Mindful Yoga Academy
Heart centered Yoga empowering individuals towards health and well-being
Yin Yoga Intensive for Teachers and dedicated practitioners.
Spring/Summer 2015 at Solterreno Retreat Centre, Benimaurell, Spain
A unique blend of Mindful Yin and Yang Yoga and Mindfulness MBSR Meditation that together offer a heart centred practice, allowing us to return to our centre where true healing begins. This is the essence of a Mindful Yin practice.
1,540 euros including -
10 day's tuition, manual, certificate of attendance, 11 nights shared accommodation and food
Course description -
The course is suitable for those with at least 2 years of Yang or Yin Yoga asana practice and either an established meditation practice (not necessarily Mindfulness) or keen interest in learning how to encorporate Mindfulness Meditation into your practice and life. You do not have to desire to become a Yoga teacher, but you are expected to have a passion for Yoga. Please come along with an understanding of the quieter Yin practices and a strong interest in committing to the further exploration of both Yoga and Meditation.
The 100 hour Intensive can be taken as Continued Professional Development for Yoga Teacher's or simply to cultivate your own practice. In order to be a certified Yoga Teacher, students must have also completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training.
With an emphasis on awareness of the present moment and focus on being in your practice, rather than doing your practice, the course includes in-depth instruction on all aspects of Yin Yoga practice and teaching. You will also learn how to take mindfulness off your meditation cushion and into both your practice and daily life. Training includes class's and experiential workshops in the Yoga Alliance 5 educational categories of Practice and Training, Practicum/teaching experience, Anatomy, Teaching Methodology and Philosophy.
Pre-course study -
To help you prepare, please come along having read (and bring with you) The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark.
A typical days schedule is -
- 07.00 - 09.00 Mindful Yin, Yang or fushion Yin/Yang Yoga and Meditation practice
- 09.00 - 10.00 Breakfast
- 10.00 - 11.00 Anatomy of Yin class (Subtle body and Physical body)
- 11.00 - 12.00 Teaching Methodology or Philosophy class
- 12.00 - 12.30 Tea break
- 12.30 - 14.00 Yin Yoga practice, training and practicum workshop
- 14.00 - 16.00 Lunch and free time
- 16.00 - 17.30 Yin Yoga practice, training and practicum workshop
- 17.30 - 18.00 Tea break
- 18.00 - 20.00 Yin Yoga and Meditation practice
The Yoga -
Yin Yoga is part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition, and some say it was the original practice. Mindful Yin Yoga combines the influences of traditional Hatha Yoga with modern Mindfulness practices to improve health and well-being.
Yin Yoga is the relaxed practices of floor postures for three to five minutes (sometimes more) It emphasizes the connective tissue of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. By drawing awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxation can be achieved.
During the training you will learn how to deepen your own practice and learn to teach -
- The most common Yin Yoga postures
- Sequences for the Spine, Hips, Legs and upper body
- Sequences for organ health including Kidney/Urinary, Liver/Gallbladder, Stomach/Spleen and Lung/Heart & Intestine
- A Meridian pairs sequence (sometimes called Makko Ho or Shiatsu stretches) to bring balance to your energy body
- Full instruction on alignment principles, modifications and adjustments to suit the individual
- Benefits and contraindications of Yin Yoga
Restorative Yoga - During the training you will also practice and learn to teach Mindful Restorative Yoga, a blend of Therapeutic Mindful Yoga and Yin Yoga that can relieve stress and fatigue as well as promote recovery from injury and illness. Restorative Yoga differs from Yin Yoga in that the postures are held for longer periods and in a fully supported position.
Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga - Too much of a good thing (even Yin Yoga) is not always the best idea, so you will also practice the more active Yang Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga or a fushion of Yin and Yang to bring balance to your energy body. Based on a mix of the ancient wisdom of traditional Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness practices, Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga invites you to tune into your body and be kind to yourself. It is a path, a journey, not to get somewhere else, but to be where we are, as we are in this very moment, with this very breath, whether the experience is nice, unpleasant or neutral. It is not Restorative Yoga (sometimes known as Therapeutic Yoga) For more information click on the What is Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga page. Please note as the focus of the course is Yin Yoga, you will not learn how to teach Therapeutic Mindful Yoga. However you will receive complementory copies of the Mindful Asana Prinicple MAP cards and a level 1 and 2 class sequence on booking the course.
During the training you will practice and learn to teach Pranayama in a Mindful way, taking into consideration the needs of the student and any contra-indications. Some text books refer to teaching pranayama in different levels, this gives the impression that Pranayama techniques are something to attain, leading students to become goal orientated towards “the most difficult” when in fact the more simpler pranayama may be the very one they need.
We will practice and learn to teach –
• Breath awareness including deep tummy breathing to bring balance to the nervous system and Kaki breathing to release stress, anxiety and tension
• Centering with a 3 step breathing space
• Heart breath
• ‘So Ham’ and ‘Ham So’ Mantra breathing
• Nadhi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
• Orbiting Energy
The first foundation of Mindful Yoga is Ahimsa (do no harm) to yourself and your students, and at its heart we practice the 8 attitudinal foundations of mindfulness - non judging, patience, beginners mind, trust, non striving, acceptance, letting go and self compassion.
Our yoga practice is the perfect time for cultivating the Yama 'do no harm' by stepping out of Automatic Pilot and with a foundation of Ahimsa and Mindfulness, you tune into the experience of what is happening just now – in this moment.
Yoga Sutras II:16 “Heyam Dukham Anagatam - Suffering that has not yet come can, and should be avoided” really supports our vision of teaching yoga. We often ask "as you practice yoga can you relinquish the goal of physical accomplishment for the intention of cultivating awareness of well-being, peace, joy and happiness?"
Mindful Yoga taps into the innate potential for healing that we all have. It mobilizes our ability to cultivate embodied wisdom and self-compassion, and by so doing it teaches us to live our life and face whatever arises with awareness, integrity, clarity and an open-hearted presence.
This is why we call it a Mindful Yoga practice, even so, from time to time, we may need to remind ourselves to just be in our yoga practice, rather than think we are doing the yoga practice.
The Meditation - Mindfulness for everyday life.
The meditation you will practice is our own unique amalgamation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale. It is has been designed to help students learn new ways of handling the stressors of modern living, and to help us find balance.
Mindfulness is a life skill which can deepen our sense of well-being and fulfillment. It involves paying attention to what is occurring in our present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgmental acceptance. It engages all of our senses as we open to our entire experience, becoming aware of our body, thoughts and emotions - not always that comfortable during the long holds of Yin Yoga! Using the skills of Mindfulness you will be able to skillfully deepen both your own and your students practice allowing you to tap into the true essence of Yin Yoga.
As Jon Kabat-Zinn so eloquently describes it, Mindfulness is “arriving at our own door”, being in touch with ourselves, with others and our surroundings in the present moment. It is a natural and an intuitive state of presence in which we can feel more connected, real and alive. For more information click on the What is Mindfulness Meditation page.
Accommodation at Solterreno Retreat Centre -
The training is held in the wonderful Solterreno Retreat Centre on the Costa Blanca and within easy reach of the UK with many low cost airlines into Alicante Airport. Sleeping is in shared rooms (2/3 people), you could be allocated in either the hexagonal wooden cabin, new cabin, annex or main house bedroom. For more details and pictures visit www.solterreno.es/en
To reserve your space - First contact Kathy by email or telephone to check availability. We then ask for a 600 euro PayPal deposit to secure your space.
Early booking deposit - Attendance is limited to just 10 students, so early booking is recomended. To help you spread the cost, you can pay an early booking deposit of 200 euros to secure your space followed by 400 euros three months before the course and balance one month before.
We understand that the decision to take a training course is huge, so if you have any questions, please contact us.