Hatha yoga is all about experiencing the movement of prana through the body. It is a profoundly therapeutic process and life-enhancing practice that allows your body, mind, and emotions to heal thus, creating the space for a continuing journey of transformation and realization. In this training, you will learn an excellent foundation for all the basic poses, how to avoid injuries and the necessities in adapting poses and sequences for all physical levels and needs. The course is based on an energetic and spiritual approach through Yoga respecting not only the physical body and its needs but also deeply investigating the underlying energy body, or vital body, the emotions, mind, spirit and soul. Nothing less than a fantastic introduction to a profound discipline and how to share with and teach others. This training is based on the Iyengar and Sivananda methods of teaching Hatha Yoga, as well as the instructors' wide-ranging experience in energy work and healing.
Accommodation includes a big traditional villa and a townhouse. Dormitory (5 beds in 2 adjoining rooms), twin and single accommodation are all available. Both villa and town house have fantastic views to the sea and easy access to the superb village swimming pool, cafes, bars, and shops. Food is prepared and served in the main villa where some evening classes are also held. The spacious and very beautiful yoga hall is an easy five-minute walk from both locations. For more information please send an inquiry to HolidaYoga.
This 200 hours Hatha yoga teacher training is registered by Yoga Alliance International and International Yoga Federation. The course reflects an energetic and therapeutic approach to yoga in line with the instructors' wide-ranging experience (which includes: 30 years experience as a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher). Sequences taught are designed to improve both strength and flexibility as well as bring awareness to the flow of subtle energy through the body.
This program will enable future graduates to teach with confidence. The sequences taught, core asana sequences and vinyasa, are designed to provide an excellent foundation to all the basic poses, to teach avoiding any injury and where necessary adapt poses and sequences for differing physical levels and needs. Emphasis is on getting prana (energy) to flow while doing the poses, to understand their therapeutic benefits and for each person to practice with enjoyment, correct breathing, and sincerity - ultimately harmonizing mind, body, and energy.
The spiritual notions of yoga can also be found in other philosophical systems such as Buddhism or Western traditions such as Greek and Egyptian. This will be looked at more closely in the yoga philosophy classes. -200-hour course syllabus
Basic postures and variations, sun salutation, relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breath, two pranayama techniques, advanced postures, and meditation.
Beginners and intermediary classes for all levels and ages (touches on classes for the elderly, children, and yoga for pregnancy).
Teaching techniques: guiding, coaching, leading, use of language and communication, use of props, hands-on assisting, finding your personal teaching style, designing classes for mixed levels, teaching new postures in depth, assessing individual needs, ethics, and safety guidelines.
Philosophy and aim of yoga The five points of yoga Prana (qi), Nadis (meridians), and chakras (energy centers)
During the course, you will be given homework and group studies.
These are 20-hour activities.
Introduction to bodywork, Shiatsu, Chinese meridians, developing sensitivity, tuning into chakras and energy fields, chanting, DVD and other relevant documentaries.
This retreat requires you to wear plain comfortable clothing with no logos. Plain white, yellow, blue, orange clothes are best. Please avoid dark or black clothes or mixed colors.
This is an example of the daily schedule, please note times may change slightly due to season and location.
The practical part will be evaluated by continuous assessment and the theory in the final written exam. %Practitioners are advised to have a minimum of 100-hour yoga experience. It is also helpful for students to have a basic understanding of the philosophy of yoga, lifestyle, and diet. However, all these subjects will also be taught during the course.
Successful applicants should be in general good health both physically and emotionally, in order to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires. Individuals who do not meet these minimum requirements may apply for a place and their applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
SYM provides professional diploma courses fully certified and accredited by Yoga Alliance International (YAI). Upon graduation, you can teach anywhere in the world with YAI and SYM certification with the 200 or 500 hour certified level. SYM is also an associated member school of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and The International Yoga Federation (IYF). Upon completion, graduates can join the YAI registry, as well as the IYF (and the IAYT with 500-hour certification).
You will gain a deep understanding of Yoga, your own health and of evaluating your students' health. As a therapist, you will be able to design therapeutic Yoga classes and you will be able to assist your students with their own individual health problems.
As a 500-hour Master yoga teacher and yoga therapist, you will have much more scope and opportunities in your teaching career. You will be able to run many different types of yoga classes as well as individually tailored therapeutic programs and work with other health practitioners or in health centers. This course will clearly distinguish you from the average Yoga teacher and is of particular interest to anyone interested in yoga, health, healing, and bodywork
Upon registration students will receive a welcome pack, where there is relevant info about how to prepare for the course including where to fly to and how to get here. We also highly recommend reading the introduction to BKS Iyengar’s “Illustrated Light on Yoga’, now a classic textbook on Yoga.
