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18 Day 200-Hour Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training in Malaga, Spain

inHarmony Home, Calahonda, Malaga, 29680, Spain

Spain Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Teacher Training

This unique and high-quality small group training is taught by a highly experienced Yoga Therapist C-IAYT 1000 and Ayurvedic Practitioner Antonina Ramsey and guest speakers - an Ayurvedic doctor and experienced yoga teachers. inHarmony Yoga for Health is where ancient wisdom meets modern science. You will learn not only how to design general balanced yoga classes and programs but more importantly - how personalize and choose intelligently specific breathing practices, asanas, meditation and relaxation techniques to your clients based on their physiology, age, health condition, needs, and their unique Ayurvedic genotype. This is not a boot camp type of training with copious amounts of physical postures. Nor there is a blanket application of one-to-all alignment rules. You will learn the basics of personalized alignment based on a deeper understanding of physiology.

Meet the instructors

Antonina & Vivek
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Highlights

  • Basics of Yoga Therapy
  • Learn from experienced Yoga and Ayurveda experts
  • Daily Yoga for Health sessions with Meditation and Breath work
  • Principles of Physiology, Anatomy, Neuroscience as related to Yoga teaching
  • Luxury accommodation in a private villa in a pine tree park within a short walk to the beach
  • Daily healthy vegetarian meals made with love by our own cook
  • 17 nights of stylish and cozy accommodation
  • Nourishing home-like environment

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


17 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Russian, Spanish
Group size: 6-10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$83 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

inHarmony Home is a beautiful and comfy villa designed with love by Antonina to share its healing beauty with her students and clients. You will love the feeling of being in this place! There is a huge living room where we will do yoga when the weather doesn't let us be outside or on the roof terrace or in a beautiful garden. There are 3 stylish bedrooms to share to use privately. Each bathroom has its bathroom with a shower and access to the garden all around the house. The house is located in a residential area of 13 villas sharing a large park-like territory with a nice size pool and grass area to chill.

inHarmony Home is being redesigned. Photos and videos are coming soon.

Program

A letter from the teacher

Hi dear! For every student there is a teacher and for every teacher there is a student. I really wish you find the training that is best for you. Please read the characteristics of the training carefully to make sure there is a fit between what I offer and what you are looking for.

1. This course is based on the notion that Yoga is first of all a spiritual science and its fundamental purpose is to create harmony in the body, mind, and environment. Yoga is a complete system of physical, mental, social, and spiritual development.

2. My passion is to bring the authentic Satyananda lineage Hatha and Kriya based Yoga and the foundations of Yoga Therapy to my students combined with latest scientific research in physiology and Yoga, and techniques from a number of holistic modalities such as Shamanism, Hypnotherapy and Energy Healing.

3. I use the Socrates Method of teaching in this course to foster critical and creative thinking. I give you the knowledge and guide you to gradually arrive to answer to your questions.

4. This course is designed to train future yoga teachers/educators interested in a therapeutic, knowledge-based creative application of basic Yogic & Ayurvedic tools and techniques in small focus groups or 1:1 settings. It also prepares one to teach general balanced group beginner and intermediate (from the physical challenge perspective) level classes.

5. This course is not designed for those interested in a specific yoga style such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini etc. with style-specific prescribed “do it this way” protocols, memorized choreographic sequences, and generic one-to-all rules and cues. This style of yoga is focused more on teacher guidance and less on teacher instruction, which is one of the main differences between a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist.

6. Course material was carefully chosen, organized in a specific way and improved continuously based on the feedback of 100+ inHarmony Yoga YT grads, a decade of my yoga teaching and personal and professional evolution to a 500hr E-RYT, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and 1000hr C-IAYT yoga therapist.

I hope this course makes you appreciate the magnitude of Yoga, its numerous Tools and their powerful potential for human health. In this Foundations training we only scratch the surface of what Yoga and Ayurveda have to offer.

