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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.
Set high in the hills of Ibiza with infinity Mediterranean sea views from the lawn, Villa Kumharas sleeps 11/12 people in 5 bedrooms. 3 of the bedrooms are en-suite, and there is an additional main bathroom. On yoga teacher training there is 2 or sometimes 3 students sharing a room.
There is a sleek uber modern kitchen, large open plan dining area, large indoor yoga shala of 80 m2 with sea views, and many outdoor terraces and decks that can be used for yoga and meditation, al fresco dining or just purely hanging out. Villa Kumharas has an infinity swimming pool, its own ample secluded grounds and is surrounded by rural paths where you can walk in all directions to typical quaint villages (a rare treat in Ibiza).
The finca has been recently renovated using only the very highest quality materials and has a feel of elegant and homely simplicity, perfect for immersion in yoga. There are sabina wood beams throughout, both tiled and wooden floors, marble surfaces, balinese tiles and stonework, antique asian artifacts and decor, and stylish, comfortable furniture throughout.
Villa Kumharas is centrally heated, and as such lovely in all seasons. The very beautiful, natural beach Cala Salada is a half an hour walk from Villa Kumharas.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enquiry into Foundation, Core, Bandhas, and Breath Synchronised Movement in Side Bending Postures, Extension Postures, Flexion Postures, Rotation Postures, Balancing and Sitting Postures.
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.
A great deal of the teaching methodology is dedicated to actual teaching practice
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 yoga teacher training programme takes place in Ibiza, Spain, Cala Salada on the sunset West Coast of the island. 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. Villa Kumharas is remote, located up a long track that wends its way up through pine forest, in a still untouched area of Ibiza. As this is the case, students who enrol 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 excess of the “normal world”.
At Villa Kumharas we provide vegetarian healthy food that is prepared by the yoga teacher trainees as a communal daily activity on a rota basis with help from the team. We use local fruit and vegetables, grains, pulses and rice as the basis for our diet. Vegetarian brunch and buffet style dinner are prepared daily. Students are welcome to all day mineral water, tea and coffee. At Villa Kumharas students can also take massage and other complementary therapies at an additional cost should they wish.
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.
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.
We can arrange airport pickup for students to Villa Kumharas, this is charged at 40 EUR per person one way. We can do pick up during normal hours (not in the middle of the night), if you arrive at an awkward time please get a taxi from Ibiza airport to Cala Salada beach (the villa is 5 minutes from Cal Salada beach) and confirm directions to the house with us prior to your arrival.
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