Yin Yoga Teacher Training Module 2 with Betty and Andreas
Yin & 5 Elements

25th Sept – 1st Oct 2023

Yin Yoga uses gentle long held postures practiced with an attitude of compassionate acceptance to awaken the more Yin aspects of ourselves.

In this training, we will dive deeper into experiencing all the different bodies of the Yin Yoga Asana (Physical, Emotional, Mental, Energy, Psycho-Spiritual) through the lenses of Chinese Medicine & the 5 Elements Tradition, the Native American Tradition and Somatic Psychotherapy.

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.

One could describe and explain every phenomenon that humans can experience and observe as a part of a Five Elements cycle. This theory, practically applied in life, stands on the base of the Chinese & Eastern Healing Arts.

We aim to help you incorporate the Yin & 5 Elements philosophy into your life and practice. We wish to share with you a mindful experiential training process that you can pass on to your students, family and community.

During our training we will explore:
i) how the 5 Elements are connected to the Human Archetypes, the blueprint of human behavior
ii) how simple Somatic Psychotherapy applications relate to our Yin Yoga Practice.

Merging the wisdom and philosophy of Western and Eastern Traditions with the spirit and the practical application of Yin Yoga, we will explore how they come together as a creative and holistic practice.

As we learn more about ourselves and our own inner nature we gain trust and feel safe in Nature, the Earth and the world.
By learning to live in safe space within ourselves we can create a safe space for our students and community. We live in balance with our environment and begin to embody the Yin qualities of acceptance, discretion, resonance, empathy and silence.
Cultivating the art of Listening through our Yin practice, we begin to Listen to the stories that Nature has been whispering since the beginning of time. Sometimes renewal requires returning to the fundamental source from which all personal and cultural myths are ultimately forged: the human psyche.

NOTE: This training is a stand-alone training. You don’t need to be a teacher or 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 gain new tools and experiences.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion in a 60-hour Yin Yoga& 5 Elements Teacher Training.

From the aspect of the Five Elements the focus will be on 3h of Theory and Chi Kong every morning

We will explore:

  • 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
  • Therapeutic Practices and Chi Kong for every element
From the aspect of Yin Yoga the focus will be on 3h of Yin Yoga & practices every evening

We will explore:

  • Ground and embody the theory of the morning’s Five Elements class
  • Blend the 5 Elements with their related Archetypes and Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Practice:
    i) Thematic Yin Yoga classes based on blending the 5 elements and archetypes. Storytelling & poetry related to the elements.
    ii) Therapeutic Yin Yoga classes for the meridians
    iii) Therapeutic Yin Yoga classes for musculoskeletal body issues (lower back issues, shoulders and neck, pregnancy, knee problems e.t.c)
    iv) Trauma sensitive Yin Yoga classes
  • Share: Journaling, Practices of love and kindness, Practices of self-growth, ceremonial practices, Chi Kong, somatic psychotherapy
  • Learn Acupuncture points to use during practice to increase the effect on the meridians
  • Make an intro to fascia world (“Trauma Sensitive Yin Yoga & Fascia” is a training module that Betty is launching soon)

i) After the end of the course, we will continue our gatherings for approximately 3 months, this time through zoom.
Questions, more yin classes, restorative classes, feedback, inspiration, poetry nights, special yin therapeutic classes for health issues, support…, our community will stay alive for quite a long time!
ii) For continuing inspiration you will receive a video with recorded material and yin yoga classes.

During your stay you will have the opportunity to receive acupuncture from Andreas based on your constitution, and Therapeutic Thai and Osteothai Massage from professional therapists of Sunshine House.

Betty Papadopoulou

Betty has a University degree in Economics. She has been a high school teacher for 20 years, teaching economy, social and political science in schools and private Institutes. She began her studies at Tai Chi in 2001 and continued with a series of trainings in:
Yoga, Thai Massage, Osteothai, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Psychotherapy, Dance Therapy, therapeutic Chi Qong, Vinyana – End of Life Care.

She is a Vipassana meditator since 2008 attending annually at least one Vipassana course. She is a Councelor & Psychotherapist (Person-centered Therapy & Focusing Somatic Psychotherapy).

A) In the field of Yin Yoga she teaches:
i) The Yin Yoga TTC Module 1 ” The sacred Ceremony”,
ii) The Yin Yoga TTC Module 2 “Yin Yoga & the 5 Elements, ” together with Andreas Karousos
iii) she has been hosting her teacher Biff Mithoefer in his Yin Yoga TTC Modules for seven years
v) Betty is launching a Yin Yoga TTC Module 3 with a focus on Trauma & Fascia

B) In the field of Thai massage she teaches:
The 11 days Thai Massage Training ” Yin & Spiritual Medicine” and many smaller advance courses. She has found a unique series of techniques that are very effective and safe for the giver and the receiver.
In her seminars, she uses her voice and guitar to connect us with the sacred rhythm of the heart.

Find out more about Betty at Betty Papadopoulou – Soul Medicine School of Yoga & Thai Massage

Andreas Karousos

Andreas was born in Athens in 1969. He has a University degree in Physics. The stimuli and reflections he received through his studies, gave him a picture of the overall way nature works (macrocosm and microcosm), the knowledge that influences all his subsequent choices and quests.

Since 2008 he studied Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine (mainly acupuncture, moxibustion, cups, and herbs), Spine Therapy, Horse acupuncture and massage, Hypnosis, Qigong & Tai Chi, Thai Yoga Massage, Oil massage, and Reiki.
He was a teacher of 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. Since then he organized various seminars in Chinese Medicine. He teaches Therapeutic Qi Kong.

Today, he is giving healing & wellness treatments mostly with Acupuncture and Thai Massage, integrating all the methods and techniques he already knows, including consulting sub-sessions based on the Five Elements theory.
Self-development and continuing education are the main aspects of his life.
He loves sports, Qi Gong, martial arts, and … many more!

7.00 – 9.00: Morning practices, chanting & yoga (sometimes at the beach)
9.00 – 10.00: Breakfast in silence
10.00 – 13.00: Morning Yin & 5 Elements class (3h of Theory & Chi Kong)
13.00 – 17.00: Lunch, Siesta, Beach or Pool time
17.00 – 20.00: Evening Yin & 5 Elements class (3h of practice)
20.00: Dinner, Sauna

Late evening practices (3 late evening practices where the program will be adjusted accordingly) Yin Yoga, Kirtan, Primitive Dance ceremony

For more info & bookings, please contact Betty at [email protected]

Start Date: 25th of September at 6 pm with dinner
Finish Date: 1st of October at 2 pm after lunch

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