Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Anatomy & Energetic Body

Yin Yoga docentenopleiding met Hellen van der Harten

Certified 200hrs. Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Anatomy & Energetic Body, by Hellen van der Harten (E-RYT 500)

START October 2021

€200 off for early birds before August 1st

Free Introduction workshops

Meet the trainers, fellow students & learn about the training

Juni 5th – 15:00-16:30

Free Introduction workshops

Meet the trainers, fellow students & learn about the training

September 11th – 15:00-16:30


Yin Yoga is a slow-paced approach practice where poses are held for a longer period of time in a relaxed way, up to 5 minutes or more. The practice requires little muscle engagement, which helps develop physical relaxation and flexibility. The real challenge of Yin Yoga lies in the ability to remain still and stay mindful and present with what comes up during the poses.

Yin Yoga is a method that teaches you to let go and surrender, to slow down and stop identifying with the streams of thoughts and emotions, cultivating a deeper state of relaxation.

On the physical level, Yin Yoga targets bones, joints and connective tissues. It’s not about how the pose looks (aesthetic) but about what we feel (function), which makes the Yin Yoga approach very liberating.

On the energetic level, Yin Yoga reconnects with its roots of Taoist yoga, and uses the ancient map and modern theory of the meridian system, the long holds in Yin Yoga restore harmony in the subtle body by stimulating the chi (energy) in the channels that run through the connective tissues.

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’, after intensive studies with Paul and Suzee Grilley and other leading Yin Teachers.
This Training is designed for all yoga practitioners 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 Yoga into your daily life, than this teacher training is perfect for you.

Benefits of Yin Yoga in your daily life

Yin Yoga and Mindfulness are inseparable and are excellent tools which can help us to stay here and now and reduce the stress response.
When you stay longer in a Yin pose, you create space where you can recognise your reactive thinking patterns, let them be and investigate them with loving kindness and self-compassion. You can see your thoughts and emotions as waves in the ocean of your consciousness. It helps you to get out of the vicious circle of repetitive thinking and to find peace again.

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

Your Trainers


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

Your total investment for the Yin Teacher Training depends on the pricing option you select. These prices do not include VAT, nor will this be added, since TULA is a registered vocational institute at CRKBO.

Pricing options

Early bird : € 2.200,-
⤿ paid before 1 Aug. 2021

Regular : € 2.400,-
⤿ paid before 23 Sept. 2021

Class assistant

In every training we have one spot for a class assistant. An assistant helps the trainer with preparing the room for every training day, and to make sure the room and studio are neat when the training day is finished. As class assistant you receive a 20-class card (€230) in exchange. If you’re interested to become the assistant please send us an email.

your 5 steps to start this teacher training

1.   Carefully read the terms & agreements
2.   Fill in the registration form online
          ⤿ You’ll receive a confirmation and invoice
3.   Complete the (deposit) payment to secure your spot
          ⤿ You’ll receive a confirmation
4.   You will receive more detailed practical information about the training
5.   Start studying the reading material

Since the capacity of TULA trainings is limited we advise to apply early.

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!

Want to learn more about the training in person?
Please join one of the free introduction sessions with Hellen in the studio » Intro sessions



If you want to start studying before the start of the training we advise to go for Paul Grilley or Bernie Clark.

After this training, will I be ready to start as a yoga teacher?
When you’ve completed this training and have received the TULA certificate we trust you to be a capable yoga teacher. You’ve learned all the basic principles to provide a wonderful class, so you’re ready to teach. However, if this is your first training you will notice that there’s so much more to learn that doesn’t fit into one 200hour training. Therefore you can see your first training as a strong foundation to build on.

How many training days may be missed?
Of course we prefer you don’t miss a day, but if it happens you may miss two training days. When you miss more you can choose to book private yoga classes with the lead trainers. When you’ve missed to many days you can’t receive a certificate.

How much study time can I expect?
Besides the training days and joining yoga classes you may expect about 2 hours of studying per week.

I don’t think I want to become a yoga teacher, is that okay?
It certainly is. Usually halve of the participants join this training to strengthen and deepen their own practice. That’s totally fine. It will give you great personal insights as well, besides all the yoga information.

How can I know if this yoga teacher training is right for me?
We always advise to join one of the free introduction sessions at TULA, but also at other yoga studios. It’s very important that you feel a connection with the teacher(s) and the studio. If the feeling is not right you won’t enjoy the full potential of the training. We wrote a blog article about choosing the right yoga teacher training (in Dutch) that might be helpful > blog

Hellen created this 200 hours Teacher Training in such a way that it gives you frequent training weekends, but also time to digest the things you learned. In between every training weekend you’ll have two or three weeks to practice what you’ve learned and study for the upcoming weekend.

