60-Hour Yin Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine Teacher Training

60-Hour Yin Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training4

Yoga Alliance Certificate 50 hrs CEP

(continuing education programme)

Tarifa, Spain – Luxury Retreat Venue


Saturday 12th November to 19th November 2022

Saturday 11th March to 18th March 2023

Prices per person

Prices include 7 nights accomodation, 3 meals per day and the complete 60 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

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

Daily Schedule

  • 7.30am –  10.00am                       Asana Practice, Meditation & Pranayama
  • 10.00am – 11.00am                      Breakfast
  • 11.00am – 12.00am                    Anatomy, Lecture, Video
  • 12.15am –  1.30pm                     Group work, Lecture
  • 1.30pm –  3.00pm                       Lunch
  • 3.00pm –  4.00pm                       Motion Analysis, Student teaching
  • 4.00pm –  4.45pm                       Group work, Lecture
  • 5.00pm –  6.30pm                       Asana Practice
  • 7.00pm                                         Dinner

On Tuesday, there will be an additional evening session from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. On Wednesday, you will have a half-day program only and then free time after lunch. The 60-hour Yin yoga course is held over one week from Saturday to Saturday. Those days are arrival and departure days without any teaching program. The course starts on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. with a welcome meeting followed by dinner. It finishes the following Saturday after breakfast at 11:00 a.m.

 60-Hour Yin Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine Teacher Training Course Content 


  • Daily morning 2,5 hours Yin yoga class with different themes including Meditation, Pranayama, and Mudras
  • Afternoon Yin yoga practice with special themes like Yin on the wall and the practice of Yin & Yang
  • Yin yoga is related to the meridians and elements, stimulating the Qi along the meridians
  • Student teaching, group, and partner work
  • 35 Yin yoga asanas in practice, breakdown of each Asana, variations, modifications, use of props
  • Yin and Yang – an asana experience combining dynamic, creative Vinyasa flow, and deep opening and meditative Yin yoga


  • 35 Yin Yoga Asanas in theory and practice, breakdown of each Asana
  • Variations, modifications, and the use of props in each of the 35 Asanas
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • The 5 Elements in TCM
  • Approach to the Meridian system (12 main meridians) and Chi Flow in Yin yoga
  • Physical, mental and emotional symptoms of Meridian imbalances
  • Modern meridian theory according to Dr. Motoyama (looking at the fascia network versus the energetic channels (Meridians)
  • Fascinating world of fascia – The matrix connective tissue
  • Fascia research – the newest results


  • Anatomy according to Paul Grilley, the founder of Yin Yoga
  • Looking at the 14 segments of the bone structure
  • Understanding the individual bone structure or skeleton
  • Compression versus tension, orientation, and proportion (limitation in all asanas and the uniqueness of the human body)
  • Fascia and tensegrity (appreciate the role of connective tissues in relation to yoga practice)
  • Motion analysis in the group, understanding the impact of individual bone structure in the asana practice

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, partner 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 on chronic pain


Mona Abter

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 training 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 4000 hours of teaching experience.

Gunnar Lips

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 realise 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 share 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

About The Course

This Yin yoga training program is suitable for all dedicated yoga practitioners and yoga teachers of all levels and styles who would like to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga, their own body, and are curious and open to exploring and learning a complementary practice to all dynamic yoga styles and sports activities. 

The teacher training program enables you to dive deeper into your Yin qualities like stillness, receptivity, openness, surrendering, relaxation, acceptance, and find balance in a mainly Yang style world. Yin yoga helps you to find a meditative state, stillness, peacefulness, and balance and often promotes healing inside yourself. The training will amplify both your knowledge about and your practice of yoga, supplementing the unfolding of your spiritual path. The training is a combination of both theory and practice.​

The secret of Yin Yoga is more about BEING and letting go than DOING. 

You will be nourished by two daily yoga practices, meditations, pranayama, and the amazing energy of the unspoiled nature and surroundings. Private chefs will prepare three super healthy meals a day – delicious vegetarian, Mediterranean, and Asian-influenced meals. You will be guided by professional and skillful yoga teachers who love to share their knowledge and passion for yoga with you. After the week you will leave feeling recharged, empowered, balanced, and confident in your teaching. 


“So much information in this course and so well presented. I enjoyed the balance of practice and theory, and the self discovery to understand what Yin Yoga is all about. I learned so much and this truly has changed the way I understand and practice Yoga. Mona is a warm and open hearted teacher who shares so much knowledge not just about Yoga but about life as well.  
Thank you once more, I couldn´t have hoped for a better time and place to take this next step.”
– Riina, Finnland

“There was a perfect balance between theory and practice. For me the Fascia studies were very interesting and the meridians, first time I understand what it is about. Yin Yoga is healing not only the body (outside) also inside (emotions) 
Great loving and caring teacher who shares openly her knowledge.”
– Kamilla M., Germany

“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 of 12 consisted of 9 nationalities & we all hope to meet again someday with Yoga.” – Penelope H. Spain

“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. So worth it Highly recommend!!!” – Eleonor S. Finnland

“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 C. France

What’s Included

The complete 60 hours teacher training programme with yoga equipment and materials

7 nights accommodation and 3 meals per day

Not included: flights and airport transfers

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

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


Twin Room (2 people sharing)

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 – 3 people sharing

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 (1 person only, shared bathroom)

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 – Private room and bathroom

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


Accommodation and venue details are here

%d bloggers like this: