Frequently Asked Questions

Please read these frequently asked questions which can answer almost all of your questions about the Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Trainings.

Please see my blog post What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training – Level I
You do not need to have had attended a prior yin yoga teacher training for the yin intensive I ‘Fundamental Skills’ course, but you will need to have a strong motivation to want to learn yin yoga and the related fields of study on this course. Please read the curriculums thoroughly for each course.  It would be highly advisable to have taken some yin classes prior to embarking on this training as well as having a dedicated yoga practice of at least two years. This course is not intended for students who do not have a yoga practice or understand the basic principles of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness.

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Levels 2 & 3
In order to be eligible to attend Level 2 & 3 training you will need to have attended an approved foundation yin yoga teacher training course.

Yes you can. If you are a yoga student with a dedicated and consistent yoga practice you are able to attend the course to deepen your knowledge and experience for your own professional and self development. If you are a professional in a related field, you may also be interested in how to weave your new skills into a yin yoga practice for yourself and your clients too. You may not be qualified to teach Yin Yoga as a Yoga Teacher until you have completed a 200 hour basic yoga teacher training program, depending where you intend to teach. In this instance you will still receive a certificate of attendance for this course. If you have already attained your basic 200 hour teacher training, your hours from this course are eligible as continuing professional development points depending on the yoga body you are registered with. You will need to check the terms with your own professional body and the insurance requirements to be able to teach with your particular insurer since we cannot answer this question for you regarding insurance.

Required Reading
Please read Mindfulness by Mark Williams and Danny Penman prior to your course. Second hand copies are a good option too. See the book list recommendations too for other suggestions.

Additional Reading
Please also read the additional recommended book list in advance of the course to best prepare for your learning.

All the links are provided in the section under the relevant training you are registering for.

The courses are made up of contact and non contact hours.  Please refer specifically to the course you are signing up for as there may be variations between courses depending where it is being held.

Yin Yoga –  Level 1 & 2
The assignments for each course are due within one month of the end of the course. You will need to submit your assignment directly to Sarah Lo via email.
Sarah@SarahLo.co.uk.  Assignments will be given during the course and not before.

Yin Yoga – Level 3
The particular requirements for this course in relation to the assignment are sent to you by email upon registration. There are 2 book reports required for this training and all details are set out clearly for you in the confirmation email.

Post training
If there is insufficient time to complete the assignment prior to the start of the training itself you will have approximately one month to complete the written assignment after the training to be eligible for certification. No extensions permissible.

Your assignment will need to have demonstrated that you have dedicated the necessary time outside of the live teaching hours to show sufficient understanding of your reading and research on the recommended texts, readings and viewing.

Please read the course description and curriculum carefully so that you understand what you are signing up for.  The courses are very experiential in nature and there will be a mixture of lectures and practices throughout the day as well as pre-recorded lecture videos that you will receive ahead of time.

We cannot take responsibility for your decision to withdraw from a course should it not be to your liking or understanding.  Much of the work we do in these Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings is self-development work and it requires your willingness and commitment to want to learn and practice in this way.

As these are all online intensives there will not be the opportunity for any personal mentoring during the course itself.

Yes Sarah Lo is an experienced  registered Yoga Teacher Trainer with Yoga Alliance USA (YACEP) and UK. The trainings are recognised qualifications worldwide. Your hours can be used towards your continuing professional development or education units. You will need to check with your own professional body how to log your hours for advancement. All hours will need to be logged by yourselves and it is not possible for us to do this for you.

To obtain a Yin Yoga Certificate of completion for the particular course you are attending, you will need to have attended 100% of the training to comply with Yoga Alliance requirements.

Provided you have maintained your commitment to the course, you will be given an opportunity to resubmit your assignment within a 2 week time frame. All assignments must be submitted directly to Sarah@SarahLo.co.uk

Hypermobility is covered within the context of the curriculum and the particular yin asanas covered.

