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Yin Yoga Training Galway 2018

Level 1 Yin Yoga Training-@ The Yoga Shala Gort, Galway

With Josh Summers


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 (updated soon)

Booking in advance is essential as there are limited places.


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