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Join in this advanced teacher training in the beautiful Mediterranean landscapes of Greece. This advanced training has been created by distilling 30 years of personal yoga practice and 20 years of teaching yoga. Add a different and powerful dimension to your teaching by working with a variety of demographics and different populations. Awaken your spiritual path, feel the support of your yoga community, and reach your full potential as a yoga teacher.
The training will be held at Villa Arian in Attiki, Greece. The accommodation for the 500 Teacher Training will be held at a hotel close by to the villa. It is a traditional Greek summer hotel, located directly on the beach, with a restaurant downstairs. Rooms are either a shared double room or a single room. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom, small refrigerator, air conditioning, and maid service.
This is an advanced training for the 200-hour certified yoga teacher. The training is commonly called a 500-hour training, as it adds the 200 hours required for your first certificate, to the 300 hours required for the advanced section of the training, to combine for the 500-hour advanced training certificate.
A 200-hour training is a good way to get the fundamentals and start having the skills to teach different yoga classes. After some experience in teaching, many teachers wish to go on and deepen their knowledge, both for personal study and for a greater reach in teaching skills. It is recommended that you have at least one year of teaching experience before taking the advanced training.
The advanced training is suitable for those teachers who wish to learn more about deepening their own practice as well as refining their teaching skills and discovering a specialization. In order to clarify your teaching, it is useful to be able to find your niche and specialization. This helps in deepening your knowledge in one particular area, but also helps the students who you may best serve to find you.
Some of the topics covered in a more in-depth manner in this course are the art of observing and assisting, refining your teaching skills, teaching techniques for breathing, relaxation, and meditation, Sanskrit, prayers and chants, pranayama, and subtle body anatomy, the art of sequencing, therapeutic approach to asana and sequencing, the business of yoga, self-care as a teacher, and yoga for common structural complaints and therapeutic teaching skills.
A deeper study of the different branches and schools of yoga philosophy will be studied in a more in depth manner. These schools include Advaita Vedanta, Tantra, and Buddhism, along with the sacred texts that are within each school. This is an opportunity to become a student again and deepen your practice and your teaching skills.
The training includes guest teacher Jonni-lyn Friel, an advanced level yoga and Pilates teacher whose knowledge and skills matches her generous compassion. This training will give you the tools to work with a wider range of clientele and offers a deeper learning of working with advanced practices of asana, pranayama, meditation, and Restorative yoga.
Assessments will include: completion of short written assignments to demonstrate understanding of the material presented, written class, private and workshop plans to show understanding of teaching methodology, demonstration of techniques learned during the training, and participate in peer evaluations. You will be expected to participate fully during the training, take minimal time off for possible health issues, complete all assignments, and participate in demonstrations.
The course provides a practical understanding of the relationship that yoga has with physical anatomy, focusing on brain anatomy, pelvic anatomy, joint anatomy, all major systems of the body, and biomechanics.
The required reading for this course is Trail Guide To the Body by Andrew Biel
The required reading for this module is Yoga Impact 500-hour manual
This course introduces the mind or body connection, and concepts of self-awareness and self-responsibility. It creates a firm foundation of therapeutic yoga modalities and lifestyle practices that enhance this awareness. You will focus on yoga modalities relating to the koshas, about how to utilize asana, pranayama, meditation, bhāvana, mantra, and dietary concepts to facilitate physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth for the yogi.
This module introduces philosophical teachings of some the major writings handed down in the yoga tradition. This course also fosters an understanding of the Sanskrit alphabet, proper Sanskrit pronunciation, and includes discussion of the history of yoga. You will dive into the deeper understanding of how the practice of yoga modalities creates a path for spiritual growth.
The teacher training will take place in Kineta, Greece.
During the training, you will be served daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner.
Enjoy the local beaches and traditional tavernas of Kineta and the surrounding area. You can also easily go sightseeing in Athens (50 minutes by train) and reach the port of Piraeus (60 minutes by train) to visit the Greek islands. The ancient city of Corinth and its museums, as well as the famous ancient theater of Epidaurus, are just a 60-minute ride away. Other activities you may engage in while in Greece are:
Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH).