Insight Yoga – Yin/Yang Teacher Training

18 Jun 2010 - 20 Jun 2010


Course Description:

This course is intended to deepen one’s understanding of the experiential, philosophical and practical application of a balanced yoga practice.  It is intended for those who are either already teaching, wanting to teach, or simply interested in deepening their practice.

This intensive will strengthen one's ability to teach both a receptive Yin style and an active flow or Yang style of yoga with an interest in promoting a conducive inner environment for meditation. Please come with a basic understanding of the practices by viewing Sarah’s dvd, Insight Yoga.

The physical discipline of Hatha yoga centers on the harmonious embodiment of postures. How we practice these postures is as important as which asana we choose and how we orchestrate them. Increasing our repertoire of different ways to practice allows us to vary our sequences at different times in our life, continually keeping the practice appropriate, as well as fresh and alive. Drawing from her book, Insight Yoga, Sarah will cover:

  • Yin Yoga- how, why and when to practice this style safely and effectively
  • Meridian theory, organ health and yoga practice
  • Details of sequencing and its emotional effects
  • The primary focus of ujjayi breath in asana: length, depth and direction
  • Mindfulness in asana.
  • Proper physical alignment in Yang (active) postures
  • Sequencing of postures for various levels
  • How to assist those with injuries
  • The use of touch and hands-on adjustments

Required Reading: Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers, Yin Yoga by Paul Grilley
Suggested Dvd viewing, Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers, Yin and Vinyasa by Sarah Powers, Anatomy for Yoga by Paul Grilley

About Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987 and is the founder of Insight Yoga. She interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga and Buddhism into an integral practice to enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of floor poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with an alignment based flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, and Iyengar teachings. She also draws from her studies in Transpersonal Psychology, as well as her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism.

Sarah and her husband Ty Powers live in the San Francisco bay area and have created the Insight Yoga Institute which offers 720 hour trainings with other renowned teachers blending yoga, buddhism and psychology (www.insightyogainstitute.com).

She is co-founder of Metta Journeys (www.mettajourneys.com), a service oriented organization that offers yoga retreats internationally to help women and children in developing countries.

Sarah is also the author of the book Insight Yoga (Shambhala Publications). To learn more about her see her dvds Insight Yoga or Yin and Vinyasa and go to www.sarahpowers.com.

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