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Yin Yoga Training

Has Yin Yoga stolen your heart? Do you want to deepen your Yin Yoga practice? Or do you want to learn how to transfer Yin Yoga? The Thrive in Yoga Training (Yoga Alliance YACEP®) will start in September 2022 and consists of a basic module and a floor module.

Two modules of 100 hours each

The training consists of 2 consecutive modules that: also separately can be followed from each other. Module 1 is the basic module (100 hours) and module 2 is the in-depth module (100 hours). 

Both modules provide a good anatomical and philosophical foundation according to the “Grilley Method” based on the principles of Paul & Suzee Grilley (the founders of Yin Yoga). Knowledge of functional anatomy and yin yoga postures is paramount. In addition, we spend a lot of time on personal development, specifically aimed at philosophical reflection. We also pay attention to developing a personal meditation and pranayama practice. We strive not only to share knowledge, but also to actually deepen your development as a yogi. After completing module 1 you will be able to personalize and adapt yin yoga poses to yourself and to every student in a Yin Yoga class. After module 2 you will have even more tools and techniques to go in depth with your yoga students.

“What's easy for one student, might be impossible for another, because every bone in every body is different”

– Paul & Suzee Grilley


Module 1: Yin Yoga 100hr Basic

In the Yin Yoga 100hr Basics you will learn everything about the basics of Yin Yoga so that you can teach yin yoga in a safe and professional way. You learn a lot about your own body and the bodies of fellow students. You will learn about the principles of yin yoga, the anatomy of the lower body and the 7 family poses of yin poses. We pay a lot of attention to philosophy (Taoism and Chakra philosophy), self-reflection, meditation techniques and the art of teaching.

Module 2: Yin Yoga 100hr Floor

Yin Yoga 100hr Module 2 is an in-depth module that you can follow after module 1 or after completing another (basic) yin yoga course. In this module you will learn more about functional anatomy and yin yoga poses, this time focusing on the upper body. We also dive into interesting topics that can enrich your yin yoga practice and teaching. We go in depth with chi and meridians, the Bhagavad Gita, Chakra meditation and Yin Pranayama.

Module 1 100hr base

Module 2 100hr floor

Basics of Yin Yoga

Upper Body Anatomy

Lower Body Anatomy

Yin Poses for the Upper Body

Lower Body Yin Poses (7 Family Poses)

Upper body variations in the 7 family poses yin poses

Use of supporting resources (props)

Use of supporting resources (props)

Introduction to fascia

Chi & Meridians

Introduction to Taoism

Relaxation techniques and chi exercises

Chakra philosophy

The Bhagavad Gita

Yin and Yang Meditation

Chakra meditation & yin pranayama

Learn to teach

Yin & slow flow sequencing

Mentor guidance in small groups

Thematic teaching


Mentor guidance in small groups


areas of expertise

Functional Anatomy

You learn about the skeleton, joints, muscles, connective tissue network and the nervous system. You learn about large variations in the skeleton of every person and you learn to actually see this variation in yourself and in others. In addition, you will learn to influence the main target areas that we hold with yin. Finally, you will learn about the connective tissue network: how yin yoga affects the connective tissue and why.


We take the time to analyze yin yoga poses extensively. We systematically look at the yin family attitudes and matching target areas. You will learn the multitude of variations you can make, how to give clear verbal instruction and how to effectively assist students with aids.


The age-old yoga philosophy can enrich our experience of (daily) life enormously. Every weekend we take the time for a specific philosophical topic. In module 1 we discuss the basic principles of Taoism with specific attention to the concept of Yin/Yang. We also introduce the chakra philosophy, the 7 chakras and the practice of chakra meditation. In module 2 you dive into one of the most important yoga texts there is: the Bhagavad Gita. You reflect on the relevant themes from the work and connect these to your own daily life.

Energy (chi) 

The aim of yoga asana is to harmonize the chi in the body. In module 1 you will learn about chi in the Taoism sessions. In module 2 you will learn more about chi. You learn how chi flows in the body, about the main pairs of meridians and their functions and you learn to activate chi in the body with dynamic exercises and relaxation techniques.

Meditation & Pranayama

Meditation and pranayama are a regular part of the weekends. We encourage you to develop a personal meditation and pranayama practice. Module 1 introduces you to various meditation techniques, including Yin and Yang meditation and Chakra meditation (Nyasa). In module 2 you will learn Yin Pranayama, Yin Pranayama in Chakra meditation and Kumbhaka (retention).

Yin Yoga Practice

Every weekend you follow two Yin Yoga classes with the training teachers. You will be given homework in which you will be asked to research and analyze your personal Yin Yoga practice. During the training you will follow a minimum number of Yin Yoga classes with different Thrive Yin Yoga teachers.


Teaching & Sequencing

In module 1 you spend a lot of time learning to teach, your fellow students, your partner, your pet and anyone else you want. You learn how to structure a lesson and what to say and what not to say in a lesson. In module 2 you will be given more tools to give more substance to your lessons. How do you talk about philosophy or a theme in a lesson? What kind of sequences can you do with yin poses? We also teach you how to shape a slow flow lesson.

