YIN YOGA TRAINING for Trained Yoga Instructors

HOSTED BY The Yoga Tree Okinawa
November 18-20, 2022  

Learn the art and science of teaching Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga system that focuses on fascia. When the fascia of the body is nourished and healthy we experience better mobility, structural alignment, healthy joints, emotional balance, and a deep spaciousness physically, mentally and emotionally. Steeped in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoism, Yin Yoga works with opening the pathways for chi to flow in the body. The deep quiet of the practice allows the student to fine tune inner-listening skills and mindfulness. Michelle marries somatic principles, Taoist thought and person-centered approaches to practicing and teaching yin yoga. Her specialized Yin Yoga Training draws on her Taoist studies in China, her recent graduate work in somatic-based counseling for trauma, and her developed person-centered approaches taken from western psychology and yoga therapy. This training is open to any yoga teacher looking to expand their knowledge and experience with yin yoga, as well as practitioners who are interested in deepening their personal yin practice. The training will cover individual bone anatomy, fascia anatomy, nervous system regulation, Taoist thought and philosophy, Five Element Theory and Meridian Line systems, yin postures and propping, sequencing, somatic principles, person-centered approaches, and ethics. 


This training is designed for yoga teachers who have already completed their 200-hour certification. 


Included in this training:
• 20 contact hours (intensive weekend) 
• Foundations of Yin Yoga and the postures 
• Fascial anatomy/basic meridian line theory 
• Taoist philosophy
• Practice teaching
• Trauma-Informed considerations
• Finding your Yin Yoga Voice/Holding Space 
• Take-home manual


All hours must be attended to receive certificate of completion which will allow you to claim Yoga Alliance CEUs. 


REQUIRED TEXTS (available on Amazon): 
A Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark (revised edition recommended)
A Path & A Practice: Using Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching by William Martin

EARLY BIRD RATE until October 10, 2022: $395.00US

REGULAR RATE after October 10, 2022: $450.00US

Training will be hosted by The Yoga Tree Okinawa in Chatan, Okinawa. 

Any questions or concerns, please email Michelle directly at:  michelle.slowlife@gmail.com


Understanding the Neuroscience of Trauma

HOSTED BY The Yoga Tree Okinawa 
November February 4-5, 2023 

An estimated seventy-five percent of adults around the world have experienced a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Persons with trauma walk amongst us, often without visible or known symptoms and yet they are struggling to cope beneath the surface even when they walk into a yoga class. As a yoga teacher becoming trauma-informed allows for more inclusivity and sensitivity to your teaching. This 20-hour training will cover the basics of trauma, neuroscience theories of trauma, nervous system responses, polyvagal theory and vagal tone, self-regulation tools, sensory awareness, somatic practices, ethics, safety, and teacher self-care techniques. This training is for trained yoga teachers who are teaching group or individual classes and would like to incorporate the basic mind-body tools of trauma-informed yoga into their current work. This training does not provide direct treatment or diagnosis for working with individuals affected by psychological or physical trauma. A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of this course. For those teachers registered with Yoga Alliance, this training offers Yoga Alliance CEUs.


DATE/TIME: February 4-5, 2023, 9am-5:30pm

LOCATION: The Yoga Tree Okinawa

COST: Early bird rate $275US before January 1, 2023. After January 1, 2023 $325US.



Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner, LMHC, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, has been an internationally certified yoga therapist for the past 12 years working with individuals with chronic and life-threatening disease, spinal cord injury and brain injury. She is also a somatically-trained licensed mental health therapist with experience working with complex & developmental trauma, sexual trauma, and PTSD within the active duty military community. In her trainings and programming she is generous with her wisdom and information offering in-depth resources for those looking to expand and grow in their teaching practice.


NOTE: Given the current pandemic climate and unpredictable restrictions here on Okinawa between local government and military entities, there is always a possibility that this program will need to be facilitated in an online format.