Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Erkende Yin Yoga docentenopleiding Amsterdam

Introductie workshop #2

Register for the FREE introductory workshop on Friday December 20th (18.00 tot 20.00 uur)

Introductie workshop #3

Register for the FREE introductory workshop on Sunday January 19th (12.00 tot 14.00 uur)

200hrs. Yin Yoga Teacher Training based on the teachings of Paul and Suzee Grilley, by Hellen van der Harten.

We would love to teach you how to become an excellent teacher in this beautiful practice yourself. Yin yoga is a passive, nourishing form of yoga, helping us to open up our heart, calming our nervous system, and providing a space for the body to deeply relax’. Yin yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility. This is done by poses that stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. It also helps us to regulate the body’s flow of energy.

Visit our blog to have a nice read about Yin Yoga in TULA (in Dutch)

Introduction to the Yin Yoga teacher training

“The backbone of the yin yoga teacher training is anatomy because without an understanding of muscles and joints true confidence in teaching is elusive. This anatomical insight is crucial when dealing with injuries, contraindications and the logic of adjustments and variations. Anatomy is a vast subject but the basics, properly understood, clarifies and simplifies all yoga practice, regardless of style.” ~ Paul Grilley

This Yin Yoga Teacher Training program will give you a deep understanding of how the body functions physically and energetically. You will be able to see and respond to people, their bodies, and their potential. Moreover, you will learn about: bones, muscles, fascia, joints, movements, organs and connective tissue, chakra’s, chi, meridians and meridian pathways, pranayama and meditation.

With this knowledge, you will be able to create personalised and therapeutic Yin Yoga classes suited for everyone’s physical and energetic needs. You can register as certified 200-hrs. Yoga Teacher at Yoga Alliance after successfully completing this training.

Is this program right for you?

Hellen van der Harten mindfully created this Yin Yoga Teacher Training, based on the ‘Grilley Method’, and designed it for yoga practitioners and Yang teachers who want to deepen their understanding of the Yin Yoga practice. If you want to learn all about Yin Yoga and how to teach it, or if you want to integrate Yin poses to your Yang classes, than this teacher training is perfect for you.

Why you want to choose this Yin Yoga Teacher Training?

  Learn from a highly experienced lead trainer with additional expert masterclasses
 Expect to grow in the yin practice, but also as a person
 Study in a small group to receive ultimate personal attention
 Yoga Alliance Certified 200hrs. training
 Focus on anatomy – the back bone of a safe yin yoga practice
Additional to the regular curriculum you’ll have the opportunity to practice teaching in the studio with your peers, with guidance of certified teachers.
Get training in how to start a yoga career

Course Curriculum

Anatomy and physiology
  • Skeletal variations and their importance in teaching yoga (tension versus compression)
  • Target area’s and functional analysis of the asanas
  • 14 skeletal segments, 10 muscle groups, 7 archetypal asanas
  • Leg/torso mandala (functional approach of yoga)
  • Anatomy of the upper body
  • Organs in relation to meridians
  • Fascia Theory/Myofascia release
Asana Practice
  • Yin yoga asanas (20 main Yin yoga and upper body asanas)
  • Analysis of the Yin yoga asanas
  • Counterposes and movements
  • Meditation Postures
  • Yang yoga sequences
  • Assisted yin yoga practice
  • The learning prescription (Shravana, Manana, Nididhyasa)
  • Underlying principles (tattvas) of yin yoga
  • Understanding yin yoga versus yang yoga
  • History of yin yoga and the theory of exercise
  • Patanjali: The eight limbs of Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Sources and functions of Chi
  • Meridian Theory
  • Chakra Theory
  • Pranayama practices for Yin
Teaching Methodology
  • How to teach yin yoga and sequencing in yin yoga (from anatomical point of view)
  • Learn to communicate effectively the value of yin yoga 
(function & aesthetics)
  • Responsibilities and ethics of a yoga teacher
  • Modifications, adjustments and appropriate use of props

Reading List


What others say about this training

Kim (student 2017) ~ “Feeling extremely blessed that I was able to follow this TT. Not only have I learned so much about myself but this training really gives you the tools to become a trustful and save Yin Yoga Teacher. There is no topic that stays in the dark. All the important things are taught. So if you have the feeling that you want to become a teacher than this training is the one for you!”

