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Free-Style Yoga is a great opportunity for any student wishing to be free to explore Yoga in their own way, therefore creating their own style of Yoga based on their own personality. Free-Style Yoga actively promotes the open free-style of teaching yoga using all of the tools yoga has to offer.
EcoCentro have a number of wooden cabin lodges situated spaciously around the resort, each with its own kitchen, lounge/tv area and private bathrooms. Some lodges have a wooden terrace extending to the rear with a spectacular view of Sierra de Gredos.
Two types of accommodation options are available, double room with single beds shared or a private room with single bed. Students will have the option of booking either room type when reserving a place on the course. We fully recommend booking a double shared room to pair up with another student during the course, for mutual support.
All wooden cabin lodges are fully equipped with electricity (24/7), kitchen, free WiFi, Air conditioning, and cellphone coverage is available with all major cellphone networks. The lodges do not have TVs, therefore it is advisable to bring a small device (tablet, laptop etc) that will allow you to watch movies or your favourite programs if desired.
Free-Style Yoga teacher training is registered as a Yoga program with Free-Style Yoga Alliance, offering fully certified and accredited courses. We also offer students lifetime membership free of charge to continue with professional and personal development.
Students will have the opportunity to receive the highest standard of training at our chosen incredible mountain location at the Sierra de Gredos unique EcoCentro resort (La Hospederia del Silencio), in the heart of Spain; in Caceres within a countryside setting. Starting at the end of the first week, students will begin teaching in pairs, then groups on the second week. Students will also have the opportunity on the third week to give live training classes to our community, giving a fantastic opportunity to students that want to progress as Yoga Teachers after the course.
Our Teacher Training course is unique and stands out from the standard training courses, we give the opportunity to students to start teaching from the first week, until they leave as Yoga Teachers, thus building up real confidence, creating a stronger personality throughout the course.
The course manual consists of 16 modules, with an easy to follow structure giving detailed content and instructions. Each module comes with homework, which has to be completed on a weekly basis and given to the lead trainer. The homework will be accumulated during the course and given back during the final week to help with exam preparation.
Course Syllabus, educational categories (Yoga Alliance standards):
Techniques, Training and Practice.
Anatomy & Physiology.
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers.
Remaining hours split between the educational categories.
Total minimum contact hours: 180 hours.
Total minimum contact hours with lead trainer(s): 65 hours.
TOTAL COURSE HOURS: 252 hours (not including meal times).
Module 1 - Yoga History & Philosophy
Module 2 - Yoga comes to the West
Module 3 - Free-Style Yoga Method
Module 4 - Difference between Yoga and physical exercise
Module 5 - Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)
Module 6 - Introduction to Asanas
Module 7 - Karanas, Vinyasa Yoga Flow
Module 8 - Anatomy & Philosophy
Module 9 - Anatomical Planes of the Body
Module 10 - Meditation
Module 11 - Relaxation
Module 12 - Pranayama, Kriyas and Bandhas
Module 13 - Nadis & Chakras
Module 14 - Yoga for Children
Module 15 - Yoga for Pensioners
Module 16 - I am a qualified Yoga teacher, what now!
06:00 - 06:15 Wake up, Prepare for Meditation
06:15 - 07:00 Sunrise Meditation session
07:00 - 08:30 Group practice, Free-Style Yoga class
08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast (Smoothies, light breakfast with fruits and cereals)
10:00 - 12:00 Lectures & Workshops - Theory, Philosophy
12:00 - 12:15 Break
12:15 - 13:00 Lectures & Workshops - Anatomy of Yoga
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch, Vegetarian/Vegan based
14:30 - 16:30 Lectures & Workshops - Teaching methodology & Practicum
16:30 - 18:00 Group practice, Free-Style Yoga class / Meditation
18:00 Supper and freetime
The Yoga Bible, by Cristina Brown.
Anatomy of Yoga, Leslie Kaminoff.
These books are freely available on Amazon, or from a local book store.
This is an intensive Yoga Teacher training course and will require dedicated training and time to complete the course, however we are in the middle of the countryside with Sierra de Gredos mountains a step away, therefore students will have the opportunity to escape on their free day (Sundays) to enjoy local trekking, swimming in the rivers and natural rock formed pools, horse riding or simply relaxing at the resort taking in the local countryside, onsite swimming pool, or helping out in the gardens.
Sierra de Gredos, Caceres
We are very fortunate to be on the doorstep of the Sierra de Gredos mountain range, which forms the largest part of Spain's central system of mountains with a number of rivers, lakes, small towns and local wildlife including endemic species to the mountains.
Sierra de Gredos is a protected national park and is subject to strict park management policies including camping, litter, trekking and tourism in general.
EcoCentro resort (La Hospedería del Silencio)
The Eco Centro retreat is situated near the village of Robledillo de la Vera, Cáceres, in a very quiet location hence the name “Silent Accommodation”, holding a south western position from the Gredos mountains.
The center has a beautiful location away from any highway or local roads, 1km from the nearest village with accommodation spaciously located around the resort.
Bio Restaurant - Menu
The onsite cooks will be serving up some amazing meals for students concentrating on Vegetarian and Vegan foods. Ingredients are sourced locally from Bio farms that use sustainable growing techniques to ensure all produce is Bio available. Meals are varied and introduce an assortment of ingredient combinations, using Tofu, Sietan, and meat free options.
Students with special dietary requirements please contact us to ensure we can tailor a menu to your requirements. Meals will be taken at the onsite restaurant.
All guests will experience a variety of smoothie tasting workshops, for breakfast or to enjoy as a snack during the day. Smoothies are an incredible addition to any diet and guests will be making colourful, tasty smoothies from locally sourced ingredients.
Trekking and Nature walks
It is very important during the course to “step out” and take a break from training, as we are in the heart of the countryside, walking/trekking is a recommended option. Horse riding is also available at the local village, where you can experience a day or half at a typical Spanish riding stables.
We are also on the doorstep of Sierra de Gredos mountains, therefore will have opportunities for walks/treks within the park itself, including discovering the rivers, that hold a variety of small lagoons (gargantas), with crystal clear fresh water trapped from the normal river route.
There are also plenty of chillout areas where you can escape for a few minutes to the whole day to relax and recuperate during the course. There is also massage and naturopathy services at the resort therefore if needed just request.
Massage and Naturopathy treatments are available at the center, including various types massages, reflexology and acupuncture.
Treatments are managed by EcoCentro staff at the reception.
Getting to Spain is very easy for many internationals with direct flights from all major airports around the world into either Madrid or Barcelona, however Madrid is recommended due to its location.
On arrival into Madrid, Adolfo Suarez airport you will need to make arrangements to stay in Madrid or go directly to our designated pickup point for international students, to be arranged closer to the course start date. We will arrange as a course group, transport from Madrid to Eco Centro in Caceres at a small additional cost.
For students already living in Spain, then you have access to a great selection of public and private transportation services that brings you a step closer to Eco Centro.
Madrid Adolfo Suarez Airport to Eco Centro - 243km
Barcelona El Prat Airport to Eco Centro - 821km
Malaga Galages Airport to Eco Centro - 503km
Lisbon Portela Airport to Eco Centro - 439km