Yin Yoga meets the 5 Elements Training with Betty & Andreas
11th – 17th September 2023
About the Five Elements
The cycle is one of the most symbolic forms in all Cultures. As a shape, it shows no beginning, no end. One of these endless cycles is the eternal movement of the Five Elements. Five “transformations” in every whole cycle.
In the day it is the switching between night and day, in the year it is the alternation of the seasons, in our heart it is the time-space between the heart bits. In this very simple but comprehensive concept, one can see and admire the continuity of life, of every creature, every system that we know till now, even if this happens on Earth or also to the eternal space of the Universe.
Truly, someone could describe and explain every phenomenon that humans can observe as a part or as a whole of a Five Elements cycle. This theory, practically applied in life, stands on the base of the Chinese & Eastern Healing Arts.
Merging the wisdom that the Five Elements embrace with the spirit and the practical application of Yin Yoga, you will see and experience how they come together in creative and holistic practice.
About Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga uses gentle long held postures practiced with an attitude of compassionate acceptance to awaken the more Yin aspects of ourselves.
Together we will dive deeper into experiencing the Physical, Emotional, Mental, Energy and Spiritual body of the Yin Yoga asana, mainly through the lenses of Chinese Medicine & the 5 Elements.
Fascia Theory and Myofascia Release Techniques, Chi Gong, rituals and ceremonies inspired by Taoism, Buddhism, and the traditions of Indigenous American Indian and African people, will assist our experience and will expand our awareness of this new magical world.
Through this understanding, we will explore more creative ways to lead a Yin class and to incorporate Yin postures and philosophy into our lives and into any practice. Cultivating body awareness through mindful practices results in personal growth and real wisdom. Our aim is to share with you a mindful experiential training process.
“Mastering others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu
Mastering thyself is neither a Yang or Yin attitude.
It’s an act of love.
From the aspect of the Five Elements the focus will be on:
- The meaning and nature of the Five Elements.
- Their relation to the Yin/Yang principles.
- The basic laws that govern their transformations and relationships.
- One Element per day (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water).
- The Symbolizations, the Meanings, the Spirit, the Physiology and Emotional aspects…
and more that will come on through our discussion on each one of the Five.
From the aspect of Yin Yoga the focus will be on:
- Yin Yoga asana
- Sequencing a Yin Yoga class through the understanding of the 5 element theory
- Fascia theory and Myofascia Release techniques
- Yin & Spiritual Medicine: Chi Kong & Practices of love, kindness, and personal growth
- Acceptance & Empathy: a basic understanding of the person-centered psychotherapy approach and how it relates with Yin
This training is stand-alone training. You don’t need to be a teacher or even experienced in Yin, just come with an open heart and a willing mind. If you are a yoga or/and a yin yoga teacher, student, or lover, this training will expand your knowledge and help you in gaining new tools and experiences.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion in a 50 hour Yin Yoga meets the 5 Elements Teacher Training.
Betty was born in Greece. She first started practicing Tai Chi in 2001. Her teacher introduced her also to the “Art of Touch” and to Thai Massage. She attended her first full Thai Yoga Massage Beginners course in 2008 and continued her practice and research through a high number of Thai Yoga Massage, Ostethai, Chi Nei Tsang, and 8 CranioSacral Therapy Trainings throughout the world.
Betty teaches the 11 days Thai Massage course, “Thai Massage, Yin and Spiritual Medicine”, together with other trainings and workshops around the world.
Since 2008 she is practicing Vipassana Meditation. She started practicing Hatha, Kriya, and Vinyasa Yoga in 2004. In 2011 she did her TTC at Yin Yoga with her teacher and friend Biff MIthoefer, and since 2013 they are working together for his TTC’s in Greece. Betty is teaching the Module 1 Yin Yoga TTC “The Sacred Ceremony” together with many workshops in “Yin & Spiritual Medicine”. She uses her drum, guitar, and voice to connect with the clear rhythm of the heart. She studies psychotherapy at “Client Centered Rogerian Psychotherapy School”.
Betty was following her Tai Chi teacher Tew Bunang into his seminars and research on “End of Life Care”, practicing what she calls “Spiritual Medicine”. She has practiced contemporary dance for six years, continues her research in life through Dance Therapy Schools, Primitive dance and rituals, “Gestalt Institute of San Francisco”, and “End of Life Care”.
She was a high school teacher for 12 years teaching finance and social science. In 2012 she retired. She has worked with Indigenous people in Canada B.C. and for many years in Uganda where she created a program about “creative living” for the children and the youth of the area.
Find out more about Betty on her website: Betty Papadopoulou – Soul Medicine School of Yoga & Thai Massage
Andreas was born in Athens in 1969. His 1 st degree after high school was completed in Physics at the University of Athens. The stimuli and reflections he received through this study, gave him a picture of the overall way nature works (macrocosm and microcosm), the knowledge that influences all his subsequent choices and quests.
After several years of working in telecoms and teaching physics, he quit those jobs to focus on holistic therapeutic and healing arts. What he gradually studied and was instructed since 2008, were: Thai Yoga Massage, Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine (mainly acupuncture, moxibustion, cups, herbs), Spine Therapy, Oil massage, Reiki, horse acupuncture and massage, Hypnosis, Qigong & Tai Chi.
Today, he is giving healing &wellness treatments mostly with Acupuncture and Thai Massage, integrating all the methods and techniques he already knows and including consulting sub-sessions based on the Five Elements theory.
He was teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine and Thai Yoga Massage at the “Academy of Ancient Greek and Traditional Chinese Medicine” in Greece, during the period of 2012-2017. Besides, he organized seminars in the fields of Chinese Medicine and Thai Massage.
Self-development and continuing education are the main aspects of his life.
He loves sports, Qi Gong, martial arts, and … exploring..!!
7.15 – 9.00: Meditation & Yoga
9.00 – 10.00: Breakfast
10.15 – 13.15: The 5 Elements (1 element per day)
13.15 – 16.00: Lunch, Siesta, Beach or Pool time
16.15 – 19.15: Yin Yoga & the 5 Elements
19.15: Dinner, Sauna
20:45 – 22:00: Yin Yoga, Kirtan, Primitive Dance, Rituals, Chi Kong. (4 late evening practices)