The 100HR Yin YTT program consists of
two week-long 50HR modules.
Sunday, June 7 - Saturday, June 13
Sunday, October 18 - Saturday, October 24
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark (first OR second edition)
Ozark Retreat Center
3157 Co Rd 1670
Willow Springs, MO 65793
$1400 (includes two modules and 10-class card at Urban Breath)
plus $480 room and board per module
“Most forms of yoga today are dynamic, active practices designed to work on half of our body, the muscular half, the “yang” tissues. Yin yoga allows us to work the other half, the deeper “yin” tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascial networks, and even our bones. All of our tissues are important and need to be exercised so that we can achieve optimal health and vitality.”
~Bernie Clark, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga
“Modern life is full of overpowering yang, and the balance of yinyang has been lost for so long. This imbalance not only disturbs our planet but also degrades the quality of our lives. What we need to adopt is the calming and soothing yin quality for our lives and planet. The balance of yinyang brings peace and joy to our minds and health and vitality to our bodies. When a yogini practices yoga, she must consider the balance of yinyang in her body and mind to attain optimal health. Learning and practicing yin yoga is to complete the balance of yinyang in her yoga, as well as life.”
This course, appropriate for yoga practitioners, yoga teachers and teachers-in-training, is a unique opportunity to give to yourself and to others through the in-depth study of yin yoga practice and instruction. Through extensive practice, instruction in functional anatomy and fascial connections, study of the energetic body, and study of yin yoga teaching methodology, this course will advance your practice and encourage skillful teaching. Yoga teachers taking this course will be well-equipped to add yin yoga classes to your schedule or to incorporate yin techniques into your classes of other yoga styles.
Throughout both parts of the course, students will have opportunities to discuss, practice and practice teach yin postures, modifications, adjustments, and sequencing.
The Yin Yoga Training course is divided into two required 50 hr modules (42 contact hours and 8 self-study hours each), held at the rustic, sweet Ozark Retreat Center in Willow Springs, MO. Students arrive on Sunday evening, and coursework starts at 7 am on Monday morning. You'll be served dinner Sunday evening; breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday; and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
7 archetypal yin yoga postures
Interactive, hands-on study of anatomy
(skeletal landmarks and range of motion)
(tension vs. compression; muscle vs. fascia; physical vs. subtle energy)
7 essential yin yoga teaching cues
Functional approach and the Yin Yoga Sutras of Paul Grilley
Teacher/ student dialogue: How to listen and lead
Sequencing and energy curves
Three bodies and the connection: Qi, meridians, nadis and chakras
Organ health and emotional quality
Meridian nidra: Developing a level of awareness
Relationship of the chakras and yamas/niyamas
Chakra meditation: Niyasa, So/Ham and Bija mantra
Sequencing for the energy body
Yin yoga practice and meditation
9 am -12 pm
Theory of yin yoga
Lunch and rest
Discussion, practice, and practice teaching of yin postures, modifications, adjustments, and sequencing
The Yin Yoga Training course is divided into two required 42 hr modules held at Ozark Retreat Center in Willow Springs, MO. Eighteen non-contact study hours are required to complete the course and will include readings, yin sequencing assignments, and participation in group yin classes outside of the two weeklong modules (a 10-class card at Urban Breath Yoga is included in tuition to fulfill this requirement).
"Located in the heart of the Southern Missouri Ozarks, The Ozark Retreat Center at Ananda Kanan ("The Garden of Bliss") is a beautiful and well-equipped facility for personal retreats as well as workshops and group retreats. Owned and operated by Ananda Marga, an international yoga and social service organization, it has been in continuous use for yoga and meditation retreats for over 30 years. Our staff takes pride in serving delicious vegetarian meals and taking care of the needs of our visitors, including offering classes in yoga, meditation, health, and art. Our overall goal is to provide a conducive environment for personal and spiritual development." Learn more about the center here.
A year of limping due to knee surgery encouraged Jee to start practicing yoga in 2000. It worked! And in 2001, she completed her first teacher training course with a qigong teacher in Seoul, Korea. Jee’s search for a mentor and deeper knowledge of yoga led her around the world; she studied Ashtanga and Anusara Yoga in Thailand, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and Taipei to earn Yoga Alliance International Certification. She spent time teaching in Singapore and in Seoul before moving to St. Louis in 2010. Expect a blend of free flowing postures with qigong and Zen yoga in Jee’s hatha and vinyasa classes; long holds of poses (3-5 minutes) with gentle movement in between in her yin classes; and the influence of Zen Buddhism in her meditation classes. And you’ll find a dose of humor in all her classes. Jee loves “sharing, supporting and interacting with students in three dimensions—physically, emotionally and energetically.” She also loves spending time with her many “babies”- her dog and four cats. We think Jee just may be an animal whisperer.
"sculpt your body, calm your mind and touch your soul."