Josh Summers

Yin Yoga Training

Yin Yoga Training Galway 2018

Level 1 Yin Yoga Training with Josh Summers

11th-14th May @ The Yoga Shala, Gort, Co. Galway

This training is 40 hrs over 4 days and also has an extra 10 hour online module. (To be completed before the training)  It is suitable for Yoga teachers and trainees who want to incorporate yin yoga into their teaching and also for people who just want to deepen their understanding of Yin Yoga! Yin Yoga trains and strengthens the Yin tissues of the body, the Yin energy of the subtle body, and the Yin capacities of Mind and Heart.

This training registers as 50 CPD hours with Y.A (U.S).

Day 1:

9.00 a.m. Intro talk and discussion, bone variation, Tension vs.

Compression, core tenets of Yin Yoga

10:45am – 12:30pm Workshop poses: back bends and forward bends

12:30pm – 2.00pm Lunch

2.00 pm – 2:45pm Introduction to Meridian Theory, Kidney and Bladder

Channels, Kidney Organ Functions

3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Practice: Kidney/Bladder Sequence

5.00pm – 5:30 pm Discussion/QandA

Day 2:

9.00am – 10.00am Meditation teaching, Meditation Practice and Discussion

10.00am – 11.00am Lecture: Introduction to Connective Tissue/Fascia


11.00am – 12:30pm Workshop: Hip Postures

12:30pm – 2.00pm Lunch

2,00pm – 3.00pm Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory, Liver and Gall

Bladder Channels, Liver Organ Functions

3.00 pm – 5.00pm Practice: Liver/Gall Bladder Sequence

5.00 pm – 5:30pm Discussion/QandA

Day 3:

9.00 am – 10.00am Meditation Teaching, Meditation Practice, Discussion

10.00am – 11.00am Lecture: Physical Benefits of Yin Yoga

11.00am – 12:30pm Workshop: Hip Flexor postures and Prone Twists

12:30pm – 2.00 pm Lunch

2.00pm – 3.00pm Lecture: Traditional Chinese Medicine on Qi, Spleen and

Stomach Channels, Spleen Organ Functions

3.00pm – 5.00pm: Practice: Spleen/Stomach Sequence

5.00pm – 5:30pm Discussion/QandA

Day 4:

9.00am – 10.00am Meditation Teaching, Meditation Practice, Discussion

10.00am – 11.00am Lecture: Connections between Connective Tissue and

Energy Medicine

11.00am – 12:30pm Workshop: Upper Body Postures

12:30pm – 2.00pm Lunch

2.00pm – 3:30pm Lecture: Sequencing, Yin and Yang Yoga Integration,

Lung, Large Intestine, Heart, Small Intestine Channels,

Heart and Lung Organ Functions

3:30pm – 5.00pm Practice: Heart and Lung Sequence

5.00pm – 5:30pm Closing Ceremony

This training will be taught by Josh Summers.

josh summers











Josh is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine. He holds a Masters in Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. Josh recently co-founded the metaMind Institute, a mindfulness-based strategy firm, and co-wrote The Buddha’s Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Livingavailable here. He co-teaches a course at Boston University called Mindfulness and Performance.

Josh began studying Iyengar yoga in the early nineties with James Murphy. Since then he has spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan and Burma where he has studied both yoga and meditation. As his interest in vipassana or insight meditation has developed, so too has his interest in more contemplative forms of yoga practice. With a professional background in Oriental Medicine and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of these two interests.

Josh studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley and trained in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers. His primary meditation teachers have been Sayadaw U PanditaAjahn Amaro, and Rodney Smith. Currently, Josh studies Pragmatic Dharma with Kenneth Folk.

Josh’s yoga and meditation classes emphasize safe alignment, the cultivation of moment-to-moment awareness and the potential for freedom in the here and now. For current class schedules and other resources, please check the Meditation and Yin Yoga pages.


On this training, you will :

Practice the core Yin asanas, and explore the difference between Aesthetic Alignment and Functional Alignment; how skeletal variation affects range of motion and alignment considerations; principles of tension and compression in asana

Learn four Yin sequences that work on specific meridian lines in the body, with relevant modifications and adjustments

Understand the positive physiological effects of Yin Yoga on the fascia, connective tissue and joint health

Learn the core concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine and how the energy system is influenced by the practice of Yin Yoga, emphasis on Meridian and Organ health

Acquire experiential and theoretical knowledge of the Buddha’s core teachings on mindfulness meditation which is a great framework for integrating meditative themes into Yin classes or personal practice

The Training is suitable for those both interested in teaching Yin Yoga or for those who simply wish to deepen their understanding of the practice
Students will receive a certificate of training which is eligible for Continuing Education credit (30hrs) with the Yoga Alliance.

