Your 200 hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training

‘Based on the teachings of Paul & Suzee Grilley’

Yin yoga gives you the tools to slowly Open up and get ready to Explore the underlying depths of your physical, mental and emotional being. The result is more balance, flexibility and peace. Yin yoga has incredibly increased in popularity the last few years, finding naturally its place in the yoga world where yang forms of practice are prominent. Yin yoga is not intended as a complete practice in itself, but rather as a complement to more active forms of yoga and exercise. Yin yoga is a practice that is slow, restful, meditative and sometimes emotionally challenging or even painful, because you can be dramatically confronted with your emotions. It can be painful, but in a good way. The feeling that you are left with after a yin yoga practice can be amazing!

This 200-hour intensive program is an ideal choice for dedicated students and yoga teachers who wish to improve their knowledge of yin yoga and are keen to enhance their knowledge of the anatomical and energetic theories of yoga practice. You will be empowered to share, demonstrate and instruct the meditative practice of yin yoga. Balancing and improving your own practice is essential in this journey.

REGISTER? You can access your registration package through the button at the bottom of this page.

FREE INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP? We want you to be able to find out if you will feel home at Yagoy, in the space, and also in the style of teaching taught in this TT, therefore we invite you to the free pre TT workshops where you can enjoy a 60 minute practice with Hellen, hear more about the training details and ask your questions. You can sign up for these workshops by sending an email to . The 2018 workshop dates:

Saturday 13 October | 15:00 – 17:00
Saturday 24 November | 15:00 – 17:00
Location: Yagoy Pijp |  Karel dus Jardinstraat 33


You should have a consistent, dedicated yoga practice and a strong desire to learn and explore the modern teachings of yoga. Expect to work hard, to explore your possibilities as a teacher, and come away with a deep awareness of who you are.

* During this TT you are expected to attend a minimum of two Open & Explore (Yin) yoga classes per week, from which at least one with Hellen van der Harten, the lead teacher of the training.
* Good news: the Sometimes Your Way (10 classes within 3 months) is 40€ instead of 85€ during your training.


In this Yin Yoga Teacher Training program, we build a strong understanding of the body by studying the anatomy of the physical body. Next to anatomy this training illustrates how the meridian system unites all parts of the body into an integrated energetic net of fascia. The chakras are presented as the coordinating centres of the meridian system and as doorways to higher consciousness. With this knowledge, you will be able to create personalised and therapeutic yin yoga classes suited for everyone’s physical and energetic needs.
“The backbone of the yin yoga teacher training is anatomy because without an understanding of muscles and joints true confidence in teaching is elusive. This anatomical insight is crucial when dealing with injuries, contraindications and the logic of adjustments and variations. Anatomy is a vast subject but the basics, properly understood, clarifies and simplifies all yoga practice, regardless of style.” – Paul Grilley

In summary, the curriculum of this 200-hour intensive training comprises 4 sections:


• The learning prescription (Shravana, Manana, Nididhyasa)
• The underlying principles (tattvas) of yin yoga
• Understanding yin yoga versus yang yoga
• History of yin yoga and the theory of exercise
• Chi and meridians
• Chakra Theory

Anatomy and physiology

• Skeletal variations and their importance in teaching yoga (tension versus compression)
• Target area’s and functional analysis of the asanas
• 14 skeletal segments, 10 muscle groups, 7 archetypal asanas
• Leg/torso mandala (functional approach of yoga)
• Anatomy of the upper body
• Fascia Theory


• Yin yoga asanas (20 main yin yoga poses)
• Analysis of yoga asanas
• Yang yoga sequences
• Assisted yin yoga practice

Teaching Methodology

• How to teach yin yoga and sequencing in yin yoga (from anatomical point of view)
• How to communicate effectively the value of yin yoga 
(function & aesthetics)
• Responsibilities and ethics of a yoga teacher
• Props and adjustments


This 200 training is for anyone who is interested in becoming a yin yoga teacher or desires to enrich, enhance and deepen their knowledge and own personal yin practice.
You will gain these tools by observing, teaching fellow trainees, assisting and adjusting students, reading, discussing, and diving deeply into your personal yin yoga practice. This exciting and enriching yin yoga program requires dedication and can be a truly transformative experience.
We warmly welcome dedicated yoga practitioners with at least 1 year of yoga experience and/or equivalent knowledge and training. Please feel free to contact us ( ) to discuss your personal motivation.

How do I register?

In order to register you need to fill out your registration package.


