Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen (50 Hours - 5 day retreat)

Aug172016toAug212016

Map of Otford, NSW
Where
Otford, NSW, 2508, Australia
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When
Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016 to Sunday, 21 Aug 2016
Price
$1490 - $1890

Description

50-hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen (5-day Retreat)

Immerse yourself deeply in the practice of Yin Yoga during this 50-hour teacher training with Sarah Owen (the first and only Insight Yoga Teacher in Australia, endorsed by Sarah Powers - Insight Yoga Institute). This 5-day (50-hour) Yin Yoga Teacher Training will be held at the beautiful Govinda Valley Retreat Centre. One hour South of Sydney and easily accessible by public transport, Govinda Valley is the perfect setting to learn the introspective art of Yin Yoga. Deepen your knowledge of the more inward-drawn yoga practices (including pranayama and meditation) and immerse yourself in a personal discovery of the more quiet inner realms. Mindfulness meditation will be explored as an 'inner method' during the Yin Yoga poses as well as a seated meditation practice (including the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness).

Yin Yoga uses restorative, floor-based poses to nourish and stimulate the deeper energetic channels in the body, providing support for the immune system. Yin Yoga also provides the perfect container to develop deeper levels of self-inquiry and to cultivate the capacity for meditative self-awareness.

During this 50-hour training designed for Yoga Teachers, Sarah Owen will give you the tools to take your practice to a deeper level. You will come away with a clear understanding of safety and anatomical issues pertaining to the Yin Yoga practice, as well as having the ability to creatively sequence yin yoga classes for all levels of students. This training is also designed to deepen your own personal practice of yoga and meditation by incorporating elements of meditation and self-inquiry into your daily yoga practice. The most effective yoga teaching comes from your own personal immersion and deepened personal experience of these ancient methods and teachings.

Whilst this training is designed specifically for qualified Yoga Teachers wishing to teach Yin Yoga classes, this training is also open to dedicated practitioners of yoga, with the intention to use the knowledge to deepen one’s own understanding and personal practice. To be a certified teacher of Yin Yoga, you must have successfully completed a 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification previously.

 

The 50-Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Course Curriculum will include the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology specific to Yin Yoga
  • Modifications and Safety in Yin Yoga, including the use of props
  • Anatomy of the Subtle Body (meridians and chakras)
  • Mindfulness in Yin Yoga (including two specific methods of meditation – Shamatha and Vipassana)
  • Applications of mindfulness in daily life
  • Sequencing in Yin Yoga (including seasonal sequences)
  • Organs and Meridian Health (using yin yoga to affect specific organs)
  • Yin and Yang Theory (basic Taoist theory and the principles of yin and yang – how they are applied to yoga)
  • Yin Yoga and Meditation as referenced in the ancient scriptures (Hatha Yoga Pradipika/Yoga Sutras)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques) for healing and relaxation
  • Meditation and journaling to deepen the yoga experience

*Each student must complete a two-page reflective essay on completion of the Teacher Training Retreat, based on the content covered in the course. The essay must be submitted before September 4th 2016, with your 50-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Certificate to be emailed out to you by 18th September 2016. More details about the essay will be disscussed during the training.

 

ABOUT SARAH OWEN

Sarah is the amongst the leading Yin Yoga teachers in Australia and one of the first to introduce Yin Yoga to the Australian audience. She has been mentored by Sarah Powers (founder and author of Insight Yoga) for almost a decade and is the coordinator for Sarah Powers' Insight Yoga Institute programs in Australia. Sarah leads Yin Yoga teacher trainings and workshops in Australia as well as ongoing mentoring for yoga teachers. She is also the only Insight Yoga Teacher in Australia, endorsed by Sarah Powers - Insight Yoga Institute. For more information, see her website - www.sarahowenyoga.com

 

