While 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 discussed 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. This new 10th Anniversary Edition has been revised and expanded.
The 10th Anniversary Edition of Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice by Paul Grilley brings together in a fresh way the ancient wisdom of acupuncture and Taoism with Hindu yoga practices. With over 100,000 copies sold, Grilley’s book has been enhanced with 34 pages of new materials describing the evolution of yin yoga within the yoga world over the last decade plus new reference materials on anatomy and the practice of yin yoga.
Yin Yoga is also available as a Kindle Edition for Amazon’s wireless reading device.
“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.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“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