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International Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Maheshwara & Shakti

This Yin Yoga Teacher Training offers 5 modules and after each module students will be awarded a Arsha Yoga/Yoga Alliance certificate. For Certificates in England pls inquiry on the specific websites.
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.

International dates in 2021 & 2022:

International Yin Yoga Teacher Training Module 1
14. – 17. Oct 2021, Inhouse at Yogaprema Glastonbury & Live-Online
Course language: english

International Yin Yoga Teacher Training Module 2 & 3
1. –6. Jan 2022, Inhouse at Arsha Yoga Kerala & Live-Online
Course language: english

Modules can be joined independently in any sequence.

Module Structure

Module 1 - Basics of Yin Yoga & Functional Anatomy (33hrs/44UEs)
Contents: Yin Yoga essentials and training theory, target areas, tension, compression, Yin and Yang as a complementary practice, introduction to functional teaching, skeletal variations of the pelvis, rebound, hands-on and analysis of flexion of the femur in asanas: caterpillar, dragonfly, butterfly, dragon; asana analysis: saddle, swan, frog, skeletal segments, 3 layers of a joint & joint regeneration, functional anatomy of the thigh and hip joints, orientation of the pelvis as a decisive factor in asanas, thigh mandala, what is torsion, movements of the hips and their effect on other joints, assisted Yin, Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Practice, Music and Silence in a Yin Yoga Class

Module 2 - Yin Yoga & Functional Anatomy Spine (16hrs/22UEs)
Contents: asana analysis: reclined and other twists, rolling panda, cat-cow, bridge, sphinx, shoulder stand/seagrass, plow/snail, squat, Assisted Yin, ligaments and joints of the spine, high bender/low bender, deep muscles of the stomach and trunk, torso mandala, Yin meets Yang, counterbalance, tent pole and lake of tension models according to Liebscher-Bracht, props in Yin Yoga

Module 3 - Yin Yoga & Fascia (16hrs/22UEs)
Contents: fascia structures, fascia training, gel-sol balance, the extracellular space, hyaluronic acid, cytoskeleton & DNA, cold and warm Yin Yoga, Yin meets Yang, the 7 archetypal poses, proportion as a skeletal variation, Yin Soul Food

Module 4 - Yin Yoga Sequencing & Creative Teaching, Functional Anatomy Upper Body (20hrs/27 UEs)
Contents: the 5 shoulder joints, upper body walkabout, upper body Yin asanas, Yin & Yang pranayama, Yin meets Yang, asana analysis: anahata asana, downward dog, chaturanga, arm positions in standing postures, energy curve, sequencing and themes of a Yin Yoga class

Module 5 - Energetic Yin Yoga, Acu-Yin & Meridians (20hrs/27 UEs)
Contents: repetition of the target areas, thigh & torso mandala, the 12 organ meridian pairs, the 8 extraordinary meridians, meridian branches, sandwich model, energy balancing with Yin Yoga, Yin Yoga classes for meridians & elements, Yin and emotions, Chakra Meditation

International Yin Yoga Teacher Training Module 1

13. – 17. Oct 2021
Inhouse at Yogaprema Glastonbury & Live-Online


Module 1 - Basics of Yin Yoga & Functional Anatomy (33hrs/44UEs)
Contents: Yin Yoga essentials and training theory, target areas, tension, compression, Yin and Yang as a complementary practice, introduction to functional teaching, skeletal variations of the pelvis, rebound, hands-on and analysis of flexion of the femur in asanas: caterpillar, dragonfly, butterfly, dragon; asana analysis: saddle, swan, frog, skeletal segments, 3 layers of a joint & joint regeneration, functional anatomy of the thigh and hip joints, orientation of the pelvis as a decisive factor in asanas, thigh mandala, what is torsion, movements of the hips and their effect on other joints, assisted Yin, Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Practice, Music and Silence in a Yin Yoga Class

Daily Schedule 

Wednesday16:00 – 21:00 hLecture & Yoga Class
Thursday - Saturday09:30 – 10:00 hMeditation, Pranayama
10:00 – 11:30 hLecture
11:30 – 11:50 hTea Break
11:50 – 13:30 hYoga Class
13:30 – 15:00 hLunch Break
15:00 – 16:45 hLecture/Workshop
16:45 – 17:00 hTea Break
17:00 – 18:00 hEvening Practice
Sunday09:30 – 16:00 hLecture & Yoga Class

The Teachers

Maheshwara Manfred Lehner, yoga teacher (BYV) and yoga acharya (ISYVC), Yin Yoga Teacher Level 1, 2 & 5 with Paul and Suzee Grilley, meditation course instructor (BYVG), long time experience in teaching teacher trainings since 2002 (YV Speyer, ISYVC India, SYVP India), post graduate biologist, physical therapist. Maheshwara is known for his gift to make the anatomy of the human body come alive in a stimulating, humorous and fascinating way. With 17 years of teaching teachers, he ist one of the most experienced Yin Yoga and Anatomy teachers in Germany.

Shakti Simone Lehner, yoga teacher (BYV) and yoga acharya (ISYVC), Yin Yoga Teacher Level 2 & 5 with Paul & Suzee Grilley, meditation teacher (BYV), certified MBSR-teacher, experience as teacher trainer since 2002 (YV Speyer, ISYVC India, SYVP India), post graduate biologist, Naturopath, Ayurveda- & Hormone-Yoga therapist. Shakti is the "heart" of the training. Her long time experience in teaching allows her to spontanously transform each class into a journey towards your true inner Self and Strength. In this way, the traininig becomes a retreat for your personal practice in which you can explore the depth and beauty of Yin Yoga in your own unique way.

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 22 years of practice and teaching experience.