Topics and Competencies

Essential Anatomy & Physiology for the beginner level YT

In-depth human anatomy and physiology are a big subject requiring hundreds of hours to become proficient and are beyond the scope of this course. As a beginner yoga teacher needs a basic level of anatomy and physiology to understand the mechanisms behind the Yogic techniques to practice and explain them in a better and safer way. More detailed studies of Yoga anatomy, physiology, clinical health conditions, Yoga Therapy specific protocols, client care plans, and Asana clinics are part of the advanced 300hr and 800hr trainings.

Physiology of Stretching

  • Stretching Biomechanics, and Physiology
  • 3 types of stretching: ballistic, passive, facilitated
  • The function of Muscle Spindle, Reciprocal Inhibition, and the Golgi Tendon Organ

1. Musculoskeletal System

  • Major bones of the body
  • Major muscles of the body
  • Muscle location, superficial and deep muscles
  • Muscles in action in essential yoga poses
  • Embodied learning: we tested/felt muscle contraction/tension in various Asanas
  • Major joints of the body
  • The structure, composition and function of the spine/spinal cord

2. Connective Tissue System

"Fascia is the missing element in the movement/stability equation," Tom Myers.

I place a lot of emphasis on Fascia in this training because new scientific research data along with breakthrough 3D imaging completely challenged and revolutionized the way we understand human anatomy, movement and Yoga Asana.

What is connective tissue or Fascia

  • Types of Facia (superficial, dear, and visceral)
  • Its characteristic and functions
  • Human body as a Tensegrity
  • Fascia crucial role in human body movement
  • Muscle and Fascia tension and compression
  • Tensegrity and distribution of force in the movement
  • Fascial meridians and body movement
  • The importance of fascia for human health overall
  • Fascia - the richest sense organ and a messaging system
  • Pain and Connective tissue
  • Fascia and Proprioceptive awareness
  • Fascia and disease development

3. The Respiratory System and Yoga

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Breathing
  • Primary and Secondary Breathing muscles
  • Posture and breathing
  • Breathing Less. Less is more.
  • Physiology of healing behind Yogic breath control (Pranayama)
  • Pranayama, Oxygenation, and Health

4. The Cardiovascular System and Yoga

  • Physiology of blood circulation
  • Importance of Yogic Tools for better blood circulation.

5. The Nervous System and Yoga

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Nervous system
  • Sympathetic and Parasympathetic parts of the Nervous Systems
  • - Their effect on health and homeostasis
  • The Physiology of Stress
  • Neuroscience. The root cause of stress. 3 stages of thought
  • Physiology of Relaxation
  • Physiology of Meditation
  • Scientific Research of Meditation, Mind Frequencies, Dr. Benson Harvard Research

6. The Lymphatic System and Yoga

  • Physiology: lymph ducts, what is lymph etc.
  • Importance of lymph movement for optimal health
  • Importance of movement/yoga asana for lymph circulation (absence of a main pump like the heart in the circulatory system)
  • Fascia and muscle tissue health and good lymph circulation
  • How lymph circulation is affected by the condition of fascia
  • Lymph, Facia, Toxins, and Health

7. The Endocrine System and Yoga

  • Physiology of the system: chemical messages
  • Connection of the Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  • Emotions and the Endocrine system
  • Chakras and the Endocrine system.
  • Chakras and Emotional Balance

8. The Immune system and Yoga

  • Physiology: phagocytes, leukocytes
  • Unhealthy lifestyle and stress effect on the Immune System
  • Yogic Lifestyle, Yamas and Niyamas, Mind Fitness, Relaxation and Meditation for stronger immunity

9. The Digestive system and Yoga

  • Physiology of the Digestive System: digestion, assimilation, evacuation
  • Importance of asana/movement, peaceful mind and a higher level of awareness for better digestion

