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24 Days 200 hour Yoga Alliance Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Evia Island, Greece

Evia Silence, Porto Bufallo, Boúfalon, Greece

Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Greece

This 200-hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course is designed for all levels of yogis who want to connect with and deepen their practice, understand vinyasa flow sequencing and experience a well-rounded curriculum that will develop them into confident teachers. We strongly believe in the importance of experiential learning through one’s own journey of self-discovery and encourage each student to discover and develop his/her unique style as a teacher.

This course gives a strong foundation to build your self-practice.  As your practice deepens, sharing your personal experience in the form of teaching naturally blossoms. Through practical application and direct experience, you will develop the skills, tools, and confidence to teach Vinyasa flow classes. You will connect anatomy knowledge to move and continue your personal yogic journey.

Alpha Yoga School recommends at least six months of regular yoga practice before taking this course. You will study and practice yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, intelligent sequencing, teaching skills, and hands-on adjustments. The theory will include Indian philosophy, yogic lifestyle, moral and ethical codes of yoga (yamas and niyamas), Eastern anatomy and alignment. You will teach your fellow students, giving and receiving constructive feedback throughout the course.

You will practice primarily Ashtanga and Vinyasa with exposure to yin and restorative yoga. By the end of the course, you will practice the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series by yourself, teach classes based on the Primary Sequence, and create your own Vinyasa sequences. Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Shala with sea view
  • Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Certification to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Delicious brunch, dinners and afternoon snacks
  • Exposure to Yin and Restorative yoga
  • Location within steps from the beach
  • 23 nights accommodation
  • Supportive environment
  • Experienced teachers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


23 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Czech, Greek, Romanian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
Airport transfer available:
Athens International Airport (US$45 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

The venue consists of ten rooms, all of them having a fully equipped kitchen, own bathroom and private spacious terrace overlooking the bay. You can choose to have a single, twin shared or triple room.

The beach is within steps from the retreat center where you can swim in crystal clear sea and soak up on all that crucial vitamin D. The retreat center has a beautiful yoga shala overlooking the Bay and the yachts. The shala is considered the pearl of the retreat center.

Program

Overview

You will study and practice yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, intelligent sequencing, teaching skills, and hands-on adjustments. Theory will include: Indian philosophy, yogic lifestyle and ethics, anatomy, and alignment.

You will teach your fellow students, giving and receiving constructive feedback throughout the course. You will practice primarily Ashtanga and Vinyasa with exposure to Yin and Restorative yoga. By the end of the course, you will practice the Ashtanga yoga primary series by yourself, teach classes based on the primary sequence, and create your own Vinyasa sequences.

"Ashtanga" means eight limbs. These limbs are laid out by Sage Patanjali in his "Yoga Sutras" and provide systematic steps that internally and externally purify the mind and body so that one may better connect to the divinity within themselves.

Practicing Ashtanga yoga means practicing these eight limbs. Asana, or yogic posture, is the third limb and one that has become most familiar in the present age. Asana lays the foundation for the rest of the limbs to unfold and the Ashtanga Vinyasa method uses this as its starting point.

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga prescribes a set sequence of postures linked by the breath. Through the practice of free breathing, postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristi), one slowly gains control of the senses and mind. Over time, with repeated practice and devotion, it unfolds into a moving meditation, awakening a sense of subtle awareness.

The mind becomes calmer, and slowly, we are able to clear away the clutter that gets in the way of clarity. When this happens, the light of yoga begins to shine. This is the transformational beauty of the practice.Through this practice, no matter your starting point, results will emerge. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner looking to finally take a swing at teaching, the best place to begin is now.

Detailed course content

  • Ashtanga primary series and a broad range of other yoga asanas
  • Alignment for the Ashtanga primary series yoga postures
  • Modifications and variations of the most common yoga asanas
  • Hands-on-adjustments
  • Yoga anatomy: basic concepts of functional anatomy applied to yoga practice
  • Common injuries during practice and how to avoid them
  • Pranayama and meditation techniques and benefits
  • Mantra chanting
  • Kriya yoga
  • Mudras and bandhas and their benefits
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Ayurveda science
  • How to teach a 45-minute class to a 90-minute long class
  • How to give clear instructions and cues
  • How to demonstrate postures
  • Jump back and jump through
  • Yoga career and building your own business

Certification

Since this is not a yoga retreat or holiday, you will be asked to actively participate, study, do your homework and prepare for all classes. You must meet all course requirements to graduate.

At the end of the course, you will be qualified to teach classes Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga. Upon successful completion of the practical and written exam you will receive a 200-hour certification eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

Prerequisites

This course is open for practitioners of all levels. Whether we see ourselves as beginners or advanced, we all have something to learn. Prior experience and knowledge of Yoga is recommended; at least six months of any yoga style. As the course is demanding, the applicant should be in good physical condition. What is most important is that the applicant arrives with an open mind and the eagerness to learn. The applicant should also have a basic English language understanding as the course is conducted in English and the student will be required to speak English. Alcohol and recreational drugs are not available and are restricted on the premises. Please do not bring them from the outside in order to experience fully the benefits of Yoga.

