Workshops/trainings and retreats

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A workshop, training or retreat is a gift to yourself : the gift of time, self-inquiry and learning new skills for self-care or to accompany others.

Here are some of my offers.

Contact me if your studio or workplace has interest in hosting any of these.

 

Upcoming

2021 YIN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (70h) – Online + Berlin area retreat
22 Jan 2021 | 20:00Yogahaus Stechlinsee, Stechlin, Germany

2021 YIN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (70h) – Online + Berlin area retreat

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 20:00 – Sun, 07 Mar 2021 11:00Yogahaus StechlinseeStechlinseestraße 1, 16775 Stechlin, Germany

YIN YOGA FOUNDATIONS

TEACHER TRAINING (70h) 

3 weekends online plus 3-day residential immersion near Berlin

with 

LIINA TAEL & VALERIE HARTWICH 

Learn to practice and teach Yin yoga safely and confidently  

Find your own voice as a Yin teacher

January  22-24 (online)

February 5-7 (online)

February 19-21 (online)

March 4-7 (residential immersion)

 

Are you seeking a solid, practical, well-structured understanding of Yin yoga, whether to deepen your practice or teach? This teacher training is set up to give you a wholesome introduction to Yin yoga, build a foundation and support you on your own journey as a student and teacher.

This training will give you a well-rounded knowledge of Yin through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine, functional movement, as well as fascia and somatic yoga, so you can find your own Yin path in a safe and meaningful way. Last but not least, this training integrates contemplative self-inquiry work that helps refine what the practice means for you, how it can enrich your daily life, and how you want to share it with the world. 

Through lectures, experimentation in your body, practice sessions, in-depth posture labs and homework for personal inquiries, you will explore the wholesome effect this potent practice has on the body, mind and spirit.

The training is offered as a combination of ONLINE live streaming modules and a residential in person immersion RETREAT as the final weekend of the course. 

 

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The training is structured in four modules, each devoted to a specific focus.

Each training module consists of daily Yin yoga practices, lectures, interactive embodiment exercises/inquiries, group work, discussions and homework assignments. Your further journey into practicing and teaching Yin yoga will be supported by a comprehensive 100 page manual and suggestions for further reading materials and resources. 

The 70-hour training consists of: 

  • 60 hours live of streaming and in person sessions 
  • 10 hours of homework assignments between the sessions

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1) Yin yoga according to Western Anatomy

(Functional approach to yoga)

  • The principles of Yin yoga
  • Tension versus compression
  • Sensation based alignment, functional approach, skeletal variation
  • The science behind Yin yoga
  • How to teach the core Yin postures safely, offer variations and use props

The first module provides you with a solid foundation and understanding of the anatomy of yin poses, based on the functional approach to yoga (Paul Grilley method). It introduces the 7 archetypal pose families and teaches about target areas. You’ll understand skeletal restrictions and anatomical aspects of poses, so you can efficiently adapt and use variations and props to make the practice accessible to a wide range of bodies.

 

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2) Yin yoga, fascia and somatics

  • Understanding fascia for Yin
  • Supporting healthy fascia 
  • Understanding what yin and somatics offer the fascia
  • Fascia lines and related poses/movements
  • Sequencing with a fascia focus

In this module you will explore the nature and importance of fascia in the body and what a fascia approach has to offer the Yin practice, and vice versa. Understanding fascia is pivotal in any type of health, yoga or movement related education, because it helps you grasp how  movements and habits shape the body from the inside, what is felt during a pose and how to find the healthy ‘edge’ that supports the tissues, and how to deal with chronic pain and support healing. 

 

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3) Yin yoga, subtle body and introduction to Chinese Medicine

(with a Chinese Medicine specialist and acupuncturist as a guest lecturer)

  • Taoist philosophy and yin-yang theory
  • 5 element theory
  • 3 treasures of Taoism (Qi, Jing, Shen)
  • The organs, energy channels and their connection to yin yoga practice

An introduction to the vast field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), offering a concise guide of the connections between TCM and yin yoga. You’ll discover how Taoist philosophy can enrich and inform your own practice, your teaching and your general comprehension of health and balanced living.

