Yin Yoga Teacher Training Course


All Day

Arsha Yoga

  • Thambankadavu PO

This Yin Yoga Teacher Training offers two modules and after each module students will be awarded a Arsha Yoga/Yoga Alliance 50 hour certificate.
The trainings are based on the anatomical principles of Paul and Suzee Grilley and each module is complete in itself, providing you with the foundations of Yin Yoga and then specialize on a different theme, deepening your understanding of this mindful asana-practice as well as yoga-philosophy in general.

„Upper-Body-Anatomy, Meridians and Creative Teaching of Yin Yoga“ – Module

The tissue in our body needs an appropriate exercise in order to stay healthy, grow and heal. The law of our body is: use it or lose it.
Yin Yoga originated in the US and was founded by Paul Grilley. It is a soft and slow asana practice without any correct or exact form. While the connective tissue, fascia and soft tissues of the joints are “trained“ in a specific way, our muscles remain relaxed. The postures are held without any effort or strain. Yin Yoga has has a strengthening and regenerative effect on the tissues while the entire system enjoys deep states of relaxation. Physical restrictions disappear and energy flows.
Yin yoga positively influences the joints and myofascial structures mainly of the pelvis, legs and spine. In this training we will specialize in the muscles of the upper body and skeletal variations of the shoulder girdle, cervical spine, humerus and ulnar, which has an influence on all asanas involving the upper back, arms and hands.
We will then deeply explore the fascia as the “meridian-tissue“ and look at the Yin-Meridians of the body in theory and practice.

What you will learn in this training:

In this training we will analyze, observe and practice all of the elements of Yin Yoga in depth. Joe will break down the theory and practice of Yin, Chakras and Meridians, Anatomy of yoga for Yin and Yang and Modern Meridian Theory as applied to Yin Yoga. The trainings are based on the philosophical and anatomical principles of Paul and Suzee Grilley. Students will be awarded a yoga alliance 50 hour certificate.
Introduction to Taoist Anatomical Analysis and Yin/Yang Yoga Sutras of Paul Grilley.
Interactive hands-on study of anatomy.
Finding skeletal landmarks and testing range of motion
Understanding and discriminating sensation: Tension vs Compression, Muscle vs Fascia, Physical vs Subtle Energy.
Exploring Yin Yoga Poses and the Variations of Functional Alignment.
Communication: When to listen/observe, when to speak/lead

• Yin Yoga in theory and practice, theory of exercise, Yin & Yang-Theory, the functional approach to yoga
• Overview: 14 skeletal segments, 10 muscle groups
• In depth study of the upper-body-musculature
• Skeletal variations: shoulder girdle, cervical spine, humerus, ulnar
• The 7 archetypal asanas and variations
• Functional analysis of asanas like shoulderstand, headstand, wheel, pigeon, caturanga, downward dog and implications for your Yin Yoga practice
• Energy-theory & chakra Meditation
• Exploring the target areas for the Yin and Yang Meridians of the Body
• The Effect of Yin Yoga on Meridians and how to apply this in your Yin Yoga Class
• Creative Teaching: Yin Yoga with Story Telling, Mantras & Poems

After complete attendance at all parts of the course including the meditations sessions, Karma Yoga and Satsangs and the successful completion of your exam (Writing a short paper on a given topic of yin yoga), you will receive a certificate “Yin Yoga Instructor (50 hours)“ or after attending both modules „Yin Yoga Teacher (100 hours) “ by Arsha Yoga Gurukulam.

Daily schedule:
6:30 to 7:20 AM Meditation (25 Min. sitting meditation on the roof, 20 Min. walking meditation
7:30h Tea
08:00 – 9:00h Lecture/Workshop
09:00 – 10:00h Yang to Yin Yoga Class
10:15 Brunch
10:45 – 11:30h Seva
13:00h Tea
13:30 – 15:00h Lecture/Workshop
15:30 – 17:15h Yin Yoga Class
18:15h Dinner
19:30 – 20:30/21:00h Meditation, chanting or story-time

Arrival day: Saturday, 30 December
Start of the course: 3pm
please arrive latest by noon on the 30th, you are welcome to book your stay a 1 day prior to the beginning of the course to enjoy the serene atmosphere, get accustomed to the climate or to recover from your jet lag. (additional cost of 1.000 INR per night applies)
End of the course: Saturday, 6 January 10:30am
Course fee: EARLY BIRD discount 600€ until September 30th 2017, 690€ thereafter incl. food & accomodation (Indian Nationals 25.000 Rupees). Non-refundable deposit of 100€ due upon registration. Balance fees due by December 9, 2017.


Maheshwara Manfred Lehner, yoga teacher (BYV) and yoga acharya (ISYVC), Yin Yoga Teacher Level 1 & 2 with Paul Grilley, meditation course instructor (BYVG), long time experience in teaching teacher trainings since 2002 (YV Speyer, ISYVC in the US & India, SYVP India), post graduate biologist, physical therapist;

Shakti Simone Lehner, yoga teacher (BYV) and yoga acharya (ISYVC), Yin Yoga Teacher Level 2 with Paul Grilley, meditation teacher (BYV), MBSR-Trainer, long time experience in teaching teacher trainings since 2002 (YV Speyer, ISYVC in the US & India, SYVP India), post graduate biologist, naturopath, Ayurveda- & hormone yoga therapist.

Both did their yoga teacher trainings with Yoga Vidya in Germany (BYV) and the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (ISYVC) in India in 1999 and 2001. In 2003 they founded the Yoga Vidya Center in Speyer, Germany where they teach courses and trainings since then. Every year they visit India to continue and deepen their knowledge. They also organize yoga-pilgrimage-tours through different parts of India and study philosophy and sanskrit with their yoga and vedanta teachers Swami Govindananda and Swami Tattvarupananda in Kerala. Every January they teach anatomy and asana classes in the advanced training for Yoga Teachers (YTTC Level 2) of the Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham. Maheshwara´s passion is the teaching of yoga anatomy with a lively, practical and down to earth approach. Both teach with humor and love forged from 21 years of practice and teaching experience.

For registration or more information, please e-mail Meera Karanath: arshayoga.org@gmail.com.