An Exploration of Yin 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 TEACHER TRAINING AND YIN YOGA INTENSIVES:

Yoga teachers, and yoga students who don't wish to teach, are welcome to register. Each yin yoga training stands alone as a complete course. Take just one training or continue your learning by taking multiple modules. These trainings can be counted for yoga alliance credit and come with a comprehensive manual. Please email support@jenniferraye.com with any questions you may have.


UPCOMING MINDFUL YIN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING SCHEDULE:

(for Jennifer's other workshops/retreats/trainings

** Trainings typically begin Friday evening and run all day Saturday and Sunday.

April 20th-22nd 2018 - Mindful Yin Yoga Training (Module 1) ::  Ajna Yoga - Victoria, BC, Canada

May 4th-6th 2018 - Mindful Yin Yoga Training (Module 1) :: YogaLife - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Oct.12th-14th 2018 - Mindful Yin Yoga Training (Module 1) ::  Tree of Life Studio - Greeley, Colorado, USA

Nov.16th-18th 2018 - Mindful Yin Yoga Training (Module 1) :: Victoria, BC - REGISTER by emailing support@jenniferraye.com

TBA 2019 - Chinese Medicine and Mindful Yoga (Module 2) :: YogaLife - Edmonton, AB, Canada

TBA 2019 - Chinese Medicine and Mindful Yoga (Module 2) :: Victoria, BC - REGISTER by emailing support@jenniferraye.com


MINDFUL YIN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING DESCRIPTIONS:

 

YIN YOGA FOUNDATIONS (Module 1)

This immersion is designed for yoga teachers and yoga students who would like to deepen their understanding of the practice and instruction of Yin Yoga. This weekend is unique because Jennifer draws on her training in 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.

This immersion comes with a manual. We 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
  • a thorough exploration of the breath and associated breathing practices
  • complete Yin Yoga sequences
  • locations of the meridians and acupressure points that can be used during practice or teaching
  • explanation of the organ systems and the five elements according to Traditional Chinese Medicine and how they relate to yin yoga
  • multiple experiential practice sessions

Open to all students. This immersion is considered teacher training for Yoga Alliance credit.

 

CHINESE MEDICINE AND MINDFUL YOGA (Module 2)

In this immersion, we will explore and apply the foundational concepts and philosophy of Chinese Medicine within the context of our yoga practice or yoga teaching.

This immersion comes with a manual. You will learn through physical practice, visual and written material and group discussion:

  • How to apply five-element, yin yang, Qi, blood, and essence theory 
  • How to tailor yoga practice based on seasonal attunement, personal constitution, and health concerns
  • The location of the major meridians and how to locate important acupressure points
  • How the organ systems work according to Chinese Medicine
  • Emotional and psychological themes related to the organs, the elements, and the seasons
  • Easy to use self-diagnostic techniques
  • Causes of disease and common patterns of disharmony according to Chinese Medicine 
  • How to sequence yoga classes based on Chinese Medicine principles and goals

This immersion includes a manual and a mix of movement practices, lecture, discussion, hands-on work, and reading. Daily asana, meditation, and breath practices will integrate the Chinese Medicine principles including a focus on how your yoga asana practice can be created to suit your own or your student's individual needs and health concerns. 

Open to all yoga students. This immersion is considered teacher training for Yoga Alliance credit.


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MEET YOUR GUIDE Jennifer Raye:

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

Jennifer's unique approach blends her extensive background in not only yoga and Buddhist mindfulness, but also her in-depth study of therapeutic movement, anatomy, and Chinese Medicine. This combination results in a study of yoga that is not dogmatic and instead aims to address the individual needs of students. 

Jennifer teaches yoga teacher training nationally and internationally and has been teaching a blend of mindfulness and yin yoga for nearly a decade. Jennifer holds a Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine, has completed over 3000 hours of certified teacher training, and is certified to teach through several advanced multi-year yoga, yin yoga, and mindfulness programs. Jennifer also continues to assist and work closely as a senior student with a number of her primary teachers.

Jennifer brings a depth of knowledge, presence and dedication to her students and classes rarely found. She teaches in a variety of contexts including Pacific Rim College of Integrative Medicine, international retreats, and various advanced yoga teacher trainings. Her offerings include acupuncture, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, yoga and mindfulness meditation instruction. Those who work with Jennifer appreciate the warm container she provides which allows one to dive deeply into physical, emotional and spiritual well being.


FAQ:

How do I register?

If the training is held at a hosting yoga studio, they will handle your registration. Please refer to the links in the schedule. If the training is in Victoria, BC please email support@jenniferraye.com to register and pay a deposit. If you have any questions please email support@jenniferraye.com!

I have some questions about the training.

Please reach out to support@jenniferraye.com with any questions you have. We'd love to help!

How long is the training?

Depending on the needs of the group or studio, trainings are either 15, 20, or 30 hours. Trainings are typically spread out over the course of 1 or 2 weekends. Please refer to the schedule above for exact dates and details.

I'm not a yoga teacher / I don't want to teach. Is this course right for me?

Yes! This course can be counted for teacher training, but its also a great weekend for new yoga students and for those interested in personal practice and study.

Do I get Yoga Alliance Credit and is this a teacher training?

Yes! These courses/hours can be counted towards yoga teacher training with the yoga alliance.

How are these courses different than Jennifer's online courses?

Jennifer's online courses are based on her in-person training modules. The biggest difference is of course, that the in-person training gives you the opportunity to work with Jennifer in person. This could involve questions, discussion, and hands on work. The in-person training also contains a more comprehensive manual and a reading list.

Once you complete the in-person training you get a discount for the online training. And, if you've completed the online training you receive a discount for the in-person training.

What are the hours of the training?

Generally, trainings start Friday evening (around 5 or 6pm to 8 or 9pm) and run Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm. This varies depending on location, so if exact times are needed before registration please clarify with us.

What is yin yoga?

Yin Yoga is a gentle 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!


SOME STUDENT FEEDBACK:

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
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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