Functional Yin Yoga (50hrs)

Yin Yoga, Functional Anatomy & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Functional Yin Teacher Training

“Yin Yoga is floor postures held for a few minutes at a time. It’s goal is to decompress the joints.” -Paul Grilley

This is probably one of the most simple explanations of what Yin Yoga is. Most styles of yoga nowadays in the west are dynamic and active, focusing on only half of the body: the muscular half, the ‘yang’ tissues. Yin Yoga provides us with an opportunity to focus on the other half of the body as well, the deeper, tougher ‘yin’ tissues: our tendons, ligaments, deeper fascial networks, and even our skeletal structure. All our tissues are important and all of them need to be addressed in our training and exercise, in order to achieve and maintain optimal balance and vitality in life.

Yoga in general, and Yin Yoga more specifically, has a physical, mental, emotional, and energetic impact on our body and wellbeing. Depending on the type of practice some of these will be stronger influenced than others. The way you practice yoga is at least as important as what you are practicing.

In yoga, we often talk about  ‘stretching’ en ‘creating length’. In Yin Yoga, however, we prefer to talk about applying a certain amount of stress to the tissues in the target areas. To apply stress means to apply a certain amount of force that can change the shape of an object. And that is, in fact, exactly what we are doing in yin yoga and the effect we aim to have on our tissues.

“The functional purpose of Yin Yoga is the rebound.” -Paul Grilley

One of the most instant effects of yin yoga is the change in balance and composition of the (connective) tissue. This is what you experience during the ‘rebound’ after a certain pose. This can make you feel weaker, more fragile, a sense of vulnerability. In that moment you want to allow your body the opportunity to hydrate the tissues.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga

Yin & Yang

Stretch vs. Stress




Functional Anatomy

Functional Yoga

Skeletal Segments

Myofascial Groups

Skeletal Variation


About Joints


Fundamentals of TCM

Yin Yang Philosophy

Meridian Theory

5 Element Theory



Teaching Lab







Besides the 6 days of studying together, you can also expect to receive some homework assignments which you will have to complete in your own time. In order to qualify for the Yoga Alliance certified certificate, you are required to attend all the hours of in-person training as well as complete all the homework assignments (within 1 month of completion of the in-person training). Experience with Yin Yoga is not required.

Training days: 17-18-19 May & 7-8-9 June 2024

Training location: Sterrig Studio, Wolvega

Your investment: € 899

What to expect in return: 2 full weekends of in-person studying including snacks, coffee and tea, and an extensive goodie bag which includes also a meridian doll, a set of acupressure pens, as well as a beautiful and very complete manual as reference (±400 pages).

This training is Yoga Alliance certified and the hours can be logged in as CE-hours (continued education).

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this training, feel free to contact me via For practical questions and registration, you can contact the host directly via We are also more than happy to assist you in regards to comfortable accommodation within walking distance of the studio as well as other queries you might have.