28 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Greece

  • Yoga Retreats Crete-Greece Retreat Center, Papanastasiou 8, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Overview

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Greece

This yoga teacher training attempts to put the yoga practice into a larger context, in which yoga students will receive an integrate knowledge and understanding of the ultimate goal of a yoga training which is to attain freedom and not miss it by concentrating only on the technique. Become a yoga teacher in a world-class training institute for yoga learners and adopt yoga as a profession. After the successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate provided by Yoga Alliance.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • Yoga meditation and pranayama techniques
  • Anatomy, physiology, and philosophy classes
  • Manuals and books to support the theoretical part of the course
  • Alignment, chanting, and daily cleansing techniques
  • 3 daily vegetarian sattvik meals
  • 27 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 15.

  • 24 days with instruction
  • Greek, English
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Retreat center

The newly-built retreat center offers residence on two levels. On the ground floor, you can find the living room where you can study yoga books. The main yoga hall is on this floor, with a fireplace on the side and a full view to the garden and the pool. During your free time, you can take a walk between the fruit trees, olive trees, and flowers of the 3000 square meter garden, go for a refreshing splash in the pool, or relax in the lounge garden.

All of the house’s bedrooms are decorated in a cozy minimal yogic style, with their own wardrobes and verandas all around with panoramic mountain. There are shared bathrooms, toilets, and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi. All rooms are air-conditioned and Wi-Fi is available.

Caravan

The caravan accommodation is a more Yogic way of living, in a spacious and fully equipped recreational vehicle with single separated beds, toilet, shower and a small kitchenette.The caravans are securely placed in the outdoor area of the Retreat Center.

The 200-hour teacher training course covers almost every style of yoga. The teachers that will guide you have a sound knowledge of yoga and will give their valuable time to explain the correct practice and theory of yoga. Once you successfully complete this course, you would feel an important transformative experience in your life. You will learn how to start teaching with confidence, helping others learn about yoga through your own unique experience and astuteness. Also, it is an opportunity to intensify your own practice. It is also a great place for those who are in search of health, happiness, peace, and harmony.

The more successful a yoga teacher is, the more knowledge his or her students experience in the principles of yoga. The teacher gives all the information he has on asana, pranayama, and meditation and also reveals the aim of yoga, lighting up the transformation of the body and awakening the student’s spirit. The teacher’s life, educational background, and consciousness stage is always an inspiration for his students.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up call
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Cleansing
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 -10:00 Breakfast time
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Alignment class
  • 13:00 -14:00 Lunch time
  • 14:00 -16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 -17:00 Anatomy, physiology, philosophy
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Tea time
  • 18:00 -19:30 Yoga class
  • 19:30 - 20:00 Chanting
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Dinner time
  • 21:30 - 22:00 Free time
  • 22:00 - Bed time

Sundays are days off.

Philosophy

There are many books that analyse yoga positions and how to get into them properly, but the practice of yoga should preferably start with a qualified yoga teacher, since it is not recommended to teach yourself.

In the West, the focus is mostly on the postures of the body (asana) and practitioners hope to tone their body to the required shape. In this yoga teacher training course, you will follow the traditional Hatha yoga and keep on focus to the following point: ‘’Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self’’ as it is written in the Bhagavad Gita.

The experienced and certified yoga instructors during the teacher training course are giving by heart all the information, knowledge, and guidance to the students for exploring with a safe way their physical, mental, and emotional limits. The course is an intense one and through practice and theory is giving to the participants all the tools for confidence to share this knowledge with others.

Requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Hatha yoga teacher training 200-hour course are previous experience on yoga practice for two years. An open flexible mind, commitment to learning, and motivation to become a yoga teacher is also essential. A high level of will of power and self-discipline is required during the course as it is physically, mentally, and spiritually demanding but also highly rewarding. It is very important the participants to have physical and mental health.

