Yin Yoga Teacher Training Workshop

Any translations of the Tao Te Ching are acceptable for the Teacher Training Hours reading and writing assignment. Our personal favorites are:

Tao Te Ching- Lao Tsu, A New Translation
By Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

Tao Te Ching- A New Translation
By Stephen Mitchell

Participants who complete the requirements earn a teacher training certificate for the total hours of the workshop plus the number of hours committed to completing the assignment. These total hours are applicable towards teacher certification in Yin Yoga.

To earn a certificate, students must attend all days of the workshop plus read two translations of the Tao Te Ching and write a personal reflection of at least 100 words on a chapter of their choice. Attendees who do not wish to earn the certificate are not required to write an essay.

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Yin Yoga Teacher Certification

Study credits hours are required for reading and writing your choice of either book reports, essays, outlines, or synopses on books from the following list. Original and relevant poems and short stories may also be admissible pending our approval.

REQUIRED READING and OUTLINE (Choose one option)

Taoism~ An Essential Guide
(Former title: The Shambhala Guide to Taoism)

A complete introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of an ancient Chinese spiritual tradition
By Eva Wong

The Way of the Five Seasons~
Living with the Five Elements for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Harmony
By John Kirkwood

Write  your outline as a personal teaching reference resource with an emphasis on the specific topics that are most relevant and useful to you as a teacher.

In addition, students are free to chose any combination of titles from any categories on the list. Reading only a selection of individual essays or chapters from a book is acceptable. Credit for reading will only be given when accompanied by a written work about the book. (Exception: “The How and Why of Chinese Painting”- see below*

Students must keep a log of all study hours spent and submit the log along with your writing assignments.

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Students interested in taking the Master  Zink’s Yin Yoga Teacher Certification course can begin submitting reading and writing assignments now.

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Shambhala Publications
Any book titles listed in the section on Taoism are acceptable to read for study credit

The Shambhala Guide to Taoism   REQUIRED Reading & Outline (option 1)

A complete introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of an ancient Chinese spiritual tradition
By Eva Wong
Book titles listed in the Bibliography for Further Reading are acceptable to read for study credit.

Taoism- The Road to Immortality
By John Blofeld

The Secret and Sublime- Taoist Mysteries and Magic
This book is based mostly on the author’s experiences as a guest of Taoist recluses
By John Blofeld

Daoism and Chinese Culture
Basic historical introduction, very readable, used for undergraduates- author’s note
By Livia Kohn
(Three Pines Press- Pub.)


Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition
This book contains a comprehensive verbatim translation and gives the literal definitions of all the Chinese characters in the original text
By Jonathon Star

The Way and It’s Power
A study of the Tao Te Ching and it’s place in Chinese thought
By Arthur Waley

Wen-tzu: Understanding the Mysteries
Further Teachings of Lao-tzu
Translated by Thomas Cleary


Tao- The Watercourse Way
By Alan Watts

The Tao of Pooh
This book explains Taoist principles using Winnie the Pooh as an example of a Taoist master
By Benjamin Hoff


were Fourth century BC Taoist philosophers and story tellers. The books listed below are different translations of their work.

Chuang Tsu- Basic Writings
Translated by Burton Watson

Chuang Tsu-Inner Chapters
A new translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

The Way of Chuang Tsu

By Thomas Merton

The Second Book of the Tao
By Stephen Mitchell

The Book of Lieh Tzu
By A.C. Graham

Lieh-Tzu: A Taoist Guide to Practical Living
By Eva Wong

Taoist Teachings from the Book of Lieh Tzu

By Liezi, Lieh Tzu

Taoist Teaching: The Book of Lieh-Tzu
By Lionel Giles
A FREE online version of this book is available at


Divine Traces of the Daoist Sisterhood
By Suzanne Cahill


Immortal Sisters- Secrets of Taoist Women
Translated and edited by Thomas Cleary


Taoist Yoga- Alchemy and Immortality
By Lu K’uan Yu (Charles Luk)

Chinese Alchemy- The Taoist Quest for Immortality
By J.C. Cooper


The Eight Immortals of Taoism- Legends and Fables of Popular Taoism
Translated and edited by Kwok Man Ho and Joanne O’Brien

Facets of Taoism
Essays in Chinese Religion
Edited by Holmes Welch and Anna Seidel


The Way of the Five Seasons~   REQUIRED Reading & Outline (option 2)
Living with the Five Elements for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Harmony
By John Kirkwood

Chi Kung
Taoist Secrets of Fitness and Longevity
By Wen Mei Yu

The Taoist Ways of Healing

The Chinese art of Pa Chin Hsien
An introduction to the complete system of ancient Chinese Taoist health arts
By Chee Soo

Chi Kung
The art of mastering the unseen life force
By Lily Siou, Ph.D.

