This one-of-a-kind immersion and teacher training program with Setareh Moafi, Ph.D., L.Ac. and Salvador Cefalu, M.S., L.Ac. will help you develop an understanding of Yin Yoga practice through the lens of Classical Chinese medical philosophy, the Sinew Meridians and related practices that support you to optimize your health and well being. This program is designed for all levels of practitioners and teachers. Though a background in Yin Yoga is helpful, it is not required.

All students will receive a 50-hour Yin Yoga teacher training certificate upon completion of the program. The knowledge and experience gained through this training will enhance your personal practice and prepare you with the confidence and expertise to teach Yin Yoga, if you choose to do so.

In this training, you'll:

  1. Cultivate balance in your Yang (active) lifestyle and practices through the quiet power of Yin Yoga

  2. Learn the philosophy, anatomy and physiology of Yin Yoga practice from both Western and Chinese medical perspectives

  3. Learn the Primary Meridian and Muscle Channel pathways and their psycho-emotional & physical associations in relation to Yin Yoga

  4. Understand how to best sequence a Yin Yoga practice for optimal health

  5. Integrate the Yin Yoga benefits of being and non-striving into your practice, teaching and life

  6. Learn how to prepare your body for Yin Yoga and allow it to prepare you for Meditation

  7. Develop skills for deeper awareness and self-cultivation.

Space will be very limited to maximize contact and personalization, so early registration is highly encouraged.

Schedule

2019 Schedule TBA

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Curriculum Details*

MODULE 1: Foundations of Yin Yoga - Philosophy, Anatomy, Physiology

Day 1

  • Importance of Yin Yoga practice to balance other practices, exercises and lifestyle

  • Internal elements: Qi, blood and yin

  • Playing your edge: tension vs compression

  • Anatomy of the spine, hips and pelvis in relation to Yin Yoga practice

  • Physiology of the brain and central nervous system (CNS) in relationship to Yin Yoga practice

Day 2

  • Overview of the 12 Primary Meridians and the corresponding Muscle Channels

  • Balancing the meridians in preparation for Yin Yoga practice - Sotai and Qi Gong

MODULE 2Yin Meridians

Day 1: Yin Meridians of the Legs

  • Spleen Meridian pathway, psycho-emotional and physical associations

  • Liver Meridian pathway, psycho-emotional and physical associations

  • Kidney Meridian pathway, psycho-emotional and physical associations

Day 2: Yin Yoga Asana Practice for Yin Leg Meridians - sequencing, limitations and modifications 

 

MODULE 3: Yang Meridians

Day 1: Yang Meridians of the Legs

  • Stomach Meridian pathway, psycho-emotional and physical associations

  • Gallbladder Meridian pathway, psycho-emotional and physical associations

  • Bladder Meridian pathway, psycho-emotional and physical associations

Day 2: Yin Yoga Asana Practice for Yang Leg Meridians - sequencing, limitations and modifications 

 

MODULE 4: Arm Meridians

Day 1: Arm Meridians 

  • Lung, Large Intestine, Pericarium, Heart and Small Intestine Meridian pathways, psycho-emotional and physical associations

  • Sinew releases for the Arm Meridians

  • How to prepare your body for Yin Yoga for the Arms

Day 2: Yin Yoga for Arm Meridians and associations with Leg Meridians- sequencing, limitations and modifications

 

MODULE 5Empowered Yin Yoga Teaching & Sharing

Day 1: Sequencing and Modifying 

  • Sequencing a Yin Yoga practice based on Yin and Yang Meridians

  • Proper cueing and guidance of Yin Yoga asanas

  • Cautions and contraindications of Yin Yoga asanas

  • How to hold space for Yin Yoga practice

Day 2: Meditation and Self-Cultivation 

  • Yin Yoga to cultivate stillness in our practice and lives

  • Yin Yoga as a healing art to prepare the body and mind for Meditation and deeper self-cultivation

  • Meditation techniques for daily practice

The training will include 45 contact hours with Dr. Moafi and 5 non-contact hours for independent study.

*The program also includes in-depth bonus teachings on Classical Chinese medical philosophy as well as Qi Gong practice and Sotai exercises with Salvador Cefalu, M.S., L.Ac.

All classes are held live at Dharma Studio at a Center for Natural Healing upstairs from our clinic in Santa Clara, CA.

 Yin Yoga Integration & Teacher Training graduates from the Class of 2018

Yin Yoga Integration & Teacher Training graduates from the Class of 2018