You can learn some fundamentals of Yin Yoga from Yin Yoga teachers
but you can only learn the complete art from the founding master
“I am delighted to see how the practice of Yin yoga has spread throughout the global yoga community. But I have not authorized any other person or school to offer Teacher Yin yoga Certification. To this effect I have founded The Yin Yoga Institute in order to provide guidelines in teaching Yin yoga and to establish a standard of excellence in the art. The Yin Yoga Institute also serves as the official Teacher Registration for Yin yoga and Yin and Yang yoga teachers who meet the minimum requirements.” Master Zink
Master Paulie Zink is the founder of Yin Yoga and was Paul Grilley’s teacher. Master Zink is a multifaceted instructor of rare quality. He is a highly proficient Yin and Yang Yoga practitioner, a Chi Kung expert and an internationally acclaimed martial arts grand champion. The combination of his exceptional background, knowledge and skill makes him unique among yoga teachers in the western world. In order to achieve this degree of mastery he underwent demanding training and esoteric disciplines which emphasized cultivating the felt awareness and embodiment of one’s intuitive, instinctual, and mystical natures. As a result, he can actualize the power and spontaneity, the flowing movement and wild spirit that are inherent in our awakened primal energy.
Master Zink conveys a profound and refreshing simplicity that comes from true understanding. With his relaxed and playful demeanor, students find him to be a very approachable and enjoyable teacher. Master Zink continues to evolve his art of Yin and Yang Yoga by adding postures, variations, and insights. Through many years of study, practice and teaching he has further developed this ancient Taoist tradition into his own distinctive and dynamic style.
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These are the only official Yin Yoga Teacher Certification Courses authorized by The Yin Yoga Institute
and taught by the founding master of Yin Yoga,
Learn to teach the art of Yin Yoga
as it is intended to be taught.
Santa Monica Yoga Center
Two one-week sessions:
Week One: June 15-21
Early-bird registration deadline – May 20, 2013
Week Two: September 21-27
Early-bird registration deadline – August 26, 2013
Advanced Training for students who have completed sessions 1 & 2 (at either location): TBA
Daily Schedule: 12:00-6:00 pm
$1475 per week session
10% early-bird discount, payment plans are available.
The Chicago Yoga Center
Two one-week sessions:
Session 1: October 19-25, 2013
Session 2: April 4-11, 2014
Session 3: October 18-24, 2014
Advanced Training open only to students who have completed sessions 1 & 2
Sat and Sun: 2-7 pm
Mon-Fri: Noon – 5:30 pm
attendees receive a total of 84 hours class time credit for both weeks
Pricing: $1,480 per week session
Students who have attended the 5-day
Yin and Yang Yoga Teacher Training with Paulie Zink
receive a 10% discount off the chosen payment option.
200 hrs Certification is available:
Students may accrue an additional 100 hours of extra credit with a combination of hours from attending Paulie Zink’s Teacher Training workshops
(certificate of completion required),
and by completing reading/writing assignments,
and submitting student evaluated teaching experience.
All students who complete the certification course are eligible for free lifetime
Yin Yoga Teacher registration with the Yin Yoga Institute
(must meet all qualifications and submit completed application form).
For application info visit TheYinYogaInstitute.com
Dear Paulie and Maria,
Thank you both so much for a wonderful Yin Yoga Teacher Certification course. Maria, the meditations you developed and all you do for the website and planning for Paulie’s teaching are much appreciated so he can be free to do what he does best. Paulie, this training has been the most freeing, pleasant, fun, and experiential training I have ever taken. I learned so much from not only the art that you so brilliantly teach, but I learned as much by just being with such a genuine, caring and wonderful human being as you. I love the art of Yin yoga that you teach and have already been sharing it with my students. I have had wonderful feedback and enjoyed watching my students become playful as they attempt to embody the animals and then feel the flows. Paulie, you are not only a master in the art of Yin and Yang Yoga, you are also a master at passing it on to others in the kindest and most generous way. Thank you so very much.
“I took from Paulie Zink one Yin yoga workshop
and I learned more in that one weekend
then I did in all of my yoga teacher trainings!!!”
“I was taught at a Yin yoga workshop that everyone’s bones are different, and my bones aren’t meant to bend in a way that would allow me to do certain poses. They told me I will never do the splits, but it’s not my fault, it’s my bones. They showed me other ways to practice, and I trusted them. I continued doing my daily yoga practice, becoming more flexible then I have ever been, but with a belief that there was a limit to what I can do.
Then I took a workshop with Paulie Zink. He reminded me why I fell in love with yoga in the first place. At his weekend workshop he told me I can do anything I set my mind to, and that there aren’t any limits to what I am capable of accomplishing [within reason]. He showed genuine care and interest, and had an energy that just radiated throughout the room. He is an example of the type of teacher I hope to be: one who inspires.
And one day, I will do the splits!”
“It is not possible to predict what a person may physically accomplish by observation, medical examination, X-ray of skeleton, MRI or other imaging devices.
(This of course assumes we are not talking about ever being able to bench press a tractor trailer!)
This may not apply to someone who has a congenital physical deformity or a post traumatic physical deformity. The question of being able to perform any physical posture is not dependent on bone structure for the most part, but far more on the amount of time devoted to practicing.
I strongly discourage any concept by teachers or students about what can and cannot be accomplished. The heart of the practice of yoga rests completely in the word ‘practice’, it is not measured in what external physical form is demonstrated. We have all seen individuals who through genetics and practice can do outrageous physical contortions, but have no spiritual awareness and we have seen individuals whose wisdom, compassion, and love are endless who have never heard of downward facing dog.
My response to a student who would ask if he/she would ever be able to do a particular asana, would be practice from the heart with compassion, diligence and persistence and ask me that question in another 20 years.”
Joe Lanzarotta, M.D.