26 Days Lotus Warrior Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

  • Suryalila Yoga Centre, Suryalila Yoga Centre, Cadiz, Seville, Spain

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Overview

200-hour Spain Yoga Teacher training

  • Vinyasa yoga training
  • 30 hours of Yin yoga training
  • Viyasa and Yin yoga certifications
  • Courses in teaching skills, anatomy, Ayurveda, philosophy, and more
  • Pranic healing, energy work, and meditations
  • Myo-fascial release sessions
  • 25 nights accommodation
  • All daily meals

Green-Lotus-Yoga invites you to join this intensive 200 hour yoga teacher training in Seville, Spain. Expect to work hard with the support of a group that wishes to evolve through the path of yoga like yourself. You will be challenged to journey deeper within, to move beyond your self-limiting beliefs and stories that hold you back from moving forward with your intentions and dreams. Move deeper into relationship with the core nature of who you are and connect with your authentic self.

  • 23 days with instruction
  • English
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At Suryalila Retreat Center, accommodation is offered in shared rooms. There are also three yoga rooms, one of which is a huge Geodesic dome. There is a shop with everything from raw chocolate to tampons to really gorgeous yoga clothing. There are horses on the grounds and many students go horseback riding.

There are plenty of indoor and outdoor hangout spaces, including the pool and sun beds. There are even handout spaces in the accommodation quarters with kitchen and washing machine for washing your clothes. It has everything.

This training teaches Vinyasa style asana which is physically strengthening, breath-centered, opening, and creative. Alignment studies and yoga anatomy are large factors on the course to give budding teachers the tools to teach safely and intelligently deepen their personal practice. Teaching skills and the focus on each teacher developing their own unique voice to prepare them for the classroom after the training is also a large aspect of the training.

The subtle anatomy and Pranayama (energetics) are also explored, both theoretically and experientially. The meditations are deepened with understanding of the yoga philosophy and helps connect students with their deeper nature in a life affirming and non-dogmatic way.

30 hours of the training will be dedicated to Yin training with Josh Summers. This training can also be taken as a separate training. Most people who do this training are qualified teachers who wish to teach Yin yoga in addition to the other style they trained in. However on this TTC, the Yin training is included so teachers can teach both Vinyasa and Yin yoga upon qualification.

Course expectations

  • Develop your asana practice and your understanding of your body through anatomy and alignment studies.
  • Develop your individual teaching voice, as an expression of your true self and learn how to teach yoga and share the gifts it has to offer safely and confidently.
  • Create deeper spiritual understanding in a life-connecting, non-dogmatic way.
  • Learn the art of Yin Yoga and receive Yin yoga certification.
  • Learn how diet can help your practice, your health and your life.
  • Delve into the depths of subtle anatomy and learn healing meditations, myo-fascial release, and energy balancing work.
  • Learn the gift of meditation.
  • Learn Ayurveda and the holistic aspects of the practice.
  • Learn the business side of yoga and how to operate as a teacher ethically and effectively.

Curriculum

Vinyasa

The asana taught on the Lotus Warrior yoga teacher training course is physically challenging, creative, alignment-orientated, and fun! In the classroom, Carol likes to play with a series of vinyasa threads (sequences of postures, link with the breath) that she has developed over the years and adapt them to the needs of her group to help move students deeper into practice, safely, and with awareness.

She always allows for mixed level in her group by offering various expressions of the poses and encouraging students to work to their own level. The initial focus is creating a solid foundation for practice and deeper awareness of the body anatomy and alignment. When the group clicks with the foundation, the practice will take off into more advanced work and students will be encouraged to work to their own ability.

Teaching skills

This training places a lot of emphasis on preparing new teachers to teach level one and two classes. After asana, teaching skills is the second most important subject. Teachers will learn a foundation series and then adapt it playfully, within specific guidelines, as an expression of their unique voice. Teachers will prepare a class, including breath work, asana, music play list if used, and shavasana and teach it to the group as a teaching exercise.