We teach Hatha yoga broadly based on the Sivananda and Iyengar Yoga Methods. We teach an energetic approach to Yoga, really feeling the postures and tapping into their unique healing potentials. We practice flow, but more emphasis is placed on steadiness in the posture with correct alignment of physical and energetic bodies and mindset within poses. This requires us to be slower in our practice, to truly feel and understand the tremendous therapeutic effects of the asana.
We like to encourage students to wear positive, happy colors which facilitate learning and energy work. All colors are vibrations or frequencies of light. The therapeutic use of color, Colour Therapy and its association with the chakras will be discussed further during the course.
Yoga is a spiritual practice and as such there are certain ways we can dress to help our own practice and create more harmony and higher frequency vibrations in the Yoga hall. Colour and sound (mantras, chanting, music) have been used from time immemorial to uplift the spirit and are tools of yoga. For this reason, we encourage students to wear comfortable and plain white, yellow or blue bottoms and T-shirts.
The minimum age limit is 18.
We have a maximum of 15 participants. This ensures a friendly intimate course size and appropriate time with the teachers. The group size is normally between 8-15.
All courses are taught in English. The teachers all speak several European languages and are usually able to help students should any questions arise during the course. We offer French 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Montpellier, please contact SYM if you would like to do the training in French.
Students who fail to complete or finish the course are welcome to come back at a later date to finish their training. The extra time or module needed to complete the course is individually different but SYM tries as much as possible to keep any extra expenses as low as possible.
We offer 3 types of accommodation. Single room, twin room (2 people shared) and dormitory (maximum 5 shared between 2 large interconnecting rooms).
SYM offers comfortable accommodation in a beautiful old village near the coast. A townhouse in a traditional Spanish village as well as an authentic Spanish Villa with swimming pool. The Yoga hall is 5 minutes walk from the villa and so is the beautiful big village swimming pool as well as several bars, restaurants, and shops including a small supermarket.
Please send us an inquiry now to secure your place on this profoundly transformative training course.
You may want to use your free days for excursions. You have a choice of beaches, mountains, small typical old villages or cities such as Valencia and Benicassim on the coast or the ancient city fortress of Morella with its massive walls and commanding castle 50 kilometers inland.
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.
Anna Leslie is a professional yoga teacher, having completed several yoga teacher training courses in the past 5 years. She graduated with SYM in 2014 and continued her energetic training in her yoga practice under the instruction of Gerry Rixen. She has been studying Japanese DO-IN, Meridian stretching and Shiatsu over the past 3 years, deepening her yoga by completing another Yoga teacher training course with the International Sivinanda Vedanta Center Ashram training in March 2018, in Argentina. Anna spent 6 months in India, in 2015, where she studied in several different yoga ashrams.
Mario Sarigu is a qualified massage therapist and has been practising in London for the past 15 years. He qualified as a yoga teacher with SYM in 2011 since which he has been teaching internationally and teaches on the SYM 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses. Mario has also studied various other approaches to therapy especially in Brazil and India. Mario speaks Italian, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Cervera Del Maestre is a small village in the mountains 16 kilometers inland from Benicarló, on the Spanish Costa del Azahar, 2.5 hours drive south of Barcelona, and 1.5 hours north of Valencia. The region is well known for its abundant agricultural produce, beaches, mountains, and historical towns and villages.
The price includes two main meals per day, lunch, and dinner. a very light breakfast is provided but students are advised not to eat before the morning asana class. A light snack is provided after the morning asana practice. All meals are vegetarian and prepared by the cook at the villa and will include a completely vegan option as well.
In your free time, you can enjoy the village swimming pool or the small pool at the villa. The nearest beach is just 20 minutes away and easy to reach by shared taxi. You may also want to simply walk in the stunning local surroundings, or just sit back enjoy the fantastic views and relax. You may also want to go on an excursion on your days off. Here you have a choice of beaches, mountains, beautiful old and typical villages and the cities of Valencia or Benicassim on the coast or the mountain fortress of Morella 45 km inland.
In addition to the healing modalities explored in the course, students have the opportunity to arrange private treatments. These can be arranged at an additional cost during the course.
Please book your flight to arrive at Valencia Airport (VLC) or Reus Airport (REU) or Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) or Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport (CDT). HolidaYoga arranges pickups from Castellon airport. Otherwise, make your way by train to Benicarlo / Peniscola railway station where they will pick you up. Pickups from other airports are not included in the price but can be arranged.
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