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Functional Yoga Training

Functional Yoga through a Yin Yoga lens: 10 Hour YTT


Why do two students with equal flexibility look completely different in a yoga pose? Why do some people's heels lift off the floor in a yoga squat? What is the role of skeletal variation in the ability to get into a pose? How do you know which poses a student should avoid?

This informative and illuminating workshop explores a functional approach to yoga through a Yin Yoga lens. Based on the teachings of renowned Yin Yoga teacher, Paul Grilley, this 10 hour training will help you to understand what it means to take a functional approach to yoga. You will be better equipped to choose the right pose – for you or your students – to achieve a desired effect, regardless of body type, shape or size.

This is for you if you:

  • Have a felt sense of certain poses being uncomfortable or difficult for your body, but don't understand why

  • Understand that there are differences in body types and range of movement but are not sure how to tailor your teaching accordingly

  • Don’t know when to encourage a student to go further and when to back off

  • Feel confident in your understanding of muscles but not the skeleton

  • Currently plan your Yin classes by choosing random poses and holding them for long periods

  • Are not clear on the differences between Yin and Restorative Yoga

  • Are confused about if and when props should be used

  • Are starved for face to face learning and an opportunity to connect with your peers!


At the end of this training you will:

  • Be better equipped to observe a student’s range of movement and understand whether they are limited by tension or compression

  • Be able to help your students access the desired effect in any given target area, regardless of their range of movement

  • Have greater confidence in your ability to offer modifications and alternatives to suit different body types

  • Have a framework for developing safe, effective – and addictive! - Yin Yoga sequences for your classes


Course content includes:

  • What is functional yoga?

  • What is yin yoga?

  • The purpose of asana

  • Skeletal variation

  • Joint range of movement

  • What stops you: tension versus compression

  • Paul Grilley’s 14/10/7 model

  • 7 Archetypes of Yoga Asana

  • Sequencing considerations for Yin Yoga


“Many 200 hour YTT courses equip us with an in-depth understanding of the muscles, but very little time is spent on the huge range of variation found in the skeleton. The knowledge I gained from studying with Paul Grilley has had a profound impact on both my teaching and my own practice”.


This workshop is suitable for both Yoga Teachers and any student interested in a deeper understanding of how their own bodies inform the best way to practice for them.


When: Saturday 21 November 2020, 12.30pm - 6.00pm and Sunday 22 November, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: SoHo Arts Centre - Community Hall, 14 Weld Street, South Hobart, TAS

Investment: $275, or $249 Early Bird by 10 October

To register: by Monday, 2 November

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations before October 10, 2020: your payment will be refunded less a $25 administration fee.

  • Cancellations between October 10 and October 30: 50% of your payment will be refunded.

  • There is no refund of any amount for cancellations made after October 30, 2020.

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