Meridians & Qi:
An Immersion into Yin Yoga and the Energy Body



25 Hour Eastern Medicine and Yin Yoga Training
Faculty: Leah Adams and Eric Baumgartner
Dates: October 2018 TBA
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Are you an experienced yoga teacher ready for the next level of awareness of the subtle body in both the felt sense and your teaching? Do you want to ground your knowledge of the wisdom teachings with a sense of lineage and science? Are you an Acupuncturist who wants to learn to support patients with movement? The 25 hour immersion into the Energetic Body and Yin Yoga supports students to metabolize and own the information through lectures, hands-on learning, and practice. I am excited to be offering a training on these subjects with Eric Baumgartner. Eric holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.



We welcome anyone who has a sincere interest to explore yin yoga, existing yoga teachers and other wellness professionals (body workers, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, osteopaths, physical therapists, etc.). If you are newer to yin yoga, contact us at and let us help you prepare for the program.



Enrollment opens soon.



This training will empower teachers to offer practical tools that yoga teachers can apply to their own lives and to their yin and yang teaching. The time we will spend in class is an opportunity for teachers to become rooted in ancient practices. We will draw a connection between how to fuel sustainable, and healthy bodies, hearts, and minds through the energetic eastern lineage perspective. This yin yoga and energy body immersion will be a deep dive into understanding your own neurochemistry so you can actively participate in your wellbeing and vitality. This 25 hour program is designed to be an immersion into the experience of yin and the energy body through the Traditional Chinese Medicine map. The training is designed for yin yoga teachers, experienced yoga teachers, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and anyone else with a sincere interest in learning about yin yoga, meridians, and the energy body.

We highly recommend individuals seeking to teach yin yoga study and enroll in 50+ hours of yin yoga focused teacher training. There are several excellent programs we would be happy to recommend to you. Please reach out if you are interested in learning more!

Each day is a blend of a yin yoga class, meditation, presentations, and hands on exploration of the following topics:
Connection between yin yoga and the energy body
Qi and meridian theory
Sequences to support balancing nervous system, energetic digestion, energetic detoxification, and energy
Breathing practices through Eastern perspectives
Understanding the autonomic nervous system
Introduction to five element theory
Eastern perspective on digestion and detox
Fascia and relationship to meridian
Benefits of yin yoga
Origins and philosophy: of yin yoga
Eastern perspective on physical heart and pericardium
Foundational yin yoga poses

Required Reading:
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

Suggested Reading:
The Spark and the Machine by Daniel Kweon
Between the Heaven and Earth by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold
Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda by Robert Svoboda and Arnie Lade
Yin Yoga Principles and Practice by Paul Grilley



Program fees include:
Application/Registration Fee $94.40 (non-refundable)
Tuition: $493.60



30 (26 contact, 4 homework) Hours
4 days, Thursday-Sunday


About Faculty


Leah Adams

Leah is a certified Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor. She describes yoga as a "natural and essential component" of her humanity, a practice that is “beautiful and effective because it taps us into our parasympathetic nervous systems and allows us to rest, reset, heal and digest to feel calm and nourished.” Leah has an extensive amount of training and education in both yoga and ayurveda.


Eric Baumgartner

Eric Baumgartner is a father and a pilgrim, and has spent the last 20 years in the study and practice of medicine traditions from around the world. His father and grandfather were both physicians, and though he grew up knowing he would be a doctor someday, he had no idea that his path would lead to Chinese medicine. He currently holds a Master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor's College and practices functional medicine, acupuncture, herbalism, and nutrition in Ojai, and at Alchemy Spa and Wellness in Santa Barbara, California, where he served for the last 4 years as Clinical Wellness Director.

Eric is currently a Doctoral Fellow in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a specialty in Family Medicine at Pacific College in San Diego, with specialization in Women's Health, Pediatrics, Mental Health, Neurology, and Orthopedics. He studied Functional Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Kalish of the Kalish Institute, and continues to study transpersonal psychology, alchemy, and comparative theology within the Pneuma System.

In his spare time, by heritage and by grace, he is an organic tree gardener and wildcrafter, aspiring solar artist, kitchen alchemist, and backcountry naturalist, prone to sudden bouts of singing and absurd voice impersonations, usually to be found digging, writing, playing with his kids, adoring his wife, or concocting some nutritious if not always delicious potion, smoothie or salsa.