Upcoming YYTT 1 Classes:
Paul and Suzee Grilley regularly present level 1 courses. For details about registration and cost for each event please click on the specific "Upcoming YYTT 1 Class" listed here.
Texts for the course. Students are required to purchase and bring with them two text books. Readings from these books are an integral part of the presentation.
Atlas of Anatomy, Volume one. General Anatomy and the Musculoskeletal System published by Thieme
Yin Yoga: principles and practice by Paul Grilley. ISBN 1935952706
Learn to teach yin yoga.
More and more teachers and practitioners are exploring yin yoga. This is a natural reaction to what has become an extremely yang health culture. The last several years Paul and Suzee Grilley have been traveling the world teaching workshops focused primarily on yin yoga, refining their presentation of its fundamental anatomical and philosophical foundations. This effort has culminated in the Yin Yoga Teacher's Training program.
Anatomy is the key
The backbone of the yin yoga teacher training is anatomy because without an understanding of muscles and joints true confidence in teaching is elusive. This anatomical insight is crucial when dealing with injuries, contraindications and the logic of adjustments and variations. Anatomy is a vast subject but the basics, properly understood, clarifies and simplifies all yoga practice, regardless of style.
Analyzing poses: The joints
To analyze why a yoga student can or cannot do a posture we must learn to look past the surface of the body to see it as a moving skeleton. Learning to identify which joints are involved in a Yoga posture and determining their ranges of motion is essential if we are to understand why every person practices poses differently.
Analyzing poses: Muscles and fascia
After learning the 14 joint segments of the body we move on to explore the four myofascial compartments of the thighs and the six myofascial compartments of the torso. These muscle groups are involved in every yoga pose and once a teacher understands them all yoga poses become a transparent combination of these simple muscle and joint movements.
Learn by touching, learn by doing
Yoga anatomy cannot be learned from a book but must be directly experienced in ourselves and our classmates. Our practice of poses is augmented with movement tests we perform on each other. These exercises give a teacher confidence to assess the needs and limitations of their students. Hour by hour, day by day, with patient repetition, the fundamentals of yin yoga become crystal clear.
Yoga is more than muscle and bone
Yoga is more than anatomy and the YYTT speaks to these issues by explicitly discussing such things as the theory of exercise, the responsibilities of a teacher, sequencing, adjusting and the energy curve of a class. We also discuss the flow of chi through the connective tissue and its relationship to our physical, emotional and mental well being.
Yin and Yang Asana practice
In addition to lectures and demonstrations we will have two hours of yin and yang yoga each day. Yin yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures for three to five minutes at a time. A yin practice emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. It prepares the body and mind for longer meditation practices. By drawing the student’s awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxed focus is achieved. Yang yoga is the rhythmic, flowing repetition of movements that require strength and balance. A yang practice emphasizes the muscle tissues and circulatory system. Yang yoga leaves one feeling invigorated and alert.
Learning model: Shravana, Manana, Nididhyasa
20 basic yin poses
14 joint segment analysis
Tension and compression
4 myofascial compartments of the thigh
6 myofascial compartments of the torso
3 layers of a joint
Theory of exercise
Assisted Yin Yoga
Props and adjustments
Modern Meridian Theory