Fleur (student 2017) ~ “Being a student again was nice, but studying yoga philosophy, anatomy, asanas and much more was beyond nice! It was an incredible journey with some real life changing results. Every weekend was like a mini retreat; studying together with other like minded people, gaining insights on yourself and learning all ins and outs about yin yoga. It was the best present that I could ever give myself and it’s worth every cent and second! At the end of the training I went home with my certificate, a backpack full of knowledge and last but not least; self confidence and self love. If you’re doubting about wether or not you should join this training, I would definately recommend a big YES to you. There’s nothing to lose, but so much to gain!”

Jennifer (student 2018) “When I attended the introduction workshop for the Yin TT I did not expect to make the decision then and there that I would do my YIN TT with Hellen van der Harten. I still had other schools on my list to check out. But during the workshop the calmness and ease Hellen had and the reassurance she gave that you don’t have to be super flexible to be a good Yin Yoga teacher made it a simple decision for me. During the months that followed it was a valuable learning experience on many levels. I admire Hellens patience and expertise in explaining vital topics such as anatomy, her encouragement to keep exploring and feeling your unique body in several ways and the space I believe we all had to express and be ourselves. In addition there is a great side effect of making new friends.  This all and more ultimately leading to the confidence I feel to teach a safe and enjoyable Yin Yoga class, making this a wonderful ongoing journey.”

Vanessa (Student 2016)  “Looking for a Yin Yoga teacher training? Look no further as you have the best training right here in front of you. Why? In my experience over the last months, this training offers the best combination of up to date foundational knowledge of Anatomy as well as Yin Asanas. There is a lot of emphasis on putting knowledge into practice in a fun and practical way. ‘You practice what you teach.’ Also, very important, Hellen is extremely knowledgeable, excellent teacher and very diligent and as if that wasn’t enough, she has a great sense of humor and is very down to earth. Under her expert guidance you are sure to get the best quality in the most effective way.“

Christine (student 2017)  “A great teacher training, where Hellen takes you by the hand and shares all her (considerable!) knowledge of yin yoga with you. You start with the postures and anatomy en slowly deeper layers are added, layers of the emotional en energetic body. These 10 months really give you the time and opportunity to experience yin yoga and the beautifull things it can bring. You learn to deepen your own practice and how to safely teach others. Stefanie, The Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Hellen provided the foundation for one of the best, most transformative years of my life. I gained a new appreciation for the human body and learned to notice the subtle differences in my own body, thanks to Hellen’s deep knowledge of anatomy and passion for yoga teaching. Through Hellen’s yoga and meditation classes, I felt a great sense of peace. If you are thinking of doing a teacher training, you are in the best of hands with Hellen.”


We proudly present the lead teacher of this Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Hellen van der Harten.
Hellen is one of the senior and highly experienced teachers at TULA. Her vast knowledge of Anatomy, Myofascial Release, Chakra and Meridian theory is incredible. For many years Hellen has been teaching Yin Yoga and Teacher Trainings and therefore we are delighted that she agreed to teach her training at TULA. Expect Hellen to be very serious about teaching, but she does this with a warm heart and a lot of passion. Besides Hellen you will have masterclasses from multiple guest teachers who will teach about their specialty. With this amazing team of experts you will enjoy a highly inspiring training.

Hellen van der Harten

“My life as an independent filmmaker and mother of two children was quite hectic. Very yang-like. I used to do a lot of gymnastics to keep in shape. When I discovered Yoga it felt like coming home. The deep meditative and relaxing effects of yoga and specially yin yoga balanced my life so well. I love to share the experience and practice with others.
Over 20 years ago I started with Pilates. A few years later I discovered yoga. It was love at first ‘practice’.
After all these years of practice and more then 1300 hours of training with great teachers all over the world, I lead my own Yin Teacher Training Program (since 2015), many classes and workshops in and around Amsterdam.”  ~Hellen van der Harten

Yoga Background

Paul Grilley – Yin (RYT-300)

Jo Phee (Senior assistant of Paul & Suzee Grilley)
Myofascial Release, MyoYin & Spine Anatomy (65 hrs)
Chinese Medicine and Meridian Nidra in Yin Yoga (60 hrs)

Sarah Powers
Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga (30hrs)
+ several workshops

Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda
Yoga Therapy Program (300 hrs)

José de Groot
Yinyoga & Anatomy (50 hrs)

YogaGarden Amsterdam
with Anat Geiger, Marcel van de Vis-Heil & Johan Noorloos –
Vinyasa 300 hrs & Yin 200 hrs (RYT-500)

And many other short trainings and workshops with different inspiring teachers.

