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"The inner journey is the only journey" John F. Barnes

A personal and transformative exploration of the power of yin yoga seen through a lens of the fascial matrix. 

In-person weekend dates

Fall 2022

at The Yogashala

312 Dundas St E. Waterdown, Ontario

Online certification programs also available

 This insightful training will bring a clear understanding to the approach, the effects and the benefits of yin yoga. Understanding the outcome of long-term stress on our systems, we will journey inwardly, exploring how a yin approach can be part of the solution to a much needed recovery period in our modern day stress paradigm.

  • Are you a yoga teacher looking to go to the next level and broaden your teaching to be able to teach Fascial Yin with integrity,  knowledge and confidence? This unique approach will give you all the in-depth tools you need to be a successful and profoundly effective yin instructor to keep your students coming back again and again.

  • Are you a healthcare  professional, body worker or energy worker looking to bring something new and different to your self-care practice and your patients/clients to help their healing journey? This study takes you on a deep dive in understanding fascia, embodiment, trauma, and yin yoga as a platform for healing in a wholistic approach that you will experience in your own body and be able to bring to your patients/clients.

  • Are you a body that loves yoga or loves myofascial release and wants to expand further and deeply explore Fascial Yin? This course will give you a unique understanding of the many levels of healing that happen in the body in an easy to understand, practical and experiential way to catapult you in your own health and wellness journey.

Over the two weekends of this course you will:

  1. Have a deep understanding of Yin yoga: its origins, what sets it apart from other yoga practices, and its importance for us as a society as well as for you as an individual.

  2. Understand what fascia, biotensegrity and embodiment is and why it's important for healing and for yoga.

  3. Experience fascia and fascial-based healing in your own body and other bodies

  4. Experience Yin yoga practiced through a fascial framework

  5. Gain an understanding of trauma responses in the body and why they are important both from a yogic philosophy as well as from a fascial framework.

  6. Investigate the nervous system, stress paradigm, window of tolerance and polyvagal theories and how they relate to Yin yoga and Myofascial Release.

  7. Explore almost 30 Yin poses in depth: anatomical considerations, many modifications and awareness to avoid injury.

  8. Teaching practicum to understand how to put together a Yin yoga class using all the senses as well as how to transition through poses and create a cohesive class that your students will love and benefit from.

  9. Practice grounding and breath work to look inward

  10. Explore subtle anatomy through direct experiences of the energy body, the vayues, the koshas, the chakra system and its connection to fascia

  11. Access deeper healing within your body/mind/spirit and new ways of exploring hidden parts of yourself and be able to incorporate some of these practices in your yoga and classes.

  12. Own a comprehensive manual as a reference for the material above along with colour photos and descriptions of each yin yoga posture

Please click on link below to register through The Lotus Edge for both in person and online training programs

Your instructors


Barb Leese MA, ERYT, RYS,  A recipient of Burlington’s Civic Recognition Award for International Achievements, Barb is an experienced and committed educator with a passion for the arts and yoga and avocation for instilling a love of learning to assist people in finding personal wellness and
performance excellence. Barb’s passion for health and mind/body wellness began at the age
ten training professionally with Canada’s National Ballet School and upon graduation,
joining the National Ballet of Canada as a classical dancer and then shifting to musical
theatre, as performer, dance captain and associate director. Holding a Masters Degree from
York University, Barb is currently on faculty at Sheridan College, teaching anatomy/
physiology and dance technique for the Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance program.
Barb holds certifications in various styles of yoga, personal training and mind/body
techniques, all of which enable her to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to her
teaching over the last 30 years. Her 200hr YA registered Yoga Teacher Training program has
run for the last ten years producing hundreds of very confident yoga instructors . Her vast
teaching experience has expanded to New York City, co-teaching/creating modules in
BodeNYC’c OHYA registered Teacher Training Program where she launched her 40hr Yin
training, The Inward Journey in 2019. Barb will add to her credentials an AYIT accreditation
in yoga therapy (2022).

Christine Grant, PT, Expert Level John F.Barnes Myofascial Release Therapist and Reiki Master is a Physical Therapist, helping people return to balance and wellness for more than 25 years. She is a life-long learner, spiritual seeker and yogi and her journey of outer exploration and inner transformation has led her to study many approaches to healing. She has a strong belief in engaging the whole self: mind, body and spirit, in assisting people on their healing journeys. She also works with the energetic realm and has been teaching Reiki as a Master Teacher for the past 11 years. She was introduced to the world of fascia 17 years ago and fell in love; blown away by its holistic paradigm and how it merges the conscious and subconscious being with the energetic and physical self. She has expert level training in John Barnes Myofascial Release and has led introductory workshops and talks about fascia for the past 5 years. She is passionate about bringing an understanding of fascia to the yoga community and merging these two philosophies to enhance peoples’ wellbeing. She has a private PT practice in Oakville, Ontario.

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