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The style that is taught at the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Course in Spain is a joyful, creative, and intelligent Vinyasa Flow style which can be easily adapted to different levels and different tempos. At the end of the yoga teacher training Spain, you will not only be qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow yoga, but will also have the tools to create other styles of yoga classes, such as more basic Hatha, prenatal, and Restorative yoga.
Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is a beautiful, old-renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the Cortijo. In typical Spanish style, there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees. The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. The houses on the property are all artfully and tastefully furnished and decorated with careful attention to detail. Every room is uniquely beautiful with impeccable Feng Shui. Suryalila has three yoga halls. Ganesha yoga shala has a gorgeous wooden ceiling as well as a wooden floor and is filled with light from windows on both walls as well as a skylight. It also has a lovely balcony with benches for enjoying the expansive views. Ganesha yoga shala comfortably holds 30 people.
The Om Dome has been dubbed the most magnificent yoga hall in Europe. The sacred geometry creates a cathedral-like space, which is awe-inspiring. The dome overlooks rolling hills, olive groves, and a ruined convent. Inside, the dome boasts underfloor heating and cooling, and two long walls for practicing inversions. The walls have been beautifully decorated with colorful murals of Indian gods and Tibetan imagery. There is a state of the art sound system as well as atmospheric lighting. The dome can comfortably hold 60 people practicing yoga and a lot more for concerts and other events. Both of the yoga spaces are fully outfitted with yoga props. Apart from three gorgeous yoga halls, Suryalila Retreat Centre boasts a saltwater swimming pool, eco sauna / sweat lodge, and views of the most magnificent and vibrant sunsets.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will be certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga internationally and will be able to register with Yoga Alliance UK and Yoga Alliance USA should they wish to.
A minimum of one year’s yoga practice and reasonable competence is required to qualify for the yoga teacher training course. You are also required to be in good health, physically, and mentally. Please note that this is an intensive yoga teacher training.
NB: You will also be required to bring a copy of The Frog Lotus Yoga Teachers Training Manual by Vidya Jacqueline Heisel. Information on where to obtain this manual will be given to you on registration.
This three-week intensive yoga teacher training in Andalusia, Spain, is an exceptionally high quality, fully comprehensive profoundly life transforming retreat. It is passionately and skillfully led by Vidya Jacqueline Heisel. Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, E-RYT 500, SYT, the founder, and director of the Frog Lotus Yoga International, who is a master teacher with 40 years of yoga teaching experience, a deep and experienced knowledge of yogic philosophy and meditation, as well as an inspiring practitioner and gifted communicator.
Vidya has developed her own dynamic and compassionate style of Vinyasa Flow yoga, which, though at times vigorous, is always accessible and modifiable to the level of the student. Her classes are creative, fun, and vibrantly unique. In this yoga retreat, your every need will be cared for, you will be very comfortable, your palate will be tantalized, and your expectations of the course will be far exceeded. You will leave the retreat inspired, transformed, and fully-equipped and confident to teach great yoga classes.
In this course, you will study both the history of yoga in India in its many incarnations, as well as read and write about yogic philosophy, and contemplate how it can be applied to your daily life. You will discuss in more depth understanding about the Eight Limbs of Yoga as well as the Yamas and Niyamas, exploring how to transform your life into the practice of yoga ethics. Vidya generously brings her depth of experience from her years spent in ashrams bringing spiritual practice to the table in these discussions.
Daily practice of guided meditation and silent meditation. A detailed analysis of meditation and how to do it is given as well as regular question and answer sessions about the practice.
There is a two-hour Vinyasa Flow practice with Vidya every morning, which is assisted by her co-teacher and assistant, so everyone receives a lot of help with their practice. There are also opportunities during the course to work on and receive help with specific poses of your choice to progress and further your own practice.
During the course, you will learn all the Sanskrit names for the poses studied as well as the Sanskrit names for philosophical concepts.
A clear break-down of approximately 80 postures is taught. This includes variations and modifications of poses as well as common misalignments, safety cues, and hands-on assisting with each posture. You will be also shown how to modify for students with injuries or lack of flexibility or strength.
This course has a very comprehensive anatomy section, which is very fun and engaging. The anatomy teachers, Jennilee Toner, Jennifer Yarro, Karen Ring, and Maria Abel are outstanding teachers. They teach applied anatomy so that you will understand how to use it wisely in your teaching. Interactive learning prepares you to create yoga sequences and guide classes that are safe and structurally sound. During this section, you will assess and learn how to understand limitations in your own body, as well as learn how to look at someone and body read.
