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FALL 2018



Referred to as "The Quiet Practice" by its innovator Paul Grilley, Yin Yoga offers a framework for attending to the often overlooked inner realms of our body, mind, and spirit. The simple, floor-based postures, held for several minutes, provide a unique opportunity to release deeply held tension, free stagnant or blocked energy, and cultivate a peaceful quality of mind.

Taoist philosophy and the Chinese Meridian System are the keystones to the Yin Yoga approach, and each provides insight and guidance for crafting highly personalized yoga practices. The stillness of the long-held postures creates an ideal environment for practicing mindfulness methods, which train up the capacity to meet the challenges of life as they unfold.

Practitioners can use the wisdom of these methods to develop an enriching home practice, finely tuned to your individual needs. Yoga teachers will find the philosophical and energetic underpinnings of Yin Yoga to be deep wells of inspiration that can enliven your studies and teaching.

In the Foundations of Yin Yoga & Mindfulness, you will learn the essential elements of practicing and teaching this contemplative method. The extensive 50-hour course unfolds over three weekends with each one focused on a different vantage point: physical body, energy body, and mindfulness methods. In addition to lectures and posture studies, each weekend will include two Yin Yoga classes for an embodied experience of the theories behind the practice.



  • Yin Yoga's history and complementary relationship to other forms of yoga
  • How to safely practice and teach the essential Yin Yoga poses and their variations
  • When and how to use props
  • The fundamentals of functional anatomy and how skeletal variation, biomechanics, and the Theory of Exercise help us understand what is safe and appropriate in a practice
  • Fascia physiology and how Yin Yoga affects this ubiquitous tissue
  • The basics of pain science and how to appropriately play the edge in Yin Yoga postures
  • Theory and application of Taoist philosophy including Yin-Yang Theory, Five Elements, and Qi
  • How to reference the Chinese Meridian System to craft highly personalized practices
  • How to use pranayama and visualizations to enhance the energetic experience in Yin postures
  • The Fundamentals of Buddhist mindfulness practice and how to incorporate them into Yin Yoga practice
  • How to use all facets of Yin Yoga to create and sustain a regular home practice
  • The principles of teaching Yin Yoga including sequencing, cueing, and holding the space for your students’ personal experiences




Enrollment starts May 1 to September 7, 2018

Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays 2-7pm, Sundays 12-5pm

Oct 12-14  |  Oct 26-28  |  Nov 9-11





The investment in this training $850

Sign up and pay in full before July 1 and only pay $800

The first 5 people who to pay in full will receive a FREE 45 minute mentoring session.

Your investment includes 39 contact hours (plus 11 non-contact hours for a total of 50 hours in CEUs), a training manual, six sequences for use in Yin Yoga classes and home practices, and free access to the Fascia 101 online anatomy course ($89 value). You will also have access to a private Facebook group to share experiences arising in your home practice, post reflections on reading and homework assignments, and to ask questions that come up between sessions.

Current yoga teachers who wish to receive certification to teach Yin yoga will be required to complete homework assignments, including a practice journal, and a final project to be turned in after the course.

This program offers Yoga Alliance continuing education units for registered yoga teachers.




“Insight Yoga” by Sarah Powers

“Mindfulness in Plain English” by Bhante Gunaratana





“The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga” by Bernie Clark “Your Body Your Yoga” by Bernie Clark “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English” by Bhante Gunaratana





Jennifer O’Sullivan, E-RYT 500, Insight Yoga Teacher

After years of primarily practicing dynamic forms of yoga, Jennifer’s interest in and appreciation for Yin Yoga blossomed after the birth of her daughter. At a time when everything in her life was changing, the emphasis on receptivity and stillness in Yin Yoga offered a much-needed balance. Jennifer deeply believes in these methods, and in this program, she shares the tools that she uses every day to maintain steadiness and equilibrium in all aspects of her life.

Jennifer has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade after completing her first yoga training in 2004. She is one of only 21 endorsed Insight Yoga teachers worldwide. Developed by Sarah Powers, one of the most senior Yin Yoga teachers, Insight Yoga is a heart-centered approach that interweaves the insights and practices of Yin and Yang Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology. Jennifer has also studied Yin Yoga with its founder Paul Grilley and Biff Mithoefer.

Jennifer is a dedicated Dharma student and regularly attends practice retreats at Bhante Gunaratana’s Bhavana Society. She received the Five Mindfulness Trainings and her Dharma name, Peaceful Family of the Heart, from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

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