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50 hour Yin Yoga Training
Faculty: Ara Cusack Yoga and Leah Adams
Date: September 23rd to September 28th, 2016
Location: Seattle Washington at Aditi Studi


We welcome anyone who has a sincere interest to explore yin yoga, existing yoga teachers and other wellness professionals (body workers, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, osteopaths, physical therapists, etc.). If you are newer to yin yoga, contact us at yinyogatraining@gmail.com and let us help you prepare for the program.


Contact us at yinyogatraining@gmail.com or attend an info session if you have any more questions about the training.
Complete the online application/registration form at: http://goo.gl/forms/B27uffUEbU
Pay the registration fee (pay pal, cheque, cash)
Determine remaining payment details (in full or payment plan).
Complete the student/teacher contract.
We will be in touch a couple of weeks prior to the start date of the training with additional training details.

Soma Yin Yoga follows the standards outlined by the Yoga Alliance for each of the 5 educational categories. Each day is a blend of a yin yoga class, meditation, presentations and hands on exploration of the following topics:

Techniques, Training & Practice
Key poses of yin for legs and torso (benefits, considerations & cautions, body types, modifications, variations, sequencing)
Weaving breath, meditation, mantra and mudra into a yin class

Teaching Methodology
Sequencing a yin class
Supporting the body with and without props
Atmosphere of a yin class – pace, vocabulary, voice, and music
Teaching styles
Student learning styles
Supporting students with discomfort, injuries, illness and pregnant women

Physical & Energetic Anatomy
Benefits of yin
Skeletal variation
Understand movements of major joints (hips, knees, ankles, spine, and shoulders)
Exploring sensation (tension, compression, opening, edges, discomfort, pain)
How to create your unique shape
Energy body – Eastern and Western perspectives

Yoga Philosophy Lifestyle & Ethics
Origins of yin yoga
Difference and importance of yin and yang types of activity
Difference between Yin and Restorative Yoga
Applying the Yamas to the yin practice
Learning to listen
Art of relaxation

Many opportunities to practice teach; starting with individual poses and concepts and working towards longer sequences as training progresses

The robust manual provided has all the information needed for the course. It also includes additional resources (books, articles, videos) to continue the exploration.


Program fees include:

Application/Registration Fee $94.40

Tuition: $849.60

In addition to the training curriculum, this includes course materials, student record administration and private online community to stay connected and ask questions after training is done.

50 hours (45 contact, 5 homework)

6 days

Friday, September 23rd to Wed, September 28th

8:45 am – 4:15 pm
A 1 hour lunch break will be provided.


You will receive a certificate of completion upon graduating. You may teach yin yoga if you are already a 200/300/500 Yoga Alliance certified teacher and count 50 hours towards your continuing education units (CEUs).


About Ara
A simple 20 minute yoga video, in 1998, rescued and restored my stressed & desk bound body. The practice first connected me to the joy of movement I felt when I was a gymnast and it bloomed into a much deeper connection to self. Yoga continues to remind me how important it is to care for our three layers of being (body, mind and our big picture).

My own practice of yoga and meditation, thousands of hours of trainings, workshops, teaching classes and leading & developing teacher trainings has humbly taught me to find a yoga for every body that is natural and non-obsessive. Over the last 18 years of practice and teaching, I have learned to listen to what the “layers” are telling me, to slow down and to find stability and strength first. When the body and the mind feel supported, they open with greater ease. In this way, we can practice yoga for life.

I enjoy teaching yin, restorative, hatha, and flow. In all of my classes, I weave in breath work, mudras, mantra or visualizations to connect us to our present experience and to support our journey.

I have been inspired from the teachings of Paul & Suzee Grilley, Bernie Clark, and Sarah Powers who have graciously shared their unique yin approach.

Ara has the highest level of accreditation with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and has studied yin, restorative, hatha, flow, anatomy, kundalini, prenatal and Reiki.

About Leah

One of my favorite childhood memories is of my mom popping up into a headstand in our living room. Now, I am living out the awe and inspiration that yoga asanas evoked in me from early childhood. Beyond my fascination with anatomy, the nervous system, and holistic living, I believe that yoga is a natural and essential component of my humanity.

In my classes, I incorporate Pranayama, Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory, Western Science, and Nature. By tapping into meditation and music, I encourage students to find connection to their inner wisdom, healing, creativity and joy. My belief is that every choice, every day, in every way, can add restored vitality and mind-body balance into our lives

Since 2011, I have taken over 1000 cumulative hours of yoga and ayurveda training courses, including four yin yoga teacher trainings with Master Teachers Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers. I am a lifelong student of Yin, and continue to deepen my personal practice and studies through annual retreats with Sarah Powers. I’m grateful to have received mentorship from Carly Forest, and to be studying East Asian Meridian Energetics with Stephen Brown.

Leah is also an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and is certified through a program approved by NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association). She’s grateful to be a student in the Pranja Yoga and Insight Yoga 500-hour yoga teacher training programs

“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.”
Yogi Bhajan
"To perform every action artfully is yoga."
Swami Kripalu
"Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory."
Pattabhi Jois
"Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu" (May all beings everywhere be happy and free.)
Sanskrit mantra
"A good teacher is one who will not give you an answer but allows you to find the answer yourself. A teacher is a guide, he/she will show you that the answer is inside you."
"In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body, and environment.”
Chopra Centre
“Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.”

Amit Ray
“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us...”
Mary Oliver
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