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Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Greece

by Cris Puscas

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Greece constantly ranks as one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe.

Between its stunning coastline, rich culture and history, beautiful islands, and friendly people, this Mediterranean country has become a preferred destination for travelers looking for a unique experience.

So it comes to no surprise that there are plenty of yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses in Greece, no matter which island or part of the mainland you want to head to.

History of Yoga & Meditation in Greece

But such a traditional Greek Orthodox country surely does not have much to do with yoga. Or does it?

Astonishingly, it does! Two thousand years ago in Southern Europe, a deep state of meditation (samadhi in Sanskrit) was practiced by both Greeks and Romans. In Greek, it was called henosis and it literally meant “one-pointed awareness” or “unitary consciousness”.

There were many centers where you could learn how to stabilize your mind in henosis, including the Platonic Academy in Athens.

More so, the famous Oracle of Delphi, the spiritual center of Ancient Greece, is known for its advice: “Know thyself”. And spiritual teachers, such as Plotinus, urged his disciples to unite the divinity in themselves with the divinity in all things.

Even earlier, at the beginning of the 5th century BC, Empedocles was talking about the journey within: “You must plunge beneath your crowded thoughts and calmly contemplate the higher realities with pure, focused attention.”

Today, many still consider meditation, the concept of reincarnation, and the essential unity of all things to be Eastern beliefs. But these teaching were once an integral part of the Western spiritual heritage. Unfortunately, most of these were lost in the West and we had to travel East to rediscover them.

Top Destinations for Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Greece

Athens

view of the acropolis of athens from plaka

The capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is also one of the world’s oldest cities.

Steeped in history, the cradle of Western civilization offers a plethora of things to do and discover. It is a gem worth discovering on foot, especially since a mostly car-free archeological walk has been established and allows easy access to the major sites such as the Acropolis and the Greek Agora.

With its own riviera, a lot of charming nearby islands to explore, and superb countryside on the mainland, Athens is an ideal vacation spot, as well as a good choice for a yoga teacher training course.

Crete

the palace of knossos on crete

The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete is home to the legendary Minotaur and the ancient labyrinth. The ruins of the Palace of Knossos, where the Minotaur lived, are one of the biggest attractions on the island.

Littered with gorgeous beaches, the island is also a great choice for those who enjoy hiking. Samaria Gorge is the most well-known hiking route, but there are plenty more routes to explore.

Part of the Blue Zone – a region where people live the longest – Crete is also known for its healthy and tasty cuisine.

During your free time on a yoga teacher training course you can indulge in yummy cuisine, unravel the mysteries of the labyrinth, explore nature, or spend some time on the beaches.

The Cyclades

yoga in the cyclades

Photo credit: Soma Yoga Institute

The famous Cyclades comprise 2,200 islands out of which only 33 are inhabited. And only a handful are very popular among travelers. Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, and Amorgos constantly rank high on everyone’s bucket list.

The well-known Cycladic architecture – whitewashed houses, blue domes, and window shutters – together with beautiful beaches, great weather, and amazing food will make you fall in love no matter which of the islands you choose to visit.

Paros is not as crowded as Santorini and can be a great place to relax and join a yoga teacher training course. There are a lot of beaches and traditional villages to explore during your free time.

The Ionian Islands

yoga by the sea in the ionian islands

Photo credit: Alpha Yoga School

Also known as the Western Greek Islands, the Ionians include the well-known Corfu, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos (Zante) and a lot of off-the-beaten-path smaller islands. All are known for the beautiful sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, stunning architecture, and charming fishing villages.

Corfu is the northernmost of the Ionians and is located east of Italy and southwest of Albania. It is home to some lovely finishing villages and a gorgeous Old Town. It is also an excellent choice for a yoga teacher training course.

Note: BookYogaTeacherTraining offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.

Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses to Join in Greece

 

28 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Hatha Yoga Alignment & Ayurveda Immersion in Naousa, Cyclades

28 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Hatha Yoga Alignment & Ayurveda Immersion in Naousa, Cyclades

  • Cost per day: from €111
  • Availability: Apr 11, 2021
  • Location: Paros, Cyclades
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: intermediate

 

Immerse yourself in yoga teachings for 28 days at the seaside eco-retreat center on the island of Paros.

The retreat overlooks the azure Aegean Sea and is within walking distance from secret sandy beaches and crystal waters. All rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, a mini-fridge, and a kettle.

The main focus of the training is uniting the traditional practices of alignment-based Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa styles with Ayurveda immersion.

This program is designed for those who want to become certified yoga teachers, as well as yoga practitioners who want to deepen their knowledge of the relationship between these two ancient practices, deepen their yoga practice, and gain a foundational understanding through an in-depth study of yoga philosophy and yoga anatomy.

This training allows you to personally experience the benefits of daily self-care such as seasonal eating, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga.

Your day starts at 6:30 a.m. with Meditation or pranayama. You’ll then enjoy a tea break at 7:30 a.m. The morning asana yoga practice is at 7:45 a.m. and breakfast is served at 19 a.m.

There are other classes in the late morning (theory, philosophy, etc). You’ll also have two hours for yourself (from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) to enjoy the beach or just rest.

At 4 p.m. there’s a theory teaching class, followed by another yoga class at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.

During the 28-days training, there’s one day off each week (usually Mondays).

Three meals per day are included, as well as coffee and tea. They are organic and vegetarian. If you have other dietary requests, make sure to ask the organizer in advance.

The package also includes the use of all yoga props and one personal Ayurvedic consultation (or holistic coaching session).

During your time off you can choose to take a day trip to Delos or Mykonos, for an extra fee. There are also hiking trails that skirt the coastline or go deep inland. You may also spend time on the beach or explore the charming villages.

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

Paros is served by Paros National Airport (PAS), a regional airport. Flights connect through Athens, Thessaloniki, or Heraklion. You could also fly into Mykonos Island National Airport (JMK) and connect through a ferryboat to Paros. Alternatively, you can fly into Athens and book a ferryboat to Paros (about 3 hours on the high-speed one).

8 Day Yoga Alliance USA Continuing Education Yoga Teacher Training in Attica

ytt in Attica

  • Cost per day: from €750
  • Availability: all year round
  • Location: Paiania, Athens
  • Instruction language: English 
  • Instruction level: intermediate & advanced 

This yoga teacher training course is designed to teach you how to give, explain, and understand the “Golden Class” concept. 

The program is registered at the Yoga Alliance Certification. So, upon completion, you’ll receive 42 Credit Hours, plus a certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance (YA). Some of the aspects that you’ll learn during this training are:

  • In-depth mechanical movement of the upper, middle, and lower body

  • Proper functioning of muscle and skeleton structure

  • How to design a class with the particularities of the above mentioned

  • How to give a blind class

  • How to give a proper Yoga Nidra class

  • How to apply yoga for specific ailments such as back pain, anti-aging, sleeping disorder, weight loss, depression, menopause or hormone balancing, and arthritis.

The program includes daily breakfast. Lunch, snacks and dinner can be prepared in the well-equipped master kitchen. If you want you can book a Kinesiology therapy to balance the energies of the body with Dr. Bach consultations. There are also various massage therapies available upon demand (at an extra cost).

This yoga teacher training course takes place in Paiania, Athens. Which is 10 km away from the Athens International Airport and 25 minutes ride away to Artemida, an amazing beach where you can find great seafood.

You can also visit the beautiful city of Athens and the Glyfada residential area where the yoga academy is located. Enjoy the archaeology and cultural sites, or just enjoy a day at the beach for sunbathing and swimming.

29 Day 200 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in Athens, Attica

ytt therapy in athens

  • Cost per day: from €100
  • Availability: all year round
  • Location: Athens, Attica
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: all levels

Yoga Therapy is an adaptation of yoga for those who have health problems. It is based on the holistic concept and includes a balanced set of practices that calms and vitalizes the mind and body.

During this yoga teacher training course, you will understand the connection between yoga and therapy, analyze the holistic approach to balance the physical and mental, study anatomy within the asanas, as well as study 30 asanas in detail, learn the importance of nutrition, of the Doshas, Gunas, and Marmas points in the science of living, and discover the therapeutic benefit of mantra.

There are two yoga classes and two yoga theory & teaching classes each day, except on Sundays (when there’s only a yoga class). Sunday is a day off when you can visit Athens and the historical sites.

The food is regular, but you can ask the organizer in advance to cater for your dietary needs. Only breakfast and drinks (water, coffee, and tea) are included in the program’s price.

You will need to bring your own mat.

Upon completion, you will get certification & registration at Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

Athens is served by Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH), which receives flights from all over Europe and the rest of the world. You can also take a ferry from Italy (into Patras and then travel by land to Athens).

22 Day 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Conscious Yoga Teacher Training on Karpathos, Dodecanese Islands

ytt in karpathos

  • Cost per day: from €89
  • Availability: selected dates in May, July & October 2021
  • Location: Karpathos, Dodecanese Islands
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: beginner & intermediate

Get a first-hand experience of what is possible through yoga by removing energy blockages. Cleanse the body and mind by going deep into the practices of original yoga.

During the course, you’ll be exposed to a minimum of four yoga types (Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, Raja) and the eight limbs of yoga. You will also study various sub-yoga types such as Hatha, Yin, Kirtan, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Ashtanga.

The first week focuses on asanas. The second weekend includes asanas practice in the morning and afternoon, but the focus is on yoga philosophy, pranayama, human anatomy, and different types of meditations. During the third week, you will become more comfortable with teaching and you will practice on your fellow course participants.

Three meals, water, and tea are included in the price. The meals cater to a variety of dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw. There are three excursions included in this program: a visit to the ancient city of Olympus and two beaches.

You will need to bring your own mat.

The venue is in Adia, on the island of Karpathos, part of the Dodecanese Islands.

Karpathos Island National Airport (AOK) serves the island. While it gets some direct flights from Europe, you may need to connect either through Athens or Rhodes. The transfer to/from the airport is included in the price.

20 Day 200-Hour Authentic Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Alexandroupoli

ytt in Alexandroupoli

  • Cost per day: from €2,600
  • Availability: all year round 
  • Location: Alexandroupoli
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: all levels 

Embark on a journey of self-growth and self-development through yoga. Join this yoga teaching course to shift your perspective, challenge yourself, and your limits.

This yoga teacher training course takes place in Alexandroupoli, the capital of Evros in East Macedonia and Thrace. The perfect place to do your training while enjoying its 22 kilometers (13 miles) of sandy beaches. Visit its hot springs, travel to Samothraki island, go to the Virgin Forests of Rodopi mountain range, visit the Evros Protected River Delta area, or go to the National Park of Dadia.

The course’s focus is on building confidence, skills, and knowledge, getting a comprehensive understanding of Iyengar Yoga and other styles. Learn all about the asana practice, philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, as well as the business aspect of yoga.

Each morning begins with meditation, Pranayama sessions and asana practice. Early afternoons are focused on the philosophy and anatomy of yoga, followed by teaching methodology and more practice on the mat.

Keep in mind that meals are not included. However, the city offers various vegetarian options made with local traditional recipes. Yoga mats, bolsters and all training items are included as well as copies and training books. You can also enjoy the free sauna every weekend.

Featured photo credit: Aegialis Hotel and Spa


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