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Yin Yoga: The Functional Approach

Are you a yoga teacher interested in enhancing your teaching skills by learning Yin Yoga and offering it to your students?

Do you have a yoga practice and want to explore the benefits of Yin Yoga as a new dimension to your practice?

Are you interested in a comprehensive and integrative approach to yoga that blends ancient wisdom with modern science to support your physical, mental, and emotional well-being?

What Is The Functional Approach?

The Functional Approach is a comprehensive program designed to help yoga practitioners of all levels deepen their understanding and practice of this ancient discipline. Led by master yoga teacher Paul Grilley, this program emphasizes the importance of understanding and respecting the unique anatomy of each individual, and teaches practitioners how to choose the movements and poses that are most beneficial for their individual needs.

Through hands-on, illustrative videos, Paul demonstrates how individual bodies vary and how The Functional Approach can be effectively applied to any style of yoga. This approach is based on the insight that striving to achieve the “perfect pose” is a fallacy, and that the ultimate limit to every range of motion in yoga is the bones of the practitioner. As such, poses and movements should be adapted to the specific bones and body of each individual in order to be truly effective and to avoid potential injury. This is illustrated with examinations of the vast differences in actual human bones across various individuals and the profound effect these skeletal variations can have on yogic ranges of motion.

The Functional Approach is suitable for all yoga practitioners, from teachers to students. If you are a yoga teacher, this course can help you improve your understanding and practice of Yin Yoga and yoga anatomy, as well as give you the tools and techniques you need to effectively teach Yin Yoga to your students.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yoga practitioner, The Functional Approach can help you deepen your understanding and practice of this ancient discipline.

 This level provides 10 credits towards Yoga Alliance Continued Education requirements

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INTRODUCING ….

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“When you learn to see the body as 14 skeletal segments, being moved by 10 muscle groups, you will be able to effectively adapt the 7 archetypal yoga poses to suit each and every student.”  Paul Grilley

About Your Teacher

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 Paul Grilley is a world-renowned master yoga teacher with over 40 years of experience in the field. Throughout his career, he has achieved numerous accolades and significant contributions to the world of yoga.

Paul has taught students of all levels, from beginners to experienced practitioners, and has a reputation for his ability to effectively tailor his teachings to the unique needs of each individual student. He is highly knowledgeable in the fields of anatomy and yoga philosophy and is known for his expertise in the method of Yin Yoga.

In addition to his teaching career, Paul has also achieved numerous other accomplishments in the world of yoga. He is the author of several books on yoga and anatomy, including “Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice” and “Anatomy for Yoga,” and has produced numerous online courses on yoga and anatomy. 

Paul Grilley is a highly respected and well-known figure in the world of yoga, and his achievements and contributions have made a significant impact on the field. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yoga practitioner, Paul’s approach to yoga can help you deepen your understanding and practice of this ancient discipline.

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“Understanding The Functional Approach is key to teaching Yin Yoga effectively. If you are already an experienced yoga teacher, after successfully completing this course, you will be qualified to teach Yin Yoga to your students.”

– Paul Grilley

What You’ll Learn in This Program

The purpose of The Functional Approach to yoga is to harmonize the flow of Chi, the pure, universal energy, in the body.  

This balanced state is experienced physically through a sense of ease and comfort; mentally, as quiet and calm; emotionally, as a feeling of peace and contentment. 

To achieve this flow of energy and balance requires a practice that healthfully, gently, and scientifically stresses the 24 target areas of the body using tension, contraction, and compression. 

In this groundbreaking course, you’ll learn to identify the 7 archetypal pose families and their purposes, the 24 target areas of the body, and gain an understanding of skeletal variation, tension, compression, and other knowledge essential for any effective yoga practice. 

How do you do that? 

You’ll learn to see the body as 14 skeletal segments being moved by 10 muscle groups. You will learn to effectively adapt the 7 archetypal yoga poses and their variations to suit any particular body. 

There is no such thing as a perfect pose. Every hand and foot position helps or inhibits the ability to stress the target areas of the body. No matter what the limit to someone’s range of motion, you will have the knowledge and confidence to adapt any pose to suit their body.

Learn the 14 skeletal segments, and 10 muscle groups:

In the Functional Approach, practitioners will learn about the 14 skeletal segments and 10 muscle groups that are involved in each pose. This understanding is crucial for effectively adapting the poses to the unique anatomy of each practitioner. By learning about the different bones and muscles of the body, practitioners can better understand how to use tension, contraction, and compression to safely and effectively stress the target areas of the body.

Become familiar with the 7 archetypal poses and learn how to adapt them to suit any body type:

The Functional Approach identifies 7 archetypal poses, each of which serves a specific purpose and targets different areas of the body. Through this approach, practitioners will learn how to adapt these poses to suit the unique needs and anatomy of each individual practitioner and stress the target areas of the body.

Shoelace Archetype:

The Shoelace archetype is characterized by poses that involve crossing the legs and bringing the feet towards the pelvis. These poses are typically used to stretch the hip joints, glutes, mid and lower back, and are often used to help relieve stress and tension in these areas.