 

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4) Yin yoga & self-inquiry + Teaching Yin yoga

 

Yin yoga & self-inquiry

  • The practical tools of Yin for everyday challenges
  • Creating mini Yin/somatic tools/sequences for daily life, for your own well-being and that of your students
  • Psychosomatics and Yin 
  • The role of the nervous-system in healing, learning and implementing change

This YTT approaches yin yoga as a contemplative practice by bringing together self-inquiry and sensory awareness. You’ll explore in theory and practice Yin as a tool for self-awareness that helps activate your capacity for self-healing and agency on and off the mat.

 

Teaching Yin yoga

  • sequencing based on anatomy, meridian theory and fascial lines
  • holding space, using voice, cueing and language to effectively guide students
  • opportunities to practice teaching
  • basic self-care for yoga teachers

This module will focus on the practical skills needed to teach Yin yoga effectively and authentically in a way that sustains both teacher and students. You will look at what it means to hold space, how to develop your voice and vocabulary, and how to care for yourself when you teach. And of course you will teach one another to get practice and understanding of what that means practically. 

 

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ONLINE TRAINING TIMES & DATES:

  • The online weekend schedule consists of a Yin yoga class on Fridays and lectures + practice sessions on Saturdays and Sundays.

Fridays 20:00 – 21:30, Saturdays 13:30 – 19:00, Sundays 9:30 – 17:00

 

  • 3-day RETREAT TIME & DATES

Yin yoga & self-inquiry (March 4 – 7)

Retreat intensive is held at Yogahaus am Stechlinsee from Thursday 4pm (04.03) until Sunday 11am (07.03)

  • The  3 weekends are designed to offer roadmaps and tools to different approaches to Yin yoga:

Yin yoga & western anatomy (Jan 22, 23, 24)

Yin yoga, fascia & somatics (Feb 5, 6, 7)

Yin yoga, subtle body & introduction to TCM (Feb 19, 20, 21)

 

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Liina Tael and Valerie Hartwich are Berlin based teachers dedicated to yoga as a practice of inquiry that helps people grow meaning in their lives, greater passion for life and deeper understanding of self and others. Their approach is shaped by their combined background in yoga, psychology and sociology, bodywork and Traditional Chinese Medicine in connection to Yin yoga. If you are in Berlin and want to visit their classes before committing to the training, here are links to their teaching schedules: Liina  and Valerie. If you cannot make it to class, they both also have online offerings where you can get a taste of their teaching styles: Liina  and Valerie .

PRICE: 1300* EUR

* price includes accommodation and food for the residential retreat.

FOR REGISTRATION AND QUESTIONS:

e-mail : Valerie at valerie@essentiallymoving.com

1300€

Past

3-Week Morning Challenge: ‘Taking Yoga off the Mat’
18 Feb 2019 | 08:30Yellow yoga, Studio Sonne, Berlin, Germany

3-Week Morning Challenge: ‘Taking Yoga off the Mat’

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:30 – Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:00Yellow yoga, Studio SonneSonnenallee 67, 12045 Berlin, Germany

Svadhyaya – the study of the self as a central yogic practice

Weekdays February 18th to March 9th, 8.30-10 weekdays

The practice of yoga incorporates the study of body, mind, heart and our relationship to the world and life happening around us. This is called Svadhyaya, and is a crucial tool to bring us into a deeper state of union, or yoga, through the development of our awareness into all the areas of our lives. It gives us an understanding of how we function, as well as what we can do to bring more balance and agency into our lives. This is essential for yoga to be a deeply transformative practice that helps us and those around us.

We will work with a range of practices and tools, drawn from various yoga lineages, and other self-study practices to explore our relationships in and to our body, to our identity as ‘me’, and to the world around us. These will include partner work, journalling, meditations, vinyasa, yin, somatic yoga and breath work.

At the end of our time together you will have a clearer picture of who you are and how you work, what you must be mindful of, and tools to help you deal with specific situations and circumstances.

Week 1The body – connections – potential – needs
– A brief look at our incredible anatomy and all its interconnections, from breath, nervous system, through to bones, muscles and fascia
– A discovery of proprioception, interception and what they can help us with
– Vinyasa, yin, somatic yoga, breath meditation in movement and in stillness, journalling, partner work

Week 2Self/Identity/Emotions – patterns – choice – discovery
– A brief look at how thoughts and emotions affect our physical and non physical state, and a link to koshas
– A look at whether yoga is a search for a better version of ourselves or a better understanding and relation to ourselves
– Vinyasa, yin, somatic yoga, journalling, breath meditation in movement and stillness, partner work, observation of our self-talk, embodiment work using asanas as metaphors

