Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training level 4

Upcoming Dates:

Monday 12th November - Saturday 17th November 2018


8.30am - 5.30pm (1 hr break included)

Note: Scheduled class time for Saturday 17th November is 9.30am - 6.30pm.


Golden Yogi, Level 1 / 46 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland

Yin Yoga and Anatomy COURSE DETAILS

This intensive level IV 50-hour training is a certified stand-alone teacher training course and is also the fourth and final module of Yin Therapy’s 200hour Yoga Alliance accredited Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training.

Through the previous training modules, we have enough knowledge under our anatomy belts to understand and sense the more refined energy work of the meridians and to explore the implications for our own practice and that of our students.

The desire is for the energy – internally and externally – to be tangible for each and every student, so that our teaching becomes authentic and not only theoretical.

Furthermore, besides delving into yoga philosophy and the theory of energy work you can expect to be taken on a very personal, energetic and emotional journey with yin yoga, meditation and pranayama practice.

The intention of this course – the middle way (Buddha's teaching) – the journey inwards – the journey to our essence.

Main Topics of Study

Yin Yoga Asanas

In this continuance of our yin yoga teacher training course, we concentrate mainly on the chakras and meridians of our bodies.  For asana practice, this means learning to become aware of the subtle chi (energy) flow in the meridians, and to feel its effects on the balance of both body and mind.

Yoga Philosophy - the Ultimate Path of Yoga

In the yoga philosophy section, we study the ultimate path of practising yoga. We deepen our exploration by learning about the Samkhya philosophy - the Indian understanding of reincarnation, karma and an insight into their understanding of the universe and describe the path of a yogi. We will intensify our study of Patanjali and his first four yoga sutras, and discuss in detail the eightfold path. Furthermore, for inspiration we will look to the Buddha's way, his teachings and the path of a yogi from the exoteric to the esoteric from a Buddhist perspective. Here we will illustrate how essential meditation practice is. 

Chakras and Meridian Theory

In this section, we examine chakra theory as the energy centre of our body and discover the sense and power of practising chakra meditation on the spiritual path to enlightenment. We’ll also cover meridian theory. In the physical body, we know about the role of bioelectrical flow (nerves) and chemical flow (hormones) as a natural source of power and energy for the body.  In chakra and meridian theory, chi represents the highest authority at a physical level, coordinating both the bioelectrical and the chemical flow in the body and supplying it with energy. If chi is flowing, we are healthy.  If chi is not flowing, we become ill. Through Yin Yoga, pranayama and meditation, we move chi and achieve balance in the body and mind.

Meditation, Bandhas, Pranayama and Anatomy – Theory & Practice

Teaching the theory of meditation - dharana – (concentration), dhyana (seeing what is), bandhas (locks), pranayama (breath control), pratahara (looking inwards and conducting energy to the spinal column) and the anatomy associated with it is as fascinating as it is exhilarating. In addition, we compare it with classical Buddhist meditation practice and universal meditation, philosophy and theory.

With the theoretical knowledge of meditation in place, we focus intensely each day on one of the following meditation themes as we practise:

  • Universal meditation
  • Chakra meditation over two days
  • Bandha meditation
  • Pranayama exercises
  • Pratyahara exercises
  • Shushumna purification   

This practice offers an insight into and provides a taster of the Yin Therapy Meditation Retreat / Teacher Training.
The Yin Therapy Meditation course (100 hours) can lead to an extremely profound personal experience and transformation.


Yin Therapy

In this section we turn our attention to creating a more extensive picture of energy and holistic therapeutic elements within the body. During this module, we will explore various theories and find the connection between them.

At the heart of this fourth Yin Therapy module lie:

  • Exoteric & Esoteric
  • The Little Yoga Path = Health
  • Dr Motoyama’s perspective on chakras, meridians and healing

On successful completion of this training, the hours can be counted either towards Yin Therapy’s Yoga Alliance internationally recognised 200hr Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training certificate or continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance (AYA).

For more detailed information about the training click here and for the syllabus you can visit the Yin Therapy website



Students must have completed Yin Therapy’s Yin Yoga and Anatomy Teacher Training modules I, II & III to be eligible to participate in this module IV training.