Saddle Archetype:

The Saddle archetype is characterized by poses that involve sitting back on the feet or, between the feet. These poses are typically used to affect the quads, hip flexors, and lumbar spine, and are often used to help improve flexibility in these areas.

Caterpillar Archetype:

The Caterpillar archetype is characterized by poses that involve sitting with the legs straight out together, folding forward and resting the chest on or toward the legs. These poses are typically used to stretch the hamstrings, lumbar spine, thoracic spine and cervical spine, and are often used to help improve flexibility and relaxation in these areas.

Dragonfly Archetype:

The Dragonfly archetype is characterized by poses that involve sitting with straight legs, wide apart, folding forward and resting the chest on or toward the floor. These poses are typically used to stretch the inner thighs, groin, and hip socket, and are often used to help improve flexibility and relaxation in these areas.

Spinal Twist Archetype:

The Spinal Twist archetype is characterized by poses that involve the pelvis and chest facing in opposite directions. These poses are typically used to stretch the lumbar spine, thoracic spine and obliques, and are often used to help improve flexibility and relaxation in these areas.

Downward Dog Archetype:

The Downward Dog archetype is characterized by poses that involve standing on the hands and feet with the body inverted. These poses are typically used to stretch the upper body, legs, hands, feet and ankles, and are often used to help improve flexibility and relaxation in these areas.

Dragon Archetype:

The Dragon archetype is characterized by poses that involve the front knee bent and the back leg stretched out behind. These poses are typically used to stretch the hips, knees, legs, ankles and lumbar spine and are often used to help improve flexibility and relaxation in these areas.

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Who is this for?

For Yoga Teachers: If you’re a yoga teacher looking to enhance your teaching skills and guide your students in safe and effective poses and variations, this class is for you. You’ll gain invaluable insights into teaching and communication techniques that enable you to seamlessly blend individual and whole-class instruction, empowering your students with effective poses while ensuring their safety.

For Dedicated Yoga Students: This class is also ideal for dedicated yoga students who want to deepen their practice by gaining a deeper understanding of the intricacies of yoga. You’ll learn about the Archetypal Poses, Target Areas, and specific anatomical attributes of each pose and variation, enabling you to distinguish between muscular tension and skeletal compression, which is vital in determining the safety and effectiveness of each pose. You’ll also discover the most effective pose variation for you and unlock the full potential of your yoga practice.

 

 

 This level provides 10 credits towards Yoga Alliance Continued Education requirements

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Included in This Program is An Amazing Bonus Bundle

Limited time offer: Enroll in Yin Yoga: The Functional Approach and get the Paul Grilley Bonus Library, valued at OVER $400. Access additional courses led by the master teacher himself and dive deeper into the principles of Yin Yoga and anatomy. Explore Chakra Theory and Meditation, Anatomy for Yoga with a focus on Shoulder Stand, and the Foundations of a Quiet Practice. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn from one of the world’s leading experts in Yin Yoga and elevate your practice.

Bonus #1:

Yin Yoga: The Foundations of a Quiet Practice with Paul Grilley

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the foundational principles of Yin Yoga. You’ll learn about the history and philosophy of Yin Yoga, the differences between Yin and Yang styles of yoga, and the benefits of Yin Yoga for the body and mind. You’ll also practice a range of Yin Yoga poses and learn how to modify them for your body and your students.

Bonus #2:

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Chakra Theory and Meditation with Paul Grilley:

This course offers a deep dive into the energetic centers of the body and the practice of meditation. You’ll learn about the seven chakras and how to balance and activate them through meditation and Yin Yoga poses. This course includes guided meditations, lectures, and practices to help you deepen your understanding of chakras and meditation.

Bonus #3:

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Anatomy for Yoga

Shoulder Stand with Paul Grilley: In this course, Paul Grilley teaches the anatomy of the Shoulder Stand pose, also known as Salamba Sarvangasana. You’ll learn about the different muscles and bones involved in the pose, as well as how to modify it to make it more accessible or challenging. This course is a great resource for yoga teachers and practitioners who want to deepen their understanding of anatomy and alignment.

ADDITIONAL FREE BONUS

Get FREE Access to over 4-Hours of Previously Recorded Q&A with Paul

 Participants had the opportunity to connect with Paul live and ask him their most pressing questions about Yin Yoga and . Paul provided valuable insights and guidance, sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise to help students deepen their understanding of the practice. The call covered a wide range of topics, from the basics of Yin Yoga to more advanced principles and techniques. Students left feeling empowered and inspired to take their practice to the next level. It was truly a transformative experience that will stay with participants for years to come.

LEARN ABOUT THE POWER OF THE FUNCTIONAL APPROACH

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THE POWER OF
YIN YOGA: THE FUNCTIONAL APPROACH
WITH PAUL GRILLEY

This program contains over 20 hours of video content, a 100+ page illustrated study guide, a Completion Exam, a Completion Certificate, and 20 Hours of Yoga Alliance CEU Credits.

