Yin Yoga Foundational Teacher Training: Practicing Surrender and Receptivity

Yin Yoga Foundational Teacher Training: Practicing Surrender and Receptivity with Corina Benner

Thursday–Sunday, July 30–August 2 • 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

This training will focus on the great therapeutic benefits of Yin Yoga on the physical, energetic, and mental/emotional bodies (the annamaya, pranamaya, and manomaya koshas). We will investigate the foundational shapes of Yin Yoga, seeking to understand the method of this practice and exploring appropriate ways of modifying poses to meet individual students’ needs. Included in the training are daily Yin Yoga practices and opportunities to work in partners and small groups for practical experience applying the information. You will viscerally integrate the information so that, upon completion of the training, you will feel confident teaching Yin Yoga and also fielding students’ questions with confidence and clarity.
Topics to be addressed:
  • theory of Yin/Yang/Tao and how those concepts are embedded in the practice and are vastly illuminating in a quest for balance
  • tension and compression, two of Yoga’s primary stressors
  • anatomy and physiology: bones, muscles, fascia, and organs
  • anatomical uniqueness and “inside-out alignment”
  • contraindications and tailoring the practice to different populations
  • nadis/meridians, organs and emotions, patterns of excess, deficiency, and balance
  • A.A.F.F.R.: a formula for responding to emotional responses in Yin Yoga practice
  • breathing practices to invite the fullness of experience
  • safe, sacred, and neutral: prerequisite for personal YINquiry
This training is open to Yoga teachers of all traditions as well as curious and dedicated Yin Yoga students. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, which can be applied as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for registered Yoga teachers.


$549, $495 if preregistered and paid by July 9

Corina Benner, director of Wake Up Yoga, wholeheartedly believes that the ancient practice of Yoga perfectly complements the modern pursuit of vibrant health, personal fulfillment, harmonious relationships, and spiritual enrichment. Viewing asana practice as an entry point to self-study, Corina weaves the tenets of Yoga philosophy into her teaching, inspiring students to discover how this age-old practice remains relevant in their own lives. Her positive vibrations and contagious optimism empower students of all levels to practice with enthusiasm, while her detailed instruction, poetic language, and intelligent sequencing create a safe space for them to explore the landscapes of their bodies, minds, hearts, and souls. As a teacher of teachers, Corina seeks to impart a deep and abiding reverence for the power of Yoga while also affirming her students’ unique experiences, which give rise to their own, authentic voices, and inspiring them to cultivate sharp, discriminating minds softened by open and receptive hearts. In 2002, moved to create a warm and nurturing “cOMmUNITY”-centered Yoga studio where people of all ages and stages could come together with breath and movement, in silence and in laughter, she opened Wake Up Yoga, to connect deeply with the underlying current that unites us all. She has been teaching a 200-hour foundational training since 2002 and Yin Yoga teacher trainings since 2005 and has taught both programs locally, nationally, and internationally.
In addition to her initial training, Corina has been influenced by more than a hundred hours of teacher training with Rodney Yee, more than 70 hours of teacher training with Shiva Rea, and 270 hours of teacher training with Paul Grilley. One of her primary teachers, Paul Grilley has ingrained a respect for anatomical differences, which is the guiding principle behind alignment instructions in Yin Yoga. Corina’s understanding of the chakras has been informed through study both with Paul Grilley and with Anodea Judith and Kristine Kaoverii Weber. She has been a student of Sanskrit under the expert tutelage of Manorama, of Sanskrit Studies, and has been working on memorizing, chanting, and writing the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in Sanskrit with help and guidance from both Manorama and Paul JJ Alix, of Yoga for All. Corina recently completed a 500-hour Yoga Therapeutics teacher training at the IHYT in Ontario, Canada, exploring therapeutic applications of Yoga to anxiety and depression, cancer and end-of-life care, chronic pain, and grief, along with the study of structural alignment and Ayurveda. She has been strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa as conveyed by her meditation teacher, Michael Carroll, and fortified by a steady meditation practice since 1999. Her mind and perspectives have also been shaped by the writings of J. Krishnamurti, and her heart has been opened through the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, and Mary Oliver, to name just a few.