467 S. First Street San Jose, CA 95113 • info@downtownyogashala.com • MY ACCOUNT



Sign Up Now!

CONNECT WITH US   Like Downtown Yoga Shala on FacebookFollow Downtown Yoga Shala on Instagram Follow Downtown Yoga Shala on Twitter     Watch Downtown Yoga Shala on YouTube


Yin Yoga Immersion Training with Misako Matsuoka

Please see our Events page to learn more about the Yin Yoga Immersion: Foundational Training with Misako Matsuoka from October 13-15, 2017 and to register.  For those who would like to receive a certificate of completion for teaching Yin Yoga, this will be the first 12 hours of a 36 hour training with Misako Matsuoka.

Yin Yoga is a transformative practice for the body and mind. The passive long held but gentle postures allow releasing of long held tightness in the deep tissues of the body while recharging the energetic systems. The Yin practice invites the the mind inward into a contemplative meditative state, encourages the balance of effort and ease without strain, and promotes deep connection to the present moment. It is a much needed healing practice for our modern lives. 

This in depth training will provide you with a solid foundation to teach Yin yoga. You will understand how to include Yin Yoga in a more active class or simply to take your own practice to a much deeper level. Class size is limited to ensure you will have plenty of time for individual attention. This training provides 30 hours of continuing education credit for registered yoga teachers.  

Topics Covered:

  • Theory behind Yin Yoga
  • How skeletal anatomy informs the variations of postures
  • How to support your body with yoga props such as blocks, blankets, sandbags and bolsters
  • The connection between meridian theory and fascia
  • Yin Yoga philosophy
  • Yin breathing techniques
  • Understanding of the benefits of postures and techniques

In this training you will:

  • Receive a manual including specific sequences to take home with you
  • Develop a personalized home practice learn how to modify postures for your unique body
  • Learn how to set the tone of the class through use of music and reading
  • Learn how to teach Yin yoga to your students with hands on assisted support
  • Learn how to modify the postures for students limited by restrictions.
  • Have opportunity to both practice teaching yin yoga and feedback on your teaching style.


This training is suitable for experienced yoga students, those who have a current RYT status, or by approval by instructors. 30 Hours of Continuing Educational Units are available to Registered Yoga Teachers.

Books Required:

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga 

By Bernie Clark

About Misako:

Misako Matsuoka, ERYT-500 is known for her mindfulness based yoga teaching style. In her trainings and workshops she skillfully breaks down more complex concepts into simple terms and misako_pic_feb2015_scaledmaintains an open non-dogmatic approach to all styles of yoga. In her classes, Misako teaches from the heart, making the practices available to all ages and all levels of yoga experience with touches of humor and invitations to look deeper inside.   She gratefully acknowledges Paul and Suzee Grilley for their guidance in learning Yin Yoga.  Misako is well known in the South Bay area and offers a variety of classes in Yin Yoga, Yin/Yang Yoga, Flow Yoga and Restorative Yoga. This is her 4th year of leading Yin Yoga teacher training. For more about Misako see http://misakomatyoga.

Training Dates:



Teacher Training Refund Policy:


    "Adopt the peace of nature, her secret is patience."
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~




    "Don't move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move.
    Move the way joy makes you move."



     Luke: "I can't believe it."

     "That is why you fail."

    ~The Empire Strikes Back~



  • “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
    ~Thich Nhat Hanh~
  • “The secret of strength lies in the quiet mind.” 
    ~White Eagle~
  • “We have to do the best we can. That is our sacred, human responsibility.”
     ~Albert Einstein~
  • “If you are facing in the right direction, all you have to do is keep walking.”
    ~Buddhist Proverb~
  • “The only tyrant I accept in this world is the “still, soft voice” within me”
    ~Mahatma Gandhi~
  • “Kindness can be its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.”
    ~Eric Hoffer~
  • "There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
    ~ Albert Einstein~
  • "Do your practice, all is coming.”
    ~ Shri K. Patthabi Jois ~
  • "By cultivating friendliness towards happiness and compassion towards misery, gladness towards virtue and indifference towards vice, the mind becomes pure. "
    - Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras