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What is Yin Yoga?

"In Yin Yoga, we come to an edge in a pose and become still. While we hold the pose, we go within. We start to notice what is going on in life, right here, right now - without adding any drama, without taking anything away from the experience. With clarity, we see what is really needed, beyond cravings and aversions that normally move us. We are now free to create a new response, and over time build new paths to follow" (Bernie Clark).


Yin is slow and passive. It is steady and reflective. It is the energy with which we approach our Yin Yoga practice. Our aim is to target the deeper more yin tissues within the body, the connective tissues, ligaments, tendons and joints. We do this through long, still holds of varying asanas that target different parts of the physical and energetic body. The body and mind are challenged in a multitude of ways helping us to not only reap the physiological and anatomical benefits but also to cultivate more mindfulness and mental health benefits both on and off the mat.

Why Yin Yoga?
By studying Yin Yoga professionally, you will gain the knowledge and experience to confidently share your understanding with your students while also deepening your own personal practice. This allows you the opportunity to hone your existing skills and expertise while learning new and informed ways of cultivating a powerful and safe class for the general public. You will be able to confidently sequence and guide a safe and accessible class while understanding the power of the language we, as teachers, use as well as offering ways in which your students can further explore the capacity of their thoughts, beliefs, and patterns.

In a fast-paced world, the practice of yin yoga offers space to truly slow down and find stillness. Yin is the yielding, allowing part of life where we are able to tune into the subtleties of the present moment and choose to respond rather than react. The body and mind are challenged in a multitude of ways helping us not only reap the physiological and anatomical benefits but also cultivate more mindfulness and mental health benefits both on and off the mat.

 

Why Trauma-Informed?
The body holds trauma to different degrees and complexities. As a teacher, you are creating space for individuals to explore and connect with their breath, body and mind. Therefore it is important to be sure we are able to hold students in the wholeness of their experience, understand what may be happening for them on a physiological and neurological level, without needing to alter or change their experience. We are here to bear witness, allow, and hold space for transformation in their own time and way.

 

About 

In this 100 Hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training, you will be immersed in theory, practice, ideating intentional sequencing as well as indulging in conversation & self-exploration, helping you obtain a functional and relatable understanding of the yin practice as a whole. This course is for beginners with an already existing yoga practice as well as for the more seasoned practitioners looking to either deepen their own experience or begin their journey as a teacher.

Over the course of the 100 Hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training you will gain knowledge and experience in:​

  • Anatomy for Yoga; understanding the unique individuality of human beings and translating this into not only yin yoga but our day-to-day practices. You will be introduced to functional anatomy, the fascial system, muscle groups, and target areas, asana (posture) breakdowns and the art of propping.​

  • Mental Health Informed ways of Facilitating; understanding the emotional depth that is involved with this sacred practice and honouring everyone’s personal experience and practice. You will gain a general understanding of the mental and emotional health considerations that may arise as well as what is appropriate in your scope of practice.

  • Mindfulness Neuroscience; We will explore the power of conscious, mindful breathing and how we can restructure thoughts, patterns and beliefs on a neurological level. You will also gain insight into the ways in which breathing may impact physical, mental, energetic and emotional health through anatomy and physiology.

  • Facilitating Responsibly; teaching from the heart while understanding the great responsibility you hold. You will gain practical experience in holding space for others mentally, emotionally and energetically but also keeping yourself and students safe while practicing yin yoga. We will explore things like communication, propping, sequencing and other components that make a strong teacher.

Training Schedule

This training is held online for the duration of 8 weeks. Each week you will be sent an asana recording to self-practice. Each week you will need to set the time aside for this asana practice and studying the module content.

 

Every 2 weeks there will be a community call, so that students can come together for discussion and inspiration. This call is not mandatory but will help to create a community of practice.

How it Works; Module Outline

Anatomy, Fascia, Function &

Module 1

Anatomy for Every Body

​Functional approach to yin yoga
Yin and yang asana practice
​Muscle groups with physical target areas
Skeletal and muscular system
Fascial studies 
The approach of bio-individuality 
Tension and compression theory
Facilitating yin yoga safely & accessibly for all
Cueing and sequencing workshops
The power of propping

Intricate breakdown of each asana
Mind-body connection ​and Embodiment workshop

Module 2

Your Brain on Yin

Mental and emotional approach to yin yoga

Nervous system

Mindfulness theory and workshops

Neuroplasticity and our thoughts

Types of stress and trauma

Trauma-informed ways of approaching classes

Appropriate language and communication

Scope of practice and teaching responsibly

*There is 1 day off between Module 1 and Module 2

 

 

What's Included

100 Hour of Yin Yoga education  

Two modules: Functional Anatomy & Your Brain on Yin

Learning materials (Manual and Yin asana guidebook)

Yoga Alliance CDP Certification ​​

Theory and interactive learning ​

Powerful Facilitation Methodology

​Self-discovery and embodiment workshops

Yin Yoga asana breakdown workshops​​

Transformational learning environment  

Sequencing and communication workshops

Access to your teacher after the training is complete for ongoing growth

Investment

Equity in Investment - Choosing your tier

We are committed to offering trainings that are of the highest quality, affordable and accessible while striving to keep equity and mutual exchange at the soul of how we serve. We recognize that we live in systems of inequity and we strive to find ways of finding balance within this. We feel that the deepest engagement and greatest benefit comes when there is a meaningful mutual exchange. For these reasons, we offer tiered pricing. There is an invitation to reflect on your access to resources and privilege, the value of this work, what you can genuinely afford, and what you might pay for comparable training programs. By committing to what is truly within your means you make it possible for others to show up within theirs and we are all grateful for this.
 

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD)

TIER 1: $1375 – For those who are financially well-resourced. Reflects the value of the course in Western economic markets.

TIER 2: $1175 – For those on medium incomes and access to financial resources.

TIER 3: $875 – For those on low incomes, caring responsibilities and from marginalized communities.

Personalized payment plans are available. To discuss options suitable for you please email info@somapsych.org with your name, the training you are enrolling on, and your payment needs which we will discuss further.

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About your facilitator;

Amanda Hanna; Director of SomaPsych

After discovering the power and beauty of Yin Yoga years ago Amanda has continued to grow her knowledge and expertise ever since. Amanda holds over 1000 hours in Yoga, Anatomy & Physiology Trainings as well as extensive training and experience in holistic nutrition, meditation, mindfulness neuroscience, and energetics she has developed a style unique to her. 

“There is no other space I know of that asks us to sacredly and vulnerably hold the physical, psychological, emotional, physiological and spiritual experience of another human. It is our duty to do so with knowledge and science alongside compassion and heart. This training brings all of these elements together to help facilitators think critically and creatively in every moment and be responsive to the needs of each and every human they walk alongside.”

"For me, the 100HR yin yoga facilitator training with SomaPsych was an epic journey of life changing experiences and learnings. The content regularly challenged beliefs, thought processes and habits which has resulted in increased personal growth and curiosity. Amanda has created a truly special training, packed with huge amounts of relevant and helpful information combining anatomy, neuroscience, yoga, trauma informed facilitation and more. I learnt so much over the 10 day course – learnings that I’ve carried into daily life, to both personal and professional environments. Amanda brings incredible energy to the course, she is an adept facilitator and very passionate about subjects covered. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone with an interest in yoga and trauma informed facilitation.”

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