Teacher Training Guide
Yin yoga is becoming a fundamental element of any yoga
practice in recent years with many people really starting to understand the
healthy healing effects on our emotional and physical health. This has led to
many types of yin yoga teacher training programs being offered around the world
but which one is going to suit your needs when searching for a training course?
What is yin yoga?
The word yin has is origins in the east to describe anything
that is the opposite to the fire element or a state called yang. Yin allows us
to look deeply into ourselves to explore our emotional wellbeing. The state of
yin is the observation of our subjective experience during any activity we are
How can it be applied in a yoga practice?
Unlike a yang practice which is about creating heat in the
body by spending less time in postures and having a much more dynamic flow. Yin
yoga allows us to spend more time in postures and focuses on the connective
tissue and fascia in to remove tension. When the connective tissue has been released
then we can start to allow the bones of the joints to compress which stimulated
the synovial fluid of the joints. This allows toxins that have stagnated to be
removed and mobility and range of movement to be enhanced.
During a yin yoga practice the whole body benefits through
the fascia web being gently stimulated and the tensegrity to be improved.
Tensegrity refers to the subtle balance of the connective tissues of the body
to maintain balance and weight distribution when performing any physical
Finding a yin yoga teacher training course
When searching for a training program to learn how to successfully
share the teachings and benefits can be hard as many organisations are offering
different types of training that focus on a particular element of yin. When
selecting a course it is important to ensure that your training will be comprehensive
and include the Chinese medicine meridian theory.
A comprehensive course in Portugal Europe
Evolutionary Yin Yoga Teacher Training based in Portugal offer
probably the best training program in the world which incorporated every aspect
of yin. From the meridians to fascia and Qigong as well as the shamanic and
Chinese medicine information they also have an in-depth look at the fascia. Teaching
students in yoga classes how to release the fascia by gentle manipulation of
the meridians of the body is a huge part of the practice. Learning the lines of
the body is important in any yoga education practice as this becomes the map of
tension in a person’s body and allows you to work on the parts that need to
If you would like more information on yoga teacher training
then visit Yoga Evolution Retreat to learn about the courses that are on offer.
You can also find information on yoga retreats in Europe to help boost your
health and wellbeing.
Develop your knowledge on the fundamentals of Yin Yoga by
attending a yoga education retreat that will give you a solid foundation in
this ancient system of a human beings internal world of experience.
The Yin & Yang theory has been around for thousands of
years and is slowly growing back into human consciousness at an alarmingly fast
pace. But understanding what the Yin aspect of experience can be quite hard to
comprehend for the everyday person. This is why we have setup a Yin training
course that uses yoga postures to allow us to experience the true benefits of
Yin refers to our internal experience where as Yang is all
outside in our external perception. Yin is our emotional experience and also
refers to the sensations in the body and the feelings that we have based on
what is being perceived in the outside world. The Yin is the subjective
internal dialogue that takes place when we see something that creates either a
reaction or a response. A Yin approach to what is being perceived would mean
that we are able to take a step back and process how we feel in the moment.
Where a more Yang approach would be simply to fly of the handle and react with
anger which is not usually very helpful to us in our family and social life.
When we apply this philosophy to our yoga posture practice
by spending more time in the position then we get a real sensation and feeling
that the body position is really getting deep into the tissue and compressing
the joints. Yin yoga is about finding the balance between compression and
tension while surrendering and allowing the intensity of the sensation to be
present. When we are in each posture we spend a little time observing how the
mind is responding by becoming aware of any thoughts that arise from deep
within the body. In yoga we see the body as being a universe of stored
experiences and when we look at the organs and the emotion they hold then we
can understand exactly why.
Our fear is usually related to low kidney chi and when the
chi is not flowing the first emotional manifestation can be anxiety. When the
liver chi is not flowing freely the emotion is anger and if not dealt with can
lead to rage. When the spleen is not functioning correctly then pensiveness and
worry manifest. The lungs are related to grief and the heart is related to
compassion or a state of peacefulness. At Yoga Evolution Retreats we hold a
comprehensive course that will give you a solid foundation in the Yin aspect of
Chinese medicine and the different practices. You will learn which sequences affect
the different organs and how to unblock the meridians by performing simple Qi
Qi Gong literally means energy work and by performing the
simple but very affective sequences you start to release the Facia of the body
which then gets the blood moving into that are of the body. As a therapist and
yoga teacher we have to have a lot of tools at our disposal and Yin Yoga is one
of those tools that can help a person come back from illness and be full of
health and vitality.
Author – Retreat Guide Team