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Yoga Teacher Training in Greece

Experience inner and outer alignment and energetic flow from within. Evolve into your full potential. Learn how, what to practice, and the purpose and principles of these teachings training with an Integral Experiential approach that connects breath and bio-energetic alignment. Practice with Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer Irana Ji An. Center through creative Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin yoga. Nurture yourself with the magnificent nature of this island in Greece. Inspire. Whether you train with Paros Yoga Shalla to become a teacher or for your well being and lifestyle, learn to organize your mind, emotions, body, and vitality so they align, creating lasting balance and experience your essential nature, you will be able to transform fundamental lifestyle habits that bring your elemental system out of balance.

Meet the instructors

Irana JI An
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Highlights

  • Learn more about asanas, sequencing, anatomy
  • Gain skill and confidence in the practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation
  • Opportunity to register for Yoga Alliance International certification upon completion
  • Refine your personal yoga practice with this training
  • Brunch and dinner included
  • 28 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


23 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Sunrise Accommodation

Sunrise Accommodation is in the traditional settlement of Naoussa, in the location Analipsi, within a stone’s throw from the area’s numerous dining and nightlife options, but also ideally situated to offer ultimate relaxation. It is merely 5 minutes from the center of beautiful Naoussa, near the secluded beach of Agioi Anargyroi, Santa Maria, and Kolimbithres.

Sunrise Accommodation features rooms and apartments that compound comfort and relaxation. Traditional architecture combined with Cycladic elements, blending in the natural environment, while the upscale services, qualified personnel, and exceptional amenities provide a comfortable and pleasant stay.

In the evening, you will take a short walk to the beautiful Open Garden Restaurant for a delicious dinner Chef Elda Molla will prepare for you.

Program

This teacher training course is for those wanting to deepen their understanding and knowledge of yoga, continue their advanced education as yoga teachers or develop an integrated personal practice. Paros Yoga Shalla offers a comprehensive teacher training program on achieving personal well-being through yoga and Ayurveda.

This program will offer you a solid Integral foundation in traditional yoga from Patanjali to Krishnamacharya, combined with science and modern developments. You will develop greater awareness.

In this training, the focus will be on Integral Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. You balance the practice with Yin yoga release, explore your natural breath in movement, awaken the senses and interact with nature, as part of your weekly schedule. Daily meditation, Mantra, Mudras, Pranayama, and yoga Nidra are integrated within the practice. Morning theory daily, Iyengar & Anusara approach to alignment classes. Sundays are free.

The yoga teacher training course is divided into 3 modules:

Module 1: Integral Transformational Yoga Chakra Embodiment Purification and Foundation of the Yoga Therapy further training. You delve through Transformational Yoga – an integrated approach to physical health, emotional and mental balance, – into an experience of embodiment purification through the Chakra system: the foundation of yoga. This is a personal transforming experience integrating all aspects of your being. You discuss the basic philosophy and theory of Hatha yoga. Integrating Vinyasa and Yin yoga practices. Integral Meditation-Mantra-Mudra-Yoga Nidra. Alignment-Adjustments-Therapeutics.

Module 2: The teaching skills, Anatomy of movement in yoga, yoga therapy. Communication skills. This period you will also focus on alignment, and how to develop discipline, and focus on creating space to teach, sequencing, injury prevention, hands-on assessment, and the ability to instruct with wisdom, respect, and compassion. Anatomical adjustment in Hatha yoga integrating Vinyasa Krama and Yin yoga release practices. Integral & Dynamic Meditation-Mantra-Mudra-Yoga Nidra. Alignment–Therapeutics level 2.

Module 3: Chakra Vinyasa: Vinyasa Krama Advanced-Advanced asana-Karma Yoga-Hatha Yoga- Advanced Vinyasa -Solar-Lunar- & Yin Yoga Release advanced Practices. Integral & Dynamic Meditation-Mantra L2-MudraL2-Pranayama L2-Yoga Nidra-Assisting-Adjustments in Vinyasa Practice-Stillness & Fluidity in movement.

