Yin Yoga

We don’t use the body to get into the posture, rather we use the posture to get into the body.

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga focuses on working deeper tissues – ligaments, joints, deep fascial tissues, and bones.  Poses are similar to other styles of yoga but the approach is different.  All poses are done seated or lying down.  Yin is unique because we relax the muscles and use gravity to come to our edge.  We resolve to be still and hold for an extended amount of time. Benefits depend upon your personal intention. Improvements in flexibility, mindful awareness, and stress level are common.  With a continued practice, physiological, mental and emotional, and energetic benefits can be discovered.

Yin Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after styles of yoga. Perhaps it is because we are craving the qualities that a Yin practice provides: stillness, simplicity, self-examination, and just being in the present moment.  These are the elements that make up the heart of Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga is not to meant to replace other forms of yoga; it is designed to balance the heat building side of yoga and other forms of exercise.

The real Yoga is what’s happening on the inside.

My Yin Yoga Journey

My journey with Yin Yoga began eight years ago. I was asked (because of my background in Restorative Yoga) to take over a Yin Yoga class for a teacher that had left suddenly from the Atlantic Coast Athletic Club where I taught Hatha and Restorative yoga.  I did not know much about Yin Yoga, but what I did know, was that it wasn’t anything like Restorative Yoga.  I agreed to take over the class until the session ended in six weeks.  In that six weeks, I read Yin books, searched online classes, and practiced, practiced, practiced. Throughout this time, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students who experienced improvements in both physical health and general well-being. I was tremendously excited by the discovery of such a rewarding practice, and I experienced the added benefit of ease in my SI (sacroiliac joint)  joint that had gently nudged at me for years.

After teaching for many years, I took trainings with Biff Midoefer and Bernie Clark that gave me more insight and validated that I was on the right track. However, most of my experience comes from the over 500 hours of teaching Yin Yoga.

My Yin Yoga classes are highly attended, and I am filled with gratitude that this practiced works such magic!

Yin Yoga Trainings & Workshops

All trainings and workshops are suitable for teachers and enthusiastic yin practitioners. Trainings are usually 14 hours but can be adjusted to suit each studio’s individual needs.

CEUs will be awarded for those registered with Yoga Alliance.

In these trainings/workshops we cover: 

  • History of Yin Yoga
  • What are Yin and Yang?
  • What are the Yin and Yang Tissues of the Body?
  • Theory of Exercise
  • Physical, Mental, and Energetic Qualities of Yin
  • Compression vs.Tension
  • Build a Case for Yin Yoga
  • Hands-on Meridian Drawing
  • Explore the 12 Basic Postures
  • Sequencing and Teaching

My goal for these workshops/trainings is to influence the participants to explore the practice further.

I have written a 50-page manual that each participant will receive that is comprehensive, easy to use and will give a well-rounded introduction to the physical, energetic, and mindfulness practice of Yin.

Upcoming Yin Yoga Trainings/Workshops:

Please check Other Offerings for info. on upcoming trainings/workshops.

In addition to the above offerings: 

I will happily customize programs and modules for 200-500/hour teacher trainings. Please contact me to design a training that will suit the individual needs of your studio.

My pricing is extremely fair, and I am open to scholarships. I am dedicated to making these trainings accessible and affordable to anyone seeking to learn the practice of Yin Yoga.


Testimonials from Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings

Spending a weekend with Marla in the Yoga Sparks Yin Training program was a spectacular experience that challenged both my mind and body, simultaneously offering a great mental and physical retreat!  How is that combination even possible?  Marla brought such a wonderful enthusiasm into the studio and onto our mats, she ensured that each and every individual felt comfortable both with the theory and the practice of yin yoga, and she encouraged each of us to delve deeper into our own practice and teaching to find a place for yin experiences.  I walked away from the Yoga Sparks Yin Training program with a strong foundation and new spark around yin yoga and immediately found ways to integrate my knowledge into my professional and personal life.

Sheila, M.S., CCC-SLP

Marla is a very personable and gifted teacher.  Her Yin Yoga training provided a very solid foundation of the history and principles of Yin Yoga, and she presented the information in a very clear and accessible manner.  She did a lovely job finding a balance between instruction about Yin Yoga theory and ample time to actually get into the postures and practice.  Her humor and playfulness is refreshing and the overall training experience was wonderful.  I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking to deepen his or her Yin Practice or teaching.

Erin, Middle School teacher, Yoga teacher. RYT200

As I entered my journey into teaching yoga, it was a class with Marla that revealed to me the type of experience I wanted to give my students.  Since then, Marla has been a friend and a mentor to me as a teacher of yin yoga.  Marla’s approach to yin yoga is profoundly simple. With subtle wisdom, she leads her students through their own journey and mindful exploration of the physical and energetic body.   Sharing the insight she has gleaned from her many hours in the classroom and her studies with many experienced leaders of the yin yoga tradition such as Bernie Clark,and Biff Mithoefer. Marla passes along a thread of practical and candid inquiry into each of her classes and teacher trainings.  She guides and invites her fellow practitioners into a practice that is approachable, uplifting, expansive, and peaceful. A class or workshop with Marla always serves to remind me that the deepest experience goes beyond the depth of physical expression in a pose, but with entering into the inner space of our own body and mind.

Jessica, RYT 200, Kindergarten Teacher