Yin Yoga Teacher Training (level 1 & 2 ) – Amsterdam

Dive into the world of Yin Yoga and find your inner balance

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Amsterdam

Yin yoga is a slow-paced approach yoga practice where poses are held in a relaxed way for an extended period of time, up to 5 minutes or more. The practice requires little muscle engagement, which helps develop physical relaxation and flexibility. The poses focus primarily on strengthening and loosening connective tissue and joints; they stretch deeper muscles and stimulate our life energy, Chi, Prana or also called Qi. The real challenge of Yin Yoga lies in the ability to remain still and stay mindful and present with what comes up during the poses. Yin Yoga brings you energy, relaxation as well as space in body and mind. Yin Yoga and Mindfulness are inseparable and are excellent tools which can help us to stay here and now and reduce the stress response.

When you stay longer in a Yin pose, you create space where you can recognise your reactive thinking patterns, let them be and investigate them with loving kindness and self-compassion. You can see your thoughts and emotions as waves in the ocean of your consciousness. It helps you to get out of the vicious circle of repetitive thinking and to find peace again.

Yin Yoga is a method that teaches you to let go and surrender, to slow down and stop identifying with the streams of thoughts and emotions, cultivating a deeper state of relaxation.

On the Physical level, Yin Yoga targets bones, joints and connective tissues. It’s not about how the pose looks (aesthetic) but about what we feel (function), which makes the Yin Yoga approach very liberating. (Level 1 Teacher Training)

On the Energetic level, Yin Yoga reconnects with its roots of Taoist yoga, and uses the ancient map and modern theory of the meridian system, the long holds in Yin Yoga restore harmony in the subtle body by stimulating the chi (energy) in the channels that run through the connective tissues. (Level 2 Teacher Training)

This Yin Yoga Teacher Training program will give you a deep understanding of how the body functions physically and energetically. You will be able to see and respond to people, their bodies, and their potential. Moreover, you will learn about: bones, muscles, fascia, joints, movements, organs and connective tissue, chakra’s, chi, meridians and meridian pathways, pranayama and meditation.

With this knowledge, you will be able to create personalised and therapeutic Yin Yoga classes suited for everyone’s physical and energetic needs. You will receive a 50hr Certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Certificate after successfully completing this training.

What you can expect in the Level 1 and 2  Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings

Level 1: Yin Yoga, the Fundamentals (50hrs) 

In this module we focus on the physical aspects (movements, skeleton and muscles) of the Yin practice, and will provide you with a solid foundation to teach and adjust the basic
Yin Yoga poses of the lower body in a safe and personal way.

You will learn about: 

  • Yin Yoga philosophy & basic principles of energy (Chi), Meridians and Chakras
  • Understanding Yin Yoga versus Yang Yoga
  • Functional Anatomy. You will learn about bones, muscles and connective tissue (Fascia)
  • Target Areas and functional analysis of postures
  • The 14 segments of the skeleton, 10 muscle groups, 7 archetypal poses(14-10-7)
  • 20+ Yin poses and the variations based on 14-10-7
  • Adaptations and variations for different levels/physical abilities and use of “props”
  • You will learn how to teach Yin Yoga professionally.
  • Sequencing using different themes
  • Communicating effectively, working out your script (function and aesthetics)
  • Responsibilities and ethics of a yoga teacher
  • And of course how to improve your own Yin practice
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Level 2: Yin Yoga, the Energetic Body (50 hrs)

In this module we will go deeper into the energetic aspects of Yin Yoga and Upper Body Anatomy and Asanas.

You will learn about:

  • The background of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • Practical Energetic Anatomy
  • Meridian theory and
  • The relation between Meridians and the organs
  • The relation between Meridians and the emotions
  • The relation between Meridians and the Chakras
  • Chakra meditation and theory
  • Five elements theory
  • Meridian tapping & Master acupressure points
  • Anatomy of the upper body
  • Yin Yoga asanas (for the upper body)
  • Target areas, modifications and variations
  • How to use yoga props (bolsters, blocks, straps, blankets)
  • How to teach Yin Yoga
  • Build creative Yin classes (sequencing) based on the meridians, five elements and Chakras
  • How to bring more depth to your Yin Yoga classes and your own practice by using themes

What will the teaching days look like?

The teaching days will be a variety of Theory, Learning by doing and Yin Practice. You will receive a very comprehensive syllabus but in addition we recommend purchasing the following books:

– The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
– The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long

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About Hellen van der Harten

My life as an independent filmmaker and mother of two was quite hectic, very Yang. I did a lot of work-outs to stay in shape and my first (power) yoga class at the gym was pure coincidence. It was not the best experience but it made me curious and that is how I found my way to a yoga school over 20 years ago. The deep meditative and relaxing effects of Yoga and in particular Yin Yoga brought balance to my life. A few years later I did my first Teacher Training with Anat Geiger, Marcel van de Vis Heil and Johan Noorloos. It started with Vinyasa Ashtanga, a very physical form of yoga but gradually my yoga practice became softer and softer and Yin Yoga stole my heart. I attended many trainings with highly qualified teachers around the world, including Paul and Suzee Grilley, on whose method my training is based. With all this knowledge and experience, I created my own Yin Teacher Training Program in 2015 and I am very happy to share my knowledge and love for Yin Yoga and guide students to discover the healing, liberating and transformative effects of Yin Yoga and train them to become competent, confident and inspiring teachers.

Dates & Time

Amsterdam Level 1
Friday 29th of September | 13:30-19:00
Saturday 30th of September | 9:30-17:45
Sunday 1st of October | 9:30-17:45

Friday 13th of October | 13:30-19:00
Saturday 14th of October | 9:30-17:45
Sunday 15th of October | 9:30-17:45

Bluebirds Oost | Louise Wentstraat 186, Amsterdam

This training is full. If you want to be added to the waiting list, click here

Amsterdam Level 2
Friday 10th of November | 13:30-19:00
Saturday 11th of November | 9:30-17:45
Sunday 12th of November | 9:30-17:45

Friday 24th of November | 13:30-19:00
Saturday 25th of November | 9:30-17:45
Sunday 26th of November | 9:30-17:45

Bluebirds Oost | Louise Wentstraat 186, Amsterdam

Reserve your spot with early bird discount here! (until 1st of October)

Both levels will return to Amsterdam in early 2024.
Exact dates will be announced soon.
If you want to be put on the waiting list click here

Early bird:
1 module | €695,- (see early bird dates above)
2 modules | €1295,-

Normal pricing:
1 module | €750,-
2 modules | €1395,-

More Info

For more info or questions info@hartenyoga.com