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29 Days 200-Hour AYP Yoga Teacher Training with Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation in Southern Spain

Pago de Pajarete, 11650 Villamartin, Cádiz, Spain

Yoga Teacher Training Spain

Join AYP Yoga in a course that will cover both practice and theory. Practice classes will include asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama. The course will cover many other aspects of yoga, from subtle anatomy to advanced pranayama practices and from yoga philosophy to self-inquiry. The course will lead to the designation of RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) with the Yoga Alliance.

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  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 meditation sessions and 2 lectures daily
  • 180 contact hours of yoga, practice, and tuition
  • Certification to register with Yoga Alliance
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals daily

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


29 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 32
Airport transfer available:
Jerez Airport (US$92 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$197 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Seville Airport (US$118 per person)
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The accommodation provided is on single room, shared room for two people, or dormitory basis at the Suryalila Retreat Center. Suryalila is a converted farm in the South of Spain. It is set in a beautiful location amongst the Spainish hills. The center is set in 45 acres of land and is a working olive farm. The center has extensive grounds with two meditation halls which will be used for all the yoga and sitting practice sessions. Suryalila is a place to be, an environment to let go of your busy life and let your attention turn gently and inquiringly inwards.



Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).


The focus of the training will be on qualifying teachers to be able to teach asanas, Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Deep Meditation and Samyama practice. The course will also cover many other aspects of yoga, from subtle anatomy to advanced pranayama practices and from yoga philosophy to self-inquiry. The yoga will be full-scope, covering all 8 limbs of yoga, as taught by Sri Patanjali.

The course will provide a comprehensive study program for students training to become AYP yoga teachers. It is designed to produce competent, safe and compassionate teachers who meet a high standard of training. The course includes both study and practice, leading participants to experience the transformational quality of yoga.

The training will equip you to be able to effectively bring your knowledge and experience of yoga to others and to help you transform their lives. The course will also include the study of the philosophy of yoga, teaching methodology, anatomy, physiology, both physical and subtle, as well as classical Hatha yoga techniques such as asana, meditation and pranayama.

Although the course is called a 200-hour teacher training, this retreat will consist of 214 hours of study and practice. The 200-hour refers to the training level under the Yoga Alliance teacher training standards for RYT 200.

The participants will be assessed both through practical assignments during the course and also through a written exam at the end of the course. The written examination will not cover the full course curriculum but will only cover the material that students need to know to effectively teach asana practice, meditation, and pranayama.

The Teacher Training Course will comprise of the following categories:

Module 1: Asana practice

  • To establish a strong and progressive asana practice
  • Becoming established in 2 basic asana sequences
  • Understanding correct alignment
  • Making corrections and adjustments safely
  • Using samyama with asana practice
  • The principles of integrating mudras and bandhas with asana practice
  • Learning the important poses in the various categories of asana practice like standing poses, forward and backward bends, twists, and inversions, and developing an understanding of how these different categories can each play a role in the process of yoga

Module 2: Pranayama practice

  • To establish a strong and progressive pranayama practice
  • The focus for this module will be on the practice of spinal breathing pranayama and will also give you an understanding of the practice of kapal bhati, nadi shoddhana and some of the more advanced pranayama practices such as spinal bastrika and yoni mudra khumbaka.

Module 3: Meditation and samyama

  • To establish a strong and progressive meditation and samyama practice
  • The focus for this module will be on the practices of deep meditation and samyama
  • An understanding of the role that mantras play in the process of meditation
  • The cultivation of inner silence
  • The role of the witness
  • What it means to refine a mantra to stillness
  • The cultivation of unity
  • An understanding of the process of breath awareness and passive awareness as alternative forms of meditation for more sensitive practitioners

Module 4: Aspects of teaching

  • To establish an understanding of the many aspects of teaching yoga to enable you to work effectively in a classroom environment
  • The important qualities of a teacher and communication skills that are important in a classroom
  • The different aspects of teaching like demonstrating, observing alignment, and correcting postures in a sensitive way
  • Class and venue organization, setting up a class and room preparation.
  • How to engage in marketing and promotion, understanding the finances involved with teaching yoga, and understanding the legal aspects of teaching yoga including insurance
  • Different teaching styles employed by different teachers, the use of language and voice in a classroom, setting priorities within a lesson or workshop, and understanding the dynamics within a group and the role of a teacher
  • The student learning process and the running of both beginner and intermediate level 8-week yoga courses
  • The ethics involved in teaching, setting effective boundaries, using language appropriately, and understanding the factors involved in the student-teacher relationship
  • How to plan a lesson and manage the time within the lesson, both at the beginner level and intermediate level

