Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Friday 18th to Saturday 19th October

9am – 5pm 

40 Hours

Yoga Alliance Accredited

with Melanie Cooper E-RYT500

Yoga Alliance registered     Christine is ERYT500

Why undertake Yin Yoga Teacher training (YTT)?

Yin Yoga is a practice in which we focus on long-held asanas to zero in on deep connective tissue, creating flexibility and mental resilience. Deeply introspective in nature, Yin is a wonderful way to unwind and relax more profoundly as well as an amazing preparation for pranayama and meditation. Train in this transformative style with us. Graduate from this expertly led course with confidence, skills and knowledge to teach a dedicated Yin class or as a magical way to end a dynamic flowing class.

The Curriculum

On this training course, you will learn how to teach yin in a way that is inclusive and safe for everyone.

Adding this training to your skills set can help you expand your horizons as a teacher and for many teaching yin offers a positive change from teaching faster more yang based energetic classes. The course will cover a wide range of topics from sequencing to anatomy and fascia and meridians.

The modules cover:

How to give assists based on shiatsu and thai yoga massage

The theory and practice of sequencing

How to practice and teach yin poses

How to plan a yin-based class

How to use props effectively

How to teach without props

The theory and science behind the practice

Support in finding your own unique teaching style

How to adapt the practice for different body types and personalities

Plenty of time to reconnect with your own practice, and to recharge if you’re feeling drained.

Lots of practice in non judgemental non dogmatic environment

Support in finding your own unique teaching style and your authentic voice as a teacher with expert constructive and supportive feedback

yin yoga caterpillar pose

The Course Structure

The training hours of this course are set at 40. This course blends in person and pre-recorded online learning with assignments.

There are two days live in the studio,  plus 16 hours of on demand pre-recorded material available for 1 year.

Prior to the course, you will be given access to the pre-recorded online content and advised as to what materials should be studied prior to the in person element of the course.

There is an online meeting 6 weeks prior to the course in which Melanie will talk you through these materials and how to approach the course. If you cannot make this, please don’t panic – we will record it and send it to you.


The course consists of pre-course study by way of reading, practice, reviewing pre-recorded content and some simple assignments. Not everything will need to be undertaken before the in-person element of the course. We will send you a list of priorities so you can decide which elements to start with.

Meet Melanie

We are delighted to welcome Melanie Cooper, a wonderfully experienced guest teacher who travels far and wide sharing her expert skills. Melanie has over two decades teaching experience in a range of styles; initially starting from an Ashtanga background, but now favouring the ‘softer’ Yin and Yoga Nidra elements alongside other specialisms such as anatomy.

When Melanie isn’t delivering level 2 YTTC (300 hours) and other teacher trainings, you can find her sharing her skills on beautiful retreats abroad, or spending time at the beach in cooler climbs in Cornwall!

Who this is for

We welcome practitioners and teachers of all yoga backgrounds to enrol.

This course would primarily benefit qualified teachers, trainees and teachers of other disciplines, such as pilates, who want to add a new dimension to their offerings.

It’s also a wonderful course for those who have, or would like to develop a personal yin practice and want to enrich and expand their understanding. (Please note, this course is otherwise intended as a supplement to existing teaching qualifications and does not qualify you as a teacher in it’s own right).

If you are unsure of your eligibility, feel free to reach out and ask us.

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  • Pay in Full

    Includes a saving of £20 compared to the Deposit Option.

  • £475
  • Deposit

    Balance of £295 due no later than 2 weeks prior to the course. £495 in total.

  • £200
  • Alumni Special Price

    For those who have attended a minimum of 20 hours CPD with us in the past.

  • £450
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    For last minute sign-ups, within 2 weeks of Course start date.

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Pay in Full – £475 Includes £20 discount

Option 2

Pay Deposit then balance – £495

£200 non-refundable deposit

£295 remaining balance due no later than 2 weeks before the course.

Option 3

Special Alumni Price – £450

Includes £45 discount. For those who have paid for or undertaken any Breathing Space Teacher Training. Courses include Chair Yoga (20 hours), Hatha Yoga (200 hours), Aerial Yoga (20 hours), Yoga Nidra (30 hours), Trauma Informed Yoga (20 hours)

Cancellation Policy 

All payments for courses are non refundable and non transferable unless in exceptional circumstances and when at least 3 weeks notice is given, and only at the discretion of the course leader.

Further Information

Where we are

The in-person training takes place in our beautiful 17th Century listed building, home to our yoga shala in the centre of the city in Derby.

The Coach House 

14 George Street



Exclusive customer parking available – all day parking just £3

What to Bring

Your mat

Water bottle

Note Book and Pen

Cosy things for stiller practices (eye pillow, wooly socks)

Post Practice Snack

Lunch or Money for Lunch

Staying Over?

We have exclusive discounts with a selection of nearby accommodation providers click here to ask us for more information.

