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Plant Medicine and Yin Yoga Therapy™ Teacher Training in Bali

Embark on a profound journey at the intersection of Yin yoga and plant medicine, blending ancient wisdom with modern healing practices. Learn to teach Yin yoga as a healing modality with this Yoga Alliance-affiliated teacher training course (stand-alone or part of RYT 300). Explore the symbiotic relationship between permaculture principles and personal well-being, integrating Yin yoga, sustainable living, energy medicine, and mindful preparation and consumption of herbal remedies to nourish body, mind, and soul.

Meet the instructors

Alexandra & Manuela Simone
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Highlights

  • Exploration of Yin yoga as a healing modality
  • Learn about herbal medicine and permaculture principles
  • Learn the Daoist healing philosophy of the TCM Meridians, pressure points and Chi flow in the body
  • Craft herbal potions and balms, body butters, and perfumes
  • Cacao ceremony, sound healing, and sharing circles
  • Certificate of completion
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Healthy vegan breakfast and lunch and herbal medicinal drinks and teas

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Airport transfer available:
Ngurah Rai International Airport (US$ 33 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Your accommodation will be at Nirwa Karma, a small boutique hotel run by a lovely local family. Your yoga practice and meals will be at The Body-Mind-Soul Bali right next door in their enchanting bamboo shala and cafe.

And no worries, your hosts will make sure you and your luggage will be safely transported to their guesthouse. They are also happy to arrange your airport pick-up to make your arrival as smooth as possible.

Program

Certification

100 hours Yin Yoga Therapy™ and Plant-Medicine certificate

  • Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Certificate (80-hours) or module block of 300-hours Yoga Alliance certification &
  • 100-hours module of Yin Yoga Therapy™ professional education: Yin Yoga & Plant-Medicine Diploma

Overview

Embark on a transformative journey through this two-week Yin yoga teacher training program packed with enriching experiences and fascinating insights into holistic healing modalities.

Immerse into Yin yoga and plant medicine, understand how to teach Yin yoga skillfully with TCM Meridians and Acupoints, and how to choose the right corresponding essential oil to apply on those points to promote physical and emotional well-being.

Discover herbal remedies, unlocking their potent healing properties, and learning to craft your own holistic solutions. Learn all essential elements of teaching Yin yoga skillfully with the Daoist Elements and TCM Meridians, addressing Chi flow in the body with essential oil applications on specific Acupressure points.

Immerse yourself in this transformative experience to integrate the magic of Yin yoga and holistic healing into your everyday life. Learn about the healing properties of plants and make homemade herbal remedies yourself.

The most powerful medicinal herbs have been used for centuries in cultures around the globe, discover with them the remarkable healing properties of medicinal plants from diverse ancient traditions. Through experiential learning and practical workshops, participants develop skills in incorporating these modalities into their Yin yoga teaching and personal wellness practices.

Get to know permaculture principles as you learn how sustainable living starts from the soil. Permaculture mimics the patterns and relationships found in nature to create self-sustaining ecosystems, fostering biodiversity and resilience.

Explore the intriguing contrasts between allopathic and natural medicine, gaining insight into when each approach is most beneficial. While allopathic medicine focuses on treating symptoms, natural medicine often addresses the root causes of illness, promoting holistic wellness.

Did you know that herbal actions like adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic provide targeted benefits for various health concerns? You’ll learn about the diverse actions of medicinal plants and their applications for different ailments.

Uncover the aromatic allure of essential oils, from their diverse extraction processes to their myriad therapeutic benefits. Indulge in the joy of creating your own natural remedies with a home pharmacy kit, where you’ll learn to craft everything from soothing body butter to invigorating perfumes.

Deepen your understanding of digestive health and the importance of a balanced diet, exploring the concept of high-vibe foods for vitality and well-being. Incorporating medicinal plants into your diet can enhance immune function, support digestion, and promote overall vitality.

Engage with them in daily consumption of medicinal plants through refreshing drinks and beverages, integrating wellness into your everyday routine. You will come together in heartwarming circles, where you’ll reflect on your journey and set intentions for the future, accompanied by the rich aroma and indulgent taste of ceremonial cacao.

Through experiential learning, hands-on workshops, and vibrant discussions, this immersive training program empowers participants to weave the magic of holistic healing into their teaching and personal wellness practices, fostering transformation and growth.

