Yin 1 Yoga Training Cork 2017


Level 1 Yin Yoga Training with Josh Summers

At Yoga Le Gra, Cork  24th to 27th June 2017.

This training is 30 hrs over 4 days. 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.

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.

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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 training will be held at Yoga Le Gra in Cork City. This is a beautiful centre which is fully propped and has free parking directly outside.

If you wish to book accommodation we recommend Air B&B or there are plenty of Hotels or Bed and Breakfast places in or near the city.

Here are a few options for accomodation in the Bishopstown area here are some links 

Right next to the studio there is student accomodation (apartments) that is rented out during the summer months http://www.abbeyville.org/accommodation/summer-accommodation
There is a B&& less than 5 minutes drive, about a 15 minute walk to the studio and it is on the number 8 bus route from town  - Good value on single rooms at 50 a night or 70 for a double  https://www.olde-house.com
Another B&B close to the area http://www.dunderg.com/
Heaps of Air B&B’s around the area
Another link to B&B’s between Model Farm Road and Cork City 


The closest airport is Cork and there is a bus station that runs into Cork City 

The price of the training is 475 euros

Booking in advance is essential as there are limited places.

Deposit price is 200 euros.

Deposits are refundable up to 6 weeks before the training minus a 50 euros admin cost.


There maybe an option to take part in early morning Vinyasa mornings. The classes will be from 7.00 – 8.30 a.m. and are only open to teachers. The cost is 20 euros per class

Recommended Reading  - The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, by Bernie Clark

You do not need to read the book before the training but it is ideal to have as a reference 

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 carol@greenlotusyoga.com and we will advise you on how to secure your place on the course.