In the Yin portion of this training we will take a deep dive into the fascia and its current research to look at the therapeutic implications of yin yoga. This training also looks at the science of stretching, its effects on fascia and what the current research suggests in terms of yoga applications. We’ll also look at Chinese Medicine principles and examine its application using the meridians to support the energetic body. We’ll dissect the what, why, when and how behind both the gross and subtle aspects of teaching a yin yoga practice and all the details in between to give you everything you need to teach group yin classes and incorporate yin yoga into private sessions.
This curriculum will also dive deep into the essentials of teaching meditation. We’ll cover how to introduce your students to meditation by addressing common misconceptions, hindrances and how current research around meditation practices offer beneficial perspectives in your classes. We’ll look at what the research suggests around neurotransmitters, the endocrine system, the immune system, epigenetics, aging and cognitive effects. We will also examine the science behind the physiological and psychological benefits as well as the concept of neuroplasticity and how it relates to meditation. You’ll see an overview of styles and techniques to help guide your students and your own practice.
This training involves an introspective practice of self inquiry through practice and mindfulness. Participants must have a strong desire to cultivate a meditation practice or already have a regular meditation practice. We welcome the seasoned or novice meditator as long as both come with an open mind. You can expect meditation practices intermingled with lecture, light vinyasa and yin yoga. The vinyasa component is mild and moderate and is used to demonstrated how you can weave different styles together as well as help break up the lectures and bring the meridians and content to life. Come prepared for a brain full of information as well as time spent on more contemplative personal discoveries.
Here are the main topics that we will cover during the Yin and Meditation Yoga Teacher Training:
- TCM foundations & Yin/Yang Theory
- Fascia Anatomy & Function in a Yin Practice
- Stretching Research & Implications
- Joint Anatomy
- How to Use a Yin Practice Therapeutically
- Anatomy of a Yin Practice: the What, Why, When & How
- Detailed Dissection of Yin Poses & Uses
- Chinese Medicine Meridians, 5 Elements & Uses
- Myofascial Chains
- Yin Yoga Sequencing
- Mindfulness: A Primer
- Meditation: The Evidence Base
- Meditation as a Neurocognitive Exercise
- Approaching Obstacles in Meditation Practice
- Spiritual Path of Meditation
- Guiding Meditation: the What, Why, When & How
- Focused Attention vs. Open Monitoring
- Still vs. Movement
- Guided vs. Unguided
- & all the details in-between to give you everything you need to teach group classes & individualize private sessions in meditation & yin yoga…