Besides the training days you will need to make time to practice and study (homework)

Daily Schedule

Friday 18:30 – 21:30
Saturday 10.00 – 18:00
Sunday 10.00 – 18:00

Lunchbreak 13:00-14:00
(lunch is not included)

Training days

Feb. 12 | Friday
Feb. 13  | Saturday
Feb. 14  | Sunday

Feb. 26  | Friday
Feb. 27  | Saturday
Feb. 28  | Sunday

Mar. 19 | Friday
Mar. 20  | Saturday
Mar. 21  | Sunday

Apr. 9  | Friday
Apr. 10  | Saturday
Apr. 11  | Sunday

Apr. 23  |  Friday
Apr. 24  | Saturday
Apr. 25  | Sunday

May 14  |  Friday
May 15  | Saturday
May 16  | Sunday

May 28  | Friday
May 29  | Saturday
May 30  | Sunday

June 11  | Friday
June 12  | Saturday
June 13  | Sunday

July 2  | Friday
July 3  | Saturday
July 4  | Sunday

July 10  | Saturday (written exam)

July 18  | Sunday (practical exam)

Hellen created this 200 hours Teacher Training in such a way that it gives you frequent training weekends, but also time to digest the things you learned. In between every training weekend you’ll have two or three weeks to practice what you’ve learned and study for the upcoming weekend.

Besides the training days you will need to make time to practice and study (homework)

Daily Schedule

Friday 18:30 – 21:30
Saturday 10.00 – 18:00
Sunday 10.00 – 18:00

Lunchbreak 13:00-14:00
(lunch is not included)

Training days

October : 1, 2 & 3 | 15, 16 & 17 | 29, 30 & 31
November : 19, 20 & 21
December : 17, 18 & 19
January : 14, 15 & 16 | 28, 29 & 30
February : 11, 12 & 13
March : 4, 5 & 6 | 19 & 20 (exam day)

€200 off for early birds before August 1st

What others say about this training

What others say

Elena (2020) “For me was a life changing process. Among other things, it really brought me into a big revolution in my life that made me realise what my essence is made of, as well as getting to know what my mission in life is and passion for it.”

Carina (2020) “I am very glad I gave myself this present of diving deeper into Yin Yoga. The training is very complete, I learned a lot and really love the functional approach of teaching. I feel very confident to teach yin with everything experienced throughout this teacher training.”

Stefanie (2018) “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. If you are thinking of doing a teacher training, you are in the best of hands with Hellen.”

Christine (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.”

Vanessa (2016)  “Looking for a Yin Yoga teacher training? Look no further as you have the best training right here in front of you… 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.“

Your Trainers

Your Trainers

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.


“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 and my first (power) Yoga class at the Gym was accidental. It wasn’t the best experience but it did make me curious and that’s how I found my way to a yoga school over 20 years ago.

When I really discovered Yoga it felt like coming home. The deep meditative and relaxing effects of Yoga and specially Yin Yoga balanced my life so well. About ten years later I started my first Yoga Teacher Training with Anat Geiger, Marcel de Vis Heil and Johan Noorloos (500 RYT) and became a Yoga Teacher and assistant in their Teacher Training Program while continuing to study with Paul and Suzee Grilley, the founders of Yin Yoga and many other great teachers to this day!

With this knowledge and experience, I created my own Yin Teacher Training Program in 2015 and I am very happy to practice my greatest passion, guiding students in discovering the healing effect of Yin Yoga and training them to become skilled and inspiring teachers.”

~Hellen van der Harten

Yoga Background

Paul Grilley
Yin Yoga, Anatomy, Philosophy, Chakra & Meridian Theory (RYT-300)

Jo Phee (Senior assistant of Paul & Suzee Grilley)
Advanced Yin Yoga TeacherTraining: Fascia studies Berlin
Chinese Medicine and Meridian Nidra in Yin Yoga
Myofascial Release, MyoYin & Spine Anatomy

Sarah Powers
Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga
+ several workshops

Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda
Yoga Therapy Program (module 1-6)

José de Groot
Yin yoga & Anatomy

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

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

Hellen van der Harten

Yoga Alliance

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.

Moena de Jong

Foundations of Yoga Philosophy and Buddhism

Lead trainer Moena de Jong - Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
As lead trainer of the TULA Vinyasa yoga TTC Moena brings a lot of experience to the table. Her masterclass is a unique addition to this Yin Yoga training and is nowhere else to be found. Her passion for and knowledge about Yoga Philosophy is utterly contagious. Read more about Moena in her bio » link

Brenda Freijer

Basic Self-Massage for Myofascial Triggerpoints

Brenda Freijer - Basic Self-Massage for Myofascial Triggerpoints
Brenda is senior assistant and student coach of this training. Next to her career in marketing/advertising, she started working as a Yin Yoga teacher after following the Yin Training with Hellen in 2015 and her interest and passion for anatomy inspired her to become a fully qualified massage therapist and to lead Myofascia Release workshops by using balls.


Class of 2020 | ‘This can be you!’

Free Introduction workshops

Meet the trainers, fellow students & learn about the training


June 5th – 15:00-16:30

Free Introduction workshops

Meet the trainers, fellow students & learn about the training


September 11th – 15:00-16:30

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