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Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training (RYT 200 hours)

Deepen your practice and learn how to teach creative and safe Yin Yoga classes

With José de Groot

Do you want to share your passion for Yin Yoga?

Master and apply practical (energetic) anatomy to personalise the yin practice, broaden your understanding of Yin yoga (both physically, energetically and emotionally), help you to find your voice, your confidence and learn how to share your love of Yin yoga! Completing José’s program gives you the opportunity to teach, adjust and practice Yin yoga in personalised, safe and inspiring way.

From day one José will guide you in deepening your practice and encourages your skills to become a confident and creative teacher. To become a source of inspiration begins with your own personal yoga practice, both on and off the mat. Yoga is not just physical, but a practice of the heart, mind and spirit. Be prepared to discover your mental and physical tendencies through this journey.

Let’s discover together the healing benefits of Yin yoga!

José’s Yin yoga program (est. 2015) is one of the Netherlands top teacher training for yin yoga. José sets a standard for quality in training and with result: her graduates are confident, creative and are able to adapt and personalise the practice to the student’s needs.

What will you learn?

  • How to practice, teach and adjust yoga poses functionally (feeling and experiencing the benefits of poses), instead of practicing, teaching or adjusting them aesthetically (showing or doing the poses the way they should look like).
  • In a fun and practical way how the body functions physically and energetically by studying anatomy (bones, muscles, fascia, joints, movements, organs, connective tissue) and meridian theory (chi, meridian pathways, 5 element theory).
  • To practically use the anatomical and meridian knowledge enabling you to see and respond to people, their unique bodies, and their potential while teaching.
  • To use props and give personalised and functional adjustments in order for your future students to get a beneficial yin practice without unnecessary pain nor injuries.
  • To personalise and deepen your own practice and understanding of Yin Yoga.
  • What various lower and upper body Yin yoga poses can do for the body and the energetic balance.
  • Pranayama techniques to enhance the healing effects of the Yin practice and to feel and guide the chi flow.
  • How to be in the moment, how to observe without action or reaction and to go beyond the mind, by practicing meditation.
  • About Chinese Medicine, Taoism and Yoga Sutras, to give insight in your constitution and how to restore physical, emotional and mental imbalances with Yoga poses, Meditation, Pranayama, Nutrition and a certain the way of life. It will give you tools to teach your classes on a heart-mind level.
  • To intelligently sequence and teach safe, personalised and creative yoga classes that are inspirational.
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Required Material

Your Practice in Depth

To teach yin yoga means you practice yin yoga and meditation. José and guest teachers encourage you to deepen your own yin and meditation practice, through experimentation, reflection and guidance. We will also give you lots of experience to feel and deepen both practices. For yin yoga you learn the (energetic) anatomic principles of the practice combined with intelligent understanding of how to functionally adapt the poses to your physical, emotional and/or energetic needs. For meditation you will learn to meditate, using your own experiences and supporting theory.

Yoga Philosophy

To bring your practice and that of your future students on a heart – mind level, you will be introduced to the essential basic concepts and application of both the Yoga Sutras and Taoism/Meridian Theory.

(Energetic) Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy, Physiology and Energetic anatomy (chi and meridians) of the human body is the foundation of this training and also for teaching safe and personalised Yin yoga classes. You will learn about: bones, movements, joints, muscles, fascia, connective tissue, organs, meridian pathways and chi. Also specific ailments are discussed.
You will learn how to use this anatomy knowledge in: analysing the possibilities and impossibilities of your students, offering personalised adjustments and teaching functionally (how a pose is experienced) instead of aesthetically (how the pose is performed).

Teaching Methods

You will learn and study the language of the body, how to respond to individuals and situations while you keep on teaching the other students. Develop your verbal and non-verbal instruction, visual demonstration, touch, assist your students to meet their needs. Learn how to teach safely and creatively in beginners, multi-level and experienced classes including attention on the breath, lifestyle and the principles of yoga.

Study & Homework

Let’s be honest: students tell us this course is challenging! Before and during the program, you should take into account additional time to be dedicated to self-study. You will be asked to read a lot, practice a lot, and prepare assignments. You will start practicing teaching and adjusting immediately in your own environment, reading a number of books, watching Dvd’s, and will meet your study group regularly.


We want you to grow, so we integrate personal feedback of your practice, teaching and adjusting all the way through. You will get to know the trainers and they will get to know you.


In the middle and at the end of the program you will have a few points of final evaluation, including your practice, theory, and evaluation of you teaching a class. We encourage you to attend and observe as many classes as you can. Not only with the trainers from the teacher-training program but also other Yin yoga teachers. To be introduced to a wide range of varieties in which yin yoga can be offered.

Yoga Alliance Certification

José offers sufficient contact training hours and asks serious commitment from students. Upon successful completion of the program, you can register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200 (internationally recognised Yoga Teacher certificate).