Yoga Techniques

Multiple Yogic Techniques will be explained and demonstrated during lectures and discussions. All the techniques will be demonstrated by the teacher and tested by the students (experiential learning) during our 1.5 hr morning and sometimes afternoon or evening sessions. Later students test/put to practice these techniques during your morning Sadhana practice. Techniques will be practiced and experienced in:

  • Group sessions
  • Your personal Sadhana design and practice
  • Group class design for Doshas and common health conditions
  • Your final beginner and intermediate classes

Biomechanics and Effective Stretching

  • Methods to facilitate effective stretching based on the understanding of the function/s of receptors.
  • The Joint Release Series (JSR)
  • Its variations for different situations/people/conditions
  • Its benefits as a general yoga practice and joints warmup, a tool to improve the range of motion (ROM) of the joints, and as a tool to stretch the connective tissue around the joints in cases of hypo-mobility

Yamas and Niyamas

  • Foundation to succeed on the path of Yoga and a psychological tool of Yoga.
  • Through discussion and examples, we will look at how to use the Yogic code of living and conduct for the self and client sessions to change a pattern of thinking, bring more awareness, and to use it as a tool of behavioral change.

Asana Application and Techniques

1. You will study main Hatha Yoga Poses one by one covering all aspects of Asana practice with safety and health optimization as a goal:

  • Anatomical (tissues involved, effect on the tissues, dos and don ts, appropriate cues, necessary alignment rules for a safe practice while debunking the unnecessary or outdated generic cues and rules)
  • Physiological (affect on the body physiological systems)
  • Emotional (images and comparisons to evoke a certain feeling or mood)
  • Psychological (words and cues, sometimes tied to the Sanskrit names of Asanas, to affect the mind)
  • Esthetic vs functional
  • Sun Salutation Instruction: Your first try in guiding/instructing using cues is teaching the sequence to another student.

2. How to put postures together. Design of a general balanced yoga practice for a healthy person/group class.

  • Class main blocks
  • How to theme a practice aligned with the overall goal
  • How to organize postures in a logical order to create a sense of balance
  • Characteristics and differences in the design of a beginner and intermediate-level (physical aspect) classes.

3. Using the Asana knowledge to put together several specialty yoga group practices for Dosha balancing, an obese client, a client with a common health condition such as anxiety or chronic fatigue, and to design beginner and intermediate group yoga classes.

4. How to adapt a general yoga class structure to a client with a specific therapeutic/healing goal where the client is you (your own routine yoga practice Sadhana).

  • Fascia Related Techniques
  • How to effectively stretch the Fascia
  • Plasticity vs. Elasticity
  • Whole body movements involving partial or entire Fascial slings
  • Moving attention from muscles to the connective tissue when practicing asana
  • Embodied learning
  • Simple slow conscious asana sequences
  • Intuitive stretching

Yoga Asana and Injuries

You will learn how to modify yoga for various common human health conditions. This topic is covered more in the 300hr YTT in more detail and to a larger extent.

Yogic Breath Control Techniques - Pranayama

You will learn, test and practice teaching the following main Pranayama Techniques:

  • Nadi Shodhana
  • Ujjayi
  • Kapalabhati Bhastrika
  • Sitali
  • Sitkari

You will learn how to:

  • Practice and teach these techniques in a gradual way to the client.
  • The basics of the breath withholding methods.
  • To measure the amount of oxygen in the body to determine the overall state of health/no health.
  • Chose the right technique for the right client/situation.
  • Adapt it to specific client’s needs.

Relaxation

You will learn the main principles of guided relaxation in Savasana - the speed, the tone of voice, the visuals, themes, position of the body, adaptation to various client needs etc.

