Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training IV - Nyima Tashi Buddhist Centre, Auckland
This training is suitable for experienced and aspiring yoga teachers and students alike who wish to enhance their knowledge of yin yoga – the quiet practice – and discover the anatomical and energetic theories of yin yoga for their own personal practice and/or with the intention to teach.
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." (Confucius)
When one arrives, we feel, as yin yoga practitioners and teachers that it is no longer work,
but rather a gift.
Through the previous training levels, we have enough knowledge under our anatomy belts to understand and sense the more refined energy work of the meridians and to explore the implications for our own practice and that of our students.
The desire is for the energy – internally and externally – to be tangible for each and every student, so that our teaching becomes authentic and not only theoretical.
Furthermore, besides delving into yoga philosophy and the theory of energy work you can expect to be taken on a very personal, energetic and emotional journey this week with much yin yoga, meditation and pranayama practice.
The intention of this course – the middle way (Buddha's teaching) – the journey inwards – the journey to our essence.
Welcome to Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training IV
This 50-hour certified intensive yoga teaching programme (6 days) comprises 6 sections:
1. Yin Yoga Asanas
In this continuance of our yin yoga teacher training programme, we concentrate mainly on the chakras and meridians of our bodies. For asana practice, this means learning to become aware of the subtle chi (energy) flow in the meridians, and to feel its effects on the balance of both body and mind.
2. Yoga Philosophy - the Ultimate Path of Yoga
In the yoga philosophy section, we study the ultimate path of practising yoga. We deepen our exploration by learning about the Samkhya philosophy - the Indian understanding of reincarnation, karma and an insight into their understanding of the universe and describe the path of a yogi.
We will intensify our study of Patanjali and his first four yoga sutras, and discuss in detail the eightfold path.
Furthermore, for inspiration we will look to the Buddha's way, his teachings and the path of a yogi from the exoteric to the esoteric from a Buddhist perspective. Here we will illustrate how essential meditation practice is.
4. Theory – Meditation, Pranayama and Anatomy
Teaching the theory of meditation (dharana – concentration / dhyana – seeing what is), pranayama (breath control), pratahara (looking inwards and conducting energy to the spinal column) and the anatomy associated with it is as fascinating as it is exhilarating.
In addition, we compare it with classical Buddhist meditation practice and universal meditation, philosophy and theory.
5. Practice – Meditation, Pranayama and Anatomy
Fully conversant with the theory of meditation, we are now ready to move on to meditation practice.
Each day, we will focus intensively on a theme as we practise:
- Universal meditation
- Chakra meditation over two days
- Pranayama exercises
- Pratyahara exercises
- Shushumna purification
This practice offers an insight into and provides a taster of the Yin Therapy Meditation Training.
The Yin Therapy Meditation Programme (100 hours) can lead to an extremely profound personal experience and transformation.
6. Yin Therapy
In this section we turn our attention to creating a more extensive picture of energy and holistic healing in the body.
During this module, we will explore various theories and find the connection between them.
At the heart of this third Yin Therapy module lie:
- Exoteric & esoteric
- The Little Yoga Way - life in balance
- Dr Motoyama’s perspective on chakras, meridians and healing