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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?

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 personalized, 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?

  • Awareness on how to see and respond to people, their bodies, and their potential.
  • Practical strategies based on anatomy and meridian theory which allows you to let your students practice in a personalised manner and allows you to deepen your own practice and understanding.
  • A deep understanding of how the body functions: bones, muscles, fascia, joints, movements, organs and connective tissue, chi, meridians and 5 element theory.
  • Understanding of what various poses can do for the body and the energetic balance.
  • How to intelligently sequence and teach safe, personalised and creative yoga classes that are inspirational.
  • How to use props and give personalised adjustments – with your acquired (energetic) anatomy knowledge as its foundation – in order for your students to get a beneficial yin practice without unnecessary pain nor injuries.
  • Pranayama techniques to deepen or enhance the healing effects of the Yin practice.
  • How to be in the moment and how to observe without action or reaction by practicing meditation; which supports your Yin practice.
  • Basic understanding of the Chinese Medicine, Taoism and Yoga Sutras, to teach your classes on a heart-mind level.
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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 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, brain, spinal cord, 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).




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.
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 8 months (100 hours), you will learn the basis for teaching yin in a safe 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 another 6 months to study, practice and deepen your abilities to teach and adjust, before diving – for another 8 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)
1 weekend: Sat-Sun (+/- 1 month later)
1 weekend: Sat-Sun (+/- 3 months later)
1 weekend: Fri-Sun (+/- 3 months later)

+/- 3 months to digest & practice

  • The progress will be supported with the necessary guidance.

7 day intensive: Sat-Sat (Wed free)
1 weekend: Sat-Sun (+/- 1 month later)
1 weekend: Sat-Sun (+/- 3 months later)
1 weekend: Fri-Sun (+/- 3 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.

Still Looking For Answers?

Lets us help you! We love to connect with you to make sure José’s program fits your needs. We will 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 18 months. After the first 100 hours, you will have half a year 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.

The times will be announced later | We go from either 9-17.00 Or 9.30-17.30

  • Sat 26 Jan – Sat 2 Feb 2019 (Wed 30 Jan free)
  • Sat 23 & Sun 24 March 2019
  • Sat 8 & Sun 9 June 2019
  • Fri 13 – Sun 15September 2019
  • Sat 25 Jan – Sat 1 Feb 2020 (Wed 29 Jan free)
  • Sat 21 & Sun 22 March 2020
  • Sat 20 & Sun 21 June 2020
  • Fri 4 – Sun 6 Sept 2020

What does it cost?

The price for the entire 200 hour program starts at only €2195 (early bird), when paid in full before 26 November 2018.
Late bird is: €2395

We also have a payment plans. Please contact us for details of the payment arrangements.

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).

As mentioned, you will need to purchase the manuals & additional required books and dvd’s for this training. Yoga Moves gives you discount when you order 4+ books (not the manuals) in our shop. All learning material and books are in English.

Do I receive discount on regular classes @ Yoga Moves?
As a teacher trainee you will receive 15% discount on our class cards, meaning: the 1, 5 & 10 class cards.

Fill out, sign and mail the application form (coming online soon).

Enrolment confirmation: Within 10 working days of receiving your application you will receive an e-mail from Yoga Moves if you are accepted in the program.

  • You will be asked for your €500 deposit or make your full or partial payment

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. The course actually begins when you commit, so sign in early!  The course actually begins when you commit! So sign in early!

In order to receive the early-bird price, your payment must be made in full by the early date. Enrollment is limited and we recommend applying early as to avoid being placed on a wait list.

You will get 2 manuals during this training. Please know these cost €35/manual, not included in the price.

Required book list for first half of the training:  

Your body your yoga – Bernie Clark

The complete guide to Yin Yoga – Bernie Clark

True Meditation – Adyashanti (NL/ENG) Anatomy for Yoga – Paul Grilley (DVD)

Required book list for second half of the training: 

Insight Yoga – Sarah Powers

Yin Yoga principles & practice – Paul Grilley

The yin yoga kit- Biff Mithoefer

Recommended material: 

Yin Yoga DVD – Paul Grilley (DVD)

Yin Yoga Outline of a quiet practice – Paul Grilley

The Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long

Anatomy of Movement – Blandine Calais/Germain

Thieme atlas of anatomy general anatomy and musculoskeletal system – Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte, Udo Schumacher

Theories of the chakras : bridge to higher consciousness – Hiroshi Motoyama

Awakening of the chakras and emancipation – Hiroshi Motoyama

Eastern Body Western Mind – Anodea Judith

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