Taoism & Yin Yoga
Enliven Your Practice & Teaching
Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Practice
The next course will start February 27, 2020. If you'd like to be notified when registration opens, fill out the form below.
Taoist metaphysics and the Chinese Meridian System are the keystones of Yin Yoga, which is especially effective for nourishing and invigorating life force energy, called Qi. Sometimes referred to as “the spark in the machine,” Qi animates the body while also providing the material basis for the body itself. Optimal Qi flow is essential for wellbeing and vitality.
Qi circulates through channels called meridians, which some researchers believe are housed within the body's ubiquitous connective tissue. As with acupuncture and acupressure, you can manipulate Qi-flow with the floor-based Yin Yoga postures. Through this gentle form of “exercise,” you can balance the energy system and improve your sense of vitality and wellness.
In this live online course, you’ll learn how to use the insights and wisdom of Taoism and the Chinese Meridian System to assess your current physical, energetic, emotional, and mental wellbeing and design Yin Yoga practices that address your unique needs. Teachers will also learn how to apply these theories to design transformational Yin Yoga classes.
Taoism and Chinese Medicine can, at times, seem really complicated. The truth is that not everything is applicable to lay people or within the scope of practice of yoga teachers.
While this course is comprehensive, we'll focus just on the aspects of these teachings that are applicable and practical for yoga teachers and practitioners alike*.
History & Philosophy of Taoism - Learn about the history, core beliefs, and practices that promote wellbeing and longevity.
Yin & Yang Metaphysics - Develop a sophisticated understanding of how the interplay between Yin & Yang energies permeate all aspect of life and how to assess your own harmonies and imbalances.
The Three Treasures: Jing, Qi, & Shen - A human life is comprised of these essential ingredients. Learn about the ways in which our lifestyle serves to enhance or deplete them. We'll also explore the ways in which a yoga practice can support them.
Chinese Meridian Theory & Practical Application for Yin Yoga - Learn the functions of the internal organs through the Chinese Medicine lens, the location of the meridians that circulate Qi, and develop an understanding of how Yin Yoga can support better organ function.
Design Personalized Practices Through Self-Assessment - Learn techniques to assess your own or a client's needs to design highly personalized practices.
Create Yin Yoga Class Plans That Harmonize the Energy Body - Learn a variety of ways to put theory into practice and design thoughtful experiences for your students.
Five Element Theory & Application - How to apply seasonal and elemental considerations to your personal practice and teaching.
*It is highly recommended that you have a strong familiarity with Yin Yoga postures before registering for this program. This course does not cover how to do specific poses, but rather focuses on how to put them together for enriching practice experiences.
Your Investment Includes...
Jennifer brings a compassionate approach and talent for making complicated material accessible and interesting. You'll get lifetime access to the following:
- Six two-hour live lectures via Zoom
- 4 Yin Yoga practices for organ/meridian support + 2 Five Element practices
- 1 live Q&A sessions for those that can't attend the lectures or for anyone with questions
- Recordings of all lectures and Q&A sessions
- "Cliff's Notes" for each lecture, practice guidelines, meridian illustrations, and a variety of topical worksheets and handouts
- 20 Yoga Alliance non-contact CEUs
Dates & Times
This course will meet weekly for 7 sessions. Recordings will be available for anyone unable to make the live calls. All times are in Eastern Daylight Time. Time zone converter.
- Week 1: Thursday, February 27 ~ 11am
History & Philosophy of Taoism
- Week 2: Thursday, March 5 ~ 11am
Yin & Yang Metaphysics
- Week 3: Thursday, March 12 ~ 11am
The Three Treasures: Jing, Qi, Shen
- Week 4: Thursday, March 19 ~ 11am
Chinese Medicine: Organs & Meridians
- Week 5: Thursday, March 26 ~ 11am
Qi Cultivation in Yin Practice
- Week 6: Thursday, April 2 ~ 11am
- Week 7: Saturday, April 18 ~ 2pm
Jennifer O'Sullivan has been teaching yoga and meditation in the Washington, DC area for nearly fifteen years after completing her first training in 2004. She has studied with exemplary yoga teachers from a number of disciplines but is most influenced by Don and Amba Stapleton of Nosara Yoga Institute and Sarah Powers. Jennifer is also greatly inspired by the mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and Bhante Gunaratana. She is endorsed by her primary teacher Sarah Powers to teach Insight Yoga, a heart-centered approach that weaves together yoga, Taoism, Buddhism and spiritual psychology.
Jennifer has been interested in subtle work since her very first yoga class, and feels grateful to have studied with teachers who emphasize the importance of nourishing the energy body. She finds Taoist metaphysics and the Chinese Meridian system to be especially accessible and practical and both have become essential to her teaching and practice. Jennifer continues to study this deep tradition through the doorways of Chinese Medicine, Five Elements, and Medical Qigong. You can view her complete bio at: www.sati.yoga.
"Jen's passion and knowledge is extremely motivating and heartfelt!"
- Stacy J., Yoga Teacher
"Jen is a phenomenal educator. She made the material relatable, accessible, and incredibly well-organized. I'll take anything she teaches!"
- Marla H., Yogini