Course details

The yoga teacher training program is a practical and theoretical training course designed to help you become a confident and effective yoga teacher for all levels of students. You will have lots of opportunities to practice teaching. On day one, you will start teaching one-on-one and, as the course continues, you will progress to teaching larger groups.

By the end of the course, you will be able to teach mixed-level open yoga classes confidently. Since this is not a yoga retreat or holiday, students will be asked to actively participate, study, do their homework and prepare for the classes based on the requirements and recommendations of their teachers.

Teaching methodology

You will learn essential sequencing principles in order to create your own Vinyasa Flow classes. You will look at:

  • The difference between sequencing for more experienced students and for beginners
  • Different types of Vinyasa classes:
  • Well rounded class
  • Peak pose class
  • 1 flow one peak
  • Themed classes
  • How to demonstrate asanas including reasons to demonstrate, when, why, do's and don'ts
  • How to hold the seat of a teacher and the energy of the class
  • How to project your voice
  • How to modify asanas
  • How to work with an open level class
  • How to give verbal instructions

There will be lots of practical teaching, planning, guidance and feedback on how to improve and enhance these skills. You will observe, teach, and receive constructive feedback from your fellow students and teachers.

Morning asana classes

The asana curriculum is equally split between ashtanga and vinyasa, meaning that you will practice three Ashtanga and three Vinyasa classes per week. The Ashtanga classes will progress gradually, while the Vinyasa classes will usually include pranayama, warm-up, sun salutations and variations, basic, intermediate and advanced yoga postures, postural alignment, deep relaxation techniques, and chanting.

Alignment and hands-on adjustments

You will have regular opportunities to practice hands-on adjustments with feedback from your teachers and peers. Alpha Yoga School will examine each of the main postures of the Ashtanga yoga primary sequence in terms of:

  • Correct key alignment and aim
  • Common misalignments
  • Misconceptions and tendencies
  • Modifications using props
  • Advanced variations
  • Hands-on adjustments

Workshops

Every two to three days, there will be workshops where you will break down complex postures like lotus, headstand, deep backbends, transitions, chaturanga dandasana, and deep inversions. Alpha Yoga School teaches baby pre-requisite steps that include preparation exercises, appropriate warm ups, and requirements for the full posture. These classes will bring safety, awareness and mindfulness to your practice and teaching.

Anatomy

In these classes, you will explore functional yoga anatomy and how to safely deepen your practice through your vehicle of exploration; the body. You will learn about the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems through a comprehensive breakdown of the various regions of the body most applicable to the practice.

Through hands on, practical application, you will investigate the different types of connective tissues, experience the movements of the joints, and connect with your fascial body. You will leave with a more profound understanding of both your own body as well as your students.

Philosophy

Yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the course. In this module, you will explore what yoga really is; its meanings, significances, and practices. You will investigate the roots of the practice; the Vedic tradition, while simultaneously embracing the beauty of the present moment.

Together, you will travel back in time to explore Vedic culture, myths, and mantras, and then continue down the evolutionary paths of both classical and modern yoga practices. You will be introduced to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita, gaining both traditional and contemporary insight on their commentaries, while exploring the lifestyle and ethical guidelines of yoga.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the Vedic science of health and longevity, is intrinsically linked to the practice of yoga. These two sister sciences developed together and are traditionally taught together. You will explore the foundations of this extraordinary holistic discipline while learning its basic principles of Self-healing that can be applied both on and off the mat.

Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30-08:30 Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga asana class
  • 08:30-09:00 Break
  • 09:00-10:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00-11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00-13:00 Anatomy/philosophy (alternating)
  • 13:00-15:00 Break
  • 15:00-16:45 Alignment of asanas, hands-on adjustments/students teaching each other
  • 16:45-17:00 Snack and tea break
  • 17:00-18:00 Asana class (Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative class)
  • 18:00-19:00 Workshops (every two days)
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner
  • Check in is on the 29th June after 2 p.m.
  • Check out is on 22nd July at 11 a.m.

Your instructors

Joanna Vladescu

Joanna started practicing yoga in a studio in Athens in 2005. Unwilling to miss a class, she knew that she had found a beautiful practice, both physically and mentally.

Since 2009 she has completed workshops and advanced studies with first generation teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage including: Manju Jois, David Swenson, Eddie Stern, Laruga Glaser, Kristina Karitinou, Rolf Naujokat, David Garrigues.

She completed teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga and Advanced Vinyasa Yoga in Goa, India.

She completed a 50 hour Teacher Tune-up course with Noah Maze.

She is dedicated to her Ashtanga practice, always looking for a teacher. When she's in India, she continues her studies with Regina Ehlers.

She practices and teaches primarily Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga and handstands. She likes to inspire people to adopt Ashtanga as a therapeutic method of self-transformation and self-discovery.

In her class, she emphasises the bandhas and breath, that allow us to make our practice more than just physical exercise. She gives modifications for all body types as she believes yoga is for everyone and everyone has his/her own limitations. The yoga pose is not about how it looks, but how it feels.

