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2022 YIN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (70h) – February to April ONLINE + Berlin immersion
3 weekends online plus 3-day non-residential immersion in Berlin
LIINA TAEL & VALERIE HARTWICH
February 11 -13 & 25 -27 (both online)
March 11-13 (online) & 24 – 27 (immersion in Berlin)
Explore the rich depth of yin as a practice and way of life
Learn to safely and confidently practice and teach it
Find your own voice as a yin teacher
Teach yin yoga safely and confidently
Are you seeking a solid, practical, well-rounded understanding of yin yoga, whether to deepen your practice or teaching? This teacher training is set up to give you a wholesome introduction to yin yoga, build a foundation and support you to develop on your own yin journey as a student and teacher.
This training will give you a comprehensive knowledge of yin through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), 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 to help 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, pre-recorded tutorials, experimentation in your body, practice sessions, in-depth posture labs and homework for self-inquiry, you will explore the wholesome effect this potent practice has on the body, mind and spirit.
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
The training is offered as a combination of ONLINE live streaming modules and a non-residential in person immersion in Berlin as the final weekend of the course.
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 (the 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 ,to efficiently adapt and use variations and props to make the practice accessible to a wide range of bodies.
2) Yin yoga, fascia and somatics
- Understanding the centrality of 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
This module explores 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 everyday movements and habits shape the body from the inside, and how to use this knowledge to create impactful sequences. This approach also brings understanding of what we feel during a pose and how to find the healthy ‘edge’ that supports the tissues, as well as how to deal with chronic pain and support healing.
3) Yin yoga, subtle body and introduction to Traditional 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, meridian and sinew energy channels and their connection to yin yoga practice
This module offers an introduction to the vast field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), bringing a concise guide of the connections between TCM and yin yoga. You will discover how Taoist philosophy can enrich and inform your own practice, your teaching and your general comprehension of health and balanced living.
4) Yin yoga off the mat & self-inquiry
- The practical tools of yin for everyday challenges
- Creating mini yin/somatic 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 that can support us off the mat, 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.
4) 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 focuses 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.
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
The 3 weekends are designed to offer roadmaps and tools to different approaches to yin yoga:
Yin yoga & western anatomy (Feb 11-13)
Yin yoga, fascia & somatics (Feb 25 – 27)
Yin yoga, subtle body & introduction to TCM (March 11-13)
3-DAY IN PERSON IMMERSION IN BERLIN
Yin yoga off the mat & self-inquiry (March 24 – 27)
The in person module will be held at a yoga studio in central Berlin. The exact location and session times will be outlined later. The broad time-frame reserved for this module is from Thursday 4pm (24.04) until Sunday 5pm (27.03). Anyone attending from outside Berlin is responsible for organising their own accommodation.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
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. Together they combine over 20 years of teaching experience.
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 .
We aim to offer an inclusive, affordable training that fosters a sense of reciprocity, belonging and co-creation. We accept Bildungspraemien towards payment for the training. Please inform us you would like to use yours when inquiring.
Our training is like the community of a permaculture garden, in which plants grow stronger and more resilient by being paired with companion plants. Healthy, thriving and generous environments celebrate diversity, reciprocity and the development of collective strength through the celebration of different skill qualities, capacities and needs.
In this spirit we offer payment options along a sliding scale based on individual income. In this system, those who have stabler, more comfortable financial situations support those who wish to grow, but have more restrictive means. This helps make the training more accessible and inclusive.
Tier 1- Community Support – Seed: 800€ (limited to 3 spots)
This tier is for anyone facing financial challenges, but committed to grow their teaching or practice.
Tier 2 – Community Sustainer – Soil: 1100€
This tier is for average income, and represents the actual costs of the training.
Tier 3 – Community Supporter – Fertilizer 1300€
This tier is for those who are financially well resourced and therefore able to support the true value of this work while making the course available at a reduced price.
FOR REGISTRATION AND QUESTIONS:
e-mail : Valerie at email@example.com
Fascinating fascia : a 3 week course to understand, discover and take care of it.
Jan 10-Jan 28, 2022
IN STUDIO @Gelber Raum (Mariannenstr. 48) & ONLINE + Recording
The fascia has in recent years been scientifically recognised as central to our well-being, from mobility, to healing, the immune system, or emotional states. It has also become obvious it plays a key role in sensory perception, or awareness, and could be what ancient yogis referred to as koshas and chakras.
This course will explain what fascia is, how it functions and what it needs to support greater overall health. It will also make esoteric concepts such as chakras, nadhis, and koshas accessible and translatable in modern terms. In fact, diving into the world of fascia is like stepping into a magical realm of possibilities, opening up simple, practical and deeply impactful ways to deepen your connection with your body and the world around, to tap into your own healing power and experience the state of union that is yoga.
Each week will focus on a specific area of the body and we will move in specific ways to help you explore where your discomfort comes from and how to shift it. You will be offered simple movements and tools to use in daily life, as well as variations for your regular yoga practice to help keep your fascia healthy, and personalise your yoga practice, be it vinyasa and yin yoga.
– Fascia for the jaw/neck/shoulders.
– What is fascia.
– The main fascia lines in the body.
– Basic principles of fascia yoga in vinyasa.
– Fascia for the middle and lower spine/diaphragm.
– What fascia needs for health.
– Basic principles of fascia yoga in yin.
– Fascia for the hips/pelvis/legs.
– Fascia and the energy body: similarities in nature and needs.
– Fascia, perception and intuition.
All levels are welcome. Bring a journal for taking notes.
This morning-challenge is held Online via Zoom and in Gelber Raum.
For those participating online you will receive the Zoom-Info to join the morning-challenge together with your booking confirmation via e-mail.
Yogis who register for the online format are not allowed to join in-studio (due to the limited number of participants in Gelber Raum).
In studio the number of participants is limited to 20 yogis, where the 2G+ rule applies (vaccinated/recovered and tested).
*yellow yoga will record the morning challenge and the recording will be available to watch for 48h for all yogis. The recording won´t be available for download and will be deleted after 48h. By registering for this morning challenge you agree to b recorded and accept that the recording will be sent out to all the yogis who join this morning challenge.
3-Week Morning Challenge: ‘Taking Yoga off the Mat’
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 1: The 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 2: Self/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 3: The 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
Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Journey to stillness : Yin yoga and live music
Journey into stillness : Yin Yoga and live music
Journey into stillness : Yin yoga and live music
Journey into stillness: Yin yoga and live music
Journey into stillness: Yin yoga and live music
Journey into stillness: Yin yoga and live music