Yin Yoga Teacher Training  2016

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Yin Yoga is a transformative practice for the body and mind. The passive long held but gentle postures allow releasing of long held tightness in the deep tissues of the body while recharging the energetic systems. The Yin practice invites the the mind inward into a contemplative meditative state, encourages the balance of effort and ease without strain, and promotes deep connection to the present moment. It is a much needed healing practice for our modern lives.

This in depth training will provide you with a solid foundation to teach Yin yoga. You will understand how to include Yin Yoga in a more active class or simply to take your own practice to a much deeper level. Class size is limited to ensure you will have plenty of time for individual attention.  This training provides 30 hours of continuing education credit for registered yoga teachers.

In this training you will:

  • Receive a manual including specific sequences to take home with you
  • Develop a personalized home practice learn how to modify postures for your unique body
  • Learn how to set the tone of the class through use of music and reading
  • Learn how to teach Yin yoga to your students with hands on assisted support
  • Learn how to modify the postures for students limited by restrictions.
  • Have opportunity to both practice teaching yin yoga and feedback on your teaching style.

Subjects covered include:

  • Theory behind Yin Yoga
  • How skeletal anatomy informs the variations of postures
  • How to support your body with yoga props such as blocks, blankets, sandbags and bolsters
  • The connection between meridian theory and fascia
  • Yin Yoga philosophy
  • Yin breathing techniques
  • Understanding of the benefits of postures and techniques.

Location: Downtown Yoga ShalaSan Jose, CA.

Meeting Times:

Saturday February 27 from 12:30pm to 7:30pm
Sunday   February 28  from 9:00am to 3:30pm
Saturday March 12 from 12:30pm to 7:30pm
Sunday   March 13 from 9:00am to 3:30pm

Instructors: Misako Matsuoka, E-RYT500 & Joanie Cartal, RYT500

Requirements for enrollment:

This training is suitable for experienced yoga students, those who have a current RYT status, or by approval by instructors.  30 Hours of Continuing Educational  Units are available to Registered Yoga Teachers.

Required Books:
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Cost: $495 Early Bird by January 31, 2016, $650 Afterwards.
Register online here:  Online Registration

Questions? Contact Misako below.



Teaching Yoga to Older Adults: Foundational Training

October 2,3 2015 at Breathe Los Gatos

Learning to teach yoga to older adults safely and mindfully is becoming an increasingly important skill. In this training led by Misako Matsuoka, E-RYT500, you will learn strategies for adapting yoga practices for older adults with a focus on bone health and balance. The format of the training will be lecture, movement, practice-teaching sessions, and discussion.

Training topics will include:

  • Chair Yoga
  • Assisted floor, standing and balance postures
  • Practices to build strength, flexibility, and balance
  • Safe and effective yoga sequences for older adults
  • How to support older adults with restrictions in group classes
  • Modifications of yoga postures to accommodate health conditions common to seniors such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and joint replacement
  • Practical strategies for modifying yoga practices for older bodies, mind, and spirits.

This immersion is designed for yoga teachers or those experienced yoga students who want to learn how yoga practices can support the well being of older students. Continuing Education Units available for Registered Yoga Teachers.

Fri 10/2/2015 From: 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Sat 10/3/2015 From: 1:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cost:$185 (Early bird through Sept. 7, 2015); $250 (Regular)

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Oct 2014


Learn how to lead your students in a mindful practice of Restorative yoga that helps them release physical tension and emotional stresses, engage the relaxation response, and to feel more at ease.

This 25 hour teacher training will include:
The physiology of relaxation, as well as the physical, and emotional aspects of the subject.
How to support each Restorative posture with yoga props.
How to sequence and lead a full, step by step Restorative Yoga class.
How to develop Restorative Yoga personal programs for private students.
Restorative asanas for different environments and special populations.
Meditation, mindfulness and visualization for healing.
How to handle emotional responses and releases during practice.
Techniques to set the tone of the class to create a nurturing heart based healing practice.

Sessions include restorative yoga practice, hands-on practice-teaching, therapeutic touch, lecture and discussion.

This training is designed for yoga teachers, body-care workers, and health-care professionals. Nonprofessionals wishing to learn this practice for their own benefit are also welcome. Written assignment required for yoga teacher CEU’s

Saturday, October 11th: 1:00pm – 8:30pm
Sunday, October 12th: 1:00 – 4:30pm

Saturday, October 18th: 1:00 – 8:30pm
Sunday, October 19th: 1:00 – 4:30pm

$375 early bird registration fee if purchased by Sept 7, 2014
$450 afterwards
Space is strictly limited so that students get ample attention.
Early registration is recommended.

Yin Yoga Teacher Training May/July 2014

This teacher training, led by Misako Matsuoka, E-RYT500, will take you deep into the vital practice of Yin yoga. Whether you intend to teach a complete Yin class or to integrate Yin into a more active class teaching Yin Yoga is a valuable skill to have in your yoga teaching toolbox.

Yin Yoga is beneficial for every body: for all ages and all levels of yoga experience. Yin Yoga is especially beneficial for athletes, those with chronic stress or insomnia, or those with unresolved tightness due to past injury. Yin yoga is also a wonderful way to prepare the body for meditation. The Yin Yoga practice is a quiet, inward looking style of yoga where floor postures are held passively for several minutes. The long held stretches lengthen and nourish the connective tissue and fascia, releasing blocked energy to promote smooth energy flow and healthy range of movement in joints.

The first weekend will include the essentials of the Yin Yoga practice. You will learn the theory behind Yin Yoga, how skeletal anatomy informs the variations of postures, how to modify postures for your unique body, and how to support your body in postures with yoga props. You will be given specific sequences to take home with you for your home practice.Your training will include anatomy for yin yoga, how skeletal variations inform modifications of postures, how to support postures with yoga props: blocks, blankets, sandbags and bolsters.

In the second weekend you will learn the connection between meridia theory and fascia. You will be introduced to Yin breathing techniques and yang flow movements. You will learn how to teach yin yoga to your students with hands on assisted support, how to set the tone of the class through use of music and reading, and how to modify the postures for students limited by restrictions. You will learn how to support your students with kindness and attention. You will be given written class sequences that you can use for your own classes. Misako teaches with simple and clear language so that you will understand and retain more complex theories. Class size is limited so that you will have plenty of time for questions and answers.

Requirements for enrollment:
Current RYT status, current enrollment in an accredited Registered
Yoga School or by written approval by instructor.

Saturday May 10 ~ 1:00-9:00pm
Sunday May 11 ~ 1:00-5:00pm

Saturday July 26 ~ 1:00-9:00pm
Sunday July 27 ~ 1:00-5:00pm

30 Hours CEU’s awarded to Registered Yoga Teachers. This includes
contact hours, non contact hours, practicum and evaluation.
For RYT requesting Yin Yoga Certificate for Continuing Education
Units, an administrative fee of $25 is due to instructor at close of