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paul grilley “People are thirsty for a way to slow down. Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga can help people find a place of peace and quiet within themselves. Grilley brings understanding, experience, and lighthearted humility to all his teaching. I highly recommend this book.” Biff Mithoefer, author of The Yin Yoga Kit Yoga / Eastern Philosophy/ Health yinYoga Principles & Practice $15.95 10 th Anniversary Edition W yin Yoga Principles & Practice hile yoga practiced in the West is mostly yang or muscular in nature, the lesser known yin aspect of yoga is vital for a balanced approach to physical and mental health. The main differences between a yin and a yang yoga practice are that yin postures should be done with the muscles relaxed and be held a long time. Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga describes how to practice postures in a yin way. As Grilley describes, yin yoga is specifically designed to address the tissues dis- cussed in the Modern Meridian Theory, which states that the meridians of acupuncture theory are currents flowing through the connective tissues of the body. In addition, yin yoga better prepares people for meditation. For yoga practitioners looking for something beyond physical postures, Yin Yoga addresses the deeper spiritual dimensions of yoga, with helpful sections on chakras, breathing exercises, and meditation. “Anyone who thinks that yin yoga sounds wimpy should gaze hard at the photographs in this book, which illustrate some pretty challenging poses. Grilley’s technique offers a unique blend of yoga meditation and Taoist principles.” Publishers Weekly USD $15.95/GBP £10.20/CAD $15.95 W hite C loud P ress www.whitecloudpress.com Ashland, Oregon paul grilley yinYoga Principles & Practice yinYoga Principles & Practice 10 th Anniversary Edition paul grilley White Cloud Press Ashland, Oregon Copyright © 2012 by Paul Grilley. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. Inquiries should be addressed to: White Cloud Press PO Box 3400, Ashland, Oregon 97520. Website: www.whitecloudpress.com Book Design: Confluence Book Services Photography: Bruce Bayard Illustrations: Ann DiSalvo First edition: 2002 12 13 14 15 16 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Printed in the United States Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Grilley, Paul, 1958- Yin yoga : principles and practice / Paul Grilley. -- 10th anniversary ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-1-935952-70-1 (pbk.) 1. Yin yoga. I. Title. B132.Y6G678 2012 613.7'046--dc23 2012027786 Contents Foreward ix Prologue xi 1 Ancient Science of Yoga 1 2 Yin and Yang Yoga 12 3 How to Practice Yin Yoga 19 4 Designing Your Practice 30 5 An Outline of Yin Yoga Postures 37 6 Sitting 90 7 Chakra Theory 100 8 Bandha Practices to Awaken Shakti 111 9 Pranayama Practices 122 10 Meditation 126 Bibliography 131 Appendix 139 About the Author 141 [ This book is dedicated to my teachers, Dr. Garry Parker, who taught me anatomy, Paulie Zink, who taught me Taoist Yoga, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, whose work demonstrates the unity of Taoist and Tantric practice. Acknowledgements I would like to thank my beautiful wife Suze

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