In April 2016 I’ve spent 2 weekends (and 2 Friday afternoons) with a bunch of enthusiastic yogins in Brussels studying anatomy and yin yoga postures with Joe Barnett.
Not only did we have a lot of fun while doing it, we’ve learned so much in little time. Joe is a very experienced and fun teacher who made the sometimes complex human body a very interesting topic to say the least. He taught us about the important differences that exist in each and everyone and that every human body is unique and to respect this uniqueness. The TTC was incredibly complimentary to the yin yoga TTC I’ve taken with Sarah Powers in 2014.
All in all, I’m very grateful to have been able to study with Joe and the other yogins and look forward to share this teachings (and his teacher Paul Grilley’s teaching) with my students.
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Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति
This weekend I’ll be in student mode as I’ll be following a Yin Yoga TTC with the wonderful human being and yoga teacher Joe Barnett in the Sampoorna Yoga Studio in Brussels. Hence my Saturday morning class will be taught by Hanna.
I’m much looking forward to this chance to broaden my yoga horizon and to be able to share the teachings in a near future with you in class.
We’re all students of life, love & yoga 🙂
Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति
One of my favourite Yin Yoga teachers Joe Barnett will be back in Brussels teaching two courses in April, aimed at yoga teachers and other keen yogis. Moreover, if you take both courses, Sampoorna offers a package price of 725 euro for the two programs together.
Yin Yoga Foundations: Understanding a Practice of Surrender
30h Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance Certification)
Friday 1 April – 14:00-17:00
Saturday 2 April – 10:00-17:00
Sunday 3 April – 10:00-17:00
Friday 8 April – 14:00-17:00
Saturday 9 April – 10:00-17:00
Sunday 10 April – 10:00-17:00
- Introduction to Taoist Anatomical Analysis and Yin/Yang Yoga Sutras of Paul Grilley
- Interactive hands-on study of anatomy
- 14 Functional Segments of the Skeleton
- Understanding and discriminating sensation: Tension vs Compression, Muscle vs Fascia, Physical vs Subtle Energy
- Finding skeletal landmarks and testing range of motion
- Communication: When to listen/observe, when to speak/lead
- Introduction to sequencing
- Prayer for Teacher and Student (aka Shanti Prayer)
20h Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance Certification)
Price: 295 euro
When: 15-17 April 2016, 10:00-17:00 daily
- Brief yet focused reviews of the foundations
- Methods for teacher dialogue and sharpened focus, including an introduction to One-on-One treatment (Assisted Yin)
- This Next Level study also aims deeper than the crude tissues of the Target Area. The Yin practice releases blocked Chi which has the potential to awaken the spiritual centers of our being, the Chakras.
Joe Barnett, ERYT-500, has been teaching for over a decade. He travels nationally and internationally year round offering presentations and trainings on Yin and Yang (Vinyasa) forms of Yoga as well as Chakra and Meridian Meditation.
Joe’s main focus of study is Functional Anatomy for Yoga. He is a senior student and regular teaching assistant of Paul Grilley (paulgrilley.com), a true Yoga Scientist who is responsible for the current rise in the popularity of Yin Yoga. After several years of apprenticing under Paul, Joe recently began traveling nationally and internationally to train yoga teachers how to understand and feel the full range of motion of their joints and their students’ joints using Grilley’s Taoist Analysis of the Body to individualize the Postures of Yoga.
However, Joe’s play time is usually spent practicing, teaching and drawing others into AcroYoga which he has been playing since 2006 when he met Jason Magness (yogaslackers.com) with whom he continues to train/play whenever he can. In 2010, Joe traveled to Montreal to receive both levels of certification through the original AcroYogis Eugene Poku and Jessie Goldberg (acroyoga.com).
Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति
Better late than never, I’ve received my Yin Yoga certificate after completing the 80 hours Yin Yoga & Mindfulness TTC with the wonderful Sarah & Ty Powers in France in 2014. Thanks to this TTC I’ve been able to incorporate the poses and teachings in my regular yoga classes and notice that students love the deeper poses despite the obvious physical and mental blockages that sometimes hinder them with this practice. It’s about letting go and going deeper inside to release blocked energy from the meridians, organs and nadis and stretch the connective tissues.
“The Yin practice is an inward practice of receptivity that targets the regeneration of the Yin tissues through a passive static practice.”
Find more information about Insight Yoga Institute, Sarah & Ty Powers and Yin Yoga online.
Joe, ERYT-500, has been teaching for over a decade. Joe’s main focus is Functional Anatomy for Yoga. He is a senior student and teaching assistant of Paul Grilley, a true Yoga Scientist responsible for the rise in popularity of Yin Yoga. After years of apprenticing under Paul, Joe began traveling internationally to train yoga teachers.
When not training teachers, Joe’s play time is spent practicing, teaching and drawing others into AcroYoga.
Program – Yin Yoga & Anatomy: Understanding A Practice Of Surrender
23-27 March, 2015
5 Days/ 30h Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance Certification)
The alignment rules are also simple: We listen to our bodies and lead ourselves into the shape that follows the natural contours of our spine, pelvis and hips.
However, bringing ourselves into this simplicity, being still for minutes at a time, can be challenging. Listening to our bodies requires a power of discrimination.
In this training, we will analyze, observe and practice all of these elements of Yin Yoga in depth.
