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“A yoga practice is an in-depth training in participatory observation and enhancement of the body, heart and mind.” ∼ Sarah Powers

Guest Teacher Training

Yin / Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Intensive

with Sarah and Ty Powers
For Teachers and Dedicated Practitioners
January 21 – February 1, 2018


Course Description

Yin / Yang Yoga and Mindfulness MeditationThis course is intended to deepen one’s understanding of the experiential, philosophical and practical application of yoga and meditation. It is intended for those with at least two years of practice or more. It is recommended that you have attended a prior teacher training course if you intend to teach this material, but is not essential for those interested in simply cultivating their own practice.

This intensive will deepen one’s ability to teach/practice both a receptive Yin style and an active flow or Yang style of yoga with an interest in promoting a conducive inner environment for meditation. Please come with a basic understanding of the practices (having read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga), and a strong interest in committing to the further exploration of both yoga and meditation.

This is an 100-hour Yoga Alliance training and attendance in the entire program is required. Those who are unable to attend all of the classes will be awarded the certificate based only on the hours attended. Please plan your time and travel accordingly in order to not miss any of the sessions. Each day will include two hours on Yin Yoga, two hours on Yang Yoga, and two hours on Mindfulness Meditation.

This course, Level I Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Yin/Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation, is the prerequisite for the Level II Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga course.

Available Level II Trainings in 2018

In this training we will explore:Yin / Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation

  • Yin Yoga — how, why and when to practice this style safely and effectively
  • Organ health and Yoga practice (sequences for the kidneys, liver, etc.)
  • Balancing the Yin style with a Yang practice to support structural strength and stability
  • Proper physical alignment in active postures
  • The primary focus of ujjayi breath in asana: length, depth and direction
  • Mindfulness in asana
  • Sequencing of postures for various levels, from the beginner to the intermediate
  • How to assist those with injuries
  • The use of touch and hands-on adjustments
  • Skillful verbal communication
  • The teacher/student relationship


The physical discipline of hatha yoga centers on the harmonious embodiment of postures. How we practice these postures is as important as which asana we choose and how we orchestrate them. Increasing our repertoire of different ways to practice allows us to vary our sequences at different times in our life, continually keeping the practice appropriate as well as fresh and alive.


  • Subtle body anatomy according to Yogic and Chinese philosophy
  • Meridian theory and Chinese Medicine
  • Buddhist Psychology and emotional maturity


Pranayama is the expansion of the life force through breath regulation. It is the profound practice of circulating and redistributing prana in both the physical and subtle body through various breathing and visualization practices.

Overview of Pranayama practices:

  • Kumbhaka (breath retention)
  • Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Kapalabhati (breath of fire)


The essence of a committed yoga practice is meditative focus and awareness. Developing and sustaining a formal meditation practice can be a continual source of insight, rejuvenation and compassion. It is a practice that can reveal and disempower our negative, fragmented aspects while potentially revealing our essential nature. Meditation can also deepen one’s awareness and acceptance of oneself and of the world, deepening one’s openness and wakefulness. We will discuss and practice Buddhist mindfulness meditation (Sati Patthana–The Four Foundations of Mindfulness), with an emphasis on how to share these practices with others.

Observation of Silence and Usage of Technological Devices
This is an intensive training with emphasis on Mindfulness in both theory and practice. To support the study and practice of meditation, there will be a daily observation of silence in the mornings, and again after the evening meditation session. There will also be one full day of social silence together outside the teaching setting.

As in ancient times, this retreat is not only a place to learn new methods, but to cultivate qualities of being. This is also an opportunity to take a journey away from one’s daily responsibilities, preoccupations and worldly events. With this in mind, we ask everyone to stay off of computers and phones while on retreat in order to genuinely connect with the material in a less distracted inner and outer environment. This will undoubtedly deepen everyone’s experience. We feel unplugging from technology in retreat life is essential and will benefit all the attendees. There will be an emergency contact we will provide for people to give loved ones.

Study and Reading

Yin / Yang Yoga and Mindfulness MeditationAcquiring an intellectual understanding of the rich diversity of Yoga and Buddhism inspires one’s dedication to the path of awakening; it also fosters a clear level of communication and discussion with others.

