YYTT30 (Yin Yoga Teacher Training 30 Hours): Anatomy & Theory
In an effort to meet the growing demand for training in yin yoga and anatomy Suzee and Paul have developed a 30 hour, non-residential program that is presented all over the world. This course introduces the 20 basic poses of yin yoga and how they are practiced. All the fundamental anatomical and philosophical concepts are covered. It transforms the way teachers see a roomful of bodies practicing asanas.
To analyze why a yoga student can or cannot do a pose we must learn to look past the surface of the body to see it as a moving skeleton. All yoga poses are simple combinations of 14 joint segments. Learning to identify the joint segments in each yoga pose is essential if we are to understand why every person practices poses differently.
After learning the 14 joint segments of the body we move on to explore the four myofascial compartments of the thighs and the six myofascial compartments of the torso. These muscle groups are involved in every yoga pose and once a student understands them all yoga poses become a transparent combination of these simple muscle and joint movements.These anatomical principles apply to all yoga poses–regardless of style.
Yin and Yang Asana Practice
In addition to anatomy lectures and demonstrations we will have two hours of yin and yang yoga each day. Yin Yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures for three to five minutes at a time. A Yin practice emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. It prepares the body and mind for longer meditation practices. By drawing the student’s awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxed focus is achieved. Yang Yoga is the rhythmic, flowing repetition of movements that require strength and balance. A Yang practice emphasizes the muscle tissues and circulatory system. Yang Yoga leaves one feeling invigorated and alert.
About Paul and Suzee Grilley
Paul Grilley has been teaching Yoga since 1980 and his special interest is the teaching of Anatomy. He practices yoga postures in the style of Paulie Zink and patterns his philosophy on the writings and researches of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama —a yogi and scientist from Tokyo, Japan. This philosophy integrates the Taoist meridian and acupuncture theories of China with the yogic and tantric theories of India.
Suzee Grilley has practiced yoga since 1980. She has studied many styles of yoga including Ashtanga with Pattabhi Jois, Integral Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Hatha Yoga with Dharma Mittra. Because her professional life as a dancer, choreographer and teacher is Yang by nature, her yoga practice in the last decade has been the slow, healing, Yin style of yoga that has prolonged her career in dance and aided her practice of meditation.
Suzee continues to choreograph for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and performs with mullti-media improvisational ensemble, Sonoluminescence, but because of growing demand for Yin Yoga seminars her husband Paul has convinced her to travel with him and teach this style of yoga based on her three decades of experience.