edinburgh, UK & online, june 2022 - april 2023

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yin yoga & variable anatomy training (200hrs)

 

 



about

led by dhugal (that's me), this 200-hour live & online training will begin with your first student, yourself. the focus of this 200hr yoga teacher training is to provide students with a sound knowledge of the science of difference, teaching and yin yoga practice. this foundation will serve as a powerful base from which to teach and guide your students through a practice that educates, inspires and heals.

whether you are online or in the room, i am honored to host students who join us from all around the globe and embraces each student’s unique strengths and insights to unlock each teacher’s individual potential and unique voice. the training is appropriate for the serious student who would like to start teaching yoga, as well as the student who would like to deepen their own knowledge and personal practice.


we’ll dissect passive (yin) stretching modalities and their use and implications for health of body and mind. we will practice and analyse the 7 archetypes of yoga poses (asana) and look at how to apply these to the range of individuals who will come to your practice. this course will arm you with the key components for working with the broad range of those who enter the yoga space; athletes, older people, beginners and regulars... and learn how we can enhance their bodies and minds in a modern, stressed world.

this program is open to all. 

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take this program live in the room, online or recorded

 

- take from anywhere in the world. or in the room.
this training is a hybrid program. run consecutively on zoom and in the room, rome, paris, hong kong, oman... we can get together! and with our full website tools which allow you to watch and rewatch content and interact with your fellow students on our and student community portal, we all study together.

 

- take live. then deepen your learning with recorded content. this course is super content-rich! multiple passes make a massive difference...

- or take recorded. if you can't make it live, take the program when you can,
as you can.

- one year access to curriculum. don't remember stuff? need clarification? it's right here, any time.

 

increased personal teacher interaction & exchange. a max of 30 students per course. we're literally staring each other in the face. It is close, it is intimate, it is powerful.

 

- full yoga alliance accreditation

why this program?

  • you wanna be a yin teacher: great! in this training, you will learn everything you need to teach your first yin class by the time you finish. 

  • you love yoga and want to go deeper. right on! this training is unique. it’s not run-of-the-mill anatomy here. this is a deep dive into why we are all different… and so our yoga (or any movement discipline) has to be too. with the combined training, reading and discussion and interactive opportunities to learn, you'll be amazed at the complexity of anatomy study.

  • you wanna add teaching yin to your personal training/fitness background. fantastic! you already teach pilates or cross-fit and you want to offer more to your clients. good news, everything you learn in this course will add huge value to other modalities you already offer to enrich the suite of skills to boost your business and clientele.

this yin yoga course is open to all.

 

This training has four sections – each section is composed of live lectures, asana practices and anatomy to integrate the information.

This yoga teacher training will count as 200 ‘in-person/contact’ hours towards your 500-hour yoga certification. these hours will be recognised by Yoga Alliance. 


 

first 100hrs curriculum

 

bones anatomy (lower body) & yin yoga 

whether or not you intend to teach yin yoga, the yin program offers in-depth bones anatomy which is extremely relevant to any yoga teacher, no matter your chosen style. this module is all about bone shapes, or what we call variable anatomy. we all have the same bones (almost!) in our bodies, but we all have very different bone shapes...just look around you. this course trains your eye.

we believe that in order to teach or practice yoga (or any physical movement discipline) optimally, we must at least appreciate, and even master this understanding. this knowledge is fundamental to a yin practice where poses are held for a longer period of time. we begin here with the legs and hips.

 

first 50hrs

anatomy (stuff you really need to know to be a good teacher)

  • 14 joint-segment concept
  • tension and compression 
  • functional practice vs aesthetic practice
  • movement test analysis - internal & external rotation at the hip
  • skeletal variation
  • 4 myofascial compartments of the thigh

yin theory & practice

  • yin and yang theory
  • the theory of exercise
  • yin yoga theory - what makes yin yoga unique (e.g. it is not restorative yoga)

 

second 50hrs

anatomy (stuff you really need to know to be a good teacher)

  • movement test analysis - the spine
  • body proportion & orientation
  • skeletal variation in the lumbar spine
  • 6 myofascial compartments of the torso
  • the layers of a joint
  • the science of fascia: stretch vs. stress

yn theory & practice

  • taoist philosophy primer - the taoist world view
  • a history of yin yoga
  • basic to advanced yin poses
  • modifications and safety in yin yoga
  • yin yoga sequencing theory
  • assisted fascial release

 

 

what students say: “i think the most notable feature of your teaching style is your incredible attention to inclusiveness. the way you describe how tiny movements or sensations can be made for any body to improve poses is really rewarding when you can feel the difference! my yoga practice is changed forever."

 

modules 3&4 curriculum

 

curriculum: bones anatomy (upper body) & fascia & taoist philosophy

we complete our study of variable anatomy and turn to the study of fascia, body science's new frontier. we draw on the expertise of both chinese medicine (which has become a leader in fascia) and modern science. the health of this tissue is the gateway to fine-tuning and mastering our physical, emotional, and logical health.

throughout this time, we will investigate classical taoist philosophy which, for thousands of years, gives ancient context to the practice of modern yin. having lived in asia most of his life, dhugal is uniquely equipped to guide this study. taoism's often humorous insights provide a zen-like backdrop to consider and reflect upon the pressures of life today.

we intentionally practice a variety of yin yoga modalities, as we believe there is no one right way to practice yin (or yoga). the aim in studying a wide variety of knowledge and application is to allow students to find styles and methodologies of teaching and practice to suit different students, their unique aims, and even times of year that are as distinct and special as each individual, leaving our teachers confident with such a broad education upon graduation.

 

third 50hrs

anatomy

  • variable anatomy in the upper body
  • the shoulder

yoga pose analysis

  • functional practice vs aesthetic practice for poses in the shoulder and arm
  • movement test analysis

 yin theory - the fascial channels

  • western and chinese models of the energy channels in the body
  • the dantians (chakras)
  • theories of energy flow
  • qi theory

 yin philosophy - taoism & zen

  • the classics - the daode jing (sutra of dao & de)
  • dao
  • deeper motivations for practice based on taoist theory and practice

 

fourth 50hrs

anatomy

  • variable anatomy in shoulder and arms
  • the neck

upper body yoga pose analysis

  • functional practice vs aesthetic practice for neck & shoulder
  • movement test analysis

 yin theory - the fascial channels

  • qi flow in the spine
  • qi flow in the brain

 yin philosophy - taoism & zen

  • the classics - the daode jing (sutra of dao & de)
  • de
  • deeper motivations for practice based on taoist theory and practice

practice & teaching

  • "advanced" yin practices
  • breathing and yoga
  • developing your practice
  • assisted yin techniques
 
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not just anatomy

learn and become a community leader in the anatomy of natural skeletal variation. understand why we cannot do poses the same.

join our community!

you are not alone. join your fellow students and graduates and other yoga nerds in our community space. feel safe, learn more!

philosophy of balance

begin to live and practice the way of living. less effort, less thinking; see how this has been for millenia.

apply this training towards a 200/500-hour certification

this training counts towards your 200hr certificate hours with us as well as continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance. You do not need to be enrolled in our 500-hour program to participate. If you are interested to continue training with us to receive an advanced training certification with us, then you have the option to apply to our 500-hour program and this yoga teacher training’s hours will automatically apply towards your 500-hour certification process. If you would like to learn more about our 500-hour certification program click here.

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our training takes place in the beautiful city of edinburgh at the iconinc arthur conan doyle center.

what our students are saying!

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