The cost for this 50 Hour intensive is $1200* (NZ Dollars) or Earlybird Price $1050* (NZ Dollars) if paid in full by 31st July 2018. 

200 Hour Yin Therapy Programme

The cost for this full 200hr YYTT /4 modules is $4400* (NZ Dollars) or Earlybird Price $3900* (NZ Dollars) if paid in full by 31 December 2017.

Payment plans and scholarships available, please contact events@goldenyogi.co.nz

* Please note this does not include food, accommodation or travel.


To register and secure your place in the next Yin Therapy teacher training course please click here to book online, or contact events@goldenyogi.co.nz for course enquiries.


If you need to cancel your booking for the teacher training course we require notification in writing at least 30 days prior to the start date of the course.

  • All cancellations that are 3 months or more before the training will receive a full refund minus a $50NZD registration fee.
  • All cancellations that are between 1 - 3 months before the training will receive a 50% refund.
  • All cancellations that are less than 30 days prior to the start date of the course will not receive any refund of the course fees. 


Markus Henning Giess & Karin Michelle Sang

Yin Therapy co-founders and international yoga teachers Markus Henning Giess and Karin Michelle Sang are certified yoga teachers from Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest and their Yin Yoga teachers and mentors Paul & Suzee Grilley, with whom Markus also assists on their trainings.  Markus has also completed an intensive teacher training with Insight Yoga founder Sarah Powers.

Originally professional dancers, they combine their extensive experience in dance, performance, bodywork, traditional Thai massage, Reiki, meditation and yoga to offer teacher training courses and workshops with an holistic and therapeutic approach combined with practical, hands on, experiential learning.

Markus and Karin currently offer their Yoga Alliance recognised 200hr Yin Yoga & Anatomy Teacher Training course and workshops throughout Germany, in Switzerland, Austria, Australia and New Zealand. Markus and Karin are known for their inspired, educational and fascinating style of shedding light on the yin side of yoga. Their non-dogmatic style of teaching, makes yoga anatomy entertaining and enlightening. 

  Please note : Some of these photo's are the property of Yin Therapy, and are not taken at the Golden Yogi studio.      

Please note: Some of these photo's are the property of Yin Therapy, and are not taken at the Golden Yogi studio.




“Having already gained ample knowledge - anatomy, muscle groups, the poses etc – the level IV course enabled us to see Yin Yoga from various new perspectives, to continually re-orient oneself, review our own beliefs, turning them upside down and around and possibly even letting some go, overcoming resistance and then….to surrender into a breathtakingly deep Yin Yoga asana practice, calm, still and deeply moving, completely with one’s self, deeply humbled and grateful, in unison with the wonderful mantras, with everything and everyone. Thank you, Markus. It was utterly amazing.”  (YYTT IV Frankfurt 2017) - Ines Oberscheid, Yoga Teacher and Studio Owner Yoga Centrum Erding

“Amazing and profound! Markus delivered complex philosophical themes of this course with such clarity. As in the previous modules, the material was descriptive, practical and all taught with a wonderful sense of humour. Together with Yin Therapy and chakra meditation, we were guided deeper into yoga and into ourselves. Thank you!” (YYTT IV Frankfurt 2017) - Vivienne S. yoga teacher, Vienna

“The level IV course was an intensive time, not only for me but also with the whole group – at the end we were like one organism. Together we learnt, laughed, pulsated, drifted apart and came back together again. Through Markus’ own sense of joy to teach and learn, he skilfully held the space and led the whole group. I not only came away from this course with a certificate, but rather with many small and large insights into myself, a wonderful memory and a great desire for more Yin and Yoga.”  (YYTT IV Frankfurt 2017) - Jutta B. yoga teacher, Zurich



 Hosted by Golden Yogi

Hosted by Golden Yogi

Yin Yoga Teacher Class with Karin
Prenatal RYT Teacher Training Auckland NZ Golden Yogi
 Golden Yogi Studio

Golden Yogi Studio

 Teacher : Markus Giess

Teacher : Markus Giess