"This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you. Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move against the earth and the sky, the beloved has bowed there - the beloved has bowed there knowing you were coming." - Hafiz
EMBRACING THE YIN PATH Module 2: A Yin Yoga Teacher Training
Since the beginning of mankind’s adventure here on Earth, indigenous societies throughout the world have sought guidance through their relationship with archetypal figures. These figures relate to the parts of ourselves that we all share. In this training, we will look at our journey as humans and teachers through the archetypes of Warrior, Healer, Teacher and Visionary.
We will discuss the connection between these archetypes and the Taoist understanding of the relationship of Yin and Yang. As we look within this relationship of Yin and Yang, we can see how important the balance of our Yang Warrior nature and our Yin Healer nature, our Yin Teacher nature and our Yang Visionary nature is for the equanimity of our students and ourselves. We will use the tools of Yin Yoga, body meditation and intentional sharing to help us experience these archetypes in ourselves. By opening to the wisdom of our own bodies we will begin to feel where we may be out of balance. Does our strong Warrior nature lack the heart of the Healer? Does our hearts path lack the power of the Warrior? As Teachers, are we open to our students finding their own path, or are we attached to the out come of our teaching? Like the Visionary, can we see and tell the truth without blame or judgment, or are we wrapped too tightly in our own stories.
This training is a stand-alone training, and is open to anyone who has taken Taoism, Anatomy and Sequencing as well as any dedicated yoga students or teachers who are interested in deepening their practice. If you haven’t studied with me before and plan on coming to the second or third module only, then I ask that you get a copy of The Yin Yoga Kit, and familiarize yourself with the basic concepts, and do some of the practices in the book or CD. The training is suitable for teachers and dedicated practitioners. You don’t need to be a teacher or even experienced in Yin, just come with an open heart and a willing mind. The two trainings can be taken in any order.
To create and hold a safe space for peaceful acceptance is the privilege of the Yin teacher. In this 50 hour training, we’ll look at ways we can best support our students in their own journeys as we explore creative and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning through inquiries and explorations of the following themes. THIS TRAINING INCLUDES Develop body and energy awareness through Yin practice and body meditation
Learn to follow our “inner teacher” and support others to do the same
Explore and develop our unique strengths and styles as teachers and individuals through our relationship with the healer, warrior, teacher, and visionary archetypes that are part of us all Practice using story, poetry, and metaphors to invite a deeper somatic experience
The training will consist of approximately 45 contact hours. In order to receive a certificate of completion, I will ask each student, during the 30 days following the training, to complete an additional 10 hours of independent study. After completing the independent study, each student will communicate their experience to me by mail or email. Your communication won’t be judged or graded, but I will answer all correspondence, and send a certificate of completion in a 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training.
The syllabuses for both trainings have been submitted to Yoga Alliance through certain Yoga Schools and are part of their 500 hour Teacher Trainings. If you have any questions about Yoga Alliance or the training, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.