An Exploration of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Eastern Energetics

For Yoga Teachers and Yoga Practitioners


Jennifer skillfully weaves together the timeless teachings of several ancient traditions, to offer us refuge from a modern world that often leaves our body/mind/spirit fragmented and stressed. More than yoga, more than mindfulness – we receive a practice of wholeness and the gift of transformative healing. With feeling heart and beautiful presence, Jennifer creates a space within which we experience kindness, reconnection, stillness and joy. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to practice with her, and hope to do so again soon. Can’t wait! Wholeheartedly recommended.
— Yong Oh, Licensed acupuncturist, Tennessee, USA

MINDFUL YIN YOGA INTENSIVE TRAINING DETAILS:

This training is designed for teachers and for practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding of the practice and instruction of Yin Yoga. This training is unique because Jennifer will draw on her extensive training and practice of Buddhist mindfulness and related heart cultivation practices as well as her specialized knowledge of the energetic or subtle body as described by Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The workshop will explore through physical practice, visual and written material and group discussion:

  • an introduction to Yin Yoga theory and its benefits
  • thorough coverage of Yin postures & modifications/variations to these postures for all levels
  • mindfulness meditation and associated practices to support the yin practice
  • anatomy specific to yin yoga
  • thorough exploration of the breath and associated breathing practices
  • an exploration of common issues that arise as a yoga teacher and how to skillfully work with students
  • complete Yin Yoga sequences (please wear comfortable clothing for yoga practices)
  • explanation of the meridian/organ systems and the five elements according to Traditional Chinese Medicine and how they relate to yin yoga
  • multiple experiential practice sessions

MEET YOUR GUIDE // JENNIFER RAYE

LICENSED TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER AND E-RYT 500 MINDFUL YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHER JENNIFER RAYE

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Jennifer has been offering various forms of healing work since 2003. She has her doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and her offerings include acupuncture, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, yoga therapy and mindfulness meditation instruction. Her teachers include Jennifer and John Welwood, Tias and Surya Little, Sarah Powers and Buddhist teachers Thanissara and Kittisaro.

With over a decade of serious training, practice, and teaching within the yoga, Buddhist mindfulness, and psycho-spiritual inquiry communities Jennifer brings a depth of knowledge, presence and dedication to her students and classes rarely found. She currently teaches in a variety of contexts including Pacific Rim College of Integrative Medicine, international retreats, and various advanced yoga teacher trainings.

Jenn loves working with clients and students who are ready to take their practice and life to the next level. Those who work with Jennifer appreciate the warm container she provides which allows one to dive deeply into physical, emotional and spiritual well being.


UPCOMING MINDFUL YIN YOGA INTENSIVES:

(for Jennifer's full schedule go here)


Oct.21st 2017

DETAILS - See main schedule

Roundhouse Farm (formerly Sleeping Dog Farm), Victoria BC


Dec.1st-3rd 2017

MINDFUL YIN YOGA - 20hrs. Ajna Yoga YTT

Please register with: Ajna YogaVictoria BC


Feb.9th-11th

MINDFUL YIN YOGA - 20hrs. ~ CAMROSE, Alberta


Dates TBA 2018 ::

St. Gallen, Switzerland ~ 25 hr. Intensive Training


Dates TBA 2018 ::

Cape Town, South Africa ~ Mindful Yin Yoga Intensive Training

Johannesburg, South Africa ~ Mindful Yin Yoga Intensive Training


May4th-6th 2018

MINDFUL YIN YOGA - 20hrs. ~ EDMONTON, Alberta


Before signing up I questioned whether the training would be different enough from other yin training I did. But I appreciated so many aspects... I now have an enhanced knowledge around the poses, and I have a broader context for yoga, mindfulness, and transformation. I would absolutely recommend Jennifer’s training. Her depth and breadth has transformed my understanding and will support me in taking my teaching to a new level. I loved it.
— Mona Campbell, Yoga Teacher, Calgary, Canada

Not being a yoga teacher, and not wanting to become one, I wasn’t sure if this training was for me. But I would absolutely recommend this training! Jennifer is professional and very clear in all the fields she brings in and how she teaches them. I especially liked the yin yang sequences with Jennifer’s solid background in vipassana and Chinese Medicine.
— Beatrice Knechtle, Mindfulness based psychotherapist, Dharma teacher, St.Gallen, Switzerland

The structure of the training was spot on. It had a nice balance between theory, practice and self-exploration. I really appreciated the time made for discussions as well. I benefitted immensley from the training. I came here expecting only to learn yin yoga postures and sequences - but it was much more than this. I’ve gained knowledge related to meridians, anatomy, Chinese Medicine, and reflexology.
I would definitely recommend this training. It is very practical yet has enough content to give you foundational background knowledge as well as an opportunity to practice your teaching skills. Thank you to Jennifer for being so generous in sharing so much of her vast knowledge, insights and skill.
— Baiju Dharmalingam, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jennifer is a natural teacher; she has a lovely manner and changes the pace and energy of the sessions with great precision, knowing exactly when to bring things down and when to ramp it up. Her knowledge and experience are obvious. She is calm, assured, and always in command of the experience, yet open to allowing it to move in a different direction if it adds value.

