The Yin Yoga
Preserving the Spirit
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Welcome to the official website for
Yin Yoga
Teacher Registration and Certification

The Yin Yoga Institute has been established by
Master Paulie Zink, the founder of Yin yoga 

  "I am delighted to see how the practice of Yin yoga has spread throughout the global yoga community. But I have not authorized any other person or school to offer Teacher Certification in Yin yoga. To this effect I have founded The Yin Yoga Institute in order to provide guidelines in teaching Yin yoga and to establish a standard of excellence in the art. The Yin Yoga Institute also serves as the official Teacher Registration for Yin yoga and Yin and Yang yoga teachers who meet the minimum requirements."

Master Paulie Zink

Video: Yin Yoga Basics with the Founder

Trailer to Master Zink's instructional DVD.
The purpose of Yin yoga is to restore our innate ability to move with fluidity, power, and grace.

Mission Statement

The purpose of The Yin Yoga Institute is to officially certify and register
Yin yoga teachers

Promote a standard of excellence in teaching the art of Yin yoga

Yin yoga teachers with the spirit of the art
as it is intended by the founder to be taught

 Provide a public data base of Registered Yin yoga teachers

The Yin Yoga Institute is the official source of information on the only
Yin Yoga
 Teacher Certification courses
authorized by Yin yoga founder Paulie Zink

For more information about Paulie Zink and his Taoist art of Yin Yoga

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“I took from Paulie Zink one weekend Yin yoga workshop 
and I learned more in that one weekend
 then I did in all of my yoga teacher trainings!!!”
Leslie Riffle-Crogan

“I was taught at a Yin yoga workshop that everyone’s bones are different, and my bones aren’t meant to bend in a way that would allow me to do certain poses. They told me I will never do the splits, but it’s not my fault, it’s my bones. They showed me other ways to practice, and I trusted them. I continued doing my daily yoga practice, becoming more flexible then I have ever been, but with a belief that there was a limit to what I can do.

Then I took a Yin yoga workshop with Paulie Zink. He reminded me why I fell in love with yoga in the first place. At his weekend workshop he told me I can do anything I set my mind to, and that there aren’t any limits to what I am capable of accomplishing [within reason]. He showed genuine care and interest, and had an energy that just radiated throughout the room. He is an example of the type of teacher I hope to be: one who inspires.
 And one day, I will do the splits!”
Ashley Meyer


“It is not possible to predict what a person may physically accomplish by observation, medical examination, X-ray of skeleton, MRI or other imaging devices.
 (This of course assumes we are not talking about ever being able to bench press a tractor trailer!)

This may not apply to someone who has a congenital physical deformity or a post traumatic physical deformity. The question of being able to perform any physical posture is not dependent on bone structure for the most part, but far more on the amount of time devoted to practicing.

I strongly discourage any concept by teachers or students about what can and cannot be accomplished. The heart of the practice of yoga rests completely in the word  ‘practice’, it is not measured in what external physical form is demonstrated. We have all seen individuals who through genetics and practice can do outrageous physical contortions, but have no spiritual awareness and we have seen individuals whose wisdom, compassion, and love are endless who have never heard of downward facing dog.

My response to a student who would ask if he/she would ever be able to do a particular asana, would be practice from the heart with compassion, diligence and persistence and ask me that question in another 20 years.
Joe Lanzarotta, M.D.