Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Louise run’s Yin Yoga Teacher Training’s (CPD courses) in Brighton and Goa.

Yin Yoga Teacher Training (level 1) – Brighton

Yin is becoming increasingly popular in the yoga world, as we are currently over dominate in Yang (dynamic/strong) yoga practice, and are realizing the need for its complementary Yin (slow/gentle) practice, and all the healing benefits Yin has to offer. Our Yin course will cover a variety of flows, understanding of fascia and its relationship to the Chinese medicine meridian system.

Louise Gillespie-Smith, your Yoga tutor, has been teaching yoga since 2012. Yin is her passion, she teaches a weekly Yin class and monthly 3 hour Yin workshops at Revitalise. Her Yin teacher is Norman Blair, she has completed his Advanced Yin Teacher Training, attended numerous workshops with him and with US teacher Sarah Powers. She loves to continue learning for her own practice and to benefit her students. Louise is an Chartered Level 1 teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK), which means she has taught over 2000 hours and is a continuing education provider.

The course will cover:
– Planning and teaching a variety of Yin Flows
– Understanding of the body’s fascia
– How to lesson plan a Yin yoga class
– Learn the fundamental Yin postures, modifications and their contra-indications
– Introduction to the Chinese meridian system
– How to lesson plan a Yin yoga class focusing on different Meridians
– The use of props to maximise comfort and relaxation of muscles and fascia
– Restorative poses, breathing, mindfulness and relaxation

Feedback from the March 2018 course:

Louise holds a beautiful and nurturing space, and really embodies the teaching she shares

The course was well structured and welcoming, the tutor was knowledgeable and very acceptant to everyone’s different energy and style”

Certification and Accreditation:
– It gives Yoga Alliance registered teachers 30 CPD hours
– You will receive a certificate from Harmonise Training Academy, Yoga Alliance registered, upon successful completion of this course

Course pre-requisites:
200 hr Yoga teacher training or equivalent
L3 YMCA awards fitness qualification – Yoga

If you do not have a teaching certifcate you can still do the course to deepen your knowledge of Yin Yoga and receive a certifcate of attendance. You will not be able to teach it though until you have taken your YTT, we can swap your certifcate if you go on to take a YTT course within 3 years.

Next Date:

12th – 15th February 2019

11th – 14th June 2019

26th – 29th September 2019

Course Price
£450 or £395 early bird (for first 6 sign ups)

Held at:
Revitalise Brighton, 123a Western Rd, Hove, BN3 1DB

For more info and to book please contact Louise; louise@createyourself.co.uk

Yin Yoga Teacher Training/Immersion (50 hours CPD)  – Goa, India

with Louise and Tobie Tomkinson. 1st – 8th  December 2019.

Yin Yoga is becoming increasingly popular; perhaps as a reaction to the ever increasing busyness of life, fast moving technology, and other stressors, and it is a perfect balance to the more dynamic “Yang” Yoga practices. It is slow, meditative and mindful; a chance to press pause and soften into the moment. Most Yin poses are floor based, held between 1 and 20 minutes, and they allow us to explore the resistance points in our practice and all their influences; from muscles, soft tissue and neural networks, through the breath to the emotions, awareness and states of consciousness.

Given time we can ask – what is sensation and how can we release what may show up in the physical body as ‘stretch’, the mental body as perhaps pain and the emotional body as a myriad of other things?

Whilst we will dive into the world of muscles, fascia, myofascial chains and other connective tissues, this is far more than just a physical practice. It is a chance to deeply explore one of the fundamental philosophical concepts of Yoga – the Koshas.

Due to the slower pace of the practice and its historical evolution we can also more easily focus our attention to the Traditional Chinese Meridian Lines – exploring sequences that target the physical, emotional and energetic benefits of these in correlation with the daoist elements.
Teaching Yin is a lovely opportunity if you wish to help others to explore their Koshas, guiding them to their own inner stillness. This practice also creates more space for you to share philosophies, meditations, stories, poems and other loves from your life.

As always at Ashiyana we will share and explore tools and experiences whilst encouraging you to find your own voice/style and to share from your heart.


Practice and learn 25 key Yin poses, how to teach them, including modifications and their contra-indications

Practice and learn 6 Yin Flows focusing on different Meridians and parts of the body

The body’s muscular, fascial and myo-fascial meridian systems

Anatomy related to Yoga, including but not exclusive to:
Range of Motion – Osteo-morphology, tension & compression
Resistance points: Neural / structural / mental / emotional
Kinetic Chains
The Therapeutic Edge
Pain relief and catharsis

How to plan and theme a Yin yoga class using Breath, Meditations, Meridians

Introduction to the Chinese meridian system with an experienced acupuncturist

Meditation and Pranayama

The use of props to maximise comfort and relaxation of muscles and fascia

Restorative poses, breathing, mindfulness and relaxation

Morning Yin/ Yang sessions for your personal practice and develop a variety of ideas for your own classes

Teaching Practice

Assessment and class delivery feedback

After the training you will receive either a 50 hour CPD certificate (Yoga Alliance) or attendance certificate if you are a Yoga teacher already, or a certificate of attendance if you are taking the course simply to immerse yourself in the Yin practice.

2019 dates: 1st – 8th December

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