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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

Athens

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.

Crete

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

 

28 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Hatha Yoga Alignment & Ayurveda Immersion in Naousa, Cyclades

28 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Hatha Yoga Alignment & Ayurveda Immersion in Naousa, Cyclades

  • Cost per day: from €111
  • Availability: Apr 11, 2021
  • Location: Paros, Cyclades
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: intermediate

 

Immerse yourself in yoga teachings for 28 days at the seaside eco-retreat center on the island of Paros.

The retreat overlooks the azure Aegean Sea and is within walking distance from secret sandy beaches and crystal waters. All rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, a mini-fridge, and a kettle.

The main focus of the training is uniting the traditional practices of alignment-based Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa styles with Ayurveda immersion.

This program is designed for those who want to become certified yoga teachers, as well as yoga practitioners who want to deepen their knowledge of the relationship between these two ancient practices, deepen their yoga practice, and gain a foundational understanding through an in-depth study of yoga philosophy and yoga anatomy.

This training allows you to personally experience the benefits of daily self-care such as seasonal eating, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga.

Your day starts at 6:30 a.m. with Meditation or pranayama. You’ll then enjoy a tea break at 7:30 a.m. The morning asana yoga practice is at 7:45 a.m. and breakfast is served at 19 a.m.

There are other classes in the late morning (theory, philosophy, etc). You’ll also have two hours for yourself (from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) to enjoy the beach or just rest.

At 4 p.m. there’s a theory teaching class, followed by another yoga class at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.

During the 28-days training, there’s one day off each week (usually Mondays).

Three meals per day are included, as well as coffee and tea. They are organic and vegetarian. If you have other dietary requests, make sure to ask the organizer in advance.

The package also includes the use of all yoga props and one personal Ayurvedic consultation (or holistic coaching session).

During your time off you can choose to take a day trip to Delos or Mykonos, for an extra fee. There are also hiking trails that skirt the coastline or go deep inland. You may also spend time on the beach or explore the charming villages.

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

Paros is served by Paros National Airport (PAS), a regional airport. Flights connect through Athens, Thessaloniki, or Heraklion. You could also fly into Mykonos Island National Airport (JMK) and connect through a ferryboat to Paros. Alternatively, you can fly into Athens and book a ferryboat to Paros (about 3 hours on the high-speed one).

 

 

28 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Heraklion, Crete

hatha yoga teacher training in heraklion crete

  • Cost per day: from €78
  • Availability: September 1, 2021
  • Location: Heraklion, Crete
  • Instruction language: English & Greek
  • Instruction level: intermediate & advanced

 

This yoga teacher training course attempts to put the yoga practice into a broader perspective. You will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the goal of yoga training: to attain spiritual freedom.

This course is ideal for intermediate and advanced practitioners, with at least two years’ experience in yoga practice.  It covers almost every style of yoga.

There are daily yoga classes, as well as daily meditation sessions and pranayama techniques. You’ll also join anatomy, physiology, and philosophy classes.

You’ll be staying at Ktima Mantilar, which features luxury apartments, just near the Arhanes village, Heraklion. The views are magnificent, and the classes are held both indoor and outdoor.

Your day starts with a 6 a.m. wake up call. The morning meditation session is at 6:30 a.m., followed by cleansing, and a yoga class at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m. and there’s an alignment class before lunch (at 1 p.m.).

You’ll then enjoy some free time, before anatomy, physiology, philosophy class at 4 p.m. The afternoon yoga class is at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 8:30 p.m.

Three daily vegetarian meals are included in the price. Kindly let the organizer know if you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements.

Do note that the yoga mats, belts, and blocks, and netti pots for the cleansing process are included in the price. You’ll also receive a manual and book material on anatomy, philosophy, psychology, and an introduction to Hatha yoga postures.

Crete’s Heraklion International Airport (HER) is just 14 km from the retreat, but the transfer is not included in the price.

 

 

19 Day 200-Hour Vinyasa Flow & Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Corfu, Ionian Islands

vinyasa flow and ashtanga ytt in corfu

  • Cost per day: from €118
  • Availability: June 2, 2021
  • Location: Corfu
  • Instruction language: English & Greek
  • Instruction level: beginner & intermediate

 

This 200-hour Teacher Training course is designed for yogis who want to get better at their practice or learn more about yoga, as well as those who want to teach.

This course gives a strong foundation to build your self-practice. By the end of the course, you will develop the skills, tools, and confidence to teach Vinyasa Flow classes.

During the course, you will practice primarily Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and some afternoons Yin and Restorative yoga to balance the body.

Upon completion, you’ll receive certification to register with Yoga Alliance.

You’ll be staying at Andriana Corfu, an apartment complex located on the island of Corfu, just 100 m from the beach. All rooms have AC, a fully equipped kitchenette, an en-suite bathroom with rain shower, hot water, and spacious balconies with sea or garden views.

During the retreat, you’ll be able to enjoy (at no additional cost) the swimming pool at the neighboring hotel.

Your day starts at 7 a.m. with an Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga asana class (on alternating days) and is followed by Pranayama and meditation. Breakfast is served at 10 a.m. Afterward, you’ll have an anatomy/philosophy class (on alternating days).

Lunch is at 1 p.m. and is followed by more classes (with breaks between them). The Workshop (every two days) / Sequencing class takes place at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m.

Three meals per day are included in the plan. They cater to vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian diets. Should you have allergies or other dietary restrictions, kindly let the organizer know in advance. Water, coffee, and tea are also included.

In your free time, you can take a boat trip to the nearby islands, rent a scooter to explore the island, visit the Visit Byzantine fortress, visit Corfu town, or check out the renowned James Bond beach from the movie "For your eyes only".

Corfu International Airport (CFU) is just 20 km from the airport. The transfer is not included (but can be booked for an additional 50 EUR / one way for four persons – a Facebook group will be created for the participants to allow arrangements for the shared transportation).

 

 

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

ytt in karpathos

  • Cost per day: from €89
  • Availability: selected dates in May, July & October 2021
  • 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.

20 Day 200-Hour Authentic Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Alexandroupoli

ytt in Alexandroupoli

  • Cost per day: from €2,600
  • Availability: all year round 
  • Location: Alexandroupoli
  • Instruction language: English
  • Instruction level: all levels 

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.

This yoga teacher training course takes place in Alexandroupoli, the capital of Evros in East Macedonia and Thrace. The perfect place to do your training while enjoying its 22 kilometers (13 miles) of sandy beaches. Visit its hot springs, travel to Samothraki island, go to the Virgin Forests of Rodopi mountain range, visit the Evros Protected River Delta area, or go to the National Park of Dadia.

The course’s focus is on building confidence, skills, and knowledge, getting a comprehensive understanding of Iyengar Yoga and other styles. Learn all about the asana practice, philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, as well as the business aspect of yoga.

Each morning begins with meditation, Pranayama sessions and asana practice. Early afternoons are focused on the philosophy and anatomy of yoga, followed by teaching methodology and more practice on the mat.

Keep in mind that meals are not included. However, the city offers various vegetarian options made with local traditional recipes. Yoga mats, bolsters and all training items are included as well as copies and training books. You can also enjoy the free sauna every weekend.

Featured photo credit: Aegialis Hotel and Spa


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