Level I Teacher Training Intensive – January 2018

Level I Teacher Training Intensive – January 2018

Yin / Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Intensive with Sarah and Ty Powers
For Teachers and Dedicated Practitioners

Course Description
This course is intended to deepen one’s understanding of the experiential, philosophical and practical application of yoga and meditation. It is intended for those with at least two years of practice or more. It is recommended that you have attended a prior teacher training course if you intend to teach this material, but is not essential for those interested in simply cultivating their own practice.

This intensive will deepen one’s ability to teach/practice both a receptive Yin style and an active flow or Yang style of yoga with an interest in promoting a conducive inner environment for meditation. Please come with a basic understanding of the practices (having read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga), and a strong interest in committing to the further exploration of both yoga and meditation.

This is an 100-hour Yoga Alliance training and attendance in the entire program is required. Those who are unable to attend all of the classes will be awarded the certificate based only on the hours attended. Please plan your time and travel accordingly in order to not miss any of the sessions. Each day will include two hours on Yin Yoga, two hours on Yang Yoga, and two hours on Mindfulness Meditation.

This course, Level I Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Yin/Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation, is the prerequisite for the Level II Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga course.

Available Level II Trainings in 2018

In this training we will explore:

  • Yin Yoga — how, why and when to practice this style safely and effectively
  • Organ health and Yoga practice (sequences for the kidneys, liver, etc.)
  • Balancing the Yin style with a Yang practice to support structural strength and stability
  • Proper physical alignment in active postures
  • The primary focus of ujjayi breath in asana: length, depth and direction
  • Mindfulness in asana
  • Sequencing of postures for various levels, from the beginner to the intermediate
  • How to assist those with injuries
  • The use of touch and hands-on adjustments
  • Skillful verbal communication
  • The teacher/student relationship

Daily Schedule

21 Jan

  • After 2pm: Check in
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 7.30pm: Group Orientation

22 – 31 Jan

  • 7am – 7.30am: Meditation (with Ty or assistant)
  • 7.30am: Breakfast (Observation of silence)
  • 9am – 12pm: Training
  • 12pm – 4pm: Lunch and Short Break
  • 4pm – 7pm: Training
  • 7pm: Dinner
  • 8pm: Evening meditation (with Ty or assistant)

1 Feb

  • Before 12pm: Check-out of hotel (breakfast will be provided)

The physical discipline of hatha yoga centers on the harmonious embodiment of postures. How we practice these postures is as important as which asana we choose and how we orchestrate them. Increasing our repertoire of different ways to practice allows us to vary our sequences at different times in our life, continually keeping the practice appropriate as well as fresh and alive.


  • Subtle body anatomy according to Yogic and Chinese philosophy
  • Meridian theory and Chinese Medicine
  • Buddhist Psychology and emotional maturity

Pranayama is the expansion of the life force through breath regulation. It is the profound practice of circulating and redistributing prana in both the physical and subtle body through various breathing and visualization practices.

Overview of Pranayama practices:

  • Kumbhaka (breath retention)
  • Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Kapalabhati (breath of fire)

The essence of a committed yoga practice is meditative focus and awareness. Developing and sustaining a formal meditation practice can be a continual source of insight, rejuvenation and compassion. It is a practice that can reveal and disempower our negative, fragmented aspects while potentially revealing our essential nature. Meditation can also deepen one’s awareness and acceptance of oneself and of the world, deepening one’s openness and wakefulness. We will discuss and practice Buddhist mindfulness meditation (Sati Patthana–The Four Foundations of Mindfulness), with an emphasis on how to share these practices with others.

Observation of Silence and Usage of Technological Devices
This is an intensive training with emphasis on Mindfulness in both theory and practice. To support the study and practice of meditation, there will be a daily observation of silence in the mornings, and again after the evening meditation session. There will also be one full day of social silence together outside the teaching setting.

As in ancient times, this retreat is not only a place to learn new methods, but to cultivate qualities of being. This is also an opportunity to take a journey away from one’s daily responsibilities, preoccupations and worldly events. With this in mind, we ask everyone to stay off of computers and phones while on retreat in order to genuinely connect with the material in a less distracted inner and outer environment. This will undoubtedly deepen everyone’s experience. We feel unplugging from technology in retreat life is essential and will benefit all the attendees. There will be an emergency contact we will provide for people to give loved ones.

Study and Reading
Acquiring an intellectual understanding of the rich diversity of Yoga and Buddhism inspires one’s dedication to the path of awakening; it also fosters a clear level of communication and discussion with others.

Students are required to read the books and view the DVD assigned for this training before they arrive. Readings from these books and viewing of the DVD are an integral part of the training so please order the materials upon registration of the course so you have ample time to read/view them before the training begins.

Outside reading prior to and during the course will be required to enrich one’s overall understanding. You will also be asked to write a 2-3 page paper on Yin yoga and Mindfulness meditation upon completion of the course for assessment prior to the certificate being issued.

A teacher-training manual with articles will be handed out on the first day of class. Everyone will also be required to bring Sarah’s book Insight Yoga to class, and to have viewed, at minimum, her DVD, Insight Yoga.

Required reading and viewing:

Suggested listening and viewing:

IYI event in Thailand
Location: Samahita Retreat on Koh Samui, Thailand
Dates: January 21 – February 1, 2018

Check-in: January 21 after 2pm, dinner at 6pm, group orientation at 7:30pm
Check-out: February 1 before noon

Note: The registration process for this Teacher Training will require you to complete a Teacher Training Questionnaire. It is also a way to make you aware of the topics included and the degree of personal responsibility and participation expected. (Please Note: This questionnaire is not an Insight Yoga Institute application for 500-hour certification).

For inquiries, please contact Jo Phee Jo@SarahPowers.com.