These focus of these classes is decided by the individual student; teachers may teach a relaxing beginners class or an upbeat level two core class. Teachers will also learn about the common issues that arise in the classroom and how to address them, whether they be physical ailments like slipped disc or high blood pressure, or boundary issues like people arriving late, not paying, etc. Teachers are also shown how to dip their teaching into level three poses and after graduation teachers have the freedom to teach to the level they can practice comfortably.

Anatomy

Lotus Warrior yoga anatomy uses biomechanics and myo-fascial anatomy trains as a foundation for practice. Biomechanics informs us exactly which muscles are contracted and released in different asanas, which muscles are the agonists (the primary movers), the antagonists (the muscles released), and the synergists (the assisting muscles of the primary mover).

This can really offer yoga students a lot of insight as to how their body works in relation to asana and allows for safety, ease and intelligence in practice. Myo-fascial anatomy trains outline the muscle chains in the body and explains how they are connected in relation to movement. They teach us of how the body moves from an interconnected perspective and assist greatly in students developing their practice.

The anatomy allows students to dive into a deeper relationship with their bodies on and off the mat. Students find when they know exactly which muscles to strengthen and release on the mat and why, they find more confidence to diver deeper into the practice. These classes will also equip you to understand what is happening in other people’s bodies, not just your own.

Yin yoga level 1 training

International teacher Josh Summers will also teach his 30 hour level 1 certified Yin yoga program. Yin yoga trains and strengthens the Yin tissues of the body, the Yin energy of the subtle body, and the Yin capacities of mind and heart.

Practice the core Yin asanas, and explore the difference between aesthetic alignment and functional alignment; how skeletal variation affects range of motion and alignment considerations; principles of tension and compression in asana.

Learn four Yin sequences that work on specific meridian lines in the body, with relevant modifications and adjustments. Understand the positive physiological effects of Yin yoga on the fascia, connective tissue, and joint health. Learn the core concepts of traditional Chinese medicine and how the energy system is influenced by the practice of Yin yoga, emphasis on meridian and organ health.

Acquire experiential and theoretical knowledge of the Buddha’s core teachings on mindfulness meditation, which is a great framework for integrating meditative themes into Yin classes or personal practice. The training is suitable for those both interested in teaching Yin Yoga or for those who simply wish to deepen their understanding of the practice. Students will receive a certificate of training which is eligible for continuing education credit (30 hours) with the Yoga Alliance.

Pranic healing energy work and meditations

  • Dynamic and passive Kundalini meditations
  • Kundalini activation breath
  • Kundalini trance dance
  • The five sheaths meditation
  • The five sheaths and healing trauma
  • Cellular DNA healing meditation
  • Open heart and Sufi heart meditations
  • Prana and diet
  • A collection of traditional pranayamas to cleanse the pranic body

Myo-fascial release work

Fascia is the tissue in the body that wraps around our organs muscles and bones connecting them into one whole, that we call the body. Fascial release work on release “adhesions” in the fascia. Adhesions are when two or more muscles group together and think they are one muscle. There should be space in between the muscles so that they can glide over each other.

When this does not happen, they get stuck, reduce mobility, prevent movement, and sometimes create pain. Another reason for adhesions to be removed is that muscles have specific functions. For example, we have three glutes: glute maximus, glute medius, and glute minimus. Glute max is a synergist external rotator; Glute medius can interally rotate and externally rotate the hip and glute minimum internally rotates the hips.

When these butt muscles adhese, they forget how to internally rotate and externally rotate the hip. The hip locks preventing mobility. Another reason why myo-fascial work is so important is that it hydrates the fascia.

No matter how much water you drink, if your fascia is not receiving a blood supply, it will dehydrate creating stiffness. Modern anatomy is also starting to acknowledge the connection between fascia and emotional memory; believing that fascia holds trauma and emotions, literally “our issues are in our tissues”. During fascia release work, many students report of emotional openings and release. This helps students move beyond the blocks toward inner peace and well-being.