Students are required to read the books and view the DVD assigned for this training before they arrive. Readings from these books and viewing of the DVD are an integral part of the training so please order the materials upon registration of the course so you have ample time to read/view them before the training begins.

Outside reading prior to and during the course will be required to enrich one’s overall understanding. You will also be asked to write a 2-3 page paper on Yin yoga and Mindfulness meditation upon completion of the course for assessment prior to the certificate being issued.

A teacher-training manual with articles will be handed out on the first day of class. Everyone will also be required to bring Sarah’s book Insight Yoga to class, and to have viewed, at minimum, her DVD, Insight Yoga

Required reading and viewing:

Suggested listening and viewing:


Please Note: You are required to complete a Teacher Training Questionnaire as part of your registration process.

Please follow this link to access the Questionnaire:

Then to complete your reservation, please go to the ‘Book Now’ tab on this page and follow the online process.

For inquiries about the course, please contact Jo Phee

For inquiries about your reservation, please contact Ann

Sarah Powers

Yin / Yang Yoga and Mindfulness MeditationSarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She is the founder and author of Insight Yoga, which interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology into an integral practice to discover and enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of floor poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with an alignment-based slow flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar teachings, and QI gong.

Sarah feels that enlivening the physical and pranic bodies, as well as learning to meet our psychological reactivity is paramount for preparing one to deepen and nourish insights into one’s essential nature – a natural state of awareness. She has completed level 3 of Internal Family Systems Therapy training and been a student of Transpersonal Psychology for 28 years. She also draws from her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism.

Her main influences have been Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Bhante Gunaratana, Lama Pema Dorje, Stephen and Martine Batchelor, B. Alan Wallace, and Anam Thubten.

Ty Powers

Yin / Yang Yoga and Mindfulness MeditationTy Powers co-founded the Insight Yoga Institute and facilitates yoga and meditation retreats throughout the world with his wife Sarah. Ty has been practicing Buddhism for 20+ years under the guidance of Dzogchen teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche, psychospiritual teachers Jennifer Welwood and John Welwood, Buddhist teachers B. Alan Wallace, Anam Thubten, Stephen and Martine Batchelor, Greg Kramer and Jack Kornfield. He has also been influenced by Ajahn Amaro and completed the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader training program in 2003. Ty has taught daylong retreats at Spirit Rock and other Dharma centers on issues concerning cultural diversity. He is a Certified Integral Coach, and is currently studying Internal Family Systems psychotherapy, as well as Life Balance, a training program for teachers led by Phillip Moffitt. Ty also mentors numerous men and women around the globe.

The Daily Schedule

Check-in: January 21 after 2pm, dinner at 6pm, group orientation at 7:30pm
February 1 before noon

21 Jan

After 2pm Check in
6pm Dinner
7.30pm Group Orientation

22 – 31 Jan

7am – 7.30am Meditation (with Ty or assistant)
7.30am Breakfast (Observation of silence)
9am – 12pm Training
12pm – 4pm Lunch and Short Break
4pm – 7pm Training
7pm Dinner
8pm Evening meditation (with Ty or assistant)

1 Feb

Before 12pm Check-out of hotel (breakfast will be provided)


Private Room 149,520 THB
Semi-Private Room 141,000 THB
Share Two Bedroom Loft 131,400 THB
Shared Deluxe One Bed Suite 146,520 THB

Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.

It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.

The rate is inclusive of:

  • Full yoga and fitness program
  • Fully equipped accommodation with AC
  • Full brunch and dinner buffets
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Herbal steam room
  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Wi Fi internet
  • Service charge
  • VAT government tax

Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.

Reserve your place on this program.

If you wish to combine or extend your stay to include a wellness program please use the Wellness Booking Form

All rates will be charged in Thai Baht at the time of booking. The following conversions are intended as a guide only. This currency converter uses inter-bank rates rather than the cash rates that apply to payments, so it is likely that the actual exchange rate will be different to what is indicated here.


I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to both Sarah and Ty for the amazing week in Wales for the silent retreat. The atmosphere created was truly magical – deeply reflective, personal and just the right mix of meditation, yoga and inquiry. I didn’t want it to end and I feel it has infused my practice with renewed strength and maitri. Thank you.

