Yin Yoga: Immersion and 50hr Teacher Training

Updated: Jan 31

Frog Project teacher Liezl doing restorative yin yoga posture for live online yin yoga course.

I enjoy all styles of yoga. The steadiness & strength of Hatha. The fire and flow of Vinyasa. There is a special place in my heart though for Yin Yoga.

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is a relatively modern style that draws on some concepts from the ancient yoga texts, but has its roots in the tradition of Daoism, which also sprung Tai Chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

It is practiced as a series of floor based poses held for a longer time. True to its name, it is the yin to our yang lives and creates the opportunity for deep stillness and rest. It might not sound very exciting but that is the beauty of yin yoga.

The more time you spend just being in a pose, the more you begin to notice the small things.

Yin Yoga as the Antidote to our Modern Lives

Modern living has our brains and nervous systems overstimulated. We are inundated by a flood of information and the deluge of decisions we have to make on a daily basis. This level of activity has a profound impact on the balance between our stress hormones and our happy hormones. And one of the best ways to ensure we find harmony is simply to take a time out.

This is where yin yoga comes in or rather takes us into ourselves. This calming practice is like pressing the reset button for your body and brain. What may seem like a simple practice on the surface is a very potent tool for healing and growth. That is because yin teaches us the art of the pause.

Yin teaches us the art of the pause.

In the pause we are able to find deep connection to our heart, body and mind. Stress, worry, trauma and unprocessed emotions are stored in the muscles and nervous system of the body as tension. It is part of how our body tries to protect itself from threat, by being in a state of readiness.

However this natural response doesn’t account for the fact that the stress we feel from the traffic, work, and the pandemic is not quite the same as the lions and wolves of our ancestors. And where the wolves and the lions would move on, the stressors in our lives don’t. So to empower ourselves for a healthy, happy life, we need to own it and tend to it.

How does it work?

Yin works deeply on the body by focusing on the connective tissues to find release that works into the nervous system. And after the first few poses, you feel yourself melting into a spacious calm mind. This is where the true magic of yin lies for me. This is the insightful pause that allows us to reimagine and release all that unsettles our hearts.

It allows us to heal ourselves on an emotional level in the face of daily stress, anxiety and worry.

On top of that, I also find Yin to be a very accessible practice for all bodies. Because it skips all the vinyasas and has only one (semi) standing pose, many people find that it is a great way to enjoy yoga even when they have physical or health limitations. It can also help people who are very stiff find some more mobility in the body.

But as they say, with great power comes great responsibility, and yin yoga is no different. There are important guidelines to make sure you practice in a healthy sustainable way for your body! This comes down to getting to know your own body better through regular practice, decoding whether the sensations you experience are appropriate and how long you should stay in a pose. Together this knowledge enables you to be your own best teacher whether you join a class or practice on your own.

Immerse Yourself in Yin

That is why we have decided to offer this Yin Yoga immersion on The Frog Project. We believe in sharing yoga that really makes a difference in how you feel. In this 3 week deep dive you will learn all the different poses of yin yoga, as well as when and how to practice them safely. We’ll explore the roots of the practice and the science of how it works. You will learn the basics of the energetic meridians and how to do sequences that help you find harmony. And at the end of the course you will be able to use Yin Yoga as a potent tool to take care of yourself day to day.

You will be able to use Yin Yoga as a potent tool to take care of yourself day to day.

Come experience Yin for yourself

We are hosting two free Yin Yoga taster sessions so you can come and experience the practice for yourself. Join us at one of the sessions on Wednesday 9th February, 7.30-8.30pm, or Sunday 20th February, 10.30-11.30am.

"I enrolled in the yin yoga immersion course October 2021, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I’m not a yoga teacher, but have always been drawn to yin yoga and wanted to explore this further and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. I really enjoyed the immersive element and being part of a lovely community throughout the experience. Liezl is a fantastic teacher with her informative but informal style and I learnt so much about myself as well as yin. The pace of the course was perfect, a great balance of theory and practice, and supported by detailed course materials that I still refer back to now. I am amazed at how much content was fitted into the course, without ever feeling overwhelming. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone interested in bringing more calm into their life and developing their yoga practice." Lucy, Yin Immersion Student


Liezl Hoving

Liezl is from sunny Namibia and has been teaching yoga for a decade. Her own practice started 2003 in a place of finding relief from back pain and anxiety. As a teacher, she loves helping students find variations that fit their unique bodies and creating a space where yoga opens the door to understanding oneself better on all levels. She is a much loved teacher at The Frog Project and teaches regular weekly classes as well as workshops. Her classes have a steady pace that offer you an opportunity to explore the foundations in detail with as much ease or intensity as you prefer. You can read more about Liezl here at her own website www.liezlhoving.com.

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