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Yin Yoga
50hr Teacher Training

February 23th - March 1st, 2025


Are you a yoga teacher looking to venture out into the world of Yin Yoga & Traditional Chinese Medicine? You want to be able to offer your students a more restorative & passive yoga style? You want to learn about a yoga style that is inclusive and can be tailored to every student? Then you have found the right training. 


Join us on a journey through juicy, nourishing & restorative poses, the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with deep insights into meridians, energy & life principles, the elements and much more. You will learn how to implement them not only in your practice and your teaching but also in daily life.

"Balance is not something you find. It is something you create." Jana Kingsford

Yin Yoga


Yin Yoga is a combination of classical Indian Yoga, Chinese philosophy, Daoist principles & Western science. A class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses. By stretching and deepening into poses, blockages of Qi (life force energy) in the Meridians (energy channels) are released allowing the energy to flow freely again.

Yin Yoga targets the deep connective tissues and is quite meditative. In holding the poses for a longer period of time rarely-used tissues can be reached, you are given space to turn inwards and heighten the awareness of any sensations in the physical & energetical body. Stored emotions, tensions & stress can be released during this practice while it also supports the process of to breathing through discomfort and staying present in stillness.

Yin Yoga helps to practice awareness, surrender & mindfulness.


Traditional Chinese Medicine


Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient health science based on the belief that the body can heal itself. TCM thinks holistically, health is seen as a balance on all levels. It combines herbs, nutrition, body movement, body therapy and Accupuncture to bring the system back into a healthy balance.

TCM understands that every person needs individual treatment tailored to their needs, diversity and uniqueness. There is no template thinking. Health means living according to one's own nature in harmony with the environment: an inner balance that is reflected on the outside. The TCM system is designed for immediate and practical use in everyday life.


The meridian system forms the basis for this. The 12 main meridians not only affect us on a physical level, they also describe the different principles and levels in life. These need to be harmonized in order to live healthily. We can use the meridian system to gain insights regarding our health and well-being, allowing us to take responsibility for our lives and make the changes needed.

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What to expect:


In this 50hr Teacher Training you will not only learn about the typical Yin Yoga poses but also gain a deep understanding of our body's meridian system. You will be able to recognise connections between psychological & physical imbalances and learn how to use your knowledge of meridians in your yoga classes, being able to support your students on an individual level.


You will get deep insights into the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the five elements, life principles, Qi and much more. You will learn how to balance the elements in every day life and offer advice to your students to do the same.


You will study some important acupressure points to be able to instruct your students in self- application and bring something special to your classes.

What you will learn:

  • Basic Yin Yoga poses & variations

  • Philosophy of Yin Yoga 

  • Understanding the effects of the Yin Poses 

  • Learning to embody the Yin quality in our lives & listen inwards

  • Practicing stillness, receptivity, compassion, acceptance & self love

  • Being able to create & hold a safe space

  • Insights on the unique anatomical structures 

  • Adjustments & variations for different body types using props 

  • Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (meridians, life principles, Qi, elements etc)

  • Creating Yin Yoga sequences & classes

  • Understanding a holistic principle of body, mind & lifestyle 

  • How to balance the energy in specific meridians 

  • Identifying patterns & belief systems and how to shift them in a positive way with TCM

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Patricia Grimaldi


Ever since she came in contact with Ayurveda a decade ago, when at a crossroads, Patricia has been on a deep dive into a yogic life, the search for truth and the path of healing.


After completing a Hatha Yoga Training in India, she founded Sapana Yoga in 2015 (which then transitioned into Shankara Experience when she & her husband moved to Costa Rica last year). Her ongoing search led her to take many different trainings like Ayurveda, multiple Yin Yoga, Qi Gong, Akashic Records, Bhakti Yoga, Transformational Facilitation, Aerial Yoga, Vegan Nutrition, Coaching & more. She now holds more than 800hrs of Training.

The many studies with spiritual teachers around the world and her constant search for Truth have helped her to undertake deep transformation, live a life dedicated to the spiritual journey and share all this knowledge with others in her classes, retreats and trainings.

