Yin Yoga Student Intensive & Teacher Training 2016

"The Watercourse Way"

A Yin Yoga Teacher Training and Student Intensive Immersion Program

The Yoga Oasis - Charlotte, NC

Friday, August 19th, 2016 ~ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 20, 2016  ~ 1:00 pm - 6 pm

Sunday, August 21, 2016 ~ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Optional Yin Class


$200 - Cash

$210 - CC or Debit Card

The cost includes the  E-Book that will give you a blueprint for teaching yin yoga classes or creating a home practice

12  contact hours CEU - Yoga Alliance for RYT's and ERYT's

The workshop is suitable for all levels of students and for Yoga teachers who are interested in including Yin Yoga from the Taoist lineage in their teaching.  



“The Watercourse Way”  

Exploring the Path of Least Resistance with Yin Yoga


Friday, August 19, 2016

 Welcome “Opening Practice” to prepare the body and mind for the day ahead. Practice concludes with deep relaxation and brief meditation or time for reflection.

 Discussion of our Modern Day Living- “The Stress Response” and the Taoist philosophy of “The Watercourse Way” the path of least resistance as it relates to the body and Yin yoga practice.

 The Major Energy Meridians, The Five Element Seasons and Energy Seasons of Life from the Taoist Tradition( where Traditional Chinese Medicine originated)

Break from “Thinking Mind”

Watercourse Way Yin Yoga practice is held from 6pm to 7 pm


Saturday , August 21, 2016

 Opening Practice cultivating balance for the current energy season

Posture options, modifications, and alternate poses for a limited range of motion, illnesses, and injuries.

Harmonizing postures and transitions between poses Blueprint for teaching/sharing Yin Yoga

Watercourse Way Yin Yoga practice


Sunday, August 22, 2016 

Yin Yoga Class 2 pm - 3:15 pm ~ included in workshop cost, however, attendance of this class is not required to attend the workshop


  Register for "The Watercourse Way" Yin Yoga Workshop



12 contact hours credit toward CEU - Yoga Alliance


The Yin Yoga Intensive Teacher Training and Student Intensive will be led by Yoga Instructor,  Elaine Parker

        Founder and Co-Owner of The Yoga Oasis , Charlotte, NC

Certified Bikram Instructor and Vinyasa Yoga Instructor Elaine Parker was introduced to Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers in 2008.   She had been practicing athletic forms of yoga for 10 years prior to taking her first Yin class.  Having numerous aches and pains the yin practice was a welcome relief.  While her mind kicked and screamed at the long holds in stillness, and being quiet to listen, her body responded immediately, in the areas that had been chronically sore those same areas felt improvement after her first yin session. 

Elaine is the founder and co-owner of The Yoga Oasis in Charlotte, NC  and has been teaching Yin Yoga classes weekly at The Yoga Oasis since 2008. The students have come to realize the powerful healing benefits of being still, softening their body and allowing connective tissues and joints time to expand. 

Elaine continued her study with Yoga Master and Qigong Master Paulie Zink in 2010, the Yogi who brought the Taoist lineage of yoga to the U.S.   Continuing study in the Taoist Healing traditions with Dr. Nan Lu, Qigong/Tai Chi Master and Doctor of Chinese Medicine in various programs of Qi Meridian Therapy and Qigong 2010-2012.

Before beginning a regular yoga practice Elaine received accreditation from The American College of Sports Medicine , ACSM, as a Health/Fitness Instructor at Penn State University. She completed her 2000 required hours of work in Corporate Wellness Programs, Personal Training, Aerobics Instruction and led exercise programming for people in physical therapy under the guidance of their Physical Therapist. While living in Hawaii Elaine created and led unique “Culturally Sensitive” Health programs for the Hawaiian Communities. In 2001 Elaine returned to her home state and opened the first hot yoga studio in Charlotte,NC that is known today as The Yoga Oasis.

All classes will be held at The Yoga Oasis located at 2400 Park Road - Suite A , Charlotte NC  28203

To apply for the 2016 Yin Yoga Teacher Training  - Student Intensive program or if you have additional questions about the program please do not hesitate to contact us.


What is Yin Yoga?

Bernie Clark

This question is asked a lot by students who have been practicing yoga for a while but have never come across this particular challenging style. Simple answers such as "It is the balancing practice for your yang style of yoga" or "It is yoga for the joints, not the muscles" are not overly satisfying. If students haven't heard of Yin Yoga, they won't know what a yang style of yoga is. And isn't all yoga good for the whole body, including our joints? To really answer the question and get to know Yin Yoga requires a fuller explanation. This part of our journey provides a deeper look into Yin Yoga and begins with an explanation of what it is, how it evolved, and its benefits for the whole body-mind.

Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.

Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

While initially this style of yoga can seem quite boring, passive, or soft, yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to twenty minutes! Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice. 

Please note: Yin Yoga is not restorative yoga. Like all yoga practices, if the tissues you are targeting for exercise are damaged in some way, please give yourself a chance to heal before resuming your regular practice.




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I have been participating in yoga classes at The Yoga Oasis since I first moved to Charlotte. I tried several other facilities when I first moved to town, but The Yoga Oasis was the only one that fit my needs/wants. I have always enjoyed participating in all yoga classes. I can tell a huge difference when I participate regularly in the classes in my flexibility, stress level, sleeping pattern and core strength. I'm a HUGE fan of the new 60 minute Fire Sequence. I felt like the 90 minutes were always so hard for me to commit to, so I love the flexibility of the two class offerings. I also love the Long, Slow, Deep class. I can tell a difference in my normal daily life and other workouts from both classes. The flexibility I'm getting is amazing!! Not to mention I feel soooooo good!!
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