Yin yoga foundations, meridians and teaching functionally

MODULE 3 - 40h

Yin yoga foundations, meridians and teaching functionally

Module 3 (40h)


We believe that each person is unique, and so should be your yoga. We also believe that practising poses (asanas) becomes even more satisfying if we understand them and can make informed choices.

Therefore, we would like to give you keys to the anatomical and energetic principles behind Hatha and Yin yoga poses, so that you are able to practice in a way that suits You best.

In this module, we will learn the fundamental principles of Yin yoga practice and discuss how to teach functionally. In addition, we will learn about the amazing energy system (meridians/nadis) and how we can affect it via Hatha/Yin yoga poses. We will use the method of internationally renowned yoga anatomy teacher Paul Grilley (so called “Grilley’s method”). For each target area, our analysis will include both popular Hatha yoga poses and Yin yoga poses.

You would be able to APPLY ABOUT 80% of what we will learn TO ANY HATHA YOGA STYLE.

This module is part of 120h functional anatomy and Yin yoga TT. While each module can be taken separately, we recommend attending the full programme in order to gain a more rounded understanding of the functional approach to asana practice.

Module 3 is open to students who have already studied skeletal variations.

Successful students will receive a certificate of Yoga Alliance continuing education hours.

Trainings on the functional approach and energetics for yoga are rare in Brussels. We expect considerable interest. Therefore do sign up to our infrequent newsletter, as well as follow Mandala of Life FB page, so that you are among the first ones who hear about the new dates!


  1. Two years of consistent asana practice of any Hatha yoga style (for example, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power, Iyengar, Hatha, Sampoorna, Sivananda, Anusara, Restorative or Yin yoga).
  2. Open mind and curiosity to learn new concepts.

If you are not familiar with Yin yoga, we recommend taking at least three classes with any competent Yin yoga teacher prior to the beginning of the course.

The understanding of functional anatomy and skeletal variations is key in Yin yoga practice. Thus, module 3 is open only to students who

  1. have followed module 1 and 2 OR
  2. have obtained a good understanding of these subjects elsewhere. (We would recommend reviewing them nevertheless.) If that is your case, please write to Dace (dace[@]mandalaoflife.org) to discuss this before enrolling.

Mode of delivery

The main language of instruction will be easy-to-understand English. Questions can be asked also in French or Dutch.

The course will take place mostly on weekends. Each bloc will be a mix of lectures, interactive exercises and both passive (Yin) and active (Yang) asana practice.

Between the study weekends you might be assigned homework and/or reading. Homework is an integral part of the training and counts towards the hours on your certificate.

    Reserve your place

    By enrolling in the programme, you are making a very good choice – you will become one of still very few yogis in Belgium who are informed about the importance of skeletal variations, practicing asana functionally and the potential of yoga poses to affect our energy body.


    The fees will be announced once the next dates are fixed and registration is open.

    Course Registration

    Registration form will be activated once the next dates are fixed.

    For inquiries about the registration, payments, course content etc., please write to dace[@]mandalaoflife.org or call +32 (0)497 252 959.

      Cancellation policy

      Plans sometimes change. We understand that. For cancellations received until July 31st we will reimburse up to 600 EUR (that is your payment minus 200 EUR administrative fee). As of August 1st, there would be no more refunds.

      That said, should the training sessions needed to be cancelled due to government's sanitary requirements, trainer's health condition or some other force majeure, we will propose new dates within a reasonable time-frame. If that were not possible, you will receive a refund proportionally to the training sessions cancelled, including the deposit but minus the donation to the refugees.

      Thank you for your understanding.

        What you’ll learn

        • Foundational principles of Yin yoga practice
        • 24 target areas (brief revision)
        • Functional yoga sutras by Paul Grilley (brief revision)
        • Meridian system and corresponding Yin yoga poses
        • Rebound
        • Teaching functionally
        • Sequencing a Yin yoga class

        Schedule and venue

        In 2020, the training took place in the Brussels Yoga Loft, rue Fernand Neuray 14b, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, mostly on Saturdays (13:00-19:30) and Sundays (10:00-16:30) over eight weekends from January till early June.

        The schedule for 2021 will be announced later, partly depending on how the sanitary situation in Brussels evolves. We would much prefer teaching a TT in person in studio and hope that it becomes possible again relatively soon.

        Should you have a difficulty with attending a particular day, please contact us and we might be able to find a solution.

        Required reading

        • “Yin Yoga – Principles and Practice” by Paul Grilley (the blue book with one picture on the cover)
        •  “Your Body, Your Yoga” by Bernie Clark

        Recommended reading

        • “The Complete Guide to Yin yoga” by Bernie Clark
        • “Insight Yoga” by Sarah Powers

        “I had the pleasure to take part in a 20-hours anatomy class given by Dace during my YTT. I feel so grateful for everything I have learned from her during that condensed experience. Her teaching technique felt unique and super efficient. Encouraging me to question myself and search not for “the”, but for “my” answer. She really empowered me. Bonus: she has an uplifting personality and her humour is both cunning and delightful. Thank you from all my heart!”

        Claire D.

        Dace Ošleja

        Yin yoga teacher certified by Paul Grilley (500h), 
        almost 900h of total TT-level courses,
        plus many workshops