Immediate benefits include a deeper sensing into my body and feeling much more relaxed and softer - physically and emotionally. I specifically liked the sequences, learning the modifications, and the discussions about the elements. It was very interesting to see how the Chinese school of thought compliments that of Ayurveda.
— Piera Abbot, Cape Town, South Africa

I now have a broader understanding of yin yoga and its place in the yoga family. I have a deeper understanding of the poses and how they fit into the meridian system. I would recommend Jennifer’s trainings. She is a thorough, knowledgeable and sensitive teacher. She creates a safe and serious environment for learning and practicing.
— Karla Benson, Victoria BC

I specifically liked the combination of mindfulness and yin yoga practice and Jennifer’s big know-how of Chinese medicine. I gained a lot of inspiration on how to practice yoga and how to teach it. I would recommend this training. Jennifer is such a wonderful person and teacher and she gives students such a good feling. Thank you for coming to Switzerland! Maybe you could come back for an advanvced training?
— Thomas, St.Gallen, Switzerland

I hesitated attending because I am not a yoga teacher but the pre-reading helped calm my concerns. Yoga is so much more than doing a pose correctly! I now have deeper insight into myself. I would recommend Jennifer’s training. She has a wonderful teaching presence - she exudes loving kindness with her voice. Her depth of knowledge is evident with which she explains/discusses concepts.
— Linda Kirchner, Water Valley AB

Being Christian, I was worried about the Buddhist “slant” to the course - but it turned out this was unfounded. I loved Jennifer’s soft, gentle but firm style of teaching. Her deep knowledge is obvious as is her passion. I spefically liked the physical classes and the detailed teaching of the modifications was excellent. I feel I have gained the confidence to institute a regular yin practice into my personal practice as well as to start teaching this discipline.
— Kim Blair, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jennifer is an authentic, intelligent and skillful teacher. Her passion for what she does is very evident.
— Callie Stevens, Victoria, BC

I specifically liked the TCM/acupuncture points and meridians within the yin postures. I would definitely recommend this training. Teachers and students learn a lot from Jennifer’s awesome (theoretical and practical) experience. Thank you!
— Sandra, yoga teacher, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Jenn is very knowledgeable. She always put answers in the context of teaching which was appreciated. She acts as a great translator taking Chinese Medicine and putting it into words that make sense for a western yogi in a way that is immediately transferable to class design.
— Michele Deakin, Calgary, Alberta

My hesitation in signing up was the financial investment, but that fell away quickly and it was definitely worth it. The wya Jennifer explained the 5 elements and the meridians made it very accessible to understand and remember. This felt like a safe and gentle space for me to rekindle my love for yoga and the haven of my mat. I loved the pace of the course, it was manageable and enriching.
— Imogen Clarke, Cape Town, South Africa

I enjoyed the flow of sessions and the energy and presence Jennifer shared with the group. I always felt comfortable to ask any questions/clarifications. This training has allowed me to honour my needs and take some time and space to explore my body, mind and heart. I would recommened this training. It is a quality yin training that is enriched with so many other practices all beautifully melted together. Thank you Jenn for this deeply moving experience.
— Angele Verrier, Victoria BC, Canada

FAQ:

How long is the training?

Depending on the needs of the group or studio, trainings are either 20, 30, or 35 hours. Trainings are spread out over the course of 1-2 weekends.

What is yin yoga?

Yin Yoga is a style of yoga practice that activates the connective tissues of the body in order to open restrictions physically and energetically. Using passive longer held postures the tissues of the body become more flexible and the energetic channels open. Read more about yin yoga on the blog.

How can I host Jennifer for a training at my studio?

We would be happy to discuss whether the Mindful Yin Yoga Intensives are a good fit for your studio and community. Please contact support@jenniferraye.com with your inquiry and we will respond as soon as we can.


I have learned so much more about yin yoga and mindfulness and have opened to deepening my practice. I would highly recommend the training. It was clear, interesting and intelligently run. Jennifer is a fantastic teacher.
— Astrid Starke

I now have the tools to significantly deepen my personal yin practice and eventually offer more and more of this healing practice to my friends, family and students. The location was also wonderful, and a great naturally lit space. I would absolutely recommend Jennifer’s trainings. She is a wealth of knowledge and it’s presented in an organized, professional package. A big thank you to Jenn for sharing her passion with us!
— Heidi Fox Lange, Yoga Teacher, Victoria BC

Jennifer is an excellent guide. I would recommend this training for anyone looking for depth, to develop a home practice and to learn more about yoga. I enjoyed going over the postures, detailed modifications and an exploration of the energetic channels. Jennifer just has such a great depth of knowledge. She is wonderful to learn from, an excellent teacher and a great presence. I feel like the training needed to be one more weekend! I would love to continue learning
— Corey Vautour

Jennifer is very good at explaining the topics that she covers. She’s very easy to understand and she’s very good at offering support. She’s very open and accepting of everyone. I found the training very inspiring and very motivational.
— Shawna Polsfut, Yoga Teacher, Calgary AB

I specifically liked going through the mindful meditations and dealing with anxiety and uneasiness within myself. I learned more about myself and some areas of focus for my teaching. I’m feeling more confident in what I’m instructing. I would absolutely recommend Jennifer’s training. She is knowledgeable on may levels. Her insight into the body and mind and understanding of the meridians and Chinese Medicine complement her training well. Wonderful 2 weeks!
— Kara Gisler, Calgary AB

I am not a yoga teacher so I was concerned that my lack of knowledge would hinder my ability to keep up. But I would absolutely recommend this training! She is a wonderful and knowledgeable teacher and very flexible working with many different learning styles. I really loved the balance between practice and theory. I feel very satisfied with the knowledge provided.
— Kayla Lakusta, Registered acupuncturist, BA Psychology

I was hesitant to expose my feelings to strangers before signing up but I specifically liked the dyads. I have more clarity, I’m more aware of whats going on inside me, and I’m more aware of what’s been blocking me from being free. I would recommend this retreat. It is amazing and the possibilities are endless.
— Amy Elrose

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