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:
Cultivate balance in your Yang (active) lifestyle and practices through the quiet power of Yin Yoga
Learn the philosophy, anatomy and physiology of Yin Yoga practice from both Western and Chinese medical perspectives
Learn the Primary Meridian and Muscle Channel pathways and their psycho-emotional & physical associations in relation to Yin Yoga
Understand how to best sequence a Yin Yoga practice for optimal health
Integrate the Yin Yoga benefits of being and non-striving into your practice, teaching and life
Learn how to prepare your body for Yin Yoga and allow it to prepare you for Meditation
Develop skills for deeper awareness and self-cultivation.
Space will be very limited to maximize contact and personalization, so early registration is highly encouraged.
2019 Schedule TBA
MODULE 1: Foundations of Yin Yoga - Philosophy, Anatomy, Physiology
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
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 2: Yin 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 5: Empowered 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.