Program contents

Yoga theory

Philosophy and psychology of yoga based on the Yogasutras of Patanjali. Theory of asana practice.

Asanas

  • Function-oriented approach to movement in asanas: awareness, stability, alignment, stretching, mobilization, daily life application
  • Traditional Vinyasa system of Krishnamacharya, combining breathing and movement
  • Advanced asana approach
  • Nuances of using asanas in the larger yoga path
  • Core asanas essential for fitness and in a therapeutic setting
  • Preparation and balancing
  • Common and useful variations

Sequencing

  • Principles of sequencing from the traditional approach of Krishnamacharya and further developments from there.
  • Foundations of personal course planning and sequencing for different needs
  • Vinyasa Krama

History and Philosophy

  • The Yoga Sutras, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • The main systems of yoga: Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Mantra, Yantra, Laya and Kundalini, Tantric, Hatha, Raja, Prana
  • The Synthesis of yoga. The Mother and Sri Aurobindo
  • Transformational Yoga Theory. The Chakra System

Introduction to Transformational Yoga

  • Apara and Para dimensions of consciousness
  • The seven chakras – muladhara, swadisthana, manipura, anahata, vishuddhi, ajna, sahasrara
  • The four bodies or koshas – physical, emotional, mental, psychic
  • The relationship of the chakras and the bodies
  • Energy flow and the functions of the five pranas – apana, samana, maha, udyana, vyana
  • Impurities, effects and purification techniques for the chakras and bodies
  • Awakening of the spiritual body
  • Energy mechanics of Transformational Yoga
  • Difference between Transformational Yoga and other types of yoga
  • Introduction to meditation

Principles of demonstration and observation

  • Assisting, modifications, adjusting, guiding
  • Finding your own teaching style
  • Ethical guidelines for yoga teachers
  • Student teaching and observing
  • Lesson planning
  • Classroom safety

Practice of Transformational Yoga

  • Basic Transformational Yoga sequence
  • Surya Namaskar and Chandra Namaskar (Sun and Moon Salutations)
  • 4 Transformational Yoga asana sets – chakra activation, stomach, back and standing
  • Joint warming and cleaning practices
  • Observation and awareness techniques
  • Pranayama

Pranayama

  • Principles and practice of working with your breath effectively.
  • Using asanas to prepare for pranayama.
  • Important types of pranayama with hands-on practice. Transformational Yoga breathing practices
  • Kapalabhati (cleansing breath), Nadi Shodana (alternate nostril breathing), Bhramari (humming bee breath)
  • Other useful pranayama practices: Ujjayi (victorious breath), Shitali and Sitkari (cooling breath)
  • Importance of healthy breathing
  • Conscious breathing techniques
  • Bandhas (locks): Moola (root), Uddiyana (abdominal), Jalandhara (throat), Maha (great)

Mantra

  • Invocation Mantra
  • Seed sounds for the chakras: relaxation, purification, activation
  • Mantras for the 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air, space
  • Setting intention

Sound

  • Using sound in asanas
  • Using sound in meditation

Meditation

  • Meditation methods and techniques
  • Observation and awareness techniques
  • Yoga Nidra relaxation techniques
  • Yogic energy awakening science (Kriyas)
  • Dynamic meditation techniques: walking, dance, etc

Anatomy and physiology

  • Essential anatomy and physiology as applied to asanas.
  • Practical and functional points only, without forgettable and non-relevant theory.
  • Physical body systems – respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, muscular & skeletal, endocrine
  • Kundalini, nadis and the nervous system
  • Endocrine system and the chakras
  • Health benefits, contraindications and therapeutic use
  • Exploration, alignment, modification and individual expression
  • Ayurveda, body types, diet and lifestyle
  • Teaching Methodology

Chanting and mantra

  • Importance and theory of chanting
  • Useful mantras for chanting and meditation
  • Simple chants e.g. traditional Vedic peace chants

