26-Day Yin Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Retreat in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Experienced and compassionate experts
Ancient teachings brought into a contemporary context
Learn all aspects of Yin Yoga from all angles - body, mind & soul
Daily yin and yang yoga sessions and theory classes
Reiki level I & II Initiation & Certificate
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Teacher Certificate & Yin Therapy Diploma
Transformational experience that you’ll remember the rest of your life
Exploration of the of Yin Yoga Healing, Yoga Nidra and Reiki
A supportive and encouraging environment
Beach overlooking yoga shala
Want to learn a style of yoga that’s focused on bringing balance - physically, energetically and mentally? Deepen your knowledge about yoga with a focus on Yin Yoga Therapy with this month-long teacher training. Stretched over 26 days, every student will have plenty of opportunity to practice teaching and will leave this training feeling confident to lead a Yin Yoga Therapy class.
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Sri Lanka is the new darling on the world’s top travel destinations map. Unspoilt and undiscovered, this tear-drop island is a treasure cove of culture and natural beauty. Her coastlines will astound you and her mountains mesmerize you as her lush, wild jungles welcome you in to lose yourself and find your soul. From the exotic location to the yoga, holistic healing and nutrition, to peace and rejuvenation – we’ve got your sandy-soled inner journey to self-growth covered.
Arugam Bay is a lovely moon-shaped curl of soft sand and is known as one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. It is one of those areas in the world you have to visit at least once in a lifetime. Pristine sandy beach, stunning natural beauty and with a population of just a few hundred, everything is dotted along a single road that parallels the coast.
Home to a famed point break that many regards as the best surf spot in the country, Arugam Bay is considered one of the top 10 surf points in the world. With the world-famous Yala National Park as its neighbour, Arugam Bay is also lucky to be surrounded by loads of wildlife like monkeys, elephants, and crocodiles. The bay is simply an amazing place to be.
Bay Vista welcomes you to the East coast of the tropical island of Sri Lanka with sunny warmth and promises you lasting experiences. Ensconced amidst rustling coconut palms, located in the heart of the small coastal village Arugam Bay, our stunning beachfront venue Bay Vista is just a stroll away from one of the world’s top ten surfing spots.
Each day at Bay Vista lures you towards different adventures; from cresting the most challenging waves to strolls on the beach at sunrise and breathtaking scenery, from experiencing local cuisine and beach life in Arugam Bay to connecting to the surrounding abundant nature. Bay Vista invites you to discover the way of life of the locals and lose yourself in the rustic charm that surrounds Arugam Bay.
The rooftop that opens to the cobalt sky is the ideal spot for our yoga practice. Breathtaking ocean views, a sun-rise witnessed here will, undoubtedly, leave an everlasting impression. The rooftop is also a nice place to chill, watch the action on the beach and check out the healthy bar whenever you get the munchies.
After a day of yoga and exploring, you’ll enjoy relaxing in comfortable rooms. Choose a double, triple or family room, all with a sea view on one side and a land view on the other. The rooms come complete with all amenities such as AC, hot water, a ceiling fan and a private balcony.
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation
6th June to 1st July 2022
This Yin Yoga Therapy Training is more than physical stretching: it can be a gateway to reconnect to your true self, to experience a deep opening in both body and mind. You will learn all about the basics and technicalities of yin yoga, but most of all we show you how to use Yin Yoga as a healing method, applying acupoints and body touch to stimulate the body's own healing response.
You look deep into the Mindfulness aspects of Yin, and you will learn all about the Art of Yoga Nidra and you will receive a Reiki Initiation if you wish.
When you awaken and align your body’s underlying energy, you activate your innate process of healing and transformation. You will demystify how energy affects everything you do and feel and show you how to work with your body and your mind.
You will practice sequences according to physical or emotional issues where the alternative medicine aspect of Daoism offers the opportunity to deep healing and profound transformation. You will learn simple principles, tools, and practices that balance your subtle body - which is how physical, emotional and spiritual healing begins- so you can build vitality, unravel energetic blockages, and boost your immunity.
In Yin Yoga as well as in Yoga Nidra and Reiki you are exploring the concept of surrender and release while you are opening up to guidance from beyond. Make your way through layer upon layer of habitual holding patterns of emotional history deep inside your tissues, muscles and cells. Releasing emotional tension, freeing stagnant or blocked energy.
You take the time out to listen to your body closely, to understand the transformative possibilities of being present with sensation means to experience mindfulness principles on a physical level. To let the body guide the mind to the ultimate experience of peace. To cultivate a loving-kindness attitude to ourselves, and from this place of abundance offering it to the world.