We will examine ourselves with ancient meditation techniques that guide us into a steady awareness. We will study with slides and by articulating the joints on a skeleton. But mostly, we will have an interactive, hands-on study and examine each other with anatomical range of motion (ROM) tests.
The study culminates in a truer understanding of the infinite variety of human bodies, and the basic techniques to guide each Yin Yoga student with their unique skeletal structures into the appropriate asana for them.
Date: 23-27 March at 10:00-17:00 daily
Location: Sampoorna Yoga Studio
REGISTER NOW, you won’t regret it.
Recently I’ve been lucky enough to participate in a 8-day yin yoga, Buddhism and mindfulness retreat with the amazing Sarah Powers and her wonderful husband Ty Powers. The location in itself was magical, in the middle of the Dordogne in France, next to a river, far from civilisation: Moulin de Chaves.
The idea was to give myself a some time off from teaching and working and to explore Yin Yoga as a personal practice as well as learning how to integrate it in my yoga classes. I was quite surprised to find a large group of yogis upon arrival, as I must admit I didn’t know anything about Sarah & Ty before signing up, so I didn’t know they were that well known and that you are lucky if you get in to one of their workshops or retreats ! There were about 50 people there and the nationalities were diverse: Dutch, Australian, French, Spanish, Israeli, German, Swiss, Austrian, Belgian, American, English, Brazilian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish,… (and I’ve probably forgotten a bunch). Personally I needed me-time, so I wasn’t socializing much which was greatly facilitated by the fact that we were supposed to be silent after evening meditation (from 9PM) until after morning class (until 1PM). The day of arrival was a beautiful and sunny day and after 8 hours of sitting on a train it was great to be near a river in the sun, and to smell and feel the energy of nature all around. Our first class with Sarah was at 5:30 PM and I was electrified by her amazing soft voice and lovely (Patchouli ?) smell. There was an introduction about the retreat, about Buddhism, mindfulness, Insight Yoga and then we did a nice Yin Yoga practice. It’s a hard practice for me to sit still for that long in quite painful postures (opening the hips, tendons, ligaments, and joints in the body). She was very nice and walked around the big yurt gently suggesting corrections and applying some hands-on as well. After the class we had a delicious vegetarian (and vegan options) dinner, followed by a meditation led by Ty Powers. Every day the schedule was :
7:30-8:00 AM : silent meditation
8:00-9:00 AM: breakfast
9:30-12:30 PM: class
1:00-2:00 PM: lunch
3:30-6:30 PM: class
6:307:30 PM: dinner
I stayed in the dorm and besides it being quite humid (we later asked for a dehumidifier that helped a lot), it was simply perfect. The roommates in the dorm were nice and respectful of each others privacy and despite the rain (lots of it during the retreat), it was a wonderful experience. Every day we enjoyed amazing food which greatly helped our practice: fresh, organic, local, vegetarian, vegan, … Made for us with much love by the staff of the Moulin, often there was a dessert as well, but I stuck to being sugar-free for this retreat, except for the last day when there was a vegan apple crumble 🙂 We were really motivated by our teachers to dive deep inside ourselves, to do self inquiry (both during Yin Yoga classes and meditation) and face our fears and other hindrances that take us away from mindfulness and peace of mind in our daily lives. The yin yoga classes were very instructive and went further than I had imagined, as we were presented with some anatomy, lots of information about the different meridians and the impacts of excess or disturbed energy in the meridians and the impacts on the organs and emotions. We did quite some sharing with the fellow students and at times this was quite emotional for some of us. From Friday evening until Sunday noon we were asked to remain completely silent, if possible also by not smiling or looking to each other (Vipassana method) to allow ourselves to go quiet and make the self inquiry even easier. I admit that I looked forward not having to talk for some time and to be quiet, but it was a lot harder than expected. My mind tends to get restless and if there’s no book, internet or discussions to distract oneself, it’s quite a challenge. Obviously this was the objective, to observe how our mind functions and to control the mind to be more relaxed and in balance all of the time. We received a lot of mental support from the teachers and in all, it was a very interesting and satisfying experience, albeit not an easy one. I believe that many people were happy when it was Sunday lunchtime and we could again socialize. After this silent period, there was an overall sense of being part of a group and people were very happy to share their experiences and friendships were forged. Many of the attendees are long-time yoga practitioners, have their own studios around the world or plans to start one. It was a wonderful experience to once again be part of a big yoga family where everyone has at least one very important shared value: the love for yoga, sharing the teachings and its benefits. This retreat has brought me much more than I could have imagined, a renewed interest and motivation in meditation, lots of inspiration from Buddhist teachings, great insights in the human body and especially the energetic body (meridians) and more than ever the intention to practice yin yoga regularly and to start teaching it in the near future as well. Moreover, meeting such wonderful yogins from around the world has strengthened my hope for this world as I’m sure that everyone of the attendees (and other yogins around the world) will pay forward the teachings of love, kindness and compassion that we learn in yoga.
I won’t say a lot more about the teachers, because you have to simply experience them, their energy is so beautiful, it simply has to be experienced. They truly live, breathe and are Insight Yoga. Check out their website for events near you and remember to register in advance as their events fill up very quickly.
The wonderful group of yogins & teachers in front of the Moulin on Tuesday 27 May 2014: