teaching yin yoga 101

The time has come to teach a softer style of asana yoga, one that nurtures your body and mellows your mind.

You’re in the right place if you’re a yoga teacher who wants to start teaching yin yoga. While you don’t need special certification to teach yin yoga–although some studios require it–you do need to have a clear understanding of the unique qualities of this quieter, yielding style.

Keep scrolling to learn more. . .

What Is Yin Yoga?

To best answer that it might be helpful to give you a definition of “yang” yoga. Yang yoga is a dynamic and muscular style of asana (posture) yoga that emphasizes internal heat as well as the lengthening and contracting of your muscles.

🥵 Think power yoga, vinyasa, hot yoga.

Where yang equals heat and dynamicism, yin is cool and restful with a focus on the connective tissue that isn’t normally exercised in more active yoga asana classes.

Yin Yoga is:

  • Mostly seated asanas where you hold the poses for several minutes
  • Suitable for almost all levels of practitioners
  • Not restorative yoga

If you’re looking for something beyond the sweaty, speedy vinyasa power yoga classes, yin yoga might be exactly what your mind and body are craving.

On this page, you can learn more about yin yoga with:

  • Popular articles detailing the benefits and reasons to incorporate yin yoga into your yoga practice
  • A quick video lesson on what yin yoga is and isn’t (oh, those pesky misconceptions)
  • A 60-minute yin yoga class against the wall that will bring you subtle and satisfying results
  • Yin Yoga Quick Start: Essential Poses + Simple Sequences, a 30+ page ebook to get you practicing (or teaching) yin yoga right away
  • Online courses designed to get you teaching while deepening your own practice

 free articles on teaching yin yoga

📖 Articles detailing the benefits of yin yoga, four reasons why everyone should practice yin yoga, and my top tips + suggestions for teaching a body-nurturing, mind-mellowing yin class.

  free video lessons on yin yoga

 🎥 What yin yoga is and isn’t, plus misconceptions and additional resources.

🎥 Whether this is your first time trying yin, or your 100th, find a wall and hit play. Your mind and body will thank you in an hour.

  Teaching Yin yoga Quick Start Guide

📄 Download Yin Yoga Quick Start: Essential Poses + Simple Sequences

In your 35-page quick start guide, you’ll get:

  • An overview of yin yoga
  • 20+ essential yin poses with benefits, contraindications, and variations
  • My top suggestions for sequencing a yin practice on your own
  • 4 No-fuss, no-fail yin yoga class sequences

  online courses

📓 Informative and easy-to-understand courses to expand your mind + body.

When you’re ready for dig in, the Teach Yin Yoga Now online course will guide you step-by-step on how to share this slow, quiet style of yoga with others while also deepening your own asana and mediation practice.

Purple Lotus Yoga 200-hour level training is now available in a self-paced online format. Complete your requirements by December 31, 2020 and register with the Yoga Alliance. This is the same curriculum I’ve used for the last 18 years to successfully train yoga teachers.