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Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Greece

by Cris Puscas

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Greece constantly ranks as one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe.

Between its stunning coastline, rich culture and history, beautiful islands, and friendly people, this Mediterranean country has become a preferred destination for travelers looking for a unique experience.

So it comes to no surprise that there are plenty of yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses in Greece, no matter which island or part of the mainland you want to head to.


History of Yoga & Meditation in Greece


But such a traditional Greek Orthodox country surely does not have much to do with yoga. Or does it?

Astonishingly, it does! Two thousand years ago in Southern Europe, a deep state of meditation (samadhi in Sanskrit) was practiced by both Greeks and Romans. In Greek, it was called henosis and it literally meant “one-pointed awareness” or “unitary consciousness”.

There were many centers where you could learn how to stabilize your mind in henosis, including the Platonic Academy in Athens.

More so, the famous Oracle of Delphi, the spiritual center of Ancient Greece, is known for its advice: “Know thyself”. And spiritual teachers, such as Plotinus, urged his disciples to unite the divinity in themselves with the divinity in all things.

Even earlier, at the beginning of the 5th century BC, Empedocles was talking about the journey within: “You must plunge beneath your crowded thoughts and calmly contemplate the higher realities with pure, focused attention.”

Today, many still consider meditation, the concept of reincarnation, and the essential unity of all things to be Eastern beliefs. But these teaching were once an integral part of the Western spiritual heritage. Unfortunately, most of these were lost in the West and we had to travel East to rediscover them.



Top Destinations for Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Greece



view of the acropolis of athens from plaka


The capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is also one of the world’s oldest cities.

Steeped in history, the cradle of Western civilization offers a plethora of things to do and discover. It is a gem worth discovering on foot, especially since a mostly car-free archeological walk has been established and allows easy access to the major sites such as the Acropolis and the Greek Agora.

With its own riviera, a lot of charming nearby islands to explore, and superb countryside on the mainland, Athens is an ideal vacation spot, as well as a good choice for a yoga teacher training course.



the palace of knossos on crete

The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete is home to the legendary Minotaur and the ancient labyrinth. The ruins of the Palace of Knossos, where the Minotaur lived, are one of the biggest attractions on the island.

Littered with gorgeous beaches, the island is also a great choice for those who enjoy hiking. Samaria Gorge is the most well-known hiking route, but there are plenty more routes to explore.

Part of the Blue Zone – a region where people live the longest – Crete is also known for its healthy and tasty cuisine.

During your free time on a yoga teacher training course you can indulge in yummy cuisine, unravel the mysteries of the labyrinth, explore nature, or spend some time on the beaches.


The Cyclades

yoga in the cyclades

Photo credit: Soma Yoga Institute

The famous Cyclades comprise 2,200 islands out of which only 33 are inhabited. And only a handful are very popular among travelers. Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, and Amorgos constantly rank high on everyone’s bucket list.

The well-known Cycladic architecture – whitewashed houses, blue domes, and window shutters – together with beautiful beaches, great weather, and amazing food will make you fall in love no matter which of the islands you choose to visit.

Paros is not as crowded as Santorini and can be a great place to relax and join a yoga teacher training course. There are a lot of beaches and traditional villages to explore during your free time.


The Ionian Islands

yoga by the sea in the ionian islands

Photo credit: Alpha Yoga School

Also known as the Western Greek Islands, the Ionians include the well-known Corfu, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos (Zante) and a lot of off-the-beaten-path smaller islands. All are known for the beautiful sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, stunning architecture, and charming fishing villages.

Corfu is the northernmost of the Ionians and is located east of Italy and southwest of Albania. It is home to some lovely finishing villages and a gorgeous Old Town. It is also an excellent choice for a yoga teacher training course.


Note: BookYogaTeacherTraining offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.


Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses to Join in Greece


15 Day 100-Hour Integral Transformational Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Paros

hatha ytt in paros

  • Cost per day: from €180
  • Availability: multiple dates in September
  • Location: Paros, Cyclades
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: intermediate & advanced


Discover your inner joy of living and awaken to your full potential. Continue your advanced yoga education and go beyond your limits.

This course is transformational for those wanting to deepen their understanding and knowledge of the original yoga teachings.

You will learn authentic transformational yoga: Integral Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin yoga, and meditation.  There will be daily meditation, mantra, mudras, and pranayama. The course includes yoga theory, anatomy & physiology, and Ayurveda.

This 100-Hour Integral course is ideal for:

  • Yoga Teachers of all schools seeking a greater understanding of the full spectrum of yoga practices;
  • Yoga Teachers interested in a comprehensive foundation for the yoga therapy teacher training;
  • Yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their personal growth and learn skills they can use for the rest of their lives.

The course takes place in the traditional settlement of Naoussa, near the secluded beaches of Agioi Anargyroi, Santa Maria, and Kolimbithres on the island of Paros.

The food served is vegetarian and includes two meals each day (brunch & dinner), except on free-program days (Sundays, arrival, and departure day). Make sure to let the organizer know in advance if you have special dietary requirements.

The mats & props are provided by the organizer.

