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21 Day Intensive 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany

Agriturismo Brolio Quinto, Via della Patalecchia 124, Castiglion Fiorentino AR 52043 , Italy.

Immersive Yoga Teacher Training Italy

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You have arrived here for a reason. Something inside is asking to awaken. Now is the time to develop your unique gifts; to nourish your body, mind, soul, and be a force for positive change in the world through yoga. Say yes! Yes to learning, practicing, sharing, finding your edge, going beyond it and inspiring others to join you on this magical path.

Claim your spot on this powerful journey. This s the beginning of your adventure of lifetime infused with Vinyasa, meditation, mantra, ritual, Ayurveda, and dance, the Lakshmi rising yoga teacher training program is one of the most unique and transformative anywhere in the world.

Meet the instructors

Liz
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Certification upon successful completion
  • 425 pages of Lakshmi Rising YTT manual
  • Unlimited coffee, an assortment of teas, and fresh fruits
  • Options to participate in organized group excursions
  • Daily organic vegetarian meals
  • 20 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


20 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Laundry

The beautiful stone farmhouse, built in the 19th century, features panoramic views of the old castle of Montecchio and Cortona, a short drive from the farmhouse. S. Savino Mountain, Lucignano, and the Trasimeno Lake are all close by, offering plenty of cultural attractions and the folklore of international renown.

The farmhouse is situated in the Chiana Valley, a beautiful natural environment characterized by low hills, each concealing an endless variety of landscapes. Nearby, there is a two-and-a-half acre park surrounded by vineyards, olive and fruit trees: pears, wild cherries, hazels, figs, apricots, peaches, plums, grapes, and more.

Program

Certifications

Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)

The program

Lakshmi Rising Vinyasa yoga is an awareness-based practice that includes fluid, dynamic asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care, and ritual for health and awakening.

This approach is a revitalizing laboratory for uniquely experiencing and expressing self while mindfully honoring whatever exists in each present moment. This practice cultivates mental, physical, and spiritual strength and flexibility so that you are able to recognize and transform habits, patterns, and conditionings that cause suffering in any way.

You will use the mat as a metaphor to understand where you are stuck so that you can eliminate that which does not enhance the unfoldment of your individual and collective evolution.

This 200-hour yoga teacher training intensive immersions in Italy gives you three weeks to focus on your yoga practice with other curious, interesting people from around the world.

It’s a time for you to enjoy life while learning about the timeless tradition of yoga, cultivating true health and happiness and making new friends. Investing in a yoga teacher training certification program is a life-enriching experience even if you have no intention of teaching.

This training program is open to people at all levels of experience and the organizers can’t wait to share this unique program with you! Below is a sample schedule that will give you a great idea of what your three weeks will look like while enjoying your training.

Most Days

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Sadhana: asana, pranayama, mantra, and discussion
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast, discussion of sacred texts or silence
  • 11:00 - 14:00 Training session
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Gourmet vegetarian lunch with nutrition and natural health discussion
  • 16:00 - 20:00 Training session
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner with a gratitude practice

Saturday

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Silent yoga practice

They serve a delicious lunch at 2:00 p.m. and their first training session starts at 4:00. This session is a required part of the training so please don’t be late! Plan your departure for the late morning on the final Saturday. The program ends after breakfast and checks out time is 10 a.m.

Please note the YTT schedule is very full and does not leave much unstructured time to explore on your own. Please come a few days early or plan a few days after the program to do that.

Lakshmi Rising 200 Hour YTT Curriculum

What is Lakshmi Rising?

  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: During our opening circle, we discuss the course overview, introduce the power of intention and ritual, share collective introductions among the kula (community), and explain the Lakshmi Rising concept. We also go over the course requirements.

What is Yoga? What is Wellness?

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students collectively define both Yoga and Wellness. A brief cultural history of yoga and classical definitions of Yoga are discussed. Concepts like Samkhya and kleshas are introduced. Wellness is collectively defined. Connections are drawn between Yoga and Wellness.

Daily Morning Sadhana including asana, pranayama, mantra, kriya, and mudra

  • 34 total hours
  • Learning Objective: These 2-hour daily modules are designed to stretch, tone and heal the body. Lakshmi Rising specialty yoga master classes not only move the body but also stir the heart and mind. They weave classical yogic concepts with modern anatomical intelligence, the inspiration for self-observation and spiritual wisdom.