Content of Part 1 (100 hours)

The first part focuses mainly on the physical aspects (movements, skeleton and muscles) of the Yin practice, and gives you a solid foundation to teach and adjust the 20 lower body yin yoga poses in a functional, safe and personalised manner.

  • Daily meditation, pranayama (6 techniques) and Yin yoga practice (20 lower body poses).
  • Personal development.
  • Theory and Practice in Anatomy and physiology: studying bones, joints & movements; muscles, muscle groups and fascia of the hips, legs and torso.
  • Learning how to assess the anatomical differences between people and how to apply that in the Yin Yoga practice.
  • Learning how to strengthen and stimulate the body in a healthy manner.
  • Practice in teaching and adjusting the 20 lower body poses.
  • Practice in usage of props.
  • Training to teach safe and personalized Yin yoga classes.
  • Learning to sequence.
  • Basic principles of Taoism and Chinese medicine.

Content of Part 2 (100 hours)
The second part focuses mainly on the energetic, emotional and healing aspects (meridians, chi, organs & emotions) of the Yin practice, and allows you to teach and adjust the 15 upper body yin yoga poses in a functional, safe and in-depth manner.

  • Extensive study of Chinese medicine & 5 Element Theory.
  • Study of the necessary Sutras.
  • Theory and Practice in Anatomy and physiology: studying the upper part of the body (muscles of the arms & shoulders), reviewing of the lower part of the body (hips, legs, torso) and an in-depth study of connective tissue, fascia and organs to understand the energetic anatomy of chi and meridians.
  • Theory and Practice in Energetic Anatomy: studying meridians, meridian pathways and their connection to the organs and elements (water, wood, fire, earth, metal).
  • Understanding of energetic anatomy and a healthy functioning of the body and mind.
  • Learning to recognize various forms of Chi – physical, mental and emotional reactions – and the ability to determine if they are in balance.
  • Learning how to use the 35 Yin Yoga poses to balance any blockage, excess or deficiency of Chi in the meridian pathway.
  • Daily meditation, pranayama (6 more techniques) and Yin yoga practice (15 upper body poses).
  • Personal development.
  • Practice in teaching and adjusting the 15 upper body poses.
  • Practice in usage of props.
  • Training to teach safe, personal and in-depth Yin yoga classes.
  • Learning to sequence.

What can I expect from the program?

  • Practical & down-to-earth information to apply as a teacher
  • A wide variation of yin yoga classes deepening and inspiring your own practice
  • Learn to ‘see’ bodies, understand why some people need a different approach
  • Opportunities to teach, adjust and observe, coached by José and guest teachers
  • Learn to sequence a safe, personalised and creative class for all kinds of students
  • Explore your breath and learn how to teach pranayama, to deepen or enhance the yin practice
  • Learn how to adjust, work with props and assist students in any way that’s necessary
  • Learn to observe without reacting, using meditation practices.
  • Internationally recognised certificate qualification (Yoga Alliance, USA RYT-200 level)
  • Working with José and guest teachers who will really get to know you personally and your practice

What if I don’t want (or don’t know yet) if I want to be a yoga teacher?

The 200-hour training is great for those who want to delve deeper into the study of the anatomical and energetic theories of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It is also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of the Yoga Community. But be prepared to look at the practice from teachers point of view.

How proficient in yoga do I have to be to do the 200-hour program?

José requires that you have a minimum of 6 months of a significant exposure to yin yoga before enrolling in this teacher-training program. If you have less experience or practice, then please discuss this with José (jose@yogatreat.eu).
She wants to make sure that trainees have a good basic foundation in practicing Yin yoga postures before learning how to teach. Better even is to have been practicing for 1 year or more.

Are there prerequisites?

  • In principle you have to have at least 6 months of a committed personal practice and participation in several classes of either José or other yin teachers.
  • Online classes are not included, unless there is no other option (please discuss the options with José).
  • Apart from taking regular classes, we advise you to take José’s online classes, master classes or participate in a Yin Yoga & Reiki retreat, to prepare for the training. For these, please sign up by mailing Jose.
  • Able to manage a daily 1+hour yin asana practice, have a regular yoga practice.
  • Comfortable reading and learning in English. Homework, practice teaching and exams can be written in Dutch

Why is the 200 hour program set up in two parts?

José and the other trainees find it import for you to have enough time to practice, digest, study and integrate all that you have learned throughout the 200 hours. Therefore you have time in-between the first and second half of the training and in-between the contact days. This gives you more time to do all the homework and assignments, meet with your study groups etc. But most importantly, you will have time to develop your own practice – patience and time is key especially in yin yoga!

