Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Teacher Training (20H)
1 weekend in Lahti: April 27-28, 2024. (Early bird registration until 31.12.23!)
Myofascial release (MFR) and yin yoga are both powerful techniques that combined intelligently become an even more potent practice of self-healing. This training is for yin yoga teachers and practitioners who want to learn myofascial release techniques that can be used independently or in combination with yin yoga postures to ease soft tissue pain and emotional stress, improve circulation and mobility, and support overall health.
In this 20 hour training you will:
• Experience the profoundly relaxing practice of yin yoga with myofascial release
• Deepen your understanding of fascia and “fascial fitness”
• Learn about trigger points
• Learn MFR and self-massage techniques for the entire body using a variety of balls and tools
• Review theory and practice of yin yoga
• Learn how to combine yin yoga & MFR into an integrative mind-body practice
• Explore empowering strategies for facilitation that elicit mindful presence
Saturday 27.4.2024 klo 9:0-18:00
Sunday 28.4.2004 klo 9:00-18:00
Location: Lahti, Finland (at one of yogaROCKS’s locations)
Price: 550€ sis. 24% ALV
Early bird price 499€ sis 24% ALV, paid in full by December 31, 2023.
This price includes a manual, ready sequences with access to recordings, plus your own kit of balls to use and take home.
Your spot in the training is confirmed via payment. BOOKING LINK.
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Facilitator:This training is facilitated by yogaROCKS founder Leta LaVigne, ERYT-500, YACEP
RYT200 Yin jooga opettajakoulutus
Would you like to guide others in the deeply nourishing practice of yin yoga? To create pathways for introspection and healing? To get certified to teach? Welcome to Yin Yoga Teacher Training!
Our foundational 50-hour module covers everything you need to safely and effectively guide students in the practice of Yin Yoga. The expanded 200-hour program delves further into specific aspects of yin, adding layers of depth while building more advanced facilitation skills and enriching your personal practice. Complete the four modules below and you’ll be eligible to register as RYT200 with Yoga Alliance. You will also be a seriously well-educated yin yoga teacher, as the value and level of each individual module is high!
All four 50-hour modules below (and our 20 hour continuing education programs) can also be taken independently by new or established yoga teachers.
Upcoming dates are listed with each module. The year 2024 - 2025 program runs from July 23, 2024 to May 18, 2025.
1 module: 1250€*
Full RYT 200 Program: 3550€, Early bird discount 3300€ paid in full by March 31, 2024*
*prices include 24% ALV. We are happy to create a payment plan for you! Registration information is below.
Module 1: YIN YOGA FOUNDATIONS
Dates: July 23 - 28, 2024 (Tuesday – Sunday), 9:00 - 18:00 daily
This foundational 50 hour module is a comprehensive yin yoga teacher training in and of itself. Dive into the nuts and bolts of bodies and all the essentials of the practice, including the archetypal pose families and the functional approach created by yin yoga founder Paul Grilley. Learn to craft intelligent sequences and to teach them in a way that honors each individual’s unique body. We will also explore beyond the physical to energetic theories and the level of mind and emotions, learning to take a personalized, contemplative and holistic approach to the practice.
- - Yoga History and Philosophy
- - The Practice of Yin Yoga, Paul Grilley Lineage
- - Skeletal Variation and Functional Anatomy
- - Yin Yoga Asanas (including extensive coverage of lesser-known variations & propping)
- - Intro to Energetic Anatomy
- - Introduction to the 8 Limb Path of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras & the How and Why of Meditation
- - Intelligent sequencing
- - Facilitation skills
- - Hands-on adjustments and Assisted Yin Yoga (partner yin)
- - Practicum
- - Experiential learning through daily practice
Module 2: YIN YOGA ENERGETICS
We are complex, multidimensional beings. When we’re practicing or teaching yoga, we might be working with the physical body, but we’re also shifting and transmuting energy in a subtle form. This 50 hour module takes us into the energetic aspects of yin yoga through dual perspectives: Traditional Chinese Medicine and yogic views of the energy body. Three days are devoted to gaining a basic understanding of TCM principles and how they can inspire our teaching and personal wellbeing. Learn the meridian pathways and techniques like meridian tapping and nidra, and explore practicing and theming through the compelling holistic lens of TCM.
