23 Days 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

  • Cervera Del Maestre, Valencia, Spain

23 Days 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

  • Cervera Del Maestre, Valencia, Spain

Intensive Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Spain

Hatha yoga is all about experiencing the movement of prana through the body. It is a profoundly therapeutic process and life-enhancing practice that allows your body, mind, and emotions to heal thus, creating the space for a continuing journey of transformation and realization. In this training, you will learn an excellent foundation to all the basic poses, how to avoid injuries, and the necessities in adapting poses and sequences for all physical levels and needs.

Highlights

  • Yoga asana
  • Homework and group study
  • Grasp the knowledge on anatomy and physiology
  • Introduction to bodywork, Shiatsu, and Chinese meridians
  • Teaching on philosophy, psychology, lifestyle, and ethics
  • Learn teaching techniques for all levels and ages
  • Daily vegetarian lunch and dinner
  • 22 nights accommodation
  • 20 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation includes a big traditional villa and a townhouse. Both have easy access to the village swimming pool, cafe, bar, and shops. Food is prepared and served in the main villa where some classes are also held. The main yoga hall is an easy five-minute walk from both locations. Rooms will be shared, however, single supplement rooms are available. For more information on single supplement rooms, please send an inquiry to HolidaYoga.

The program

This 200 hours Hatha yoga teacher training is registered by Yoga Alliance International, International Yoga Federation, and Yoga Alliance UK. The course reflects an energetic and therapeutic approach to yoga in line with the instructors' wide-ranging experience (which includes: 30 years experience as a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher). Sequences taught are designed to improve both strength and flexibility as well as bring awareness to the flow of subtle energy through the body.

This program will enable future graduates to teach with confidence. The sequences taught are designed to provide an excellent foundation to all the basic poses, to teach avoiding any injury and where necessary adapt poses and sequences for differing physical levels and needs. Emphasis is on getting prana (energy) to flow while doing the poses, to understand their therapeutic benefits and for each person to practice with enjoyment, correct breathing, and sincerity - ultimately harmonizing mind, body, and energy.

The spiritual notions of yoga can also be found in other philosophical systems such as Buddhism or the Western traditions such as Greek and Egyptian. This will be looked at more closely in the yoga philosophy classes.

200-hour course syllabus

Yoga asanas: 80 hours

Basic postures and variations, sun salutation, relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breath, two pranayama techniques, advanced postures, and meditation.

Practice and teaching: 40 hours

Beginners and intermediary classes for all levels and ages (touches on classes for the elderly, children, and yoga for pregnancy).

Teaching techniques: guiding, coaching, leading, use of language and communication, use of props, hands-on assisting, finding your personal teaching style, designing classes for mixed levels, teaching new postures in depth, assessing individual needs, ethics, and safety guidelines.

Anatomy and physiology: 20 hours

  • Basic anatomy and physiology (with particular emphasis on respiration, circulation, and digestion)
  • Physiological and energetic effects of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation
  • Benefits and contra-indications for all asanas (poses)
  • Effects of structural and postural alignment on health and wellbeing
  • Physiological and emotional effect of stress
  • Principles of diet and nutrition

Philosophy, psychology, lifestyle, and ethics: 20 hours

  • Philosophy and aim of yoga
  • The five points of yoga
  • Prana (qi), Nadis (meridians), and chakras (energy centers)
  • The human energy field
  • The five koshas
  • The bandhas
  • The four paths of yoga
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • Principles of self-development
  • Teacher-student relationship
  • Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
  • Karma and reincarnation
  • The gunas
  • The yugas
  • Mantras and kirtans
  • Principles and benefits of meditation
  • Ethics for yoga teachers

Homework and group study: 20 hours

During the course, you will be given homework and group studies. These are 20-hour activities.

Other activities: 20 hours

Introduction to bodywork, Shiatsu, Chinese meridians, developing sensitivity, tuning into chakras and energy fields, chanting, DVD and other relevant documentaries.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Asanas and pranayama (main asana class)
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Break
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Movement, meditation, chanting, philosophy, and psychology
  • 11:30 - 15:30 Brunch and break
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Anatomy and physiology
  • 17:00 - 17:15 Break
  • 17:15 - 19:30 Asana, teaching methods, yoga therapy, and teaching practice
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Supper and break
  • 20:30 - 22:30 Three evenings per week only (other activities)

This is an example of the daily schedule, please note times may change slightly due to season and location.

The course will be taught in English with translations in French if and when necessary. You may read the relevant literature in your own language. The practical part will be evaluated by continuous assessment and you may write the final exam in your own language.

Practitioners are advised to have a minimum of 100-hour yoga experience. It is also helpful for students to have a basic understanding of the philosophy of yoga, lifestyle, and diet. However, all these subjects will also be taught during the course.

Successful applicants should be in general good health both physically and emotionally, in order to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires. Individuals who do not meet these minimum requirements may apply for a place and their applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

  • Gerry Rixen

    Gerry is a registered senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and a registered teacher with the International Yoga Federation (IYF) and Yoga Alliance International. He started his yoga practice with the Iyengar method. He is a certified therapist and senior yoga teacher with over 25 years of professional experience including many thousands of treatments. He is the founder and director of SYM-Ltd and has been teaching yoga, Shiatsu, Chinese medicine, and related subjects in France, Spain, Greece, Italy, and the UK.

Cervera Del Maestre is a small village in the mountains 16 kilometers inland from Benicarló, on the Spanish Costa del Azahar, two hours drive south of Barcelona, and one hour north of Valencia. The region is well known for its abundant agricultural produce, beaches, mountains, and historical towns and villages.

