"The inner journey is the only journey" John F. Barnes

A personal and transformative exploration of the power of yin yoga seen through a lens of the fascial matrix. 

Two live in-person weekend dates

Fall 2021

at The Yogashala

312 Dundas St E. Waterdown, Ontario

 This insightful training will bring a clear understanding to the approach, the effects and the benefits of yin yoga. Understanding the outcome of long-term stress on our systems, we will journey inwardly, exploring how a yin approach can be part of the solution to a much needed recovery period in our modern day stress paradigm.

Appropriate for

Yoga teachers, social workers, physiotherapists, chiropractors, psychotherapists, life coaches, psychologists, massage therapists, reiki practitioners and structural integration therapists.

In this 40-hour immersion over the course of two weekends you will:

  • explore the history of yin yoga and the timeline of merging related philosophies of stress and adaptation..

  • gain understanding in the emerging science behind the fascial matrix and the biotensegrity model of the human being

  • learn guiding principles as they apply to yin yoga based on John Barnes Myofascial Release™

  • have hands on practical and experiencial work taking you deeper in to your own self-exploration of yin yoga and the myofascial body

  • in depth analysis of each of the yin postures, modifications and anatomical considerations

  • learn how to create an environment for yin practice that deepens the experience into the self, including power of touch, voice, cueing, sequencing and transitioning.

  • explore yoga from different perspectives including breath work, the energy body and the chakra system and how it correlates to the fascial network
    deepen your ability to centre yourself and increase your sense of touch and intuitive abilities

  • receive a full manual covering all aspects of the course  

  • articles and reference material to further develop your understanding 


40hr course including manual and Yoga Alliance registered certificate 

$899.00 + HST

Schedule Dates September 17, 18,19, Oct. 1, 2, 3

Friday 6-10pm

Saturday 9am-6pm (Lunch 1-2)

Sunday    9am -6pm (Lunch 1-2)

For further information please click link below to register through Yogashala Wellness Centre.


Your instructors


Barb Leese MA, ERYT, RYS,  A recipient of Burlington’s Civic Recognition Award for International Achievements, Barb is an experienced and committed educator with a passion for the arts and yoga and avocation for instilling a love of learning to assist people in finding personal wellness and
performance excellence. Barb’s passion for health and mind/body wellness began at the age
ten training professionally with Canada’s National Ballet School and upon graduation,
joining the National Ballet of Canada as a classical dancer and then shifting to musical
theatre, as performer, dance captain and associate director. Holding a Masters Degree from
York University, Barb is currently on faculty at Sheridan College, teaching anatomy/
physiology and dance technique for the Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance program.
Barb holds certifications in various styles of yoga, personal training and mind/body
techniques, all of which enable her to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to her
teaching over the last 30 years. Her 200hr YA registered Yoga Teacher Training program has
run for the last ten years producing hundreds of very confident yoga instructors . Her vast
teaching experience has expanded to New York City, co-teaching/creating modules in
BodeNYC’c OHYA registered Teacher Training Program where she launched her 40hr Yin
training, The Inward Journey in 2019. Barb will add to her credentials an AYIT accreditation
in yoga therapy (2022).

Christine Grant, PT, Expert Level John F.Barnes Myofascial Release Therapist and Reiki Master is a Physical Therapist, helping people return to balance and wellness for more than 25 years. She is a life-long learner, spiritual seeker and yogi and her journey of outer exploration and inner transformation has led her to study many approaches to healing. She has a strong belief in engaging the whole self: mind, body and spirit, in assisting people on their healing journeys. She also works with the energetic realm and has been teaching Reiki as a Master Teacher for the past 11 years. She was introduced to the world of fascia 17 years ago and fell in love; blown away by its holistic paradigm and how it merges the conscious and subconscious being with the energetic and physical self. She has expert level training in John Barnes Myofascial Release and has led introductory workshops and talks about fascia for the past 5 years. She is passionate about bringing an understanding of fascia to the yoga community and merging these two philosophies to enhance peoples’ wellbeing. She has a private PT practice in Oakville, Ontario.