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29 Days 200-Hour Intensive Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Crete Island, Greece

Paleochora, Crete, Greece

Yoga Teacher Training Greece

This 200-hour Swaha Yoga Teacher Training is based on Hatha and Vinyasa yoga with the emphasis on therapeutic alignment, so that upon completion of this program, the trainees can include any kind of audience and adopt the teachings according to the students' needs. Directed by Tanya Popovich ERYT-500, Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga), this yoga teacher training is a combination of years of experience, expertise, and thousands of hours of training in various systems concentrated into a one-month long transformational experience. There are always assistant teachers on the trainings alongside Tanya. Discipline, studentship, openness, and yearning for knowledge are the prerequisites for this program and attendance of all lectures is mandatory. Swaha Yoga Center is registered with the Yoga Alliance at a 200-hour and 500-hour level.

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Tanya & Portia
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Pranayama and meditation
  • Practical teaching methodology
  • Lectures on philosophy and anatomy
  • Registered with Yoga Alliance
  • Vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Training manual

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


25 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 25
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You will be accommodated in a double occupancy room. Single occupancy may be available at an extra cost - contact Swaha Yoga Center for availability and details.


Registration with Shri Gaia Institute and Swaha Yoga Center meets the standard set forth by the Yoga Alliance which provides a globally recognized credential. This educational program is a combination of years of experience, knowledge, and thousands of hours of training concentrated in an absolutely transformational experience.

Since this training is of excellent caliber and exceeds Yoga Alliance standards, students are expected to be committed in time, energy, and discipline; it is important to note that this is a training, and not a yoga retreat or yoga holiday. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to teach any kind of audience and be able to adjust their teachings to best serve the needs of their students.

The curriculum is based on tradition, and ancient scriptures such as Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Vedanta are explored in depth. In combination with modern approach to physical alignment, biomechanics of the body, intelligent sequencing and hands-on assists, this is a complete program that will fully prepare a new teacher. This program is for people who want to be yoga teachers with skills and inspiration, teaching from the heart based on their own practice and personal discipline, people with the desire to share the wealth of yoga, and enrich the lives of others and themselves.

Daily schedule includes meditation, pranayama, Vinyasa yoga and alignment based classes, philosophy, functional anatomy, teaching methodology, and study hours. One day a week is lecture free. Students are offered a supportive environment, assistance, and the proper nourishment so you get the chance and opportunity to reassemble yourself in a way you haven't ever experienced before.

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch and break
  • 11:00 - 14:30 Teaching methodology and lecture
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Lecture
  • 17:00 Free time to enjoy a swim and a sunset, to study, and to explore wonderful local cuisine for dinner
  • Bedtime should be no later than 22:00 to ensure sufficient sleep and rest.

*Schedule is indicatory and may be changed slightly to accommodate the needs of the group.


Tanya Popovich

Portia Leigh


Swaha Yoga Center's favorite location in Greece, on Crete Island will be the place to host this intensive, all inclusive month-long training. Paleochora, a beautiful Cretan peninsula is one place where they have held many trainings and they keep on returning year after year. Wild landscape, exceptional local food, pristine beaches and crystal clear waters of Libyan sea contribute to the magic of this place. The training venue is an ecological retreat center built just a few minutes drive from the village and the beach, just as far as needed to give you the privacy and the peacefulness.


Food served is vegetarian yogic Sattvic food, as prescribed by the yogic tradition. All products are local (Cretan) and fresh. Swaha Yoga Center cannot cater to personal dietary preferences.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
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)

  • Enjoy the crystal clear waters and beaches, just 20 minutes' walk or 5 minutes' drive
  • Wonderful restaurants nearby

What's included

  • 28 nights accommodation
  • 2 vegetarian meals
  • Tea
  • Teacher training manual
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Lectures on philosophy and anatomy
  • Practical teaching methodology
  • Yogic lifestyle
  • Registered with Yoga Alliance

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from the training venue
  • Books and materials for the training
  • Personal expenses
  • Outings
  • Excursions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

The village is called Paleochora and Metacom (the training venue) is just 5 minutes' drive out of Paleochora and towards Anidri village.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 32 days before arrival.
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