This Teacher Training is designed and lead by Hellen van der Harten , one of our senior Open & Explore (yin yoga) teachers. She is a highly dedicated yin practitioner and has studied intensively with Paul & Suzee Grilley and Anat Geiger.

Hellen van der Harten
“Discovering yin yoga is one of the best things that has happened in my life”. As an independent filmmaker and mother of two children, my life was very hectic, very yang-like. I used to do a lot of gymnastics to keep in shape, but when I discovered Yoga it felt like coming home. The deep meditative and relaxing effects of yoga and specially yin yoga balanced my life so well that I love to share the experience and practice with others.”
Hellen started with Pilates 20 years ago now. A few years later she discovered yoga. It was love at first ‘practice’. She followed lots of different classes, workshops en intensives with several teachers. She has completed two levels of Vinyasa Teacher Training certifications (RYT-300) and a Yin Yoga Teacher Training certification (RYT-200) with Anat Geiger, Marcel van de Vis-Heil and Johan Noorloos at YogaGarden Amsterdam since then and has worked as Student Coach at Yoga Garden Teacher Trainings.
Besides her study at Yoga Garden, Hellen has studied Yoga Therapy with Dr. Günter Niessen and Dr. Ganesh Mohan (200 hrs) and more Yin Yoga with José de Groot, Paul and Suzee Grilley (Anatomy/ Chakra Theory and Meditation),Jo Phee (Chinese Medicine and Meridian Nidra in Yin Yoga) and with Sara Powers (Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga). (400 + hrs)
Hellen is registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500 and YACEP).

If you want to read more about the life altering effects of a Yin Yoga Training, Hellen shared with us in her own words in an online blog of Yoga International. The Article is in Dutch and you can read it here.


We have invited several guest yoga teachers to share their expert knowledge with you through practice and lectures on many exciting topics:

“Rolfing and yoga connect me deeply with who I am and what I feel. Both help me to quiet the mind and enable me to transform inner struggles and tension into softness and freedom.”

Marielle Kemna is a Rolfing practitioner, movement practitioner and yoga teacher. She is passionate about using movement and the power of touch as a tool for transformation. Marielle has worked for 10 years with clients and students to connect with their own unique body, on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. She completed her Rolfing education in Munich and Brazil. Additionally, she trained with Hubert Godard in Switzerland. She also studied with Max Strom, Tara Stiles and David Swenson. She holds three years of teaching experience in anatomy and deep tissue massage techniques at a HBO Bachelor Program of Massage Therapy in Amsterdam. She also worked there as a project leader, co-designing the 4 year curriculum with the team of teachers and directors.

As a Rolfer, one of the foundations is working with fascia. “Working with fascia is magic. It touches the deepest place of your being. That place that cannot be expressed in words. It touches the fabric of your whole being. What you’re made of, what holds you together. It unites everything that you are. Touching that, is touching the mystery of life. My passion as a Rolfer and yoga teacher is that: to connect you to that place. To feel deeply alive. In my teaching, I’m very interactive, playful and experiential. I like to create meaningful dialogue, ask questions and helping you to find your own unique answers.”

“Even though I started out as a Vinyasa yogini and still really enjoy the dynamics and warmth of a flow practice, when I got introduced to Yin yoga it felt like I had found the missing link; not only to balance out my Yang-(Vinyasa-)practice, but also my (at times) very ‘Yangish’ daily life. In Yin yoga I find the perfect combination of yoga and mindfulness meditation; the no-striving and compassionate attitude, the softening and practicing with themes like letting go and acceptance, they all help me to feel more content and at ease, on and off the mat.”

Nina is the owner of a yogastudio in Zwaag (NH), where she teaches yoga and mindfulness. She followed her 500hours teacher training with Yogateacher, led by Anat Geiger, Johan Noorloos and Marcel van de Vis. She also studied with Manju Jois (Ashtanga yoga primary series) and is still studying with Paul and Suzee Grilley. Nina teacher mindfulness to groups as well as individuals. To keep her practice and teaching fresh and inspired, she regularly goes to workshops and intensives with other teachers, such as Frits Koster, Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea and David Lurey and attends more-day Vipassana silence retreats. Nina is registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT & RYT).

“My yoga mat is where I go everyday to reconnect, re-align and bring balance to her body, mind, and life. I believe that yoga is a beautiful, healing and powerful practice which encourages mindfulness, awareness and acceptance.” 