Meditation Practicum

  • 14.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will actively practice Loving Kindness, Japa, Trataka, Japa Mala, Mindfulness, Sound Healing, Yoga Nidra, Mantra, and Nyasm styles of meditation daily to directly experience the benefits and also the challenges. Students will have the opportunity to note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 21 days in a row.

Sequencing Concepts and Techniques

  • 13 total hours
  • Learning Objective: In this 1-hour daily module following the morning sadhana, the instructor explains the proceeding morning practice. Our morning yoga classes are based upon the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa method of building a sequence around a cohesive theme and variations on that theme (physically and oftentimes mentally, emotionally and spiritually). In each of these breakdown sessions, an asana (the peak pose of the day) is explained in detail including benefits and effects, modifications and variations, anatomical alignment details, and contraindications.

The entire master class is collectively discussed and written down. This will provide students with a library of intentional and versatile sequences to reference for inspiration when putting together their own classes once they begin teaching.

This session also serves as a Q&A about any part of the morning practice so that students gain an experiential perspective about designing and teaching a yoga class and also for clarification about any of the class elements.

Structure of a Vinyasa Class

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Basic concepts specific to Hatha Vinyasa yoga in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya is defined, as well as elements unique to Lakshmi Rising. This gives students a map to follow regarding what to include in their future classes and why.

Concepts such as Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), vinyasa krama (flows), kriya (repetitive movements) and connecting vinyasa (linking sequences) are explored.

The Art of Intelligent Sequencing

  • 5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will gain a solid understanding of how to sequence a vinyasa class using the Lakshmi Rising method. Concepts such as theme and variation in asana, peak pose, vinyasa krama, connecting vinyasa, music, philosophical themes, and timing are covered. Students work in small groups to design a class and receive feedback.

Roots of Alignment: Defining Asana and Intro to Yoga Anatomy

  • 2.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: This module includes Krishmacharya’s and Patanjali’s definition of asana, students working together in partners or small groups to perform a postural analysis, and an overview of common alignment mistakes.

Anatomy of Asana Families

  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Different categories of asana are defined. Regions of the body are identified, muscles, bones, nerves, organs and connective tissues are explained in relation to different types of postures and positions. Cautions and contraindications, range of motion, as well as general benefits of posture groupings are explained.

Asana Lab

  • 24.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Different asana is explained and demonstrated. The anatomy of each asana is discussed, as well as variations, modifications, benefits, contraindications, and hands-on assists, adjustments, and enhancements. Students will work in pairs or small groups to practice teaching the asana and mini-sequences.

Hands-on Adjustments 101

  • 1.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Ethical, energetic and anatomical aspects of touching yoga students are discussed. Options for student and teacher safety are explored. Similarities and differences between adjusting, assisting and enhancing asana are considered. Contraindications are explained. Verbal and energetic assists are also explained.

Art of Shape-Shifting Photo Project

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students are given a list of asana (yoga poses) that are a part of the LR curriculum. With a partner or small group, students will photographically document their understanding of these poses on both the first and last days of the training program. This will illustrate their growth and transformation during the yoga teacher certification course, and also their understanding of the physical and energetic alignment of each asana.

Secrets of the Bandhas

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students receive theoretical and experiential information about hasta, pada, mula, uddiyana, jalandhara and maha bandhas. We discuss benefits, contraindications, physical and energetic anatomy, and explore several different techniques for teaching and self practice.

Chakras, Nadis, Koshas: Energetic Anatomy of the Human Experience

  • 2.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: This module gives students an overview of the energy-body through the lens of yoga.

Yoga in the World Today: The Legacy of Krishnamacharya

  • 1 total hour
  • Learning Objective: Students will discuss the similarities and differences between Yoga and Exercise. The global influence of Krishnamacharya and his students will be discussed, as well as other popular styles of Yoga.

Patanjali and the Eight Limbs of Yoga

  • 1 total hour
  • Learning Objective: This is an introduction to Yoga as a philosophy and lifestyle that encompasses more than just the physical postures.

Yoga Sutra Discussion: Yama and Niyama

  • 4 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students learn the ethical aspects of relating to self and others in this exploration of the Yamas and Niyamas. Different translations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are referenced, as well as current application of these ancient and timeless guidelines to living a yogic lifestyle.

