I think every yoga teacher, whether interested in teaching Yin or not, would hugely benefit from Austin's training. It's well put together and has a nice balance throughout, always keeping it interesting, interactive and thought-provoking. He offers different perspectives in his teaching and not only provides the skills to be able to teach a Yin class, but inspires the knowledge and understanding of the individual human body to be a better, more compassionate teacher as a whole. The morning Yin and meditation sessions are absolute magic. You finish the course feeling like you've been on a retreat; relaxed, refreshed, renewed and really sad that it's over. I wish Austin held more teacher trainings because I want to do it all over again.
Loren Peta, Actress and Yoga Teacher
Having practised yin on and off for around five years, I've always found it to be a great complement to my vinyasa practice and yoga teaching work. This year I decided that the time had come to delve deeper and undertake a yin training. Having met Austin through vinyasa classes I knew that I liked the way he teaches - his breadth and depth of knowledge of yoga styles and traditions is amazing and he has a welcoming, 'have a go and see what happens' attitude in his classes. His yin training course is intense, in depth and in a small group setting, allowing for full immersion in the subject. In our wonderful morning practices Austin seamlessly wove together practical physical instructions with stories of Taoist wisdom, and the rest of the days were spent in pose analysis and anatomical study. By the end of the course I felt fully confident to teach a yin class, and also to continue to pursue my own studies. The course is a fantastic springboard into the world of letting go and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested to find out more about yin, whether to deepen a personal practice or to be able to share the practice with others.
Abi Barber, Yoga Teacher
Austin’s Yin TT is a well balanced, extremely interesting course covering all aspects needed to teach a very comprehensive Yin class. I learned so much over the week, especially about anatomy which was taught so well making it practical and accessible (I learned more this week than all other courses covering anatomy put together). The course flowed really nicely through the week, building knowledge and practical skills throughout and the morning practices brought to life the ideas or poses that were covered the day before. I was drawn to this course due to the small number of students, meaning the whole learning experience is more personal and tailored to the group.
I couldn’t recommend this course enough!
Ed Mann, Yoga Teacher
I came to Austin’s yin training as a vinyasa teacher with limited experience of yin yoga. I wanted to be able to offer yin to my clients as an alternative to flow yoga and also to compliment my own practice. The course was intensive and challenging, a true immersion into yin practice, yin anatomy and yin teaching methodology and I left feeling completely confident about teaching yin. The focus was more on western understanding of anatomy than Chinese medicine and meridians although both were covered. Austin is a dedicated and supportive teacher and the class size was small so everyone had a chance to contribute and test their understanding. Having taken my 200 hour training with a large school, I think a small class size is very important and much preferred Austin’s approach to teacher training. I would recommend this course to any yoga teacher interested in learning more about yin yoga.
Jo Walder, Yoga Teacher
Feeling more drawn to yin energies for a while but not having the knowledge to take myself deeper into the practice, I decided to join Austin’s Yin training after hearing about him through a mutual friend. The week drew me deep into the practices of Yin, the daily meditation and practice was incredible and I left with a wealth of knowledge about the bodies yin like structures and how the practice affects not only the physical body but the subtle body and mind. I felt so confident with the knowledge Austin shared that I taught my first yin class a couple of days after the course ended, which received amazing feedback and has led me to have a permanent Yin class in the studio. Thank you Austin 🙏🏽 Forever grateful.