The second half of the training focuses on energetic anatomy and energy cultivation techniques from a traditional hatha yoga perspective. Learn powerful tools like mantra, pranayama and bandha, along with their application in a yin yoga context. Deepen understanding of your own energetic ecosystem as we immerse in yin yoga and meditation practice.
- Yin Yang Theory and Fundamental Concepts of TCM
- Meridian Theory, locations and application to yoga practice
- The 5 Elements
- Tapping, scraping & nidra for the stimulation of Qi flow
- Creating sequences for your public classes inspired by TCM themes
- Yogic Energetic Anatomy: Nadis, Chakras, Koshas
- Breath, Bandhas and anatomy of breathing
- Pranayama Techniques
- Yoga and Sound (Nada/Mantra)
- Chakra Meditation
- Experiential learning through daily practice
- Review/Overview of Paul Grilley’s Functional Approach to Yin Yoga
Module 3: YIN RESILIENCE
The focus of this 50 hour module is the body-mind connection and how we can use yin yoga for healing, balancing, and the building of resiliance. We’ll learn about the nervous system, polyvagal theory and stress recovery. We’ll explore ways to enhance the therapeutic quality of our offerings by incorporating techniques from restorative yoga and somatics. In our practice, we’ll explore a variety of somatic meditations and ways to weave these into a yin yoga offering. We’ll refine teaching skills with an emphasis on trauma-sensitive facilitation. As with all modules in our yin yoga teacher training, studies will be grounded in the Functional Approach of Paul Grilly – the perfect platform for fostering autonomy and mindful interoception on the mat.
- The Stress Response Cycle
- Key Restorative asanas, principles, propping and variations
- Sequencing yin yoga with restorative elements
- Introduction to trauma-aware teaching principles – creating a sense of safety and empowerment through your guidance
- Somatic release concepts, techniques and moving meditations for yin yoga classes
- Review / Overview of the Functional Approach to Yin Yoga, Paul Grilley Lineage
- Self exploration through daily practice
Module 4: YIN INSIGHT
As yoga facilitators, it’s important we learn about the history and ideas of this great wisdom tradition. It’s also vital to get clear about what motivates us in our personal practice and teaching. What is it we wish to share? We want to be able to articulate the teachings of yoga in our own voice, alchemized through our own experience in a way that resonates with our audience.
This module is a unique blend of philosophy and self-exploration, as we dive into the traditional teachings of yoga and our own authentic expression. We’ll be studying concepts from classical yoga texts including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and The Bhaghavad Gita. We’ll develop teaching skills as we work further with languaging and theming, building skills for teaching to a level of mind and emotion with themes birthed from our own personal mission. This final module of yin yoga teacher training is meant to inspire yoga off the mat, and is designed to help grow further along the path of teaching.- Study of classical yoga texts including: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhaghavad Gita
- Yoga Cosmology (based in Samkhya Philosphy)
- Meditation techniques and practice
- Yoga off the Mat
- Self-discovery and mission statement creation
- Adding depth to your offerings through language and theming
- The Business of Yoga
- Experiential learning through daily practice and meditation
- Review/Overview of the Functional Approach to Yin Yoga, Paul Grilley Lineage
Application / Registration
Who are these trainings for?
These trainings are for serious practioners, teachers-to-be, and previously educated yoga teachers who wish to expand their skillset/deepen their understanding.
Individual modules may be booked online at Tulevat workshopit (yogarocks.fi).
If you'd like to apply for the full 200 hour program, you should have at least one year of committed yoga practice. Please send an application to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Your full name and email address
- Your yoga background
- Any previous relative experience (teaching, previous education or trainings etc.)
About Leta LaVigne
Leta LaVigne (E-RYT 500, YACEP) is the founder of yogaROCKS studios in Lahti and one of Finland's senior yin yoga teachers. She has been teaching full time since 2008 and has immersed herself in the practice and teaching of yin yoga since 2010. Leta has been greatly influenced by long term studies with Yin Yoga founder Paul Grilley, as well as other Grilley lineage teachers like Joe Barnett and Jo Phee. As a devoted Grilley student, she teaches yin with a functional approach rather than relying on alignment rules. Another teacher of particular influence in Leta's work is Tara Judelle, creator of the somatics-infused chool of Embodied Flow.
