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Yin Yoga: Foundations of Joint Tending - Teacher Training/Personal Enrichment with Machelle Lee



Training dates meet every other weekend

  • Saturday, Oct. 19th 1:00-6:00pm

  • Sunday, Oct. 20th 1:00-6:00pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 2nd 1:00-6:00pm

  • Sunday, Nov. 3rd 1:00-6:00pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 16th 1:00-6:00pm

  • Sunday, Nov. 17th 1:00-6:00pm

Yin Yoga's quiet practice has been Machelle's passion for 15 years. In 2004, after having already taught for a decade prior on how the yoga asana practice can be used as a form of self-acupressure/acu-tension to stimulate meridian systems in the body, Machelle sought out to study extensively with Paul Grilley who developed and named this unique approach "Yin Yoga". 


Yin Yoga utilizes muscularly relaxed poses on the floor that are held for longer periods of time (3-5+ minutes typically) in order to safely and systematically stimulate chemical re-generative responses in tissues, particularly of fascia, ligaments, and within joint capsules. Through modest traction and compression, one trains the structural tissues to reduce the process of contracture that shortens tissues and can cause degeneration, adhesions, pain, and decreased range of motion. Yin Yoga's methodical and subtle approach provides lubrication, mobility, and a sense of lightness to the body's structure and energetics and thus to the mind.  

This training/personal enrichment program is a valuable in-depth exploration for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the Yin Yoga practice for their own self-care and for teachers wishing to incorporate Yin Yoga wisely and safely into their class offerings. Registered yoga teachers with Yoga Alliance can earn 30 contact hours of continuing credit hours. 


Topics of exploration include: 

  • History of Yin Yoga and its influence from Chinese Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the lineage of modern teachers who informed and mentored Paul Grilley and his development of the therapeutic approach he named "Yin Yoga.”

  • Theory of Yin Yoga - the science and practice of cutting edge research on the function of fascia/connective tissues and how "exercising" structural tissue appropriately, through long held and modest tractions and compressions, fosters a chemical response for tissue health.

  • Anatomy of joints and how skeletal variations affect range of motion and principles of individual alignment.

  • Comprehensive Yin Yoga repertoire of asanas and discussion on how to create mindful sequences.

  • Approaches to modify, adjust, and prop Yin Yoga postures in order to safely create practices for each individual to stimulate desired joint tissue or energy lines.

  • Introductory core concepts of meridian theory, the study of the body's energy system as intertwined with fascia and how the practice of Yin Yoga influences meridians, organ health, and psychological well being.

This training is ideal for:

  • New and experienced yoga teachers who want to expand their teaching knowledge and skills

  • Yoga students who are interested in deepening their personal practice and exploring the theory and application of Yin Yoga for self-care

  • Physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists or health care practitioners looking to suggest home practices for their clients


Upon completion, Registered Yoga Teachers will receive a certificate and are eligible for 30 contact hours of CEUs through Yoga Alliance


Cost: $600 and includes manual

Refund Policy - Cancelation 15 days or more before the training will receive full refund minus $50 administrative fees. Cancelations 7-17 days before the training will receive 1/2 tuition back. Cancelations less than 1 week before the training will not receive refund. No refunds or studio credits are given for missed days in the training though make up hours can be arranged.

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Machelle Lee, MA, E-RYT 500, CMT, YACEP, Roots & River Yoga Founder and Instructor Machelle has 26 years of experience as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and childbirth educator. She holds a Masters Degree in Mythology and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and 300 hours in yoga psychology. Machelle leads therapeutic movement through Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga in a way that weaves together yogic teachings with modern scientific research on tissue rehabilitation, traditional medicines, and psychology. This approach to the whole person aids one in feeling and understanding the bodymind connection both somatically and intellectually. Specializing in the health and rehabilitation of fascia, connective tissues, and joints, Machelle is committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure.  Machelle combines storytelling, archetypes, poetry, anatomy, neuroscience, psychology, and Five Element Meridian Theory across a variety of yoga styles in a way that is always aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development for each participant.