YYTT 1 and YYTT 3 in Soquel, California 2017
From Sunday, April 30, 2017
To Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Our venue: The beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha.

This course provides 100 credit hours toward YYTT certification.

Register: : To register for this course please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Room, board and tuition: $3875 for double room, $4700 for a single room.

Prerequisites: Two years previous yoga experience. Prior viewing of two DVD presentations.

The first DVD is Anatomy for Yoga. The second DVD is Yin Yoga. Both are available from Pranamaya.com.

Texts for the course: 

Please bring with you: Yin Yoga: principles and practice by Paul Grilley. ISBN 1935952706

Suggested resource: General Anatomy and the Musculoskeletal System by Schuenke, et al. Second Edition: ISBN 160406922

Anatomy is the key. The backbone of the yin yoga teacher training is anatomy because without an understanding of muscles and joints true confidence in teaching is elusive. This anatomical insight is crucial when dealing with injuries, contraindications and the logic of adjustments and variations. Anatomy is a vast subject but the basics, properly understood, clarifies and simplifies all yoga practice, regardless of style.

Fourteen joint segments. To analyze why a yoga student can or cannot do a posture we must learn to look past the surface of the body to see it as a moving skeleton. Learning to identify which joints are involved in a Yoga posture and determining their ranges of motion is essential if we are to understand why every person practices poses differently.

Muscles and fascia. 
After learning the 14 joint segments of the body we move on to explore the four myofascial compartments of the thighs and the six myofascial compartments of the torso. These muscle groups are involved in every yoga pose and once a teacher understands them all yoga poses become a transparent combination of these simple muscle and joint movements.

Learn by touching, learn by doing. Yoga anatomy cannot be learned from a book but must be directly experienced in ourselves and our classmates. Our practice of poses is augmented with movement tests we perform on each other. These exercises give a teacher confidence to assess the needs and limitations of their students. Hour by hour, day by day, with patient repetition, the fundamentals of yin yoga become crystal clear.

Yoga is more than muscle and bone. 
Yoga is more than anatomy and the YYTT speaks to these issues by explicitly discussing such things as the theory of exercise, the responsibilities of a teacher, sequencing, adjusting and the energy curve of a class. We also discuss the flow of chi through the connective tissue and its relationship to our physical, emotional and mental well being.

Yin and Yang Asana practice. In addition to 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 students 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.

Key Concepts:

Learning model: Shravana, Manana, Nididhyasa

14 skeletal segments

10 muscle groups

7 archetypal poses

Tension, contraction, compression

Skeletal variation

3 layers of a joint

Theory of exercise

Assisted Yin Yoga

Variations, props and adjustments

YYTT 1 and YYTT 3 in Soquel, California 2017

From Sunday, April 30, 2017
To Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Our venue: The beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha.

This course provides 100 credit hours toward YYTT certification.

Register: : To register for this course please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Room, board and tuition: $3875 for double room, $4700 for a single room.

Prerequisites: Two years previous yoga experience. Prior viewing of two DVD presentations.

The first DVD is Anatomy for Yoga. The second DVD is Yin Yoga. Both are available from Pranamaya.com.

Texts for the course: 

Please bring with you: Yin Yoga: principles and practice by Paul Grilley. ISBN 1935952706

Suggested resource: General Anatomy and the Musculoskeletal System by Schuenke, et al. Second Edition: ISBN 160406922

Anatomy is the key. The backbone of the yin yoga teacher training is anatomy because without an understanding of muscles and joints true confidence in teaching is elusive. This anatomical insight is crucial when dealing with injuries, contraindications and the logic of adjustments and variations. Anatomy is a vast subject but the basics, properly understood, clarifies and simplifies all yoga practice, regardless of style.

Fourteen joint segments. To analyze why a yoga student can or cannot do a posture we must learn to look past the surface of the body to see it as a moving skeleton. Learning to identify which joints are involved in a Yoga posture and determining their ranges of motion is essential if we are to understand why every person practices poses differently.

Muscles and fascia. 
After learning the 14 joint segments of the body we move on to explore the four myofascial compartments of the thighs and the six myofascial compartments of the torso. These muscle groups are involved in every yoga pose and once a teacher understands them all yoga poses become a transparent combination of these simple muscle and joint movements.

Learn by touching, learn by doing. Yoga anatomy cannot be learned from a book but must be directly experienced in ourselves and our classmates. Our practice of poses is augmented with movement tests we perform on each other. These exercises give a teacher confidence to assess the needs and limitations of their students. Hour by hour, day by day, with patient repetition, the fundamentals of yin yoga become crystal clear.

Yoga is more than muscle and bone. 
Yoga is more than anatomy and the YYTT speaks to these issues by explicitly discussing such things as the theory of exercise, the responsibilities of a teacher, sequencing, adjusting and the energy curve of a class. We also discuss the flow of chi through the connective tissue and its relationship to our physical, emotional and mental well being.

Yin and Yang Asana practice. In addition to 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 students 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.

Key Concepts:

Learning model: Shravana, Manana, Nididhyasa

14 skeletal segments

10 muscle groups

7 archetypal poses

Tension, contraction, compression

Skeletal variation

3 layers of a joint

Theory of exercise

Assisted Yin Yoga

Variations, props and adjustments

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