Yin Yoga Teacher Training Module 3 with Biff
1st – 6th Oct 2021
Yin Yoga and Storytelling
Yin Yoga is a special meditation that isn’t just about the mind, but is asking the whole body to become involved. By putting ourselves in postures and accessing our deep connective tissue we begin to connect with our own stories at a very deep level. Every cell of our body carries our stories of trauma and healing. Every cell of our body is a witness to our life’s journey. Some of these stories are healing stories that we need to embrace and nourish, and some of the stories are stories that no longer serve us that can be transformed.
Storytelling is the most ancient of the healing arts. In this training we “talk story” and “listen to story”. Storytellers understand that the cosmos is not a collection of separate objects but it’s really one story unfolding. In the ancient storytelling cultures this was understood. The stories of nature unfolding were their teaching stories. The stories that the leaves tell us every Fall when they gratefully let go of their branch are reminders of impermanence and interdependence. We also learn that storytelling is not just about speaking but most importantly it’s about our willingness to listen.
“The storyteller makes sense of the world by listening.”
In this Teacher Training we will explore the path of the storyteller. Through classic stories we will look at how our own life stories can become our teaching stories, and how as teachers, parents and humans, storytelling helps us share the truth of our own experience. As part of unfolding our stories, we will use Yin Yoga, body meditations and sacred sound to look within our own bodies at the places where we so often hold our deepest truths.
This training is a stand-alone training and is open to anyone who has taken Level 1 or Level 2 Yin Yoga Teacher Training as well as any dedicated yoga students or teachers who are interested in deepening their practice.
You don’t need to be a teacher or even experienced in Yin, just come with an open heart and a willing mind.
You will receive a certificate of completion in a 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training.
For more info about the training, visit Biff’s website.
Biff teaches Yin Yoga workshops and teacher trainings throughout the U.S. and Internationally. He has studied shamanism with teachers of the Shapibo tradition of Eastern Peru, and is a student of cross-cultural shamanism, as taught by Angeles Arrien.
He is the author of The Yin Yoga Kit, and co-author of The Therapeutic Yoga Kit.
Biff is a founder and director of the Jamtse Sponsorship Project, for the support of Tibetan refuge children. He lives with his family in Dorset, Vermont.
Betty was born in Greece in 1970. She was a high school teacher for 12 years teaching finance and social science. 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 training and research through a great number of Thai Yoga Massage, Osteothai, Chi Nei Tsang and CranioSacral Therapy courses and trainings throughout the world.
Since then she is also making long personal research about Therapy and Wholeness, the understanding of therapy as a holistic approach. She has been assisting Takis Oikonomou for many years in Greece and abroad where she is also giving workshops. Since 2008 she is practicing Vipassana Meditation. She started practicing Hatha Kriya Yoga in 2004 and since then has been attending numerous seminars and training courses all over the world. At 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.” She has practiced contemporary dance for six years, continues her research in life through Dance Therapy Schools, “Gestalt Institute of San Francisco,” “End of Life Care.” She feels inspired by many philosophies and cultures, especially Buddhism and Indigenous Traditions. She has been giving massages in a camp with indigenous people in Canada B.C. and Uganda.
She wishes to teach and live in a way that empowers the yin energies to sprout and bring more balance and peace to the Global community of Souls. Betty uses her drum, guitar, and voice to connect with the clear rhythm of the heart. She spent four years cooperating with indignant people in Uganda and Burundi in which they created a “You Create Your Reality Program, through Creative Arts and Educational Programs” 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
07.00 – 08.30: Creative Flow Yoga with Betty
08.30 -10.00: Breakfast
10.00 – 13.00: Yin Yoga T.T.
13.00 – 16.00: Lunch break/Beach/Siesta
16.00 – 19.00: Yin Yoga T.T.
19.00 – 20.30: Dinner
20.30 – 22.00: Quite Yin Class or/and Kirtan