Gemma Felix, Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist
Taking part in Austin’s Yin Training was one of the best decision I have made. I had been suffering from a back injury for several months before the course, as a result I had limited my dynamic yoga practice. I got in touch with Austin a couple months before the course and he shared his experience with recovering from back injury and offered useful guidance on how I could approach it. My back started to improve and during the course it got better and better! A big part of Yin Training focuses on the spine, its movement, differences in anatomy between people, how to keep it and the body healthy. The course also explores the powerful mind and body connection. I had many “Aha” moments during the course, realising and reflecting on how I had contributed to my own back problems and what I could do to change that.Austin has a huge knowledge in the spinal health area and shares it in such an interesting and easy to understand way and with a dose of Scottish humour! The course started right after coronavirus lockdown was lifted. The Yin Yoga we learned and practiced during the course totally reset my nervous system, from being highly stressed, due to challenges caused by coronavirus (my husband and I both work in healthcare), back to a relaxed and balanced state. I had the best sleep in my life during the course (which is one of the benefits of Yin Yoga). I would highly recommend the Yin Training to anyone struggling with back problems, to anyone who wants to teach Yin, to yoga teachers who want to teach any type of yoga in a safe way so as not to cause injuries to themselves or students and to yoga teachers who would like to refresh their teaching skills. The course took place at YogaWorks Studio, which is sparkling clean, it has been thoughtfully adapted to maintain social distancing, and the owner goes above and beyond to make sure that all measures are taken to provide a safe place to practice yoga in spite of coronavirus.
Joanna, Health Worker and Yoga Teacher
I heard of Austin's Yin teacher training through a friend of mine and signed up to it straight away. It was one of the quickest and best decisions I've made, and I absolutely loved every moment of it. Austin is a fantastic teacher, he's so knowledgeable and his teaching style is amazing, the whole course flew by and I wish I could do it all over again. The daily Yin Yoga classes are glorious - leaving you feeling so relaxed, and the lessons throughout the day are so interesting and interactive you finish each day on such a high and so excited to learn more. Since finishing I have started teaching weekly Yin classes, which I felt happy and confident doing from everything I learnt on the course and I am very grateful to Austin for everything he has taught me so far.
Indi Mountain, Yoga Teacher
Austin has been my teacher for well over 7 years. He's an outstanding teacher and I have improved immensely thanks to his teaching. I did my 200 Hour Yoga Alliance US teacher training with Shanti Power Yoga because he was teaching it and I knew that I would leave there with a wealth of information. I had been curious about Yin, I had looked at a few classes online, read about it, decided to go to a few classes but I've always been an active person so passive stretches held for a long period of time didn't really seem really appealing or challenging, it was more like slow torture and it was only appealing just as a lazy way of teaching yoga! When Austin told me that he was running a Yin teacher training I decided to give it a go and see what it was all about. I've learnt so much about connective tissue, different body types, functional movement, ROM etc., it has changed my usual active practice and the way that I teach. I have learnt the importance of yin, not only as a student but especially as a teacher and now not only do I teach it but practice it and as a result I've been able to see the difference in my natural movements in a relatively short period of time. I enjoyed the schedule of the training with 5 days on, then off at the weekend, it gave the brain time to assimilate what we had learnt and also to do some research on my own. I still didn't experience the benefits of a great sleep after a practice like most of my colleagues and students have but maybe one day.
Roxana Cristescu, Yoga Teacher
I met Austin few years ago and loved his classes from day one. His ability to give specific attention to each student shows his true devotion to yoga. He really cares! When I saw he was doing a Yin teacher training course I didn’t think twice. His course has given me a fresh perspective in how to teach yoga. He’s wise, direct and funny without losing the focus on the class. The teacher training was a perfect balance of learning and practice. I’m very grateful to have been on his Yin training, it brought me a lot of inspiration. I now feel more confident knowing what’s best for my body and ready to share it in my classes. I highly recommend his classes, trainings or workshops, you’ll never regret it.
Lidia Montiel, Yoga Teacher
Austin's Yin yoga teacher training was one of the best experiences I've ever had. Austin really made me fall in love with Yin Yoga! With everyday life being so busy these days, Yin yoga became my favourite tool to help deal with stress, anxiety and even sleep issues. Wanting to take my knowledge to the next level I decided to take Austin's Yin YTT course. After spending 7 days in the workshop (that felt more like a retreat) I left with a comprehensive understanding of Yin, a good knowledge of anatomy and generally feeling more relaxed. With a new way to practise yoga, I even began having my best sleep in years. Austin is a really fantastic teacher, is very knowledgeable and passionate.
Simona Venckute, Nutritionist
As a teacher, I found the Yin 60hr TTC with Austin to be a very well-balanced course. The source material was thorough, at times a refresher on the basics, and at other times shed new light on old ideas. Each morning’s Yin practice gave us an opportunity to physicalise what we were studying, and each afternoon’s lessons comprehensively integrated anatomy and theory with plenty of time for questions, discussions, and even healthy debate. A real pleasure and privilege to study with him.
