Taoism & Yin Yoga
A comprehensive study of Taoist philosophy for Yin Yoga teachers.
Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Practice
The May 2020 round of this course was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We anticipate offering this course later in 2020. Fill out the form below to get on the waitlist and be notified when new dates are announced.
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:
- 7 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
- 22 Yoga Alliance non-contact CEUs
Dates & Times
Dates will be announced at a later time. Use the form at the top of the page to get on the waitlist to be notified when new dates are announced.
Jennifer O'Sullivan has been teaching yoga and meditation in the Washington, DC area for over sixteen 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.
"This class really helped me understand the connections between the theory of Taoism, the manifestation and functions of Qi, Five-Element Theory, and Yin Yoga. I started to use some of the concepts in my own practice and have started to gain a deeper understanding of my own energy in asana. Rather than just doing a routine practice, I now ask myself what by body, my emotions, and how environmental factors can be addressed each time I take to the mat. "
- Susan R., Yoga Practitioner
"Another illuminating course from Jen! Her Taoism and Yin course covered history and philosophical foundations of Yin Yoga as well as practical ways of incorporating these principles in teaching Yin classes. My teaching is definitely enriched by this course. "
- Patricia J. Yoga Teacher
"I have been teaching Yin Yoga for three years now and felt that I needed to go to the next level in terms of my understanding. Jen's course provided me with just what I was looking for. She presented a sometimes confusing subject in a comprehensive and clear way. The lectures were informative and really interesting. Jen clearly loves her subject and is a very generous teacher. I would highly recommend this course. "
- Yvonne P., Yoga Teacher
"Super interesting course. I wanted to go more in-depth with my Yin Training and succeeded. Really good info on how you could integrate Chinese Medicine into your Yin practice. "
- Carla P., Yoga Teacher
"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learned so much from all the webinars, written material and resources. Jennifer's vast knowledge of Yin Yoga and Taoism is exceptional. She is a patient and responsive teacher who has truly immersed herself into these subjects. "
- Joanna A., Yoga Teacher
"Jen's passion and knowledge is extremely motivating and heartfelt!"
- Stacy J., Yoga Teacher