100hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training
A yin yoga practice can help you to let go and surrender, to slow down and to stop identifying with the streams of thoughts and emotions, cultivating a deeper understanding of relaxation.
This 100-hour program is ideal for students who want to improve their knowledge and deepen their yin practice. We will dive deep into the physical anatomy of the body, which will give you, insight in how this can work for you and your students. You will learn how to read the human body and explore that everybody is different. We will guide you to find a pose that is perfect for your body, no matter how flexible or inflexible you are. Yin yoga helps you to explore the possibilities of how to open, stretch and stimulate your body.
This 100-hour training is for anyone who desires to enrich, enhance and deepen their knowledge and personal yin practice.
We will help you to build a deep understanding of how the body functions physically and you will be able to see and respond to people, their bodies, and their potential. Moreover, you will learn about: bones, muscles, fascia, joints, movements, and connective tissue, pranayama and meditation. It’s not about how the pose looks (aesthetic) but about what we feel (function), which makes the yin yoga approach very liberating.
Besides learning more about yourself, we will also teach you the tools to share this knowledge with others. We will guide, support and challenge you in this journey. You will gain these skills by observing, teaching, assisting and adjusting students, reading, discussing, and diving deeply into your personal yin yoga practice.
This exciting and enriching yin yoga program requires dedication and can be a truly transformative experience. The real challenge of yin yoga lies in the ability to remain still and stay mindful and present with what comes up during the poses. Learn how to recognize your reactive thinking patterns, let them be and investigate them with loving kindness and self-compassion.
With these experiences and knowledge, you will feel empowered to share, demonstrate and instruct the meditative practice of yin yoga. If you want to learn more about the physical part Yin Yoga and how to teach it, or if you want to integrate yin yoga into your daily life, than this teacher training is perfect for you.
- Exploration of the 20 main Yin asanas
- Counterposes and movements
- Yang Yoga sequences
- Introduction to meditation and pranayama
- History of yin yoga and theory of exercise
- Basic yoga philosophy
- Principles of Yin Yoga (tattvas)
- Understanding yin versus yang yoga
- Skeletal variations and the importance of teaching yoga
- Target areas and functional analysis in asanas
- 14 skeletal segments, 10 muscle groups, 7 archetypal asanas
- Leg/torso mandala (functional approach)
- Fascia and connective tissue
- Science and art of sequencing for all levels
- Find your voice
- Learn to speak with confidence and authenticity
- The usage of props to improve or modify a posture
- How to start and build a successful yoga teacher career
- What does it take to open your own studio
- Pregnancy & yin yoga
- Assisted yin yoga practice
- And more
Saturday 4th December 2021, 10:00-12:00 at our new training location - Equal Hub Amstelveenseweg 88-90, Amsterdam
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- Saturday, Sunday 15th and 16th January 2022
- Saturday, Sunday 12th and 13th February 2022
- Saturday, Sunday 12th and 13th March 2022
- Saturday, Sunday 9th and 10th April 2022
- Saturday, Sunday 14th and 15th May 2022 (exam & graduation weekend)
All training sessions will take place at our new training location: Equal Hub, Amstelveenseweg 88-90, Amsterdam
Is our Yin program right for you?
This Yin Yoga Teacher Training is based on the ‘Paul Grilley Method’ and is for anyone who is interested in becoming a yin yoga teacher or desires to enrich, enhance and deepen their knowledge and own personal yin practice. You will learn the ability to translate the anatomical ‘science’ into a personalized and safe practice for yourself and others.
- Learning to connect with your heart, your inner wisdom which tells you exactly how to use yoga to dissolve blockages and trigger transformations. –
Because of the great understanding of the human body (anatomy and skeletal variations) that you gain, this training is also very relevant for people who want to exercise injury-free beyond the scope of yoga. Because you understand how to move your body in the best way, which is beneficial for you as a unique individual.
We always advise to join one of the introduction sessions at Equal Yoga or participate in a yin class with one of the teachers. It is important that you feel a connection with the teacher(s) and the studio.
What can I expect from the program?
- A wide variation of yin yoga classes deepening and inspiring your own practice
- Learn to ‘see’ bodies, understand why some people need a different approach
- Opportunities to teach, adjust and observe
- Practical & down-to-earth information to apply as a teacher
- Learn to sequence a safe and personalized class for all kinds of students
- Explore your breath and learn how to teach pranayama, to deepen or enhance the yin practice
- Learn how to adjust, work with props and assist students in any way that is necessary
- Learn to observe without reacting and being nonjudgmental, using meditation practices.
- Dive into an inner journey; spiritual and personal growth to be become a connected teacher and human being
What we ask from you:
We warmly welcome dedicated yoga practitioners with at least 1 year of yin yoga experience and/or equivalent knowledge and training. We require our students to have a strong desire to learn and explore the modern teachings of yin yoga.
Since all sessions and training materials are in English, we expect you to have good understanding of the English language.
The Equal yin teacher training is designed as an intensive course; it is a great way to immerse yourself within the span of a 4 months period. This helps to enrich a transformational experience for your body and mind. This also means that we ask you to work hard and be dedicated in these months to explore and create awareness of who you are. Committing yourself to this course is an intense experience with self-study, regular yin yoga practice, will help to get you out of your comfort zone and can be highly transformative.
How much time should I expect to spend on homework?
Homework activities will help you to digest and explore yoga from all sides. Expect between 4 hours a week (reading, writing, practice teaching). The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching.
This training has been created in such a way that it gives you frequent training weekends, but also time to digest the things you learned. In between every training weekend you’ll have three or four weeks to practice what you’ve learned and study for the upcoming weekend.