Concepts in Ahimsa: Plant-Based Nutrition for the Health of the Whole

  • 38 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will explore one of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, Yama. The first of these ethical observances is ahimsa, non-harming of self and others. We apply this principle to our yogic lifestyle by adhering to a Lacto-Ovo vegetarian diet for 21-days. Our mealtimes are not only an opportunity to practice mindful eating, but they are also a time to educate students about plant-based nutrition and to offer the first-hand experience of the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle in harmony with Ayurvedic principles.

Pranayama Defined: May the Force be with You

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Pranayama as one of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs is defined and discussed. The anatomy of the respiratory system is explained. Concepts such as: sama vritti (even breath), visama vritti (uneven breath), kumbaka (breath retention), and vayu (wind) are defined. Benefits and contraindications are also explained.

Meditation Defined: Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Meditation as one of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs is defined and discussed. Modern research and classical perspectives are included in the discussion, in addition to the benefits and physiological process. Different styles and approaches are explained.

Meditation Techniques Explained

  • 7.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Nyasm, Loving Kindness, Japa, Japa Mala, Mindfulness, Sound Healing, Yoga Nidra, Mantra, and Trataka are explained in-depth so that each student will have clear instruction on how to practice each of these techniques, and also the benefits, variations and contraindications for each.

Mauna: Practicing Silence

  • 26 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students learn about the benefits of silence by refraining from speech and technology during silent breakfasts and Saturday mornings.

Sahaja Vinyasa: Lakshmi Rising Conscious Dance

  • 2 total Hours
  • Learning Objective: Students practice meditation in motion, ritual, and a new way of experiencing asana, to break habits and patterns that block their flow of awareness.

Mantra: Tools for the Mind

  • 1 total hour
  • Learning Objective: Different chants are explained and practiced to expose students to this ancient form of Yoga.

Yoga Philosophy: Samskara, Karma, Klesha & Pratyahara

  • 1 total hour
  • Learning Objective: This discussion is designed to spark insight into what we believe and why. Students are invited to identify patterns in themselves, their relationships and in society that can be shifted through diligent self-study (svadhyaya) and through the practice of Yoga.

Ayurveda

  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will be introduced to Ayurveda as a sister science to Yoga; Yoga being a path to purify the mind and Ayurveda as a path to purify the body. An overview of the five elements, three dosha, dinacharya (daily routine) guidelines, and how to live in harmony with our environment will be given.

Dynamic Use of Language

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objectives: Creative and conscious verbal guidance is one key to skillful teaching. In this module, we explore different approaches to public speaking, various approaches to cuing alignment, filler words and creative use of verbs and metaphors.

What Next? The Business of Teaching Yoga

  • 3 total Hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will learn how and why to register with Yoga Alliance. We discuss teaching options and possibilities, how to find teaching opportunities and what to expect, continuing education, mentorship, and higher-level training, hosting and attending workshops, retreats and special events, marketing alliances, social media, and how to write a bio, resume and mission statement.

Stepping into the Role of Teacher

  • 5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: The concept of lineage is defined. Students will reflect upon their own lineage and identify their strengthens and weaknesses as a teacher. We discuss what it means to be a teacher, Yoga teacher, educator, guide and leader.

Quiz and Review

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: In two quizzes, at the beginning of weeks two and three, students will have 30 minutes to take each quiz and then 30 minutes to go over the quiz as a group. This emphasizes important course content and gives students a gauge of their strengths and weaknesses.

Yoga Related Film

  • 4 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will get a recap and summary of course content by watching a documentary and several short videos on YouTube.

Non-Contact Hours:

  • 40+ hours of course reading prior to or during the training program
  • 5 hours prep and planning time for final student practicum
  • 1-hour prep, planning, design and creation of sacred space altar
  • 1-hour karma yoga
  • 2 hours to research and write a 1000 word essay
  • 10+ hours teaching community classes upon completion of training

  • Total Contact Hours: 216
  • Total Non-Contact Hours: 59
  • Total Program Hours: 275

Required Text Books

The books (e-books are fine) to purchase and bring with you are:

  • "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by Swami Satchidananda
  • "Yoga Anatomy" by Leslie Kaminoff
  • "Teaching Yoga" by Mark Stephens
  • "The Heart of Yoga" by TKV Desikachar
  • "Ayurveda, The Science of Self Healing" by Dr. Vasant Lad

Instructors

Liz Lindh

Location

Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness have chosen a magical farmhouse contoured by a hundred holm oaks and a rose garden as the setting for their spring Yoga Teacher Training in Tuscany. Its elegant charm and serene atmosphere is the perfect setting for learning and transformation.