Mentor group

Every weekend you come together in a small mentor group in which you reflect on your experiences and development under the guidance of a training teacher (mentor). At the basis is the principle of 'attentive sharing and listening' in which you are challenged to share and listen without communication again. In addition, we use the mentorship to practice teaching and receive feedback.

Mentor groups
Every weekend you come together in a small mentor group in which you reflect on your experiences and development under the guidance of a training teacher (mentor). At the basis is the principle of 'attentive sharing and listening' in which you are challenged to share and listen without communication again. In addition, we use the mentorship to practice teaching and receive feedback.

For whom?

You can follow the Yin Yoga module 1 if you want to dedicate yourself to a deepening of your yoga path and the personal development that comes with it. Module 1 is also a nice addition to a yoga training that has already been completed. You can immediately start with the module. In general, we expect that you have been doing yoga for some time and actively taking classes, or have developed an active self-practice.

You can follow module 2 when you have followed (at least) a 50hr Yin basic training or the online training “Yin Yoga: The Functional Approach” by Paul Grilley.

Information sessions

Before the start of the training, we give a few (free) inspiring information afternoons with the teachers. You will be given every opportunity to ask questions and discuss expectations. Click the button below for information and to participate in the next session on June 19th expectant. See below for the next dates events at workshops.


The training is given by two senior lecturers; Sanne Jennen, Jorinde Verzijl and is facilitated by Marco Rodie, owner of Thrive Yoga.

Our subject teachers are seasoned yoga teachers and trained by, among others, Paul and Suzee Grilley, the founders of Yin Yoga, Bernie Clark , author of Your Body, Your Yoga and Your Spine, Your Yoga, and Anat Geiger, one of the foremost functional yoga teachers in the world. Europe. For more details about our teachers, read their personal profile (click on the name).


We have a wonderful space where we can learn and practice in a calm and professional environment; 'The Academy for Massage and Movement' in Amsterdam North. The Akademie is located in a historic building and the atmosphere and interior fit perfectly with our vision. At the Academy we have our own bright room (120 m2) and many more facilities, including a garden, kitchen and lounge. The location offers a lot of privacy and sufficient space to work and study in smaller mentor groups. The Akademie is located at Wingerdweg 32 and is easy to reach by ferry from central and is right next to the new metro station (North-South line).

Schedule and Pricing

The individual modules take place over 4 1/2 weekends, spread over five months. The two modules together therefore take approximately 9 months to complete. The times of the weekends are:

Saturday 09:00 – 17:30

Sunday 09:00 – 17:30 

The first and last weekend of each module also on Friday evening (18:30-21:30)


module 1: 23-24-25 Sept / 29-30 Oct / 26-27 Nov / 17-18 Dec 2022 and 21 Jan / 29 Jan (exam) 2023

module 2: 20-21-22 Jan / 18-19 Feb / 11-12 Mar / 22-23 Apr / 13-14 May 2023

Regular price

€1,550 per module
€2,950 for both modules 

  • upon registration a deposit of 250 euros is required
  • When paying in three installments, a surcharge of 50 euros applies
  • the discount for following both modules applies when you register directly for both
  • as a Teacher Trainee you will receive a continuous discount on a light or full membership during the training 10%

Early bird discount

€ 100 discount on 1 module, or € 150 for both, when you register and pay before 1 June

What do former participants say?

“I really enjoyed this training! The teachers are all beautiful personalities, each in their own way transferring their knowledge with a lot of love and passion. Grateful that I was able to learn so much and also in a very nice, warm group.”

– Eva (Yin TT 2020)

“The yin yoga training at Thrive felt like a great gift to myself. Because of the passionate and professional trainers, and because of the nice, warm group we could practice and share with. The training offers a nice mix of yin yoga postures, anatomy, philosophy and self-reflection.”

– Wanda (Yin TT 2020)

“This Yin training not only gives you a taste of the theory, but lets you feel on both a physical and mental level what Yin does and can be. From the super practical lessons of anatomy and yin theory according to the 7 archetypes, to self-examination in the field of physical boundaries, your meditation path and sometimes also the confrontation with yourself and your own emotions during the Yin lessons. A training where you get a lot out of it as a person and which clearly shows where you are in life at the moment, but certainly also on a professional level as a teacher you get a lot for the future!”

– Sophie (Yin TT 2020)

Two or five trial lessons of Yoga or Pilates

To give a good impression of Thrive Yoga, we offer you the choice to start with:

  • 2 trial lessons within 1 week (€ 17,-)
  • 5 trial lessons within 1 month (€35)

Lessons can be held in the studio, outdoor lessons as well as for livestream lessons being used! The perfect way to get acquainted with the different classes and teachers at Thrive. You can follow both Yoga and Pilates (of which a maximum of once Aerial). We advise you to try out different classes / teachers so that you can experience our varied offer. This introduction card offer is only available once if you have not taken classes with us before and only available if you live in Amsterdam (or neighboring municipalities).

You can take a separate trial lesson for Pregnancy Yoga for € 10,-. If you are already a Thrive member and have a ride card, you can also use it once for a trial lesson without additional payment.