You will learn about a traditional yogic diet, as well as eat a well-balanced and nutritious “sattvic” diet yourself. You will be satisfied on the quality and deliciousness of the organic meals Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre provides on this course. Get super healthy whilst delighting your palette!
You will practice different pranayamas or breathing techniques every day and learn how to teach them safely and effectively.
There will be a three-hour workshop on how to go about finding work as a Yoga Teacher and how to market yourself. There will be time during this session to ask questions. Vidya also offers two coaching sessions free of charge during your first year of teaching in order to help you to become a full-time yoga teacher.
You will learn how to create an effective and intelligent sequence and slowly build your class during the training. By the end of the training, you will have sequenced, planned and taught two full 75-minute classes to a small group and have the confidence to go forward on your own. You will be critiqued by the teaching staff and work toward improving your teaching skills.
You will learn how to make hands-on adjustments for every pose you study and you will practice these days with a partner.
From the very beginning of the course you will start practice teaching poses one by one as you learn them. You will slowly and intelligently build up to teaching sun salutations and keep adding a little more material until you have built a full class and will feel comfortable teaching it. Throughout this process, you are given a lot of support, feedback, and encouragement to give you the tools to become a great teacher.
As well as practicing for two hours every day, you will get plenty of personal assistance and help with your poses and encouraged to deepen your practice and to set and achieve goals within it.
Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, an E-RYT 500 and SYT, is the director of Suryalila Retreat Center and the director of Frog Lotus Yoga International yoga teacher training programs. Vidya grew up in England and lived in India, Bali, and the USA, before arriving in southern Spain in 2011. Yoga has been Vidya’s life-long passion. She started studying, practicing, and teaching yoga in 1975 and since then, she has taught yoga extensively worldwide.
As an experienced teacher of Vinyasa flow, Yin yoga, and a senior yoga teacher trainer for the Yogalife Yoga Teacher Training in Zurich, Switzerland, Melanie enthusiastically offers her medical expertise for a deeper understanding of the both the anatomical and psychological changes that take place during pregnancy. In her eyes, teaching prenatal yoga is a powerful tool to make the phase from conception to lactation a time of magical transition for both mama and baby.
Already a belly dance and fitness instructor, Jennilee immediately knew that yoga would be a perfect complement to any workout regime. In 2008, she chose to study with Yogi Hari of Sampoorna Yoga. She is the author of "The Perfect Chaturanga: A Comprehensive Guide to the Human Body Through the Practice of Vinyasa Yoga", has been practicing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga since 1996, and teaching them since 2003. She has also been teaching experiential anatomy to yoga teachers in training since 2010 and teaching her own Hot Warrior Yoga teacher training since 2012.
Lisa is a 500-hour certified Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher based at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre in Southern Spain. She has been teaching for 7 years and practicing for the past 15. Her formula for a great yoga class is to combine intelligent anatomical sequencing with a continual focus on the breath whilst interweaving yogic philosophy - enhancing the practice to bring a profound sense of well-being and aliveness. Lisa’s passion is to encourage and empower students to develop their practice and to have a safe life-long yoga experience.
Karen is a new age hippie on a mission! Her mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world! Karen has been practicing yoga since 1999. She took a Hatha Yoga class for one college credit while studying fine art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She knew then that yoga would be part of her life in a major way.
This retreat will take place at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre, Andalusia, Spain. Andalusia is renowned for its wild natural beauty and nature reserves, as well as some of the best weather in Europe. Suryalila is only one hours drive from the fabulous city of Seville. Seville is famous for its wonderful, rambling old town, cathedral, enchanting Moorish palaces, flamenco and Tapas bars. Arcos de la Frontera, a UNESCO world heritage site, is an ancient town perched precariously on the edge of a cliff, just 15 minutes from the retreat center. Gorgeous unspoiled white sand beaches around Cadiz, are found just 45 minutes south of the center, perfect for day trips.
The mouth-wateringly delicious meals prepared at Suryalila are gourmet organic vegetarian, with vegan options. Suryalila’s master chefs, Gemma Russell and Caroline Hiller are simply the best, so expect heavenly food. The retreat center produces its own organic olive oil on the property. The large and happy family of chickens will provide you with eggs. Many organic fruit and vegetables are already grown on the property and the farm will be expanded over time. All of our supplemental fruit and vegetables are supplied by local organic farms.
There are many fun outdoor activities in the area such as hiking, swimming in natural pools and lakes, climbing, horse riding and cycling, as well as visits to beautiful beaches. There are also excursions to historical towns in the area, including Seville for site seeing, shopping, flamenco, and Tapas. You will have two afternoons a week plus one full day free during the training to enjoy some leisure time.
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