  • Experience them in the classes and in your daily Sadhana
  • Difference between guided relaxation and meditation
  • How to use Pranayama to induce a deeper state of Relaxation
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique
  • How to use Visualization for Relaxation
  • Theme-based Relaxation techniques with a specific healing/therapeutic goal.
  • Choosing the right type of relaxation for various types of people
  • How to tailor a Relaxation practice to person/situation
  • Experiential learning: students create a 5-min relaxation script and test it in a group setting receiving my and peer feedback

Meditation

  • Mind observation Kriya (preparation for Yoga) Vipassana-style technique & Concentration on an object (Bija) Technique
  • How to chose the right kind of Meditation practice for various types of clients
  • How to use Pranayama to get into a meditative state
  • How to use Visualization (the language of the subconscious mind)
  • How to use Mantra to induce a meditative state of the mind
  • How to explain/teach meditation (words, position, cues, stages etc.)
  • You will practice teaching Meditation in groups
  • You will test meditation techniques in our classes and in your morning Sadhana

Chakras as a system for Emotional Balance

You learn how to use the Chakra System for the development of Awareness and Emotional Balance along with numerous techniques (please see your Philosophy book’s Chakra chapters, suggestions part) to affect chakras and thus the human energy subtle body and the Koshas.

Kleshas as a system for Stress Management

An extremely useful tool for stress management - to make people aware of the root cause of stress and disease. You will learn how to apply the concept of Kleshas to educate clients about stress, where it leads to, how to get out of the cycle, what Yogic tools to use to manage/ remove it.

Koshas as a system/framework for Yoga Therapy

You will be introduced to the basics of how to work with clients holistically using the system of Koshas.

Mantra

  • You will study the most popular Mantras and recited them together to learn the pronunciation.
  • You learn to use Mantra as a technique for Meditation in your morning Yoga Sadhana.

Nada Yoga (Yoga of the Sound)

You will learn how to use Mantra as a tool of concentration and relaxation, how to chose the right mantra for a specific person/situation, and physiology and the science behind it. You will be shown how to use Tibetan Bowls in a yoga class.

Pregnancy Yoga

This topic is optional/elective. You will learn the basics (general rules, dos and don'ts) of how to teach yoga to the healthy population.Working with women who have pregnancy-related health complications/illnesses is beyond the scope of this course and is addressed in the advanced 300hr YT.

Ayurvedic Yoga

  • The Vikriti imbalances of the Doshas and Ayurvedic Nutrition Topics are optional/electives.
  • Application of Vata, Pitta, Kapha Dosha knowledge to design effective client Yoga practices and programs to foster balance and health.
  • Application of the Doshic Imbalances knowledge for client yoga practice design.
  • Application of Ayurvedic nutrition knowledge to create a balance Ayurvedic meal from the Rasa and heating/cooling perspective.
  • Application of this knowledge in the design of your own Sadhana and Practicum.

Yoga and Ayurveda Philosophy

  • What is Yoga, Yoga for Health, and Yoga Therapy
  • Difference between a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist
  • Yoga for Health focuses on health benefits, functional vs. esthetic
  • Evolution of yoga evolution in the Western world, first YTTs, first manuals, one-to-all teaching, standardization/simplification of Yoga
  • The history of Yoga with a chronology of events
  • The ancient books of Yoga (the source - The Vedas, Bhagavad Gita etc.)
  • The 4 main paths of Yoga
  • Basics of Samkya philosophy (foundation of Yoga and Ayurveda philosophies)
  • Vedantic and Tantric Yoga and the difference between the two

What is Kriya Yoga

The 8 limbs of Yoga and what is Yama - Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, and Samadhi from a spiritual/philosophic point of view.

  • The Chakras
  • The Kleshas
  • The Koshas
  • The notion of Dhukha
  • The basics of Patanjali Yoga Sutras
  • Yoga Ethics
  • Yoga Business
  • Foundations Ayurveda course. 5 elements, Doshas and Gunas, how to apply this information to design client yoga session and programs
  • Doshic Imbalances Vikriti. Ayurvedic basic remedies and Lifestyle Medicine to balance Doshas (optional/elective topic)
  • Basics of Ayurvedic Nutrition + philosophy behind it (optional)

Included excursions

This area is truly gorgeous squeezed between the sea and the mountains. Trips are optional depending on the group's decision. A Half-day trip to the picturesque Mijas Pueblo (white Andalucian mountain village) is possible. The traditional Andalucia sea-side village La Cala de Mijas is just one bus stop away or a 25 minutes walk on the beach promenade.

