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22 Days 200-Hour La Croce Yoga Teacher Training in Tuscany, Italy

La Croce Retreat Centre, Local Siregiolo 10, Biforco 52010, Chiusi della Verna, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Certified Yoga Teacher Training in Italy

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Join the full 200-hour yoga teacher training with La Croce Yoga School! You will get a foundation of yogic philosophy, asana practice, anatomy, and the many teaching skills which will give you a strong point of reference for a lifetime of study and practice. You will incorporate a great deal of experiential inquiry through the practice and look to facilitate a deeper understanding of yoga through a deeper investigation of the self!

Meet the instructors

Virginia, Eliana, & Chris
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Highlights

  • Yoga practices
  • 200-hour certification
  • Asana and pranayama practices
  • Self-practice and meditation sessions
  • Anatomy, physiology, teaching principles, adjustments, and yoga philosophy
  • Occasional yoga-related films and documentaries
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 21 nights' accommodation

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21 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Internet access
  • Outdoor shower

During this training, you can choose to stay either in a shared occupancy standard room or in the campsite where you will be accommodated in a large bell tent with real beds and all comforts at La Croce Retreat Centre. There are several shower and toilets in the house and outside the main building. The traditionally built house is made of local stone, with a large converted barn used for running retreats.

The upstairs barn has plain wooden floors and is perfect for yoga practice, dance, meditation, or martial arts. Downstairs, there is a large living space with a corner kitchen, a large dining area, two showers, and two toilets. During the good weather, there is an 80-square-meter wooden platform covered from direct sunlight just below the house, which has a wonderful view of the mountains.

The farmhouse

The farmhouse itself can accommodate between 14 and 16 people comfortably with four reasonable sized bedrooms, each room sleeping up to three people, and one large dormitory style bedroom sleeping six. During the summer months, there is a perfectly suitable camping area with water and electrical facilities just behind the house. The area is well-shaded and a wonderfully quiet haven to retreat to. There are two indoor showers and bathrooms within the main building plus the two showers and toilets in the barn itself.

There are also three sun heated outdoor showers and a fully functioning outdoor toilet. There are a washing machine and internet facilities. The interior is simple and, as much as possible, plastic-free. All cleaning materials and personal hygiene products are biodegradable so as not to contaminate the environment. The kitchen is convenient and spacious and can easily cater for up to 35 to 40 people full board. There are tables outside to eat from during the summer months.

Program

Curriculum

The La Croce yoga teacher training is a certified interdisciplinary yoga school aligned with Three Treasures Yoga. The course includes:

  • The teaching of basic yoga principles which includes the practice and breakdown of the postures (asanas).
  • An introduction to Restorative yoga, yoga Nidra, pregnancy yoga and some yoga therapy guidelines.
  • Meditation, with a taste of different styles and from different lineages.
  • Pranayama (a lot of emphases is placed on the breath, both within the asana practice and as a simply sitting or lying pranayama practice).
  • The basics of yoga philosophy including the study of Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, the five Koshas, the chakra system and the subtle body, as well as the prana vayus and how you work with these in a therapeutic way.
  • A deeper understanding of what each person may benefit from in a one-to-one class situation.

The 200 hours

  • Morning asana practice (54 hours)
  • Teaching techniques with a thorough breakdown of each asana (30 hours)
  • Introduction to six of the main myofascial chains running through the body, including what you call the core, and their therapeutic potential (14 hours)
  • Anatomy and physiology (20 hours)
  • Basic philosophy (26 hours)
  • Meditation, chanting, and pranayama (36 hours)
  • Self and group study (20 hours)

Daily schedule

  • 06:30-07:00 Self-practice and meditation
  • 07:00-09:30 Asana and pranayama
  • 09:30-10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30-11:30 Anatomy and physiology
  • 11:30-11:45 Tea break
  • 11:45-13:30 Asana study, teaching principles and adjustments
  • 13:30-16:00 Lunch followed by rest and self-study
  • 16:00-17:30 Yoga philosophy
  • 17:30-17:45 Tea break
  • 17:45-19:30 Pranayama, meditation, Restorative yoga, and yoga Nidra
  • 20:00 Supper

Notes: Occasional yoga-related films and documentaries, chanting and meditations will be held after supper.

