30 Day 300H Yoga Therapy Teacher Training for 500H Yoga Alliance International Certification, Spain

300-Hour (for 500-Hour) Spain Yoga Teacher Training

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Become a 500 Hour certified yoga teacher with SYM and Yoga Alliance International with this 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training This school is also a member of the International Association of Yoga therapists (IAYT) Held in the beautiful village of Cervera del Maestre, Spain, this 300 hour yoga therapy teacher training will teach you how to evaluate your patients' health using various methods of palpation as well as observation, listening skills, taking detailed case histories, and interpreting the signs and symptoms of imbalance and disease.

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Gerry & Massimo
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Highlights

  • The healing power of yoga
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • In-depth courses on yoga as therapy
  • Profound approach to healing the body, the vital or energy body, the emotions, the mind, spirit, and soul
  • 2 main teachers who have both 30 years experience as therapists in Yoga, Shiatsu, Chinese Medicine, Kinesiology, Cranio-sacral Method, Nutrition as well as the healing power of sound Case studies and clinical practicum
  • Certification to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Pick up from Benicarlo - Peniscola train station
  • 2 full meals daily plus snacks
  • 30 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


26 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Café

During this training, you will be staying in a big traditional villa and a town house. Both have easy access to the village swimming pool, cafe, bar, and shops. Food is prepared and served in the main villa, where some classes are also held. The main yoga hall is an easy five minute walk from both locations.

Program

Certification

Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

The course will include the following areas of study:

  • Anatomy, physiology, and pathology
  • Asana
  • Assessment tools, such as palpation, observation, listening skills, and questioning
  • Ethics
  • Meditation
  • Philosophy
  • Pranayama
  • Therapy and healing tools
  • Yoga psychology

Materials

This course will provide a full manual, as well as books on yoga asanas and anatomy and physiology. Before the course, students will be provided with a welcome pack which includes information on dress code, how to get here, as well as the recommended reading list. For the prerequisite, students should have a 200 hour certification before attending this training.

Evaluation procedure and grading criteria

Students will be required to complete all set assignments including:

  • a) anatomy and physiology
  • b) evaluation and treatment procedures, and
  • c) 3 case histories in the 40 non-contact hours

Students will be expected to show proficiency and improvement in their own asana practice, teaching, and understanding. The practical evaluation is based on continual assessment and 3 supervised treatments in the last week. There will also be a written exam which all students must pass in order to gain the Yoga Therapy certification.

Attendance Trainees

Trainees should attend a minimum of 90% of the course. Should trainees miss more than this minimum, they will need to make an agreement with the teachers on which modules to re-take. SYM reserves the right to charge additional fees for these catch up modules.

Course syllabus

The following syllabus includes: in-depth asana practice, vinyasa. anatomy, physiology and pathology, assessment tools, practical application of the assessment tools as well as healing and therapy tools.

Assessment tools

  • Palpation and reading of abdomen, the back, chakras, key diagnostic acupuncture points and meridians for evaluation of organ function and energetic imbalances
  • Observation and reading of front and back, facial diagnosis, hands and feet, posture and movement, body type and emotions, asanas and the meridians, asanas and the chakras
  • Listening skills: how to listen, tone of voice, and emotion *Interviewing and questioning: energy levels and pain, digestion, diet, stools, urination, sleep, menses, medical history, lifestyle, family history, relationships, work, and stress

Practical healing tools

  • Asanas and their relation to the chakras, their relationship with organs, hormones, meridians, emotions, and character *Asanas and their relation to the Chinese meridians, their content of information on four levels of existence: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual; and their link with the chakras
  • Asanas: The detailed use of props; belts, cushions, blocks, bolsters, blankets and chairs to help each individual no matter what age or body shape to practice with correct alignment, breathing and ease
  • Asanas, pranayama, bandhas and meditation as tools for regaining health, plus specific hands-on techniques to release tension and energize the body working on the back, neck, shoulders and head, the abdomen, chest, hands and feet
  • Understanding and application of the yoga model for psychology : the chakras, koshas, left and right brain functions and the gunas
  • Understanding and application of the four elements: fire, water, air and earth; the notion of the fifth element, akasha; their relationship to the chakras
  • The importance of spiritual philosophy; treating heart and soul
  • Meditation and relaxation: guided meditation and relaxation; sensing and circulating energy; intention, willpower, and letting go"
  • Nutrition: principles and practical application

Case study protocol and clinical practicum

Case studies and other assignments, including anatomy and physiology, need to be completed in the non-contact hours.

