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Arrival date: 18 February 2024 

Departure date: 2 March 2024

During this course you will learn how to view the universe through the lens of the 5 Elements from a Chinese Medicine perspective and tap into nature’s healing wisdom. You will explore the concept of Yin and Yang, Chi and the 12 main energy pathways of the body and their corresponding organs and emotions, which will help inform your Yin Yoga practice and teachings.  

You will understand how the Yin Yoga postures can be utilized to support optimal health and encourage healing and vitality for body, mind and spirit. By the end of the course, you will know the specific therapeutic benefits of each Yin asana and be able to practice and teach in a way that supports your – or your students – personal needs.  

 You will also have the opportunity to explore different meditations, pranayama’s, gentle flows, Yoga Nidra, Qigong and learn about the fascinating Taoist art of Face Reading, an ancient insightful diagnostic tool. All levels of experience are welcomed. 

The Yin Yoga Practice 

Yin and Yang are the Taoist concepts which describe the two relative qualities present in everything. Yin is more internal, passive, cooling and downward. While Yang is more external, dynamic, warming and upward. When these terms are applied to yoga, Yin Yoga is a slower practice where poses are passively held for longer, working on the deep, dense (Yin) connective tissues and joints in the body. The Yin practice is soothing and nurturing and allows us to move away from the “doing” and “achieving” of the yang energy and drop into a more receptive, calm and meditative energy. 

During our asana clinics we will explore the main poses of the yin practice, how to modify the poses to suit the different bodies, how to use props and how to use the 5 Elements as a framework for creating yin sequences. We will also dedicate time to practice teaching in small groups and one-on-one. 


Chinese Medicine and Face Reading 

During these 2 weeks, we will spend 2 days on each element, embodying their essence thru direct experience. By understanding the 5 Elements and how they function, you will gain a profound knowledge of the essential nature in yourself and the universe. You will learn how to view the universe through the lens of the 5 Elements and tap into nature’s healing wisdom. 

A very special part of our training is the Taoist art of Face Reading. Using the face for diagnosis is one of the original aspects of Chinese Medicine. This is because the face is a map of life experience and a blueprint for the body’s functions. 

During this course, you will learn which areas of the face correspond to each of the Elements and their respective organs, as well as identifying the signs of strength and weakness related to each of them. From the facial markings, features and colours, you will be able to assess signs of illness and discover the underlying psychological and emotional issues affecting one’s health. 

Your day will look something like:

07:30 – 09:30 – Meditation, Pranayama, Asana Practice 

09:30 – 10:30 – Breakfast at The Sanctuary 

10:30 – 12:30 – Chinese Medicine Lecture  

12:30 – 3:00 – Lunch Break 

3:00 – 4:30 – Asana Clinic / Workshop 

4:45 – 6:30 – Evening Asana Practice 

This course is designed for:

Yoga practitioners of all levels, who are genuinely interested in deepening their personal practice and improving their health and wellbeing through Nature’s wisdom. This program is also designed for yoga teachers, that wish to upgrade their teachings and learn the Elemental approach of Chinese Medicine applied to the Yin Yoga practice. 


This course counts for 100 hours towards Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program (YACEP) for 200/300/500 hours Registered Yoga Teachers. 

Book Now:

*Including free dorm. and breakfast1,890 euros 

 Early Bird Price – 1,590 euros (Payments made until December 1st) 

For registration and more information please send email to: celamota@gmail.com 

Yin Yoga & 5 Elements of Chinese Medicine 100 hours Teacher Training – 5elementswisdom

To upgrade to a private room please contact The Sanctuary reservations team: holidayasiabookings@gmail.com 


Marcela Mota – Yin Yoga Lead Teacher 

Marcela is originally from Brazil and spends most of her time in Asia and Europe teaching Yoga Teacher Trainings, Immersions and Retreats. In her 15 years of practice, she has taught more than 20 Teacher Trainings and certified over 300 Yoga Teachers from all over the world. 

Marcela is 500 hours RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), trained in 5 Elements Yoga Therapy, Ashtanga, Rocket Vinyasa and Yin Yoga and co-Founder of the 5 Elements Wisdom Academy. 

With a bachelor’s in International Affairs and a Master’s in Business Economics and Management of Sustainability, she worked for the United Nations as well as in corporate and public sectors for many years. Through yoga and meditation, she found transformation. She was finally able to hear the calling of her soul and have the courage and self-confidence to go live it. For her, this is what yoga is all about. A pathway to become the most authentic version of ourselves. 

Tobias Tang – Chinese Medicine Lead Teacher 

Tobias is the founder and creator of The 5 Elements Wisdom Academy. He is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist, Master Face Reader, Body Worker and Therapist with 17 years of clinical practice in the field of ancient healing. 

Originally from Denmark, now teaching and living with his wife Marcela and their 2 kids between Asia and Europe. Tobias has dedicated his life to bringing The Wisdom of Nature and the Elements to the world and has to date assisted 15.000+ people in healing and health improvement, through the various healing modalities. 

Ferdinand Delafosse – Guest Teacher  

Ferdinand started movement disciplines at a very young age (martial art at 6, gymnastic at 8, yoga at 12, circus 14…) and since then he never stopped. Being an actor and a circus performer for 10 years, he was trained in many different styles of complementary disciplines, like dance, qigong, acrobatic, aerial, yoga and meditation. After years of practice and a couple of injuries on the way, he understood that his passion was to explore human infinite possibility to move and how it has a huge relation to self-healing abilities. During the course, Ferdinand will be sharing his knowledge on Fascia and Nervous System as well as Qigong and Yoga Nidra. 

Randall O’leary – Guest Teacher 

Randall has been a dedicated explorer of Yoga since 1991. Alongside his studies of classical Hatha Yoga, Randall has studied a variety of styles including Iyengar, Jivamukti and Viniyoga. Randall began teaching in 1995 and began the Jungle Yoga Teacher Training School which delivered 200 Hour & 300 Hour Teacher Trainings for over 10 years, merging into the Swara Yoga Academy in 2018. During this training, Randall will share his unique approach to Pranayama, which he calls Swara Yoga. This system gradually deepens into Advanced Pranayama sequences which allow students access to a comprehensive, embodied understanding of the infinite power within the breath. 



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