Teacher Training

What is Yin Yoga? Yin Yoga is mindful movement. Time is taken as you enter each pose to understand what joints you are working with, how those joints move, and the sensations that might arise as you work through any movement barriers. As you encounter the places in your body where you cannot move or breath with ease, you develop ways to work in those stuck places more patiently and skillfully. As you work through layers of accumulated tension, you may find that your sleep improves, your immune system becomes more robust, and you recover more easily from stress.

Yin Yoga postures are held for longer periods of time to give you the opportunity to feel a broader and more subtle range of sensations from stretch and compression in your tissues, to changes in your breath, to the flow of your mental and emotional energy. This regular practice of noticing what arises during and after a posture helps you develop a meditative consciousness that is accessed through your felt sense of your body. In this way your body becomes both the path and the expression of your mediation practice.

Ultimately through the postures you develop a clearer sense of self and purpose. You can move more freely, express yourself more skillfully, and communicate your ideas more clearly. In other words Yin Yoga is not just about your movement potential, it’s about your human potential!

Yin Yoga is:
* Accessible to all levels of student
* Mostly floor-based
* practiced at a comfortable room temperature
* slow and mindful

A Yin Yoga class with me includes:
* 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)

Yin Yoga can:
* Restore range of motion
* Enhance coordination
* Assist recovery from high-intensity workouts
* Provide strategies to manage stress
* Facilitate healthier breathing
* Promote restful sleep
* Increase mindfulness
* Deepen meditation

What is Yin Yoga Teacher Training? Well, it’s physics and geometry and architecture. It’s rolling around on the ground to feel the weight of your body and the pull of gravity. It’s placing your body deliberately in a shape, with a clear intention. It’s using external scaffolding like blocks and bolsters to support you as you explore your movement potential. It’s moving into a posture as a question instead of an answer. It’s experiencing your body as a pathway to meditation and an expression of your meditative awareness. It’s being with like-minded people – curious seekers who want to indulge in the glorious and ridiculous experience of being human. Come – revel in your human-ness with us!

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 Yoke Yoga or Moksha Yoga to book your spot. Don’t have a whole weekend? No problem. I’ve split these same modules over 2 consecutive Fridays at Ohana Yoga. Join me there and keep your weekends for yourself! Contact Ohana 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: Contact the studio for 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
In this weekend training we will cover the foundational anatomy and philosophy of Yin and the basic Yin postures. You will enter the “Posture Lab” where we break down the movements that shape each posture and consider where you and your students might encounter movement barriers. You will learn how to work with bodyweight, gravity, and props to enter and exit postures more gracefully. Ultimately your will learn how to guide students into their own independent exploration of each posture as it unfolds so they can realise their full movement potential.

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 do joints need to be healthy?
* How do muscles and fascia limit or allow movement?
* What is range of motion (ROM) and how much do you need?
* Does stretching permanently change the ROM of muscles and fascia?
* What role does the nervous system play in regulating ROM?
* Why does stretching matter?

* What are Yin and Yang?
* How do I apply the concepts of Yin and Yang to yoga postures?

* What are the basic Yin postures?
* 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:

* What is an Anatomy Train?
* What is a meridian?
* What is the anatomy of connection?
* How is the anatomy of connection expressed through the Anatomy Trains and the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
* How does energy flow through your nervous system and how do muscles and fascia influence the flow of energy?
* What is Qi and how does it move?
* How can yoga influence Qi flow?

* What is the origin of Yin and Yang?
* What is Taoist Five Element Theory?

* How can I organize my postures so my sequence communicates a clear intention?
* How do I follow an Anatomy Train to construct a Yin sequence?
* What are the different techniques I can use to influence a joint in the Anatomy Train?
* How can my sequence help students isolate and feel the joints that need more care and attention?
* How can my sequence help students feel the relationships between joints?
* How do I guide students into an experience of Qi flow?
* How do I follow the meridians of TCM to construct a Yin sequence?
* How do I use Five Element theory to balance Qi flow?
* How can a sequence take me through my body, becoming a pathway to meditative awareness?

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)?
* What is the value of isolating movement?
* What is graded exposure to movement?
* Why does consistency matter?
* Why do some movements feel safe?
* Is pain an objective measure of threat or injury?

* The Five Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood)
* The Four Archetypes (Tiger, Elephant, Serpent, Ninja)

* How do I apply Yin and Yang principles to working with joints in isolation?
* How do I close the gap between passive and active ranges of motion?
* How do I progress a range of motion skilfully?
* How can I use props to provide feedback and improve coordination and control?
* How does play help overcome fear of certain movements or ranges of motion?
* How do I introduce movement play skilfully within a sequence?
* How does movement play become a path to meditative awareness?