• Graduates of the Mindfulness Yin Yoga Course

    At the Hotel Tossal d' Altea, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Mindfulness Yin Yoga Teacher Training course description -

    This unique 45hr Mindfulness Yin Yoga course, offers us the gift of a heart centred practice, allowing us to wake up from Automatic pilot and return to our centre where true healing begins. You do not need to be a Yoga Teacher to attend, and the course can be taken to simply cultivate and deepen your own practice, learn Yin Yoga and Mindfulness or as further training for Yoga Teachers and Meditation Teachers

    With an emphasis on awareness of the present moment and focus on being in your practice, rather than doing your practice, the course includes in-depth instruction on all aspects of Mindfulness Yin Yoga practice and teaching. The course also includes an introduction to Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR Meditation and how it relates to both Yin Yoga and other Yoga practices, helping you come home to your body, deepen both your personal and teaching practice, and enhance your levels of health and wellbeing.

    I love the coast, so the Spring course is held in the quiet Mediterranean resort of Altea where temperatures in April 2017 were around 20 degrees during the day, with 7 hours of sunshine. The perfect temperature for a walk through the picture-perfect old town of Altea or along the seafront to Albir. For those booking a room at the venue the Hotel Tossal d' Altea, extra nights are also available if you wanted more time to relax and explore. The resort offers a host of Restaurants, Bars, Coffee shops and everything you could need for your free time. It's also quick and easy to get to from Alicante Airport with the English speaking Shuttle Service that drops you at the door of the hotel. 

    Download the 45hr Mindfulness Yin Yoga Application Form

  • I have been on numerous courses and completed a number of academic degrees, but the 45h Mindful Yin Yoga course by Kathy Ward has probably been the most outstanding course I have ever taken. For me there was the perfect balance of practical and theory based sessions, backed up with not just Kathy’s wealth of experience, but by academic literature and the seminal work of others. I have graduated from the course feeling confident to teach Mindful Yin Yoga, but also have developed hugely in my understanding of mindfulness from a personal perspective. The course exceeded every expectation I had and can fully recommend this course without a shadow of hesitation.

    Alice - May 2018.

  • Is this Mindfulness Yin Yoga course suitable for me?

    The course is suitable for those with 1-2 years of Yoga asana practice and either an established meditation practice (not necessarily Mindfulness) or a keen interest in learning how to incorporate Mindfulness-based Meditation into your personal and/or teaching practice. You do not have to desire to become a Yoga teacher, but you are expected to have a passion for Mindfulness Yin Yoga. The course is accredited by both the UK Yoga Alliance Professionals and the USA Yoga Alliance. Continuing Professional Development CPD Units are required to maintain your status as a Registered Yoga Teacher with the USA Yoga Alliance, and Further development courses are recommended by the UK Yoga Alliance Professionals, so why not come along and learn new skills, deepen your practice and relax by the sea with like-minded people!

    Upon completion of this Mindfulness Yin Yoga course and full payment, students will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting participation and attendance. In order to be a certified yoga teacher, students must also have completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training course. 

    Please come along with an understanding of the quieter Yin Yoga practices through previous classes or pre-course study using the supplied Mindfulness Yin Yoga asana cards, and a strong interest in committing to the further exploration of both Yoga and mindfulness.

  • A typical days schedule for the 5 day course is -

    • 08.00 - 09.30 Mindful Yin yoga and Mindfulness Meditation practice
    • 09.30 - 10.00 Break
    • 10.00 - 11.00 Anatomy (subtle and physical) Teaching Methodology and Philosophy of Mindful Yin Yoga and MBSR Mindfulness Meditation.
    • 11.00 - 13.30 Mindful Yin practice, training & practicum exploring every aspect of Mindful Yin Yoga
    • 13.30 - 15.00 Break
    • 15.00 - 17.00 Mindful Yin practice, training & practicum and MBSR Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction meditation workshop
    • 17.00 - 19.00 Mindful Yin practice
    • We will also have a short morning and afternoon break

    For a copy of the full daily schedule and curriculum read more

    The class's and workshops balance essential theoretical knowledge with lots of skills practice and include the Yoga Alliance 5 educational categories of Practice and Training, Practicum/teaching experience, Anatomy (subtle and physical) Teaching Methodology and Philosophy. We have a short morning and afternoon break and and an hour and a half for lunch.

    By the end of the course, you will have the skills and knowledge to deepen your personal practice. Yoga Teachers will also have wonderful new teaching skills to add to existing classes, along with new business opportunities with Mindfulness Yin classes. This includes the key elements of MBSR Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction meditation as they relate to Mindfulness Yin Yoga.

