Level 1 (50 hours) Yin Yoga Teacher Training - Pine Rivers Yoga - Brisbane, Australia

Level 1 (50 hours) Yin Yoga Teacher Training


Welcome to Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training Level 1 by Markus Henning Giess and Karin Sang

“In the quietude lies the power and out of the quietude arises the power.” (Confucius)

This intensive level 1 50-hour teacher training course is the foundation stone and first of four modules that make up Yin Therapy’s 200-hour Yoga Alliance recognised Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training.

Yin Yoga is “the other half” of yoga. It is the complementary practice to all yang forms of exercise e.g. yang styles of yoga, dance or sport. As our lives become increasingly more fast-paced and stressful, the popularity in Yin Yoga has increased dramatically in Europe, America and also in Australasia due to the urgent need for balance on a physical, mental and emotional level.

Yin Yoga stimulates the fascia – the connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, joints resulting in a deeply relaxing practice while creating “space” in the body, de-stressing the mind and re-energising the soul.

The backbone of Yin Yoga and thus this training is yoga anatomy from a functional perspective. The mystery will be solved why you or your students may be having difficulty doing certain poses. Through a series of practical tests, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidentially teach Yin Yoga with a deep understanding for anatomical variation which will benefit one’s own practice as well as the teaching of not only Yin Yoga, but all forms of yoga, dance, sport, massage and bodywork.

This training is suitable for already certified and aspiring yoga teachers as well as dedicated yoga students, who wish for a deeper understanding of Yin Yoga and Yoga Anatomy for their teaching and/or own practice.

Course Content

This 6 day/50-hour intensive yoga teaching course comprises 4 sections:

1. Yin Yoga Asanas

This section covers the theory and practice for teaching 20 yin yoga poses, including their specific characteristics and their effects. We will analyse the poses on ourselves and our fellow students as well as learn the variations of the archetypal poses with and without the use of props.

One of the main aspects of this yin yoga teacher training is, understandably, the asana practice, so each day there will be a 90 – 120 minute Yin Yoga asana class.

Yin Yoga focuses on the connective, fascial and ligament tissues of the body around the hips, upper thighs, pelvic girdle and lower back – the main problem areas in this modern age. Each pose is held for between three and five minutes.

This approach of stretching the ligaments in the spine by means of long-held traction and then strengthening the structure by building up the muscle is already known in the realm of back therapy, and Yin Yoga offers us and our students the opportunity to adopt this approach as a preventive practice for our joints until we reach a ripe old age.

2. Anatomy is the key

Anatomical understanding of not only the individual bone structure but also the muscular, connective, fascial and ligament tissues is an essential prerequisite for an effective yoga teacher. The backbone of Yin Yoga (in the style of Paul and Suzee Grilley) – and thus of our Yin Yoga Teacher Training course – will be anatomy, because it is difficult for us to feel completely secure about our teaching without understanding muscles, ligaments and joints (bone structure). Time and time again students will challenge us.

In this training, we will refresh our basic knowledge and concentrate mainly on the individual bone structure (compression) and unique muscular, ligament and fascial tissues (tension) of each student, to ensure we are fully conversant with their anatomy and thus able to ensure that the practice is safe for them.

This understanding of how to look deeper into the human body, to see the human as a moving skeleton, to read him by observing the way he or she moves and to be able to identify which joints are involved in a yoga pose, as well as where movement or suppleness is required for the pose and to what extent, helps us recognise why some yoga students can hold a position and others cannot.

We develop an understanding of why each person practices yoga poses in a different way. We recognise that even when two people look the same from the outside, they feel each pose differently.

This allows us to be more certain, when teaching, about which logical variations of a pose to suggest or which individual assists to give the student. Once one has grasped this principle, yoga (asana practice) becomes an extremely simple combination of muscle and joint movements.

3. 7-Point Analysing Principle for Assists – Theory

“Whoever knows the goal can decide. Whoever decides finds peace. Whoever finds peace is sure. Whoever is sure can consider. Whoever considers can improve”. (Confucius)

The Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training course focuses less on teaching set assists and much more on introducing a 7-Point Analysing Principle, which you can then use for every known yoga pose and for each individual student.

This analysing principle for assists, combined with an anatomical understanding of the student’s individual bone structure and the tension lines within their body, helps us to learn to read people when they are holding yoga poses. We are then able to offer them logical assists and/or offer them alternatives tailored to the requirements of their individual, unique physique and bone structure.

With the help of the 7-Point Analysing Principle, we can quickly learn to read, analyse and evaluate human bodies.

Once a yoga teacher has developed full anatomical understanding, applying it during a yoga session is like child’s play, as an assist is always a logical progression, based on the unique body of each individual student.

This principle is invaluable for yoga teachers.

4. 7-Point Analysing Principle – Practical Tests

“One cannot make a jewel shine without rubbing it.” Confucius

Learning through touch and learning through practice.

