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Pranakriya Approach to Yin Yoga (20 credit hours)

  • Santosha Studio 896 Davis Drive Northwest Sandy Springs, GA, 30327 United States (map)

Led by Amanda Trevelino, C-IAYT, RYT500, this training within Pranakriya's 300-hour teacher training program will prepare teachers to guide Yin yoga, a passive practice of loading the body's fascia, or connective tissue, for a period of time with emphasis on joint health, to hydrate, lubricate and improve or maintain the body’s overall mobility and flexibility.

Named for the Chinese taichi symbol that illustrates complementary duality, the practice acknowledges that muscular yang-like yoga asanas are more fiery and superficial, while Yin is a cooling practice that offers much deeper access to the body, and perhaps to the deeper Self. As such, this training will offer a simple overview of Chinese meridian theory. It will help teachers understand the concepts of moving energy, even in stillness, and will relate to the nadis and koshas of tantric philosophy. 

We will enhance our understanding of fascia’s role in the body, and experience the way connective tissue may invite connection to the subtle body or the psyche. As Yin becomes a meditative practice of non-resistance and mindful witnessing, we learn how to language for self-awareness, how to calm the nervous system, craft various Yin sequences, when to use counterposes, rebounds and props for safety. We also will explore what yin in not: active stretching or restorative yoga.

$375 early bird rate expires Nov. 7. Use coupon code "PK-YIN"

About Amanda:
Amanda's teaching style is focused on experiential awareness. She considers the yogic journey a path of compassionate inquiry and endless unlearning. She found yoga at age 40, while searching for a level of healing beyond what doctors could offer, and her belief in self-health led to inquiries around nourishing the Self on many levels. She discovered Yin while traveling, noticing that it offered a grounding, “anchoring” effect that, for her, was very different than other forms of hatha and vinyasa. Intrigued by the mental/emotional effects of this style, Amanda began to study privately with her first teacher Sara Phelan of Mokuleia, Hawaii, a certified Yin Yoga teacher through Sarah Powers of Insight Yoga Institute. Later trainings became available in her hometown of Atlanta and she became certified through Mahapatha Yoga under Doug Johnson, a student of Paul Grilley. She’s explored other yin trainings and perspectives, and was most inspired by Gil Hedley’s (Integral Anatomy) advice to working with fascia, “look for the unity.” 

Amanda appreciates Yin as a practice of unity, one that sometimes invites us to witness parts of ourselves that have been disconnected or forgotten. And for that, she relies on the influence of her Kripalu and Pranakriya inspired teachers. In particular, she appreciates the hands on understanding of fascia and channels of energy gained through William Hufschmidt’s Thai Yoga Therapy Certification; the understanding of the body’s innate intelligence and capacity to reorganize as taught by Don Stapleton Ph.D. in Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutics; the perspective of the body as a dynamic metaphor, a field of gross and subtle energy as taught, many times in many ways, by Yoganand Michael Carroll.