~ Andrea K.

As a student of Sarah and Ty’s since 2010, I have had the good fortune to attend several trainings and retreats through IYI. Each one significant and transformative; driving my personal and spiritual exploration and growth as a teacher and practitioner. The supportive container created by fellow retreaters and Sarah and Ty facilitates authentic, deep work. I always leave with more courage and trust in my heart. I am forever grateful.

~ Elissa B.

I took many trainings from Sarah beginning in 2006. Sarah’s teaching changed the trajectory of my teaching and has contributed to a paradigm shift in how I inhabit my body home.

~ Alicia B.

Sarah is incredibly knowledgeable and skillful. I have a lot of respect for her as a teacher because it is clear that she embodies what she is teaching. I think that any yoga teacher would benefit from this weekend. What you learn isn’t just about becoming a better yoga teacher it’s about becoming a better person.

~ Ryan G.

Having silent retreated for the last 6 years with Sarah & Ty, I have really enjoyed how each retreat has flowed into the next one. Even though being a year apart, following their guidance and teachings in self-practice, things connect and start to make sense bringing about a sense of an ability to teach in a clearer way and also feel life in a more open-minded, open-hearted way. So thank you. Also really enjoy the ability of the teachings being serious but shared in a light-hearted way.

~ Amanda W.

Amazing, insightful and opening. I look forward to studying with Sarah and Ty again in the future. The teachings I absorbed will give me so much depth and insight into my own practice…. Thank you.

~ Sharon P.

Very special to be on this retreat. Valuable days for coming home to myself. Bumped up against a sticky aspect of myself (deeply rooted samskara!) during my meeting with Ty. Prompted to look deeper into this with psychotherapeutic support. Feeling connected to daily mediation practise, supported by the many tools and prompts for self enquiry you offered. Many thanks to you (your utterly beautiful words!) and the sangha for juicing up the practice of self enquiry further.

~ Tiffy T. G.

This teacher training was challenging but gave a new boost and more depth to my personal practice. I used to practice Raja Yoga meditation, but I found the Mindfulness meditation teachings offered more accessible. Sarah & Ty Powers are both inspiring and motivational teachers. They have a lot of knowledge and wisdom and they teach with great compassion. I hope to be able to empower my students the same way they did for me.

~ Nathalie B.

I thoroughly enjoyed this silent retreat and have a much deeper understanding of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The silence provided the perfect opportunity for reflection and inward growth while the teachings helped me continue to understand and cultivate these skills. Sarah and Ty’s teaching craft is deliberate leading us deeper into ourselves and the dharma. I felt deeply nurtured and nourished.

~ Becca H.

I really enjoyed the silent retreat at Byron Bay. I arrived a bit flustered as there were so many things to deal with at work. However, it turned out to be a perfect time for me to be silent and observe my body, feelings and the mind. I felt blessed to be able to study with Sarah and Ty, slowing down and enjoying the time of being mindful. It was refreshing and the teachings, inspiring.

~ Fiona L.

Maintaining silence is a key element to finding your inner magic. Being true to myself through out the retreat week was vitally important to deepening my practice of mediation and gaining greater understanding of self. The formula Sarah and Ty use in their teachings is immeasurably powerful. Their compassion and dedication is boundless, and I can’t thank them both enough for sharing their knowledge and wisdom with us all.

~ Juliet C.

For my first silent retreat, I found the experience just as I’d hoped. I loved the aspect of just you and no one else’s stories. No phone, no internet – the silence was so beautiful, awareness deeply touching and healing. Deepening my practice and aligning my path – to include more meditation and inquiry.

~ Terri M.

These trainings have been so well considered and delivered. Sarah and Ty present really deep teachings in a logical and accessible way. In gratitude, I receive their abundant knowledge and teachings, returning home enriched and inspired. I am also blessed to meet likeminded souls that I continue to keep contact. The training inspired the drawings below.

~ Kathy S.

Please Note: You are required to complete a Teacher Training Questionnaire as part of your registration process.

Please follow this link to access the Questionnaire:

Then to complete your reservation, please go to the ‘Book Now’ tab on this page and follow the online process.

For inquiries about the course, please contact Jo Phee

For inquiries about your reservation, please contact Ann

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