Diet

On this training, you will learn how to create a diet that maintains the body’s health, strength, and vitality. The diet encourages students to integrate more vegan, living foods into their diet. The diet can be adapted for vegetarians and pescatarians. It sees the importance of eating the correct amount of protein, reducing carbs and sugars and incorporating lots of greens, seaweeds, Omega 3s, and DHA.

Raw vegan recipes will be given for alternatives for diary, breads and processed sugars. Students will also learn how to tailor their juices, smoothies, soups, dressing etc for their dosha or Ayurvedic individual constitution. This diet works on our many dimensions, not just the physical. It also acknowledges that heavy carbohydrates and sugars over stimulate the limbic system in the brain and create excessive emotions and thoughts which can block the flow of Kundalini.

In addition, processed foods and meat hold a dense vibration that prevent people from accessing subtle awareness. This is why people’s bodies often start to reject meat after they have been practicing yoga for some time.

This diet follows the principle of “Ahimsa” (non-violence) as a tool not only for animal welfare and environmental sustainability but to create the foundation for individual awakening. However, it does not hold hard and fast rules; each student must adapt the principles to suit them and their lifestyle.

Philosophy

The philosophy integrates elements from the spiritual systems Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya, and Tantra to overcome the battle of the mind-body, creates resources for people on their life path, create deeper substance in our relationships, journey deeper into life’s mysteries, and help unlock the flow of Kundalini (divine evolutionary energy) to connect people with their power, freedom, and true nature.

The training is set in the gorgeous Suryalila Retreat Center in Seville in Spain. Suryalila is one of the more “upmarket” yoga retreat centers in Europe and to date, Green Lotus students all love it. It is situated in a quiet country-side space, surrounded by wonderful views.

Activities
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
General
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Swimming pool
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Laundry

Three delicious vegetarian meals are served every day. The food is incredible, with lots of variety, and interesting creative options for vegans and people with good sensitivities.

  • Go horseback riding
  • Relax by the pool or go for a swim
  • Take a relaxing walk in the quiet country-side space
  • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 25 nights’ accommodation
  • All fees for both Vinyasa and Yin trainings and certifications

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Seville Airport (SVQ), but it is also possible to fly into Malaga Airport (AGP) and get a bus or transfers over to the retreat. Green-Lotus-Yoga will organize group transfers from both airports at reasonable rates.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Green-Lotus-Yoga an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Michael C

    "Carol has much knowledge in anatomy, alignment and yoga philosophy. All in all, I found the 200 hr Vinyasa TTC to cover a broad spectrum of important and interesting topics, for which I will always be grateful."

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  • Review by Leah E

    "What an experience! Carol guided me to break boundaries - both mental and physical. Her teaching voice is compassionate yet authoritative, with the right amount of fun thrown in. She always strive to be "heart-full" in her teaching. Look her up. It may very well be the best thing you ever did. For me, it's definitely up there."

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  • Review by Liz K

    "Thank you Carol and thank you for your wonderful teacher training course. After finishing the course I felt I had grown so much physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually."

    "You enabled me to find strengths that I had forgotten. "

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  • Review by Cariosa Cullen

    "It has been a privilege to train with a teacher of Carol’s caliber. Her dedication, passion, and knowledge are incredible. Her ability to ‘get’ where each of her students are in their bodies, and how and when they are ready to be pushed to the next stage, to open or strengthen the body more, and develop towards the next expression of the pose is more than reassuring, it is impressive. Her creative ability to spontaneously ‘workshop’ a pose that she feels the class is having difficulty with is inspirational and effective. "

    "In her led practice, you may suddenly find yourself in a pose that only moments before was unavailable to you! Her ability to relate modern anatomy to the poses really helps students to deepen the expression of a pose safely and effectively both in their own practice and also provides them with the relevant points, via her training manual, to pass on to their own students. "

    "Her training aims to equip students with more than just the basics. She passes on her knowledge of the energetics involved in each asana in order that student teachers can then emulate her teaching style, by using the framework she provides, to co-create balanced classes with their own students. Of course, this is equally helpful in developing one’s own home practice. "

    "Carol introduces other aspects of yoga and spirituality too - many interesting and eye-opening discussion has been had in class! I would highly recommend training with Carol, especially if you like training hard!"

