200-Hour Buddhist Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher Training in Ibiza, Spain

200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Ibiza

Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training delivers a somatic approach; synthesising the practices of yoga and of Buddhist insight meditation / mindfulness in an embodied fluid style supported by technical depth and detail. Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training draws from and integrates influences such as Hatha yoga, Scaravelli inspired, mindful, Yin, trauma sensitive, Restorative, Vinyasa & Slow Flow intuitively and creatively.

Highlights

  • Self-practices
  • Insight (mindfulness) meditation sessions
  • Karma yoga classes and morning led practices
  • Totally original, cutting-edge approach to liberating body, heart and mind
  • Beautiful remote unspoiled countryside Ibiza location
  • Lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Highly qualified team
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 14

Airport transfer available:
Ibiza Airport (US$41 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio

Can Tunio is a very quiet location, tucked away, hidden, in the heart of the Ibicenco countryside - an untouched area of Ibiza. As this is the case, students who enroll on the training must be prepared to spend the month of training in a retreat environment and be prepared to unplug from the distractions and excesses of the “modern world”.

Can Tunio sleeps 16 people in seven bedrooms. All of the bedrooms have their own bathroom (two of them are not en-suite but the bathrooms are for sole usage of the allocated bedroom). Students share twin or triple rooms.

Can Tunio is a beautifully and sympathetically restored old Ibicenco farmhouse (finca) retaining the Sabina wood beamed roof and original features associated with this style of typical building and now decorated in a minimalist style with polished concrete floors and neutral tones throughout. There are many interior spaces to retreat and relax into along with chill out terraces and lounging areas all the way around the farmhouse for hanging out and furnished Balinese style. Great spaces for recharging between sessions, socially engaging, being quiet or doing some homework.

There is a beautiful swimming pool with tropical gardens and views out to the countryside and forested hills. There is both an indoor yoga space and an outdoor wooden platform for yoga with a Moroccan tent style roof covering.

Still Flowing Spain Yoga Teacher Training Program

Certifications

For 200-hour graduates from different yoga schools as Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training is a unique non-mainstream program as integrate some cutting edge work around regulating the autonomic nervous system through yoga asana, movement and mindfulness practices and as such you may find the content at the level of an advanced training with a clear therapeutic bias so do sign up!

You can gain CPD advanced training credits for this with the UK Yoga Alliance.

This yoga and mindfulness teacher training is relevant for long term practitioners, therapists, meditators, and healers who are curious about how to apply principles of mindfulness to asana and movement, who are interested in cultivating formal Buddhist meditation practice and the synthesis of yoga and Buddhist mindfulness, and who are interested in exploring cutting-edge somatic techniques that are specifically orientated to practicing and teaching in a more trauma sensitive way and that focus on process as a tool for liberation rather than goal orientated practice.

What is Still Flowing Yoga?

“Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training is a Somatic Approach to the Ancient Wisdom Teachings of Yoga and Meditation, skilfully introducing students to how the Buddhist Meditation Practices of Mindfulness and Metta can be integrated into the practice of Yoga and its teaching in order to facilitate a clearer sense of direction, precision, care and depth”.

Thomas Hanna defined Somatics as “…the field of study dealing with somatic phenomena, i.e., the human being as experienced by himself (or herself) from the inside.” He defined soma as the body experienced from within.

The somatic focus on Still Flowing is the thread that connects and integrates the complementary forms you will explore - such as Scaravelli inspired, slow flow gentle Vinyasa, mindfulness-based, trauma sensitive, therapeutic and Restorative, guiding students towards a gradual embodied awakening both in stillness and in movement.

Broadly speaking Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training is an integrative approach, offering students an accessible, direct, modern interpretation of Patanjali’s Classical Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga interwoven with the Buddha’s Teaching on Mindfulness, firmly orientating students towards a state of embodied awakening within daily modern life, where these complementary practices are ultimately employed as tools for personal liberation.

Still Flowing Yoga TT is non-performance based and as yoga teacher trainers they aim to facilitate a program where students cultivate an understanding of the depth and beauty of simplicity within foundational asana rather than an immediately gratifying experience of “advanced” asana which can result, particularly over time, not only in physical injury but also in dysregulation of the nervous system. The program encourages students to be dilligent, engaged, and enquiring to benefit most from this program.

Please note that learning prescriptive routines and flows by heart will not form part of the teaching methodology - Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training's methodological approach is enquiry based. If you want to learn organically and intuitively in an intimate, safe, well held and familial atmosphere with quality individualised tuition then this program is for you.

Course content

Self practice

The first practice of the day will be dedicated to developing a self practice which will be the foundation of your teaching life. 45 minutes daily will be allocated to self practice, this period will also serve as an opportunity to integrate what you are learning in the other sessions into your own practice.

Led practice

You will experience and be introduced to different intensities of fluid and thematic sequences that are focused around foundation and ground, core unwinding, breath, undoing tension and release, awakening different anatomical and physiological structures.

The flows are often creative, exploratory and intuitive drawing on complementary approaches to asana such as Slow Flow Gentle Vinyasa, Scaravelli Inspired, Somatic, Mindfulness based and Trauma Sensitive approaches.

The morning classes emphasise and showcase how to structure a class, how the different families of postures work together and how to form intelligent sequences.

Karma Yoga / Mindful Silent Work Period

A daily karma yoga session or silent mindful work period is an integral part of the daily practice. 45 minutes is devoted to community tasks such as preparing the dinner, cleaning the yoga shala, taking charge of washing clothes, sweeping the outdoor spaces, washing up, cleaning the kitchen etc. An opportunity to work for the greater good, in community, in silence, also a change to discharge and integrate keeping connected to the daily aspects of life.

Insight (Mindfulness and Metta) Meditation

Please note that Buddhist Meditation forms an integral part of the 200-hour program and Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training's ongoing work into synthesising the Teachings of Yoga and Buddhism.

  • Daily Mindfulness Practice: Sitting / Enquiry / Dialogue / Embodiment
  • Teaching and Practices on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Continuous enquiry into the breath, the physical body, feelings and emotions, thinking and the cognitive mind, and consciouness itself.
  • Teachings and Practices on Loving Kindness (Metta) as the home base for the cultivation of all the Four Brahmaviharas (Immesurable Minds)
  • A general introduction to basic Buddhadharma with an emphasis on the Buddha’s Teaching on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path

Yoga philosophy

What is yoga: Teachings and Enquiry into Patanjali’s Classical Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, teachings on the Bhagavad Gita, appropriate Attitudes for Practice and Teaching Yoga.

Asana technique and areas of enquiry

Enquiry into Foundation, Core, Bandhas, and Breath Synchronised Movement in Side Bending Postures, Extension Postures, Flexion Postures, Rotation Postures, Balancing and Sitting Postures.

Detailed areas:

  • Unlocking the process of enquiry and open invitational exploratory yoga
  • Working with the gravity/rebound response in order to cultivate release through the spine along with stability, spaciousness and lightness through the body
  • Unwinding the core, ongoing focus on unwinding and awakening the responsive deep core (psoas)
  • Bandhas – subtle bandha work – exploring how the body is supported from the inside out and experiencing how to contain energy in the body, directing the energy ever more deeply into awakening the core and spine
  • Cultivating Felt Sense – working with asana as a feeling practice and one that accesses reptilian and limbic circuits in the brain and establishes regulation at the level of the autonomic nervous system
  • Understanding how to balance the sympathetic, parasympathetic and social engagement parts of the autonomic nervous system through asana, movement, mindfulness, metta and complementary relational practices
  • Deep Listening – working with the body’s language and internal dialogue in order to work individually with practice. Learning how to listen to another persons system – cultivating yoga practice and teaching for the individual
  • Languaging and Witnessing – Learning how to use skilful, open, enquiry based language in order to empower students. Working with listening, witnessing, sharing and relational exercises.
  • Creative Arts Process – Exploring our felt sense and internal landscape through contemplative writing and expressive arts practices.
  • Integrating all of the above

Embodied yoga anatomy and physiology

This part of the program is approximately 30 hours and takes up most of the first or second week depending on the program. It involves teaching Anatomy and Physiology through guided sensory experiences to let you learn about your body from the inside-out. It teaches you about the internal workings of the body through physical explorations: These movement experiences will let you connect with the structures you’re learning about in a richer context than from books alone.

You will journey through the nervous system, the core (diaphragm/psoas and spine), the bones, the fascia, the muscles, and the structures that support breathing. You will use anatomical and physiological awareness as a powerful tool to keep the body safe and the mind grounded, and as a way to hone your meditative somatic awareness as it flows deep into your own body exploring through felt sensation and discovering your own anatomy from the inside out.

The Art of teaching

A great deal of the teaching methodology is dedicated to actual teaching practice

  • How to teach honestly using your own practice as your inspiration and guide for teaching
  • Setting up and structuring a class
  • Delivering an intelligence sequence
  • Demonstrating and assisting
  • Understanding the energy dynamics of teaching yoga - containing the class
  • Teaching a class practicum and many opportunities for teaching practice spread over the month
  • How to use language for enquiry based teaching

Complementary subjects

The specific mix of complementary subjects are taught depend upon the combination of teachers, for example: chanting will be part of the program should Nora Belton be teaching.