Rooted in Spirit:
The Heart of Chinese Medicine
By Claude Larre & Elisabeth Rochat De LA Vallee

Traditional Acupuncture:
The Law of the Five Elements

by Dianne M. Connelly, Ph.D.

Bragg Healthy Lifestyle
Body purification, toxicless diet & healing system
By Paul C. Bragg N.D., Ph.D  and Patricia Bragg N.D., Ph.D.

The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity
The Essence of Chi Gung
The Tao of Detox
Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine

by Daniel P. Reid

Wood Becomes Water:
Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life

By Gail Reichstein

Between Heaven and Earth, A Guide to Chinese Medicine
by Harriet Beinfield  and Efrem Korngold


The How and Why of Chinese Painting
By Diana Kan
*Copies of original artwork inspired by this book are admissible for study credits


The Wandering Taoist
By Deng Ming Dao

Chronicles of Tao:
The Secret Life of a Taoist Master
By Ming-Dao Deng

The Medicine Box
By Shan-Tung Hsu


The Tao of Psychology:
Synchronicity and Self
Jean Shinoda Bolen

The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grows
The Rediscovered Diary of Opal Whiteley
This is an amazing work by a magical child, a true Taoist!- Maria
Presented by Benjamin Hoff

The Last Child in the Woods:
Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
By Richard Louv

Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape
I highly recommend this book for its insights into our own animal nature and social potential- Maria
By Frans DeWaal and Frans Lanting

Peacemaking Among Primates
By Frans DeWaal

Chimpanzee Politics
By Frans DeWaal

Songs of the Gorilla Nation:
My Journey Through Autism
By Dawn Prince-Hughes

The Journey Home
What near death experiences and mysticism teach us about the gift of life
By Phillip Berman

The Archaic Revival
Speculations on psychedelics, mushrooms, the Amazon, virtual reality, UFO’s, evolution, the rebirth of the Goddess, and the end of history
By Terrence McKenna

The Natural Mind
Explores non-ordinary states of consciousness
By Andrew Weil, M.D.

The Chalice and The Blade
Our History, Our Future
By Riane Eisler

The Great Cosmic Mother
Rediscovering the religion of the Earth
By Monical Sjoo and Barbara Mor

Truth or Dare
Encounters with power, authority, and mystery
By Star Hawk

The Sacred Hoop
Rediscovering the feminine in American Indian traditions
By Paula Gunn Allen

The Politics of Women’s Spirituality
Essays on the rise of spiritual power within the feminist movement
This book presents excellent perceptions into the ways patriarchy alienates us from our authentic natures- Maria
Edited by Charlene spretnak

Gaia’s Garden:
A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
Bu Toby Hemenway

Sweat Your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice
Gabrielle Roth

Maps to Ecstasy:
The Healing Power of Movement
Gabrielle Roth

The Secret Life of Plants:
A Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man

By Peter Tomkins and Christopher Bird, Revised Edition 1989


The Spirit of Shamanism
By Roger N. Walsh

Shamans, Healers and Medicine Men
By Holger Kalweit

Walking in a Sacred Manner
Healers, dreamers, and pipe carriers- medicine women of the Plains Indians
By Mark St. Pierre and Tilda Long Soldier

Shape Shifters
Shaman women in contemporary society
By Michele Jamal

Shaman, Healer, and Sage
How to heal yourself and others with the energy medicine of the Americas
By Alberto Villoldo

Hallucinogens and Shamanism
Edited by Michael Harner

An expanded view of reality
Edited by Shirley Nicholson

Other book titles may be admissible for study credits pending our approval. Contact Maria at