Willemijn Noordhoff

The Nervous System & Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Willemijn works as a medical doctor in psychiatry and is passionate about yoga can do for the medical world and vice versa. Willemijn is specialized in yoga therapy and will teach you all about the miracles of our nervous system and Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

Ruben Stelma

Communication,  Marketing & Business

Ruben is co-founder of TULA and has a background in hospitality and communication. He will teach you valuable insights about the non-yoga part of being a teacher or yoga-entrepreneur.

Eef Bons-Joshi

Energetic Body & Pranic Healing

Yin Yoga docentenopleiding - TULA Yoga Amsterdam - Eef Bons
Eef was raised with the awareness of holistic therapies and after studying Human Movement Sciences & Sport she found her way into Mindfulness and finally Pranic Healing. This background gives her incredible skills as anatomy teacher, healer and Pranic Healing instructor. (photo: ©Paige McFall)

Anastasia Koster

Indepht Fascia study and Myofascial release

Yin Yoga docentenopleiding - TULA Yoga Amsterdam - Anastasia Koster
Anastasia Kostner is an Italian dancer and movement researcher/practitioner and professional Rolfer (Structural Integration). Working as a therapist, she is specialised around the topic of fascia (connective tissue). She also gives masterclasses and seminars in this area of expertise.


Prices and dates


The total costs of the Yin Teacher Training are depending on which pricing option you select. No VAT will be added to this pricing*.

Early bird           €2100      (until 14 Dec.)
Regular               €2300
In terms              €2400

*These prices do not include VAT, nor will this be added, since TULA is a registered vocational institute at CRKBO.

During the length of your 100-hour Yin Teacher Training we offer you a 20% discount on a 5, 10 or 20 TULA classes card.


Feb. 21      Friday        – 18.30-21.30
Feb. 22     Saturday   – 10.00-18.00
Feb. 23     Sunday      – 10.00-18.00

Mar. 6       Friday        – 18.30-21.30
Mar. 7      Saturday   – 10.00-18.00
Mar. 8      Sunday      – 10.00-18.00

Mar. 21     Saturday  – 10.00-18.00
Mar. 22     Sunday     – 10.00-18.00

Apr. 3       Friday        – 18.30-21.30
Apr. 4       Saturday   – 10.00-18.00
Apr. 5       Sunday      – 10.00-18.00

Apr. 18      Saturday – 10.00-18.00
Apr. 19      Sunday    – 10.00-18.00

May. 8       Friday        – 18.30-21.30
May 9        Saturday  – 10.00-18.00
May 10      Sunday    – 10.00-18.00

May 23      Saturday  – 10.00-18.00
May 24      Sunday     – 10.00-18.00

Jun. 12       Friday        – 18.30-21.30
Jun. 13     Saturday   – 10.00-18.00
Jun. 14     Sunday      – 10.00-18.00

Jul. 3       Friday        – 18.30-21.30
Jul. 4        Saturday   – 10.00-18.00
Jul. 5        Sunday       – 10.00-18.00

Aug. 28      Friday        – 18.30-21.30 » Back-up exam date
Aug. 29        Saturday   – 10.00-18.00  » Exams
Aug. 30        Sunday       – 10.00-18.00  » Exams

Enrolment Yin Yoga Teacher Training

To enroll in the Yin Yoga Teacher Training you can fill in the registration form online. Please do read the Terms & Conditions as well.

​When we have received your information we will send you an invoice for payment option you have chosen.

​If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Our email is hello@tulayogastudios.nl. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

FREE introduction workshops - Yin TT 2020

We invite you to join one of the FREE introduction workshop to this yin yoga teacher training. Participation in an introduction helps you deciding if this is the right training for you. We find it important that you have the right ‘click’ with the teacher and with our studio.

Five reasons why you should join this introductory workshop:
✓ Learn everything there is about the training
✓ Meet your lead teacher Hellen van der Harten
✓ Connect with fellow students
✓ Ask all your questions about the training
✓ You will receive an incredible Yin Yoga class from Hellen, to experience her great teaching.
✓ Decide if this training has the right fit for you. Only then will it bring value to your yoga journey

Introductory workshop #1

Saturday 16 Nov.
(14.00-16.00 hrs.)

Introductory workshop #2

Friday 20 Dec.
(18.30-20.30 hrs.)

Class of 2019 | ‘This can be you!’

Certified Yin Yoga Teacher Training

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