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Journey Into Yin Yoga, A

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    Take time to decompress. Relieve stress. Reduce anxiety. Face the challenges and joys of life with steadiness and grace. That is what A Journey Into Yin Yoga will help you do.

    Join world-renowned yoga instructor Travis Eliot as he guides you through this contemporary and effective approach for strengthening your mind, body, and spirit. You will learn about the origins and practice of yin yoga, a passive approach in which poses are held for a few minutes to target the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. You will slowly and mindfully transition between poses as you gently allow those tissues to stretch, facilitating better circulation and joint health and improving flexibility. Throughout, you will learn the benefits, contraindications, alignment points, and modifications so you can adjust the poses to your needs and body type.

    Eliot also explains eight breathing techniques and eight meditation practices for improved focus, reduced stress, and enhanced clarity. Ten ready-to-use sequences allow you to target specific goals, including better sleep, spine flexibility, and healthy hips, knees, and shoulders.

    A Journey Into Yin Yoga presents 46 yin yoga poses with stunning photos and detailed instruction, along with inspiring quotes, stories, and interviews from celebrities, doctors, and athletes. You will be inspired to discover your unique path to improved mental and physical strength and balance.

    CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. A Journey Into Yin Yoga Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the A Journey Into Yin Yoga With CE Exam package, which includes both the book and the exam.

    Table of Contents

    List of Yin Yoga Poses
    Acknowledgments
    Foreword
    Preface
    Introduction
    Interview: A.J. Pollock
    Chapter 1. The Origins of Yoga
    The Eight Limbs of Yoga
    Traditional Paths of Yoga
    Modern History of Yin Yoga
    Interview: Govind Das
    Chapter 2. The Essence of the Tao
    Taoism
    Chi
    Yin and Yang
    Finding the Tao (Part 1)
    The Yin Yang Symbol
    The Five Elements
    Finding the Tao (Part 2)
    Interview: Stic
    Chapter 3. The Subtle Anatomy of Yoga
    The Five Koshas
    Prana Vayus
    The Three Gunas
    The Seven Chakras
    A Story of the Chakras
    Master of Nature
    Interview: Adam Griffin
    Chapter 4. The Science of Yin Yoga
    The Cell
    Connective Tissue
    Tendon
    Ligament
    Bone
    Cartilage
    Joints
    Fascia
    Collagen
    Fibroblast
    Elastin
    Deep Fascia Functions
    The Spine
    No Pain/No Gain
    Three Types of Stress
    Muscle and Connective Tissue
    Three Laws of a Yin Yoga Pose
    Yin Yoga Defined
    The Science of the Hold
    Synovial Fluid and Hyaluronic Acid
    Autonomic Nervous System
    Sympathetic Nervous System
    Parasympathetic Nervous System
    Human Brain Wave Patterns
    The Yin and Yang of the Autonomic Nervous System
    Yin and Athletic Performance
    Yin Yoga and Pregnancy
    Interview: Desi Bartlett
    Yin Yoga Pregnancy Sequence
    When Not to Yin
    Interview: Dr. Jeremy Brook
    Chapter 5. The Poses of Yin Yoga
    Interview: Flo Master
    Chapter 6. Pranayama and Meditation
    Pranayama
    The Four Factors of Pranayama
    Anatomy of Breathing
    Prana Vayus and Pranayama
    The Three Bandhas
    Pranayama Exercises
    Nadis
    The Pituitary Gland
    The Pineal Gland
    Breathing and Life Span
    Pranayama Practice Tips
    Meditation
    Common Excuses Not to Meditate
    Meditation Practice Tips
    Meditation Practices
    Benefits of Meditation
    Interview: Matt Kahrs
    Chapter 7. Developing a Personal Practice
    Practice Space
    Yin Yoga Props and Tools
    Yin and Restorative Yoga
    Good Pain Versus Bad Pain (Revisited)
    How Often and Long to Practice
    Incorporating Pranayama and Meditation
    Yang Sequences
    Mountain Pose Series
    Sun Salutations A
    Sun Salutations B
    Warrior Dance Flow
    Yin Sequences
    Yin 1: Ultimate
    Yin 2: Flexible Spine
    Yin 3: Healthy Hips
    Yin 4: Sleep Well
    Yin 5: Splits
    Yin 6: Complete Package
    Interview: Dana Byerlee
    Chapter 8. Inspiration and Final Thoughts
    Interview: Bryan Kest
    The Reality of Impermanence
    Pause and Freedom
    Seeing the Light
    Letting Go
    Feeding the Wolf
    The Gift of Space
    An Unexpected Gift
    A Final Message

    About the Author

    Travis Eliot is a world-renowned yoga instructor, meditation teacher, kirtan musician, and certified Ayurveda practitioner. He is the CEO of Inner Domain Media, director of Holistic Yoga Flow teacher trainings, and a member of the faculty of the prestigious Kripalu Center and the 1440 Multiversity. He teaches his signature holistic yoga flow classes in Los Angeles and in workshops and retreats around the world with an intensely dynamic style that has inspired many of today's top athletes, celebrities, and entertainers.