Tianjin grew up in a healthy household in Sydney and went with her mum to her first yoga class at a very young age. Over the years as she studied, worked in the corporate and food industries, started her family business; Flawless Feast and traveled, her yoga practice was something she always turned to. She practiced many styles and her practice deepened, deciding to become a teacher with the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) in Australia. She started teaching in Australia, continued to further her yoga education and then relocated to Amsterdam to continue this journey. Tianjin teaches Vinyasa, Yin Yang, Yin, Relax & Restore, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with a focus on the seasons. She often refers to the main organ systems (meridians / energy pathways) of the body, inspired by the Japanese Ryoho style (and Traditional Chinese Medicine) which she practiced under her Mentor in Australia. Her Ayurveda studies also play a large role in her teachings. Her classes adapt with the ever-changing seasons as they affect the way we move in our body and how the mind functions. Through particular yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and establishing a realistic daily routine, Tianjin believes that we can keep our bodies and minds vital and healthy as we move through the seasons.

“Understanding the connection between my physical body, my thoughts, my emotions and my energy body has been, and continues to be, the most transformative and empowering practice in my life.”

Melanie is an experienced Pranic Healing practitioner and instructor. Pranic Healing is a comprehensive system of energetic medicine which helps prevent and alleviate physical and psychological ailments. Through empowering individual and group sessions in meditation and energetic medicine, Melanie is passionate about contributing to people’s self-awareness and wellbeing. During her 15 year career in Fashion Management, Melanie experienced first-hand the pressures and stress of corporate and daily life. An eternal student, she aims to help people bring more balance and peace into their lives.

Dorien“It was love at first sight, when I attended my first yoga class on Ibiza in 2008. It felt like finally coming back into my body, after being predominantly mind-focused in my Psychology studies. It is Yoga that makes me happy, by allowing me to feel love and to let it flow, not only within myself but also in my relationships with others. It intrigues me that body, mind, and personal development flow together within yoga and I feel grateful that I can guide people in their individual processes”.

What is special to Dorien about teaching yoga is to guide people, and to help them open up to the wisdom of their body and to overall surrender – allowing real flow to arise. Also in other aspects of her profession, as a trainer and coach, she teaches people to experience their own strength, (self)love, and energy. After being employed at a coaching company for 6 years, she started my own enterprise in 2013. As such, she coaches and gives workshops within the field of personal development and leadership, female strength and vulnerability. Furthermore, her work focuses on mindfulness, vitality and happiness, and she guide family constellations.

WillemijnI am a medical doctor and a yoga therapist and I’ve been interested in connections and in people since I was very young. What makes people happy? How do people live their life? That’s how I started to deepen my understanding of the mind-body connection and became a yoga teacher in India. After that I taught and followed many trainings in yoga and meditation all over the globe. Working as a medical doctor in psychiatry, I’m really enthusiastic about what yoga can do for the medical world and vice versa.

In Willemijn’s teachings you will find a lot of personal attention, humor and safety. She thinks the yogic perspective on well-being and self care is something everyone could benefit from, both
mentally and physically. With yoga, people have a wonderful tool with which they can heal themselves. She works for Network Yoga Therapy, which bridges yoga and healthcare and organizes compassion based yoga teacher trainings.

FleurBeing a dancer, the body always has been fascinating to me, and I learned a lot about this body during my time in the dance academy. And then I discovered yoga…It felt so familiar, but yet so different. The more yoga I experienced the more I discovered that behind that body, there is much more to be found. Yoga is a way to go on an adventure within yourself! So that’s what I did, and still do every day. After my first Ashtanga based Teacher Training I learned how big yoga was, and how much more there was to be discovered and experienced and learned. So after doing many workshops and immersions ( o.a. Ana Forrest, Clive Sheridan, Katchie ananda ) I went to India and did another training, the 400hr Vinyasa Flow.
I dove into Yoga Philosophy, tremendously inspired by the classes of Emile Wendell. More workshops and advanced studies followed (also in the field of yoga therapy ). And throughout this time I kept coming back to my yoga home: Svaha Yoga. This is where my yoga-roots were planted, long time ago by Gosta van Dam.

What made me want to be a dancer was to get people out of their daily lives and bring them to a place where dreams still exist and limitation’s don’t. My goal in teaching yoga lies not so far from that.
For me yoga is a way to investigate, to bring you back towards your self. So in every yogaclass I create a space where you can go on a little journey, an adventure with jourself. Finding out more about yourself. And from there create a bridge towards everyday life, so life can be experienced in a more conscious way. While discovering also the power of non-doing practices such as Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra, my Vinyasa classes move and flow, just as the breath does, just as life does!

