Level 2: Yin Yoga & Taoism 2021

Returning Early 2022

Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Practice

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.

Learning Objectives

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.

Qi Cultivation - Learn Taoist visualization and breathing practices that nourish and enhance the energy body. You'll also learn when and how to incorporate them into Yin Yoga classes.

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.

*This course is open to any Yin Yoga teacher that has already studied Yin Yoga asana with Jennifer O'Sullivan or another qualified teacher. Practitioners, it's 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.


"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

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:

  • 35 hours continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance US
    • 28 contact hours via Zoom
    • 7 non-contact hours (readings, quizzes, and final assignment)
  • Printed manual

  • Private, virtual community to post questions and reflections and to stay in touch with classmates

  • Access to Jennifer's weekly virtual Yin Yoga class on Mondays evenings for one month ($60 value)

  • Office hours with Jennifer via Zoom

  • Lifetime access to course recordings

"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


Level 2: Yin Yoga & Taoism has been carefully designed to highlight the advantages of online learning while minimizing the shortcomings. You'll find that the program will feel spacious and your virtual experience will be humane.

The live, synchronous portion of the course is comprised of 2, non-consecutive weekend modules.

Weekend 1: Tentative April-May 2022
Weekend 2: Tentative April-May 2022


Each weekend follows the same schedule. All times below are listed in EDT (NYC/DC). Time Zone Converter

Fridays: 9:00 AM - 3:00* PM
Saturdays: 9:00 AM - 2:30* PM
Sundays: 9:00 AM - 2:30* PM
*Includes 30-minute lunch break and additional breaks throughout the day.

Participants are also encouraged to join several weekly opportunities free of charge through the duration of the course including:

Monday Yin Yoga: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Office Hours: TBA

(Enrollment is limited to ensure a more personalized experience.)

"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

Your Instructor

Jennifer O'Sullivan
Jennifer O'Sullivan

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.

"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


Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course qualify for Yoga Alliance CEUs?
Yes. Upon full and successful completion of the program including the final assignment to be turned in after the last live session, you'll receive a PDF certificate for 35hrs via email which you can submit to Yoga Alliance for proof of credit. Through the end of 2021, Yoga Alliance is allowing for virtual programs to count for their full amount. Should Yoga Alliance discontinue their virtual training exemption, this course would still qualify for 20 non-contact CEUs.
Can I apply this course towards my yoga training?
This course is not directly affiliated with a yoga training program. If you are interested in getting credit towards a 200hr or 300hr training program, you'll need to talk to the administrator of your school.
What I can't attend all the sessions?
If you miss live lectures, you can watch the recordings and write an extra quiz to show understanding of the material. You can also post questions in the virtual community as well as check in with Jennifer for scheduled office hours.
Can I offer this course as part of my yoga teacher training?
If you are interested in including Level 2: Yin Yoga & Taoism as part of your teacher training program, let's chat. Get in touch by emailing Sati Yoga through this form: https://www.sati.yoga/contact.html
What forms of payment do you accept?
You can pay in full right away using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Pay Pal, and Apple Pay. All transactions are encrypted and secure. Payment plans are available along with a limited number of scholarships for people who share yoga with underserved communities. Get in touch if you are interested in either of these options: https://www.sati.yoga/contact.html
What is your refund policy?
Refunds are offered according to the following schedule: No Refunds after May 28, 2021. May 14-27, 30% refund* April 30-May13, 50% refund* Before May 13, 75% refund* Anyone one a payment plan or scholarship forfeits the deposit if they cancel. All refunds are minus transactions fees.
Do I qualify for a payment plan?
There are no special qualifications to join using a payment plan. You will need to put down an non-refundable down payment and make sure you're paid in full by May 28, 2021. Get in touch if you're interested this option: https://www.sati.yoga/contact.html
What are the requirements for obtaining a scholarship?
A limited number of partial scholarships are available to teachers who share yoga with underserved populations. While it's not the only criteria, priority will be given to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) teachers who seek to carry this work into their respective communities. To receive the link to apply, contact: https://www.sati.yoga/contact.html
Do I need special software to access the course?
We will use Zoom for all of our live sessions, weekly classes, and instructor office hours. Zoom is available on all major platforms and mobile devices. All materials and the virtual community are accessible via any web browser. Please make sure that you have an adequate internet connection for video conferencing.
Do I have to be a yoga teacher to attend this training?
No, you don't need to be a teacher to attend this program and get a lot out of it. In my in-person trainings, I usually have several students who aren't teachers who do really well with all components of the course including the quizzes and final assignment. Non-students find the program to be very enriching for their personal exploration of yoga. However, you will not be qualified to teach Yin or any other type of yoga after this program. Foundational 200hr trainings cover a lot of material that will not be covered in this program.
How much time should I plan to spend in between sessions?
There are 7 non-contact hours built into the course which covers readings, quizzes, other asynchronous elements, and final assignment, turned in after our last live session.
For how long can I take the Monday Yin Yoga classes?
The classes are included with your tuition starting June 7 - 28, 2021.
For how long do I have access to the course materials?
Recorded lectures and classes will be available forever. In the future, if I close down this site, you'll have a chance to download the materials to keep.