This charming farmhouse is 20 minutes outside of Cortona, the location where “Under The Tuscan Sun” took place. It is located near both of the infamous wine regions, Chianti, and Montepulciano. The town of Cortona itself is perched in the hills at the base of the Apennine mountains, between the gorgeous Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts.

Cortona is a 30-minute drive northeast of Montepulciano (home of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) and south of Arezzo, the heart of Chianti’s Colli Aretini. And nearby in the neighboring province of Umbria is Lake Trasimeno. Tuscany is an enchanting setting for your yoga teacher training to cultivate personal growth and exploration.

Features

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Garden

Services

  • Laundry

Food

The price includes three organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (except during full day excursions), unlimited self-serve coffee and tea, and organic fresh fruit for snacks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

As a part of personal growth and wellness element of the training, Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness have some delightful cultural excursions planned for you. Participants will take a day trip to Castiglion Fiorentino to witness their annual Festa Medievale Bianco Azzurra, a reenactment ceremony (and party) of the life and times of the Medieval period in the region.

You will also visit a boutique bio-dynamic vineyard and winery where the owners will host a special vegetarian lunch featuring a traditional Tuscan countryside menu paired with their unique and delicious wines. Santo Stefano is a family-run organic farm of ancient origin. Since the 1700s the Bernardini family has dealt with high-quality production of wine, olive oil, and honey handing down the love for the land and its produce from one generation to the next one.

Another highlighted excursion will be a day visit to infamous Cortona, the location where “Under The Tuscan Sun” was set. The town of Cortona itself is perched in the hills at the base of the Apennine mountains, between the gorgeous Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts.

Amongst the winding roads in the hillside one will find many artisan shops, cafes and restaurants, and you will pay a special visit to the Molesini and Sons Wine Market for a unique wine lesson and tasting experience accompanied by selected meat and cheese pairings.

The Molesini family established their love of wine-making in 1937 when Giovanni Molesini began managing the bottega and sold wine to local groceries. The passion for wine has been passed down through the generations and has led Marco Molesini, Giovanni’s son, to open a store dedicated exclusively to wines, where they have carefully selected over 1,200 labels for their customers.

Your final outing is to Terme San Giovanni thermal spa where you will spend the day relaxing, bathing in warm mineral pools and enjoying authentic European spa treatments for health and wellbeing.

(*)Please note that excursions cost extra and are subject to change without notice.

Aesthetic and wellness massages

  • Relaxing massage - 40 minutes, 30 EUR
  • Foot reflexology - 30 minutes, 35 EUR
  • Draining massage of lower limbs - 50 minutes, 40 EUR
  • Draining massage of the upper limbs - 50 minutes, 40 EUR
  • Facial massage - 30 minutes, 35 EUR
  • Sports massage - 30 minutes, 30 EUR
  • Shiatsu , Zen Shiatsu and beauty Shiatsu suit 1H - 55 EUR; localized 30 minutes, 40 EUR
  • Reiki - 40 minutes, 50 EUR

Therapeutic massages

  • Decontracting massage - 40 minutes, 30 EUR
  • Mobilisation and recovery of movement and elasticity - 30 minutes, 30 EUR
  • Individual postural exercises - 40 minutes, 35 EUR
  • Respiratory gymnastics - 40 minutes, 35 EUR

What's included

  • Over 200 contact hours
  • Training manual
  • A 2 hour asana practice each morning Monday-Friday
  • 3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day
  • Unlimited coffee and an assortment of teas
  • Fresh fruit for snacking
  • Super-filtered high vibration mountain spring water for drinking and bathing
  • 20 nights lodging in a double occupancy
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Self-serve use of laundry facility
  • Full access to a 12 acre nature preserve including gardens, fruit trees, trails, and swimming pool
  • 13% tax

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from Italy
  • Required texts and supplies
  • Optional excursions to ancient towns, vineyards, thermal spas and more.
  • Wellness services or staff gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (FLR). Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness provide transportation to and from the train station upon arrival and departure. Plan to meet at the station at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 and participants will all ride to the villa together. Check-out time is 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6. Participants will travel their separate ways from the train station. You can also fly into Rome Airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday May 16, 2021
Departure: Saturday June 5, 2021

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