A Comprehensive Look
The YUJMU Certification Curriculum
Framing • Attuning • Synthesizing
The aim of our program is to make the best Yin Yoga Teachers possible, empowering you to be confident and equipped to teach Yin Yoga anywhere, anytime. The YUJMU Certification sets new global Yin Yoga Teaching standards via two pathways:
Continually analyzing the current global meta of Yin Yoga Teaching and Yin Yoga Trainings so that we stay ahead of new developments in worldwide concepts & understanding in the field.
Stripping everything down to find the bones of Yin Yoga. While keeping on top of changes in the global knowledge-base is of a high priority the essence of the practice is always returned to.
YUJMU 12 Key Standards
Our curriculum is designed to ensure students at minimum achieve these 12 standards but many students may develop a much deeper understanding during the course. This is due to the difference of previous experiences the students come in with when they first arrive, the emphasis on personal exploration in the practices presented and the cumulative experience of the training as a whole.
Trainees Will Demonstrate:
A foundational level of understanding of the body, bones, joints, fascia and muscles.
An ability to understand and implement practices related to the Subtle Body.
A foundational level of academic understanding of the philosophy relating to Tao and Zen.
An ability to apply some of these philosophical concepts to the practice of Yin Yoga.
A foundational level of academic understanding of meditation.
An ability to implement a meditation practice, particularly Zazen.
An ability to implement a self observant state of mind or to slow down and be more observant of what is happening in their body.
A foundational level of Yin Yoga lineage knowledge and an understanding of cultural context for Yin Yoga in particular and their own thoughts/feelings in general.
An ability to self implement and refine practice techniques presented throughout the training.
An understanding of some styles for guiding practice as demonstrated in the guided Yin sessions.
An understanding of the nuance of Yin Yoga and how to explain it to others from their own experience of the practice.
An ability to safely teach and manage the experience of students while guiding a Yin Yoga session.
8 Elements Of Excellence
To achieve and maintain our 12 Key Standards we have developed, refined and integrated certain elements throughout the training curriculum.
46 Asana • We include a lot of asana and that is because we include upper body, lower body and smaller muscle targets. Plus we highlight variation poses due to their importance in refining tissue targets.
Immersion Only • We have been asked to offer shorter trainings and while it is possible to do we don’t feel the end result is as deeply informed a Yin teacher as we have the potential to manifest.
Meditation & Subtle Body Fully Integrated • We feel yin yoga is a practice of the subtle body and meditation and so must include a heavy emphasis on each to fully comprehend this style of yoga
Indepth Anatomy • We feel anatomy is something that is always helpful to refresh so even if students have some anatomy training we provide additional and have been told that in some cases we go more indepth than some 200 hour trainings
Student Centered • Our decades of teaching has taught us that dialogue helps process information tremendously and so we take a multiple intelligence approach to learning (read more about that soon)
Top Shelf Materials • We have an art background so we spare no expense when it comes to crafting materials of the highest professional aesthetics and attention to detail
The Tao Te Ching • We only have one required reading for this training because to us everything is in the body experience but the philosophy is central and best understood by the pinnacle of Taoist discourse which is this book by Lao Tzu.
Advanced Yin • We are cautious of this term but feel that it is best embodied in teaching yin so we let students know even they dont plan to teach it is here that they will find their advanced practice