During the first 6 months (100 hours), you will learn the basis for teaching yin in a safe and functional way. The focus is mainly on the physical aspect of the practice, providing a strong and solid foundation for teaching and adjusting Yin yoga poses. Then you will get 2 months to study, practice and deepen your abilities to teach and adjust, before diving – for another 6 months (100 hours) – deeper into the more subtle aspects (energetic, emotional and mental) of the Yin yoga practice.

The two 100 hour parts of the 200 hour training have the same set-up:

7 day intensive: Sat-Sat (Wed free)
4 day intensive: Thur-Sun (+/- 2 months later)
3 day intensive: Fri-Sun (+/- 2 months later)

+/- 2 months to digest & practice

  • The progress will be supported with the necessary guidance.

7 day intensive: Sat-Sat (Wed free)
4 day intensive: Thur-Sun (+/- 2 months later)
3 day intensive: Fri-Sun (+/- 2 months later)

It is important to note that the 200-Hour format meets the required Yoga Alliance standards as specified on their website, www.yogaalliance.org.

What are the 200-hour graduation requirements? 

In order to graduate the program you must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Attendance of all in-class teacher training sessions. By exception, you may miss 2 days of the 200 hour training in order to be still eligible for the certificate.
  • Successful completion of homework, assignments and theory exams.
  • Participation in both final in-class practice teaching practicum in the middle and at the end. The practicum exams are decisive for a certificate, the theoretic homework assignments are not. As teaching and adjusting shows that you can apply what you have learned during the training.
  • Sometimes it can happen that students haven’t sufficiently completed all the above mentioned aspects to acquire a certificate. In that case, if a certificate is wanted eventually, certain aspects of the training have to be retaken anew. The options will be given to you specifically by José.
  • If the anatomical and subtle theories are not sufficiently applied in the practicum class, you can participate in the yearly planned exam day outside of the training. On the feedback form will be indicated what you have to improve.
  • Of course; if you have signed up for this training in order to deepen your practice, you don’t have to follow the requirements given to obtain a certificate.
  • When you have successfully completed the teacher training you will receive a 200 hour certificate certified by Yoga Alliance. You can then register with Yoga Alliance.

How much time should I expect to spend on 200-hour homework?

  • Expect to spend some time daily on your meditation and yin practice. Many students will practice between 1- 2 hours a day (self practice or going to classes)
  • Expect between 4-8 hours a week on homework (reading, watching, writing, assignments, practice teaching). The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching.
  • Expect to meet with your study group approx. 1-2 times a month for a couple of hours. You will have a much deeper experience when you meet with colleagues to practice your new skills.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-hour teacher training program?

Yes! Graduates of the 200-hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc. Many new teachers decide to continue their Teacher Training education and participate in other trainings as a way to further solidify their skills, knowledge, and style as a yoga instructor. José highly recommends this as different teachers have different qualities and specialisations from which you can learn.

Can I participate in Part 2 of the 200-hour teacher training

Yes, if you have previously taken the Yin yoga teacher training 100 hours Part 1 with José, then you can enter the training, provided there is space (limited amount of spots). The price of just taking Part 2 is posted.

Are there other teachers involved in this course besides José? 

Elle Klink, an acupuncturist, will provide you information on Chinese medicine.

What main language is used in this training? 

Depending on the attendees, the training days will be taught in English or Dutch (English is used most often, specific questions can be answered in Dutch if needed). The language of the materials (books, dvd’s, powerpoint and readers) is English.

What is unique about this Yin yoga course? (compared to other courses offered in the Netherlands)

“José communicates everything in a clear, clear and easily manageable manner with the necessary humor, so that everyone can work with the curriculum.”

“It is a practical and immediately applicable training with which you have a solid foundation for giving varied, energetic and safe yin yoga classes. Moreover, you not only learn about your own body and constitution (physical, energetic and emotional), but you also learn to ‘see’ other people’s bodies so that you can offer a personalized yin yoga practice with possible adjustments, both physically, energetically and emotionally.”

“A lot of time is spent practicing with personal adjustments for poses, more than in other courses, suitable for each individual. Depending on the wishes of the person concerned on a physical, emotional, energetic level. For example, you can adjust the poses because someone has a hernia or, on the contrary, adjust someone because they have a blockage in the chi flow in the gallbladder meridian. – everything you learn has a function”

“You learn through repetition and your brain is stimulated in different ways by taking the matter to you in an auditory, visual, physical way. So not only learn the material from your head but really undergo the material. It is the best way to learn and integrate something. – Meridians, chi and how they are viewed from the perspective of Eastern medicine is also explained in a practical and understandable way so that it does not become a vague or floating matter. Once again everything you learn has a function: being able to convey difficult material in an understandable and clear manner.”

“The training is spread over a year. José does this consciously so that you have enough time to study, practice and practice, gain experience yourself with teaching and make adjustments so that you can come back to the contact days with questions about attitudes / teaching / sequencing / physical, energetic or emotional problems. etc.”