In addition to the Yin Yoga foundation, you will also learn all about Yoga Nidra’s background information. You will be introduced to explanations of the Yoga Nidra theory in both yogic and scientific terms. Experience the effects and applications of Yoga Nidra, as well as an introduction to possible sequential arrangements and an in-depth exploration of how to practically prepare Yoga Nidra scripts stepwise for various different applications.
You will receive Reiki healing sessions and the Reiki Initiation and Certification inclusive of all theoretical background information, Reiki symbols, and practical guidance on how to use them. You will hands-on explore how to give Reiki sessions to others (theory and real-time practice) and how to perform Reiki distant healing (theory and real-time practice).
This training is a wonderful opportunity to unwind our bodies, clear our minds, and open our hearts. To allow energetic healing to take place. And ultimately to experience Yin Yoga as an art, a philosophy and a way to live. If you’re up for exploring some more of this with us this is your course.
Welcome to Yin Healing: Yin Yoga Therapy + Yoga Nidra + Reiki
Yin Yoga Therapy
Yin yoga weaves all layers of our being - body, energy and mind - into a seamless whole, allowing a sublime experience of stillness and peace. The stillness of the long-held static stretches with relaxed muscles in Yin yoga allows space for awareness and the opportunity to reveal and release deep layers of tension held within your fascia. The healing wisdom of the Daoist philosophy and the meridians provides insight and guidance.
In this Yin Yoga Therapy training, you get a unique opportunity to learn to release physical and emotional tension, free stagnant or blocked energy and cultivate a peaceful quality of mind. By practising Yin we are practising acceptance and surrender, connecting our body to a Zen state of mind, and we create the space to allow energetic and physical healing to take place.
In this training, you get to know all the basics of a classical yoga teacher training plus we will guide you through a journey through all the Daoist elements and their healing wisdom. You will learn all about the ancient wisdom of the main acupuncture meridians and Chi flow in the body. We will give you a deep insight into each element and the correlating acupuncture meridians and organs. Find out more about their subconscious value and the applied body acupressure points and Yin yoga poses to help balance those.
We will explore each body's target area and its correlation with the meridians in detail. We will explain ways to emotional healing and the releasing of energetic blockages in the poses. As we put our bodies in certain positions, different meridian energy streams get stimulated and we activate our body’s own healing powers.
You will get to know more about additional tools and different meditation techniques to support this process. We offer you insight into the power of visualization and breath, mantras, mudras and chakras. There will be different meditations, acupuncture healing sessions and chanting circles.
To complete a basic understanding of yoga in all its variations we will look into the anatomy of the muscular and skeletal body, in the Ayurvedic dosha system and share different aspects of yoga philosophy and foundations like the eight limbs and Patanjali's yoga sutras. In our Circles of Transformation, we create a safe space to connect and share. Together we open the gates to a long-lasting transformation.
Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is a beautiful and powerful meditation technique that is becoming increasingly popular as a strong and effective antidote for our modern, stressful lifestyles. It is one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. While the practitioner rests comfortably in savasana (corpse pose), this ancient systematic meditation technique takes you through the Pancha Maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness, rejuvenation and deep relaxation.
In Yoga Nidra, the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. The practitioner is guided into a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping that is conducive to deep emotional and physical healing, rewiring of the brain and deep self-exploration.
Yoga Nidra is an effective and efficient way to access the “rest and digest” parasympathetic state of the nervous system and has been found very successful in reducing stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. %Yoga Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation, while still maintaining full consciousness. It helps to rest, restore, de-stress, increase awareness, undo bad habits and bring awareness to deep-rooted conditioned behavioural patterns, it helps bring insight into our true calling and will help with bringing our life into alignment with our truth.
Thirty minutes of Yoga Nidra practice is said to be equivalent to 3 to 4 hours of deep sleep. The health benefits of Yoga Nidra include:
- Relaxing and rejuvenating the body
- Soothing the nervous system
- Reducing fatigue
- Lowering high cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- Strengthening immunity
- Improving the quality of sleep
- Reducing depression
- Reducing mental, emotional and physical pain
- Boosting concentration and memory
- Supporting brain function and boosting creativity
Reiki is an energy healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word ‘Rei’ which means “Universal Life” and ‘Chi’ which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not a massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen the energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s Chi or energy should be strong and free-flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind are in a positive state of health.
When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance. A Reiki session can help remove energetic blockages, ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional.
A Reiki session is usually a very pleasant and deeply relaxing experience and is often utilised for one’s personal general well-being or for healing specific mental, emotional or physical conditions. Reiki can be conducted either hands-on, in which several parts of the body are lightly touched by the practitioner’s hands to direct the energy there, or hands-off, where the hands are held slightly above the body.
