Science, Myth, Anatomy, Fascia & Yin Yoga
Science, Myth, Anatomy, Fascia and Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark
Science can have many different meanings. We see this plainly in references to "the science of yoga," which might point to methodologically rigorous studies or fanciful – and perhaps deeply meaningful – stories about anything and everything in life. We can also appreciate that such stories can be usefully understood and applied in our lives as myths, much as suggested in the work of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Sally Kempton, and in the tapestry of stories from the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Ramayana.
In this episode, Mark Stephens and Bernie Clark discuss these topics both generally and in specific relation to new and different ideas about the human body, yoga practice, teaching yoga, and living a good life.
Highlights of the conversation include:
- Mark's 5-minute teaser, setting the table for thinking about science and myth.
- Bernie Clark's yoga journey to Yin Yoga.
- The contrast between the yoga of outer appearance and the yoga of inner experience, what Bernie calls functional yoga.
- How teachers and students engage in a dance around forms, feelings, and intentions in yoga practice.
- The development of new ideas about human anatomy, alternative "maps" in describing and understanding the body, and the proposal that a "fascial system" can be a useful map in practicing yoga.
- How new ideas can lead to new paradigms of knowledge or contribute to pseudoscientific distortions.
- How myth can inform and guide us along our various paths on and off the mat.
- Yin, yang, and diversity of human beings and beneficial practices.
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Bernie Clark loves learning about and then sharing the things that fascinate him. As a child, he enjoyed studying the world and how it works, and as a teen, he loved thinking about the mind and the soul. The seemingly contradictory interests in science and spirituality continued to shape his philosophy of life well into his adult years. With one foot in the commercial world of space and computer technologies and another in the realm of meditation and yoga, he sought bridges between Eastern and Western maps of reality. These maps and bridges are described in his teachings and writings with the hope that others who share his fascinations will be able to enjoy what he has learned, without having to go through the labor of detailed research. Bernie has a degree in science and spent 30 years as a senior executive in the high-tech/space industry. He embarked upon meditation in the 1970s and began teaching yoga in the 1990s.
Bernie Clark's Website
Bernie Clark's Books:
- The Your Body, Your Yoga trilogy:
- Your Body, Your Yoga
- Your Spine, Your Yoga
- Your Upper Body, Your Yoga
- The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga (second edition)
- Shiva Dancing at King Arthur's Court (previously titled From the Gita to the Grail)
Some of Bernie Clark's Yoga Influences:
- Paul Grilley, Yin Yoga
- Sarah Powers, Insight Yoga
- Thomas Myers, Anatomy Trains
- Stephen Levin, Biotensegrity
- Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces