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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.