  • The History and Origins of Yoga from Shamanism until the present day (compulsory)
  • Adjustment Clinic: Shiatsu and Somatic Bodywork for developing assists (compulsory)
  • Partner Yoga (depends on teaching faculty)
  • Restorative Yoga (depends on faculty)
  • Chanting and Voicework (depends on teaching faculty)
  • Esoteric Anatomy: Chakras and Subtle Energetic Systems (depends on faculty)

Instructors

Gemma Mallol
European Yoga Alliance (Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Yoga Alliance UK (Yoga)
Yoga Alliance USA (Yoga)
Gemma is the founder and director of Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training and registered as a senior yoga teacher with UK Yoga Alliance. She teaches somatic and Scaravelli inspired yoga, Buddhist mindfulness, complementary embodied practices, and facilitates an open process. Since 2011, the work of Italian yogini Vanda Scaravelli, which honors the body’s intelligence and has creative, intuitive, and inquiry-based feel to it, she finds this works beautifully alongside the therapeutic work of Dr. Peter Levine (Somatic experiencing), greatly informs and inspires her approach to yoga
Blanche Mulholland
Blanche’s journey with Shiatsu and yoga has led her to find joy in getting to know herself and others, an ever-deepening process. She finds great freedom and peace in allowing the body and breath to flow mindfully and spontaneously, exploring both traditional form and a more deconstructed, ‘freestyle’ approach. Embodiment and a strong earth connection are the roots of her practice and teaching, which she offers as her gift to you from her heart. She has 12 years of yoga practice in various styles and a deep grounding in Vipassana meditation (Buddhist insight practice).
Marcela Enriquez Wakeham
Marcela specializes in experiential anatomy and physiology of movement. She also has a degree in contemporary dance, worked as a choreographer, and has taught Pilates for 15 years. Marcela is a pulsing massage bodywork practitioner, and she is authorized to facilitate Dance of Awareness workshops, a dance group therapy licensed by Tim Brown and Clare Osbond, the creators of this group-based therapy. She is also a devotee practitioner of Continuum.
Nora Belton
In 1990, Nora met Gurumayi Chidvilasananda and a few years later traveled to India to deepen her meditation practice under Gurumayi’s guidance. In 1992, she began to work as a massage therapist, continuing her training in different techniques to this day. That year, she also took yoga teacher training with SUNRA, a UK-based school run by Narayani and Barbara Gordon of the Sivananda tradition. 10 years later, Nora joined the SUNRA team and became a Yoga Teacher Trainer, teaching with SUNRA for the next six years.

Location

The yoga teacher training program takes place at Can Tunio in Santa Gertudis, Ibiza, Spain.

Can Tunio has its own ample secluded grounds and is surrounded by rural paths where you can walk in all directions. Santa Gertrudis, a boutique Ibicenco village, is two kilometers away from Can Tunio. There is a wide variety of very good restaurants, cafes and shops here. As Can Tunio is the dead center of the island, with a car you are well positioned to explore beaches in all directions at 15/20-minute drive.

Food

Can Tunio provides full board vegetarian healthy food during the course of the training. They use local fruit and vegetables, grains, pulses and rice as the basis for your diet, and provide a simple porridge and fruit light breakfast, a hearty full lunch, and a dinner of soup, salads, and bread.

Breakfast and lunch are catered for Monday to Friday by your cook, and dinner is prepared by the students on a rota system. Students are welcome to all day mineral water, tea and coffee and there are allocated times when students can use the kitchen. On weekends students self cater on a rota system with the kitchen stocked up.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
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)

Weekends are free, choose from the most amazing beaches in Europe, beautiful small Ibicenco villages where you can wander, shop and people watch, hippie markets, chill out bars/lounges, hiking, swimming in azure Mediterranean seas and many delicious diverse restaurants to sample.

At Can Tunio students can also take somatic experiencing sessions and other complementary bodywork therapies at an additional cost should they wish. Somatic experiencing sessions are offered on the yoga and mindfulness training in order to support students with any more challenging material that may come up at an additional cost of 55 EUR per session.

What's included

  • 28 nights accommodation at Can Tunio
  • Full board vegeatarian food
  • Teacher training program and manuals

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Insurance
  • Books on the reading list

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Fly direct to Ibiza from all over the world or if not the closest mainland Spanish airport is Barcelona and then get an internal flight to Ibiza. Please remember to book flights early for better deals, October is considered low season so flights are cheaper. Check out Ryan Air direct from Stansted, UK and Easyjet from the UK.

To get to Can Tunio, you can take a taxi from the airport - it will cost around 35 EUR one way. Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training will organize taxi shares for student arrival and departure where possible.

Airport: Ibiza Airport Airport transfer available: Ibiza Airport (US$41 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday October 6, 2018
Departure: Saturday November 3, 2018

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