Instructors

Antonina Ramsey

Vivek Mohindra

Location

The training is located in the beautiful Mediterranean Andalucia between Marbella and La Cala de Mijas, Malaga, Spain. It is a place where people from all over the world come to vacation. You will enjoy spending every day in a beautiful stylish villa - Harmony Home - set up for trainings and retreats with love. The atmosphere is truly gorgeous - tall mature pine trees above your head, a nice large swimming pool, stunning views of the park and the sea from a large roof terrace where you will do yoga as much as you can.

There are many cozy places to hang out in and around the house. Just being there is like a true vacation of your life. Learning and living the magic of yoga and Ayurveda in this place makes it a truly special and unforgettable experience.

The sea, clean and unspoiled beaches of Calahonda, the famous beach walk connecting the entire cost of Malaga, the gorgeous Natural park Artola, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets - are within a 10 min walk!

When the weather is good, most of the time, inHarmony. Yoga will take the studies outside of the garden or the beach. In this location, you will get to enjoy a vacation type environment, nice weather, and beautiful surroundings.

The photos and videos show previous venues used for this training. The school has just moved to the new permanent venue Villa inHarmony 30 minutes closer to Malaga city.

Food

Healthy and whole daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided during the training. Vegetarian food will consist of large quantities of various vegetables sautéed and raw, whole grains, seeds and nuts. A small quality of fresh cheese, eggs, and yogurt is also served. We use fresh, local and organic if possible ingredients. Special dietary needs may be catered to, please let inHarmony.Yoga know beforehand.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Take a walk on a beautiful beach
  • Watch stunning beach sunsets
  • Go for a swim in the sea in the summer and fall season
  • Visit pretty traditional Andalucian towns and villages Marbella, Mijas Pueblo, La Cala. Historic and elegant Malaga is 30 min away by bus.
  • Visit stunning lakes and nature spots like Lake Istan.
  • Eat or have a drink in one of romantic beach restaurant "Chiringuito"

Healing treatments - Reiki, Shiatsu, Traditional Massage of any kind are available at an additional price ranging from 30 to 50 euros. Please inquire.

What's included

  • Truly beautiful and relaxing settings for optimal learning and joy
  • 17 nights of luxury accommodation close to the beach
  • inHarmony School of Yoga Yoga Therapy & Ayurveda 200hr Foundations Training Certificate
  • Daily yoga asana practice, meditation, breathwork, and relaxation
  • Daily course instruction and evening relaxation and reading time
  • Solid foundation in yoga Asana, applied Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Relaxation, Guided imagery, Anatomy, Physiology, Ayurveda to be trained as a Yoga Therapist 800hr.
  • Healthy whole home-made vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Intro to Ayurvedic Nutrition and cooking, the use of spices as medicine
  • Sightseeing small trips to quaint Andalucian white villages
  • Use of a swimming pool
  • Complimentary water, teas, coffee, fruit

What's not included

  • Transportation
  • Tickets
  • Snacks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). One can easily get an Uber ride or taxi for 50 euros from the airport to Calahonda. A bus stop is within walking distance so it is easy to come by bus from the airport

Arrival by bus

Please take a bus to your destination, Estepona. It takes from one to one and a half hours to get there by bus. It costs approximately 10 EUR. There are direct, semi-direct, and normal buses. From the bus stop in Estepona or San Pedro de Alcantara, just take a taxi to the training place. The fee per ride is from 10 to 15 EUR.

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$83 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 19.36% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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