Week 3The world and I – relations – agency – responsibility
– A brief introduction into how our relationships and behaviors hold the key to deeper patterns of our identity/ego
– Vinyasa, yin, somatic yoga, embodiment work using asanas as metaphors, aikido, partner work, journalling, reflection on asana likes and dislikes
– Balance sheet of personal patterns in body, mind/heart and in the world, with tools to help, and self-practice

140€
Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music
04 Dec 2018 | 19:00Luftraum, Maienstraße 4 10787 , Berlin, Germany

Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:00 – 21:00Luftraum, Maienstraße 4 10787 Berlin, Germany

Yoga and meditation are two domains which used to belong to the hippie, esoteric scenes until recently. Since modern medical research took an interest in them, these old spiritual teachings have found their place in the lives of millions of people. The healing and relaxing power of sounds and rhythms have equally been known and used for millenia.

In our events you will practice a mindful and quiet form of yoga, mixing gentle movements with Yin and Feldenkrais, accompanied by the warm and moving sounds of the Viola de Gamba and the Setar, played by Christiane Gerhardt and Elshan Gashimi.

This will lead you, in your own individual way, supported by the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher Valerie Hartwich on a journey to your own inner stillness.

Each session addresses a specific part of the body, which will be shared in the introduction, as well as the musical accompaniment. You need neither fitness, nor yoga experience for our events. Simply come as you are! Indeed, yin yoga is particularly well suited as a complement to active physical practices, be they yoga or other, since it develops deep body awareness and relaxation.

For our Luftraum dates, we kindly ask you to bring a mat, and warm, comfortable clothes, as well as possibly a blanket or large shawl. Should you have neither mat nor blanket, do let us know in advance so we may provide you with them.

To book email valerie@essentiallymoving.com

30€
single event
100€
series of four
Journey to stillness : Yin yoga and live music
25 Nov 2018 | 15:00Yoga Sky, Tempelhofer Berg 7D, 10965, Berlin, Germany

Journey to stillness : Yin yoga and live music

Sun, 25 Nov 2018 15:00 – 17:00Yoga Sky, Tempelhofer Berg 7D, 10965Berlin, Germany
Yoga and meditation are two domains which used to belong to the hippie, esoteric scenes until recently. Since modern medical research took an interest in them, these old spiritual teachings have found their place in the lives of millions of people. The healing and relaxing power of sounds and rhythms have equally been known and used for millenia.
In our events you will practice a mindful and quiet form of yoga, mixing gentle movements with Yin and Feldenkrais, accompanied by the warm and moving sounds of the Viola de Gamba and the Setar, played by Christiane Gerhardt and Elshan Gashimi.
This will lead you, in your own individual way, supported by the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher Valerie Hartwich on a journey to your own inner stillness.
Each session addresses a specific part of the body, which will be shared in the introduction, as well as the musical accompaniment. You need neither fitness, nor yoga experience for our events. Simply come as you are! Indeed, yin yoga is particularly well suited as a complement to active physical practices, be they yoga or other, since it develops deep body awareness and relaxation.
For our Luftraum dates, we kindly ask you to bring a mat, and warm, comfortable clothes, as well as possibly a blanket or large shawl. Should you have neither mat nor blanket, do let us know in advance so we may provide you with them.
To book email valerie@essentiallymoving.com
30€
einzelne Veranstaltung
100€
vierer Pack
Journey into stillness : Yin Yoga and live music
25 Sep 2018 | 19:00Luftraum, Maienstraße 4 10787 , Berlin, Germany

Journey into stillness : Yin Yoga and live music

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:00 – 21:00Luftraum, Maienstraße 4 10787 Berlin, Germany
Yoga and meditation are two domains which used to belong to the hippie, esoteric scenes until recently. Since modern medical research took an interest in them, these old spiritual teachings have found their place in the lives of millions of people. The healing and relaxing power of sounds and rhythms have equally been known and used for millenia.
In our events you will practice a mindful and quiet form of yoga, mixing gentle movements with Yin and Feldenkrais, accompanied by the warm and moving sounds of the Viola de Gamba and the Setar, played by Christiane Gerhardt and Elshan Gashimi.
This will lead you, in your own individual way, supported by the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher Valerie Hartwich on a journey to your own inner stillness.
Each session addresses a specific part of the body, which will be shared in the introduction, as well as the musical accompaniment. You need neither fitness, nor yoga experience for our events. Simply come as you are! Indeed, yin yoga is particularly well suited as a complement to active physical practices, be they yoga or other, since it develops deep body awareness and relaxation.
For our Luftraum dates, we kindly ask you to bring a mat, and warm, comfortable clothes, as well as possibly a blanket or large shawl. Should you have neither mat nor blanket, do let us know in advance so we may provide you with them.
To book email valerie@essentiallymoving.com
30€
single event
100€
series of four
Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music
02 Sep 2018 | 15:00Yoga Sky, Tempelhofer Berg 7D, 10965, Berlin, Germany

Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music

Sun, 02 Sep 2018 15:00 – 17:00Yoga Sky, Tempelhofer Berg 7D, 10965Berlin, Germany
Yoga and meditation are two domains which used to belong to the hippie, esoteric scenes until a few years ago. Since modern medical research took an interest in them these old spiritual teachings have found their place in the lives of millions of people.
The healing and relaxing power of sounds and rhythms have equally been known and used for millenia.
In our events you will practice a mindful and quiet form of yoga, mixing gentle movements with Yin and Feldenkrais, accompanied by the warm and moving sounds of the Viola de Gamba and the Setar, played by Christiane Gerhardt and Elshan Gashimi.
This will lead you, in your own individual way, supported by the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher Valerie Hartwich on a journey to your own inner stillness.
Each session addresses a specific part of the body, which will be shared in the introduction, as well as the musical accompaniment. You need neither fitness, nor yoga experience for our events. Simply come as you are! Indeed, yin yoga is particularly well suited as a complement to active physical practices, be they yoga or other, since it develops deep body awareness and relaxation.
To book email valerie@essentiallymoving.com
30€
single event
100€
series of four
Journey into stillness: Yin yoga and live music
19 Jun 2018 | 19:00Yoga Sky, Tempelhofer Berg 7D, 10965, Berlin, Germany

Journey into stillness: Yin yoga and live music

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:00 – 21:00Yoga Sky, Tempelhofer Berg 7D, 10965Berlin, Germany
Yoga and meditation are two domains which used to belong to the hippie, esoteric scenes until recently. Since modern medical research took an interest in them, these old spiritual teachings have found their place in the lives of millions of people. The healing and relaxing power of sounds and rhythms have equally been known and used for millenia.
In our events you will practice a mindful and quiet form of yoga, mixing gentle movements with Yin and Feldenkrais, accompanied by the warm and moving sounds of the Viola de Gamba and the Setar, played by Christiane Gerhardt and Elshan Gashimi.
This will lead you, in your own individual way, supported by the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher Valerie Hartwich on a journey to your own inner stillness.
Each session addresses a specific part of the body, which will be shared in the introduction, as well as the musical accompaniment. You need neither fitness, nor yoga experience for our events. Simply come as you are! Indeed, yin yoga is particularly well suited as a complement to active physical practices, be they yoga or other, since it develops deep body awareness and relaxation.
For our Luftraum dates, we kindly ask you to bring a mat, and warm, comfortable clothes, as well as possibly a blanket or large shawl. Should you have neither mat nor blanket, do let us know in advance so we may provide you with them.
To book email valerie@essentiallymoving.com
30€
single event
100€
series of four
Journey into stillness: Yin yoga and live music
17 Jun 2018 | 15:00Yoga Sky, Tempelhofer Berg 7D, 10965, Berlin, Germany

Journey into stillness: Yin yoga and live music

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:00 – 17:00Yoga Sky, Tempelhofer Berg 7D, 10965Berlin, Germany
Yoga and meditation are two domains which used to belong to the hippie, esoteric scenes until a few years ago. Since modern medical research took an interest in them these old spiritual teachings have found their place in the lives of millions of people.
The healing and relaxing power of sounds and rhythms have equally been known and used for millenia.
In our events you will practice a mindful and quiet form of yoga, mixing gentle movements with Yin and Feldenkrais, accompanied by the warm and moving sounds of the Viola de Gamba and the Setar, played by Christiane Gerhardt and Elshan Gashimi.
This will lead you, in your own individual way, supported by the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher Valerie Hartwich on a journey to your own inner stillness.
 Each session addresses a specific part of the body, which will be shared in the introduction, as well as the musical accompaniment. You need neither fitness, nor yoga experience for our events. Simply come as you are! Indeed, yin yoga is particularly well suited as a complement to active physical practices, be they yoga or other, since it develops deep body awareness and relaxation.
To book email valerie@essentiallymoving.com
30€
single event
100€
series of four
Journey into stillness: Yin yoga and live music
08 May 2018 | 19:00Luftraum, Maienstraße 4, 10787 , Berlin, Germany