Suggested reading

La Croce Yoga School recommends:

  • The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness (Erich Schiffmann)
  • Hatha Yoga Step by Step (Godfrey Devereux)
  • The Iyengar Way (B. K. S. Iyengar)
  • Yoga, Mind, Body & Spirit (Donna Farhi)
  • The Heart of Yoga (T. K. V. Desikachar)
  • Awakening the Spine (Scaravelli)
  • Anatomy of Breathing (Blandine Calais-Germain)
  • An Ordinary Life Transformed: Lessons for Everyone from the Bhagavad Gita
  • Moving Inward (Rolf Sovik)
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (an in-depth look into the mechanics of stress) (Robert M. Sapolsky)
  • Yoga As Therapy: Volumes 1 and 2 (Doug Keller)
  • Autobiography of a Yogi (P. Yogananda)
  • Yoga for Wellness (Gary Kraftsow)
  • Yoga of the Subtle Body (Tias Little)

Instructors

Virginia Wood

Eliana Amadio

Chris Swain

Location

This training will take place at La Croce Retreat Centre in Casentino, Italy. La Croce is a beautifully situated south facing farmhouse in the Casentino National Park, in Tuscany. It stands at 650 meters up on a ridge between two valleys along which run two rivers, tributaries to the Arno. It nestles into the slopes of Monte Penna, the sacred mountain at the summit of which lies the Verna monastery, and through which passed the ancient Via Roma, once connecting the people from Italy to Rome. Being within a safe haven of the national park, the area is rich in wildflowers and fauna and full of wildlife, such as boar, deer, various birds of prey, porcupines, and wolves which can often be heard calling at night.

There are two natural springs on the property from which Three Treasures Yoga collects all unadulterated mountain water. The house lies on the footpath which joins up the two most important medieval monasteries, Camaldoli and the Sanctuary of La Verna where San Francesco reportedly received his stigmata. There are roughly 30 hectares of oak, beech, and chestnut forest with some pasture land belonging to the property. The center is roughly 60 kilometers from Florence and 45 kilometers to Arezzo. The nearest large town is Bibbiena and is 15 kilometers away. The nearest airports are Pisa, Florence, Bologna, and Rome.

Nearby places

  • Arezzo, 45 kilometers
  • Bibbiena, 15 kilometers
  • St. Francis of Assisi Monastery, 4 kilometers

Features

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • River

Services

  • Internet access

Food

The food is vegetarian and, where possible, locally sourced and organic. A lot of the suppliers are local organic growers. There are three main meals a day and two snack breaks. Herbal and many other teas, coffee, fresh fruit, and nuts are readily available throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
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)

Within easy walking distance to the spectacular La Verna Sanctuary where St. Francis received his stigmata.

What's included

  • Yoga practices
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training certification
  • Asana and pranayama practices
  • Self-practice and meditation sessions
  • Anatomy, physiology, teaching principles, adjustments, and yoga philosophy
  • Occasional yoga-related films and documentaries
  • Chanting session
  • 21 nights' accommodation
  • Vegetarian and organic breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 2 snack breaks
  • Teas, coffee fresh fruit, and nuts

How to get there

Driving directions from the south

  • Coming from the south on the A1 motorway, you exit in Arezzo and then follow the sign for Bibbiena.
  • From there, you take the road toward Chiusi della Verna.
  • After six kilometers, take the only main turning on your left for Rimbocchi.
  • Once there, you will be picked up in a four-wheel drive.
  • Most normal vehicles will not be able to get the track to the house easily.

Driving directions from the north

  • If you are coming from the north on the A1 motorway, you exit in Cesena.
  • Take the A45 to Bagno di Romagna.
  • From there, take the Mandrioli pass to Badia Prataglia.
  • Then, take a left for Rimbocchi.
  • Alternatively, exit in Firenze Sud.
  • You then follow Pontassieve and the Consuma mountain pass.
  • It will take you down into Bibbiena.
  • From there, follow previous instructions for Rimbocchi.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA), Florence Airport (FLR), Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), or Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO).

Arrival by bus

There is a coach from Florence to Bibbiena, with the Sita bus company, which you take from the coach station just in front of the train station. From Bibbiena, there is an occasional local service to Rimbocchi. From there, make a phone call and you will be picked up. From Arezzo, you can get to Bibbiena by bus.We will collect you from Bibbiena bus station.

Arrival by train

From Arezzo, you can get to Bibbiena by train, and then we will collect you from Bibbiena train station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% 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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Arrival: Sunday August 4, 2019
Departure: Sunday August 25, 2019

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