Ayurveda

  • Introduction to Ayurvedic doshas and prakrti
  • Basic principles of Ayurvedic diet

Yoga energetics

  • Mudras and bandhas: their importance and how to practice them
  • System of Nadis, Prana, Chakras and their relevance to practice

Teaching Skills

  • Anatomy applied to adjustments-Comunication Skills-Yoga Therapy- Lower back issues, prevention to injuries and therapy-Vinyasa Krama Advanced-Ayurveda basics-Sequencing -Alignment & hands on adjustments-Pregnacy and Yoga-Women and the 3 stages of life-Personal and coaching-Yantra & Mandala energetics in class- Creating sacred space-The Natural Elements in Practce-Fluidity in Vinyasa.
  • Advanced Asana-Chakra Vinyasa-Refining your practice-Karma Yoga-Asisting in class-Adjustment *Practice-Meditation Teaching-Yoga Nidra Teaching-

Personal practice

Establishing and refining one’s personal practice is a key element of this program.

Course outcome

On successful completion of this course, participants will have:

  • an understanding and appreciation of the principles of the science and art of yoga and an introduction to Ayurvedic principles
  • developed a comprehensive knowledge of the theory of asanas, pranayama, and meditation
  • gained skill and confidence in the practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation
  • understood the principles necessary to teach yoga in a safe and effective manner
  • learned the art of sequencing and understand Vinyasa Krama
  • acquired the tools to enact positive changes in their own lives and start on the part of providing the same guidance to others
  • the opportunity to be a part of a community of people who are similarly committed to a path of personal growth and transformation

Also included

  • Certification of completion
  • Transformational Yoga training manual
  • Self purification
  • Chakra reading and healing
  • Yin yoga
  • Yoga alignment
  • Dance sessions
  • Kundalini meditation
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • One-to-one guidance with your lead tutor
  • Nature walks
  • Yoga in nature
  • Nature explorations

Reading before the course

  • The Bhagavad Gita_Eknath Easwaran
  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika_Swami Swatmarama
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali _ Swami Satchidananda
  • Autobiography of a Yogi _ Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Chakras (Energy centers of transformation) _ Harish Johari

Other Suggested Publications

  • Yoga Anatomy – Leslie Kaminoff
  • Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System – Anodea Judith, Ph.D.
  • Eastern Body Western Mind – Anodea Judith, Ph.D.
  • Bringing Yoga to Life – Donna Farhi
  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Swami Swatmarama
  • Yoga Nidra – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Meditation: The First and Last Freedom – Osho
  • The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
  • Freedom from the Known – J Krishnamurti
  • Kindle Life – Swami Chinmayananda

This will be a comprehensive program on achieving personal well-being through yoga and Ayurveda, as well as teacher training registered with Yoga Alliance International. This program will offer you a foundation in traditional yoga from Patanjali to Krishnamacharya, combined with science and modern developments.

This program is intended for:

  • Yoga practitioners who wish to deepen their personal growth and learn skills they can use for the rest of their life, and in daily life
  • Yoga teachers from all schools seeking a greater understanding of the full spectrum of yoga practices: asana, pranayama, meditation, Yogasutra, mantras
  • Yoga practitioners interested in building a firm foundation to teach yoga to people of all ages and fitness levels
  • Those interested in a comprehensive base for a yoga therapy program

Sample daily schedule

Monday:

  • 07.30 - 08.30: Pranayama & Joint Clearing by yourselves upon waking up
  • 09.00 - 10.15: Solar Vinyasa Yoga Shala
  • 10.30 - 11.40: Classical HathaYoga
  • 11:45 - 12:10: Integral Meditation Irana Jian
  • 12:30 - 13:45: Theory Irana JiAn
  • 14:00 - 17:30: Silence-Rest, Study Space, Free Time
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Lunar Yoga

