Yin Yoga & Anatomy


2015 course dates with Jee Moon will be posted soon.

yin-anatomy-tt-thumbYin yoga classes are becoming more and more popular as students realize how the practice complements and benefits yang styles of yoga (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power) and balances active and sometimes chaotic lifestyles.  As yin yoga is unique from other yoga styles, it is essential that teachers have specific knowledge and skills to lead a safe and effective yin yoga class.

The Yin Yoga and Anatomy Training Course is designed for yoga teachers and teachers-in-training and will offer instruction on building a solid, enjoyable yin yoga class through the study of human anatomy and energy.  A strong understanding of anatomy is the foundation of teaching yoga, and teaching yin yoga requires a specific comprehension of the interplay of muscles, joints, and fascia.  This course will provide in-depth, hands-on anatomy training, as well as the theory and practice of teaching yin yoga -- including understanding energy, class sequencing, and adjusting/assisting.

Although yin yoga is not a trademarked style and no certification is required to teach it, those completing this course will receive a certificate noting 50 hours of yin yoga training and the skills and confidence to add yin classes to their teaching practice. 

Instructor Jee Moon

jee-thumbJee Young Moon has been practicing and teaching yoga for a decade.  She began practicing in 2000 to help her body recover from knee surgery and chronic back pain.  Her teacher in Seoul, Jong-Geon Kim, was a qi-gong master that integrated Korean and Taoist ideas into his yoga with an emphasis on gi and the danjeon.  Jee began teaching in 2002 with a healed body and an interest in the roots of yoga practice and philosophy.  Read more about Jee 

"The longer I teach yoga, the more it becomes clear to me that, to be effective, it is necessary to find a balance (tao) of  teaching (yang) and learning (yin). Teaching is one way of practicing for yoga teachers - practicing what we've learned from great teachers, books, and our lives. Teaching without theory (learning and studying) is like trying to get water from a dried fountain.  Practice and studying (svadhyaya) are like two legs that keep our wisdom journey on-going and growing. When these 'legs' are aligned and continuous, they feed each other and, and we become more skillful.  We, as yoga teachers, must be dedicated to practice and study at all time." ~ Jee Moon

What you'll study

 Main points of study:

  • Understanding yoga through Taoism
  • Traditional Chinese medicine (meridians, organs, and emotion)
  • Understanding breath and bandhas
  • Chakras and meditation
  • Functional anatomy
    • function and importance of connective tissue
    • skeletal differences and their effect on yoga postures
    • physical and energetic function of yoga asana (postures)
    • intensive anatomy of the hip joint, shoulder joing, and spine
    • the fascia: the Cinderella of anatomy
    • yoga postures from a dogmatic perspective vs. a functional perspective


Schedule and Location

Updated information will be posted soon. 

Pricing and Registration

Updated information will be posted soon.

Required and Suggested Texts

Required Reading for of the course:
Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers  [$15]

Suggested Texts:
Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice  by Paul Grilley [$8]
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark [$10]
Yin Yoga: The Foundations of a Quiet Practice by Paul Grilley [$30]
Anatomy for Yoga with Paul Grilley by Paul Grilley [$36]
The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted Kaptchuk [$10]
The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality by R. Louis Shultz and Rosemary Faitis [$13]
Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists - Thomas Myers [$55]


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Some words about Jee's training:

"I always enjoy practice with Jee. As well, her YIN training is a well rounded explanation of anatomy, practice and philosophy.  Jee is a dynamic teacher with a solid grasp of her subject. I enjoy her practice and presentation of the material."

"I left the weekend training with more than I could have asked for. It was an excellent experience. I valued Jee's very honest and sincere way of teaching and passing along information."

"Very informative and educational. Jee thoroughly delivered a lot of great info. Learned things that I did not know before. Feel my practice is progressing."

"The teacher is very gifted and cannot be replicated. There is a bit of this and that - all conspiring together to make the information clear and easy to use/remember. The two hours of practice makes the body ready for study and aids in bodily recall."

"It was wonderful. Jee's experience with and understanding of yoga is difficult to find in St. Louis - it was refreshing. She has a great sense of humor and doesn't take herself too seriously which made the class very enjoyable. I liked delving deeper in the various aspects of yin yoga (meridians, anatomy), in addition to the daily practices we shared together."