Yin Yoga is more than resting on a prop (although you will certainly learn how to use props more creatively!) Yin is not an endurance test to see how long you can squeeze your eyeballs, clench your jaw, and hold a pose. It’s not the aggressive pursuit of flexibility (and you don’t even have to be able to touch your toes to get started!) It is not the yoga for when you are injured or sick and cannot do an athletic flow (although Yin can help you heal). Yin is not about drifting off but learning to pay attention to the movements of your body and mind in a way that is curious rather than judgmental or results-driven. Yin Yoga is specifically intended to be part of a balanced approach to movement (and life!) that helps you move through the world with more integrity and greater purpose.
For yoga teachers, learning the Yin method can make you a more knowledgable and versatile yoga teacher and help you reach a more diverse group of students. For yoga students, learning the Yin method can help you understand how your own body moves (or how and why it gets stuck!) so you can more skillfully guide your own home practice.
This training is broken into three modules (15 hours per module):
Module One:Yin Fundamentals (Feb 24 – Feb 26)
Module Two:Yin Sequencing (Mar 24 – March 26)
Module Three: Yin Yang Sequencing (Apr 28-30)
I am an ERYT 500 and a Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) Each module includes a course manual and each training earns a certificate of completion. Combine 2 modules for a 30 Hour Certificate of Completion and take all 3 modules (and complete a final assignment) to earn a 50 Hour certificate.
$450 per weekend (includes manual and a 15 Hour Certificate of Completion)
$820 for two weekends (includes manuals for each training and a 30 Hour Certificate of Completion)
$1200 for all three weekends (includes manuals for each training and 50 Hour Certificate of Completion)
Each module runs on the same schedule
Sat: 11:30 to 6pm
Sun:11:30 to 6pm
To book, please visit the Ohana Yoga Website and select “What’s On” from the Main Menu (top of page) and then “Teacher Training” from the drop down menu that appears.
Weekend One: Yin Fundamentals (Feb 24-26)
In this first weekend we discuss some of the fundamental questions of Yin Yoga: Why do I hold postures for so long? Why am I told to relax? Am I simply stretching tissues or is there more going on in a Yin pose? Will Yin Yoga help me meditate? Is Yin Yoga safe for everyone?
Through lecture, demonstrations, and practice we will cover the foundational anatomy and philosophy of Yin and the basic Yin postures. Much of our time is spent in the “Posture Lab” where we experiment with each posture and consider why someone might be limited in a pose or struggling to feel sensation in the target area. In the lab you will explore creative ways to vary or modify postures and learn how to support yourself or your students so that the Yin postures are safe, sustainable, and effective.
Weekend Two: Yin Sequencing (March 24-26)
In this second weekend, we dive deeper into the physical and energetic anatomy of Yin in order to sequence postures more imaginatively and skillfully. We’ll explore how fascia links muscles to create kinetic chains that coordinate movement and direct energy. And we’ll consider how these new insights about muscles and fascia can helps us understand and work with the meridians mapped by Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The weekend will introduce you to the Anatomy Trains of Tom Myers so that you can apply these body maps to building Yin sequences. We will also discuss the pathways of the major meridians and how movement can influence the flow of Qi. You will experience 2 led Yin practices followed by a detailed breakdown of the structure of each sequence so you can understand the method behind the sequence and extract useful principles for your own sequencing.
Weekend Three: Yin Yang Sequencing (Apr 28-30)
Our muscles and fascia have both Yin and Yang aspects and our Nervous System has a Yin and a Yang side. So, balancing these two energies has a profound impact on mind-body coordination.
In this training we discuss the Nervous System and how movement can actually change the structure of your brain! We’ll discuss teaching methodology and consider when to use external cues and internal cues. Now we step from the Posture Lab into the Movement Lab, examining the moments of transition between postures, how one movement leads to the next, and how a sequence can progress in a way that helps a student integrate new ideas and move with greater awareness, strength, and grace.
During 2 led Yin Yang practices, you will experience different ways of transitioning between Yin and Yang. We will discuss the structure of each sequence so you can apply the principles in your own sequencing, learning how to weave together the rhythmic and heating qualities of Yang practice with the cooling, reflective qualities of Yin practice.