Natasha O’Brien, Actress & Yoga Teacher
If you are undecided about signing up for the training, go for it! Coming from quite a yang place of practising power yoga almost daily, I think I instinctively knew that it was time to introduce a softer part of my practice and teaching and I'm so happy I signed up for the training with Austin. My body changed so much in just one week of yin practice and so did my mindset. Austin explained the poses and teaching points so well, challenged our beliefs and made learning about it all super enjoyable and hands-on.
Csilla Gemmecke, Yoga Teacher
I had attended Austin's Vinyassa and Yin classes for a while and always got so much from them. I hadn't thought about doing any teacher training before, but the more I went to Austin's Yin classes the more I wanted to learn about the practice. The teacher training was fantastic! Not only did I learn so much about the practice of Yin and teaching, but I also learnt so much about my own practice. We had a small group with mixed teaching experience, some had taught for years and others like myself hadn't taught at all. I'd recommend this course to anyone looking to deepen their Yin practice and anyone looking to teach Yin.
Myah Caro, Dental Practice Management
I completed my Yin teacher training with Austin in November 2019. I increased my knowledge & understanding in a relaxed, yet effective, environment and also had the pleasure of practicing a lot of the 'Yin' yoga as well. He is an excellent yoga instructor and has a passion for what he does which comes across in his teachings. The printed learning materials contained clear photos of all muscle groups and skeletons etc... which was very helpful. He also made our training enjoyable with extra videos, anatomy related interviews & interesting photos. I highly recommend his teacher training course.
As a yoga teacher, yin became my most favourite style to teach, I love it 🥰
Zsofia Nyakas, Yoga Teacher
It is one week since I completed Austin's teacher training and I have already led my first class as an instructor. Without wanting to give too much away the course covered aspects of meditation, breathing, Daoist philosophy, anatomy & physiology, alongside the principles of Yin yoga as described in "The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga" by Bernie Clark. The postures were thoroughly broken down and we spent plenty of time discussing the sequencing of asanas and how this might affect a given practice. As a registered osteopath and Pilates instructor I have found the course to be invaluable, complimenting my own approaches to healthcare and exercise. Highly recommended.
Jimmy Morris, Osteopath, Body Worker and Pilates Instructor
After 7 days on the Yin Yoga Teacher Traning with Austin I felt comfortable knowing what I was doing in poses, all the concepts become very easy, and most importantly for me. I could understand what was taking place in my body. I not only allowed my body to let go deeper into a poses and felt it's amazing benefits. I also felt challenged to start asking questions and not take anything because it has been said so but to feel it, be aware of it and try it, and ask why :). The way the course sessions were structured was really professional and well organised. I felt that during all 7 days we were in very good, professional hands. It was not only a Journey to yin yoga but also to myself, stillness and it definitely helped open up new space in me. I truly recommend Austin's teaching program - as I feel I’ve benefited a lot from it. I can't wait to incorporate my knowledge putting it into action and teaching myself and others this art.
Anna Bojaryn, Yoga Teacher
I was unsure of what to expect of the yin intensive, but by the end of day 1 I knew I made a great choice. The mornings were spent practicing, relaxing and enjoying. The afternoons were filled with Austin’s immense knowledge and assistance. The small number of students made for an intimate and personal feel to learning. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to deepen their practice, continue their learning, or experience the world of yin.
Koreen Strauss, Yoga Teacher
I'm a regular yang practitioner and for many months my body was craving for a different kind of movement. Not knowing what to expect, I've signed for Austin's Yin Teacher Training. Since completing the course, my understanding of the body and body movement has significantly expanded; my personal practice has been transformed as I'm now able to access deeper layers of my body and mind. If you're hesitating, I can only say "Go for it and let the process unfold!" Austin is very generous with his knowledge and this course will certainly provide you with a new lens and equip you with tools you can use on and off the mat.
Maria Elena Mercado, Yoga Teacher