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Yin Yoga Teacher Training: The Art of Holding Space

with Sarah Owen   | 16 - 18 July | 10.30 am - 5.30 pm each day | Eveleigh Studio |
Explore the subtle art of holding space specifically within the context of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness in this 25-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training module. Holding space for your students is a significant part of being a yoga teacher and it is essential to be able to provide a safe, grounded and welcoming container for people to practice with non-judgemental awareness and with personal agency/choice. A teacher’s capacity to attune to students’ needs is paramount, as well as a willingness to be with another’s discomfort, whilst also setting safe boundaries. Learning to hold space for others becomes much easier when we have learned to hold space for ourselves.
The practice of Yin Yoga creates a perfect container for us to cultivate compassionate presence – being with whatever is arising moment-by-moment in a non-judgmental, reflective and curious way. Additionally, this training will explore how we can learn to ‘be attuned to spaciousness’ without ‘spacing out’ during meditation and yoga practice (refining our awareness to be more attuned to the un-seen), and how to highlight these subtle aspects of awareness/meditation practices when teaching others.
Refine your own practice and make your teaching more accessible to your students by learning more about a trauma-informed approach to teaching Yin Yoga and Mindful Awareness practices. This training will emphasise an inclusive approach to practice, including ways to promote personal empowerment through choice and personal agency in classes.
Training Topics are included below:

 

  • Creating a Safe ‘Holding Space’ and Attuning to Individual Needs
  • Theming for Yin Yoga Classes – offering both consistency & variation in your classes
  • Inspiration for Opening/Closing a class
  • Therapeutic (Active) Listening – Learning how to Listen without an Agenda
  • Aspects of Embodiment: Exteroception, Proprioception and Interoception
  • Using Props in Yin Yoga for a more restorative approach to practice
  • Using a Trauma-Informed Approach in Yin Yoga & Mindfulness
  • Refining Our Language as a Teacher to Encourage Choice and Agency in Class
  • Aspects of Neuroscience and Vagus Nerve Research
  • Methods for Self-Regulation and the ‘Window of Tolerance’ model
  • Self-Inquiry, Compassionate Presence, Journaling, Self-Knowledge and Parts Work
  • Teaching Meditation and Mindful Awareness (in movement and stillness)
*This training module is open to certified Yoga Teachers and dedicated yoga students. You will receive a certificate for 25 hours, and this course is recognised by Yoga Alliance International (YA). This module has no prerequisites and can be completed as a separate module. It does not require previous completion of Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training modules 1 and 2. Each module can be completed separately and in any order.

Recommended Reading for this course:
Please read the following books before attending the course:
1. Sarah Powers: ‘Insight Yoga’. Published by Shambala
2. Bo Forbes: ‘Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Relieve Anxiety and Depression’. Published by Shambala Books
Readings will be provided during the course and attendees will also receive a comprehensive course manual (90+ pages).

What People are Saying:
“What I love about Sarah is that she makes yoga accessible to the everyday person in their everyday lives. You walk away from her teachings being ok with where you have come from and where you are right now. At the same time, she leaves you with a sense of curiosity – to lean in towards yourself, to discover your internal compass to help you navigate towards your greater purpose while still being true to your authentic self” – Amanda
“Sarah really teaches from the heart, with her honesty and experiences she shared with our group. Her extensive knowledge and passion for yin yoga was inspiring and I felt like I connected with myself on a deeper level. I am grateful to Sarah for bringing back the passion and dedication to my own meditation practice. I know her teachings will stay with me for the rest of my life” – Natasha

About Sarah Owen:
Among the leading Yin Yoga teachers in Australia, Sarah Owen was one of the first teachers to introduce Yin Yoga to the Australian audience more than thirteen years ago. She is the only Insight Yoga teacher in Australia, endorsed by Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute (USA). She has been mentored by Sarah Powers (world-renowned Yin Yoga teacher and founder/author of Insight Yoga) for over twelve years and is the coordinator for Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute programs in Australia. Sarah teaches workshops and classes at various well-known Sydney yoga studios, as well as offering Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Trainings each year for yoga teachers and dedicated students. Her teacher training courses are favourably regarded due to her depth of knowledge, her experienced understanding of the material, and her personable delivery of the course with more than fifteen years of teaching experience.