She is funny, caring, inspiring and gives full attention to her students. She will take your practice to the next level with precise verbal and hands-on adjustments.

Joanna is a Thai Massage Therapist and has a degree in Economics.

Martin Sittek

Martin started practicing yoga regularly in 2008 once he realised that it brought peace, relaxation and balance to his otherwise sedentary and stressful lifestyle.

Starting first with traditional Hatha yoga classes, he later transitioned to more dynamic styles of Vinyasa yoga.

Inevitably, he developed a curiosity about other aspects of yoga. He quit his job and traveled to India in pursuit of an overall practice of yoga. He never looked back.

After completing 200 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Sampoorna Yoga India, he attended 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala. He learned the art of adjustment and alignment from Kamal Singh during 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh.

In 2018, he completed a 40 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course with David Swenson in Italy. David is one of only a handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.

Martin attended workshops with David Robson at Purple Valley in Goa, India.

He continues his studies with Regina Elhers, certified by K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

Martin understands the challenges of deepening a yoga practice through years of dedicated personal experience. He uses this knowledge to help his students learn.

Martin has a great sense of humour. He facilitates, encourages and inspires his students with his devotion and knowledge.

Martin has a Master's Degree in Thermal Engineering and a diploma in International Business and Management.

Laura Shanks

Originally from New York, Laura was drawn to yoga and movement at a young age. At the advice of a dance teacher, she began a regular Bikram practice at age 14 that evolved into a personal practice of her own. Over time, and through experimentation with various styles of yoga, her practice blossomed beyond the physical, becoming an all-encompassing, spiritual discipline.

A self-proclaimed “yoga nerd,” Laura’s practice includes not only Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, but expands off the mat to traditional forms of yoga including Bhakti, Nada, Kriya, Raja, Jnana, and Karma.

She completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Classical Hatha Yoga and Meditation at an Ashram in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, as well as 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training and 100-hour Plus Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at Kranti Yoga in Goa, India.

Having fallen in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, she went on to complete Yoga Teacher Training with Kristina Karitinou-Ireland on the Full Primary Series and has practiced with several senior Ashtanga Vinyasa teachers around the world, including, John Scott, David Williams, Radha Warrell, Pierre Seghir, Jörgen Christiansson and Louise Ellis.

Currently residing in Mysore, India, Laura is a dedicated student of Saraswathi Jois at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute where she continuously studies asana, chanting, philosophy and Sanskrit. She also studies traditional Ayurveda with Dr. Ranganathan.

A journalism major in college and former fashion publicist, Laura’s inquisitive nature gave way to a strong interest in philosophy and self-inquiry which turned into a lifelong passion. She is grateful to share this passion with others teaching Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda, Guided Meditation, Anatomy, Myofascial Release and Yoga Asana.

Included excursions

Evia Silence Retreat Center partners up with Evia Adventure Tours. Since 2013, they have been a family-run business, providing guiding tours on the island of Evia, keeping everything authentic. They organize sightseeing around the island, sailing cruises, food and wine tours, cycling and hiking tours. They will take care of all the details, you just sit back and relax.

Location

This teacher training takes place at Evia Silence retreat center, which is located on Evia Island. The venue is just 2.5 hours drive from Athens International Airport, so you don't need to take a ferry to get to the island of Evia. You can arrive either with a shared taxi with the other students or public transportation and then a taxi for the last 27 kilometers of the ride.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

Thai massage.

What's included

  • 23 nights accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast, afternoon snacks, tea, dinners
  • Manual
  • All classes
  • Certification of completion upon successful completion of the practical and written exam, eligible to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Beautiful shala with view to the sea
  • Beach within steps
  • Clear waters to swim in
  • Delicious Mediterranean food
  • Rooms with sea view, terrace, and fully equipped kitchen
  • Local restaurants within seven minutes of walking
  • Experienced teachers and assistants
  • Lots of opportunities to teach (from week one)

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Other activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH). Alpha Yoga School will be happy to send a taxi to pick you up from ATH Airport. The distance from the airport is 165 kilometers and a 2.5-hour drive to Evia Silence. If you want us to send a taxi for you, then please send us your complete flight details.

The taxi driver will be waiting at the airport with your nameplate and will bring you straight to Evia Silence. Alpha Yoga School will create a Facebook group for the students a couple of weeks before the course starts. Alpha Yoga School suggests you join that group so that you can get to know each other and coordinate a shared taxi with your fellow students.

You have an option to come to Evia Silence combining public transportation and taxi (for the last 27 kilometers). From the airport, take Express bus X93 and get off at Liosion Intercity bus station (6 EUR one way). Walk to the big building opposite the bus stop and take another bus to Aliveri (+/-12 EUR). The ride takes 2 to 2.5 hours. Let Alpha Yoga School know what time you will arrive at Aliveri and they will arrange your taxi from there to the retreat.

Airport: Athens International Airport Airport transfer available: Athens International Airport (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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