Yin Yoga came to Patricia in early 2017 and completely changed her life. The understanding of life force energy (Qi), meridians, how to work with them and share it with students has been one of her biggest passions ever since.

"People reside within qi and qi resides within people. From heaven and earth down to the ten thousand things, each one requires qi to live." Ge Hong

What's part of this Training?

  • 6 nights of accommodations

  • 3 daily fresh, healthy, vegan meals

  • Water & Tea

  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes

  • All lectures & workshops

  • A detailed manual

  • Cacao Ceremony & Ritual

  • 50hr YACEP Certificate

  • Click here for the Full Schedule (can differ slightly)

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This Yin Yoga 50hr Teacher Training takes place in the jungle of Costa Rica surrounded by peace and nature. For more information on the Retreat Center click here.


All meals will be vegan and mostly sattvic, according to yogic philosophy.

This Yoga Teacher Training is a perfect option if you:

  • want to offer nourishing Yin Yoga classes to your students 

  • want to learn how to implement Traditional Chinese Medicine in your yoga classes

  • are looking to embody Yin qualities in your life & share them with others

  • are looking for an intimate & high quality training (max. 10 participants) in a lush & tropical environment with high vibe nutrition

This week will not only be a Yoga Training to get your required hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education but also to immerse yourself further into a Yogic Life.


Early Bird until August 1st

1999 $ per person in single Glamping Tent with shared bathrooms (book here)

1599 $ per person in single Glamping Tipi with shared bathrooms (book here)

1399 $per person in shared room for 2 or in double Glamping Tent with shared bathrooms (book here)


2299 $ per person in single Glamping Tent with shared bathrooms

1799 $ per person in single Glamping Tipi with shared bathrooms

1599 $per person in shared room for 2 or in double Glamping Tent with shared bathrooms

The price includes the whole program, accommodation, food/beverages & YACEP certificate. Flights, transfers and travel & health insurance are not included. Transport from and to the airport can be arranged for an extra fee. Spots are limited to 10 participants. You will have the opportunity to book personal Shiatsu treatments at a discounted price.

You can find our location & all information on Shankara Retreat Center here

​We are very much looking forward to sharing our path with you!

Love & light,




​"My training with Patricia & Gabriel was so beautiful. I experienced a profound transition within my self and a deep connection to my heart. The love and dedication received on this course was overwhelming. A highly recommended training for self reflection, self awareness, heart opening and complete dedication to the practice."

Faye, Yoga Teacher & Musician

"The week long teacher training with Patricia & Gabi was pure magic. I reconnected with a deep sense of love and presence in my heart. I left the training feeling like I had gained new friends for life. The yoga classes, meditations & Kirtans were profound and professional and deeply transformative. I would do this any time again."

Michelle, Yoga Teacher & Musician

  • Is this retreat for everyone?
    Yes and No. This retreat is only for people who are willing to take responsibility for the lives, make some changes and do the transformation.
  • I have a medical condition or injury, can I join?"
    It really depends. Please ask your medical doctor/physician and get in touch with us to see if it is possible for you to attend depending on what your personal condition is.
  • I do not have any experience in yoga, can I join?"
    Yes. If you are eager to learn, if you are able to move, if you are open and want the transformation, then you are welcome to join.
  • What happens if I have to cancel?
    We have a cancelation policy: - If you cancel up to 30 days before the start date you get 90% of your money back - If you cancel up to 15 days before the start date you get 60% of your money back - If you cancel up to 8 days before the start date you get 30% of your money back - If you cancel 8 - 0 days before the start date you get 10% of your money back We recommend you to make a travel & health insurance for this trip as it will make it easier for you in times of Corona craziness ;-)
  • Will I have to attend all activities on the schedule?
    Yes! This is not a pool or beach holiday. This is an Immersion. You are joining because you want change. And change needs commitment. Of course special needs or situations are taking into consideration.
  • What food will you serve?
    The food is plant based & refined sugar free. It is fresh, mostly organic, high quality, not much gluten and as natural as possible. We can cater to most intolerances so let us know beforehand.
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