You cannot learn yoga anatomy from a book or a DVD, no matter how experienced you are. We will learn through practicing techniques both on ourselves and on our fellow students.

In this level I course, we will study and apply a series of practical tests for analysing the bone structure, compression and tension of our students. We will have the opportunity to learn – in a safe environment – to read a human being, to sense our own limitations and to test and recognise those of others. Eventually, with the benefit of myriad insights and enhanced self-awareness, we will be able to assess the needs and limitations of any individual student.

Moreover, as a result of practicing over and over again, we will feel more secure and clear about our approach to Yin Yoga and anatomy.

Upon completion of this course, the foundation work for teaching Yin Yoga will be in place.

On successful completion of all assignments and 100% attendance you will be awarded a 50 hour Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training certificate, which may be counted towards our Yoga Alliance internationally recognised 200 hour Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training certificate or recognised as continuing education hours for Yoga Alliance registered yoga teachers.

Required Reading

Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice by Paul Grilley ISBN 1935952706. Available to order online at bookdepository.com/Yin-Yoga-Paul-Grilley/9781935952701


The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and the Practice by Bernie Clark ISBN 1935952501. Available to order online at fishpond.co.nz/Books/Complete-Guide-to-Yin-Yoga-Bernie-Clark-Sarah-Powers-Foreword-by/9780968766583

Suggested Reading

General Anatomy and the Musculoskeletal System by Schuenke, et al. Second Edition: ISBN 1604069228. Available to order online at amazon.com/General-Anatomy-Musculoskeletal-System-THIEME/dp/1604069228/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

About the Trainers

Markus Henning Giess
Yin Therapy co-founder and international yoga teacher Markus Henning Giess completed his first yoga training with Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest and then went on to complete several teacher trainings with Yin Yoga teachers and mentors Paul & Suzee Grilley, with whom he also assists on their trainings. He has also completed an intensive Yin/Yang & Meditation Teacher Training with Insight Yoga founder Sarah Powers.
He has over 25 years of teaching experience and more than 10,000 hours of training under his belt, from dance to yoga, massage to meditation, anatomy to energy work.
Before Markus discovered yoga, he worked for 16 years as a professional dancer and musical performer in Germany, Switzerland and England, as well as a choreographer, teacher and presenter. He is a professional Thai masseur, Reiki master and gives Thai massage training and meditation workshops and courses internationally.
Markus weaves together his vast knowledge and experience in bodywork, energy work, meditation, dance and performance with Yin Yoga and Yoga Anatomy to offer in depth and fascinating training and workshops with an holistic approach combined with practical, hands on experiential learning. He is known by his students for his relaxed, inspiring, and un-dogmatic style of teaching and making yoga anatomy entertaining, humorous and enlightening.
Karin Michelle Sang
Karin’s first introduction to yoga was in 1999 while working as a professional musical performer in Germany. She went on to complete a 350hour yoga teacher training with Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest, followed by a 500hrs Yin Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Yin Yoga founders Paul & Suzee Grilley & Insight Yoga Founder Sarah Powers. Since then, Karin has also completed a Restorative Yoga TT with Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal and is a qualified iRest® Yoga Nidra Level I Teacher.
After 23 years of performing and working in the musical industry in London and Germany, she co-founded Yin Therapy with her partner Markus, specialising in offering Yin Yoga teacher trainings, workshops, retreats and classes around the world.
Karin’s style of teaching is authentic and personal, creating a nurturing and safe space for the students to come home to themselves. Her teachings focus on the mindfulness aspect of yoga through melding the breath with the asanas with a strong emphasis on respecting and honouring the unique anatomical, emotional and physical states of the student.
Yin Therapy
Markus and Karin are Yin Therapy and specialise in offering workshops, retreats and leading teacher trainings courses in Europe and Australasia.

Markus and Karin are the directors of Yin Therapy having developed their Yin Yoga Teacher Training courses together and are equally qualified to lead this training. Either one or both teachers will be present at some or all of the courses.

Course Fee & Registration

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and our borders being closed to international travellers (such as Markus & Karin), this course has been postponed from its original August 2020 timeframe.

We do hope to run this highly sought after course in the near future. In the meantime, we recommend that you subscribe to Pine Rivers Yoga to receive our monthly newsletter where any new dates for this course will be announced.

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Yoga for Beginners 4 Feb to 1 Apr at Bray Hall, PETRIE
Level 1 Yin Yoga Teacher Training TBA with Markus Henning Giess & Karin Sang
Mon 7:30-8:45am   Multi Level
6:30-7:45pm   Yoga and Meditation
Tue 9:15-10:45am   Multi Level
6:30-8:00pm   Multi Level
Thu 9:15-10:45am   Multi at Closeburn
6:30-8:00pm   Alignment Based
Fri 9:15-10:45am   Multi Level
6:00-7:15pm   Gentle
Sat 8:00-9:30am   Easy
8:00-9:15am   Easy at QCYC