22 Days 300hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Doug Swenson and Lea Loncar in Croatia

Yoga Alliance Accredited Teacher Training Croatia

Come and join this Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training 300-hours (RYS; RYT) with Doug Swenson and a guest teacher Lea Loncar. This TT300 is an evolution of Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Yin yoga, Power yoga and Restorative yoga enabling simplicity with ease in learning and practice. Doug and Lea are well established in their own respective yoga styles, through decades of their research, practice, and teachings. Students will enjoy a unique holistic approach understanding the value of different yoga styles and how to balance hard, more challenging, and soft, less challenging techniques with an aim to support individual practitioner’s needs.

Highlights

  • Deepen your yoga practice and take it to the next level
  • Top notch guest speakers that have a bucket full of knowledge
  • Daily swim and sun that nourishes and supports relaxed state of mind and body
  • An emphasis on ecological awareness and life choices that impact individual, society and the planet
  • Essence in all yoga practices is ease and simplicity - study with teachers who walk the talk
  • Yoga Alliance accreditation and certification TT300
  • Daily vegan breakfast and dinner
  • 21 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


21 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Croatian, Norwegian, English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Yoga shala

Of all the Croatian islands, you have surely not heard of this one- Iz island. It is a local, hidden, self-effacing beauty, 45min boat ride from the magical city of Zadar, in the central Dalmatia. Known mostly to sailors and nature lovers, Iz is one of many remote islands of Adriatic Sea, at the door of a national park Kornati.

This teacher training retreat will take place on Iz island, on the coast of Adriatic sea.

Enjoy coming back in time, in serene surroundings, and experience the true joy of living remotely on the unspoiled island of Iz. The hotel where we will stay is clean and monk-like simple, with spacious rooms facing the sea. The hotel has a beautiful outdoor yoga shala and two indoor shalas.

It is the only 100% vegetarian/vegan hotel in Croatia, dedicated to hosting yoga guests, retreats, and teacher training. With its relaxing scent of pine trees, and a laidback atmosphere, as well as crystal clear waters, your process of learning will be well supported. Iz is like a sanctuary, safe, innocent and tranquil, ideal for retreat and for studying and deepening, far from overcrowded beaches and distractions.

Share room with a fellow student! Simple and clean twin room with en-suite bathroom, balcony, and lovely sea view. Have full privacy and enjoy a simple and clean double room with en-suite bathroom, balcony, and lovely sea view.

Program

This is an extraordinary experience of immersing into the essence of yoga practices, study yoga in a non-dogmatic way and learn by example of amazing teachers who walk the talk:

  • World-renowned teacher Doug Swenson, Published author, master yoga practitioner, sincere Health & Ecology advocate and Mindful athlete
  • Lea Loncar, MS Psychology & Yoga, E-RYT 500, 25 years of experience, founder of Zenit Yoga, one of the finest yoga studios in Scandinavia
  • Highest quality holistic approach - an evolution of Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Yin yoga, Power yoga, and Restorative yoga

Program format

Teaching methods, yogic techniques, and practice​​

  • Vinyasa / Ashtanga / Power / Yin and Restorative yoga principles and techniques
  • How to practice: Demonstration, observation, assisting and instruction
  • How to teach: Professional, current, humble and supportive approach
  • Encompassing different styles for individual needs
  • Teacher attitude and different levels of instruction (anatomical, energy-oriented, or ecological/spiritual)
  • Designing routines for all levels
  • Developing / flexible mind and body
  • Internal cleansing and body detoxification​

Subtle practice

  • Yoga designed for specific issues
  • Meditation, pranayama
  • Deep relaxation
  • Stress management – approach and use​

Anatomy and physiology​​

  • Anatomy of yoga body (postures and movement)
  • Relationship between structure and function
  • Avoid and overcome injury
  • Body as a memory field / body psychology
  • Subtle anatomy; inner conscience and the chakras​

Ethics and business​​

  • External and internal tools for sustainable teachings
  • Qualities of a yoga teacher and ethics
  • Yoga as a sustainable business
  • Teaching workshops and intensives
  • Freelance or tunning a yoga studio?
  • Group dynamics and conscious yogi leadership​

Philosophy and sustainable ecology​​

  • Philosophy and psychology of yoga
  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
  • Study of enhanced nutrition
  • Cultivate landscape of body and earth ecology
  • Spirituality – study concepts and practices
  • Reflection on ecology, being a yogi in a modern world

Special needs​

  • Menstrual, pregnancy, menopause practice
  • Yoga for seniors and children
  • Weight loss and holistic fitness
  • Yoga and fasting
  • Cross train with yoga for success - examples and cases​

Instructors

Lea Loncar
Lea (E-RYT 500, M.Sc. Psychology) is a dedicated yogini, with over 25 years experience in yoga. Her background is Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Integral, Sivananda, and Therapeutic yoga, which she has studied with great teachers including Swami Satchidananda, Swami Ramananda, K.Pattabhi Jois and his family, and many others. Lea is also deeply inspired by Buddhist Vipassana meditation and is an advocate of the vegan culture. Her work and writings have inspired and motivated hundreds of people to change their lifestyle habits and improve their health. Lea is a founder of Zenit Yoga studio, Norway.
Doug Swenson
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Beginning his study of yoga in 1963, Doug Swenson is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, writer, and dedicated health advocate. Over the last three decades, he has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment. Doug has had the fortune of studying with many great teachers including Dr. Ernest Wood, K. Pattabhi Jois, Ramanand Patel, and many others. Doug's classes are always invigorating and inspirational and his supportive style of teaching and keen sense of humor send his student’s home with a smile on their face.

Location

Although a magnet for tourists, Croatian coast retains its calmness and has a soft pace. It is truly soulful, contemplative and inspirational place to visit, nectar for many artists and sport adventurers, as well as for nature lovers and yogis. It kept the spirit of Mediterranean as it once was, a dream place for wondering souls. Croatia is just 2 hours flight away from any city in Europe.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming

General

  • Beach
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Bicycle rental

Food

You have included in the price daily vegan breakfasts and dinners. Your meals are locally grown, consist of delicious vegan food, and represent the true joy of living remotely on the unspoiled island of Iz.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegan
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)

There will be one day off where you are free to explore nearby islands or enjoy a day in Zadar town. Explore the island of Iz and its nearby islands, or take a short boat ride to nearby mainland town Zadar. Optional activities include:

  • Visit local villages
  • Bicycle rides
  • Take a little boat to a nearby secluded island
  • Visit town of Zadar
  • Visit Kornati islands / boat trip
  • Take a walk to a local hill-top
  • Sun and swim
  • Nap in the forest​

Spa treatments

Massage treatments can be booked on site with prior appointment.

What's included

  • Tuition and certification TT300
  • 21 nights accommodation in a yogi hotel
  • 2 vegan meals a day
  • 1 Gong bath
  • Online study preparation and assistance

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra meals
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Zadar Airport (ZAD). Zadar is your nearest flight destination. From Zadar airport, you take the bus or a taxi to the port, to catch the boat to Veli Iz.

Boasting a historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing city. It’s not too crowded, it’s not overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation – need to be seen and heard to be believed.

Flights: There are direct flights to Zadar from a number of major European cities.

Overnight in Zadar: Check Tripadvisor and Airbnb

Cancellation Policy

  • 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: Saturday August 17, 2019
Departure: Saturday September 7, 2019

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