Yin Yoga & Anatomy


Yin Yoga & Anatomy Training

The Yin Yoga and Anatomy Training Program 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.  Each 40-hour course 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.

What is yin yoga?
The name “yin” yoga comes from the Taoist term “yin-yang”, in which “yin” is the polar opposite of, but also complementary to “yang”. The  booming state of contemporary yoga itself is very yang - ever expanding, sweating, dynamic desires for more and better. The birth of yin yoga (a quieter, stiller practice) decades ago by Paul Grilley, a dedicated yogi and serious teacher, was a rather natural phenomenon in response to the already fast moving North American yoga culture.  Since then, more and more yoga students are steadily and increasingly practicing yin yoga. It is a simple but significant action for balance and harmony in their lives.

The foundation of yin yoga is ancient wisdom that gives us clarity and strength through the sense of quietude and peacefulness. Yin yoga not only helps free our bodies from stiffness and tension, but also gently guides our minds to deeper understanding and enlightenment. Yin yoga reminds us of what we have been missing from the values of traditional yoga and directly connects us to the ancient wisdom of yoga. Yin yoga offers a gentle suggestion to anyone living in this society to pause, breathe and contemplate.

Instructor Jee Moon

Jee MoonJee 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 joint, and spine
    • the fascia: the Cinderella of anatomy
    • yoga postures from a dogmatic perspective vs. a functional perspective


Course 1: Anatomy | 2016 dates will be posted soon.

Functional anatomy is comparable to general yoga anatomy, but it does not strongly follow traditional rules of alignment.  Functional anatomy sharpens the eyes for analysis and provokes the mind as it encourages teachers to see and learn about the uniqueness of each individual’s body.  Functional anatomy also examines the relationship between the mind and fascia through the meridian network and the flow of chi.  It is a multi-dimensional anatomy course that provides a crucial map to understanding the meridians and strengthening the deeper practice of yin yoga.

Topics include:
Function and importance of connective tissue
Skeletal differences and their effect on asanas
Physical and energetic functions of asanas
Intensive anatomy of the hip joint and spine
The fascia, the Cinderella of anatomy
Yoga poses from a dogmatic vs functional perspective

April 20-24, 2015  Course Cancelled due to low registration.  We plan

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
One-hour lunch break each day.
40 hours (35 contact, 5 non-contact)

Cost: $650  


UB Yoga Maplewood
2812 Sutton Blvd
Maplewood, MO 63143


Course 2: Meridians and Meditation | September 21-25, 2015

The history of asana is rather recent compared to the grand history of "yoga." The Tantrics were more interested in the usefulness of the body for the realization of the Ultimate Reality. Indian yogis and all monastic societies developed some sort of physical practice through the same understanding of the importance of regulating, strengthening and harmonizing chi (prana) and the meridians (channels of chi), as chi is the vital force that affects the health of body, state of mind, and even death and life. As yin yoga is very interested in this deeper dimension of our existence, further investigation and, most importantly, the direct experience of meditation is necessary.

Topics include:
Chi, the intelligent life force
meridians, the pathways of chi flow
chakras, the central system of pranic body
Organs and emotions
Fascia; the meridian tissue
The anatomy of breathing and bandhas
Upper body anatomy

September 21-25, 2015

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
One-hour lunch break each day.
40 hours (35 contact, 5 non-contact)

UB Yoga Maplewood
2812 Sutton Blvd
Maplewood, MO 63143

Registration open soon.

Required and Suggested Texts

Required texts:

Course 1-Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice  by Paul Grilley [$8]

Course 2- Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers  [$15]

Recommended texts:
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]
Chakra Theory and Meditation with Paul Grilley by Paul Grilley [$35}
Healing Back Pain: The Body Mind Connection by John E. Sarno [$6]
Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists - Thomas Myers [$55]
Sports Gene by David Epstein [$11]
The Spark in the Machine by Dr Daniel Keown [$15]
Theories of the Chakras: Bridge to Higher Consciousness by Hirosh Motoyama [$35]


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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."