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Yin Yoga & Anatomy Workshop (German) - Frankfurt, Germany

  • Inside Yoga Stephanstraße 3 60313 Frankfurt Germany (map)

Yin Yoga & Anatomy Workshop at Inside Yoga, Frankfurt
(in German)

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” (Confucius)

Yin yoga is one of the calmest and most relaxing forms of yoga in the world, consisting of a series of passive poses of the body.

By means of long-held stretches (3–5 minutes) without muscle tension, we focus on the deep connective, fascial and ligamental tissues – stimulating, strengthening and stretching the tissues.

We mobilise the joints, and stimulate and calm the nervous system, thereby reducing stress and encouraging regeneration.

During the practice we temporarily slow down the flow of Chi energy, enabling the revitalising energy to accumulate and then flow more freely on conclusion of the practice.

Indeed for days after a yin yoga practice, we’ll feel blissfully relaxed and recharged.

Depending on the length of the workshop, either all or only certain themes of Yin Yoga and Anatomy theory – as listed below – will be discussed.
Depending on the length of the workshop, either all or only a selection of Yin Yoga and Anatomy listed below will be practised.

All workshops are suitable for yoga teachers and also yoga students wishing to learn more about yin yoga and yoga anatomy.

1) Yin Yoga & Anatomy Workshop I – Friday 9.10.2015 - 6pm - 9pm

This workshop is suitable for yoga teachers as well as yoga students.


  • What is yin yoga?
  • What is yang yoga?
  • What are the advantages of each kind of yoga?
  • How do they complement each other?
  • What is tension and what is compression?


  • Yin yoga class  (Paul Grilley style)
    Focus: back class

2) Yin Yoga & Anatomy Workshop II – Saturday 10.10.2015 - 10am – 1pm

This workshop is suitable for yoga teachers as well as yoga students.


  • „Walk on the Yin Side“
  • In-depth look into a "passive" practice 
  • What is the function of our connective tissue/fascia in this practice?
  • Stress and back pain, and yin yoga as a “therapeutic touch”
  • Hip opener class and emotions


  • Yin yoga class  (Paul Grilley style)
    Focus: hip opener class

3) (Yin) Yoga Anatomy Workshop III – Saturday – 2pm - 5pm

This workshop is suitable for yoga teachers as well as yoga students.

Yoga Anatomy Theory:

  • "It's all in the bones"
  • Skeletal variation
  • Compression and tension
  • Function/aesthetics
  • Analysis of a yoga pose
  • Individual bones - individual yoga

Yoga Anatomy Practice:

Skeletal variation tests and practical consequences for yang yoga asanas and assists – such as lotus, shoulder stand, pigeon, down dog, warrior, etc.

We’ll analyse the following asanas in detail:

  • Lotus position        - external rotation of the hip joint
  • Reclining hero        -  internal rotation of the hip joint
  • Shoulder stand       - neck, shoulder, collarbone and shoulder blade
  • Headstand              - collarbone and shoulder blade

We'll discuss the following issues:

  • What restrictions does my individual bone structure impose on me?
  • How different is it from other people’s bone structure?
  • Will I or my students ever manage to get into the lotus position or achieve a “perfect” pigeon, etc?
  • Where are the areas of compression and tension within my individual bone structure? How do I deal with it?
  • How can I stretch and stimulate the tissues, when compression is constricting me?
  • What is the physical function of a yoga pose?

4) Free info talk about the Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training I (50hours) at Inside Yoga in 2016 - Saturday - 10.10.2015 - 5:15pm – 5:45pm


Theory: Summary of the syllabus for the Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training I

This 50-hour intensive yoga teaching programme (6 days) comprises 4 sections:

1. Yin yoga asanas

This section covers the theory and practice for teaching 20 yin yoga poses, including their specific characteristics and their effects.

2. Anatomy is the key

Anatomical understanding of not only the individual bone structure but also the muscular, connective, fascial and ligament tissues is an essential prerequisite for an effective yoga teacher.

3. 7-point analysis principle for assists - theory

The Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training programme focuses less on teaching set assists and much more on introducing a 7-point analysis principle, which you can then use for every known yoga pose and for each individual student.

4. 7-point analysis principle - practical tests

In the Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training programme, we’ll study and apply a series of practical tests for analysing the bone structure, compression and tension of our students.  We will have the opportunity to learn – in a safe environment – to read a human being, to sense our own limitations and to test and recognise those of others.  Eventually, with the benefit of myriad insights and enhanced self-awareness, we will be able to assess the needs and limitations of any individual student.

Course Instructor: Markus Henning Giess

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