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(30 hours & 50 hours)

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is a subtle, deep and powerful approach to Yoga.  In this style most postures are floor postures and are  held for a longer period of time like 3-5 minutes or more. In Yang style of yoga postures are held for 3-60 seconds or 4-5 breaths only and all the muscles are actively involved. Ashtanga yoga, vinyasa or hatha are the best examples of yang  styles of yoga. While the yin yoga mainly affects the joints and the deep connective tissues. It is an individually adapted, slow and meditative asana practice combined with internal awareness. Asanas are practiced in a passive way with relaxed muscles.

When we hold the pose for 3-5min then we reach into the deepest layers of our body working on the connective tissues, fasciae, ligaments, tendons and joints. Letting go, listening to your inner voice and connecting to your true nature is the key and goal.

Yin Yoga combines breathing and asana into a meditative, very deep opening and healing practice. It´s more about BEING and letting go than DOING

About the course

This course is for all yoga practitioners. Prior knowledge and experience of any style of yoga will be helpful.  The whole training has been divided into two levels whereas level one is 30 hrs and level two is 20 hours. Level 1 and 2 together will give you 50 hrs of yoga alliance certification or 30/50 CEPs (continuous education program). All the trainings are a combination of theory and practice both. Aspects we address are: anatomy, philosophy, teaching skills, intense Asana practice, using of props, variations and modifications in each Asana, motion analysis, meditation and breathing techniques.

Dates & Prices

30-Hour – 25th Nov to 28th Nov

50-Hour – 25th Nov to 30th Nov

Package Occupancy Accommodation Type Price(30-Hour) Price(50-Hour)
Package 1(A) Single Deluxe AC Eco Cottage € 820€1200
Package 1(B) Single AC Room € 780€1100
Package 2(A) Twin Sharing Deluxe AC Eco Cottage € 730€1050
Package 2(B) Twin Sharing AC Room € 680€ 1000


We recognize in each person his/her uniqueness and adapt yoga to the individual. Variations and modifications of yoga practice are therefore a given and encouraged. Rigid principles and dogmas are none of our business. “What’s good for me is not necessarily good for you.” Our teaching style is characterized by passion, enthusiasm, and clarity. While remaining rooted in everyday existence we gradually aligned our lives according to the principles of yoga, walked the path of yoga. Extensive excursions in India and visits to other parts of Asia, intensive training in yoga, massage therapy and Ayurveda provided the basis for us so we can now share this path with you heart to heart.

We look forward to spending quality time with you.

Mona Abter

Mona, originally from Germany but living in Spain & India, has been working as a body worker for over 20 years. She is an experienced teacher certified in Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga. Moreover, she has been practicing as a holistic massage therapist.  At her yoga centre at Agonda beach in Goa, India, she has been offering open yoga classes and workshops for more than 10 years. In Asia and Europe she holds seminars and provides yoga training and immersion. For the past 10 years she has intensively practiced Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga and has extended her experience in Anusara, Iyengar, Acro and Hormone yoga through exposure to different mentors in Germany, Spain, and India. She combines the dynamic, sweeping style of Vinyasa Flow yoga with the distinct, slow, and meditative elements of Yin yoga while placing particular attention to both breath and flow of life energy.

“Yang is about doing, yin is about letting go.” It’s all about balance´

To Mona, yoga means to be right here, right now; to surrender to the flow of life; to trust it; and to accept the challenges of it as a great gift. Yoga is far more than the practice of asanas. Rather, it is a philosphy of life, which has brought lots of joy, love, and peace into hers. She seeks to share this experience with her students.Deep relaxation from the very first moment, pure yoga geared to the requirements of each student free from constraints of style or judgements. This is the characteristic of Mona’s practice and teachings, which she conveys with lots of heart, passion, and empathy.

Gunnar Lips

Gunnar-A-Teacher-Anaya Yoga RetreatGunnar from Germany but living in Spain and India is a former athletics professional. He has worked as sports coach, has received training as sport massage therapist, and was educated in energetic massage techniques. Years of professional sea diving gave him insight into a variety of different breathing techniques and the application thereof. During a visit to India 10 years past he has had his first encounter with yoga. His experience gained from both sports and professional life made him realize the holistic perfection of yoga. Ever since, he has been practicing yoga regularly. Gunnar has undertaken trainings in Ashtanga  Vinyasa Flow and Yin. He continues to broaden his capacity in meditation and pranayama. He incorporates the many decades of experience working as sports coach in his style of conveying yoga to his students. Gunnar focuses on teaching his students the proper way of breathing. And, of course, in Gunnar’s classes there is always room for a dash of heartfelt humor.

