I get a lot of questions about the structure of my Yin Teacher Trainings. So, I thought I’d take the time to answer some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) here.
Am I required to do a teacher training in order to teach Yin?
Legally, you are not required to attend a Yin Teacher Training in order to lead Yin Yoga classes.
So, why should I attend a training?
The Yin method asks students to step into a more intimate relationship with the postures of yoga. Students need to understand a bit more about how their bodies work and how stretching or compressing muscles and fascia can change the way the move, breathe, think, and feel. Yin students get to adapt the postures to suit their own unique needs. And you get to teach them how to do this mindfully and skilfully! So, you’ll need ways to describe what a student is trying to feel through a stretch and how to observe and respond to sensations as they arise. In order to do this effectively, you’ll need more anatomy then most 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings offer. You’ll also need some creative and effective ways to use props to inspire your students to find the variations and adaptation that are right for them. Once you know the postures, then you have to learn how to sequence them! My trainings offer several practical approaches to sequencing based on the Anatomy Trains of Tom Myers and the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Okay, I’m ready to attend a training. Why should I do it with you?
Well, I’m a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and Certified Continuing Education Provider with over 12 years of teaching experience in the U.S. and Australia. So, your training hours are recognized by both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia as Continuing Education Credits. I’ve been at the forefront of Yin Yoga in Australia, teaching Melbourne’s first Yin classes and writing and facilitating Yin Teacher Trainings delivered across Australia and internationally. And I love to learn! I constantly engage with innovators and educators in various sciences including Paul Grilley, Tom Myers, Gil Hedley, Sarah Powers, Leslie Kaminoff, and MovNat. Before becoming a yoga teacher, I spent a decade writing and producing documentary films and this time immersed in story-telling helps me structure my trainings and communicate my ideas with clarity and conviction. In addition, I have co-written and facilitated multiple YA certified 200 Hour Teacher Trainings and co-created Anatomy for Yoga teacher trainings.
What do other people say about Jennifer’s trainings?
Here is what recent 50 Hour Yin TT graduate Ryan Mannix had to say about the training:
“Jen’s Yin course was outstanding. It has given me not only a better appreciation of the practice, but the skillset and confidence to create intelligent, creative sequencing that supports the body. Jen’s guidance on the use of postures, props and modifications has also enabled me to better suit the practice to every individual. Jen has also had a great influence on the way I now teach Yin. I’m not afraid to move or use other modalities such as self massage and acupressure to get the best result for bringing the body and mind back into balance. I highly recommend Jen’s course for anyone interested in either teaching or practicing Yin yoga.”
When I complete the course, do I earn a certificate?
Yes. I am a certified Continuing Education Provider and you will earn a Certificate of Completion with any course. These hours will fulfil continuing education requirements.
I’m a student who just wants to understand more about Yin Yoga. Can I attend a training?
Yes. This training will give you the tools you need to practice safely and effectively at home.
I’ve done some Yin training before with another instructor. Will I still benefit from this course?
Yes. I offer a more in-depth look at the physical and energetic anatomy that informs Yin practice. My approach to Yin postures and sequences is a bit different and includes acupressure, massage, and gentle movement. I offer many different and creative approaches to using props. Come to a training and learn why!
I did a Yin training with you a few years ago. Should I do another one?
I continually attends trainings with leaders in the field of fascia such as Tom Myers and Gil Hedley and study Chakras, Meridians, and yoga philosophy with Paul Grilley. And my understanding of movement is always evolving through my own movement exploration which includes Yin Yoga, Flow Yoga, Primal Movement, and Olympic Lifting. My trainings are always evolving to reflect new ideas and experiences. No training is ever quite the same!