Tuesday

  • 07.30 - 08.30: Pranayama by yourselves upon waking up
  • 09.00 - 10.15: Pranayama, Joint Clearing & Yoga Namaskar
  • 10.30 - 11.40: Transformational Hatha Yoga Flow
  • 11:45 - 12:10: Yoga Nidra Irana Jian
  • 12:30 - 13:45: Theory Irana JiAn
  • 14:00 - 17:30: Silence-Rest, Study Space, Free Time
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Alignment & Anatomy

Wednesday

  • 07.30 - 08.30: Pranayama Joint Clearing & Yoga Namaskara by yourselves upon waking up
  • 10.30 - 11.40: Surya Namaskara Classical Hatha Yoga
  • 11:45 - 12:10: Meditation Irana Jian
  • 12:30 - 13:45: Theory Irana JiAn
  • 14:00 - 17:30: Silence-Rest, Study Space, Free Time
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Lunar Yoga

Thursday

  • 07.30 - 08.30: Pranayama by yourselves upon waking up
  • 09.00 - 10.15: Pranayama, Joint Clearing & Yoga Namaskar
  • 10.30 - 11.40: Transformational Hatha Yoga Flow
  • 11:45 - 12:10: Yoga Nidra Irana Jian
  • 12:30 - 13:45: Theory Irana JiAn
  • 14:00 - 17:30: Silence-Rest, Study Space, Free Time
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Alignment & Anatomy

Friday

  • 07.30 - 08.30: Pranayama Joint Clearing & Yoga Namaskara by yourselves upon waking up
  • 09.00 - 10.15: Solar Vinyasa Yoga Shala Irana JiAn
  • 10.30 - 11.40: Classical HathaYoga
  • 11:45 - 12:10: Integral Meditation Irana Jian
  • 12:30 - 13:45: Theory Irana JiAn
  • 14:00 - 17:30: Silence-Rest, Study Space, Free Time
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Lunar Yoga

Saturday

  • 07.30 - 08.30: Pranayama Joint Clearing & Yoga Namaskara by yourselves upon waking up
  • 09.00 - 10.15: Beach Practice with Irana JiAn
  • 10.30 - 11.40: Surya Namaskara Classical Hatha Yoga
  • 11:45 - 12:10: Meditation
  • 12:30 - 13:45: Personal Sessions
  • 14:00 - 17:30: Silence-Rest, Study Space, Free Time
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Inner Dance Session

Note

Sundays are free days and meals are not provided on free days.

Instructors

Irana JI An Fouroulis

Location

This yoga teacher training takes place in Naousa, Paros.

Food

Vegetarian brunch and dinner are included. Meals are not provided on free days.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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)

Optional extras:

  • Hiking
  • Chakra healing
  • Reiki and massage
  • Massage
  • Nature walks
  • Horse riding
  • Boat tours
  • Mountain biking tours

What's included

  • All course teaching, practical sessions, materials
  • Certificate of completion
  • Brunch and dinner
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Vat is included in the cost of the training

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Boat transfers
  • Registration with Yoga Alliance International is optional, due upon arrival (cost 200 EUR)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Paros National Airport (PAS). You can fly from Athens to Paros directly with Aegean Airlines.

Arrival by ferry or bus

If you fly to Athens, you should arrive in Athens on the 4th before noon so you can take the bus to the Piraeus Port and catch the 17:30 ferry to Paros. A bus shuttles from Athens Airport arrivals to Piraeus port for 10 EUR every 20 minutes.

Boats depart daily from Piraeus at 07:25 and arrive in Paros at 11:40 and 17:30 arriving in Paros at 21:45. Let Paros Yoga Shalla know the details of your arrival time in advance so they can arrange your transfer to the hotel. Transfers from the port of arrival to the hotel are not included but can be arranged with a taxi. The cost is 35 EUR per transfer.

For your departure, boats depart daily from Paros at 19:15 and arrive in Piraeus at 23:15. If you would like to extend your stay in Paros for a few days, Paros Yoga Shalla can help to arrange this.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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: Wednesday September 1, 2021
Departure: Wednesday September 29, 2021

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