The Yoga Shala Gort

The Yoga Shala in in a small town on the west of Ireland called Gort. It lies between Galway, Clare and Limerick and is close to Shannon airport for international students. One of the wonderful things about Gort (besides the Gallery cafe…) is that is lies at the edge of the Burren, one of the most incredible places on the planet, famous for its flowers and fauna. 

For people travelling, there are a few accommodation options. 

  • The Beautiful Art Gallery Apartment  This lovely apartment is above The Gallery Cafe just across from the Yoga Shala. The cafe is well worth a visit open Wed- Sunday. 
  • O Sullivan’s Hotel is another option in the main square in Gort
  • There is also a hotel in the town called “The Lady Gregory” this is a very traditional Irish hotel.  Offering 87 ensuite comfortable bedrooms.  There is a very nice restaurant and also a Spa & Pool.  Room rate varies depending on the time of year and length of stay.
  • There is also Air BnB options in or close to the town. Air BnB offer private rooms in homes or entire houses that could be shared. Kim, the Green Lotus angel, can help group people together for Air BnB. Just let us know you are interested in this option and we can help advise.  
  • There is also the option of staying in Galway city. Its a bit of a journey, but its a great place then to check out. If you are flying in for one of the trainings, we will do out best to hook you up with local carpooling to the shala in the morning and back. We imagine local students won’t mind helping out with lifts, once the pickup is not too much off the main road. 

Traveling to Gort, Co Galway

To look at various ways to get around Ireland use ‘Get there‘  This is a great, easy to use, website that will help you see the different travel routes and options from any area in Ireland.  It also shows you all the time tables for the various routes.

Bus Ereann is the nation bus company 

Irish Rail is the national rail service

Galway City to Gort 

There is a regular bus service running from Galway, Eyre Square Bus station to Gort.  It takes 40 minutes.  So if you decide to stay in Galway City you could commute to your training.

By Air 

There are 3 main airports in Ireland that would offer International services from most destinations. Dublin Airport would be the largest and has a more regular international service than Shannon or Cork.

Shannon Airport – This is the closest Airport to Gort.  It has a very good direct bus service that will take approximately 1 hour.  

Dublin Airport – 3.5hrs away from Gort.  With the option of bus or train links.  Trains are from Hueston Station in the centre of Dublin City. They operate a direct service to Gort with a journey time of 3 hours.

Cork Airport – the furthest from Gort.  It does however run a good bus service but would take 4 hours

Car Hire or Taxi

If you do not wish to travel independently then you could consider either renting a car or hiring a private taxi.  Where possible we would see if others were arriving around the same time and look at car pooling or sharing a taxi to help with the cost.  Prices would vary depending on your pick up location.  

By Road

There is a good road network across Ireland. Gort would be close to Galway, which is linked to motorways.  Google maps offers the best route service to Gort

For more help with any travel arrangements please email us on


540 euros – early bird price, final payment must be made by 31st January 2018.

590 euros – regular price, final payment must be made 11th April 2018.

In addition to the 4 day training fee, there is a $125 charge for the compulsory 10 hour online training to be taken before the training in May.  

A 200 euro deposit will be require to book your place on the training.

(For students who take this training within the 300 hr training, the online training is free).

Required Reading  - Your Body, Your Yoga, by Bernie Clark

To help with your training if you could read the first 3 Chapters of the book before arriving on the course.

What is the difference between Yin 1 and Yin 2 training? 

Yin 1 is for qualified teachers who want to teach Yin Yoga and use the course as CPD credits. It is also for people who are not teachers who want to develop their understanding of Yin Yoga. It covers Yin postures in relation to acupuncture meridian lines and also includes a mindfulness element.

You do not have to do Yin 1 before doing Yin 2, although if you have not done Yin 1, you should have some experience in Yin Yoga. This does not teach the fundamentals of Yin yoga like Yin 1 does. It does teach some posture work, but is more geared towards mindfulness and mediation. 

Yoga Alliance and CPD credits

CPD credit is for someone who is already qualified 200 cert with Yoga Alliance UK and USA.  Teachers with a 200 hr cert  have to do at least 8 hours with Yoga Alliance UK of CPD credits per year  to maintain their status.  Yoga Alliance UK CPD credits can accumulate towards registration at the higher levels. Yoga Alliance USA does not allow students to accumulate CPDs towards higher accreditation. They work with 2 levels; 200 hr and 300 hr and the 300 hr needs to be taken with one training body in one chunk. 

When you have read over all of the details of the training, FAQs etc. and you are happy to proceed please email us at and we will advise you on how to secure your place on the course.