26-Day Yin Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Retreat in Goa, India

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Suitable for beginner and intermediate practitioners
Exploration of Yin yoga from all angles
Ancient teachings brought into a contemporary context
Mindfulness and Daoist healing philosophy of meridians and Chi flow in the body
Yoga teacher certificate and Yin yoga therapy diploma
Welcome to an amazing nature spot!
Learn in a supportive and encouraging environment
Serene location in the jungle but also close to one of Goa's best beaches
Transformational healing circles and sunset beach walks
Pool and sea view accommodation
Do you want to learn a style of yoga that’s focused on bringing balance – physically, energetically and mentally? Get all the knowledge to start teaching with a focus on Yin Yoga Therapy in this month-long training and gain the certificate to share it.

Accommodation

Beach and Nature setting
Caters for vegetarian and vegan diets
Special menu request
Swimming pool (outdoor)
Barbeque facilities
Environmentally friendly
Lounge
Multilingual staff
Restaurant
Yoga deck
Board rental
Currency exchange
Tour assistance
Free parking
Air-conditioned rooms
Café
Garden
Meditation garden
Picnic area
Terrace
Yoga shala
Car rental
Free Wi-Fi
Outdoor shower
A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, susegad, and spirituality, Goa is India’s pocket-sized paradise. Located on the west coast of India you can have the sight of high Sahyadri ranges on one side and on another side the picturesque view of the Arabian Sea. Goa is known for its pictorial beauty, striking beaches, beautiful temples and churches, grand festival celebrations and colourful Hindu and Catholic heritage. Goa has become a well-visited winter getaway where yoga is celebrated and spiritual activities are on a daily schedule: sunrise yoga sessions on the beach, reiki healing courses, meditation, and just about every other form of spiritual exploration, are all practised freely.

Morjim is known as one of the best beaches in North Goa and provides a little bit of everything without being too crowded. Perfect for a yoga immersion and a bit of beach life on your weekend off.

The venue
Welcome to an amazing nature spot! Our classes are mostly held at the beautiful jungle shala of the centre with the natural shade of the surrounding trees. For the evening session, you move to the hilltop lounge from where you have the most amazing view overlooking one of Goa's most beautiful beaches. It is actually the best spot to watch every day how spectacularly the sun kisses the sea at sunset.

It’s really peaceful in the jungle on a little hilltop but not too far away so you can walk everywhere around town. Within just a walk away you are able to find a little bit of everything, empty stretches of the beach but also you can get a little taste of the vibrant Goan multicultural scene.

Every cottage has a private terrace, often with a stunning sea view. The air-conditioned rooms are provided with a mini-fridge and hot water kettle, private bathrooms with showers, cold and hot water, and WC. You will find an infinity swimming pool on the hilltop of the resort from where you can overlook the beautiful Morjim-Ashvem beach, which is only a short walk away.

In the extended neighbourhood, there are a few shops and a small but exquisite range from local eateries to lovely bakeries, cafes and sublime restaurants, lots to discover for your day off. Our team is always available to help you out and about.

It is fairly easy to get there, but to make sure you find the right spot you will be provided with all the information on how to make your way safely to Morjim and Yin Yoga Therapy Teacher Training are happy to offer your airport pick-up complementary! Dabolim Airport is approximately one hour drive away.

Highlights:
Nature - Jungle - Hilltop - Beach - Love

Welcome to an amazing nature spot! It’s really peaceful in the jungle on a little hilltop but also not too far away so you can walk everywhere around town and to the beach. Within just a stroll away you are able to find a little bit of everything, empty stretches of the beach but also you can get a little taste of the vibrant Goan multicultural scene.

There is a beautiful jungle shala where we practice in the natural shade of the surrounding trees. Some sessions are held at the hilltop lounge from where you have the most amazing view overlooking one of Goa's most beautiful beaches. It is the best spot in all of Morjim-Ashvem to watch how spectacularly the sun kisses the sea for sunset.

Food
Healthy, conscious, local, pure and fresh vegetarian or vegan food made with love.

Filter water, fresh lemon water, and herbal tea infusion are available throughout the day.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Program

For an embodied experience of the theory behind the practice, students will have the opportunity to teach from the second week onwards. Stretched over 4 weeks there is time to practice teaching and the student will leave this training feeling confident to lead a yin yoga therapy class.

