50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training

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Yoga Alliance Certificate 50 hrs CEP

(continuing education programme)

Tarifa, Spain – Luxury Retreat Venue


Saturday 21st March to 28th March 2020 (6 spaces left)

Prices per person

Prices include 7 nights accomodation, 3 meals per day and the complete 50 hour Yoga Teacher Training Programme

Triple room occupation (3 people sharing)                                            1,190 euros

Twin room occupation (2 people sharing)                                             1,290 euros

Single room occupation (1 person only – shared bathroom)              1,450 euros

Single room occupation (1 person only – private bathroom)              1,550 euros

Prices increase by 100 euros per person from 2 months before the Programme starts

To make a payment please see the bottom of the page or email elliot@tfsretreats.com

Daily Schedule

  • 7.30am –  9.30am                       Asana Practice, Meditation & Pranayama
  • 9.30am – 10.30am                      Breakfast
  • 10.30am – 12.00am                    Anatomy, Lecture, Video
  • 12.00am –  1.30pm                     Group work, Lecture
  • 1.30pm –  3.00pm                       Lunch
  • 3.00pm –  4.30pm                       Motion Analysis, Student teaching
  • 4.45pm –  6.30pm                       Asana Practice
  • 7.00pm                                         Dinner

Tuesdays – additional evening session from 8.00–10.00pm | Wednesdays – half day programme only, free time after lunch. The 50 hour Yin Yoga Course is held over 1 week from Saturday to Saturday, those days are arrival and departure days without any Teaching Programme. The course starts on Saturday at 6.00pm with a welcome meeting followed by dinner. The Programme finishes the following Saturday after breakfast at 11.00am.

 50 hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Course Content 

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  • Daily morning practice: intense 2hrs Yin Yoga class with different themes every
    day including meditation & pranayama
  • Yin Yoga Practice on the wall
  • Practice Yin Yoga related to the Meridians, stimulating the Qi along the Meridians
  • Afternoon Yin Yoga practice short sequences or student teaching
  • 35 Yin Yoga Asanas in theory and practice, breakdown of each Asana
  • Variations, modification and the use of props in each of the 35 Asanas
  • 3 Classes Yin & Yang ´It´s all about balance´ an Asana experience combining
    dynamic, creative Vinyasa Flow and deep opening and meditative Yin Yoga


  • Anatomy according to Paul Grilley
    Looking at the 14 segments of the bone structure
    Understanding the individual bone structure/skeleton
    Compression versus Tension, Orientation and Proportion
    (Limitation in all asanas & the uniqueness of the human body)
  • Fascia and Tensegrity (appreciate the role of connective tissues in relation to yoga
  • Motion analysis in the group, understanding the impact of individual bone structure in the Asana practice
  • Approach to the Meridian System (12 main meridians) and Chi Flow in Yin Yoga
  • Yin Yoga and Integration of Mudras
  • Fascinating world of Fascia `The matrix connective tissue`
  • Modern Meridian theory according to Dr. Motoyama (looking at the fascia network
    versus the energetic channels (Meridians)
  • Fascia research the newest results

Teaching Methodology

  • Yin Yoga sequencing and tools to teach a Yin Yoga class
  • How to communicate the value of Yin Yoga (teaching methodology Function versus Aesthetic)
  • Developing a functional approach to Yoga
  • Group work


  • The learning prescription (Shravana, Manana, Nididhyasa)
  • What is Yin Yoga about? Knowledge and understanding of the Yin Yoga approach (difference between a Yin passive and Yang dynamic style of Yoga)
  • Yin & Yang (The Chinese understanding how the world functions)


  • Study the benefits of the Yin Yoga Practice (physical, energetical, mental and
    emotional) and how Yin Yoga can improve your health
  • Pain relief through Yin Yoga stimulating the fascia
  • Chronic back pain, Hernia (slipped disc), pain therapy
  • Where does pain come from?
  • The impact of emotional stress to chronic pain


Mona Abter

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Mona is originally from Germany but lives in Spain for many years now and spends the winter in India. She is trilingual in English, German and Spanish. She’s an experienced and certified Yoga teacher in Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. Additional she is a qualified holisitc massage therapist and does bodywork for more than 20 years. At her Yoga Centre at Agonda beach in Goa, India, she has been offering open yoga classes, workshops and trainings for the last 8 years.

In Europe and Asia she holds retreats, workshops and provides yoga training and immersion. For the past 15 years she has intensively practiced Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga and has extended her experience in Anusara, Iyengar, Acro and Hormone yoga through exposure to different mentors in Germany, Spain and India. She combines the dynamic, sweeping stye of Vinyasa Flow yoga with the distinct, slow, and meditative elements of Yin yoga while placing particular attention to both breath and flow of life energy.