Anatomy, physiology, pathology, and yoga therapy and treatment of the following systems, symptoms, and diseases:

  • General symptoms of ill health: eating disorders, stress, headaches, insomnia, allergies, fatigue, depression, trauma, addictions
  • The respiratory system: asthma, bronchitis, coughing, common cold
  • The circulatory system: hyper/hypotension, palpitations, varicose veins, arteriosclerosis
  • Muscles, joints and bones: backache, sciatica, arthritis, lordosis, scoliosis, osteoporosis, ankylosing spondylitis
  • Digestive system: indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, anorexia, bulimia, stomach cramps, hepatitis, gallstones, obesity, nausea, gastritis, abdominal distension, diabetes, cancer (bowel, stomach, pancreatic, liver), regurgitation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, anemia, cravings, and eating disorders
  • Nervous system and the head: neuralgia, epilepsy, MS (multiple sclerosis), stress, paralysis, stuttering, Parkinson's *Urinary system: cystitis, incontinence, edema, prostate enlargement
  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat: tired eyes, diminishing eyesight, nose bleed, sinusitis, tinnitus *Skin and membranes: eczema, dermatitis, skin cancer, psoriasis, ulcers
  • Endocrine system: diabetes, infertility, thyroid problems
  • Reproductive and gynecological: dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, infertility, sexual dysfunction, menopause, insufficient lactation, ovarian cysts, and impotence
  • Immune system and degenerative disease: HIV AIDS, Rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, lupus, cancer, Lyme’s disease, ME, Alzheimer, herpes, and shingles
  • Psychological symptoms related to emotional, mental and spiritual issues: Anxiety, fear, depression, trauma, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), phobias, addictions, and eating disorders
  • Pregnancy and childbirth *Children, teenagers, old age, and death

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 Meditation and pranayama
  • 08:00 Asana and relaxation
  • 10:00 Break and breakfast
  • 10:30 Anatomy, physiology, and pathology
  • 12:30 Lunch and break
  • 14:30 Yoga therapy and assessment tools (theory and practice)
  • 16:30 Break
  • 17:00 Yoga therapy and practical healing tools
  • 19:30 Dinner and break
  • 21:00 Four evenings per week: chanting, meditation, and DVDs

You will arrive on March 24, 2017. The course will start the day after, on March 25, and ends on April 21. You will depart from the training on April 22. Accommodations are all included, from the day of arrival until the day of departure.

There will be one free day per two-week module and three evenings per week are free. Students are expected to do 30 minutes of Karma yoga each day, helping at meal times by setting up or clearing up afterwards. For those who need an early breakfast, there will be tea and biscuits that the course participants may help themselves with in the early morning.

For the August TTC, it will be held in the same location in Spain from August 3, the arrival date, to September 1, the departure date. Course dates are from 27 April to 26 May, 2019.

Dress Code

This retreat requires you to wear plain clothes, tops and bottoms, ideally whites, yellows and blues with no logos. Please no black, dark or mixed colours.

Included excursions

You may like to use your days off for a trip to the seaside, the mountains or some of the old typical villages or cities such as San Mateo, Morella or Valencia. The village of Cervera del Maestre is itself an excellent starting point for hiking in various directions and is part of the path followed to walk to Santiago de Compostella on the Atlantic coast.

Instructors

Gerry Rixen
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 Cantara
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.

Location

Cervera del Maestre is a small village in the mountains, 16 kilometers inland from Benicarló, on the Spanish Costa del Azahar, two hours drive south of Barcelona, and one hour north of Valencia. The region is well known for its abundant agricultural produce, beaches, mountains, and historical towns and villages.

Nearby places

  • Barcelona - 2 hours
  • Benicarlo, 16 kilometers
  • Valencia - 1 hour

Food

Two main meals per day plus drinks and snacks are included in the total cost of the training. The meals are wholesome, with vegetarian and vegan options. Local organic foods are used wherever possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

In addition to the healing modalities explored in the course, students have the opportunity to arrange private treatments with Gerry, a certified therapist in shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine. Remedial massage is also available. These can be arranged at an additional cost during the course.

You could also arrange a treatment with Massimo. He also offers professional kinesiology and craniosacral therapy, as well as being a qualified Shiatsu practitioner.

What's included

  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Tuition Course manual and textbook
  • 2 main vegetarian meals per day
  • Certificate of completion

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Castellón Airport (CDT). From the airport, you can catch a taxi or bus to the Benicarlo - Peniscula railway station, where HolidaYoga will pick you up.

Alternatively, you can also arrive at Valencia Airport (VLC), Reus Airport (REU), or Barcelona - El Prat Airport (BCN).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 24.2% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday April 27, 2019
Departure: Sunday May 26, 2019

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