Leta has educated and mentored many teachers in Finland and Estonia over the years. She has written several articles on yin yoga for the publication Yoga Journal. As an experienced teacher trainer who still teaches full time herself, Leta infuses her trainings with humor, warmth, and a wealth of practical experience. She has a love of helping new teachers identify and develop their unique strengths.
Previous students have said:
"Hyvät ystävät - jos harkitsette Yin-joogan syventävää koulutusta, suosittelen tosi lämpimästi Leta-An LaVignen funktionaalisen lähestymistavan kurssia. Hinta-laatusuhde on huikea ja kurssin anti on 100% käyttökelpoista opetuksessa. Olen tosi tyytyväinen."
- Nina Pyykkönen
"I loved everything! The down-to-earthness about functionality yet keeping in mind that yoga is yoga and not just fashionable streching. Leta has so much experience and a way of verbalizing it to get to the core of the essentials. It was amazing to have such a well constructed course and proper manual, all put together for us. On a meta level, it was good to learn about teaching, too: Leta really knows how to teach, both yoga and yoga teachers! The atmosphere and rapport was so welcoming and warm that a real sense of belonging, trust and companionship was quickly established - it was good we took time for the introductions and mixed up the teaching groups for everybody to interact with each other. I have experienced trainings that have not felt like value for money (outside of the yoga scene as well), but this course had the sense of added value, which is quite unique these days. And that stems from Leta's personal skills and spirit!"
- Katja Heikkiläinen
"Letan yinjoogan opettajakoulutus on aivan huippu ja sopi juuri minun tarpeisiini ammatillista lisäkoulutusta kaivanneena opettajana.
Kurssi oli aikataulultaan sopivan tiivis, mutta kaikki olennainen käytiin läpi havainnollistavien esimerkkien ja tehtävien kautta. Erityisesti pidin käytännönläheisestä otteesta yinin opettamiseen ja tosielämän opetustilanteisiin. Koulutuksessa oli mukana riittävästi joogan yleistä teoriaa, asentojen anatomiaa ja yinjoogan toimintaperiaatteita helposti sisäistettävällä tavalla. Pääpaino oli kuitenkin käytännön harjoitteissa ja tätä arvostin todella paljon. Opetusmanuaali sisältää paljon asiaa, johon voi myöhemminkin tarpeen tullen palata. Leta luo ympärilleen avoimen, kannustavan ja välittömän ilmapiirin, jossa kaikkien on helppo keskustella ja olla omia itsejään. Yhteishenki oli mahtava! Suosittelen lämpimästi tätä koulutusta kaikille yinjoogasta kiinnostuneille harjoittelijoille ja opettajille! Tästä sai todella hyvät eväät arkipäivän opetustilanteisiin, ammattitaidon kehittämiseen ja tuntisisältöjen suunnitteluun!"
- Teija Maila
"I recommend this training. A full-on five hearts! It provides you with a useful method on how to approach Yin Yoga as a whole, which I found to be priceless timewise and focus-wise as the diverse information out there can feel a bit overwhelming to get a grip on. The training also sparked my enthusiasm to learn more, to dive into the books and other sources that were recommended. The training encouraged to embrace our differences and to find comfort to start exploring ways to bring authenticity into the practice. Leta is such a sweet and thoughtful teacher. She is really considerate in her languaging. A true artist in the way she uses words. She inspires me to be more skillful and mindful in how I communicate. Her constructive feedback feels like it's a realization of your own and which you want to remember next time. The training welcomes you as you are, it helps you to open up and to further explore the aspects of who you truly are. Thank you."
- Jaana Ritari
"Leta is a very approachable and happy person, who is always eager to assist. Leta is a student of Paul Grilley's, so the line to the source of Yin Yoga is a straight one. This also means there is a lot of anatomy and physiology involved, and it is all directly applied to Yin Yoga. It is a very pragmatic package and helps understanding the whole concept of Yin Yoga and how it affects the human body. Much of the time is spent learning that, but there is also a segment about the more esoteric aspects of any Yoga, including chakras, which makes this training very complete and all-rounded. The class structure is well-defined with certain key components to be included about every asana, which makes teaching Yin Yoga very logical and whole."
- Mika Perkiömäki M.Ed in Exercise Science