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Journey Into Yin Yoga

by Travis Eliot Human Kinetics
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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 over 50 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.


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



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







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

When Not to Yin

Interview: Dr. Jeremy Brook

Chapter 5. The Poses of Yin Yoga

Interview: Flo Master

Chapter 6. Pranayama and Meditation


The Four Factors of Pranayama

Anatomy of Breathing

Prana Vayus and Pranayama

The Three Bandhas

Pranayama Exercises

Breathing and Life Span

Pranayama Practice Tips


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

Yin Sequences

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

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.