“Yang is about doing, yin is about letting go, it’s all about balance”.

To Mona, yoga means to be right here, right now; to surrender to the flow of life, to trust it; to accept the challenges life is offering and take them as a great gift. Yoga is far more than the practice of asanas. Rather, it is a philosphy of life, which has brought lots of joy, love and peace into hers. She seeks to share this experience with her students. Deep relaxation from the very first moment. Pure yoga geared to the requirements of each student free from the contraints of style or judgements. This is a key characteristic of Mona’s practice and teachings, which she conveys with lots of heart, passion and empathy.

Mona is a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with more than 2000hours of teaching experience.


Gunnar Lips

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Gunnar is originally from Germany but now lives in Spain and India. He is a former athletics professional and has worked as a sports coach. He has also trained as a sports massage therapist and is trained in energetic massage techniques. Years of professional sea diving gave him an insight into a variety of different breathing techniques and the application thereof. During a visit to India 10 years ago, he had his first encounter with yoga. His experience from both his sports and professional background made him realize the holistic perfection of yoga. Ever since, he has been practicing yoga regularly.

Gunnar has undertaken training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow and Yin. He continues to broaden his capacity in Meditation and Pranayama. He incorporates his many decades of sports coach experience in his style of conveying yoga to his students. Gunnar focuses on teaching the proper way of breathing. And in Gunnar’s classes there is always room for a dash of humour.
Gunnar is a registered Yoga AllianceTeacher E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher).

Mona and Gunnar recongnise in each person their uniqueness and adapt yoga to them individually. Variations and modifications of yoga practice are therefore a given and encouraged. Rigid principles and dogmas are not encouraged. “What’s good for me is not necessarily good for you”. Our teaching style is characterised by passion, enthusiasm and clarity. While remaining rooted in everyday existence we’ve gradually aligned our lives according to the principles of yoga and walked the path of yoga. Extensive excursions in India and visits in other parts of Asia, intensive training in yoga, massage therapy and Ayuveda provided the basis for us so we can noshare this path with you heart to heart. We look forward to spending quality time with you.

More details about Mona and Gunnar’s work can be found here: www.yoga-sunshine.com

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 About the Course

This Yin Yoga Training Programme is suitable for all dedicated yoga practitioners, yoga teachers and bodyworkers of all levels and styles who would like to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga, their own body and like to explore and learn a complementary practice to all the dynamic yoga styles and sport activities. The training will amplify both your knowledge about and your practice of yoga, therefore supplementing the unfolding of your spiritual path. Prior knowledge and experience of any style of yoga will be helpful.

The training is a combination of both theory and practice. Aspects we address are: anatomy, philosophy, teaching methology, motion analysis, group work and intense Asana practice.
Yin Yoga will be practiced 3-4 hours every day, including meditation and pranayama. To understand and embody what Yin Yoga is about, feeling and exploration has priority and huge transformative effects on body, mind and soul.
After the training you will have all tools to teach a Yin Yoga class with more than 35 Yin Yoga Asanas and to give your students individual assists and variations in every pose. And of course you will do your own Yin Yoga practice with awareness and respect to the limitations of your body. You will understand why two people will never experience the same yoga posture in the same way, and the same pose may look different on every person due to the individual bone structure.

The Yin Yoga training is an opportunity to immerse yourself more deeply into the various aspects of Yin Yoga, the physical, mental and emotional aspects.

Especially we dive into the energetic aspects of the Meridians and Chi Flow. We will amplify our anatomical understanding and knowledge in theory and practice and explore the fascinating world of connective tissue (Fascia). Themes will be chronic back pain, the impact of emotional stress and Yin Yoga therapy.

In our Yin Yoga practice and sequences we will have a different theme every day focusing on the various parts of the body, integrating the use of Mudras and gear towards the different Meridians, as well as practicing Yin on the wall.
Toward the end of the course we will integrate Yang into our practice and explore the power of Yin & Yang where it is all about balance. Combining dynamic and creative Vinyasa or meditation with deep opening meditative Yin Yoga.Total
50hrs profound Yin Yoga practice, theory and exploration.

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What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is a subtle, deep and powerful approach to Yoga. It is an individually adapted, slow, meditative and deep opening asana practice combined with internal awareness. Asanas are practiced in a passive way with relaxed muscles. In this style most postures are floor postures and are held for a longer period of time like 3-5 minutes or more. When we hold the pose for 3-5minutes we reach into the deepest layers of our body working on the connective tissues, fascia, ligaments, tendons and joints. Letting go, listening to your inner voice and connecting to your true nature is the key and goal.

In the Yang style of yoga, postures are held for 3-60 seconds or 4-5 breaths only and all the muscles are actively involved. Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa or Hatha are the best examples of yang styles of yoga.

