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Yin Yoga
Continuing Education

For Yoga and Movement Teachers

In this 50-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training, we will create a strong understanding of the body by studying its anatomy. We will build from your basic understanding of anatomy and move towards Functional Anatomy. You will learn the biomechanics of the body and how you can create a functional pose. Yin yoga is not an aesthetic practice, because it’s important how it feels, we call it a feeling practice.

You will learn to read the human body and find out and explore that every person’s body is different. So every person’s body needs different adjustments to find their pose. We will use the Paul Grilley method, a system where you can analyze any yoga pose and break it into parts. By mapping the body into 14 skeleton segments being moved by 10 muscle groups you will be able to adapt any yoga pose for yourself and your students. This functional approach will apply to any kind of yoga or movement practice.

We don’t use the body to get into the pose, we use the pose to get into the body.” – Bernie Clark

What plays a big part in Yin Yoga asana is fascia. Fascia is a giant web that surrounds and penetrates every muscle, bone, and tissue in your body. The fascia is the biggest sensory organ of the body, which you will not only feel on the outside but also and especially on the inside. You will learn everything about Fascia and how to target these tissues to find more harmony in your system.

Once we have laid the foundation of ‘the physical poses’, we will make an introduction to the Chinese Medicine Philosophy and the meridian system. You will learn that every meridian is connected to an organ and an emotion and how to target these meridians. Adding this will bring more balance to your emotions and thoughts.

There is a strong science part in this training, but there is also a spiritual side to these practices. We believe that they go hand in hand and will pave a path inwards for you and your students.

Curriculum

Yin Yoga Philosophy

Principles of yin yoga

Anatomy and physiology 

  • Skeletal variations and their importance in teaching yoga (tension vs. compression)
  • Target areas and functional analysis of the asanas
  • 14 skeletal segments, 10 muscle groups, 6 archetypes
  • Leg/torso mandala (functional approach of yoga)
  • Fascia and connective tissue

Chinese Medicine

  • Introduction to Chinese Medicine Philosophy
  • Meridian Theory

Practice

  • Practice yin yoga and meditation on training days
  • Creating a personal practice at home 

Teaching Methodology

  • How to teach yin yoga 
  • How to apply functional anatomy in a yang practice
  • How to use props and adjustments in teaching

Certificate

There will not be a written or practical exam, but full, active participation on all weekends is required. You will receive your certificate if you have joined all training days. 

Required Reading

The manual is provided by us and is included in the price of the course. In addition to the manual, the following books are required:

  • The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga | Bernie Clark
  • Your Body, Your Yoga | Bernie Clark
  • Your Spine, Your Yoga | Bernie Clark 

Daily Schedule

09:30-10:45 | Practice (meditation, pranayama, asana)

11:00-13:00 | Anatomy Theory

13:00-14:00 | Lunch break

14:00-16:45 | Asana Analysis

16:45-17:30 | Closing practice 

Dates (3 weekends)

  • 29 – 30 April
  • 20 – 21 May
  • 17 – 18 June

Requirements

You should have a consistent, dedicated yoga practice and a strong desire to learn and explore the modern teachings of yoga. A basic understanding of Physical Anatomy is required. 

Qualification

This training program qualifies as Continuing Education hours for Yoga Alliance registered teachers.

Teaching faculty

This Teacher Training is led by Jonas Nathan. He is honored and excited to guide you through this process of transformation and learning.

Jonas Nathan

Jonas started practicing yoga in the middle of his transformation. He came from a totally different life where he was struggling with himself. He was aware that he was suffering and one day he was ready to change. It was time to deal with himself and yoga was a perfect fit.

In the beginning, it was more active yoga, but when yin yoga crossed his path he fell in love. Jonas found a way to go inwards and to deal with whatever was there. It’s a path he chose to heal himself and at the same time to feel good in his body and mind.

He has worked with many teachers, on and off the mat. The core yin philosophy is the Paul Grilley method. Next to that, he studied (and practiced) many hours of Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Meditation, Fascia release, Yoga philosophy, Qigong, and Martial Arts. He uses these experiences and knowledge in his classes to give what he once so gratefully received. His study on yoga, spirituality, and anatomy is an ongoing process.

He believes that everything is already inside of you. That everything we learn is to remind us who we truly are. We are all teachers in one way or another.