Classes take place at: Collective Soul Space
Lower Level, Scotia Centre
During this weekend, we’ll focus on this rapidly growing style of yoga called Yin Yoga. Working from the “yinside” out, we will explore the main postures of yin yoga, the benefits of this style of practice, and basic anatomy necessary to understand how different bodies create different shapes. You’ll be introduced to Paul Grilley’s “Functional Approach to Yoga” and how it works with the teachings of yin.
This training is open to both current and aspiring yoga teachers, as well as enthusiastic students who wish to spend the weekend immersed in all things Yin. You’ll leave this weekend with the foundation and ability to guide yourself and your students safely and effectively into a wide variety of yin poses.
This course also qualifies for 15 hours of CE credit with Yoga Alliance for registered yoga teachers.
We’ll be focusing on:
· The history and philosophy of yin yoga
· The main poses of yin yoga
· What is connective tissue and fascia
· What areas of the body each pose intends to stretch or open
· Modifications and prop use for each pose
· Counterposes and Rebound
· Compression vs Tension
· Discussion of anatomy specific to this practice (skeletal variation) – The Functional Approach to Yoga
· How to “read and understand” varying body types/limitations in this practice as a teacher
· Discussion of physical, energetic and mental benefits of the practice
· Discussion of basic chakras and meridians associated with the practice; as well as introduction into mindfulness meditation practices
· How to build a class (sequencing, timing, music, props, intention, etc.)
AND – you’ll get actual practice time teaching each other what you’ve just learned!
Please bring either Bernie Clark’s book – The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga or Sarah Powers book – Insight Yoga for reference.
August 25 Friday 6:30-9:30pm
August 26 & 27 Sat and Sun 10:30-5:30 (with one hour lunch)
EARLY BIRD until Friday, Aug 4 only $325 CAD*!
Aug 5 and after $375 CAD
(*financing available – $200 non-refundable deposit paid on or before 8/4 and remaining balance can be paid on or before August 25 to lock up early bird discount. Contact studio directly for details or to sign up.)
A little about Yellowknife, NT, CA:
Yellowknife is the capital, as well as the largest community in the Northwest Territories (NT or NWT), Canada. It is located on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, approximately 400 km (250 mi) south of the Arctic Circle, on the west side of Yellowknife Bay near the outlet of the Yellowknife River. According to Environment Canada, Yellowknife has the sunniest summer in the country, averaging 1034 hours from June to August. It’s one of the best places to see the northern lights because the city and surrounding area is situated directly beneath the aurora oval, which is a halo-like ring that is found around both magnetic poles of the earth.
Although there are other places also just below the aurora oval, the Yellowknife area is deemed the best because of its relatively flat topography, coupled with few geographical obstructions.
A little about Melissa Christensen, E-RYT500, YACEP:
Check out her website for more yoginimelissac.com
Melissa is one of the lead teacher trainers for Spectra School of Yoga’s 200h & 300h Teacher Training program located in Costa Mesa, CA. She’s been practicing and teaching various styles of yoga for over 10 years, and loves both the meditative and theraputic quality of yin yoga and the strength and flow of vinyasa. With an emphasis on bringing the ancient philosophies of yoga into modern day life, she infuses her class with little nuggets of yogic wisdom for daily living. She’s studied with the best – Bernie Clark, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley and Joe Barnett – and has taken this information to lead yin yoga teacher trainings all over the US (and now Canada!). When she’s not leading a class or a teacher training, you’ll find her at the beach or traveling across the globe with her devoted husband of over 20 years.