Who this is for? The training is recommended for any teacher or student wishing to bring a variety of approaches to mindfulness into their classes. In this immersive training, mindfulness meditation is practiced in both seated meditation and Yin Yoga sequences. It is requested that attendees have a practice and understanding of how to do Yin Yoga prior to this immersion (the basics of Yin Yoga will not be covered here). Additionally, students who are interested in deepening their meditation practice may attend.
Please note: Although this course will draw heavily from Buddhist meditation teaching, you don’t need to be a Buddhist to practice and share these liberating tools of awareness.
What You Will Learn
- The Mindfulness Immersion is structured around a thorough examination of a core Buddhist meditation text — The Satipatthana Sutta — The Sutta on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This text provides a treasure trove of material to share with students in a Yin classroom. Meditative themes will include theoretical and practical approaches to these Four Foundations: Body (kaya), Feeling tones (vedana), Mind-states (citta), and Categories of Experience (dhammas)
- For each category of contemplation (ie. body, mind-states, etc), a variety of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ forms of meditative tools will be cultivated and explored
- Deepen your own direct meditative experience to empower your teaching with a voice of authenticity and clarity.
- Address approaches to teaching meditation in a secular, non-religious manner
- Guide students to observe the process of their experience without getting lost in the content
Mindfulness, A Practical Guide to Awakening: Joseph Goldstein
“I’ve been to a lot of trainings over the years—of all kinds and in a variety of fields—and this one was just excellent. In fact, I would put it in the top three or four trainings I’ve ever participated in.
Josh structures the training with an eye toward adult learners, combining coherent, straightforward “lecture” / presentation time with experiential learning in a way that allows students to really absorb the material.
He has a knack for explaining complex subjects in ways that are easy to grasp, is well organized, and has an easy-going, gentle style.”
– Samantha W., Boston, MA
Certification and YA Continuing Education
Participants will receive 30 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education contact hours. All participants will receive a certificate of completion upon completing the training.
About Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. And as this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yin Yoga prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation.
About Josh Summers
Josh is a licensed acupuncturist, a yoga instructor and a mindfulness consultant. He recently co-authored The Buddha’s Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Living.
After college, Josh spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan and Burma where he studied both yoga and meditation. As his interest in vipassana or insight meditation developed, so too did his interest in more contemplative forms of yoga practice. With a professional background in Oriental Medicine and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of these two interests. He now teaches throughout the United States and Europe.
The Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings (Foundational and Advanced) are popular weekend-format trainings. Contact Josh to schedule a training at your yoga studio.