What you will learn

Plant medicine

  • Permaculture – It all starts from the soil
  • Allopathy vs plant medicine
  • Natural medicine – The heritage of indigenous plant medicine wisdom
  • Scientific research about medicinal plants
  • Herbal medicine according to body systems and different ailments
  • Herbal action terms such as Adaptogen, Antispasmodic, Anti-inflammatory etc. (covering 20 herbal action terms)

Essential oils

  • Essential oils and their benefits (covering 20-30 oils)
  • Different extraction processes like steam distillation, tincture etc.
  • Using oils in different modalities like breathwork, massage etc.
  • Combine essential oils with Yin yoga – Meridians, Acupuncture Points

Home pharmacy kit

  • Essential oils to the rescue
  • Acupressure points to activate your self-healing forces
  • DIY – Make your own shampoo, body butters, tooth powder, perfume etc.
  • Making your own medicine according to the herbal actions. Learning, exploring, and applying with a self-reliance approach

You are what and how you eat

  • Importance of food and diet
  • Digestive system, gut, microbiome, how to maintain and cleanse it
  • Food groups and nutrition
  • Application routes – Practical and creative ways to integrate plant medicine in daily life
  • ⁠How thoughts affect your health
  • ⁠Energy medicine – Somatic tools that improve your health

You will be taking in medicinal plants everyday in the form of drinks, teas, shots, oils, beverages etc. as part of the course.

Yin yoga foundations

While practicing Yin yoga on its own offers immense benefits, incorporating additional holistic healing methods can elevate the experience into a comprehensive healing journey.

To establish a strong foundation for both personal practice and teaching, you will be guided through the principles and components of Yin yoga, drawing from the original teachings of Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, and Bernie Clark. This includes understanding individual skeletal structures, achieving functional alignment, and effectively engaging with ‘Yin tissue’ to not only stretch but also strengthen them.

You’ll delve into the physical benefits of poses, safe techniques for guiding students in and out of postures, and intelligent sequencing principles tailored to anatomical needs and energetic considerations.

You will be introduced to the ancient wisdom of the Taoist philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Meridians, and the flow of Chi within the body. You’ll gain understanding of major Meridians and Acupressure Points, and learn to seamlessly integrate them into your Yin yoga practice.

Additionally, you’ll explore the activation of acupressure points using thoughtfully selected essential oils with the matching corresponding qualities, to enhance both physical and emotional well-being.

Transforming a Yin yoga class into a healing experience requires both knowledge and practice. Therefore, you’ll have the opportunity to refine your teaching skills with a hands-on practice of how to create a trauma-aware, supportive environment for both energetic and physical healing to unfold.

Yin yoga foundation

  • The components of Yin
  • The practice principles
  • The transformative power of the rebound

Yin yoga practice

  • Classic Yin yoga poses
  • Variations and additional poses for the upper body
  • Sequences for each Taoist Element / Meridians
  • Sequencing guidelines
  • Asana lab

Yin yoga and the movement mechanics of the body

  • The theory of exercise, Fascia, and “Yin Tissue”
  • Aesthetic vs. functional alignment
  • Compression vs. tension

Therapeutic aspects of Yin

  • The concept of balance, Yin and Yang, and Chi
  • TCM Meridians and the Taoist Elements, and their physical, emotional, and energetic value
  • Extracurricular workshop on Acupressure Points and correlating essential oils

The art of teaching Yin

  • Intention / expression / context / tools
  • The art of sequencing a Yin class
  • Mindfulness applied
  • Trauma-sensitive teaching
  • Embodied practical experience

Cacao ceremony and sharing circles

You will come together for different active meditations and in heartwarming circles, where you’ll reflect on your journey and set intentions for the future. Your final graduation circle will be a Cacao ceremony, guided by the rich aroma and indulgent taste of ceremonial cacao.

A Cacao ceremony is a sacred gathering where participants come together to honor the spirit of cacao and its profound healing properties. Cacao, known as “the food of the gods” by ancient civilizations, is revered for its heart-opening and grounding qualities, fostering a deeper connection with oneself and others.

The ceremony offers a space for self-reflection, healing, and spiritual growth, creating a sense of unity and harmony within the community where students are invited to set intentions, release emotional blockages, and cultivate gratitude and presence.

Daily practice

  • Daily Yin yoga healing immersion
  • Daily meditations and mindfulness practices

Certification

With successful completion of the training, students will receive a Yoga Alliance-affiliated certificate from The Body-Mind-Soul Centre (RYS 300 – registered school with Yoga Alliance) of 80 hours, which can be accredited to the 300-hours Yoga Alliance certification program. Alternatively, as a stand-alone program, it can count as Yoga Alliance continuing education credits.

Additionally, students will receive a 100-hour Yin yoga and plant medicine certificate which is a building block for their 700 hours of Yin Yoga Therapy™ Professional diploma. This is as a component of Alexandra Denkinger M.D.(ACU) physical therapy practice, licensed, and registered as Doctor of Medicine in Acupuncture M.D.(ACU) by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine, affiliated with Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) and owner of The Body-Mind-Soul Centre (RYS 300).

