Yin + Restorative Yoga Teacher Certification

Fall 2019 Session

Have you ever thought of yoga in terms of yin and yang? Whether it’s yoga, or anything and everything else in life, our body, mind and soul are constantly in play of balance. In this teacher training, you will learn how to introduce and incorporate more quieting, grounding, meditative “yin” aspects of yoga to your own practice as well as in your teachings. Most of us expose ourselves to so many “yang” activities, such as work, play and even yoga. We are in a constant state of a stimulating sympathetic nervous system, ie. “fight or flight” response. As the name “hatha yoga” implies, we all need the balance and unification of sun (ha = sun or yang) and moon (tha = moon or yin) energies.

Although, yin and restorative practices are sometimes referred to as the same or similar, they have distinct differences. Yin yoga works on tight and contracting connective tissues such as ligaments, tendons and the myofascia. Each pose is held for several minutes at a time to help let go of the muscles’ efforts and to “exercise” the connectives tissues the way they need to be exercised, which is very passive. Restorative yoga is the practice where your body is fully supported by props so that you can find ultimate relaxation–here we are not working on anything other than passively opening different parts of the body. You can say that restorative yoga is more “yin” than yin yoga.

The first weekend of this course will focus on yin yoga practice–its history, physical and energetic benefits, poses, how to sequence the class and how to teach.

The second weekend focuses on restorative yoga. This is mostly experiential–we will spend a great deal of time putting each other into poses to learn how to use the props, modify and spot tell-tale signs of discomfort in students.

Upon completion, you will receive 32 CE credit hours.


Masako Miyakawaย stumbled into a yoga class after having a particularly hard day in February 2001. The rest, as they say, is history. She practices yoga not only for its physical, mental, and emotional benefits, but also because it is just so much fun! Sharing what she has learned and experienced with her students has brought her joy and happiness beyond all measure. Being originally from Japan and having gone to an all-girls Buddhist school has prepared her to infuse Buddhist teachings with yogic philosophy, and weave them into the class. She is known for her mindful, caring, kind and light-hearted approach to yoga and to her students.

Masako is a certified Integral Yoga and OM Yoga teacher, with additional training in Restorative, Yin, Pre- and Postnatal, Chair and Unnataยฎ Aerial Yoga. Keep up with her latest classes and events on her website and on Facebook.

Course Topics

  • History of Yin and Restorative practices
  • Physical, energetic, psychological, and spiritual benefits of these two similar, yet distinct practices
  • How to utilize props to support the body and when to assist
  • Teaching and assisting in group and in private lessons

Dates & Times

Yin Yoga Teacher Training

December 7-8, 2019

9:00am-6:30pm (with a 11:45am-1:15pm lunch break).

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

December 14-15, 2019

9:00am-6:30pm (with a 11:45am-1:15pm lunch break).


  • $675 Early bird discount if paid by November 7, 2019
  • $775 Regular rate if paid in full by December 7, 2019
  • $450 Yin or Restorative only if paid in full by December 7, 2019

*Tuition includes one month of unlimited classes at Sacred (all locations) starting December 7 with nonโ€“refundable $150 deposit paid by December 7th 2019

To reserve your spot, email us at info@sacredsacredbrooklyn.com. Submit your non-refundable $150 deposit using the link at the top of the page, which is due when you reserve your spot.

For more information or to sign up, visit the studio, call 212.533.YOGA (9642) or email info@sacredbrooklyn.com

For more information or to sign up, visit the studio, call 212.533.YOGA (9642) or email info@sacredbrooklyn.com.