"ŇWhy should you practice yoga? To kindle the divine fire within yourself. Everyone has a dormant spark of divinity within, which has to be fanned into flame.Ó-B.K.S Iyengar

Yin Yoga Teacher Training

April 20-22, 2018 | Taught by Keli Lalita Reddy, ERYT-500

This training is for yoga teachers and students who would like to deepen their understanding of Yin Yoga. Participants will learn the philosophy and benefits of Yin and how it’s different from more active Yang practices, as well as anatomy, postures, energy lines, adjustments and propping. Come to embody the benefits of Yin Yoga in both theory and practice! Upon completion, students will receive 14.5 Yoga Alliance CE hours in Yin Yoga.

Program Details:


Yin Practice Immersion
In the Vedic literature we come across the word Jnana, which means knowledge; the comprehension of learned information.  There is a second word: Vijnana, which means knowledge gained through direct living experience. In this first session we will gain an understanding of Yin through direct experience and begin to understand what it means to become the observer, and move away from being the doer.

What is Fascia and Connective Tissue, and Where are My Meridians/Nadi Lines?
Yin Yoga brings structural changes to the physical body through long held poses in stillness. In this session we will explore the foundations of how Yin works on the physical body. We will also explore the difference between Yin Stillness and Yang movement, and their place in finding perfect balance in one's practice, and therefore ones's life.


The Four Elements of Yin Yoga:

Proper Placement of the body in Yin Yoga is of utmost importance. The practitioner is encouraged to use as many props as needed to both "play at the edge" of the pose, and also begin to understand what is sustainable and valuable in the process of releasing the body. Learn the difference between stretching muscles and teaching the facia to let go.

Stillness of the body and ultimately the mind is one of the unique gifts of Yin Yoga. Practitioners of all levels have a chance to witness the body and mind with no distraction, and to move toward Nirodha, as described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as stilling the changing states of the mind. Learn techniques and methodology to bring your students toward stillness.

Time - In the Gita, Krishna declares, "Time I Am." Understanding and honoring the sacred time element, and surrounding the mind to the wisdom of the Hour Glass is a true meditation in Yin. We will explore the meaning and relevance of this for students and for ourselves as teachers.

Breath is approached differently in Yin than in other types of yoga. Find out why and how.

Yin Practice Immersion
This will be a 90 minute practice with 30 minutes of sharing our experiences, body mind and spirit.

Introduction to Classical Yin Postures: Which Poses are Yin Poses and Why
The Yin approach to asana can be radically different from the other schools of yoga, such as Vinyasa, or Hatha. Find out how and why the poses were chosen for Yin, how to bring them together for a coherent class, and learn the Yin Yoga names and versions of each.  


Yin Practice Immersion
This will be a 90 minute practice with 30 minutes of sharing our experiences, body mind and spirit.

Sequencing for the Body, the Organs, and the Mind from the Inside Out
In this session we will explore both intention setting and theme creation. Explore various ways to introduce Yin postures to your students which address very specific intentions, such as awakening flow of Chi or Prana to the liver meridian. Create a flow that targets deep hip release and come to understand which path we would travel to bring the mind into a place of restfulness, calm and stillness.

Propping Playshop
With your new knowledge and knowledge gained through direct living experience, we will break into small groups and learn how to use blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps, eye pillows, essential oils, music, and even candles to support the deep, full body release of your students. Bring a favorite poem to share.


Friday, April 20 — 5:30-8:30 pm
Saturday, April 21 — 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, April 22 — 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Early Bird (before April 1) — $475
After April 1 — $525
Please register online or by contacting the studio at 518-584-0807. A nonrefundable $100 deposit is due at time of registration to secure your spot. Full tuition must be paid by April 20, 2018. Cancellations made after this time will result in NO refunds. Training is limited to 15 participants.

Keli Lalita Reddy was first introduced to yoga as a child by her mother, who studied yoga with the disciples of Sri Rama Krishna at the Vivikananda Vedanta Vihar in the foothills of the Catskill mountains. Growing up under these influences inspired Keli’s interests in yoga philosophy, Bhakti Yoga, and sacred sound, which can be found woven into her teachings.

Certified ERYT, Keli’s teaching style is profoundly influenced by Shiva Rea, whom she’s spent many years training with; as well as Sri Dharma Mittra and Sondra Loring. Keli is a continual student of Ayurveda at Kripalu, and spends as much time as she can studying with Edwin Bryant, the translator of the yoga communities most beloved translation of the Yoga Sutras. Her teaching is also informed by her 25-year practice of Bhakti Yoga, by the divine poetry of Hafiz, Mirabai, Mary Oliver, and Bhaktivinode Thakur; and by her belief that all beings are Divine, and that remembering this one fact is the goal of human life!

Keli leads retreats throughout the US, Costa Rica, and India. She is currently assisting the 200-hr Bhakti Yoga Teacher Training with Gopi Kinnicutt at Yoga Mandali, and offers classes throughout the capital region. She is one of the co-founders of Mantralogy, a record label which is dedicated to bringing Sacred Music to the masses. Keli lives in Stuyvesant Falls with her husband and three children.