    Eliot is the creator of the groundbreaking DVD series The Ultimate Yogi and the cocreator of the digital series Yoga 30 for 30, along with many other best-selling yoga DVDs. He is the coauthor of a comprehensive modern-day yoga book, Holistic Yoga Flow: The Path of Practice. His highly acclaimed chant album, The Meaning of Soul, debuted at number three on the iTunes world music chart. A Yoga Alliance–certified E-RYT 500 instructor, Eliot has been featured in Yoga Journal, LA Yoga, Ayurveda and Health, Mantra, Conscious Lifestyle, Asana Journal, Self, Fitness Trainer, Access Hollywood, and the Huffington Post.

    Reviews

    "Yin has been life changing for me; however, I give the initial credit to Travis Eliot. He has this innovative ability to guide students to deeply hear the voice of yin and to taste and see the everlasting life-changing qualities of yin. I am eternally grateful for his unique ability to guide all of us on this yin journey.”

    —Suzanne Imbruno Cobb, Owner of Panacea Yoga Studios

    “Travis Eliot’s A Journey Into Yin Yoga elevates the science and practice of yin to a new level. Increased information demonstrating the importance of vagus nerve stimulation in controlling inflammation and lowering stress levels makes this a vital book for our times. Whether you are a regular practitioner of yoga, run marathons, do both, or are a couch potato, the information and poses in the book are accessible to you and are a must have for a healthy life!”

    —Marilyn A. Solsky, MD, Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology

     “Travis Eliot has a really inspiring balance of insightful wisdom, dynamic encouragement, and a fun sense of humor. The importance of real dudes embracing yin practice for our well rounded well-being can’t be overstated. Travis’ teachings bring genuine love and offer a practice that is healing, inspiring, and effective. Bros, get your yin up!”

    —Stic of dead prez, Hip Hop Artist, Founder of RBG Fit Club, Healthy Gangsta

    “Travis Eliot is like a yogi poet . . . bathing your connective tissue with prana as he wisely guides you deeply into the geometry of the asana. His wisdom teaching is rich in classical yogic philosophy with modern-day usefulness. He will stretch not only your muscles, but your mind and heart as well.”

    —Dr. Jeremy Brook, Doctor of Chiropractic, Yogi, Movement Specialist

     

    “Travis Eliot’s vast knowledge of yin, and the science behind it, comes through, along with his personal dedication and passion. I highly recommend A Journey Into Yin Yoga!

    —Bernice Chao, Creative Director and President of TEDxCulverCity

     

    “Travis Eliot’s teachings and classes are the most engaging I’ve taken and go much deeper than most yoga teachings out there. I’ve grown to love the yin practice, and it’s become a huge part of my life as a way to restore my body and mind. Travis’ experience is quickly shown through his vast knowledge and mastery of the yin yoga practice, and every class is truly immersive in both physical and spiritual experience.”

    —Mark Meyuhas, Founder and CEO of Evenflow Mindfulness and Meditation

     

    “Travis Eliot’s special delivery of the practice of yin yoga has added a quality and dimension to our yoga community that’s irreplaceable!”

    —Bryan Kest, Founder of Power Yoga

     

    “Travis Eliot is one of the most honest and authentic teachers I’ve ever known. His teachings of yin yoga are accessible to our modern world of yoga, but with a respect and humility that honour the traditions. Travis doesn’t just teach the practice—he embodies it, which to me, is one of the greatest qualities of a teacher. In the age of fast and strong dynamic yoga classes, Travis is helping to lead the way in showing that yin is in and that there is so much more value to our everyday lives when we just slow down.”

    —Michael Wong, Author of Sit Down, Be Quiet

     

    “Yin yoga with Travis is a game changer! It's like I've discovered the fountain of youth. I’ve never felt better!”

    —Diana Dixon, Founder of DIXON Creative Agency

     

    A Journey Into Yin Yoga is a must read for any serious yoga student!”

    —Tiffany Cruikshank, Founder of Yoga Medicine

    “Travis Eliot is an All-Star in the yin yoga world!”

    —A.J. Pollock, Major League Baseball Player (Arizona Diamondbacks) and All-Star