Gerry is a Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) and a registered member of; Yoga Alliance International (YAI), The International Yoga Federation (IYF) and The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). He also holds a 4th Dan in Shorinji Kempo. He started his Yoga practice with the Iyengar & Sivananda methods over 30 years ago. Gerry is a certified therapist with over 25 years of professional experience including many thousands of treatments. He is the founder and director of SYM-Ltd and has been teaching yoga, Shiatsu, Chinese medicine and related subjects in Europe
Massimo is a registered, certified yoga teacher as well as a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher. He is also a qualified Kinesiologist and craniosacral therapist. In 1999, Massimo founded Holismos, a center for complementary health therapies and yoga in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, Italy. In 2016, he opened an additional Yoga and Healing center in Varese, north of Milan. Apart from his regular treatment and teaching schedule, he also teaches anatomy and physiology as well as bodywork and healing workshops on several Yoga Teacher Training courses every year.
Nathalie is a professional Yoga Teacher, 500 hour level, having studied in Mysore and Kerala, India for several years.She went on to teaching Yoga full time, working on Teacher Training courses in Thailand, Indonesia and Spain. She is also an experienced vegetarian chef and has been studying Ayurveda and Naturopathy these last years. She runs her own retreats as well as working with Gerry Rixen on all the SYM 200 hour teacher training courses. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and French.
from Australia, August 2018
"Sunny Days "
The location of the teacher training was in a beautiful, quiet village. The schedule allowed for laying out in the sun, or getting some sleep during the mid day breaks.
I also valued the opportunity to learn about Shiatsu among other alternative therapies.
Receiving instruction from multiple teachers gave variety to the days and exposure to different teaching styles.
from United States, August 2018
"Too much drama"
The villa with the pool was a nice, peaceful home, the village was absolutely filled with joyous people that were gracious to all of the attendees.
from Ireland, July 2018
"A disappointing experience in a beautiful place"
The village itself and the people are lovely. Fabulous views and quite peaceful. The villa (dorm) accommodation is in a quiet house. There is a pool in the garden, which was very nice during breaks.
from Romania, August 2017
An amazing experience that I would warmly recommend. The location is peacefull and beautiful, there is plenty of healthy and tasty food and the accomodation friendly. The teachers- Gerry, Iain and Anna are the best. 3 different styles, but each one really good. I am very happy for choosing this course, Yoga was serious, authentic. I learned a lot of things and I would come back for another course.
from Austria, August 2017
"Gem of a teacher training "
Truly exceptional training. Beautiful part of the world. Extremely knowledgeable but laid back and supportive teachers.
from Afghanistan, August 2017
"YTTC at Cervera del Maestre in Spain"
Instruction is great; very good yoga and very good quality of instructors. You learn a lot of interesting and useful things for teaching yoga, as well as for your personal practice. And the food is delicious....
The location is also really good, a self contained Spanish village full of nice people and very close to the coast.
from Mexico, August 2017
Inhoudelijk interessant. Verschillende docenten. Alle aspecten van yoga kwamen aan bod (zoals asana's, chanten, meditatie en filosofie). Ontzettend leuke en hechte groep studenten. Goed eten en accommodatie. Mooi dat we de vrijheid hadden en kregen om in het dorp ook onze eigen ding te doen.
from Belgium, July 2017
"Highly professional training , in a stunning environment"
High quality training, demanding but respectful , high quality food , stunning beauty of the countryside, perfect timing , very good logistics.
from Colombia, July 2017
I loved the location, the small Spanish village is just perfect for a retreat. I loved the quality of the teaching and the lessons we did at the beach! The food was just Amazing. I am not vegan however with the vegan food provided I haven't missed anything at all. I am going back next month to volunteer, I simply fell in love with this experience!
Sneha Rad United States
''Great people, great yoga, great food - overall an amazing journey with amazing people!''
Claire Bland Switzerland
"A Gem of a course with truly exceptional training. Beautiful part of the world.
Extremely knowledgeable but laid back and supportive teachers.".
Isabela Cosa Romania
"An amazing experience that I would warmly recommend. The location is peacefull and beautiful, there is plenty of healthy and tasty food and the accomodation friendly.
The teachers- Gerry, Iain and Anna are the best. 3 different styles, but each one really good. I am very happy for choosing this course, Yoga was serious, authentic. I learned a lot of things and I would come back for another course".
Francisco Calabuig Afghanistan
"Instruction is great; very good yoga and very good quality of instructors. You learn a lot of interesting and useful things for teaching yoga, as well as for your personal practice. And the food is delicious....
The location is also really good, a self contained Spanish village full of nice people and very close to the coast".
Alison Wisman Scotland
''My yoga teacher training with SYM was fantastic. The focus on alignment and a whole body approach ensures the course contents facilitate the learner with a safety conscious awareness when leading their own class.
Gerry, Anna and Ian ensured all lessons were detailed while providing individualised support where needed. Additionally they were supportive and encouraging at all times.
Thanks SYM for a great first step into becoming a yoga teacher.''