  • Yin Yoga Anatomy Workshopa 12-hour workshop examining in definitive detail the 7 archetypal poses and their variations, the 24 Target Areas of the body, and the essential anatomical aspects of each Yin Yoga pose, including demonstrations, analysis, self-quizzes, teacher instruction, and Q & A, all of which can be repeated as many times as you like and done at your own pace.
  • 8 Paul Grilley Practices – 8 Practices for 8 different life situations designed by Paul Grilley.
  • Study Guide – A downloadable, 100+ page illustrated study guide with all key images, anatomical illustrations, self-quizzes, and every major point in the program for your reference anytime.
  • Certificate of Completion – Following a successful Completion Exam, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.
  • 20 Hours Yoga Alliance CEU Credits – Use your Certificate of Completion to register with Yoga Alliance for 20 CEU (Continuing Education Units) Credits.
  • The Practice Builder – Finally, you will receive our exclusive PRACTICE BUILDER, which will enable you to create and save custom practices using over 40 different poses covered in this program.

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2023 Pranamaya Exclusive
4 Live Online Q&A Calls with Paul Grilley

The Functional Approach: Join Paul Grilley for Four Live Q&A’s

Call 1: Getting Started: Course Kickoff Call
Tuesday, April 11th, 2023 – 4pm PT/7pm ET
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Start your journey off LIVE with your fellow students and Paul Grilley.

Set powerful intentions as you go through The Functional Approach course, and share your stories.

Paul Grilley will answer your inquiries about the techniques and principles of The Functional Approach in a Q&A setting. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the foundations of The Functional Approach.

 

Call 2: Checking In: Measure Your Progress
Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 – 4pm PT/7pm ET
(Recordings Will be Made Available)

Reconnect with your fellow students and Paul Grilley LIVE as you continue to learn about The Functional Approach.

In a Q&A setting, you’ll be able to ask questions, share your breakthroughs, and get coaching. Paul Grilley will be available to provide guidance and support for your journey through the course.

Call 3: Checking In: Measure Your Progress
Tuesdays, June 13th, 2023 – 4pm PT/7pm ET
(Recordings Will be Made Available)

Reconnect with your fellow students and Paul Grilley LIVE as your experience in this program continues to unfold. You’ll be able to ask your questions, share your breakthroughs, and get coaching in a Q&A setting. Paul Grilley will be available to provide additional insights and guidance as you continue to learn about The Functional Approach.

Call 4: Finish Strong: Completing Your Program
Tuesday, July 11th, 2023 – 4pm PT/7pm ET
(Recordings Will be Made Available)

Reconnect with your fellow students and Paul Grilley LIVE as your experience in this program continues to unfold. You’ll be able to ask your questions, share your breakthroughs, and get coaching in a Q&A setting. Paul Grilley will be available to provide additional insights and guidance as you continue to learn about The Functional Approach.

Here’s What You’ll Get When You Register Now

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 The Program – Yin Yoga: The Functional Approach 

Live Video Training with Master Teacher Paul Grilley (Over 12 Hours of Training)

8 Practices for 8 different life situations designed by Paul Grilley.

A downloadable, 100+ page illustrated study guide with with all key images, anatomical illustrations, self quizzes and every major point in the program for your reference anytime.

Certificate of Completion – Following a successful Completion Exam you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

20 Hours Yoga Alliance CEU Credits – Use your Certificate of Completion to register with Yoga Alliance for 20 CEU (Continuing Education Units) Credits.

The Practice Builder – And finally, you will receive our exclusive PRACTICE BUILDER..

Total course value: $1,995
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How does The Functional Approach differ from other approaches to yoga?

The Functional Approach is based on the idea that yoga poses should be adapted to fit the unique bones and body of each individual, rather than trying to achieve a specific visual appearance or alignment. This approach differs from other approaches that may focus more on achieving a specific visual appearance or alignment, regardless of the unique differences of each individual’s body.

What are some common misconceptions about the Functional Approach?

One common misconception about The Functional Approach is that it is not as rigorous or challenging as other approaches to yoga. However, this is not the case – The Functional Approach can be just as challenging as any other approach, depending on the specific poses and modifications that are used. Another common misconception is that the Functional Approach is only applicable to Yin Yoga, when in fact it can be applied to any style of yoga.

How can the Functional Approach help me to create a more inclusive practice for students of all levels?

By adapting poses to fit the unique bones and body of each individual, The Functional Approach can help you to create a more inclusive practice for students of all levels. This approach allows you to tailor your practice to the needs and limitations of each student, which can help to create a more engaging and rewarding experience for everyone, regardless of their level of experience.

What are some practical tips for applying the Functional Approach in my classes?

Some practical tips for applying The Functional Approach in your classes include:

  • Take the time to observe your students and understand their unique differences
  • Offer modifications and variations that cater to the needs and limitations of each student
  • Be open to adjusting your teaching style and approach as needed to fit the needs of your students
  • Encourage students to listen to their own bodies and respect their own limitations
What are the benefits of taking The Functional Approach course for my personal yoga practice?

By taking The Functional Approach course, you can gain a deeper understanding of the principles of this approach and how to apply them to your personal practice. This can help you to create a practice that is safe, effective, and personalized to your unique body, which can lead to a more enjoyable and rewarding practice