Yin Yoga & Anatomy Workshop

“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, conducted sitting or lying down.

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.

Yin Therapy - Yin Workshop - external rotation

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.

“I just wanted to let you both know how much I enjoyed the yin workshop at Hot Yoga. The information and hands on learning was invaluable clearly demonstrating how great your teaching style works. I learnt more in 1 day than I feel I did in my 200 hr teacher training.” (YYWS Auckland)
— Anonymous, Auckland

Workshop I - Yin Yoga

Suitable for yoga students of all levels as well as yoga teachers


  • 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?
  • What is the function of our connective tissue/fascia in this practice?
  • Stress and back pain, and Yin Yoga as a “therapeutic touch”


  • Yin Yoga class /classes (Paul Grilley style)
  • Focus: hip opener and/or back class
“Dear Markus,

Firstly, we would like to thank you once again for your visit to our studio. This weekend just flew by. We couldn’t write fast enough to justify the flood of information that came our way. We learnt a huge amount, completely inspired and are heading back to our own classes with so many new insights.

We were also impressed with the manner in which you gave your workshop - so much humor and when I may say so, with so much acting talent. It was superbly entertaining. Merci from the two ladies from Monkey Mind Yoga.”

— Sophia & Jette - Monkey Mind Yoga, Hamburg

Workshop II - Anatomy

Suitable for yoga students of all levels as well as yoga teachers


  • Skeletal variation
  • Function/aesthetics
  • Compression and tension
  • Analysis of a yoga pose

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

We will 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

We will 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?


schedule / overview