Yin Yoga Training Navan 2016

Level 1 Yin Yoga Training-@ Swynnerton Lodge Retreat Centre, Ireland
July 29th- August 1st


Set in a yoga and meditation Centre beautifully located along the banks of the legendary River Boyne.

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. 

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.

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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 Living, available 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 Pandita, Ajahn 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.

Day 1:
9.00 a.m. – 10:30am    Intro talk and discussion, bone variation, Tension vs.      
                                       Compression, core tenets of Yin Yoga
10:30am – 10:45am     Tea break
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

The price of the training is 450 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 40 euros admin cost.

At the Retreat centre there is a 8 bed dorm option presently available with a light breakfast included for 25 euros per night.

Alternatavely there are a number of local B&B’s or hotels available near by.

Swynerton Lodge Lake

Swynnerton Lodge is a Yoga and Meditation Centre beautifully located overlooking the banks of the legendary River Boyne on the Navan to Slane Road, just 5 mins outside of Navan.

Coming from Navan you turn in to the right as you pass the 80k speed limit sign. Coming from Slane turn in to the left just before the 60k sign.

The nearest Airport to Navan is Dublin where you can catch the 109A to Navan the journey time is under 1 hour.

You can also get the 109 bus from Busaras in Dublin to Navan. It takes 1.30 hours. 

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 for reference