Jeny Yin Yoga

25 Hour Yin Yoga Foundations Training – La Jolla

Yin Yoga Foundations offered in Bird Rock at Riffs Yoga Studios is a 3-day training led by Jeny Dawson of Zen Soul Balance. This course is designed for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Students desiring to deepen their practice, gain knowledge and hone their skills of a functional yoga practice and skeletal variations. Participants will look at the unique physical differences of each human being, while exploring their individual body’s range of motion. Each trainee will learn how to adapt postures for their body in order to experience optimal benefits.

** Earn 25 Hours Yoga Alliance Continuing Education. See below for more details. **  

Yin Yoga San Diego

Yin Yoga in San Diego is an introspective practice that offers a chance to turn inward and nurture the calm, quiet center that is innate in all of us. Most postures are seated or reclined with 3-7 minute holds, while relaxing the body’s resistance, and allowing the deeper, dryer tissues - the fascia that wrap muscles and form joint capsules, to be safely and therapeutically stretched, hydrated and strengthened.

Yin Yoga: A Functional Approach

Through interactive posture labs and creative sequences, we will unveil the intelligent approach to a healthy, long-term asana practice by:

- Examining the nature of yin and yang
- Understanding the main principles of Yin Yoga
- Acknowledging the reality of human skeletal variations
- Learning the fundamental principles of functional alignment versus aesthetical alignment
- Exploring healthy stresses by creating tension, contraction and compression
- Learning how to listen and observe your inner landscape to respond to the evolving needs of the body and mind
- Understanding the “Rebound”. Passively and steadily observe the flow of energy released on the exit of a yin pose
- Discovering the strength of surrender, the power in stillness, the beauty of silence, the virtue of patience, the importance of breath, and the empowerment of support

Yin Yoga Archetypes: Shoelace & Dragonfly

Realizing the uniqueness of every yogi, founder of Yin Yoga, Paul Grilley, developed a system of Archetypes and Target Areas.

According to Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga model, there are 7 Archetypal Poses. The foundations module takes a deeper look into 2 of the 7 Archetypes and their myriad of variations. This one digs into the  Shoelace (outer hip) and Dragonfly (inner hip) Archetypes, with a basic overview of the remaining 5 Archetypes.

As stated by Paul Grilley, “There are thousands of yoga poses but the vast majority of them are variations of seven Archetypal poses. This is why ancient books on yoga listed so few postures. Understanding these seven archetypes is the key to teaching variations, using props, and making adjustments."

Additional Course Information:

The Guiding Sutra: “14-10-7”. Explaining and applying this sutra is the heart of Paul Grilley’s model and the focus of the foundations module. The full sutra is: “When you learn to see the body as 14 Skeletal Segments being moved by 10 Myofascial Groups you will be able to skillfully adapt the 7 Archetypal poses to suit every student.”

This level one foundations training is a replica of Joe Barnett's curriculum from Yin Variations. He is the original Senior Assistant to Paul Grilley, Founder of Yin Yoga. The course lessons emphasize anatomical awareness, how to practice functionally, and the general understanding of the Grilley Yin Model. Learn more about Yin Variations advanced modules: Click Here

Yin Yoga and Sound Healing:

This course will also highlight the complementary modality of sound meditation and its reciprocal effects within a yin yoga practice. Students will have the opportunity to learn Sound Healing 101 from Katharine Lucas with an introduction on how to play crystal & brass bowls, chimes, gong and drums. Some benefits to practicing Yin Yoga with Sound Healing are:

- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases circulation
- Revitalizes the tissues of the body
- Improves flexibility and joint mobility
- Restores equilibrium and cultivates balance
-Activates the parasympathetic nervous system

Sample Course Schedule:

Friday, October 15, 2021
2:00p - 3:00p: Introduction, Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics 
3:00p - 5:00p: Anatomy and Physiology Lecture
5:00p - 5:30p: Dinner Break
5:30p - 6:30p: Teaching Methodology Overview  
6:30 - 8:00p: Analyze and Practice

** Hourly 10 minute breaks

Saturday, October 16, 2021
12:00p - 2:00p: Fascia and Connective Tissue
2:00p - 4:00p: Archetypes and Interactive Labs
4:00p - 6:00p: How To Practice Functionally
6:00p - 6:30p: Dinner Break
6:30p - 8:00p: Analyze and Practice

** Hourly 10 minute breaks

Sunday, October 17, 2021
12:00p - 2:00p: Techniques, Training, Anatomy 
2:00p - 4:00p: Archetypes & Sequencing Overview
4:00p - 6:00p: Sound Healing 101 
6:00p - 6:30p: Dinner Break
6:30p - 8:00p: Yin & Sound Healing practice

** Hourly 10 minute breaks


Why is it important to earn CEUs for Yoga Alliance?

As stated on the Yoga Alliance website, “In order to continue learning and growing as a teacher, all Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®s) must complete 45 hours of Continuing Education every three years. This includes 30 hours of yoga training, of which: At least 10 hours must be Contact Hours with a qualified provider, No more than 20 hours may be Non-Contact Hours, and All training hours must be directly related to one of our four Educational Categories, where you are learning something that is new to you.

For more Yoga Alliance details, click Here.


Paid in full to reserve your space 

Full Tuition: $599
(Due October 15, 2021)

**IMPORTANT ** Email your first & last name to and once payment is submitted to be contacted with training details. 

Available Payment Options:

Venmo @zensoulbalance
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Jeny is E-RYT & YACEP and has multiple certifications in Yin Yoga. She has studied with and assists Joe Barnett in teacher trainings and continues to study under Paul Grilley, the founder of Yin Yoga. She has practiced yoga since 2002 and studied the science of Hatha Yoga in Bali, Indonesia. She has a certification in yoga for children of diverse abilities, is an Integrative Nutritional Health Counselor and draws from a vast array of educational modalities and life experiences to help others transform their lives.

 Jeny is the Founder of Zen Soul Balance in La Jolla, California. Her heart for ZSB is to inspire others to live healthy lives by encouraging them to reach beyond nutrition and exercise, and to consider the whole person – a lifestyle that acknowledges and embraces the unity of body, mind and spirit as the catalyst for optimal health and wellness. She leads weekly yoga, sound healing, mindfulness/meditation, and nutrition classes around San Diego. She also works closely with healthcare providers to offer wellness programming for patients struggling with long term illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. She is passionate about health, wellness, and yoga and aims to raise awareness and be of service in the community.

No level, from beginners to advanced practitioners, all can expect growth and expansion from her teachings. She brings the benefits of private and semi-private yoga instruction to you, in the comfort of your home, workplace or studio, recreational parks, beachfront locations or any designated venue.


Oct 15 - 17 2021




Riffs Studios
5510 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, California 92037
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  1. Hi Jeny,

    I’m super excited to join you for this training! I will venmo you now.

    Thanks so much!

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