200-hour Yin Yoga Training FAQ


About the Yin Yoga program… 

What is the difference between a Learning Retreat and 200-hour Yoga Certification?

Yoga industry standards require a minimum of a 200-hour Yoga Certification to qualify as a employable teacher. 200-hour trainings provide foundational knowledge and skills for a specific style of yoga, in this case Yin Yoga. Given the wide breadth of yoga styles that exist today, there are innumerable fields of study one can focus on. This Yin Yoga Training is an excellent way to start teaching Yin-specific classes and can diversify your portfolio as a yoga teacher if you have already received a certificate from another school of yoga.

A learning retreat is an opportunity of deep study for any individual who values learning for learning sake and is curious about one or more of the subjects below:

  • Subtle Energy

  • Anatomy

  • Mindfulness & Meditation

  • Pranayama

  • Chinese Meridian Theory

  • Spiritual Inquiry

This 10-day Learning Retreat counts towards a 200-hour certification with Caitlin Rose Kenney in the study of Yin Yoga. Should you choose to complete the remaining hours in a Yin Yoga training with Caitlin Rose in the future you will receive a 200-hour certificate of completion.

Where can I teach Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is increasing in popularity world-wide and is being recognized as a practice that has vast physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual benefits. Yoga studios, fitness centers, wellness collectives and private instructors are adding Yin Yoga to their schedules to balance rigorous exercise programs. Yin Yoga can be practiced by all levels (true beginners and long-time practitioners alike find significant value in the practice), all backgrounds and all ages. Yin Yoga can be an excellent bridge between a physical yoga practice and a meditation practice as it teaches practitioners how to surrender into stillness and observe and anchor the mind. The tenets of Yin Yoga can expand a teacher's capacity to offer both strictly Yin classes and be woven with other genres like Gentle Yoga. Yin Yoga does not require a heated room nor special yoga props (although props are helpful when available) and thus can be practiced anywhere!

I don’t want to be a yoga teacher, is this program for me?

Yes! Most importantly, this program is designed to inspire your personal yoga practice, engage your intellect and be a container for emotional and spiritual inquiry. There will be exercises that cultivate teaching skills, and these practices are valuable regardless of whether you want to be a teacher because they ingrain knowledge on a very deep level. It does not matter how you wish to apply this training to your life, as long as you value learning and practicing, this immersion will be a good fit.

Graduates from this program include Somatic Therapists, Social Workers, Artists, Business Consultants, Herbalists, Engineers, Astrologers, Artists, Gardeners and Massage Therapists.

I have an auto-immune disease, injury or medical condition, can I take this training?

Always consult with your doctor to determine if certain types of activities are appropriate for you.

If your doctor has approved and you can participate in the full program, you can take this training. There are yang practices (mainly Vinyasa Yoga) and your presence in these practices is required. You may modify to accommodate your health needs. This requirement is 1) to maintain the cohesion of the group 2) to foster an understanding and appreciation for the differences of yin and yang styles of yoga.

If you have an auto-immune disease, injury or medical condition it is VERY IMPORTANT that you disclose this information in your application.

About Sri Lanka…

Do I need a visa?

Yes! You can easily acquire a 30-day tourist visa to Sri Lanka online prior to your arrival in the country. While visas can be acquired upon arrival, it is highly encouraged to obtain the visa online prior to your visit to avoid a lot of time and hassle. This online travel authorization is valid for 30 days upon arrival at a port of entry in Sri Lanka. Extensions can be made for a fee and if you need this service Sri Devi Retreat will help you fix a visa extension. For U.S. citizens, travel advisories are found https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/SriLanka.html If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the advisories posted by your home country’s government.

You may apply for your visa to Sri Lanka within 90-days prior to your arrival date. Please wait to apply until this 90 day window is active. For example, if you plan to arrive on March 27, 2020 you can apply for your visa as early as December 27th, 2019.

A fee plus an online processing charge may be applicable for your visa. This amount is currently free for US and Australian citizens but is subject to change. In my travel experience, visa fees are no more than $50 USD.

To obtain a 30-day visa follow these steps:

  1. Go to http://www.eta.gov.lk

  2. Click “Apply”

  3. Select “By the applicant”

  4. Click “Apply”

  5. Agree to the terms

  6. Select “Apply for an individual” under the Tourist ETA

  7. Enter your personal details

  8. Enter Sri Devi Retreat’s address for your address in Sri Lanka

    Sri Devi Retreat, Pitiduwa, Habaraduwa, Sri Lanka

  9. Review your submission details

  10. Make online payment

  11. Verify that you have received your visa approval and keep all records/receipts

Do I need vaccinations?

Vaccinations are not required, unless you’re planning on hiking through the rain forest in Sri Lanka. It is recommended that you are up to date on your hepatitis A and B vaccination. As a best practice, always consult with your doctor and make a choice that feels right for you.

Are transfers to Sri Devi Retreat center provided?

Yes, transfers from the airport or hotel in Colombo or Negombo can be arranged to transport you to Sri Devi Retreat for check-in on Saturday March 28th, 2020. A recommended hotel in Colombo is the Cinnamon Red. It is centrally located in Colombo, offers a good price and is a fairly new 3-4 star property. You can read review for Cinnamon Red Hotel on Trip Advisor.

What will the weather be like in Sri Lanka March 28th - April 24th?

Sri Lanka has several different weather patterns on different parts of the island. Where Sri Devi Retreat is located in the South it is an excellent weather period during our stay. It’s about 2 months prior to the South East Monsoon season in Sri Lanka and is mostly a bug free period. Temperatures average between 78-88 °F. Sri Lanka is a tropical destination, so humidity will be present and rainstorms possible. This website has some helpful insights on weather in Sri Lanka. Some recommended items to pack include: wicking yoga clothes, loose fitting light weight clothes, light rain jacket or poncho, and rubber flip flops (or slip-on shoes that can get wet). While there are less mosquitos during this time, you can prevent mosquito bites by using natural repellants like lemongrass and juniper berry essential oils (use DEET at your own discretion) and wearing neutral-colored (beige, light grey) clothing that is breathable and provides coverage.

Should I get travelers’s insurance and/or international medical coverage?

Yes to both! It is highly recommended that get travelers insurance and international medical coverage. There are lots of options for both items, I have used Allianz for traveler’s insurance and Atlas Travel for international medical coverage.