It’s not possible of course to give individual instruction to any one student in a large group training with a vast amount of subject matter to cover. The course is interactive in that cameras are live and there will be dedicated question and response time, small group work and dyad time. At each level of the training the course develops in depth and understanding of how to teach yin yoga safely.  Depending of course on your reasons for presentation of hypermobility, this would very much determine what would be more appropriate for you as a personal practice i.e. when and where to strengthen and stabilise and when or how best to stretch. If it is skeletal variation in terms of your own natural ability to access a greater range of motion without pain or destabilising your particular joint or joints, or a condition within your connective tissue or due to an injury would very much determine your own best practices. This is a course about learning to teach yin yoga safely and practicing safely not individual tuition.

It is important to realise that just because you can’t access the range of motions you witness in text books or in other practitioners, that you can’t teach well. Sometimes the most injured teachers or the ones with the least mobility are the best teachers to pass on their experiences clearly.

Time converter – please use the time converter to find out the time in your own country. Most trainings and workshops are based on GMT or London timing.

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20210121T190000&p1=224

I am glad you are looking into Yin Yoga trainings and the possibility of being coaching or mentored.  With an integrated Mindfulness approach the practices are truly transformative and I am only able to say this after some years having followed the lives and feedback from hundreds of students following and practicing this approach.

Please do read more about the coaching and mentoring side of things which are open to anyone who has attended my trainings.  Not all are yoga teachers.

https://www.sarahlo.co.uk/coaching/.  

Currently Sarah can only accept those who have attended her trainings after completion of Level 3 who already have a base of knowledge and practice. Mentoring you in your progression as a teacher is why the new Level 4 curricula was developed for 2022.

Can I do Level 2 before Level 1?

This depends entirely on whether you have studied the curriculum in Level 1. The curriculum of subjects for the Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation courses from Levels 1 to 3 are vast covering the deconstruction of Yin Yoga poses, why and how the science and anatomy of fascia and soft tissue to the skeletal variation of bones matters in Yin Yoga, Chinese Medicine and Meridian Theory, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Aspiration and Visioning, Presentation and Listening Skills to the properties and function of the Vagus Nerve in Polyvagal Theory, the Enteric Nervous System and since Level 2 builds on Level 1 in more depth and does not repeat the same variations of postures or teachings from Level 1, the material is not only new but in more depth. We are not able to discern what you have already studied with other curriculums as teachings vary widely in the field of Yin Yoga. 

Please look at the curriculum for Level 1 here to check whether you have studied all of the curriculum to have a strong foundation to progress to Level 2. The curriculum for Level 2 is here. The main teachings of Mindfulness Meditation and how to convey this in your classes is a strong part of the Level 1 curriculum as well as skeletal variation. Some students have done Level 2 before Level 1 because of timing issues and have integrated the material just as well and it is possible to learn in this way too since all students have varying backgrounds and levels of understanding and history of practice. So it is possible to do Level 2 prior to Level 1 provided you understand that you may have a knowledge gap and that there is time to come back to do Level 1 at a later date.

Firstly please read the curriculum properly here and also the testimonials here  to see what other student teachers have been able to do after the various courses. Its may give you an indication of their own level of confidence to start teaching. Some student teachers in Yin Yoga may have 20 years of Yoga teaching but never studied Mindfulness or practiced Meditation and everyone begins somewhere.
It is not possible for any trainer to answer the  question “Will I be able to teach?” Legally, yes of course you can teach whatever you choose to teach.  Whether or not you will teach it well depends on so many factors.  What is your background in teaching and how many years have you been teaching and practicing?  How regularly do you teach and practice?  Do you have any meditation training or a consistent practice? Meditation is a skill that can takes years to develop through a consistency of practice and it may feel more natural if it becomes part of your daily routine.
In all of the courses I teach the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and a Meditation practice that is specific to each foundation physical, mental, emotional and external phenomena. The practices are deep and transforming and we practice twice daily.
Most students on this course undergo an experience that gives them a strong motivation to want to practice in this way because of their own internal shifts that are powerful enough for them to see the benefits of the practice and why others would benefit too. Many have said that the way the course is taught has given them the confidence to introduce the teachings to others at a very early stage upon leaving the course.
 The full course is 200 hours and I am looking to bringing the Yin Yoga & Mentoring Program to you for Level 4 in 2022.

This is a registered teacher training course with Yoga Alliance and is recognised worldwide.

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