More details about Mona and Gunnar’s work can be found here.

About the Retreat

Yin Yoga – 30 hours
The Yin Yoga 1 training is suitable for yoga students of all levels and yoga teachers who would like to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga and like to explore and learn a complementary practice to all the dynamic yoga styles. This training will amplify both your knowledge about and your practice of yoga, therefore supplementing the unfolding of your spiritual path.

After this 30hrs Yin Yoga 1 training you will have all `basic tools` to teach a Yin Yoga class with the 30 Yin Yoga Asanas and to give your students individual assists and variations in every pose. And of course you will do your own Yin Yoga practice with awareness and respect to the limitations of your body. You will understand why two people will never experience the same yoga posture in the same way, and the same pose may look different on every person due to the individual bone structure.

Total 30 hrs of profound Yin Yoga practice, theory and exploration

Yin Yoga – 50hrs
(30hrs Yin Yoga Basic 1 plus 20hrs Yin Yoga 2 Immersion)
The Yin Yoga 2 training is an opportunity to immerse yourself more deeply into the various aspects of Yin Yoga especially into the energetic aspects of the Meridians and Chi Flow.

In our Yin Yoga practice and sequences we will integrate the use of Mudras and gear towards the different Meridians.

We will amplify our anatomical understanding and knowledge of the Yin Yoga Basic 1 training in theory and practice and explore the fascinating world of connective tissue (Fascia).  Themes will be chronic back pain, the impact of emotional stress and Yin Yoga therapy. We complete the 30 Yin Yoga Asanas from the first course with variations practicing Yin Yoga on the wall and sequencing with focus on the shoulder neck area and finally we explore Yin & Yang  ´It´s all about balance ´. An Asana experience combining dynamic, creative Vinyasa Flow and deep opening meditative Yin Yoga.

Course content

Yin Yoga Level 1: 30 hours, 4 days

  • What is Yin Yoga about? Yin & Yang
  • Fascia and Tensegrity
  • Daily morning practice of an intense 2hrs Yin Yoga class (4 classes) with different themes, Meditation & Pranayama
  • Yin Yoga Practice on the wall
  • Afternoon Yin Yoga practice short sequences and students teaching
  • Group work
  • 30 Yin Yoga Asanas in theory and practice, breakdown of each Asana
  • Variations, modification and the use of props in each of the 30 Asanas
  • Anatomy according to Paul Grilley
    • 14 segments of the bone structure
    • Compression versus Tension
    • Limitation in all asanas & the uniqueness of the human body
    • Individual bone structure/skeleton,
  • Developing a functional approach of Yoga,
  • Motion analysis in the group, understanding the impact of individual bone structure in the Asana practice,
  • Yin Yoga sequencing and tools to teach a Yin Yoga class

Yin Yoga level 2: 50 hours, 6 days
(Includes the 4 days, 30 hrs training of the level 1)

  • Energetic system, Meridians and Chi Flow in Yin Yoga
  • Yin Yoga and Integration of Mudras
  • 2 comprehensive Yin Yoga classes with focus on different meridians
  • 2 Classes Yin & Yang ´It´s all about balance´ an Asana experience combining dynamic, creative Vinyasa Flow and deep opening meditative Yin Yoga
  • Fascinating world of Fascia `The matrix connective tissue
  • Modern Meridian theory according to Dr. Motoyama
  • Fascia research the newest results
  • Pain relief through Yin Yoga stimulating the fascia
  • Chronic back pain, Hernia (slipped disc), pain therapy
  • Where does pain come from?
  • The impact of emotional stress to chronic pain
  • Group work
  • Motion analysis in the group, understanding the impact of individual bone structure in the Asana practice

Opening meeting:  5 pm the day prior to course start date

Daily schedule

8.00 – 10.00 amAsana Practice
10.00 – 11.00 am Breakfast
11.00 am – 1.00 Anatomy, Theory, Video
1.00 – 2.30 pm Lunch
2.30 – 4.30 pm Motion Analysis, Group Work
4.30 – 4.45 pm Tea Break
4.45 – 6.30 pm Asana Practice


  • Yin ttc 30hrs will finish on the last day at 1 pm
  • Yin ttc 50hrs will finish on the last day at 6.30 pm