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 Teacher Training Mona ValeDuring this 100-hour training designed for Yoga Teachers and serious students, 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.
Saturdays 11.30 – 7.30 pm
Sundays 11.30 – 3.30 pm commencing February 4 2017

The course is designed to give students an in-depth exposure to the teachings of Yin. You will learn refinements, adjustments and the skills required to teach the practice of Yin with confidence and depth. Students are also required to do research, readings and written homework during the courses.

Contact our course coordinator Katherine here for your copy of the 2017 course prospectus. 

Course Descriptions:

The Theory & Practice of Yin Yoga

Through this course, you will develop a complete understanding of the principles of Yin Yoga, get familiar with how to release the yin tissues in the body, learn the techniques on each pose, the role of connective tissues in yoga, how to design a sequence for beginners’ class and teaching skills to successfully share what you know with your students. This program empowers teachers to develop a Yin practice to balance the dynamic practices both for themselves and their students.

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of Yin and Yang principles according to Taoist point of view and how these principles affect yoga practice
  • Communicate the difference between Yin Yoga & dynamic (Yang) forms of Yoga and the benefits of a regular Yin practice
  • Key instructions in each pose
  • Skilfully sequence Yin Yoga classes
  • Effectively modify poses for a variety of anatomical concerns
  • Understand how the stimulation of the meridian channels of the body through Yin Yoga stimulates the related organs
  • Understand how disease develops and the differences between Curing & Healing
  • Understand the Chi flow, Meridians & Energy focal points in the body
  • Develop Yin Yoga sequences that combines Meridians to effectively channel chi flow to specific meridian pathway

More details and course prospectus available here


“The training was everything I was looking for and Sarah delivered it beautifully, balancing each day with a mixture of practice and theory. Sarah’s training gave me a greater understanding of anatomy and our skeletal limitations, the ability to sequence based around meridians and individual needs, and new meditation methods to use during my own practice. Thank you Sarah for your experience and wisdom.” NM

“Sarah is a wonderful teacher, who offers insights and practical knowledge. She is very caring and inclusive in her teachings and encourages you to ask questions, share experiences and bring your whole self to the lessons. I loved every moment of our classes and have integrated my learnings from Sarah and this teacher training into my way of life. Thank you Sarah.” SM

“The Yin Yoga Teacher training with Sarah Owen has transformed the way I teach both Yin and my regular Hatha classes. I feel as though my practice and the way I teach now contains a richer mix of the eight limbs of Yoga. What I enjoyed most from the training was the teachings of the ‘inner methods’ of Yoga. Sarah provided us with a diverse variety of pranayama, concentration, and meditation techniques that can be used once you have set students up in the pose. These practices help to take the students beyond the physical body, so that they can experience the greater benefits – the system of self-transformation – that is Yoga.” AK

More About Sarah Owenabout-sarah

Sarah Owen is the only Insight Yoga teacher in Australia, endorsed by Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute. She is the among the leading Yin Yoga teachers in Australia and one of the first to introduce Yin Yoga to the Australian audience. Sarah Owen has been mentored by Sarah Powers (founder and author of Insight Yoga) for almost a decade and is the coordinator and assistant for Sarah Powers’ annual programs in Australia.

Sarah teaches regular workshops and classes at various Sydney yoga studios, as well as offering numerous Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Trainings each year for yoga teachers and interested students. Her depth of knowledge and experience shine through particularly in her teacher training programs, which are highly-acclaimed and highly-recommended by graduating students.

Sarah has been teaching yoga since 2006, after training at Samadhi Yoga in Sydney under the guidance of Katie Manitsas and Sue White. Her love of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness was discovered when she met her principle teacher and mentor, Sarah Powers (acclaimed author and co-founder of Insight Yoga) the following year. Over the next eight years, Sarah Owen travelled extensively to train and study with her teachers through the Insight Yoga Institute to become an endorsed Insight Yoga Teacher with more than 500-hours of study. This included numerous trips to the USA, as well as intensive training opportunities in Asia, and Silent Retreats in France, USA and Australia. Sarah’s principal teachers through the Insight Yoga Institute include: Sarah and Ty Powers, Maty Ezraty, Paul Grilley, Richard Freeman, Tias Little, Patricia Sullivan; as well as meditation teachers B. Alan Wallace, Gregory Kramer, and Lama Tsultrim Allione.

For more than a decade, Sarah has attended workshops, trainings and retreats with numerous well-known yoga teachers including Sarah Powers, Maty Ezraty, Paul Grilley, Richard Freeman, Sean Corne, Mark Whitwell, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Simon Low, and meditation teachers Gregory Kramer (Insight Dialogue) and B. Alan Wallace (Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies), training in both Shamatha and Vipassana methods of meditation.

Sarah worked with a small group of fellow yoga teachers to establish Off the Mat, Into the World (founded by Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling and Hala Khouri) in Australia and New Zealand, and was the coordinator for Yoga in Action groups throughout 2012 and 2013 as it grew its roots. Off the Mat, Into the World harnesses the power of yoga to inspire and support conscious, sustainable activism, and to ignite grassroots social change.

Alongside her yoga teaching qualifications, Sarah has spent six years at university in Australia and overseas, having completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary)/Bachelor of Arts (International Studies). She also holds a Master’s Degree in International Social Development. She lived in Veracruz, Mexico from 2002 to 2004 and has travelled extensively through Mexico and Peru as well as parts of Asia, France and the South Pacific.

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make – Jane Goodall