and Cell Behaviour

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

Stretching Reduces Tumor Growth in Mouse Breast Cancer

Why Every Evolutionary Change is a Compromise

Pain and Personal Growth: What’s the Relationship?

What’s Better, Strict Training or Play?