Teacher Training Descriptions


What is Yin Yoga Teacher Training?

We all want to move freely, express ourselves fully, and enjoy new experiences.  And yet we get stuck in movement habits that strain or injure us, emotional defaults that disrupt communication, and daily routines that reinforce what we already believe rather than offering fresh perspectives and opportunities for growth.  In my Yin Yoga teacher trainings we’ll explore your movement potential and how that’s expressed in the flow of your blood and breath and Qi and through the function of your muscles, joints, fascia, nerves, and organs. We’ll use blocks and bolsters creatively to explore every corner of your body-wide neuromyofascial web (whew – that’s a mouthful!) We’ll turn poses inside out and upside down and feel how they influence different body-wide systems and different layers of your being. Through exploration of the postures,  you uncover the choices and habits that limit you and discover ways to get unstuck.

Okay, that sounds deep and meaningful!  But what can I take away from the training to use in my personal practice or offer in my yoga classes?

  • Passive stretches (using bodyweight and gravity)
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Gentle, fluid movements to help reclaim lost ranges of motion
  • Ways to creatively integrate bolsters, blocks, blankets, and balls into your movement on the mat
  • Meditation techniques

A deep dive into human-beingness AND practical tools I can immediately put to use on my mat and in my classes?  Sounds amazing. I’m in!  How do I book a spot?

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.

Booking Links:

Yoke Yoga: Yin TT Info and Bookings

Ohana Yoga: Yin TT Info and Bookings

Moksha Yoga: Yin TT Info and Bookings



Course Details (by Module)

MODULE ONE: Yin Yoga Fundamentals

Yin is a deep practice with slow transitions, gentle movements, 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 is it expressed in the way we move and breathe?
  • How can I use a TCM meridian to sequence a Yin Yoga class and influence the flow of Qi?

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 change more gradually. 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 crouch like a Tiger and spiral like a Dragon! 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 a way to feel, integrate, and express life force (Qi)