Personal Student Reviews (class of year 2016 and 2017)

Fleur | Being a student again was nice, but studying yoga philosophy, anatomy, asanas and much more was beyond nice! It was an incredible journey with some real life changing results. Every weekend was like a mini retreat; studying together with other like minded people, gaining insights on yourself and learning all ins and outs about yin yoga. It was the best present that I could ever give myself and it’s worth every cent and second! At the end of the training I went home with my certificate, a backpack full of knowledge and last but not least; self confidence and self love. If you’re doubting about wether or not you should join this training, I would definately recommend a big YES to you. There’s nothing to lose, but so much to gain!

Ilse | The Yin Teacher Training is a perfect addition to my other Yang Teacher Trainings. It has enriched my view on yoga even more and opened the doors to the Yin medicine world and my understanding of the great effect that a Yin practice can have on your health. Very interesting teaching material and inspiring (co-)teachers. A great recommendation for anyone who is interested in the background of your own Yin practice, whether you have teaching as an objective or not.

Brenda | This beautiful Yin Teacher Training has brought me so much: deepening my practice, knowledge, friends and even teaching skills (teaching was absolute not my goal). But the most important learning was about myself and my own possibilities, the training took me out my comfort zone in such a positive way, that I was able to completely change my own path. For me it was a life changing experience, with a great teacher and a lovely group!

Loes | Ik heb in 2017 de Yin opleiding gevolgd bij Yagoy olv Hellen van der Harten.
Na een paar jaar geleden Yin Yoga te hebben ontdekt was het voor mij een logische en spannende stap om een teacher training opleiding te gaan volgen. Maar waar? Na meerdere studios en workshop te hebben bezocht heb ik uiteindelijk voor de training bij Hellen gekozen. En heb hier geen moment spijt van gehad. Deze training is zo volledig en vol passie en kennis in elkaar gezet. Dat ik echt stellig kan zeggen dat ik een hele stabiele basis heb om nu zelf Yin lessen te geven. Er is een goede balans tussen anatomy, maar ook de filosofie achter Yin Yoga. En daarnaast tastbare tips and tricks om les te geven. Dit in combinatie met de gedrevenheid van Hellen en de kennis van verschillende docenten in masterclasses, kan ik deze training echt aanbevelen!”

Christine | The Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Hellen provided the foundation for one of the best, most transformative years of my life. I gained a new appreciation for the human body and learned to notice the subtle differences in my own body, thanks to Hellen’s deep knowledge of anatomy and passion for yoga teaching. Through Hellen’s yoga and meditation classes, I felt a great sense of peace. Additionally, the Friday evening master classes exposed me to many new ideas and concepts, acting as a springboard for deeper personal exploration of topics such as Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, mindfulness, and energy work. It was very moving to watch the confidence of each of my classmates grow from the beginning to the end through the teaching practice we did throughout the year. I’ve made strong friendships, and cultivated positive habits thanks to the Yin Yoga Teacher Training that will remain with me throughout the rest of my life. If you are thinking of doing a teacher training, you are in the best of hands with Hellen.

Kim | Feeling extremely blessed that I was able to follow this TT. Not only have I learned so much about myself but this training really gives you the tools to become a trustful and save Yin Yoga Teacher. There is no topic that stays in the dark. All the important things are taught. So if you have the feeling that you want to become a teacher than this training is the one for you!

Stefanie | A great teacher training, where Helen takes you by the hand and shares all her (considerable!) knowledge of yin yoga with you. You start with the postures and anatomy en slowly deeper layers are added, layers of the emotional en energetic body. These 10 months really give you the time and opportunity to experience yin yoga and the beautifull things it can bring. You learn to deepen your own practice and how to safely teach others. There are many interesting workshops of related subjects, such as mindfulness, ayurveda, chinese medicine, personal development and many more. This makes it a very complete yin yoga teacher training, that I would recommend wholeheartedly!

Femke | Ik startte de teacher training in eerste instantie niet met de intentie om les te gaan geven, maar omdat ik rugklachten had en me graag wilde verdiepen in de anatomie en filosofie achter Yin yoga. Ik ben zelf behoorlijk actief en vond Yin een hele mooie tegenhanger. De focus ligt op ontspanning en op versoepeling van het bindweefsel in plaats van versterking van de spieren. Het krijgt vaak minder aandacht, maar is minstens zo belangrijk in mijn ogen. Dankzij de training heb ik vanuit een nieuwe invalshoek leren kijken naar het lichaam en wonderbaarlijk genoeg heb ik een stuk minder last van mijn rug. Ik denk dat ik geen groepsles ga geven (but who knows), maar integreer het wel al in mijn werk als personal coach. Dus het heeft me veel gebracht! En dan heb ik de groep met lieve mensen nog niet eens genoemd..”

