Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training II

"Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember.  Involve me, and I will understand." (Confucius)

Confucius’ saying reflects the emphasis of this particular Yin Yoga Teacher Training where the focus is on sensing, feeling, experiencing the yin yoga practice and the unique anatomy of our individual bone structure for ourselves.  You will be analysing yourselves and each other, conducting passive assists as well as experiencing compression and tension amongst your fellow students.  Through this very much hands on, practical approach your knowledge and understanding will be increased tenfold.

Welcome to Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training II

Students must have completed our Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training I course to be able eligible to participate in the Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training II course.

This 6 day / 50-hour certified intensive yoga teaching course comprises 6 sections:

1. Yin Yoga asanas

In this continuance of our Yin Yoga teacher training course, we concentrate mainly on the 9 awareness points of functional yoga.

We’ll learn not only how to structure a class but also how to choreograph a unique “flow” every single time.

This “yin flow” is a natural result of our knowledge of anatomy, which is fundamental to sound yoga teaching.

We’ll also concentrate on the wide variety of different poses and passive assists, as well as learning how to approach both our own yoga practice and that of our students in a creative and flexible manner.


2. Anatomy is the key

In YYTTI, the focus was on the pelvic girdle, thigh and lower back.

In YYTTII, we will consolidate and expand upon this knowledge.  We’ll look in more detail at the muscle groups in the thigh and the lower part of the upper body, learn the names of the muscles, look at their origins and insertions, identify muscular and fascial chains, examining their role and their effect on our yin yoga practice.

As well as analysing compression, we’ll study the tension of the muscular and fascial tissues and the effect of these on the asana practice.  This will allow us to offer our students logical assists.

Other topics covered by the programme:
•    Knee joint in detail – structure, movement, potential injuries
•    Hip joint in detail – structure, movement, potential injuries
•    Psoas in detail
•    And much, much more


3. 7-point analysing principle for assists - theory

In this section of the training schedule, we’ll improve our knowledge of the 7-point analysing principle.


4. Application of the 7-point analysing principle – tests and analysis of assists/adjustments

In this element of the training programme, we’ll focus on applying the 7-point analysing principle for assists and – working with the student – study ways of analysing yoga poses on the basis of compression and tension, orientation of the joints, and proportions.

To do this, we’ll learn tests from the Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training I programme then apply them to our fellow students.

Working in small groups, we’ll devise logical, tailor-made assists for each individual student. This training is invaluable for our own practice, as well as for our classes and our one-on-one personal training sessions.

We will recognise and understand why yoga props can be very useful for releasing tension from the muscles or altering the angle of the joint, thereby avoiding compression and avoiding injuries.

Within the group we will also carry out certain assist tests, whereby we give everyone the same assist and evaluate statistically whether a particular assist is universally valid.

Does one assist work for everyone?

The analysing principle provides a safety net, as it allows us to experience new ways of reading people, as well as making it possible for us to offer alternative assists so we can help each student individually in the appropriate way.

Having now established strong foundations for our yoga practice, we’re ready to progress to the next level.

One special feature of this series of tests will be analysing the shoulder stand in detail. This is a sneak preview for the Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training level III programme, where we will focus on the upper body and extremities.


5. Passive Assists

In section 5 we learn passive, hand-on assists.

Often we encounter students whose range of movement doesn’t allow them to practise certain asanas – such as Virasana or Supta Virasana.  This can be for a variety of reasons including stiffness, lack of suppleness, age or injury.

We use passive assists both when teaching group classes and during one-on-one personal training sessions.

We analyse the function of the pose before selecting from our “yin yoga tool box” the passive assist that is appropriate for each muscle group on which we wish to focus.

This means that even our “less supple” students are able to derive benefit from the practice.

Passive assists are particularly useful if a student has been injured previously or has undergone back, shoulder or hip surgery; they are also helpful for older yoga participants.


6. Yin Therapy

Yin Therapy offers a holistic approach to counter both physical and emotional imbalances using a combination of various “yin” techniques.

We will delve progressively more deeply into the therapeutic benefits of Yin Yoga as we move further through the training modules.

In YYTT II, we establish a basic understanding of how – using Yin Therapy's approach – we can therapeutically support students with their individual physical and emotional issues.

According to statistics, 25% of the yoga students who come to us took up yoga due to these
specific issues.

This first module will focus on:
•    Body and mind
•    Thought, emotion and reaction
•    Stress in the west
•    Back pain in the west
•    A range of possibilities to support students wellbeing based on Yin Therapy's holistic approach

We hope you enjoy YYTT II :-)

On successful completion of this training, students will be awarded a Yoga Alliance 50 hour certificate which can be counted towards our 200 hour Yin Therapy Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training course or Continuing Education hours with Yoga Alliance registered yoga teachers.

schedule overview

feedback / testimonials from our past students

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“Markus & Karin are people that have touched my heart. Furthermore, I particularly enjoyed the practice and the excellent combination of knowledge delivered with ease and humour.” (YYTTI Hamburg)

— Sonika H. physiotherapist & alternative healing practitioner, Hamburg
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“I especially enjoyed the structure and order of the course, the music, song and dance ;-), the transition between theory and practice, the good tips for relevant literature etc...Super. I’m already so looking forward to YYTTIII.” (YYTTII Hamburg)

— Frank S. physiotherapist & alternative healing practitioner, Hamburg
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“I have never experienced such a funny, intellectual, full of wit, first class presentation before! Bravo!” (YYTTI Vienna)

— Ingrid R. yoga teacher, Münchendorf (Austria)