Why Join Us?
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.
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.
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.
How it Works; Module Outline
Anatomy, Fascia, Function &
Anatomy for Every Body
Functional approach to yin yoga
Yin and yang asana practice
Muscle groups with physical target areas
Skeletal and muscular system
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
Your Brain on Yin
Mental and emotional approach to yin yoga
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
100 Hour of Yin Yoga education
Morning and Evening Practice
Breakfast and Lunch each day of the course (Queenstown only)
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
One on one time with the facilitator
Group work exercises
Sequencing and communication workshops
Access to your teacher after the training is complete for ongoing growth
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.”