Comprehensive Guide to Yin YTTC

History, Philosophy, Benefits, and Differences from Other Yoga Styles

History, Philosophy, Benefits, and Differences from Other Yoga Styles

Yin Yoga is a gentle and introspective style of yoga that focuses on long-held, passive poses to target the deep connective tissues of the body. It has gained popularity in recent years, offering a counterbalance to the more dynamic and active styles of yoga. Originating from ancient Chinese Taoist practices, this style incorporates elements of mindfulness, meditation, and traditional Hatha yoga.

The history of Yin can be traced back to the teachings of Paulie Zink, who introduced Taoist yoga to the West in the 1970s. However, the practice gained wider recognition through the work of Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, who developed their own approaches to Yin and began teaching it internationally in the 1990s.

Yin Yoga is grounded in the philosophy of Yin and Yang, where Yin represents the passive, cooling, and receptive aspect, while Yang symbolizes the active, warming, and dynamic aspect. The practice emphasizes stillness, surrender, and an acceptance of discomfort, fostering a meditative state of mind. It encourages practitioners to explore their physical and emotional boundaries, cultivating patience and introspection.

One of the key benefits of Yin Yoga is its ability to improve flexibility and joint mobility. The long-held poses gently stretch and stress the connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments, promoting greater elasticity and range of motion. Additionally, Yin stimulates the flow of energy or “qi” through the meridian pathways of the body, which can enhance overall well-being and vitality.

Compared to other yoga styles, Yin stands out for its emphasis on long holds (typically 3-5 minutes) and passive stretches. Unlike more dynamic styles like Vinyasa or Ashtanga, Yin targets the deeper layers of the body, rather than focusing on muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness. It complements and balances the more active yoga styles, providing a meditative and restorative experience.

Importance and Enhancement of Yoga Practice and Teaching Skills

This training program emphasises the importance of self-inquiry and self-reflection, encouraging you to explore your own physical, mental, and emotional experiences in the practice of Yin Yoga. This self-exploration enhances your personal practice and enhances your ability to guide others in their yoga journey.

By delving into the philosophy and principles of Yin, you gain a solid foundation for teaching this unique style effectively. You learn how to create flows that target specific areas of the body and address common challenges faced by students in a Yin posture. This knowledge allows you to tailor your classes to meet the needs of your students, promoting their growth and well-being.

This Yin YTTC hones your teaching skills by providing opportunities for hands-on practice and feedback. You gain confidence in delivering clear instructions, offering modifications and variations, and creating a supportive and nurturing environment for your students. The course also delves into the art of class planning, helping you design well-structured and cohesive Yin Yoga classes.

Overall, undertaking a Yin YTT course not only enriches your personal practice and understanding of Yin Yoga but also equips you with the necessary skills to become an effective and knowledgeable teacher. It empowers you to guide students through the transformative practice of Yin Yoga, helping them cultivate balance, mindfulness, and self-awareness. Whether you aspire to teach Yin Yoga professionally or simply want to enhance your own practice, this training program is a valuable investment in your growth as a yogi and a teacher.

Curriculum, Areas of Focus

This teacher training programme is tailored to cater to your individual preferences and aims to provide an in-depth exploration of your chosen areas of interest. You will benefit from the unwavering support and guidance of a highly experienced lead trainer, Melanie Cooper, who hold the prestigious E-RYT 500 certification.

The course will be conducted in a small group setting, ensuring you receive ample personal attention and feedback. This environment fosters a non-judgmental and non-dogmatic atmosphere, allowing you to engage in practice without fear of criticism.

You will have plenty of time to reconnect with your own practice and rejuvenate if you ever feel depleted. The course also aims to help you discover your unique teaching style and cultivate your authentic voice as a teacher. You will receive expert constructive feedback, enabling you to grow and develop in a nurturing and supportive manner.

Potential Career Paths, Personal Growth, Physical Health and Wellness

Enrolling in a Yin YTT program has numerous benefits. From becoming a Yin Yoga Instructor to teaching in a yoga institute or running yoga classes at a popular yoga studio like The Breathing Space in Derby.

From a personal perspective, you will see an enhancement in your Yin practice as well. Your Yin Yoga practice will transform, and your understanding of Yin will expand. This journey is not just about teaching others; it’s about deepening your connection with your own life and yoga practice.

Testimonials and Experiences

“I completed the 40-hour Yin Training with Melanie Cooper, and it has transformed my teaching and personal practice. The comprehensive training, expert guidance, and deep immersion into Yin Yoga were profound. I feel confident in my knowledge of Yin Yoga and am excited to start teaching Yin Yoga classes.” – Sarah,  Teacher

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High-quality, Ethical Teacher training in Derby, East Midlands


  • Your trainers will have a minimum of 8 years teaching experience.
  • Your lead teacher will teach the majority of the training and holds ERYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with a level 2 qualification)
  • Your courses are accredited by Yoga Alliance International and count towards your ongoing CPD
  • Your course complies with elevated Yoga Alliance Standards
  • Our faculty comprises a number of Internationally recognised Trainers who are experts in their field
  • A personalised, friendly and inclusive learning environment.
  • Quality ongoing, expert mentoring.
  • A luxury, fully equipped Yoga Shala in which to undertake your trainings.