Yin Yoga Teacher Training

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

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 as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. It also helps us to regulate the body’s flow of energy. 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’. We would love to teach you how to become a teacher in this beautiful practice yourself.

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.

This training is created by our senior teacher Hellen van der Harten dedicated student of Paul & Suzee Grilley (creators of Yin Yoga)
If you want to have a nice read about Yin Yoga in TULA you can visit our blog (in Dutch)

Is this program right for you?

Hellen van der Harten mindfully created this Yin Yoga Teacher Training and designed it for practitioners and Yang teachers who want to deepen their understanding of the Yin Yoga practice and learn how to teach Yin Yoga or adapt Yin poses in their Yang classes.

Course Curriculum Yin Teacher Training

Our 200hrs. Yin Yoga teacher training consists of two modules of 100 hours each. Together they form the 200 hours Yoga Alliance quote. To be eligible to receive the Yoga Alliance certificate you have to follow both modules. However, it is your own choice when you follow the modules as long as you first follow module 1 before starting module 2.


If you already have a certificate or other experiences in Yin yoga
you might be able to only join the advanced training.
Please send us an email to consider this.

ADVANCED – 100 hours  Yin Yoga teacher training (RYS-200)

Start October 2019 | In the second 100 hours we focuses on the energetic, emotional and healing aspects of the Yin practice (chakra’s, meridians, chi, organs & emotions) and allows you to teach and adjust the upper body yin yoga asanas in a creative and in-depth way. Together with the first 100 hours training this advanced training will make eligible to register as a 200 hours Yoga Alliance yin yoga teacher

  • Sources and functions of Chi
  • Meridian Theory
  • Chakra Theory
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama practices for Yin
Anatomy and physiology
  • Indepht anatomy and anatomy of the upper body
  • Organs in relation to meridians
  • Myofascia release
Asana Practice
  • Yin yoga asanas (upperbody)
  • Analysis of upper body yoga asanas
  • Yang yoga sequences
  • Assisted yin yoga practice
Teaching Methodology
  • How to teach yin yoga and sequencing in yin yoga (upperbody yin yoga asanas)
  • Ways to teach sequences for the meridian/organ pairs
  • 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

BASIC PRINCIPLES – 100 hours Yin Yoga teacher training 

In the first 100 hours we focus on the physical aspects of the Yin practice (anatomy, movements, skeleton and muscles) which gives you tools and a solid foundation to teach and adjust the 20 main yin yoga asanas in a creative and safe way.

  • 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
  • Meditation
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)
  • Fascia theory
Asana Practice
  • Yin yoga asanas (20 main Yin yoga asanas)
  • Analysis of yoga asanas
  • Counterposes and movements
  • Meditation Postures
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
  • Props and adjustments

Reading List



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 more then 1000 hours of training, I now lead my own Yin Teacher Training, many classes and workshops in and around Amsterdam”
~Hellen van der Harten

Yoga Background

Paul Grilley – Yin (RYT-300)

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

Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda
Yoga Therapy Program (300 hrs)

José de Groot
Yinyoga & Anatomy (50 hrs)

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

Jo Phee
Chinese Medicine and Meridian Nidra in Yin Yoga (60 hrs)

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

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.

1 module (1 or 2)*
Early bird           €1100      (t/m 18 feb.)
Regular               €1200
In terms              €1300

2 modules (1 + 2)*
Early bird           €2000      (t/m 7 apr.)
Regular               €2200
In terms              €2300

*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.



Module 1 (2019)

May 4      Saturday – 13.00-20.00
May 5      Sunday    – 13.30-20.30

May 11     Saturday – 13.00-20.00
May 12    Sunday    – 13.30-20.30

May 25    Saturday – 13.00-20.00
May 26    Sunday    – 10.00-18.00

June 1      Saturday – 13.00-20.00
June 2     Sunday    – 13.30-20.30

June 29   Sunday    – 10.00-18.00
June 30   Saturday – 10.00-18.00

Module 2 (2019)

Oct. 12      Saturday – 10.00-18.00
Oct. 13      Sunday    – 10.00-18.00

Oct. 26     Saturday – 10.00-18.00
Oct. 27     Sunday    – 10.00-18.00

Nov. 9      Saturday – 10.00-18.00
Nov. 10    Sunday    – 10.00-18.00

Nov. 23    Saturday – 10.00-18.00
Nov. 24    Sunday    – 10.00-18.00

Dec. 14     Saturday – 10.00-18.00
Dec. 15     Sunday    – 10.00-18.00

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!

What others say about this training

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.”

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!”

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.”

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