Paul Grilley is known as ‘Mr. Yin Yoga’ in Yoga circles and is my Yin Yoga teacher. So what better way to wrap up my introductory series than with a book review and giveaway of his expanded 10th-anniversary edition Yin Yoga Principles & Practice?
This book is packed full of information in a surprisingly small package. The book only has 141 pages but still manages to cover a fair bit of Paul’s many years of study, practice, and experience. The book includes Chakra Theory, Bandha Practices, Pranayama practices and Meditation, in addition to the Yin Theory and poses.
Yin Yoga Principles and Practice is not as long or ‘Sciencey’ as some of the other Yin Yoga books out there, which I think makes it great as a first read for new Yin Yoga students and teachers, as well as a crucial book for any serious Yin Yoga practitioners library. Overall, the book is clear to follow and isn’t over the heads of those who might be new to reading Yoga books.
My only critique of the book is that there aren’t any variations or modifications for those who are less flexible. If you know how to use props and modify poses for your trouble spots, then you’ll be just fine. If not, you will want to find a qualified Yin Yoga teacher to help you along the way.