Teacher Training Descriptions


What is Yin Yoga Teacher Training? Well, it’s physics and geometry and architecture. It’s stretching like a cat, or a dog, or an elephant.  It’s moving into a posture as a way to experience the present moment more fully.  It’s using blocks and bolsters creatively to explore every corner of your body-wide neuromyofascial web (whew – that’s a mouthful!) It’s being with like-minded people – curious seekers asking questions about how to live in health and experience the fullest expression of our human potential.

What kinds of things will I learn?
* Passive stretching (using bodyweight and gravity)
* Joint mobilisation
* Gentle, fluid movements to help reclaim lost ranges of motion
* Creatively integrating props such as bolsters, blocks, blankets, and balls into your movement on the mat
* Developing a meditative consciousness that is accessed through the feelings and sensations of the body itself (somatic meditation)

This sounds like pure bliss! How can I join in? In 2018 I’m offering different pathways to Yin Yoga Certification. The first pathway is modular. In your own time you complete three modules: Yin Yoga Fundamentals (Module 1) Yin Yoga Sequencing (Module 2) and Yin Yang Sequencing (Module 3) Just drop into the module that interests you and earn continuing education credits or take all three modules and combine them towards a 50 or 65 Hour Certification.  Head to Ohana Yoga, Yoke Yoga or Moksha Yoga to book your spot. Maybe you don’t like modules? You just want to commit and get it done all in one go. Fine! Join me at MOVE Yoga for a 50 Hour training over 4 weekends. Contact MOVE to book your spot.

Booking Links:

Yoke Yoga: Yin TT Info and Bookings

Ohana Yoga: Yin TT Info and Bookings

Moksha Yoga: Yin TT Info and Bookings

MOVE Yoga: Yin TT Info and Bookings

 

 

Course Details (by Module)

* Please Note: Although the MOVE 50 Hour TT is non-modular, similar material will be covered over the 4 weekends of the TT.

MODULE ONE: Yin Yoga Fundamentals
Yin is a slow, deep practice that emphasises less muscular effort, longer holds, and greater awareness of the deeper patterns that organise the flow of energy in your body and mind. In this weekend training we will cover the foundational anatomy and philosophy of Yin and the basic Yin postures.  We will discuss anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the role and function of Connective Tissues and the role of the nervous system in limiting or allowing movement (neurophysiology).You will enter the “Posture Lab” where we break down the movements that shape each posture and discuss movement barriers like tension and compression.  Using props, you’ll learn how to customise the posture to honour your individual needs – and how to guide your students to do the same.

Expect a led Yin practice, lecture and discussion to cover key concepts, and movement play so that you can integrate these concepts through your own direct, embodied experience.

Together we will explore the following:

*What does it mean to set up a posture in a Yin way?
*What does a target area approach to posture mean?
*How do I cue someone effectively into and out of a pose using the target area approach?
*How do I offer props and variations to help a student explore her potential in the pose?
*How does tuning into bodily sensation become a pathway to meditation?

MODULE TWO: Yin Yoga Sequencing
Your joints work together like links in a chain to allow natural, free-flowing movement. The way you organise postures in a Yin Yoga sequence can help your students find the “missing links” where they have lost the ability to move naturally and efficiently. In this weekend training, you will be introduced to two different body maps – the Anatomy Trains of Tom Myers and the Five Organ Networks of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These maps describe how energy travels through your body and how you can work with joints and connective tissues to restore the flow of energy.

Expect a led Yin practice, lecture and discussion to cover key concepts, and movement play so that you can integrate these concepts through your own direct, embodied experience.

Together we will explore the following:

* How can I use a myofascial meridian (Anatomy Train) to sequence a Yin class?
* What are the different techniques I can use to influence a joint in the Anatomy Train?
* How can my sequence help students personalise their practice by identifying the joints that need more care and attention?
* What is Qi and how can Yin help students experience Qi flow?
* How can I use a TCM meridian to sequence a Yin Yoga class?

Module Three: Yin Yang Sequencing
Yang movements test you, insisting that you reach beyond what you think is possible. Yin movements unfold without effort or strain, allowing things to be as they are. In this training, you will learn to lead classes that balance the heating qualities of Yang practice with the cooling qualities of Yin practice. In led Yin Yang sequences you will glide like a serpent, crouch like a tiger, and strike like a ninja! Through movement you will learn more about your joints and how to use Yin and Yang approaches to cultivate strength, balance, coordination, and fluidity.

Expect a led Yin Yang practice, lecture and discussion to cover key concepts, and movement play so that you can integrate these concepts through your own direct, embodied experience.

Together we will explore the following:

* How do I distinguish passive and active ranges of motion(ROM)?
* How do I progress a range of motion skilfully?
* How can I use props to provide feedback and improve coordination and control?
* Going beyond bones and joints – movement as exploring ways of being and tools for creative self-expression.