Yin Yoga & 5 Elements of Chinese Medicine

Level 1: 100 hours – March 31 – April 11, 2025

Level 2: 50 hours – April 13 – April 20, 2025

Koh Phangan, Thailand

Experience the Timeless Wisdom of Chinese Medicine and Yin Yoga

During this course you will learn how to view the universe through the lens of the 5 Elements from a Chinese Medicine perspective and tap into nature’s healing wisdom. You will explore the concept of Yin and Yang, Chi and the 12 main energy pathways of the body and their corresponding organs and emotions, which will help inform your Yin Yoga practice and teachings. You will understand how the Yin Yoga postures can be utilized to support optimal health and encourage healing and vitality for body, mind and spirit. By the end of the course, you will know the specific therapeutic benefits of each Yin asana and be able to practice and teach in a way that supports your – or your students – personal needs. You will also have the opportunity to explore 5 Elements Medical Qi Qong, different meditations, pranayamas, gentle flows, Yoga Nidra and one of the highlights of our course – learn about the fascinating taoist art of Face Reading, an ancient insightful diagnostic tool!

The Yin Yoga: Theory and Practice

Yin and Yang are the Taoist concepts which describe the two relative qualities present in everything. Yin is more internal, passive, cooling and downward. While Yang is more external, dynamic, warming and upward. When these terms are applied to yoga, Yin Yoga is a slower practice where poses are passively held for longer, working on the deep, dens (Yin) connective tissues and joints in the body. The Yin practice is soothing and nurturing and allows us to move away from the “doing” and “achieving” of the yang energy and drop into a more receptive, calm and meditative energy. During our asana clinics we will explore the main poses of the yin practice, how to modify the poses to suit the different bodies, how to use props and how to use the 5 Elements as a framework for creating yin sequences. We will also dedicate time to practice teaching in small groups and one-on-one. In level 2, we will incorporate a trauma-informed approach to the practice and teachings, explore the nervous system and different self-regulation tools as well as dive deeper into how Yin Yoga can assist in dealing with different imbalances and life situations.

Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is primarily based on Taoist Philosophy and is the oldest and most detailed medical system in the world. Taught by an experienced Chinese Medicine Practitioner, this ancient wisdom lays the whole foundation for our course. Through various lectures and workshops, we will explore it’s main concepts. such as: Yin & Yang, Qi, Meridians and the 5 Elements with their corresponding organs and emotions, virtues and personality traits. In level 2, you will also explore the art of Feng Shui gaining insights in how to incorporate the 5 Elements, the movements, fluctuations, associations and directions of Qi to make your home your sanctuary. To balance out the Yin energy of the course, we will practice the Taoist 5 Elements Medical Qi Gong, an internal energy practice that focuses on health and longevity.

Face Reading

Using the face for diagnosis is one of the original aspects of Chinese Medicine. This is because the face is a map of life experience and a blueprint for the body’s functions. During this course, you will learn which areas of the face correspond to each of the Elements and their respective organs, as well as identifying the signs of strength and weakness related to each of them. From the facial markings, features and colours, you will be able to identify personality traits, assess signs of illness and discover the underlying psychological and emotional issues affecting one’s health.

Daily Routine

07:30 – 09:30   Meditation, Pranayama, Asana Practice
09:30 – 10:30    Breakfast at The Sanctuary
10:30  – 12:30    Chinese Medicine Lecture
12:30  – 03:00   Lunch Break
03:00 – 04:30   Asana Clinic / Workshop
04:45 – 06:30   Evening Asana Practice

Target Audience and Accreditation

This program is designed for yoga practitioners of all levels, who are genuinely interested in deepening their personal practice and improving their health and wellbeing through Nature’s wisdom.

This course is also for yoga teachers that wish to upgrade their skills and learn the Elemental approach of Chinese Medicine applied to the Yin Yoga practice. 

Students and practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine that are looking for a post graduate program to gain deeper insights into the 5 Elements, Yin Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation, Medical Qi Gong, advanced Taoist Face Reading and Classical Feng Shui for the benefit of you and your clients.

Western Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation specialists, Bodyworkers that are looking to invite into their lives, the holistic health benefits of the Eastern Medical approach.

Anyone who is serious about their own wellbeing and want to gain highly advanced tools to accompany you in your quest to have a health span that equals your life span.

For Registered Yoga Teachers, this course counts for 50/100 hours towards Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program (YACEP).

Completion of Level 1 is required to enroll in Level 2.

What our previous students say about it

“Yin Yoga and The Five Element system contributed to big changes in my practice, my teaching and in my life. Marcela and Tobias managed to share their deep knowledge about the elements and yin yoga in such an interesting, genuine, fun and professional way. I will definetily take more courses with them, and will highly recommand them!”
Linn Gyland

The Venue

The course will take place at The Sanctuary Thailand. This unique beachfront resort sits between the sandy shores of Haad Tien Beach, Koh Phangan, a small, beautiful tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s cosy and relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by it’s pristine and natural environment, is the perfect set-up for our training.

Payment Information

Sign up for both Levels and get an extra 100 euros OFF!

Level 1 & 2 – 150 hours
Arrival Day: March 30
Departure Day: April 21
Early Bird Price: €2340
Full Price: €2780

Only Level 1 – 100 hours
Arrival Day: March 30
Departure Day: April 12
Early Bird Price: €1590
Full Price: €1890

Only Level 2 – 50 hours
(mandatory to have completed our Level 1 course previously)
Arrival Day: April 12
Departure Day: April 21
Early Bird Price: €850
Full Price: €990

For our students that have already completed Level 1 and are joining level 2, you have the option of (re)joining level 1 for 50% OFF (€945), to refresh your knowledge.

All prices include breakfast and accommodation in Shared Dorm. 

Private Rooms available from €13/night. Bookings made directly with The Sanctuary:

Early Bird price applies to full payment received by
Dec. 1, 2024


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