Yin Yoga waves 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 the space for awareness and the opportunity to reveal and release deep layers of tension held within your fascia. 

Yin Yoga Therapy also explains 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. The healing wisdom of the Daoist philosophy and the Meridians provides insight and guidance for your practice and your teaching.

You will get to know all the basics of a classical 200hrs yoga teacher training and embark on a journey through all the Taoist elements and their healing wisdom, learn about the ancient tradition of the Acupuncture Meridians and Chi flow in the body. Find out more about their subconscious value and the applied body acupressure points and Yin Yoga poses to help balance those. 

When you awaken and align your body’s underlying energy, you activate your innate process of healing and transformation. Yin Yoga will help you create profound shifts in your physical and emotional well-being through the subtle body. 

Yin Yoga Therapy will demystify how energy affects everything you do and feel—and show you how to work with your body and mind. Energy work isn’t as esoteric as you may think. 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. By the end of this course, you will feel stronger, healthier, and better able to thrive and flow in the life you are meant to live.

You will get to know more about additional tools and different meditation techniques to support this process. Yin Yoga Therapy offers you insight into the power of visualization and breath, Yoga Nidra, 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 you 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.

The Body-Mind-Soul Centre sees 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.

The Body-Mind-Soul Centre acknowledges 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. 

The Body-Mind-Soul Centre is an RYS registered school with Yoga Alliance and is honoured to collaborate with teachers from wonderfully diverse and experienced backgrounds.

The aim is to apply the teachings and practices of the yoga tradition to go on an exploration to investigate the relationship between our body, mind, and soul. Ultimately to gain clarity, understand our nature, create harmony between us and others and experience freedom and joy. In a Taoist / Zen way, the teachings emphasize the value of breath, meditation, and intuition rather than traditional worship or rigorous following of old scriptures and perfect alignments. We see teaching yoga as an art fuelled by authenticity and creativity.

With successful completion of the training, students will receive a Yoga Alliance affiliated Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from The Body-Mind-Soul Centre (RYS) AND a Yin Yoga Therapy Training Diploma 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, affiliated with Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher (RYT 500) and owner of The Body-Mind-Soul Centre (RYS 200). 

With successful completion you receive
  • Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from The Body-Mind-Soul Centre (registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance)
  • Yin Yoga Therapy Training Diploma 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, affiliated with Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher (RYT 500) and owner of The Body-Mind-Soul Centre. 

Content Yin Yoga Therapy, Yoga Foundations & Mindfulness
  • Foundations, Definition and Theory of Yin Yoga & Yin Healing
  • Physical / energetic / soul & mind

Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness history, concept and practice
  • Neuroplasticity

The practise of Yin Yoga
  • 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 
  • The art of sequencing a yin class 
  • Embodied practical experience

Yin Therapy, Chi & the Meridian Flow in the Body
  • Yin / yang / chi defined 
  • 5 Daoist elements & the three treasures
  • 12 primary traditional Oriental Medicine Meridians & 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 to transformation
  • The power of visualization & the Dan Tiens
  • Basics of Oriental Medicine & Ayurveda 

Professional Development
  • Class management, general professionalism
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Credentialing Process with Yoga Alliance
  • Responsibility and Accountability 
  • Scope of Practice and Code of Conduct, Equity in Yoga 

Daily Yoga Practice
  • Afternoon Yin Yoga Therapy Sessions
  • Morning class for self-practice of different dynamic yang styles of yoga for the balance

Basic Anatomy & the Theory of Exercise
Muscular and skeletal system, biomechanical principles, joints and their movements, physiology such as nervous system, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive systems, respiratory system, vagal theory, aesthetic vs. functional alignment, compression vs tension, understanding fascia and tensegrity, the physical theory of the practice, the piezoelectric principle in the poses

Yoga Philosophy and Basic Foundations
History and people, an overview of different yoga styles, the 8 limbs of yoga, Patanjali yoga sutras, pranayama, chakras, mudras & mantras, spiritual concepts

Sunset Circles
Different active meditations, Yoga Nidra, chanting, acupuncture healing circle, different healing sessions, circle of transformation, mindful sunset walks… 

Instructor

Alexandra Denkinger (M.D.Acu)
Alexandra
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.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 14 days in advance for a 70% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
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