In addition, as Ki is not limited by distance or time, distant or remote Reiki healing is also possible without the client being physically present.
Reiki Initiations and Course
The ability to use Reiki is not taught in an intellectual sense but is transferred to the student during a Reiki attunement (initiation) given by a Reiki teacher (Reiki Master). This ceremony, called Reiju (Ray-Joo) in Japanese, is performed by the Reiki Master and opens and expands the main energy channels of the student’s body, allowing universal energy to flow more freely and deeply.
The Reiki initiation allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” and to use this energy to heal himself and others. Because of this opening process, the attunement also does what Reiki is meant to do in the student, namely clear blockages. This can create significant energy changes within the student and may initiate a period of transformation and self-growth.
In the Usui Reiki system, there are usually three levels that can be attained and these are all centred on the initiation process, combined with education and practice. Reiki Level I is a practitioner’s initiation into Reiki. The focus in Level I is on opening the energy channels on a physical level and allowing the practitioner to connect to the universal life force energy.
Reiki Level II is often defined by a focus on practising Reiki on others, as well as an expanded opening of the energy channels. In addition, the student also receives some of the Reiki Symbols. The Reiki symbols allow the practitioner to connect more deeply to the universal energy, as well as draw on the qualities that the symbols represent. This includes the ability to provide distance Reiki or send healing energy to individuals wherever they may be.
Reiki Level III (Master Level) is traditionally considered the teacher’s level, a practitioner who has received the energy and knowledge to attune new Reiki practitioners.
With successful completion of the training, you will receive a Reiki Practitioner Certificate, a Yoga Teacher Certificate from the Body-Mind-Soul Yoga School registered with Yoga Alliance and a Yin Therapy Training Certificate as a component of Alexandra Denkinger M.D.(Acu) physical therapy practice, licensed and registered as Doctor of Medicine in Acupuncture M.D.(ACU) by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine.
- Yin Yoga Therapy, Yoga Foundations and Mindfulness
- Reiki initiation, practice and theory
- Yoga Nidra practice, theory and teaching
- Foundation: Definition and theory of Yin Yoga Therapy - Physical / energetic / soul and mind
- Mindfulness: Mindfulness history, concept and practice
- The practise of Yin yoga:
- (and some Yang Yoga for the balance)
- 25 regular yin yoga poses + additional upper body poses, wall poses and modifications
- Special situations / target areas
- Sequences for each Daoist element and each Meridian
- The art of teaching Yin - Intention / expression / context / tools
- Embodied practical experience
- Yin therapy, chi and the meridian flow in the body
- Yin / yang / chi defined
- Five Daoist elements and the three treasures
- 12 primary traditional oriental medicine meridians and their healing wisdom
- Physical, energetic and emotional value
- Functional aspects in the pose
- Dan Tien breath
- Healing toolbox
- Acupressure points for each meridian and pose
- Anatomy of the mind
- An invitation to mindful living
- Tools for Transformation
- The power of visualization and Dan Tien breath
- Basics of oriental medicine and Ayurveda
- Basic anatomy and the theory of exercise: Muscular and skeletal system, understanding fascia and tensegrity, aesthetic vs. functional alignment, compression vs tension, joints and their movements, the piezoelectricity effect in the poses
- Yoga philosophy and basic foundations
- Circles of Transformation: Different meditations, chanting, healing sessions, mindful sunrise or sunset walks
We see teaching yoga as an art fuelled by authenticity and creativity. A student's personal practice and the understanding that follows spark the inner teacher and sharing with others will come naturally and spontaneously.
In a Taoist / Zen way, we emphasize the value of breath, meditation and intuition rather than ritual worship or rigorous following of old scriptures and perfect alignments. It matters how it feels much more than how it is supposed to look.
We acknowledge that every student and teacher has his or her own unique presence, energy, and teaching style. The Body-Mind-Soul Centre provides an ideal environment for learning and a practice process, where yoga teacher training courses are presented and practised in depth.
Alexandra Denkinger is an acupuncture therapist (M.D.Acu), yoga teacher (RYT500), Yin yoga expert, and founder of The Body-Mind-Soul Centre. She likes to see herself Body-Mind-Soul Bio-Hacker, an "urban shaman", dedicated to helping people empower themselves to live the most authentic, healthy life possible. As an all-time seeker on a soul-searching journey, she came across many different yoga styles and healing systems. In her Yin yoga teachings, she integrates the ancient wisdom of acupuncture meridians and chi flow in meditative yoga practice.
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6th June to 1st July 2022
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