Yin Yoga Anatomy Training

03 Feb 2012 - 08 Feb 2012
Pacific Plaza


In an effort to meet the growing demand for training in yin yoga and anatomy, Suzee and Paul have developed a 30 hour, non-residential program that is presented all over the world. This course introduces the 20 basic poses of yin yoga and how they are practiced. All the fundamental anatomical and philosophical concepts are covered. It transforms the way teachers see a roomful of bodies practicing asanas.

To analyze why a yoga student can or cannot do a pose we must learn to look past the surface of the body to see it as a moving skeleton. All yoga poses are simple combinations of 14 joint segments. Learning to identify the joint segments in each yoga pose is essential if we are to understand why every person practices poses differently.

After learning the 14 joint segments of the body we move on to explore the four myofascial compartments of the thighs and the seven myofascial compartments of the torso. These muscle groups are involved in every yoga pose and once a student understands them all yoga poses become a transparent combination of these simple muscle and joint movements. These anatomical principles apply to all yoga poses – regardless of style.

Key Concepts:

  • Learning model: Shravana, Manana, Nididhyasa
  • 20 basic yin poses
  • 14 joint segment analysis
  • Tension and compression
  • Skeletal variation
  • 4 muscle groups of the thigh
  • 7 muscle groups of the torso
  • 3 layers of a joint
  • Muscle contraction
  • Fascial contracture
  • Theory of exercise

Yin and Yang Asana practice
In addition to anatomy lectures and demonstrations we will have 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. A Yin practice emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. It prepares the body and mind for longer meditation practices. 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.

Daily Schedule
12pm – 2.30pm  Yin and Yang Asana practice
2.30pm – 3.30pm Break (catering provided)
3.30pm – 6pm  Anatomy Theory
Certificate of Completion
A certificate of completion will be awarded only to those who fulfill 100% attendance in this 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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