Yin Yoga Workshop & Teachers Training Workshop

12 Feb 2011 - 17 Feb 2011
True Yoga – Pacific Plaza


This week long training is suitable for all practitioners of Yin Yoga, teachers of Yoga, those with a special interest in anatomy and meridians, and teachers who are interested to teach Yin Yoga. This training is a follow-up to the Anatomy of Yoga training. You do not need to have done the Anatomy of Yoga training to attend this. All you need is a keen interest to learn and explore. For teachers who are looking seriously to teach Yin the authentic way, it will be preferable to over time have done both the Anatomy of Yoga training, and the Chakras and Meridians training. Both trainings need not be done in a sequential order.

Yoga Asana, Anatomy & Meridians Workshop
Each day would include two asana sessions and lecture presentations about bone, muscles and meridians.
12 Feb, Sat (12pm – 5pm)- Yoga Asana & Anatomy
13 Feb, Sun (12pm – 5pm) - Yoga Asana & Meridians

Yin Yoga Teacher Training : Energetic Anatomy & Theory
(Chakras & Meridians) - 30 hours of Yoga Alliance Teacher Training

12 – 17 Feb (12pm – 5pm daily, inclusive of both weekend workshops)

Many people’s first exposure to yoga is physical asana. Millions have been attracted to yoga classes as a way to get fit and relieve stress. Some have grown curious about the deeper traditions of yoga. What is pranayama? Is it more than breathing? And what is meditation? Is it merely an “emptying of the mind”? In this course we will explore these questions in depth and discover that the theories underlying pranayama and meditation also underlie fully elaborated systems of physiology, medicine, psychology and human spirituality.

Chakras, Meridians and Chi
Chi is the energy that animates the body, meridians are the channels in which chi flows, and chakras are spiritual centers in the brain and spine that control the flow of chi. Indian yogis called chi “prana” and the fundamental premise of both yoga and taoism is that these energies need to be brought under control if the mind is to be calmed and the Self revealed. This course outlines the basic anatomy of these energy systems and their effect on the mind, breath and emotions.

Two traditions of the energetic anatomy
In Indian yoga there are elaborate descriptions of chakras but very sparse descriptions of meridians. In Taoist yoga there are detailed descriptions of meridians but very sparse descriptions of the chakras. Following the work of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama this course will explore the merging of these systems both in theory and practice.

Practice, practice, practice
However exciting the ancient or modern energetic theories might be we will never find them completely satisfying until we have verified their truths in our own experience. So we will practice asana, pranayama and meditation each day, consistently, patiently and without strain. As Kabir said “Unless you have lived through something, it is not true”.

Yin and Yang Asana practice
Asana practice is essential to prepare the body for sitting still so in addition to lectures and meditations we will practice two hours of yin and yang yoga each day. Yin yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures for three to five minutes at a time, it emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. By drawing the student’s awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxed focus is achieved. Yang yoga is the rhythmic, flowing repetition of movements that require strength and balance. A Yang practice emphasizes the muscle tissues and circulatory system. Yang yoga leaves one feeling invigorated and alert.

Key Concepts:
Learning model: Shravana, Manana, Nididhyasa
Fasica and Meridians
Meridian pathways
Chakras and the physical body
Chakras and emotions
Chakras and thoughts
Breath and Concentration
Mantra practice

Certificate of Completion
A certificate of completion will be awarded only to those who participate in the full 6 days Yin Yoga Teacher Training.

About Paul and Suzee
Paul and Suzee Grilley have been teaching yoga since 1980. They practice yoga postures in the style of Paulie Zink and pattern their philosophy on the writings and research of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama —a yogi and scientist from Tokyo, Japan. This philosophy integrates the Taoist meridian theories of China with the tantric theories of India. Paul and Suzee have developed anatomically based Teacher Training Programs which they present all over the world. They can be reached via www.paulgrilley.com

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