Yin Yoga naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed and reflective state, where awareness can be brought to postural, breath, and thought patterns. 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.
This training was designed for yoga teachers and yoga practitioners who seek to enhance their teaching or personal practice by touching upon (t)issues rarely worked in more dynamic “yang” yoga styles.
Our comprehensive curriculum fully covers the fundamentals of yin yoga, anatomy,
range of motion, yin yoga teaching methodology, including assisting.
Yin & the Physical Body
with special guest Dr. Michelle Deslauriers, DPT
- – 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. Dr. Michelle Deslauriers, Doctor of Physical Therapy will join the group for this presentation.
- – Review Paul Grilley’s Theory of Exercise (or: is this pose good for me?)
- – Learn the basic principles of Yin Yoga (with an appearance by Goldilocks).
- – 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.
Yin & The Energetic Body
with special guest Dr. Deirdre Orceyre, naturopathic physician and acupuncturist
- – 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, Modern Meridian Theory and how acupuncture meridians relate to fascial meridians (Anatomy Trains). You’ll also deepen your understanding of how yogis view energy: including the koshas, chakras, and elements, doshas and mudras).
Yin and the Psycho-Spiritual Body
- – Review the neurophysiology of stress, trauma and resiliency and how this can guide you to create a Yin environment for yourself and your students
- – Explore different ways to integrate mindfulness and resiliency tools into a Yin practice.
- – 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 physical and psychological concerns).
- – Explore many ways to sequence a Yin practice, including combining Yin with Yang.
- – Understand the role of a yin teacher (teaching philosophy, facilitation skills, use of touch, voice, personal practice, ethics).
What you need to do
- Students are required to attend all contact hours during the program.
- Complete non-contact hour assignments
This program is open to all practitioners interested in deepening their knowledge of Yin Yoga. RYTs who complete the course are eligible to apply for CEUs with Yoga Alliance.Apply here
Dates & Times
Cost & Registration
There are two cost options available.
Please start the application process by filling out the questionnaire. Once your application is approved you will be required to pay $250 non-refundable deposit, and decide which payment option you would prefer.
Option 1: $850 by August 15th
Option 2: $950 after August 15th
- 48 hours of instruction,
- A student handbook
Yael Flusberg, E-RYT
Yael loves delving deeply into what heals us, what helps build our resiliency, and what allows us to be courageous and active agents in our communities. To that end, she fell in love with yin yoga, studying with Paul Grilley, credited with creating Yin Yoga and an expert in functional anatomy; Sarah Powers, who popularized Yin Yoga by integrating it with both mindfulness and Taoist meridians; and most recently Biff Mithoefer, who incorporates storytelling and shamanic teachings into his work. In addition to a decade of teaching yin, Yael is an Integrative Yoga Therapist and offers therapeutic group and one-on-one sessions in the clinical setting. The course will draw from materials and concepts culled from these teachings, as well as Yael’s studies in biofeedback, Reiki, polarity therapy, and poetry.LEARN MORE ABOUT YAEL
Dr. Michelle Deslauriers, DPT
Michelle Deslauriers is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy who focuses on restorative and holistic health in helping patients heal from pain and discomfort without medicine, surgery and medical procedures. She is committed to patient-centered care and education, and uses a variety of hands-on techniques focusing on the fascia, including Integrative Manual Therapy® and myofascial release. Michelle is also an avid Yin Yoga practitionerLEARN MORE ABOUT MICHELLE
Dr. Deirdre Orceyre
Dr. Deirdre Orceyre is a Board certified naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College Natural Medicine, a leading institution in natural health education. Following her medical training, Dr. Orceyre participated full-time two-year residency focusing on internal naturopathic medicine, with special rotations in women’s health, endocrinology and integrative cancer care. Described by her patients as knowledgeable, patient and compassionate, her goal is to work with patients regardless of condition to determine the causes of their imbalance. Dr. Orceyre sees herself as a guide and a coach, with the patient being the true healer. She is a gifted teacher, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.LEARN MORE ABOUT DEIRDRE
Learn more about our Teacher Training programs from personal experiences of our students.
Yael's training was such a wonderful and fruitful experience for me. Yael created a safe space for learning, exploration, and growth for all teacher trainees. I expected to learn about the yin methodology, but left with such a grander scope of knowledge. We tackled anatomy, the energetic body, the Chinese Meridians, sequencing, and the elements, and were coached on how to teach these topics in a trauma-sensitive way.
I've been able to put this training to use, teaching weekly Yin classes at a few different settings since graduation. Yael made herself accessible all throughout training, and has been a resource for us all post-graduation, too.
I highly recommend this training to anybody with a deep love of yoga and learning. Yael is an incredible wealth of knowledge, and I am so happy to say I am confident teaching Yin. The world needs more stillness!
Yael's Yin Yoga Teacher Training changed my yoga trajectory forever in many ways. First, she encouraged me to actually teach - I never intended to teach, just deepen my own practice. Her encouragement and support shifted my perspective. She opened my eyes to look beyond alignment. My focus was heavily focused on everyone forming the same exact shape, and her training showed the variances between our individual anatomies.
What you will need to start with our Teacher Training.
Your commitment and 100% participation will be required at every session.
A positive attitude – a sense of openness and a desire to learn are truly the most important things you can bring to this training.
Like all great things in life, the more you put into this training, the more you’ll get from it. That starts before you arrive. Below is a list of required reading. Books are purchased at the trainee’s expense, and can be picked up in our boutique, at a local bookstore or on Amazon.
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark, with a foreword by Sarah Powers.
Your Body, Your Yoga by Bernie Clark, with a foreword by Paul Grilley.
Upon arrival, students will receive a Yin Yoga Teacher Training Manual, which will serve as the master course curriculum & guide.