Through the gentle but long hold stimulation of the connective tissue in Yin Yoga we increase mobility in the joints, recharge the energetic system of the body and draw the senses inward which brings the mind into a relaxed and meditative state.
On a mental and emotional level, the Yin practice allows the body to drop down into the parasympathetic nervous system, and therefore becomes deeply healing, nourishing and has profound energetic and emotional effects.
Yin Yoga is a wonderful preparation for longer meditation, pysically and mentally and combines breathing and asana into a meditative, very deep opening and healing practice. It´s more about BEING and letting go than DOING.


“Couldn’t recommend enough! Just come back from the most wonderful weeks training and feeling positively full of knowledge and passion, that Mona shares so deeply with you. A truly wonderful experience and a fab setting to expand your yoga knowledge. Would highly recommend…. wishing I could do it all again!” Lorna, UK


“So worth it! Didn’t know I needed this training as much I did. Mona and Gunnar make sure they have the most up to date information to share and their passion for what they do is infectious. The food was so so good and the chefs are completely understanding of any sensitivities and allergies. Highly recommend!!!” Eleonor, France

“Just returned home from a wonderful week of learning in Tarifa with Yoga Sunshine . The Yin Yoga Teacher training ticked every box for me . The training was incredibly informative & fun with step by step tuition from the passionate Mona Abter . Tarifa is a magical place & Villa la Peńa offers a comfortable stunning location to study or as a retreat – the vegetarian food provided by the two chefs Kate & Tracy was delicious fresh & super tasty . Our beautiful group 12 consisted of 9 nationalities & we all hope to meet again someday with Yoga.” Penelope, Germany

“The best yin yoga teacher training one could hope for! Mona and Gunnar both have a lot of experience which they share through the training, with details and passion. The curriculum is very complete, from anatomy to energetics and teaching practice. I highly recommend their training!” Morgane, France

“Fabulous teacher training experience! Loved the inclusive atmosphere of small group training which focussed on Yin yoga. Experienced teachers, both keen to share their knowledge and help us to explore this beautiful practice. I will definitely look to complete other training with them.” Christine, UK


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What’s Included

The complete 50 hours teacher training programme with yoga equipment and materials

7 nights accommodation and 3 meals per day

1 return group transfer in to Tarifa on Wednesday evening

Not included: flights and airport transfers

Subsidised airport shuttle service is available from various transport hubs

How to Get There


There are many options to arrive at the venue, which is located approx. 4km from Tarifa town. There are 4 airports within 2 hours drive. Gibraltar, Jerez, Malaga and Sevilla.

The nearest airport is Gibraltar (La Linea), which is a 40 minute drive to the venue, approx. 40km. Only flights from England come to Gibraltar.

Jerez Airport is an 80 minute drive away, approx. 120km

Malaga Airport is a 110 minute drive away, approx. 160km

Sevilla Airport is a 120 minute drive away, approx. 170km

Renting a Car

Renting a car at the airport is the easiest and cheapest way to get to the venue, starting from €70 per week. See www.rentalcars.comor www.1rentacar.comto find the cheapest option. For German speaking students www.billiger-mietwagen.de

We also recommend Autos Aguirre:

La Linea (Gibraltar Airport) – https://autosaguirre.com– around €100 p/w, Group A vehicle

Malaga Airport – https://autosaguirre.com– around €100 p/w, Group A vehicle

Shuttle Bus

We run a once a day subsidised shuttle busfrom all airports and local bus stations on Saturdays.

Route 1 Bus leaves at 13.45 from Malaga Airport (€60 pp), at 15.00 from Gibraltar (€35 pp), at 15.30 from Algeciras Bus Station (€15 pp) and at 15.50 from Tarifa Town (€5 pp).

Route 2 Bus leaves at 14.00 from Sevilla Airport (€65pp) and at 14.45 from Jerez Airport (€45 pp). Please enquire for further details.

Public Bus

There is also a public bus option from Malaga Airport. For further bus details check: https://www.avanzabus.com


Normal taxi prices from each nearby transport hub are below:

Malaga Airport – €200 – Gibraltar – €70 – Algeciras Bus Station – €35 – Tarifa Bus Station – €15

Sevilla Airport – €200 – Jerez Airport – €125

Payment and Booking Conditions

Twin Room (2 people sharing) – 30% Deposit

30% deposit is required at time of booking Final payment due two months before arrival All deposits are non refundable Reference for payment: start date of teacher training


Triple Room SOLD OUT



Single Room (1 person only, shared bathroom) – 30% Deposit

30% deposit is required at time of booking Final payment due two months before arrival All deposits are non refundable Reference for payment: start date of teacher training


Single Room SOLD OUT



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