EPISODE 54 - CRITICAL THINKING IN YOGA WITH BERNIE CLARK

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ABOUT THE SHOW

I had the good fortune to start my yoga journey in earnest, only a few kilometers from the home studio of yin yoga pioneer, Bernie Clark. This meant that very early on, only a year or so after I started teaching, I completed a 50 HR Yin Yoga training with Bernie. Alongside the depth of wisdom Bernie brings to his teaching of yin yoga & human variation, I learned the value of applying critical thinking & the scientific method to my endeavors in yoga.

In today’s episode, Bernie helps me explore these concepts more deeply. At a time when we’re digesting more information than ever, critical thinking becomes even more important. It’s my hope that in this conversation, you feel inspired to question everything and keep an open mind, while not being afraid to change your opinions when presented with new evidence.

ABOUT BERNIE CLARK

Bernie has been traveling the yogic path for over 40 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 to the physical practices of yoga through hatha yoga, which assisted him greatly in his meditation practice. 

He has a degree in science 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.

 


 

PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS

  • A definition of critical thinking
  • How we can apply critical thinking to yoga
  • How to apply the scientific method to yoga
  • How to evaluate research
  • The four levels of evidence
  • Why Bernie has revised his use of the words “plastic” and “elastic” to describe the yin and yang tissues of the body
  • Tips to help your students avoid overstretching in both your yin & yang classes

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