Paros is served by Paros National Airport (PAS), a regional airport. Flights connect through Athens, Thessaloniki, or Heraklion. Another option is the ferry from Athens or from one of the other Cyclades.


10 Day Level 1 100-Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Corfu, Ionian Islands

yin ytt in corfu

  • Cost per day: from €160
  • Availability: September 4, 2020
  • Location: Corfu, Ionian Islands
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: all levels


Immerse yourself into Yin yoga practice and learn to share the subtle meditative qualities of Yin Yoga.

The course’s curriculum emphasizes the balance between Eastern (ethereal) and Western (material) sciences. With an in-depth exploration of meditation and anatomy, you will learn to teach the subtle qualities of Yin yoga.

The focus is on practicing the content via guided Yin sessions and meditation techniques.

You will learn to deepen and explore your own Yin yoga practice, teach a Yin yoga class, develop and refine sequences, as well as create a safe and supportive space for your students.

There are three meals per day included in the package. Make sure to let the organizer know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.  The program also includes a boat trip to Issos Island or a walk in a nature reserve or visiting an old village.

You will need to bring your own yoga mat.

This yoga teacher training course takes place in Saint George South, at Argyrades in Corfu. You’ll be staying on the southwest coast of the island, surrounded by nature and golden dunes.

The island is served by Corfu International Airport (CFU). Airport transfer is available upon request (and for an extra fee).


29 Day 200 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in Athens, Attica

ytt therapy in athens

  • Cost per day: from €100
  • Availability: all year round
  • Location: Athens, Attica
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: all levels


Yoga Therapy is an adaptation of yoga for those who have health problems. It is based on the holistic concept and includes a balanced set of practices that calms and vitalizes the mind and body.

During this yoga teacher training course, you will understand the connection between yoga and therapy, analyze the holistic approach to balance the physical and mental, study anatomy within the asanas, as well as study 30 asanas in detail, learn the importance of nutrition, of the Doshas, Gunas, and Marmas points in the science of living, and discover the therapeutic benefit of mantra.

There are two yoga classes and two yoga theory & teaching classes each day, except on Sundays (when there’s only a yoga class). Sunday is a day off when you can visit Athens and the historical sites.

The food is regular, but you can ask the organizer in advance to cater for your dietary needs. Only breakfast and drinks (water, coffee, and tea) are included in the program’s price.

You will need to bring your own mat.

Upon completion, you will get certification & registration at Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

Athens is served by Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH), which receives flights from all over Europe and the rest of the world. You can also take a ferry from Italy (into Patras and then travel by land to Athens).


23 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Charming Palairos

ytt in palairos

  • Cost per day: from €74
  • Availability: selected dates in August
  • Location: Palairos, Attica
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: beginner & intermediate


Get ready to embark on a journey of self-growth and self-development through yoga. Join this yoga teaching course to shift your perspective, challenge yourself, and your limits.

The course’s focus is on building confidence, skills, and knowledge, getting a comprehensive understanding of Vinyasa & Ashtanga practice, asana analysis, adjustment theory, methodology, theory, philosophy, and anatomy, as well as basic Ayurveda, nutrition, healing, and rejuvenation in relation to yoga practice.

Each morning begins with an hour of pranayama, meditation, and mantra chanting, followed by a Vinyasa yoga flow class. Early afternoons are focused on asana learning with an emphasis on alignment, adjustments, and teaching. The afternoon yoga classes focus on restorative styles such as Yin, Hatha, and Nidra.

Three meals per day are included and they are vegetarian and organic. Water, coffee, and tea are also included in the price. If you have special dietary needs, kindly let the organizer know in advance.

You will need to bring your own yoga mat.

Upon completion, you are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher.

The yoga teacher training course takes place in Palairos, a seaside village that allows you to come in close contact with a rustic and traditional way of life.

You may fly into either Aktion National Airport (PVK) or Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). Buses are available from both airports to get to Palairos. 


22 Day 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Conscious Yoga Teacher Training on Karpathos, Dodecanese Islands

ytt in karpathos

  • Cost per day: from €89
  • Availability: August to October
  • Location: Karpathos, Dodecanese Islands
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: beginner & intermediate


Get a first-hand experience of what is possible through yoga by removing energy blockages. Cleanse the body and mind by going deep into the practices of original yoga.

During the course, you’ll be exposed to a minimum of four yoga types (Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, Raja) and the eight limbs of yoga. You will also study various sub-yoga types such as Hatha, Yin, Kirtan, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Ashtanga.

The first week focuses on asanas. The second weekend includes asanas practice in the morning and afternoon, but the focus is on yoga philosophy, pranayama, human anatomy, and different types of meditations. During the third week, you will become more comfortable with teaching and you will practice on your fellow course participants.

Three meals, water, and tea are included in the price. The meals cater to a variety of dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw. There are three excursions included in this program: a visit to the ancient city of Olympus and two beaches.

You will need to bring your own mat.

The venue is in Adia, on the island of Karpathos, part of the Dodecanese Islands.

Karpathos Island National Airport (AOK) serves the island. While it gets some direct flights from Europe, you may need to connect either through Athens or Rhodes. The transfer to/from the airport is included in the price.


Featured photo credit: Aegialis Hotel and Spa

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