Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Yoga Teacher Training

The combination of Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Techniques are proven to be very effective ways of maintaining healthy, supple tissues and balance in the nervous system. For our Level One course, we focus on anatomy, theory, teaching principles and examine the basic postures of Yin Yoga.

Minimum one-year yoga experience
To be eligible for registering 100 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance, you must already be 200-Hour certified with an accredited, Yoga Alliance-registered school.

Integral Anatomy
We start with a fair bit of visual and hands-on partner work so that you have a solid base line of anatomical knowledge and familiarity. We then discuss fascia in great detail, based on the latest findings in fascial research: what it is, how it works, the various layers and relationships between skin, subcutaneous fat, muscles, organs and nerves, and how to keep fascia strong and resilient, yet supple and smooth. Our unique approach to embody anatomy is the only way to understand how to rehydrate fascia and recognize skeletal variations in Yin yoga postures. Together, they form a uniquely comprehensive basis for myofascial release work. You will enjoy learning all the most important muscles and bony landmarks as they apply to our work
In myofascial rolling and Yin postures. We touch upon all modalities of learning i.e. tactile, kinesthetic, auditory (call and response), and visual aids so that all learning styles are recognized. To truly embody anatomy is paramount in going any further in the work.

With a deeper understanding of anatomy, we move on to the theories of Myofascial Release and Yin Yoga. We review our anatomy by rolling out specific areas of the body, sequences that will melt adhesions and hydrate the fascia so that you regain mobility, enhance your proprioception, and down regulate your nervous system. The sequences are powerfully effective and can be modified to suit the practitioner.

After introducing fascial mapping following the work of renowned rolfer, Thomas Myers, we then start to lay down a foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian lines that gets layered over the fascial mapping. These are two different systems with a lot of overlap and it’s useful to understand both. Throughout the course and especially at the end, we pepper in a basic understanding of Five Elements, Qi and Meridian Theories, and the Taoist principles of Yin and Yang.

Yin Yoga Postures
We have periodic labs where we will examine skeletal variations both on images and on each other through compression testing. This will help to illustrate the great range of variety in structural mobility, or a lack thereof, and then learning how to teach one posture in several ways with prop use and a little creativity! We will practice and discuss in detail all the basic 24 postures of Yin yoga, going over variations and modifications to address skeletal variations. Use of props will be exercised here.

Teaching Principles
We will discuss the various methods of sequencing a Yin Yoga Class, a Roll and Release class, or a combination of both.

Diaphragm release techniques will be covered, coupled with a review of basic pranayama techniques and an introduction to advanced breath work to add a level of depth to your existing pranayama practice.

Throughout the course we will have light discussion and journaling assignments revolving around yoga psychology, Taoist alchemy (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and Buddhist philosophy.

What You Will Leave With
• An embodied understanding of anatomy
• An understanding of skeletal variations and which Yin poses are most appropriate for you
• A foundational understanding of fascia, the fascial mapping of Thomas Myers, and Chinese Medicine meridians
• Understanding the Theories of Roll and Release and Yin Yoga as effective methods of myofascial release
• Various pranayama, meditation and mindfulness techniques
• You will be ready and able to teach a 1-1.5 hour Roll and Release class, a 1-1.5 hour Yin Yoga Class, or a 1-1.5 hour Combination

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