  • What is Mindfulness Yin Yoga?

    Yin Yoga is part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition, and some say it was the original practice. Mindful Yin Yoga combines the influences of traditional Hatha Yoga with modern Mindfulness practices to improve health and well-being.

    Recently brought back into the spot light by Bernie Clark, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley and Biff Mithoefer and others, Yin Yoga is the practice of floor postures held for three to five minutes (sometimes more) It emphasizes the connective tissue of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. By drawing awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxation can be achieved. There is usually an element of Yang with a Yin pose, for example in Seal pose the muscles in the arms will be working, and props can be used to help take the strain off the arms. 

    During the training you will learn how to deepen your own practice and learn to teach -

    • What is Yin Yoga and its history
    • The differences between a Yang and Yin practice
    • The differences between Yin and Restorative Yoga
    • The most common Yin Yoga postures
    • Full instruction on alignment principles, modifications, assists and use of props to suit the individual including Mindful Restorative options 
    • How to teach Mindful Yin Yoga using 'inquiry style' guiding
    • Benefits and contraindications of Yin Yoga
    • Sequences for organ health including Kidney/Urinary, Liver/Gallbladder, Stomach/Spleen and Lung/Heart & Intestine and Governing/Conceptual vessel
    • Visualisations for each of the pair sequences to bring the practice alive
    • A Meridian pairs sequence (sometimes called Makko Ho or Shiatsu stretches) to bring balance to your energy body
    • How to practice pranayama to bring balance to the body & mind during the Yin postures
    • How to bring Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR meditation into your Yin practice
    • How to sequence Mindful Yin poses into your normal classes
    • Daily MBSR Workshop (condensed 8 week MBSR course) 
    • For details of the Mindful Yin Liver and Gallbladder sequence read more
  • What is the difference between Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga?

    Yin Yoga is not intended to be Restorative Yoga, and there is some confusion on the differences. Yin Yoga encompasses long-held, static stresses of the deep connective tissues allowing them to be remodeled, it may or may not be relaxing and there is a saying that goes "if you are feeling it you are doing it"

    Props can be used to support the part of the body not being focused on, the joints affected/targeted are not supported themselves. In this way, the joint can be stretched with gentle, but persistent pressure for the length of the hold.

    We also use the tools of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR to step out of automatic pilot and just be in our bodies in this present moment, to find the middle path. Yin Yoga is not intended to promote recovery from injury and illness in the way that Restorative Yoga does.

    Generally speaking in the Restorative Yoga, the postures are held for longer periods too but in a fully supported position allowing the body to let go (see the photo of a Mindfulness Restorative posture below)

    There are some overlaps but they are two distinct methods with different intentions. It is always dangerous to make a short dogmatic definition but here is how Bernie Clark explains it!

    Our Mindfulness Yin yoga is the perfect time for cultivating the Yama 'do no harm' by stepping out of Automatic Pilot and with a foundation of Ahimsa and Mindfulness, you tune into the experience of what is happening just now – in this moment.

    Restorative Yoga takes an unhealthy body and brings it (hopefully) back to normal, while Yin Yoga takes a normal healthy body and brings it up to optimum. So you see - it is a question of degree.

  • Yoga Sutras II:16 “Heyam Dukham Anagatam - Suffering that has not yet come can, and should be avoided” 

    This sutra really supports our vision of teaching yoga. We often ask "as you practice yoga can you relinquish the goal of physical accomplishment for the intention of cultivating awareness of well-being, peace, joy, and happiness?"

  • Mindfulness Yin Yoga

    Based on a mix of the ancient wisdom of traditional Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness practices, Mindfulness Yin Yoga invites you to tune into your body and be kind to yourself. It is a path, a journey, not to get somewhere else, but to be where we are, as we are in this very moment, with this very breath, whether the experience is nice, unpleasant or neutral.

    The first foundation of Mindfulness Yin Yoga is Ahimsa (do no harm) to yourself and your students, and at its heart, we practice the 8 attitudinal foundations of mindfulness -

    non judging, patience, beginners mind, trust, non striving, acceptance, letting go, forgiveness and self compassion.

    Mindfulness Yin Yoga taps into the innate potential for healing that we all have. It mobilizes our ability to cultivate embodied wisdom and self-compassion, and by so doing it teaches us to live our lives and face whatever arises with awareness, integrity, clarity and an open-hearted presence.

