East Meets West Yoga Center

Yin Yoga Teacher Training (50 Hours)

Yael Flusberg’s 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program offered at East Meets West Yoga Center will teach you how to enhance your personal yoga or teaching practice by touching upon (t)issues rarely worked in a more dynamic “yang” yoga styles. Recommended for those with at least two years of yoga practice; the credits of the course are eligible for CEUs with Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Teachers.

All forms of yoga can be said to explore polarities (feminine and masculine, muscular and organic, Shiva and Shakti, ida and pingala) in order to arrive at an integrated sense of self. Yin Yoga is a quiet practice in which we hold poses that focus on the part of our bodies thickest with connective tissue — generally from our knees to our solar plexus. This passive holding in seated and supine positions helps create a safe and positive bio-mechanical stress on the deep layers of fascia, which gently increase the pliancy of our joints within our natural range of motion.

The connective tissue is also the home base for the meridians, which are theorized to be liquid crystal pathways made up of hyaluronic acid molecules. Yin Yoga increases the strength and magnetic pull of these meridians, which can help increase the amount of chi in the system, or better distribute it, or allow it to be more fully absorbed by the body. Yin Yoga also naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed and reflective state, where awareness can be brought to postural, breath and thought patterns.

Best of all, Yin Yoga is accessible and beneficial for a wide variety of people at all stages of life – from yoga neophytes to seasoned athletes, from sedentary office workers to those recovering from injuries.

This training is divided into three components:

I. Yin & the Physical Body:

Learn the difference between Yin and Yang styles of Yoga and the Yin approach and how to balance the need for both (including when to take a yin approach in yang poses and a yang approach in yin poses)
See anatomy from the perspective of joints and fascia, including plasticity vs. elasticity of tissues; the importance of skeletal variation and natural range of motion; proportion and orientation; and the difference between compression and tension. Learn Sarah Powers’ Four Principles of Yin Yoga (with an appearance by Goldilocks). Be able to practice/teach the most common yin yoga poses – including how to modify (what teacher Bernie Clark calls “Your Body Your Yoga!”) and work with injuries.

II. Yin & The Energetic Body – with special guest Dr. Deirdre Orceyre, ND

Reflect on what energy is and how it moves, gets obstructed, and how both yin and yang yoga relate to energetic flows. (Hint: it’s the gunas!)  Learn Energetic Anatomy from Taoist and Ayurvedic points of view. We’ll review the main yin meridians and Modern Meridian Theory and deepen your understanding of how yogis view energy: including the koshas, chakras, and elements.
Practice the anatomy of breathing from a yogic perspective (length, depth and direction)

III. Yin and the Psycho-Spiritual Body

  • Explore different ways to integrate mindfulness into Yin asanas
  • Learn how to create a Yin environment for yourself and students and how to effectively teach to a variety of students
  • Discover Yin teaching methodology including the art of assisting in a Yin class (where you may be dealing with beginning and seasoned students with a range of health concerns such as physical and psychological stress and trauma);
  • Explore many ways to sequence a Yin practice.
  • Understand the role of a yin teacher (teaching philosophy, facilitation skills, use of touch, voice, personal practice, ethics)
  • Learn the basics neurophysiology of stress, pain and trauma, and how to work with students going through difficult times.

Click here to register online.

Three weekends:
February 22 – 23, 2020
March 14 – 15, 2020
April 4 – 5, 2020

Hours:
10:00 – 6:00 pm (both Saturday/Sunday)

Investment:
$900.00 by January 22, 2020; $950.00 after January 22

Cancellation and refund policy:

30 days prior to start of program, $250.00 is non-refundable. 15 days prior to the start of the program, $500.00 is non-refundable.NO refunds issued after the start of the course.

Meet the Facilitator:

Yael Flusberg, E-RYT 500, has taught yin yoga since 2007. She spent more than 200 hours studying with Paul Grilley (credited with creating yin yoga and is an expert in functional anatomy) and Sarah Powers (who has popularized yin yoga by integrating it with both mindfulness and Taoist meridians), and went on to study Integrative Yoga Therapy (800 hours). The class will draw from materials and concepts drawn from all these teachings, as well as Yael’s studies in biofeedback, energy medicine, and poetry.