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Episode 154: Bernie Clark on the Benefits of Yin

Bernie Clark quote - Episode 154
The thoughtful and articulate Bernie Clark joins us on the show this week! Bernie is perhaps best known for his influential Yin yoga teachings as well as his books, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, and Your Body, Your Yoga.

When Jason and I shared our thoughts about Yin Yoga at the end of season 1 (episode 147), we hadn’t expected it to be so polarizing. After seeing Bernie’s response to the episode in one of his forums and after listening to you, our listeners, we asked him on the show.

We covered a lot of ground in this episode: Bernie clarified Yin’s origin story, he shared how Yin benefits him personally (and how he complements it with strength-training), as well as how he guides (even flexible students like Andrea) to discern their edge in poses. The big takeaway from the conversation? We landed on more points of agreement than points of difference. The one point of difference that remains is whether or not lengthening ligaments is a good idea. And if you’d like to research that further, check out the show notes.

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

The following links are intended to help you take personal responsibility for your body and your practice. Our hope is that they can help you determine what resonates with you and feels right in your body.

Blog posts and citations from Bernie
In Defense of Yin Yoga
A Scientific Basis for Yin Yoga
Helen Langevin: The Science of Stretch
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Citations from Jason:
“When a tendon/ligament is stretched beyond physiological limits, some fibrils be‐ gin to fail. Micro failure accumulates, stiffness is reduced and the ligament/tendon begins to fail. This occurs when intramolecular cross-links between collagen fibers fail. The tendon therefore undergoes irreversible plastic deformation. When the tendon/ligament is stretched to more than 8-10% of its original length, macroscopic failure follows.”
Injury and Repair of Ligaments and Tendons

“Dynamic or static muscle action creates internal resistance in the loaded structures (stress) that counteracts deformation (strain) of the tissue. All tissue has a characteristic ability to tolerate deformation and stress, and injuries occur when the tolerance level is exceeded. An acute injury occurs when loading is sufficient to cause irreversible deformation of the tissue, whereas an overuse injury occurs as a result of repeated overloading either in the loading itself or through inadequate recovery time between loadings. Each incidence, alone, is not enough to cause irreversible deformation, but the repeated actions can result in an injury over time.” Olympic Committee Manual of Sports Injuries: An a Guide to the Management of Injuries in Physical Activities

The Science and Physiology of Flexibility and Stretching: Implications and Applications in Sport Performance and Health, Professor David G. Behm, November 2018

Episode 147: Jason’s Take on Yin Yoga

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Episode 141: Q&A with Jason about Teaching Beginners

In this last episode of our Begin Again series, Jason answers several listener questions about teaching yoga to beginning yoga students.

We cover lots of ground, including:

* When (or if) to encourage a student to leave a beginner level class for a more challenging one

* How to teach Ujjayi breathing to beginners, and why it’s important to do it separately from asanas

* When to teach the nuances of poses like Downward Facing Dog — specifically how to work skillfully with the shoulders when they’re in an above-the-head position like Down Dog

* Striking the right balance between teaching technique and flow in a beginning vinyasa class

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

The Art of Teaching Beginners Course with Jason

Episode 139: Teaching Beginners in an All Levels Class

Episode 138: The Art of Teaching Asana to Beginners

Episode 136: Yoga Philosophy for Beginners

Episode 135: Jason’s Tips for Teaching Beginners (And Beginning Again)

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Episode 137: How Speed Gets Trapped in the Body with Tias Little

Yoga and meditation teacher Tias Little returns to the podcast this week. (Tias joined me on episode 102 to talk about perfectionism). On today’s episode, we talk about how our culture of speed affects us holistically and why it’s important–but also challenging–to slow down.

We discuss:

* The new book that Tias is working on and how it’s different from other projects he’s worked on

* Why, from a spiritual perspective, moving fast and checking things off of a to-do list is the opposite of progress

* Which parts of the body are most impacted by our go-go-go culture

* What we need to do to feel like we have more time, both on a personal level and as a collective

* How Tias applies the lessons of slowing down to his asana practice

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 102: Techniques for Reframing Perfectionism with Tias Little

Practice with Tias Little on Glo.com

Tias Little at LoveStoryYoga in San Francisco

Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine

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Episode 134: Sarah Powers on Growth Mindset and Lifelong Learning

This week, I am so excited to share an with Insight Yoga founder Sarah Powers. Sarah has been a huge influence on my yoga practice, my meditation practice, and my life.

Here’s what we talk about:

* Yoga and parenting: How Sarah introduced her daughter to yoga and what impact she believes growing up in a yoga family had on her daughter

* How Sarah and Ty came to the decision to home school their daughter and how that decision made Sarah a better yoga teacher

* Why continuing to make time to attend workshops and retreats as a student is still an essential part of Sarah’s life

* She talks about the amount of time it took for her to feel confident as a yoga teacher, especially since she brings so many different elements of yoga, meditation, Buddhism, and psychology into her teaching

* Plus, she offers some practical advice for yoga teachers

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Insight Yoga: An Innovative Synthesis of Traditional Yoga, Meditation, and Eastern Approaches to Healing and Well Being, by Sarah Powers

SarahPowers.com

Episode 133: Yoga for Life’s Transitions with Ty Powers

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Episode 133: Yoga for Life’s Transitions with Ty Powers

This week, I talk with Ty Powers. You might know Ty as the husband of my personal yoga teacher, Sarah Powers. He’s also an incredibly insightful teacher in his own right, a meditation teacher, and coach. Recently, he’s also been leading workshops called Changes and Transitions in Midlife–something that is of particular interest to me now that I’m in my 40s.

Here are some highlights  from our conversation:

*Ty talks briefly about parenting and race and how both of those things have impacted his life

*We commiserate about the challenges of having a spouse who’s an international yoga teacher

*We talk about how things change once a person gets into their 40s and 50s , the process of aging and how to make sense of the changes to your body. And Ty shares why he thinks people are beginning to ask the big questions about life and spirituality earlier today than ever before.

*How,  culturally, we’re missing the mark in preparing for all of life’s transitions, and how practices like yoga and meditation can help us to prepare ourselves for that process

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Ty Powers Bio

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