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 - Yin Foundations and Lower Body Anatomy

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

This course is the prerequisite for the Yin-Yang Qi Cultivation & Fascia, Myofascial Release modules

Dives deep into the primary principles of Yin yoga theory, asana, teaching methodology and sequencing, the functional approach to Yin asana, lower body anatomy (feet to pelvis) and the four foundations of mindfulness. 

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch

50hr - Yin-Yang Qi Cultivation and Torso Anatomy

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

Fundamentals of the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian theory, location of energy sinews & their connection to Yin Yoga, Taoist Yang Flows (as taught by Paul & Suzee Grilley), Qi cultivation mediations and torso anatomy.

Prerequisite: Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch

50hr -  Fascia, Myofascial Release and Upper Body Anatomy

Sliding Scale

$525-$675

Description:

In depth fascia study in relation to Yin Yoga, location & function major trigger & acupressure points, applying self-myofascial release both within and along side a Yin Yoga practice, upper body anatomy (shoulder to hands) and Chakra meditation.

Prerequisite: Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

Lead Teacher : Michelle Finch

*This module includes a full self-myofascial release kit mailed directly to your home.

*Each course has 4-5 hours of pre-recorded material that must be watched prior to attending the live training.

^For those with prior training in functionally based Yin Yoga, my request approval to skip the Yin Foundations module by emailing exaltyinyoga@gmail.com listing all prior training courses, the lead trainer of all courses and basic details of what was covered in each course. Note that even with prior approval, it may be required that you purchase and pre-view the Introduction to the Functional Approach and the Introduction to Yin Yoga History, Philosophy & Core Principles videos. 

** For virtual trainings will be recorded and made available for seven calendar days to participants that are in time zones where attending live is not a viable option. Note: If you live in the Americas (AST, EST, CST, MST or PST time zones) you are expected to attend live, if at all possible. 

 

Virtual or In-Studio

Upcoming Yin Training Courses

2021

Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

July 23-25 & 30-August 1, 2021

Fascia, Myofascial Release & Upper Body Anatomy

September 17-19 & 24-26, 2021

Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

2022

Yin-Yang Qi Cultivation and Spine Anatomy

Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

Fascia, Myofascial Release & Upper Body Anatomy

Yin Foundations & Lower Body Anatomy

December 1-5, 2021

January 7-9 & 14-16, 2022

June 3-5 & 10-12, 2022

September 14-18, 2022

December 7-11, 2022

Sample Time Tables

Five Day Intensives

Wednesday thru Sunday

Daily 9:00a-6:00p EST

 

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 Sunday morning (11:30-1:00) and afternoon (2:30-4:00)

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)

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

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. 

 

What People Say

"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 expected, 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual courses offered through December 2021 can and will count as contact hours with Yoga Alliance (YA) and applied toward the Exalt Yoga 300hr certification program, if desired. Any virtual course attended after this date would only count toward 20 hours of non-contact continued education hours and would not qualify toward the completion of the Exalt Yoga 300hr certification program, unless YA specifies otherwise. This is a fluid situation and is subject to change according to the guideance of Yoga Alliance. 

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 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. What are the required materials for this course?
A.  Each module has recorded mini course(s) that are required for you to view prior to the onset of training. A link to these courses will be sent to you via email no later than two weeks prior to the live course. Additionally, it is recommended (not required) that you review The Concise Book of Muscles (4th ed.) by Jarmey & Sharkey, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga (2nd ed.) by Bernie Clark for the Foundations module. The Yin-Yang Qi module has the required reading of the The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energy Anatomy by Cyndi Dale. The Fascia & Myofascial Release module has the required reading of Fascia: What it is & Why it Matters by David Lesondak and a recommended read of The Roll Model by Jill Miller.

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. 

 

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