Rosan | Yagoy was always my favorite place for my yoga classes and felt like home from the very first moment. For me, yin yoga is the type of yoga I can relate to because I can really find stillness. One year ago I decided to go to the pre yin teacher workshop because I was thinking about doing a teacher training. Not certain whether I would really become a teacher, but I definitely wanted to learn more about yoga and meditation which meant a lot in my life. Meeting Hellen as a teacher made me feel like I was at the right place and I signed up for the teacher training. Now one year later I am so incredibly happy and thankful that I made this choice. It opened new doors for me. This teacher training gave me insight about how energy flows in the body, about chakras and meridians, and how yoga can affect this. Hellen is a loving and caring person, who also teached us the importance of safety during yoga. Therefore anatomy and analyzing yoga poses and of course a lot of beautiful practice gained a lot of attention during the training. It was an unforgettable experience with a lot of fun, with a beautiful group and teacher.

Joyce | Deelname aan de Yin Yoga Teacher Training van Yagoy was voor mij een mooie beleving, een groot “yogavontuur”, waarbij ik leuke nieuwe mensen heb leren kennen, veel kennis heb opgedaan (waaronder ook over mijn eigen lichtaam) en de kans heb gekregen om mijn yoga practice te verdiepen. Voor iedereen die geïnteresseerd is in yoga, anatomie en andere aspecten die hiermee samenhangen (anatomie, yoga filosofie en ayurveda) kan ik het volgende van deze training van harte aanbevelen, ook als je niet perse de intentie hebt om yogadocent te worden.


The leading yin yoga teacher training manual is provided by us and is included in the price of the course. In addition to the manual, the following book is required:

• Paul Grilley, Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice – 10th Anniversary Edition (October 2012), ISBN 978-1-935952-70-1
• Ray Long, The Key Muscles of Yoga (November 2009), ISBN 978-1-607432388
• Bernie Clark, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga (White Cloud Press, Ashland, OR, 2012), ISBN 978-1-935952-50-3

Highly recommended:

• Bernie Clark, Your Body, Your Yoga (March 2016), ISBN 978-0-968766-53-8
• Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte, Udo Schumacher, Thieme atlas of anatomy general anatomy and musculoskeletal system (Thieme Medical Publishers Inc, May 2014), ISBN 978-1-604069-22-8

All books can be ordered online. Click on the book-title and you will be redirected to an online bookstore.


We highly suggest that you start taking at least 2 yin yoga / Open & Explore classes per week, every week, leading up to your Yagoy Yin Yoga Teacher Training. This will help you become more familiar with basic yin yoga postures and will allow you to dive deeper into your training.

In order to meet Hellen and find out if this yin yoga program matches your wishes, check the Yagoy class schedule. Also: please feel free to schedule a meeting with her by sending an email:

We do really want to make sure you get all the chances to find out if this Yagoy Yin Yoga Teacher Training is what you are looking for and is going to be the place where you feel home.

Program per weekend and time

• Fridays: 18:30 – 21:30 workshops
• Saturdays: 10:00 – 17:00 workshops + yin yoga practice
• Sundays: 10:00 – 17:00 workshops + yin yoga practice

During the training you will be expected to attend a minimum of 2 Open & Explore (Yin) yoga classes per week, at least one of which with Hellen. Regular practice is key to applying what you are learning during the teacher training. These classes are also amazing opportunities to interact more personally with Hellen and see your continuous progresses!

You will be expected to hand in assignments during the program. Nothing to worry about: this homework should not take more than 2-3h of your time for each monthly teacher training session.

In the final weekend, as an exam, you will be teaching a yin class together with one or two fellow students.

Dates 2019

• February 8/9/10
• March 8/9/10
• April 5/6/7
• May 17/18/19
• June 14/15/16
• July 5/6/7
• August 30/31 and 1 September
• October 4/5/6
• November 1/2/3
• November 29/30 and 1 December


• Early Bird Price €2000 | paid in full before 8 November 2018
• Normal Price €2200
• Paid in 4 terms €2300 (see more details in Registration Package below)

Free Introductory Workshops

Saturday 13 October | 15:00 – 17:00
Saturday 24 November | 15:00 – 17:00
Location: Yagoy Pijp |  Karel dus Jardinstraat 33

Send us an email to if you wish to attend and we will send you an invite.

How do I register?

In order to register you need to fill out your registration package.