Valley’s first Yin Yoga teacher training comes to Edwards, Nov. 10-13 |

Valley’s first Yin Yoga teacher training comes to Edwards, Nov. 10-13

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EDWARDS — Yin yoga is a therapeutic practice rooted in the ancient wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine that targets the connective tissue through deep, long stretches to access subtle energy and sustain mobility.

It has also been found to be beneficial in a world that generally couldn't move any faster; the time spent in just a few poses over the course of a class creates a meditative experience that increases mental focus and slows respiration vital for lowering blood pressure and stress. Yin yoga can help alleviate both mental stress, as well as the physical wear and tear athletes seek to recuperate from in the offseason.

Corina Benner, owner and teacher at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia, is offering her yin yoga teacher training at Mountain Soul Yoga in Edwards, Nov. 10-13. Benner has been teaching yoga since 1999 and leading Yin Yoga teacher trainings since 2005, having studied under Paul Grilley, who was instrumental in bringing the practice to the West. The weekend training is ideal for yoga teachers of all traditions, as well as curious and dedicated students.

"Corina's yin yoga training is by far one of the most rewarding yoga training I've taken over the years," said Mountain Soul owner Julia Clarke, who took the training in 2014 in Virginia and now teaches yin yoga in Edwards. "I had always had the impression that Yin Yoga was just stretching, and the depth and breadth of wisdom within the practice absolutely floored me. Corina has a truly expansive understanding of the methodology of yin and imparts it in a very grounding and accessible manner."

During the training, participants will learn key concepts necessary to teach safe, effective and powerful Yin Yoga classes, including the theory of yin-yang, anatomy and physiology and meridian theory. This training will focus on the therapeutic physical and energetic benefits of yin yoga and investigate the foundational poses, the methodology and appropriate ways of modifying poses to meet individual students' needs.

Daily yin yoga practices and opportunities to work with partners and small groups for practical experience applying the information are included in the training. Upon completion, participants will feel confident teaching yin yoga and also fielding students' questions with confidence and clarity. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, which can be applied as continuing education units for registered yoga teachers.

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This training meets at Mountain Soul Yoga from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 13. The cost is $415 through Sunday and $470 thereafter. Register at or email Clarke at for more information.

If you go …

What: Yin Yoga teacher training.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 13.

Where: Mountain Soul Yoga, 56 Edwards Village Blvd., Edwards.

Cost: $415 through Sunday, Oct. 9, and $470 thereafter.

More information: Register at, or email Julia Clarke at for more information.