Dec 12, 2017
Join Dr. Michele as she interviews Bernie Clark on
all aspects of yin yoga and yoga anatomy.
Bernie has been traveling the yogic path for
over 35 years, starting with a daily meditation practice that he
established in his mid-twenties in order to deal with stress in his
business career. In his early forties, he was introduced into the
physical practices of yoga through Hatha yoga, which assisted him
greatly in his meditation practice.
He has a degree in physics and spent 30 years as a
senior executive in the high tech, space industry, but he also
continued to feed his intense curiosity about psychology,
mythology, anatomy and philosophy, which culminated in his writing
several books about yoga, mythology and anatomy.
Today, Bernie is a yoga teacher and edutainer, offering
teacher trainings and workshops in Vancouver, Canada. He continues
to write books and maintain his website YinYoga.com.
Bernie Clark is one of the world's leading trainers
of Yin Yoga and the author a several books - The Complete Guide to
Yin Yoga and most recently Your Body - Your Yoga. We discuss
Bernie's transition from working in a fast-paced corporate company
to teaching yoga relatively late in life. He shares his wisdom of
Yin yoga and meditation, how to teach students to practice
according to their own body, and the skillful means in which
teachers can facilitate this.
Topics Covered on today's show:
- As a yin yogi myself, I’ve read your books and
followed your career for a while now so this interview is very
special to me. Thank you again for agreeing to come on the
- Can we hear your STORY of how you came to love yin
yoga and transition into a yin yoga career.
- For the listeners who don’t know what the
difference is between yin yoga and other forms of yoga such as
vinyasa or even restorative, can you tell us a little bit about the
- Here are two things you may not know about me
- Although I am a foot and ankle surgeon and
Ayurvedic health coach, I majored in anatomy and physiology at UCB.
So anatomy is one of my favorite things to talk about.
- I’m a student and more recently an assistant
teacher of Joe Barnett, who is a senior student of Paul Grilley,
and in their teachings and trainings we discuss anatomy for
- So I would love to have a discussion with you about
anatomy and why it’s so important in the study of yoga, both in
yoga teacher trainings and in regular classes at yoga
studios…because I think we have all been instructed by teachers
that our foot isn’t in “perfect alignment” etc.
- Another thing that we have in common is that we
both really found yoga in our early 40’s so I think we should talk
a little about why yoga really is for every one, every body type,
and all ages. I often hear things like “I can’t do yoga, I’m not
flexible enough.” Can you speak on that a little and tell us how
you respond when a potential student says that to you. Maybe we can
touch on the “fuzz” or the connective tissue or fascia here as well
and why this is so important for people to understand.
- Can you tell us about your latest book “Your Body,
Your Yoga” and why a book like this is so important, especially for
- Can you tell us a little about your personal yoga
practice, what times of day do you find it most beneficial for a
yang practice vs a yin practice? And does it matter that much? Do
you recommend it for others or do recommend people do what feels
best for their body?
- I would love to take a training or at least a class
with you someday. If I make it up to Vancouver, I will definitely
sign up! For others who want to train with you or take a class, can
you let them know where to find you? And also let us know WHAT IS
NEXT for Bernie Clark? Your new book or anything else we can look
Notable Bernie Clark Quotes:
“God doesn’t keep a list of who can do a deep
forward fold.” – Bernie Clark
“…that’s what we’re trying to in yoga, just
become healthy- not super flexible.” – Bernie Clark
"In a yang pose, we engage the muscles and
stretch them. In the yin practice, we relax the muscles; we aim our
intention into the joints and the deep tissues wrapping them, not
the more superficial tissues of the muscles or skin." –
Books Written by Bernie Clark:
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga
Your Body, Your
From the Gita to the
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