Training in Yin Yoga, Pranayama & Mindfulness: The Journey

By Anna Caldwell

Training in Yin Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation and Mindfulness brings the teacher beyond the asana. It is a dive into what makes one human and a journey into the layers of what it means to be alive. Training in the pranic dimension of the body allows us to create the bridge between mind, body and spirit in regards to our yoga practice. One learns to integrate pranayama into the yin yoga space in a traditional and safe way. But first, what is pranayama?

Pranayama is the expansion of the breath through all dimensions of the body. Prana = Vital life force. Ayama = Dimensions.  This is the art and practice of breathing. Prana is the yogic term to describe our vital life force or energy. The many pranayama techniques available to yogic practitioners help one to expand their prana, expand their capacity to hold this energy, as well as expand our ability to channel it throughout our physical form. One of the primary intentions of yoga, according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, is to still the fluctuations and the ceaseless workings of the thinking mind. Pranayama is a wonderful tool to this end, allowing us to draw our mind to a single point (our breath) and naturally slow the waves of the mind. Pranayama guides us into connection with our lungs first and foremost, but then secondarily to every aspect of our being,  and the ways in which our body works to bring fresh air and prana into our system.

Pranayama does not mean breath control. This is a misconception that many people hold. We can hold the breath in pranayama with some forms of retention, therefore briefly controlling it,  but the word Pranayama does not mean breath control. 

“An increase in strength and energy, good complexion, increased

Vitality, the growth of knowledge, and the

Extension of the life span.”

–Swami Rama

The meditation and mindfulness aspect of the training moves one through the mental sphere of the yin yoga practice, equipping you to develop your practice while simultaneously broadening your tool-belt from which you can assist your students. In this training we learn to be discerning, never accepting something simply because a teacher or an authority said it was so. Yes, one must walk this path for themselves and investigate the mystery from the personal depths of their being and ask the questions that arise from their own mind and their own soul.

This training is divided into two parts, the first week diving into yin yoga with pranayama and meditation, while the second week explores the pillars of mindfulness and one-on-one connection with teachers. What does mindfulness mean? How does this weave into the practice of yin yoga? What does it mean to teach mindfully as a yoga teacher in 2021? Develop and deepen your teaching far beyond the asana, understanding the workings of the parasympathetic nervous response and the beat of your own rhythm. One of the primary goals with Shanti Atma Yoga, is to empower teachers to teach deeply and confidently, weaving mindfulness, meditation and pranayama in a way that is profound and impactful to their students.

In the first part of the training, we dive into yin theory, principles and practice, meditation theory, and finally the western and yogic anatomy of pranayama. In the second week, we take a sound look at how yin yoga, pranayama and meditation links into the pillars of mindfulness. All of these pathways will hopefully lead the student and the teacher to their Dao, their way, their path and their purpose.

If you are interested in learning more about Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Mindfulness, and how all of this fits into Yin Yoga, Shanti Atma Yoga offers a variety of trainings exploring the many avenues to self-healing, teacher development and deepening your yoga practice:

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Online:

Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 100 hour Functional Anatomy and Chinese Medicine
Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 100 hour Pranayama, Meditation and Mindfulness
Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 80 hour Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 50 hour Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness
Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 50 hour Essential Oils and Emotional Intelligence

Residential Yin Yoga Teacher Training:

Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 100 hour Functional Anatomy and Chinese Medicine
Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 100 hour Pranayama, Meditation and Mindfulness
Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 80 hour Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 50 hour Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness
Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 50 hour Essential Oils and Emotional Intelligence
Yin Yoga Teacher Training: 200 hour 5 Bodies Approach

Locations:

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Bali
Yin Yoga Teacher Training Thailand
Yin Yoga Teacher Training India
Yin Yoga Teacher Training Spain
Yin Yoga Teacher Training Australia
Yin Yoga Teacher Training Guatemala