“All assignments and practical practice moments support the goal: to stay busy with the material and practice practicing practice.”

“Pranayama and meditation are a big part of the training. How you can use pranayama in your lessons and what the effect is. You learn various techniques so that you can also offer the pranayama suitable for each individual. The same applies to meditation.”

Still Looking For Answers?

Lets us help you! We love to connect with you to make sure José’s program fits your needs. We can also send you the ”Yogatreat 200 Teacher Training Info Folder” with even more info in it.


José offers the 200 hours Yin & Anatomy Teacher Training spread out over 14 months. After the first 100 hours, you will have +/- 2 months to practice and apply what you have learned in the first half of the training, in order to prepare for the second half of the training. Taking time to complete this training will ensure you to get enough practice time in teaching, adjusting and making the teachings your own.

We start from 9.00-16.30.


  • Sat 8 – Sat 15 June 2019 (Wed 12 June free)
  • Thur 12 – Sun 15 Sept 2019
  • Fri 22 – Sun 24 Nov 2019


  • Sat 25 Jan – Sat 1 Feb 2020 (Wed 29 Jan free)
  • Thur 16 – Sun 19 April 2020
  • Sat 30 – Sun 31 May 2020
  • Fri 3 – Sun 5 July 2020

What does it cost?

The price for the entire 200 hour program starts at only €2195 (early bird), when paid in full before 8 April 2019.
Late bird: €2395

We also have a payment plan available. The fee is higher (€2560)
Please contact us or see it in the application for details of the payment arrangements.

If you have completed Jose’s part one and only want to take part in the teacher training Part 2 the early bird price is €1160 (paid before 25 Sept 2019) or €1310 paid after 25 Sept.  You can indicate this in your application form.

What is included?

Our fees are vat free, so no extra costs on top!

It includes all the course dates, evaluations and observations in classes.
It excludes the cost of the manuals, books, travel, lunch (& Ekhart Yoga subscription (optional)).

Please see required material tab: you will need to purchase two manuals (€35 each) & additional required books and dvd’s for this training. All learning material and books are in English.

Do I receive discount on regular classes @ Yoga Moves?
As a teacher trainee at Yoga Moves, you may receive 25% discount on our class cards, meaning: the 1, 5 & 10 class cards.

Once you apply, you will get e-mail from José if you are accepted in the program within a week usually.

  • You will be asked for your €500 deposit or make your full or partial payment
  • In order to receive the early-bird price, your payment must be made in full by the early date.
  • After payment of your deposit, you will receive the welcome packet with the reading list and your first assignments you can start with to prepare for the training.

Enrollment is limited and we recommend applying early as to avoid being placed on a wait list.

Fill out and sign this application form.


You will get 2 manuals during this training. Please know these cost €35/manual, not included in the price. Both manuals are to be handed out and paid for at the start of the training. 

First 100 hours

Read book 1 (volume 1: p. 3-23), and watch the DVD before the start of the training. This material already provides an anatomical basis. Books 1, 2 and 3 will be read and studied during the training.

Manual:  “Anatomy & Yin Yoga Teacher Training Part 1” – José de Haan – de Groot 
Book 1:   “Your body your yoga” – Bernie Clark
Book 2:   “The complete guide to Yin Yoga” – Bernie Clark
Book 3:   “True Meditation” – Adyashanti (NL/ENG)
DVD :      “Anatomy for Yoga” – Paul Grilley

Second 100 hours

Read books 1 & 2 roughly before the start of the training. This material already provides a basis for the energetic anatomy (Chi/Meridians). Book 3 will be read during the training.  
Manual:  “Anatomy & Yin Yoga Teacher Training Part 2” – José de Haan – de Groot
Book 1:   “Insight Yoga” – Sarah Powers 
Book 2:   “Yin Yoga principles & practice” – Paul Grilley
Book 3:   “The yin yoga kit”- Biff Mithoefer  

Recommended material (optional)

DVD :   “Yin Yoga DVD” – Paul Grilley
Book:    “Yin Yoga Outline of a quiet practice” – Paul Grilley
Book:    “The Key Muscles of Yoga” – Ray Long
Book:    “Anatomy of Movement” – Blandine Calais – Germain
Book:    “Thieme atlas of anatomy general anatomy and musculoskeletal system)” – Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte, Udo Schumacher
Book:   “Thieme atlas of anatomy (neck and internal organ)” – Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte, Udo Schumacher
Book:   “The web that has no weaver” – Ted J. Kaptchuk
Book:   “Dragon rises, red bird flies” – Leon Hammer
Book:   “A manual of acupuncture” – Peter Deadman
Book:   “Eastern Body Western Mind” – Anodea Judith
Book:   “
 The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy” – Cyndi Dale

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