Module 5: Anatomy and physiology

  • To establish a good understanding of human physical anatomy and physiology as it applies to yoga
  • The human muscular system
  • The human skeletal system
  • The human digestive system
  • The human respiratory system
  • The human nervous system
  • The human endocrine system
  • The human cardiovascular system
  • Nutrition: developing an understanding of the principles of healthy, nutritious eating to accompany a yogic practice
  • To establish an understanding of the human subtle anatomy and its relationship to the process of awakening
  • The role played in yoga by the chakras
  • The role played in yoga by the nadis
  • The changes that take place in the chakras, nadis, and the flows of prana in the body, as the yoga progresses
  • How you can work effectively with the subtle body in order to bring about a gentle and progressive awakening of the whole being

Module 6: Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics

  • Basic yoga philosophy including an overview of the Vedas and Upanishads
  • A basic study of the Bhagavad Gita
  • The theory and practical use of mantras in yoga
  • The theory of meditation and how changes take place in the mind through its practice
  • The theory of prana and its role in the process of awakening
  • Shatkarmas: The internal cleansing techniques of yoga
  • The yoga sutras of patanjali: A basic study including a study of the 8 limbs of yoga
  • Mudras and bandhas, and their use in conjunction with asana and pranayama
  • The theory of Bhakti yoga
  • The theory of Jnana yoga
  • Inner silence, emptiness, and the basic grades of samadhi
  • The theory of pranayama: The breathing practices
  • The theory of samyama: Understanding how darana, dhyana, and samadhi work with samyama practice
  • The theory of kundalini and how it relates to yogic practice
  • Karma yoga and Seva: The importance of yoga as service to others
  • The importance of Brahmacharya: Understanding the importance of preserving sexual energy for the practice of yoga
  • The 5 stages of the mind: A study of the changes that occur on the mental level through the practice of yoga
  • The theory of mantras: How mantras work on the subtle level of the mind and body
  • A study of the yamas and niyamas: Restraints and observances

Module 7: Practicum

  • To establish trainees in the ability to lead a class in a competent, effective and compassionate manner
  • Practice teaching as lead teacher with peer moderation
  • Observing others teaching
  • Receiving feedback from both peers and teachers
  • Giving feedback to peers about their teaching skills
  • Acting as an assistant teacher in a classroom environment

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:00 Wake up bell
  • 07:00 - 07:45 Asana class
  • 07:45 - 08:35 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
  • 08:35 - 08:45 Short break
  • 08:45 - 09:30 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 12:15 - 13:15 Afternoon lecture 1
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Afternoon leacture 2
  • 16:45 - 17:45 Asana class
  • 17:45 - 18:40 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
  • 18:40 - 19:00 Short break
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20.30 - 21:30 Evening lecture or questions and answers


Tristan Dorling

Devrim Zahir

Alex Wales

Blanche Serban


The teacher training retreat will be held in Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain. Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre, originally an olive hacienda, is located in the heart of the Spanish Andalucian Hills, close to the charming villages of Arcos de la Frontera and Prado del Rey. It is approximately 45 minutes from the historic and beautiful walled city of Cadiz and an hour’s drive from Sevilla, the vibrant heart of Andalucía. On the edge of a stunning, mountainous national park, the property sits in a large river valley overlooking agricultural land and in the far distance, the white lakeside village of Bornos.

Nearby places

  • Seville Airport (SVQ) - 75 minutes
  • International Airport of Jerez-La Parra (XRY) - 50 minutes
  • Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) - 2 hours by transfer/car or 3 hours by bus



  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


All meals provided will be vegetarian. Special diets such as vegan and gluten-free meals can be catered. There will be three meals served daily with drinks available throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Daily lectures, yoga classes, and meditation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Seville Airport (SVQ) as this is the nearest airport. You can also arrive at International Airport of Jerez-La Parra (XRY) or Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP).

AYP Yoga can organize transfers from the airport to Suryalila. The cost from Seville is 90 EUR, from Jerez 70 EUR, and from Malaga 150 EUR. When people arrive at similar times, AYP Yoga can group them, so that the cost of travel can be shared.

Arrival by bus

Should you decide to travel by bus, AYP Yoga can send you the bus timetable closer to your arrival. There are buses running to Villamartin which is about 15 minutes from the retreat center, from where AYP Yoga can pick you up. The cost of a pick up form Villamartin to Suryalila is 10 EUR.

Arrival by taxi

AYP Yoga can arrange a taxi to pick you up and bring you to Suryalila. Alternatively, there are several car rental companies available in both of these airports. Suryalila is only about one hour away by car from both.

Airport: Jerez Airport Airport transfer available: Jerez Airport (US$92 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$197 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Seville Airport Airport transfer available: Seville Airport (US$118 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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