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Founded in the late 1970s by martial artist and Taoist Yoga teacher Paulie Zink, Yin Yoga has it’s foundations rooted in ancient Chinese practices, combining theories around physical function and range of movement with the Taoist concept of yin and yang chi (energy) circulation.

These energetic principles are reflected within us and around us as well through the nature-focused philosophy of the Five Elements, the Wuxing. A conceptual scheme in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is used to explain many things within the macrocosm of our universe and the dimensions of life, from cosmic events to interactions within our own nervous system; releasing, energizing, expanding, nourishing or transforming.

A perfectly-tailored yin yoga sequence of long-held poses enhances us physically and energetically, bringing release through these interactions in the body, accessing ease of movement as well as balanced emotions and reactions. We embody these reactions in our meridian and organ systems and through the tissues and joints of our body, we can reflect on the energies within our body, and aspects of the elements which show in our experiences as part of nature’s cycles.

This training will encourage you to not only explore the beauty of a physical practice and anatomical impacts of Yin Yoga, but the traditions and roots that its founders followed. It aims to develop your language around the Five Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and improve your ability to sequence meaningful classes around them using the principles of the ancient philosophy, meridian theory, and emotional connections.



What you'll receive

  • A breakdown of the philosophies

  • Study each of the Five Elements in detail

  • Physiology and embodiment

  • Movements of Chi (energy) 

  • Meridian lines - what are they?

  • Organs, emotions, body parts

  • Key acupressure points

  • Poses and modifications

  • Use of props and their importance

  • Myofascial release

  • The language of guiding within the elements

  • How to implement aspects into teaching 

  • If you are a yoga teacher this course counts as Continuous Education hours with the Yoga Alliance and you will receive a certification


This training takes place over 3 intensive days. The schedule below is just a sample, each day may slightly vary.

Example day

11.00 - meditation and movement practice
12.30 - practicum
15.00 - lunch and socialize
16.00 - practicum
18.00 - integration
18.30 - movement practice
19:30 - recap / close

Day 1 - Exploring The Five Elements: Wuxing

The Daoist view of life
Yin & Yang Theory
Interactions and relationships
Elements, meridians, organs

Day 2 - Meridian Theory and Physiology

Chi (vital energy) circulation
12 major meridian pairs
Emotions and physical functions
Fascia and connective tissues

Day 3 - Posture & Poses

Symptoms of unbalance, and harmonizing
Upper & lower body anatomy and poses
Functional alignment and ROM
Tailoring adjustments and modifications

Day 4 - Embodiment and Practice

Targeting and sequencing for well-being
Supportive and nurturing aspects
Balancing Yin & Yang energies
Embodiment and integration

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