The YUJMU Lectures
Our suite of Yin Yoga Teacher Training Lectures are meticulously crafted to present the content in both direct language and visual graphics. We offer up lectures as starting points for dialogue and to scaffold student learning. The content is segmented into digestable portions:
These lectures lay the foundation on which further concepts are applied and built. From the philosophical roots in Taoism to the qualities needed to practice Yin Yoga for optimal benefit. Many key concepts are elaborated on, including some that are uniquely developed from our own personal practice. Each component is carefully reinforced so that we can clearly connect anatomy, meditation, chi, asana and teaching back to these core concepts.
We approach anatomy from scratch so that every student, regardless of prior training, knows their Ischial Tuberosities from their Spinous Processes. When you can see and feel anatomy in a Yin pose from a highly informed place then it takes the potential of the practice to the next level. We don't want you to just be able to visualize, we want you to be able to "feelsualize".
Meditation is 100% integrated into our Yin Yoga practice, teaching and training. The subtlety and nuance of Yin Yoga cannot be properly understood, in our opinion, without having one foot firmly in the world of meditation and chi. Not only does it open up your Yin practice but it is essential to being able to understand your students and to be able to remain calm & comfortable while teaching. Yin Yoga is about improving the flexibility of body and mind.
There are a lot of concepts in the other lectures but the Asana study is all about quiet self reflection in each and every Yin Yoga pose we have in our repertoire. A significant portion of the training is spent trying each pose, writing about your findings in your personal experience and then discussing as a group. It's only a Yin Yoga Teacher Training if you have ample time to explore on the floor.
The training creates a teacher out of every participant but even if you don't want to teach afterwards one of the best ways to learn and deepen your personal practice is to think of it from a teaching point of view. Learning how to translate and distill a practice for others to understand changes everything about content comprehension and retention. For this reason we really tie it all together here. Want to get skilled at something? Practice it. Want to master something? Teach it.