Your Plant-Medicine Expert guiding those course:

This training is led by Sam Shine, the founder of Ygeia – an expert in plant medicine.

Sam Shine comes from a long line of well-respected hakims, revered for their healing powers and service to royal families. His mission is to reintegrate indigenous plant wisdom into modern life, viewing plant medicine as a birthright and an ancient practice intrinsic to human existence.

Following his heritage and guided by intuition, Sam embarked on the path of natural healing and founded Ygeia in 2007 on a mission to provide high-quality plant medicine to humankind.

Nestled in the sacred mountains of Dharamshala on the foothills of the Himalayas, he finds solace in foraging wild mushrooms and medicinal plants, cherishing moments of stillness. He considers it a profound blessing to be a conduit for ancestral wisdom through Ygeia.

Ygeia’s research scientists, all volunteers or doctors from Workaway, diligently connect plant medicinal research to authentic journals. Over time, Ygeia has evolved into a global entity, offering premium herbal remedies across more than 10 countries.

In Sam’s own words: “In today’s fast-paced, technological world, using herbs as medicine is a radical way to personal empowerment and good health. Working with plants, growing plants, and processing them for our health encourages us to become the guardians of the planet and feel more in touch with Mother Earth. Plants are sentient, intelligent, and magical. By working with plants, we can expect deeper, more lasting healing and we come to recognize that the natural world is full of magic! Working with the Sun and the Moon whilst in a state of reciprocity with the plants.

I want to empower people to become self-reliant, self-responsible, and self-sufficient in caring for their health and the health of their families. There is also great encouragement to forge a deeper connection with the Sacredness of Nature and our Plant Relations.”

Instructors

Alexandra Denkinger (M.D.Acu)

Manuela Simone Sauter

Location

Find the Body-Mind-Soul Yoga School in Ubud, Bali’s cultural and spiritual heart! Nestled amidst lush rice paddies and tropical forests, Ubud is a vibrant hub of art, wellness, and Balinese tradition and it certainly has become the hot spot of Bali's yoga scene.

Discover their charismatic bamboo yoga shala in between rice paddy fields at a beautiful nature location along the Sari Organic Walk, a serene almost fairy-like location, jet close to Ubud center.

The mission of Body-Mind-Soul Bali is to provide sanctuary nestled in the heart of Ubud, where seekers of balance and rejuvenation can connect with nature, nourish their bodies with yoga and healthy cuisine, and embark on a transformative journey towards holistic well-being.

Guided by the principles of mindfulness and sustainability, they strive to create a harmonious space where individuals can recharge, find inner peace, and cultivate a deeper connection to themselves and the natural world.

Beyond the Sari Organic Walk, Ubud is known for its serene landscapes, ancient temples, and vibrant markets, and is a perfect destination for those seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and cultural immersion. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant art scene, indulging in holistic healing practices, or simply soaking in the natural beauty, Ubud invites you to embrace its enchanting atmosphere and discover the magic of Bali.

There’s no car access into their area, which makes it so special, tranquil, and clean. Yet in around 10 minutes along a charming, coconut tree-lined walk you can be in the very center of Ubud.

Features

Activities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace

Services

  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance

Food

As a sanctuary of plant-based nourishment, they believe in the power of wholesome, vegetarian cuisine to nourish the body, mind, and soul. The menu celebrates the abundance of nature with vibrant dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients.

From fresh tropical fruits and nourishing salads to hearty Buddha bowls, each dish is thoughtfully prepared to accompany you on a journey of wellness and vitality, where every bite is a celebration of health, sustainability, and the beauty of plant-based living.

With plant-based nourishment, they honor sustainability and mindfulness, creating a harmonious moment with every meal, where individuals can recharge, find inner peace, and deepen their connection to the natural world.

If you have any specific requirements (especially allergies e.g. nut allergy), please let them know in your application so they can prepare to accommodate that.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • In-depth exploration of all aspects of Yin yoga, the Yin healing method, meridians, acupressure points, and the chi flow in the body
  • Transformational sharing and healing circles, Cacao ceremony, sound healing
  • You will be taking in medicinal plants every day in the form of drinks, teas, shots, oils, beverages etc.
  • Certificate of completion (Yin Yoga Therapy™ Diploma and Yoga Alliance certificate)
  • Pre and post-retreat support from Yin Yoga Therapy Teacher Training's team
  • Manual PDF ‘The power of Chi - Move Your Energy with Yin Yoga’
  • 12 nights air-conditioned accommodation, pool
  • 2 healthy, conscious, local, pure, and fresh vegan food made with love on study days
  • 18% GST

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Transport
  • Weekend excursions / meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport Airport transfer available: Ngurah Rai International Airport (US$ 33 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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