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Teacher Training

50-Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training (III) – Functional Yang, Yin-Yang & Shoulder Anatomy with Nicky Hadjithoma

17 & 18 June & 22-25 June, Starstreet Precinct - Wan Chai

This 50-hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training is designed for practitioners and teachers interested in understanding how to translate and apply the revolutionary theories and principles of skeletal variation and functional anatomy – born from the yin yoga curriculum – to any style of yang yoga practice (whether that be hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga, power, rocket, or hot yoga, for example.)

This specialised programme will help students to deepen their knowledge and ability to analyse human variation. Graduates will leave with the necessary skills to practise and teach individualised asana, helping to make yoga accessible to all body types and across all styles of yoga.

The functional anatomy component of this module will focus on the shoulder. Anatomy labs will allow students to carry out range-of-motion tests, analysing anatomical variations and natural bio-mechanics – learning to skilfully apply observations and insights into pose modifications.

In a series of focused yang posture clinics, we will look in detail at a variety of key traditional hatha yoga poses that include standing poses, backbends and inversions. We will focus on how skeletal variations in the shoulders, spine, pelvis and tibia will affect the appropriate ‘alignment’ for each student.

The final piece of the puzzle will be learning how to skilfully teach traditional yang (hatha) poses based on function over aesthetics. We will carefully deconstruct the standard aesthetical alignment cues to analyse their effectiveness across a broad range of our students’ bodies before learning how to communicate functional cues that will ensure students are guided safely and effectively into each posture. 

The ultimate goal is to help students discern the appropriate ‘alignment’ that works for their body by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to explore their unique physicality and help them to build a sustainable, long-term yoga practice. 

The training will be split into three parts:

  • Principles & Theories of Functional Yang Yoga
  • Yin-Yang Yoga (Sequencing Methodology & Practice)
  • Functional Anatomy (Shoulders)

The Yin Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

This yin yoga training curriculum is designed to educate, inspire and equip the yoga community with a practical and comprehensive toolkit that comprises both Western and Eastern modalities, offering the highest level of knowledge to skilfully practise and teach yin and functional yoga.

The syllabus is designed as a series of modules that can be studied separately in any order, allowing students to build on their knowledge and specific areas of interest at their own pace.   

Each module will cover the fundamental theory behind yin and functional yoga whilst offering a very different modality and anatomical focus. The goal is for students to expand their knowledge of skeletal variation whilst building a more rounded toolkit to practise and teach intelligent yoga.

Current Modules on Offer:

Part I: 100-hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training - Meridians & Functional Anatomy

Part II: 50-hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training - Myofascial Release, MyoYin and Spine Anatomy

Part III: 50-hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training - Functional Yang, Yin-Yang & Shoulder Anatomy

Principles & Theories of Functional Yang Yoga

  • History of Functional Yoga
  • History of Alignment Yoga
  • Aesthetic vs. Functional Yoga Practice
  • Yin vs. Yang Yoga Practice (Theory of Exercise)
  • Sutras for Functional Yoga (14-10-7 Model)
  • 14 Skeletal Segments & Movements
  • 10 Muscle Groups: Target Areas
  • 7 Groups of Archetypal Poses
  • Focus: Dog & Dragon Archetype
  • Ethics & Responsibility of a Yoga Teacher

Functional Yang and Yin-Yang Yoga

  • Yang and Yin-Yang Yoga Practices
  • Posture Lab: Analysis of Key Traditional Hatha Poses (Standing Poses, Backbends and Inversions)
  • Prop Usage in Yang Yoga Poses
  • Modifications and Safety in Yang Yoga Poses
  • Functional Objective and Benefits of each Yang Asana
  • Effective Functional Alignment Cues for Yang Poses
  • Yin-Yang Teaching and Sequencing Methodology (How to Integrate Yin and Yang Styles of Yoga)

Functional Anatomy (Shoulder)

  • Anatomy 101
  • Biomechanics of Movement
  • Skeletal Variations (Shoulders)
  • Range-of-Motion Tests (Shoulders)
  • Posture Analysis Lab

17 & 18 June 2023

22-25 June 2023


Morning Session:

8:00am – 12:00pm


Afternoon Session:

1:30pm – 5:00pm


**Total 45 contact hours + 5 hours homework/self-study

This training is suitable for all levels - designed for practitioners and teachers interested in learning to explore their unique physicality and how to discern for themselves the ‘alignment’ that will take them deeper into their own practice. Whilst no pre-requisite is required, it is strongly recommended to take module 1 first, to ensure a better understanding of the anatomic principles in discussion.
This training will allow teachers to skilfully support their student’s practice, helping them to build an individualised and sustainable yoga practice.
Students who attend 100% of the training will receive a 50-hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training certificate from PURE Yoga. These training hours can be added towards your Continuing Education with the Yoga Alliance.

Super Early-bird 20% OFF:

HK$6,995 (First 10 registrants only) FULFILLED


Early-bird 10% OFF:

HK$7,875 (extended till 31 May)


Regular Price:


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Early-Bird Discount:       

  • Early-Bird 10% Discount ends 15 May 2023.


Minimum Students
This programme requires a minimum of 25 students.



  • No refund or credit will be issued for cancellations starting 16 May 2023.
  • All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.
  • All applications for refund (medical & emergency reasons) must be made within 3 days after the event finishes.


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*If there is any discrepancy between the printed and web versions, the web version shall prevail.

Will I be able to teach right after I graduate from this programme?
Yes. All the course materials taught in this course will equip students to teach yin yoga skilfully in private one-to-one and group class settings.  If, however, you wish to teach formally at a yoga studio, you will still require a 200-hour teacher training to register with the Yoga Alliance and be eligible for studio jobs. This can be undertaken within 3 years of graduating from this 50-hr yin training, at which point these 50 hours will be added to your continuing education hours. Some students will take this programme just to deepen their own personal practice or kick-start a life transformational experience, while others do it to immediately start a teaching career. Others who do not want to proceed into teaching immediately would immerse into further trainings. More than half the students from our graduate programmes begin teaching friends and family, then move into part-time teaching in studios and full-time teaching.

Will I be able to teach at PURE Yoga after graduating from this programme?
PURE Yoga is always open to applications and supports graduates from our programmes. We do have many teachers at PURE Yoga currently that are previous graduates. While we encourage graduates to apply with us, there is never a guarantee of job placement due to availability of openings or space within our studios. However, any graduates that apply with us are kept in our database and are advised if there are openings available.

Will PURE Yoga help with my Yoga Alliance application?
Upon successful graduation of our teacher training programmes, PURE Yoga will send the students a link to where they can apply for the Yoga Alliance certification. Our programmes and our school are Yoga Alliance accredited, meaning that students graduating from our programmes will “automatically” be approved when they apply to Yoga Alliance. From there, students will take their own steps in applying for Yoga Alliance – whether you are applying for 200-hour certification, 500-hour or so forth.

If I miss one day, will I be able to make up for it?
Students undergoing this programme must be fully committed and understand that 100% full attendance is required. They must also be willing to forgo most other personal or professional commitments for the duration of the programme – only with 100% attendance and completion of the course will students receive a certificate
and no make-up of work will be given. Should there be any problems with this, students must speak with the faculty prior to the course and only under very special circumstances will it be considered.

Will I receive a certificate after the programme?
Upon successful completion, 100% attendance, and following the code of conduct – students will receive a Certificate of Completion from PURE Yoga for this teacher training programme.

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