ABOUT GOVINDA VALLEY

Govinda Valley Retreat Centre is a newly renovated retreat centre surrounded by spectactular natural beauty and a short drive from several sparkling beaches. Nestled in a stunning lush green valley at the southern end of the Royal National Park between the plateau of Helensburgh and sheer cliffs of Stanwell Tops. Unique to the coast of NSW, that; despite its proximity to Sydney and Wollongong, much of the region is still covered in dense semi temperate rainforest, and inhabited by threatened species such as the Sooty Owl , Powerful Owl & Pygmy possums. The venue has a large, light-filled hall for practicing yoga, large dining hall and beautiful expansive gardens, bushwalks, close to the beach and recreation areas. All meals are wholesome, delicious vegetarian fare based on Ayurvedic nutrition prepared fresh daily.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Quad-share: 4-guest capacity with single beds. Each guest wing has two large communal bathrooms. Bedding provided, as well as blankets and heaters in the rooms.You might like to bring an extra blanket or sleeping bag for extra warmth during Winter months. Pillows provided, though some bring their own. Please bring your own towel for quad-share accommodation.

Twin Share: Twin-share rooms are equipped with ensuite bathrooms and single beds. Towels and bedding provided, as well as blankets and heaters in the rooms.You might like to bring an extra blanket or sleeping bag for extra warmth during Winter months. Pillows provided, though some bring their own. Towels provided for twin-share accommodation.

 

COSTS

Quad-share:

Early Bird (before Friday 24th June 2016): $1490 AUD (incl GST)

Full Price (after 24th June 2016): $1590 AUD (incl GST)

Twin Share:

Early-Bird (before Friday 24th June 2016): $1790 AUD (incl GST)

Full Price (after Fri 24th June): $1890 AUD (incl GST)

Payment plans are also available. Please contact bookings after registering for an application form to pay in installments.

 

WHAT TO BRING

Please bring your own yoga mat and your favourite props. Some yoga mats and props (blankets, blocks and bolsters) will be provided, but will be limited to 1-2 items per student. You are encouraged to bring your own meditation cushions, light blankets, eye pillows etc for your own personal use and comfort during the training.

Please bring a notebook and pens/pencils for taking notes. You will receive a Yin Yoga Teacher Training Manual when you arrive at the training. You might also like to bring a copy of any of the books on the recommended reading list (optional). Please bring a separate notebook to use as a meditation journal throughout the duration of the retreat (and beyond!)

Whilst three delicious vegetarian meals will be provided daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner plus tea and fruits), some people also like to bring some of their own favourite snacks, favourite teas etc to be more comfortable during the training. Please note that the grounds of Govinda Valley are strictly vegetarian, so it is kindly asked that no meat or fish be brought onto the premises.

Bedding is provided, but please bring your own towel if staying in quad-share rooms. See also 'accommodation' above. There are heaters in the rooms, though some people might like to bring a sleeping bag for additional comfort during winter months.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

Wednesday 17th August:

9:00am: Arrive at Govinda

10:30 - 12:00pm: Morning Session

12.30pm: Lunch

2pm - 5pm: Afternoon Session

6pm: Dinner 7.30pm - 8.45pm:

Philosophy and Meditation

 

Thursday 18th August:

7.15am: Pranayama and Meditation

8am: Breakfast

9am - 12pm: Morning Session

12.30pm: Lunch

2pm - 5pm: Afternoon Session

6pm: Dinner

7.30pm - 8.45pm: Philosophy and Meditation

 

Friday 19th August:

7.15am: Pranayama and Meditation

8am: Breakfast

9am - 12pm: Morning Session

12.30pm: Lunch

2pm - 5pm: Afternoon Session

6pm: Dinner

7.30pm - 8.45pm: Philosophy and Meditation

 

Saturday 20th August:

7.15am: Pranayama and Meditation

8am: Breakfast

9am - 12pm: Morning Session

12.30pm: Lunch

2pm - 5pm: Afternoon Session

6pm: Dinner

7.30pm - 8.45pm: Philosophy and Meditation

 

Sunday 21st August:

7.15am: Pranayama and Meditation

8am: Breakfast

9am - 12pm: Morning Session

12.30pm: Lunch

2pm - 3.30pm: Final Session

4pm: Finish

 

RECOMMENDED READING LIST:

Sarah Powers, 2008, Insight Yoga, Shambala Books

Paul Grilley, 2012, Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice, White Cloud Press B.

Alan Wallace, 2006, The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focussed Mind, Wisdom Publications. This book outlines the meditation method of Shamatha.

Gunaratana, various editions, Mindfulness in Plain English, Wisdom Publications. Outlines the method of Vipassana meditation.