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Course Curriculum – Yin Yoga

Introduction

Guiding someone to stillness is a skill, something that takes compassion, patience and the ability to hold space; the ability to allow discomfort to be ok in order for there to be acceptance in the present moment.  Teaching yin yoga requires this skill of guiding people to stillness and during this training you will receive inspiring, practical techniques to deepen your own understanding of the practice and your experience with it. From a more in-depth, personal understanding, you will feel confident to integrate the teachings learned into class sequencing and delivery, you will feel confident to help others find stillness.

Time will be spent learning the following:

  • Benefits of yin
  • target areas of postures
  • meridian line and chakra associations within each target area
  • skeletal differences-how that effects the student doing yin
  • Focus on anatomy, learning about fascia, ligaments, tendons and joints and the theory of exercise specifically required for these tissues.
  • Pranayama and meditation techniques to tap into ones subtle energy body
  • Yin class design
  • Incorporating yin and yang sequences
  • Ability to analyze the body functionally and understanding that the postures are a means to target certain areas of the body.
  • You will learn how changing the orientation of the pose can bring freedom to someone who can’t do a posture a certain way; i.e. seated, wall, reclined, & standing variations.
  • Learn and develop chakra meditation techniques that focus on deepening self-connection and awareness.
  • You will broaden your understanding of how one’s past or current day experiences can affect them emotionally & mentally and how re-creating a physical connection is a step towards healing.
  • You will be introduced to the energetics of the meridian lines and chakra systems that are invoked and worked during a yin practice and how the postures, meditation techniques and breath work can stimulate these systems.
  • Time will be spent practice teaching so a certain level of comfortability is gained before teaching public classes. Assisted yin sequence will be shared so that one-on-one sessions or personal assists in classes are readily available.
  • When we turn inwards and ask this of others, a certain level of humility and compassion is attained. This training challenges us to embrace humility and seek compassion towards ourselves and others.
  • Learn the difference between tension and compression in movement
  • Learn the relationship between the superficial and deep facial lines in body movement

Teachers will come away from this training feeling prepared to facilitate classes in a way that is unique as their understanding of the yin yoga practice and how it affects the body will go beyond getting people into and out of poses. Teachers will feel confident in guiding students to feel physical sensation with the intention of opening the body and mind.

Course Curriculum Overview

Pre-requisites:

200 hr yoga teacher training, current yin practice

Distance Learning component

  • 4 hours of distance learning: Two 90 minute Yin classes. First within 1 month of the initial weekend of training and the second in the interim between of training weekends.
  • 30 minutes of reflection after each Yin class.

Additional Reading

  • Yinsights By Bernie Clark
  • Yin Yoga by Paul Grilley