Nearby places

  • Barcelona - 2 hours
  • Benicarló, 16 kilometers
  • Valencia - 1 hour

The price include two main meals per day, lunch and dinner. HolidaYoga advises students not to eat any breakfast before the morning asana class. All meals are vegetarian and prepared by the cook at the house and will include a complete vegan option as well.

On your free time, you can go for a swim at the swimming pool, explore the local surroundings, or just sit back and relax.

In addition to the healing modalities explored in the course, students have the opportunity to arrange private treatments with Gerry, a certified therapist in shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine. Remedial massage is also available. These can be arranged at an additional cost during the course.

  • 22 nights accommodation
  • All course material
  • Daily lunch and dinner
  • Yoga Alliance International, Yoga Alliance UK, and SYM certifications upon completion
  • Yoga mats, blocks, and belt
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Health insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Train tickets

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Valencia Airport (VLC) or Reus Airport (REU) or Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) or Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport (CDT).

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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    Review by Tia Stoyanova from United States

    2017-Sep-03 16:40:47

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    Review by Isabela Cosa from Romania

    PROS Pros: An amazing experience that I would warmly recommend. The location is peacefull and beautiful, there is plenty of healthy and tasty food and the accomodation friendly. The teachers- Gerry, Iain and Anna are the best. 3 different styles, but each one really good. I am very happy for choosing this course, Yoga was serious, authentic. I learned a lot of things and I would come back for another course.

    2017-Aug-28 18:11:40

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    Review by Claire Bland from Austria

    Gem of a teacher training

    PROS Pros: Truly exceptional training. Beautiful part of the world. Extremely knowledgeable but laid back and supportive teachers.

    2017-Aug-14 07:04:59

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    Review by Francisco Calabuig from Afghanistan

    YTTC at Cervera del Maestre in Spain

    PROS Pros: Instruction is great; very good yoga and very good quality of instructors. You learn a lot of interesting and useful things for teaching yoga, as well as for your personal practice. And the food is delicious.... The location is also really good, a self contained Spanish village full of nice people and very close to the coast.

    2017-Aug-08 12:55:21

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    Review by Anonymous

    Mooi ervaring

    CONS Cons: De theorielessen waren voornamelijk monologen van twee uur zittend op de grond. Interessant, maar voor de concentratie en de stijfheid die ontstond in het lichaam was afwisseling (bv bespreken in subgroepjes) beter geweest. Was handig geweest als we van tevoren meer geïnformeerd waren. Bijvoorbeeld over het (avond)programma.

    PROS Pros: Inhoudelijk interessant. Verschillende docenten. Alle aspecten van yoga kwamen aan bod (zoals asana's, chanten, meditatie en filosofie). Ontzettend leuke en hechte groep studenten. Goed eten en accommodatie. Mooi dat we de vrijheid hadden en kregen om in het dorp ook onze eigen ding te doen.

    2017-Aug-02 12:16:20

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    Review by C├ęcile Lapiee from Belgium

    Highly professional training , in a stunning environment

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: High quality training, demanding but respectful , high quality food , stunning beauty of the countryside, perfect timing , very good logistics.

    2017-Jul-31 18:20:29

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    Review by Gianpietro Zanetti from Colombia

    Amazing experience

    PROS Pros: I loved the location, the small Spanish village is just perfect for a retreat. I loved the quality of the teaching and the lessons we did at the beach! The food was just Amazing. I am not vegan however with the vegan food provided I haven't missed anything at all. I am going back next month to volunteer, I simply fell in love with this experience!

    2017-Jul-31 07:43:30

Testimonials

  • Review by Sneha Rad

    "Great people, great yoga, great food - overall and amazing journey with amazing people!"

    SYM YOGA Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Cory Dillingham

    "I'm so blessed to have taken my 200hour yoga teacher training in Cervera Del Mastre with Gerry as the head instructor. Just over 3 weeks of training I found myself very centered and inspiried. I would do this training all over again with no hesitation. I highly recommend this training for anyone who wants to teach yoga and immerse themselves in the Spain culture! It's incredible and an experience I'll never forget."

    SYM YOGA Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Lis Groenveld

    "Wonderful people, reliable and clear yoga teaching instructions, achievable goals, healthy and wholesome meals, good facilities, all in a beautiful and serene part of the world. I recommend this course to anyone looking for an adventure as well as improving their practice and then going home to teach yoga."

    SYM YOGA Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Iain Lobain from Spain

    "I attended the course a couple of years ago. It's in a great place. The food cooked by Ela was fantastic. I met some incredible people. I found that Gerry's profound understanding of shiatsu gives him a unique and fascinating take on many aspects of yoga teaching and practice. A great course which I highly recommend."

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  • Review by Griet from Belgium

    "The 200 hour teacher training in Spain was satisfying and fulfilling in every single way. It was exactly what I was looking for. The teachers explain in detail how to get safely in and out of each pose and what the correct alignment should be like…. And all that in a very relaxed and easy going atmosphere. Not to mention the food: I have never eaten such healthy, quality food in my entire life. An experience never to forget!"

    HolidaYoga website, edited

  • Review by Ana from United Kingdom

    "Gerry's unique esoteric knowledge ties Indian philosophy to the Western traditions, making the theory very interesting and relevant to our own ancient culture. The deep understanding of the chakras and prana taught opened up a different dialogue for me allowing for a truly profound experience. The asana practice was challenging, therapeutic and energizing, and practice took away a wealth of knowledge to improve my practice and help others with. The food, people and location were all wonderful and i highly recommend this course for all those ready to embark on their yoga journey."

    HolidaYoga website, edited

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HolidaYoga was created in 2007 as a sister organisation to SYM, to satisfy the demand for more summer yoga courses in various Mediterranean countries.

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