Yin Yoga Teacher Training: Minds, Meridians, Moments

This five-day (40-hour) Yoga Alliance accredited Yin yoga online training course with Norman Blair gives participants space to study and to explore this increasingly popular yoga practice. Yin yoga can give us the space to slow down and to savour the experience of being in postures.

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Yin yoga can give us the space to slow down, a chance to stay with our experiences rather than always rushing.

Course Description

This five day training will explore the possibilities and examine the potentials of this increasingly popular practice. We will embed ourselves in the practice: looking at the postures, discussing variations and learning teaching skills.

The intention of this course is to equip students with the skills needed to lead Yin Yoga classes. This covers the principles of Yin yoga, anatomy of Yin postures, how to practice and teach the ten main Yin postures including options for hyper-mobility and contraindications, Yin postures for meditation, how to talk students into postures, how to describe and market Yin yoga classes and individual detailed guidance on developing a personal practice.

In a Yin yoga practice, all the postures are held for sustained periods of time (often five minutes). Within these long holds there is an encouragement of softness and an emphasis on relaxing muscular tissue. Through these attitudes there can be a gaining of harmony and peace: so there is a greater ease, a deeper sense of balance, feelings of calmness and acceptance.

By the end of the training you will have a flavour of this work and an appreciation for the depth of the study. It is hoped that this will support your own health and way of living and that you may begin to incorporate this learning into your teaching.

In addition to the live sessions you will have access to four 45 minute lectures and a 2 hour yin class. To complete the training you will also need to submit a 1,000 word essay.

What Will I Learn?

Central themes covered by Norman will include awareness, intention, attending to the individuality of anatomy: each of us having our own unique biology, and our own unique biography. You will learn and experience sequences that can deepen inner quietening, that can open the hips and other emotional centres of the body, and that can encourage self-reflection.

  • explore the relationship between Yin yoga and meditation
  • understand the precautions and the possibilities of Yin yoga
  • learn about meridians and how Yin yoga might influence energy flows
  • examine the differences between Yin yoga, Restorative yoga and dynamic yoga
  • how to do Yin yoga in different ways (with props, without props and more)
  • the history of Yin yoga
  • examine some of the theories behind Yin yoga

Course Structure

Limited to just 25, this five day training will explore the possibilities and examine the potentials of this practice. We will embed ourselves in the practice:

  • looking at the postures, discussing variations and learning teaching skills
  • investigating the postures, studying examples of sequencing and focusing plenty of time on evaluating our own experience
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