    This is why we call it a Mindfulness Yin Yoga practice, even so, from time to time, we may need to remind ourselves to just 'be' in our yoga practice, rather than think we are 'doing' the yoga practice. In mindfulness, there is a saying that goes "awareness = choice = freedom" when we practice this with Mindfulness Yin Yoga we really do deepen our practice. 

  • Pranayama - When the breath is steady, so is the mind

    During the training you will practice and learn to teach Pranayama in a Mindful way, taking into consideration the needs of the student and any contra-indications. Some text books refer to teaching pranayama in different levels, this gives the impression that Pranayama techniques are something to attain, leading students to become goal orientated towards “the most difficult” when in fact the more simpler pranayama may be the very one they need.

    We will practice and learn to teach –

    •    Breath awareness including deep tummy breathing to bring balance to the nervous system 
    •    Centering with a 3 Step Breathing Space
    •    Heart breath
    •    Learning how to exhale with Kaki pranayama to release stress, anxiety and tension
    •    Ujjayi - the ocean breath
    •    Nadhi Shodhana to bring balance to yin and yang 
    •    Orbiting Energy breath through the Conceptual Vessel and Governing Vessel Meridians

  • Mindfulness MBSR Meditation for everyday life.

    The meditation you will practice and learn to teach is our own unique amalgamation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Segal, Williams, and Teasdale. It is has been designed to help people learn new ways of handling the stressors of modern living and to help us find balance both on and off the mat.

    Mindfulness is a life skill which can deepen our sense of well-being and fulfillment. It involves paying attention to what is occurring in our present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgmental acceptance. It engages all of our senses as we open to our entire experience, becoming aware of our body, thoughts, and emotions - not always that comfortable during the long holds of Mindfulness Yin Yoga! Using the skills of Mindfulness you will be able to skillfully deepen both your own and your students practice allowing you to tap into the true essence of the quieter practices. 

    As Jon Kabat-Zinn so eloquently describes it, Mindfulness is “arriving at our own door”, being in touch with ourselves, with others and our surroundings in the present moment. It is a natural and intuitive state of presence in which we can feel more connected, real and alive. 

    During the course, you will learn-

    • Short meditation practices including Awareness of Breath and Senses, Pause and 3 Step Anchoring Space
    • Body Scan Meditation
    • Body, Breath and senses meditation
    • Choiceless Awareness - the classic Mindfulness Meditation
    • 3 step Kindness Practice
  • Prices

    Price  -  without accommodation 500 euros includes -

    • 45hrs of tuition
    • Extensive Manual
    • Digital copy of the Mindful Academy International Mindful Hatha Yoga principle cards
    • mp3 Recordings of a Body Scan and Body and Breath Meditation
    • 45hr Mindfulness Yin Yoga Certificate

    Optional Accommodation - 

    • 6 nights Single room at the venue the Hotel Tossa d' Altea with breakfast arrival Sunday 31st March and departing Saturday 6th April 330 euros. Extra nights may be available at 55 euros per night including breakfast.
    • 6 nights Shared room at the venue the Hotel Tossa d' Altea with Breakfast arrival Sunday 31st March and departing Saturday 6th April 225 euros (subject to availability) Extra shared nights are not available.
    • To help you spread the cost of the course, the Hotel Tossa d' Altea does not require payment until you check in.
    • The resort of Altea also offers a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. 
    • Optional Breakfast at the Hotel for Non Residents 8 euros per day
  • How to Book

    Please download the Application form and return to Kathy Ward at [email protected] We then ask for a non refundable 250 euro PayPal deposit to secure your space.The balance of tuition is payable one month before the course starts. Early booking is recommended as we are receiving enquiries daily. 

  • Travel to Altea on the Costa Blanca and Pre-Course Study

    The nearest airport is Alicante, and transfers to and from Altea are very simple. We recommend that you book the 24hr English speaking transfer service directly from Alicante airport to Altea. For more details, please visit www.beniconnect.com 

    Pre-course study - 

    • Please read The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, The Philosophy & Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark before you arrive, there is no need to practice the Yin Asanas in the book (see below)
    • We will send you a digital copy of our Mindful Yin Yoga Asana MAP cards. We ask that you familiarize yourself with the asanas by practicing in a way that supports your body, so that you can familiarise yourself experientially with the practice of Yin Yoga. There is no need to print the Mindful Yin Yoga MAP cards as they are included in your course manual.
    • We will also send you an mp3 of the Body Scan and ask that you practice perhaps weekly, as a way to visit your body.