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  • Review by Kerry

    "Be prepared for a life changing experience. My training was a very personal journey which has given me the tools to deal with anything life throws at me and the ability to move chaos into order. It has thought me to observe rather than react in my asana practice, and to be patient with my body. This course has been a journey of self-reflection and discipline where I learned to tackle the body and mind bringing me to a place of stillness. "

    "The training had well thought out techniques and alignment principles which has me very confident that I could teach yoga safely. The course is very well structured. The early week intensive training in Spain built immense trust and fantastic relationships within our group which continued and grew throughout the nine months on our weekend trainings. There was never a sense of competition and the only ego to deal with was your own. "

    "Carol is an amazing and well-experienced teacher. Her passion, her knowledge, her belief, and love for all aspects of yoga is inspiring! She always radiates positive energy, yet is assertive when she needs to be. I appreciate the pressure that was put on me to learn alignment principles in order to modify some of my previous ways of practicing to bring me to a safer more aware practice. "

    "The ten-day detox was great - it thought me about foods and superfoods which were essential in keeping my dosha in balance thereby grounding and calming me from the inside out. My diet is a lot healthier and more interesting as a result of this course and the nutribullet is now one of my favorite companions. "

    "Finally, this course is hard work and a big commitment but so enjoyable and interesting with such rewarding returns. Carol is talented, intelligent, grounded, humble, and has great wisdom and experiences which she generously imparts. Thank you for sharing some of your expertise with me. Namaste."

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  • Review by Grainne F.

    "The thought struck me today to get in touch - just really to express in words a little gratitude (which I do in my mind and sharing with people but thought maybe never directly to you since the course days!). Gratitude for the training and the yoga years in Devon Lodge. "

    "I feel I may have underestimated what I believe the true value of your work and what I learned from it was to go back to the core principles and teachings. And during the course, from a physio point of view too, I always really loved, trusted, and respected the work and way you brought and presented the teachings."

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  • Review by Alexa Simoes from Cork, Ireland

    "Yoga for everybody! I'm happy to be learning yoga in a place like Green Lotus Yoga."

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  • Review by Cora Cosgrave from Navan, Ireland

    "Thanks for a wonderful workshop in Yoga Boann this morning, Carol. I really enjoyed it."

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  • Review by Maija Meijere

    "I’ve been thinking to write you an email for ages. Mostly just to tell you how grateful I am that I took your teacher training 2 years ago in Spain. I’ve been teaching ever since."

    "This year I spent almost 2 months in Rishikesh, India where I took my 300hr training. There I realized how strong yoga foundation you have given me comparing to other students. I must say I loved my time spent in India, I learned a lot about myself as a person and I definitely grew as a person but yoga wise – I don’t think I learned as much as I did from your 200hr training. Maybe those were cultural differences and perception of yoga in general. I don’t want to compare anything really, because all knowledge is good but when I’m teaching my classes – I still come back to your teachings. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Sean Mulryan from Galway, Ireland

    "Thank you for an amazing day, brilliant yoga, and amazing food. Thanks for all the hard work!"

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  • Review by Fiona Ashley

    "Thanks again for a wonderful month of growth, inspiration and transformation, and all the love and energy that you give to your teaching!"

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Cork, Ireland

Green-Lotus-Yoga provides 200 and 300-hour Vinyasa, Yin, and Therapeutic yoga teacher training. They also hold TTCS, workshops and retreats in Ireland, Spain, Goa, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Morocco.

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