Yin Yoga Teacher Training

with Michelle Finch, assistant to Paul & Suzee Grilley

About the Training

Exalt's Yin Yoga Teacher Training offers a well-rounded experience for anyone to deepen their practice, teaching and overall experience of knowledge. Through a balanced curriculum students are given the opportunity to explore beyond the asana and into the areas of the body and mind that make yoga unique for every body. 

We're excited to announce that for the foreseeable future, all Exalt Yoga training courses will be offered both in-person (in Indianapolis, IN USA) and virtually (via Zoom). So, whether you'd prefer to learn in person or online, we have something that will meet your needs!

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General Training

This program creates space for exploration and study in the Yin tradition, the complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. Throughout the various modules we will explore:

Foundations for the Body 

Experience the practice of Yin Yoga, Muscular, Fascial & Skeletal Anatomy, Human Variation Anatomy

Foundations for the Mind

Consists of mindfulness and open awareness drawn from Yogic, Taoist and Buddhist psychological teachings

Foundations for Teaching Yin

Asana, variation & modifications, sequencing and Functional Yoga (14-10-7) techniques all to build a strong foundation to confidently teach Yin Yoga

Foundations of Philosophy

The history of the Yin yoga practice, teachers who have played a role in modern Yin yoga as well as the  philosophies that inform this style of yoga

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Courses

 

50hr Foundations & Teaching Methodology Training

The Foundations module is all about learning all of the fundamental concepts that will equip you with the tools to become a successful Yin teacher.

Covered in this module:

  • Yin theory, teaching methodology, sequencing & theming

  • Foundational Yin yoga asanas from a functional viewpoint

  • Posture analysis lab where you will explore how every body is different and how to accommodate this individuality in your teaching

  • Over five hours of practice teaching time

  • Daily Yin & meditation practices

There are three recorded prerequisite courses for this module:

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50hr Yin-Yang Qi Cultivation Training

The Qi Cultivation module unravels the energy body according to Traditional Chinese Medicince (TCM), how the meridians and chakras are interconnected, as well as how we influence the energy through various forms of movement, breath work and meditation. 

Covered in this module:

  • Energy body basics, as understood by Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • The connection between the chakras & the TCM meridians/sinews

  • How Yin yoga asana affects the energy body

  • The Grilley yang flows (as taught by Paul & Suzee Grilley)

  • Skeletal variation & soft tissue anatomy of the torso & spine

  • Qi Cultivation Meditation

There is one recorded prerequisite course for this module:

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50hr Fascia & Myofascial Release Training

The Fascia & Myofascial Release module dives deep into understanding the connective tissue known as fascia, what it is and how we manipulate it through Yin yoga as well as self-myofascial release (SMR). Included in this course is a full, high quality, myofascial release tool kit.

Covered in this module:

  • In-depth studies of fascia - what it is how it is affected by practices such as self-myofascial release & yin yoga

  • Various self-myofascial release techiques

  • Fascial bouncing & scraping

  • Myo-Yin

  • Skeletal variation & soft tissue anatomy of the upper body (shoulders to fingers)

  • Nyasa Chakra Meditations

There is one recorded prerequisite course for this module:

  • An Introduction to Myofascial Release (coming in late 2021)

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100hr Advanced Yin Teacher Training

This advanced 100 hour Yin teacher training course, combines the popular Yin-Yang Qi Culitvation and Fascia & Myofascial Release modules. In this course, we will dive deep into the energy body, in relations to Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as the world of Fascia and Myofascial Release. You will learn how to present both a regular weekly class as well as workshops that integrate both knowledge and techniques related to these topics. This course is for teachers that already have a foundations level training and want to layer on additional modalities to enhance their teaching skills.

Covered in this module:

  • Energy body basics, as understood by Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • The connection between the chakras & the TCM meridians/sinews

  • How Yin yoga asana affects the energy body

  • The Grilley yang flows (as taught by Paul & Suzee Grilley)

  • In-depth studies of fascia - what it is how it is affected by practices such as self-myofascial release & yin yoga

  • Various self-myofascial release techiques

  • Fascial bouncing & scraping

  • Myo-Yin

  • Skeletal variation & soft tissue anatomy of the upper body (torso, spine, shoulders, arms & hands)

  • Qi Cultivation & Nyasa Chakra Meditations

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There are two recorded prerequisite courses for this module:

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Virtual or In-Studio

2022 Yin Training Schedule

100hr Advanced Yin Training - Qi Cultivation, Fascia

           Myofascial Release & Torso/Upper Body Anatomy

Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

Yin Foundations & Teaching Methodology

Fascia, Myofascial Release & Upper Body Anatomy

Yin Foundations & Teaching Methodology

January 6 - February 24, 2022

February 11-13 & 25-27, 2022

June 3-5 & 10-12, 2022

September 9-11 & 16-18, 2022

December 9-11 & 16-18 2022

 

100hr Advanced Yin Training

Eight Week Nights

2022: January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, 24

Thursdays 5:30p-9:30p

Four Weekends

2022: January 8-9, 22-23 Feburary 5-6, 19-20

Saturdays & Sundays 9:00a-6:00p

Thursdays

5:30-6:45 – Meditation & Lecture

        6:45-7:00 - Break 

7:00-8:00 – Public Yin Class

8:00-9:30 - Lecture, Anatomy & Compression Tests

Weekends

9:00-11:15 – Meditation & Lecture

        11:15-11:30 - Break 

11:30-1:00 - Asana Practice

        1:00-2:00 - Lunch

2:00-4:00 – Anatomy & Compression Tests

        4:00-4:15 - Break

4:15-6:00 – Lecture & Group Teaching Activites

Time table and scheduled teaching matter is subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the teacher(s).

Sample Time Tables

Two Weekend Intensives

Friday thru Sunday

Fridays 5:30p-9:30p, Saturdays & Sundays 9:00a-6:00p

Fridays

5:30-7:15 – Meditation & Lecture (Yin)/Asana Practice (Vinyasa)

        10:15-10:30 - Break 

8:00-9:30 – Asana Practice (Yin)/Meditation & Lecture (Vinyasa)

Saturdays & Sundays

9:00-10:15 – Meditation & Lecture

        10:15-10:30 - Break 

10:30-1:00 – Asana Breakdown & Asana Practice

        1:00-2:00 - Lunch

2:00-4:00 – Anatomy & Compression Tests

        4:00-4:15 - Break

4:15-6:00 – Lecture & Group Teaching Activites

In each asana module, practices teach opportunities will take place on the second Sunday morning (11:30-1:00) and afternoon (2:30-4:00)

Training Pricing

All Exalt Yoga training courses are offered on a sliding scale basis. You may pay the rate that works before you, bearing in mind that we do ask that if the Supporter or Sustainer rates are available within your budget, you consider registering under one of them. With that said, if the Community rate is what allows you to participate in this training, by all means, please utilize it knowing that you will do so free from judgement.

50hr Training Courses:

Sustainer Rate:

Supporter Rate:

Community Rate:

$675 USD

$600 USD

$525 USD

20hr Training Courses:

Sustainer Rate:

Supporter Rate:

Community Rate:

$270 USD

$235 USD

$200 USD

100hr Training Courses:

Sustainer Rate:

Supporter Rate:

Community Rate:

$1,300 USD

$1,150 USD

$1,000 USD

 

Scholarship Opportunity

In light of the global situation caused by COVID-19 and it's far reaching economic impact on so many, we are honored to be able to offer one full scholarship to a deserving individual for many of the Exalt training courses!

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Registration Deadlines:

Registration deadline is specified by each location:

For virtual training courses, deadline is 3 days prior to the onset of training.

For in-person training courses in Indiana, deadline is 7 days prior to the onset of training.

For in-person courses within the USA but outside Indiana, deadline is 30 days prior to the onset of training. 

Be advised that most courses fill up well before the registration deadline.

Your space is not guaranteed until you have applied, registered online and paid in full. 

Interested in joining an upcoming course?

We do ask that all participants apply to a training courses, via the form linked below, prior to registering. Once you have submitted your application, someone will be in touch within 72 hours with additional registration details. If you have any questions you'd like to ask prior to applying, please reach out using the "Let's Chat" box in the bottom right hand corner of this screen.

 
 

What People Say

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"Top quality, knowledgeable and skilled instruction guided me into a journey from anatomy, to sutras, teaching fundamentals, the functional approach to asana, meditation and practice. The right elements that took me to a new level of knowledge and understanding of Yin Yoga. Knowledge that I can apply to my practice. I highly recommend this training to those seeking to dive deeper in their knowledge and understanding of Yin Yoga."

— Bibianna G.

What is Functional Yoga?

