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Welcome to The Yoga Shack 8-Weekend 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training

We’re excited to be bringing this group together to share the teachings we so deeply love that have become an integral part of our lives. Our mission is to provide the BEST  instruction to deepen the desire, knowledge, and skill of students who wish to share their practice and Yoga journey with others as facilitators of personal growth, inner peace, and mind/body health.


Yin Teacher Training

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An Introduction to Leading a Practice of Surrender

Swan & Dragonfly Module

Introduction to Taoist Anatomical Analysis: Yin Yoga Sutras of Paul Grilley.

  • Interactive hands-on study of anatomy: Finding skeletal landmarks and testing range of motion.
  • Understanding and discriminating sensation: Tension vs Compression, Muscle vs Fascia, Physical vs Subtle Energy.
  • Functional Alignment: Exploring the 7 Archetypal Poses of Yin Yoga and their Variations.
  • Communication: When to listen/observe, when to speak/lead

Yin Yoga is a simple practice of surrender. We settle into a posture for 3-7 minutes and slowly relax our muscles to allow the deeper, drier tissues, the connective tissues (fascia) that wrap muscles and form joint capsules to be safely and therapeutically stretched, stimulated and strengthened.

However, leading Yogis toward simplicity and surrender can be challenging. It requires an appreciation and general understanding of the infinite complexity of human variation. Physically, mentally and emotionally, every Yogi is unique and requires a unique approach.

Each Foundation Module postulates and dissects three broad principles of practice and teaching: 

#1: Listen to the body and lead it into a shape, a posture, that follows the body’s unique contours. We will learn how and where to “listen” (i.e. observe) the body and mind’s responses to effects of poses. 

#2: Be still and surrender. We will discuss and practice some of the meditative techniques involved. 

#3: Rebound. Passively observe and then actively manipulate the flow of energy (i.e. chi, prana, “life force”) released on the exit of a Yin pose. 

The body-awareness of Principle #1 develops by working and communicating with others. This is a hands-on training. We will analyze, observe and practice the Yin Yoga Postures in depth. We will articulate the joints on a plastic skeleton model. We will study slides of real bones showing a spectrum of typical variations. But more importantly, we will examine and compare each other, the real flesh and bones, with range of motion (ROM) tests, Assisted Yin Yoga stretching and other experiential analyses.   As for Principle #2, the practice of stillness and surrender can be difficult enough, let alone while stretching across wide sheets of stiff fascia and opening deep into the joints. Cultivating skillful relaxation efforts requires a certain level of observation and discrimination, strengthened by an anatomical understanding of the ever-changing sensations.

We will study schematics of muscle/fascial lines as well as the corresponding pathways of subtle energy according to Ancient Yogic and Taoist traditions. We will feel and discuss the muliti-layered electrical and emotional responses in this practice: i.e. Chi or Prana. It is here we approach our 3rd principle, The Rebound. 

The study culminates in a better appreciation for the endless variety of humankind, and a set of practical tools to successfully lead a class, or to dialogue in a one-on-one consultation.