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Yin for Balancing the Nervous System – 20 hour workshop

17 Jun 2022 @ 9:30 am - 19 Jun 2022 @ 3:00 pm UTC+8


The Benefits of Yin Yoga for the Nervous System – Bringing the Body into treatment

Join Martine for this  2o hour  workshop and immersive experience. This is an experience not to be missed as it will benefit you personally and professionally.

This 20 hour Training Program is a module of the Yoga Clinic’s Yoga for Embodiment & Healing training program, it can be done as part of the 100 hour comprehensive training or as an individual module.
Yin helps us to come into our bodies, allowing us curiosity for growth and lifelong learning. We work with and consider our energy body, physical body, emotional and mental body and train our mind. This is the key to providing centering and balance to the nervous system which controls how we feel in the world.

A balanced  and naturally adaptive nervous system is key to our health and well being. Our spinal column and brain  inform the complex communication system that operates the central nervous system and from that all the cell messaging is co-ordinated through the rest of the body via the somatic nervous system – your sensory and motor neurons.

We begin to be in self leadership when we  honor the connection between our body, heart and mind, as this is the key to a healthy and adaptive nervous system, not one that is locked in ‘action’ mode.

Yin yoga brings calm to the nervous system and importantly helps to up regulate the para-sympathetic mode of the nervous system – where you rest, digest and heal. In this space we can consider the mind and develop mindfulness and begin the journey of Psychological Inquiry, thus starting to open the healing doors much more widely.

In this module we will cover:
✨ Gaining an understanding of how to use Yin as a healing and restorative practice.
✨ Learning to support students to use their bodies to calm the nervous system.
✨ The use of meditation and pranayama in Yin classes.
✨ Understanding the link between meridian theory and the chakra system and the embodiment of emotions.
✨ The concept and importance of Chi.
✨ Incorporating a mindfulness practice and psychological inquiry element into our Yin practice.
✨ Learn about the role of the Vagus nerve and Polyvagal Theory
✨ Exploration of Yin postures as prescriptions for emotional and mental wellbeing.

Who is this training course designed for?

  • Yoga Teachers and yoga teachers in training who are  interested in expanding their teaching skills and developing more confidence in working with students / clients who suffer from trauma and mental health difficulties. Yoga teachers will develop a much deeper understanding of the concepts of Yoga  and it’s capacity to empower students by providing safe and inclusive yoga practices with awareness. This workshop does not provide initial training in Yin Yoga, we will explore the postures of Yin to understand how to use the body in treatment.
  • Mental Health Professionals who are interested in bringing the body into treatment. There is now a significant body of evidence that has seen a marriage between yoga and the mind. Neuroscience has shown that the mind and body are intrinsically linked and that trauma resides in the body. It has been my experience that when clients learn to befriend and trust their body, the capacity for clients to engage in therapy in a much safer and satisfying way is achieved. Yoga engages the nervous system teaching distress tolerance by balancing the nervous system, enhancing opportunities for neuroplasticity to occur by moving and breathing in a community setting with intention and on purpose.
  • Wellbeing professionals who are interested in the mind body connection and working in a holistic way towards healing and recovery.
  • Students of Yoga who are interested in further and deepening their knowledge in the context of ‘self’,  working on their own journey towards total wellbeing and personal discovery.
  • Teachers, nurses, first responders and all human service workers who come into contact with students/ patients who are distressed and overwhelmed and require significant support and containment. This course will give you the confidence to use grounding and stabilising techniques by using the body, breath and awareness of how the brain responds to anxiety.

Spaces are limited for this training, once the spaces are reserved the bookings will close. All payments are non-refundable to minimise last minute cancellations. You are welcome to substitute a friend in your place should you become unable to attend. Please arrive at 12.45pm to get set up for the afternoon on the first day of the workshop on Friday 18th February 2022 at 12pm.

All levels of yoga ability are very welcome. You do not need to be a yoga teacher to attend this training.

Martine is a yoga teacher, a psychotherapist who has significant experience in the public mental health system and in private practice and a certified Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher, who was trained in this modality at The Boston Trauma Centre.

17th June  2022 – 9.30am- 5pm
19th June  2022 – 1pm – 6pm
20th June  2022 – 9.00am – 3pm
This workshop is Yoga Alliance approved and CPD points are available upon completion and certification.

Things to be aware of:

  • You do not have to be an experienced yoga practitioner to do any of the modules.
  • All equipment is provided.
  • The course costs does not include meals or afternoon tea, in an effort to keep prices down.
Join us for this training on:
17th June  2022 – 9.30am- 5pm
19th June  2022 – 1pm – 6pm
20th June  2022 – 9.00am – 3pm
This training is held at the Pax Centre, 160b Cambridge Street, West Leederville.
Investment: $595 as a single module. This module can also be done as part of the 100 hour Yoga for Embodiment & Healing Course (see Training page on website for details)

How to Book and Pay:

Bookings can be made by through the Pax Centre website by going to the following link:

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160B Cambridge St
West Leederville, WA 6007 Australia
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