The functional approach to yoga is an approach where we prioritize what a pose should do over how it looks. We are all unique: our skeletal structure, muscular flexibility, emotional response, mental organization and psychological inclination is all unique to each of us. Our practice should express this individuality. Instead of trying to perform a pose from the outside, copying a shape, we strive to understand what the purpose of the pose is and then adapt it's shape to our unique needs and abilities.

 

The Mid-West's Premier Yoga Teacher Training program is designed with everyone in mind! Whether you are just starting out on your journey as a yoga teacher, seeking to enhance your teaching skills or simply wish to develop your personal practice, our Yin Yoga Teacher Training will provide you with the tools to enrich your practice and teach authentically, grounded both in self-awareness and experiential knowledge. 

 

Yin Yoga Teacher Training FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions about the Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program. If you do not find the answer to your questions here, please reach out to Michelle directly.

Q. Do I have to be a part of the 300hr program to take a Yin module?
A. No, you do not have to be enrolled in the 300hr Advanced training to attend a Yin training. It is required that you take the Foundations module prior to participating in the Yin-Yang Qi or Fascia modules. All attendees of training courses, independent of the 300hr program, will receive a certificate for the applicable hours of CEU that may be submitted to Yoga Alliance for credit.

Q. Do I have to take all of the modules to be certified to teach Yin?
A. Absolutely not. You may take just the Foundations module and be fully prepared to teach Yin. However, taking all three modules offers a well-rounded learning experience anatomically & on common topics associated with Yin Yoga such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chakras, Fascia & Myofascial Release and so on. 

Q. Where is Exalt Yoga located?
A. The north east side of Indianapolis, Indiana 

Q. For virtual training courses, do I have to attend live?
A. While we believe you will have the most fruitful experience attending live, we will be recording every session and making each day's recording available for seven calendar days to participants that are perhaps in time zones that attending live is not available. NOTE: If you live in the Americas in the AST, EST, CST, MST or PST time zones, live participation is desired, if at all possible. You may submit your request for prior approval to attend via recording by emailing us directly.

Q. How do virtual courses qualify with Yoga Alliance?
A. Exalt Yoga has been approved as a virtual RYS through Yoga Alliance. This approval is currently valid through 2023, but we fully anticipate this being a permanent aspect to Yoga Alliance and, in turn, Exalt Yoga. Therefore, all virtual courses taken through Exalt Yoga count as contact hours, whether it be for CEU or to accumulate towards a 300 hour certificate. 

Q. Do I have to be a certified yoga teacher to attend?
A. Plain and simple, no. This training is designed for senior teachers and beginners alike. However, I do kindy ask that non-certified participants have at least two years of experience with yoga and a basic understanding of anatomy (this can be achieved by reviewing The Concise Book of Muscles book prior to attending) before committing to attend the training. 

Q. If I want to take all three modules, do I have to take them all in a one year or in a specific order?
A. Yes, the Yin Foundations module is the prerequisite to the Yin-Yang Qi and the Fascia modules. However, if you have prior training and would like to be considered for approval to skip the Foundations module in order to go straight into the Yin-Yang or Fascia modules, you must submit your request via email to exaltyinyoga@gmail.com. Even with approval, you may required to purchase, pre-view the Introduction to the Functional Approach video and complete the required assignment prior to the onset of the training for which you are enrolled. 

Q. Do I have to attend all modules at the same location or within a certain timeline?
A. Nope. You may attend training courses at any location and on any timeline that suits you.

Q. If I want to attend more than one training, do I have to register for all at one time or can I sign up for them one at a time?
A. We understand that your time and resources are precious. Therefore you are more than welcome to register for them one at a time or all at once, whatever fits your needs best. 

Q. Will these training courses be offered in future years?
A. Absolutely! Exalt is offering 8-10 Yin training courses virtually and/or throughout the mid-west every year! You have plenty of on-going opportunities to learn and grow with Exalt!

Q. Where is the training located?
A. For the foreseeable future, all courses are being offering in a hybrid format. Meaning that every student has the choice of participating virtually, via Zoom, or in-studio. Our studio is located on the northeast side of Indianapolis, IN. 

Q. When are the YYTT registration deadlines?
A. For virtual courses, the deadline is 3 days prior to the onset of training. For in-person courses, it varies by location. In Indianapolis, the deadline is 7 days prior to the onset of each training. Outside of Indianapolis, but within the US, registration deadlines are 15 days prior to the onset of the training. Outside of the US, 60 days prior.