30HR Yin Yoga Teacher Training & Retreat

“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” Rumi

Monday – Thursday March 2020 (Dates to be confirmed)

Spring Equinox Retreat & Yin 30HR YTT, Lewes, Sussex

Do you want to experience the best Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Sussex? This unique experience allows you to complete your Yin Yoga Teacher Training in a stunning location in the Sussex countryside. Surrounded by nature, away from the responsibilities of life, you can completely unwind, learn about the wonders of Yin yoga and experience the benefits of yoga at a deeper level.

The course will run during Spring equinox, when the days start to get longer, nature blossoms and we can attune our energy with this grounding, awakening, transformational time.

Yin is becoming increasingly popular in the yoga world. We are currently over-dominant in Yang (dynamic/strong) asana practice and practitioners are beginning to realise the need for its complementary Yin (restorative/gentle) practice with all the benefits it has to offer.

The Gem Yoga Yin training course will cover the breakdown of Yin asanas, how to plan Yin classes, anatomy, understanding of fascia and its relationship to the Chinese medicine meridian system.

About your tutor:

Gemma Williams has been teaching yoga since 2008. She has travelled extensively to learn from different yoga backgrounds. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance, is an experienced advanced teacher (E-RYT 500) and a Yoga Alliance continuing education provider (YACEP). Gemma’s approach to teaching is fun, compassionate and inspiring. She will guide and support you through your individual yoga journey and take you deeper into the practice.

Certification and Accreditation:

  • Yoga Alliance registered teachers will receive 30 CPD hours Yin Yoga Teacher Training
  • Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a Yoga Alliance registered certificate from Gem Yoga


  • Deepen your own personal asana practice
  • History of Yin yoga
  • Learn the fundamental Yin postures, modifications and their contra-indications
  • The use of props to maximise comfort and relaxation of muscles and facia
  • Planning and teaching a variety of Yin flows
  • Understanding the body’s facia
  • Myofascial release techniques
  • Introduction to the Chinese meridian system
  • How to lesson plan a Yin yoga class focusing on different meridians
  • Restorative poses, breathing, mindfulness and relaxation
  • Stress and the nervous system
  • Shoulder and hip anatomy
  • The body’s energetical chakra system and its relationship to our physical, emotional and mental bodies
  • Guidance for Yin practice and teaching

Course pre-requisites:

200HR yoga teacher training or equivalent
L3 YMCA awards fitness qualification – yoga

*If you are not a yoga teacher, but still want to come along for the experience, you can. However, you will not receive a certificate.


The Acres Retreat Centre, East Sussex (near Lewes)

The Acres Eco Retreat Centre is a mix of boho chic and moonlit magic. With nine acres of space to freshen your mind, campfires and fairy lights to create your fantasy evenings, you’ll wake up in the middle of nowhere and forget that you ever saw a city.

The eco-house is almost passive with the solar gain and ground-source heating, providing a space for visitors to relax, enjoy and appreciate the countryside. Its low impact, eco-chic ethos is part of its commitment to sustainable business. Gem Yoga sessions will take place in the newly built yoga studio next to the house.


To create a more homely environment, we will cook together during the retreat. Students have the option to take turns helping create meals together, learning how to cook healthy vegetarian meals and raw vegan deserts. Food is included in the price.

Arrive:  Monday 18th March, 2pm

Depart:  Thursday 21st March, 6pm

Lift shares can be arranged if travelling from Brighton

Investment: £750 (early bird price £695 if booked before 31st December 2018)

*Payment plans available 

Kristal Jacovides, Brighton

"I’ve just completed my Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Gemma and enjoyed the course so much. Gemma is a book of knowledge and a lovely person. She’s very good at teaching in a way that is accessible to everyone. Highly recommended!"
Kristal Jacovides, Brighton
Sam Goddard, Hove

“I recently completed Gemma’s amazing Yin Yoga Teacher Training. Gemma is truly inspirational, a great teacher who really personalises her training and explains things incredibly clearly. I learned so much more than Yin yoga."
Sam Goddard, Hove
Dorothea Manolopoulos, London

“During the Gem Yoga retreat I learnt about joint stability in arm balancing poses and the benefits of Yin. I loved the feeling of a daily yoga practice; it has helped open my upper back and the muscles next to my spine from the Yin."
Dorothea Manolopoulos, London

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