Yin Yoga, Meridian Theory and 5 Element Healing

The aim of this course is to guide participants through a healing journey of the Five Elements that along with the Yin Yang Theory underpin Chinese Medicine.

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What will be covered?

Participants will experience a fascinating insight into the Chinese medical model with its profound powers for healing. This learning will be a valuable tool for self-knowledge and self-awareness which can deepen teaching abilities. The teachers will introduce an organ each day that associates with an element, a season and emotional qualities.

These will be:

Day 1 KIDNEY - the Water element - (Winter)

Day 2 LIVER - the Wood element - (Spring)

Day 3 HEART - the Fire element - (Summer)

Day 4 SPLEEN - the Earth element - (Summer)

Day 5 LUNG - the Metal element - (Autumn)

On each day, there will be a description of the energetics of that particular organ, detailed teaching of the meridian pathway on the body, what puts the organ out of balance, how to correct the energy imbalance – and how to support healing with Qi Gong practices, acupressure sequences and dietary advice. The final section of each day will be dedicated to a Yin Yoga practice that connects with the meridians studied.

We will be taking a look at the energetics of the organs (fear, anger, joy, worry, grief) and some partner work will be used. This is an important part of the course. Participants are expected to maintain confidentiality.

The Qi Gong practice will be daily and be an introduction into this simple but powerful 'energy movement' for the body. Certain practices will be dedicated to match the organs we have been working on.

Who is this Course suitable for?

This course will suit Yoga teachers and all holistic therapists who are curious and open about Traditional Chinese Medicine. It will be taught by two very experienced teachers in their field who have worked together with this material.

The intention of this course is to introduce the participants to the Traditional Chinese Medical model. In doing so it is hoped that attendees will grasp the foundations of the medicine and how it unfolds according to the natural world.

By the end 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.

How will the course be taught?

The course will be taught using some power point, a good proportion of practical work and partner work as well as the Qi Gong, meditation and Yin Practices. Participants will receive each day a 45-minute recorded talk to support their learning.


Upon successful completion of the coursework and full attendance, a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion will be issued. The coursework component will involve a written piece of 800 - 1,000 words based on a choice of three relevant essay topics.

Meet the Teachers

Norman Blair has been practising yoga since the early 1990s and started teaching in 2001. He believes that yoga is accessible to all of us and that through regular practice we can experience profound changes in our mind and body. He is one of the most experienced yin yoga teachers in the UK and weaves this wonderful practice with his own background of ashtanga and meditation to create a potent mix. He has been a long-term student with teachers such as Sarah Powers, Hamish Hendry, Judith Lasater and Alaric Newcombe.

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Kate Henley completed the three year BSc degree course in Acupuncture at the University of Westminster and has been in private practice as an acupuncturist for 21 years.

In 2011, Kate set up a maternity acupuncture unit in a large hospital in Stevenage to offer low cost sessions to women who were pregnant. This was a very successful scheme. In 2012 she also undertook a training in Supervision and Mentoring and now offers this service to acupuncturists and yoga teachers. In an effort to widen her role Kate developed courses to teach 5 Element and Meridian theory, teaching first in India and later on a regular basis with Norman Blair in London.

Kate is a passionate advocate of Chinese Medicine and talks often of the value of the ethos of living close to the natural world. In her teaching she emphasises the need for seasonal eating, nourishing warm nutrition and gentle ways to move and stretch the body. Her message sits very comfortably with the teaching of Yin yoga. On a more personal level, she likes to encourage people to find their own ‘inner doctor’ through these teachings so that they can share with others.

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