Journey into stillness: Yin yoga and live music

Tue, 08 May 2018 19:00 – 21:00Luftraum, Maienstraße 4, 10787 Berlin, Germany
Yoga and meditation are two domains which used to belong to the hippie, esoteric scenes until a few years ago. Since modern medical research took an interest in them these old spiritual teachings have found their place in the lives of millions of people.
The healing and relaxing power of sounds and rhythms have equally been known and used for millenia.
In our events you will practice a mindful and quiet form of yoga, mixing gentle movements with Yin and Feldenkrais, accompanied by the warm and moving sounds of the Viola de Gamba and the Setar, played by Christiane Gerhardt and Elshan Gashimi.
This will lead you, in your own individual way, supported by the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher Valerie Hartwich on a journey to your own inner stillness.
 Each session addresses a specific part of the body, which will be shared in the introduction, as well as the musical accompaniment. You need neither fitness, nor yoga experience for our events. Simply come as you are! Indeed, yin yoga is particularly well suited as a complement to active physical practices, be they yoga or other, since it develops deep body awareness and relaxation.
We kindly ask you to bring a mat, and warm, comfortable clothes, as well as possibly a blanket or large shawl. Should you have neither mat nor blanket, do let us know in advance so we may provide some for you.
To book email valerie@essentiallymoving.com
30€
single event
100€
series of four
Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music
15 Apr 2018 | 15:00Zen Mindfulness by Dynamic Yoga, Berlin, Germany

Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 15:00 – 17:00Zen Mindfulness by Dynamic YogaTempelhofer Ufer 36, 10963 Berlin, Germany

Yoga and meditation are two domains which used to belong to the hippie, esoteric scenes until a few years ago. Since modern medical research took an interest in them these old spiritual teachings have found their place in the lives of millions of people.

The healing and relaxing power of sounds and rhythms have equally been known and used for millenia.

In our events you will practice a mindful and quiet form of yoga, mixing gentle movements with Yin and Feldenkrais, accompanied by the warm and moving sounds of the Viola de Gamba and the Setar, played by Christiane Gerhardt and Elshan Gashimi.

This will lead you, in your own individual way, supported by the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher Valerie Hartwich on a journey to your own inner stillness.

Each session addresses a specific part of the body, which will be shared in the introduction, as well as the musical accompaniment.

You need neither fitness, nor yoga experience for our events. Simply come as you are! Indeed, yin yoga is particularly well suited as a complement to active physical practices, be they yoga or other, since it develops deep body awareness and relaxation.

For our Luftraum dates, we would kindly ask you to bring a mat, and warm, comfortable clothes, as well as possibly a blanket or large shawl. Should you have neither mat nor blanket, do let us know so we may provide you with them.

To book, email valerie@essentiallymoving.com

 

30€
Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music
03 Mar 2018 | 15:00Zen Mindfulness by Dynamic Yoga, Berlin, Germany

Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 15:00 – 17:00Zen Mindfulness by Dynamic YogaTempelhofer Ufer 36, 10963 Berlin, Germany

Yoga and meditation are two domains which used to belong to the hippie, esoteric scenes until a few years ago. Since modern medical research took an interest in them these old spiritual teachings have found their place in the lives of millions of people.

The healing and relaxing power of sounds and rhythms have equally been known and used for millenia.

In our events you will practice a mindful and quiet form of yoga, mixing gentle movements with Yin and Feldenkrais, accompanied by the warm and moving sounds of the Viola de Gamba and the Setar, played by Christiane Gerhardt and Elshan Gashimi.

This will lead you, in your own individual way, supported by the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher Valerie Hartwich on a journey to your own inner stillness.

Each session addresses a specific part of the body, which will be shared in the introduction, as well as the musical accompaniment.

You need neither fitness, nor yoga experience for our events. Simply come as you are! Indeed, yin yoga is particularly well suited as a complement to active physical practices, be they yoga or other, since it develops deep body awareness and relaxation

To book, email valerie@essentiallymoving.com

30€
30€