What is the daily schedule like?
- 8.00–8:30am Meditation
- 8:30–10:30am Lecture
- 1 10:30–12.30 Lecture 2
- 12.30 – 13.30 Lunchbreak
- 13.30 – 15.00 Posture Lab
- 15.00 – 16.30 Teaching Practice
- 16.30 – 18.00 Yoga Practice
What are the 100-hour graduation requirements?
In order to graduate our program, you must fulfil the following requirements:
- Attendance of in-class teacher training sessions
- Successful completion of all homework, assignments and final written exam
- Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum
- No more than 1.5 days (15 hours) of absence during the training.
Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 100-hour teacher training program?
Yes! Successfully completing the 100-hour program gives you the opportunity to teach, adjust and practice yin yoga in safe and inspiring way. From day 1 our faculty will guide you in deepening your practice and encourage your skills to become a confident and creative teacher.
However, if this is your first yoga training you will notice that there’s so much more to learn that does not fit into 100 hours of training. Therefore you can consider this training as a strong foundation to build further on and we highly recommend following part II.
What if I don't want to be a teacher?
The 100-hour program is suitable for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of the anatomical aspects of yoga, and improve their own practice. Because of the deep understanding of the human body (anatomy and skeletal variations) that you gain, this training is also very relevant for people who want to exercise injury-free beyond the scope of yoga. It's also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our Equal Yoga Community.
Why is this Yin Teacher Training only 100 hours and not 200 hours?
This is part 1 of a 200-hour yin training program, that focuses more on the physical part of yin yoga (movements, skeleton and muscles). Part I steps up to part II, that will dive deep into the energetic body. The second part focuses on the energetic, emotional and healing aspects (meridians, chi, organs & emotions) of Yin yoga, and allows you to teach and adjust all 35 Yin asanas in a safe and profound way. In part II the focus is on spiritual development and personal growth. You will learn more about the chakras, meridians, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Philosophy and how this can benefit your practice and daily life.
Part II starts in September 2022.
What is your Teacher Training cancellation and refund policy?
- 31 days or more prior to the start of the training, 100% of the Training Tuition Fee minus EUR 150 Administration Fee
- 21-31 days: 50% of the Training Tuition Fee.
- 15-20 days: 25% of the Training Tuition Fee.
- 1-14 days prior to the start of the Training, or after the course begins: no refund.
What if I miss a day?
We require that you complete all 100 hours of the teacher training. However, we understand that sometimes conflicts come up, and we have developed the make-up policy that is listed in the Study Guide.
Please note that you can miss a maximum of 15 training hours (1.5 days), and you will have one year from the last day of your program to complete your attendance requirements. The missed class protocol will be provided in the Study Guide.
What style of yoga is yin yoga?
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced approach practice where poses are held for a longer period of time in a relaxed way, up to 5 minutes or more. The practice requires little muscle engagement, which helps develop physical relaxation and flexibility. The real challenge of Yin Yoga lies in the ability to remain still and stay mindful and present with what comes up during the poses.
Yin Yoga is a method that teaches you to let go and surrender, to slow down and stop identifying with the streams of thoughts and emotions, cultivating a deeper state of relaxation.
Is this program Yoga Alliance Certified?
We have made the decision to not extend our registration with Yoga Alliance. It is our belief that by creating our own training program we can better fuel future instructors with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and the kind of confidence that comes from joining a thorough education. The Yoga Alliance requirements limited us in having multiple excellent skilled teachers teaching their individual expertise and knowledge on several disciplines of yoga.
We will continue to train students in a manner that honours science, integrity, compassion and growth, without having to follow strict standard guidelines, but will still prepare and qualify you to teach all levels of practitioners after completion of our program.
Can you teach yoga without a Yoga Alliance certification?
Yes, absolutely! The benefits of joining a teacher training program (with or without a Yoga Alliance registration) are gaining proficiency and an awareness how to teach. Completing a yoga teacher program builds integrity and trust with those you are teaching and you increase your confidence in front of classes.
Being Yoga Alliance certified is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently, there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher.
What if in-person training sessions are cancelled due to Covid-19 regulations?
Your health is always the most important to us, which is why we assess each situation separately. In the event of a lockdown or travel ban, due to the ever-changing situation and uncertainty caused COVID-19, the Equal Teacher Training will be moved to continue online for those parts of the training that we feel are suitable to be taught online. E.g. lectures on philosophy, history of yoga. Other topics that require in-person teachings like learning how to teach and asana exploration will be postponed till after the ban.
By continuing (partly) online, we hope to serve you as a participant while allowing our community to continue to create and share beautiful teachings together.
Please bear with us as we take this one situation at a time so we can make the best, informed decisions and take care of everybody involved. We’ll continue to monitor and always provide a safe and healthy environment for our teachers and students.
What is the application process?
- Complete the online application form
- After submitting it, we will inform you of your acceptance within 48 hours
- After acceptance notification, please follow the payment instructions of the Financial Agreement
- We will follow up within 48 hours of receiving your payment with your training welcome materials.
Your tuition fee is due upon enrolment to reserve your spot. Your payment is due in full by the early registration date in order to receive the discounted rate. Full payment is required 2 weeks before the start of the program.
What is the booklist?
Our in depth and highly informative Teacher Training Manual will be handed to you on day 1 and is included in the price of the training. Other required reading:
- Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice – 10th Anniversary Edition | Paul Grilley
- The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga | Bernie Clark
- The Key Muscles of Yoga | Ray Lang
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | Translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda
- Your Body, Your Yoga |Bernie Clark