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Joe Barnett—Upper Body Yin w/ Yin Yang Sequencing Wellington

  • all saints church 90 Hamilton Road Wellington, Wellington, 6021 New Zealand (map)

Upper Body with Yin and Yang Sequencing


This module (Yin/Yang Yoga: The Energy Curve) compares, contrasts, and integrates the Yin and Yang efforts in this Taoist approach developed by Paul Grilley. We begin with an introduction to the Yang sequences developed by Paul and Suzee Grilley; as well as a review of the Yin Foundations through a deep, quiet practice of surrender. We then move to the study of upper body anatomy including fun memorization techniques to understand the flow of tissue through the upper extremities. Throughout the study, we experiment with many Yin/Yang options, discuss the potential benefits and challenges for different individual needs, and naturally feel and compare the results in “the rebound”. Should the practice begin uplifting and fiery, only to gradually cool down to the earth? Or should it begin with efforts to sink into gravity only to finish by soaring with Dragon wings? Even a “pure” Yin practice includes the subtle Yang efforts needed to gently shake off the previous pose and prepare for the next. The transition from one energetic effort to the next is the most fundamental consideration when developing a sequence.


Joe Barnett, ERYT-500, based loosely in both Cincinnati, OH and Tucson, AZ, has been teaching for 14 years. He travels nationally and internationally year round offering presentations and trainings on Yin and Yang (Vinyasa) forms of Yoga.He provides a deep study (both experiential and anatomical) of the crude physical Skeleton and Fascia, as well as the more subtle Meridians and Chakras. Joe is a senior student and primary teaching assistant of Paul Grilley, a true Yoga Scientist and founder of Yin Yoga. After several years of apprenticing under Paul, Joe began roaming the globe to spread the word of his teacher’s work: 1) Yin Yoga, 2) a Functional Analysis of the Skeleton, and 3) Chakra Meditation. Naturally he began training yoga teachers across the world how to begin using these practical models to help others find a quiet practice of surrender.

 “Joe Barnett has been our friend and assistant for many years. He has two qualities that make him an excellent presenter: he knows the anatomical principles and he relates to people in a sympathetic manner. His presentations are unhurried, hands on demonstrations, this is the easiest way to absorb these ideas.” ~ Paul and Suzee Grilley

Yin Yoga is a simple practice of surrender. We settle into an Asana for 3-7 minutes and slowly relax our muscles to allow the deeper drier tissues–the connective tissues that wrap our muscles and form our joint capsules–to be safely and therapeutically stretched, stimulated and strengthened.

The alignment rules of the postures are also simple, but more importantly they are functional and organic: Listen to the body and lead it into the shape that follows the unique contours of the spine, pelvis and hips.

However, bringing oneself into this simplicity can be challenging. The surrendering effort leads the Yogi to rest within her own bone structure and every skeleton is unique as a snowflake; therefore, the shape (aka the alignment) is also unique. Listening to our bodies to find the natural alignment of the pose requires a power of discrimination which only comes with an understanding and familiarity with the ever-changing sensations in the body, the sensations of tension and compression.
In this training, we will analyze, observe and practice the Yin Yoga Postures in depth. We will articulate the joints on a plastic skeleton model and observe its movements while studying slides of real bones. But mostly and more importantly, we will have an interactive, hands-on study of eachother with range of motion (ROM) tests and the Assisted Yin Yoga practice.  We will also study schematics of muscle lines and their corresponding Meridians, before feeling and discussing the effects of going deep into the poses, and the resulting vibratory flow (known in the Yin Yoga world as “The Rebound”).

The study culminates in a truer understanding of, and a better appreciation for the endless variety of human bodies from the crude bones to the subtle life force at the heart of the ancient and modern Yoga. Every posture should be modified to the individual. The Yin Yoga Teacher Training offers the basic techniques to help guide each student with their unique skeletal structures into the appropriate asana for them.

Hours per day 6 Course total hours 25 Yoga Alliance continuing education credits


Thursday 27th, 11:30-6:30pm

Friday 28th,   12:30-7:30pm

Saturday 29th, 11:30-6:30pm

Sunday 30th 1:00-7:30pm

Enrolment condtions. $200 deposit is not refundable should you withdraw. Withdrawal less than 2 weeks prior to the course 50% refunded.

Investment $825