Rules and regulations

  • Every student is requested to fulfill the registration formalities, and submit the required information and course fee before the start of the course.
  • The participants should be in good physical and mental health.
  • They should have previous experience in yoga practice and a testimonial from his/her yoga teacher.
  • Students should be over 18 years old.
  • Students over 50 years old, make sure that your health is good for attending the course.
  • The course will run in both English and Greek.
  • Students should be willing to follow the rules of yama (social rules) and niyama (personal code and conducts), prescribed by Maharishi Pantajali.
  • Every student must follow the dress code strictly as instructed.
  • Every student is requested to come to the class in yoga dress.
  • Every question which is asked by the students in the class must be related only to the course.
  • The female students are requested to inform when they have their monthly period, as it is better not to perform certain yoga poses during this time, such as shoulder stand, head stand, viparitakarani, and kapalbhati, uddiyanbandha, etc.
  • All students are instructed to come to the class at least five minutes before schedule timing.
  • All teacher training’s students are requested not to join any other educational or hobby programs during their course with Breath of Life Yoga Center Crete.
  • Every student is requested to strictly follow the diet & living rules as stated by Breath of Life Yoga Center Crete. This is for the wellness of the student.
  • Don’t eat spicy, non vegetarian food outside, as this is strictly not allowed during the time of the course in yoga center. Students need to have only sattvik food.
  • All students have to follow the discipline of Breath of Life Yoga Center. Any kind of misbehavior with other students or teacher will be firmly assumed as breaking the code of conduct of the institution.
  • The effectiveness of the course or progress of students is based on the physical and intellectual capability, as well as the living standard of students in which they been living and adopting. Hence, the students have to be fully devoted and obey all the rules and disciplines of the yogic path.
  • Any assistance needed by students will be given in any possible way.
  • No extra activities are allowed in the class. For personal discussion and topics not related to the yoga course the students will have free time out of the course hours.
  • If a student wants to leave the course taking the responsibility of his own choice and for any personal reason, Breath of Life is not obliged to return money back.
  • Breath of Life Yoga Center thanks you for your cooperation in following the above rules and regulations.

Topics covered

  • The program covers all Yoga Alliance requirements, but also includes an exceptional study of yoga techniques and practices.
  • Basic asanas theory and practice (50 modules)
  • Preparation exercises teaching of the pawanmuktasana sequence
  • Pranayama techniques
  • Cleansing techniques
  • Introduction to meditation
  • Basic anatomy theory
  • Methodology the art of safe teaching
  • Yogic psychology
  • Yogic philosophy
  • Chanting and the meaning of mantras
  • Yoga and self-knowledge
  • Practice of Karma yoga
  • Extra notes and explanations on truth and correct understanding in yoga
  • Maria Deligianni

    Maria was born in Athens, and she studied there psychology, theater, pedagogy, and dance. She studied the behavior, reaction, and expression of the human body and she guided seminars of body expression and relaxation, both in Athens and Crete. Maria was trained in Hatha yoga in Greece as well as abroad, in England and India, and she is a yoga trainer herself, recognized by Yoga Alliance International. She has been studying the world philosophy, discovering human evolution throughout time. Nowadays, she runs Breath of Life certified center in Heraklion, Crete.

  • Giorgos

    Giorgos was born in Athens in 1988. From an early age he discovered yoga and was initiated in yoga principles, techniques, and philosophy. After adulthood, he attended yoga classes at Satyananda center and self-knowledge seminars at Satyanandashram in Athens. He has been studying various techniques of modern dance and kinesiology of human body. He was trained in Vipassana meditation and other techniques of active and passive meditation. He teaches Vinyasa flow and anatomy in both Crete and various studios in Athens.

  • Natasa

    Yoga Alliance International (Ashtanga Yoga)

    Natasa was born in Heraklion Crete, Greece. She has studied glassblowing and fine art in Sweden and in England. She practices yoga since 2002, working on both Hatha and Ashtanga yoga systems. She has first and second grade in Reiki system. Since 2002, Natasa has participated in several self -development seminars and has been trained in energy healing as well as in therapeutic Thai massage. She has received teachers training in Ashtanga yoga and she is a certified teacher in Hatha Yoga. Natasa is studying the principles of ancient Indian philosophy and the therapeutic power of yoga.

  • George

    Yoga Alliance International (Hatha Yoga)

    George was born in 1987 in Heraklion Crete, Greece. He became familiar with yoga in 2010, when he started his yoga journey. Furthermore, he has attained several Kundalini and Ashtanga yoga seminars, although his practice is mainly based on the philosophy of Hatha yoga. In 2013, he successfully completed his yoga teacher’s training course, thus he became a certified member of the Yoga Alliance International and has been teaching since then. Moreover, he has been trained in therapeutic Thai massage techniques and has become acquainted with Acro yoga by taking courses while his stay in India.

The retreat center is located in a quiet and isolated spot on Karteros Beach, a seafront place near the airport and the city center of Heraklion. The beautiful local beach is sandy, facing the Aegean Sea; it is about three kilometers in length. The beach has the "blue flag", which means that it is clean and safe for swimming. Karteros Beach is also the beginning of two gorges that are easy to walk. Knossos, the capital of the Minoan civilization, is also near the retreat center.

Nearby places

  • Aegean Sea, 1 kilometer
  • Heraklion, 7 kilometers
  • Heraklion International Airport (HER), 5 kilometers
  • Knossos, 8 kilometers
Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance
  • Wake-up calls

During your stay, you will have the chance to taste the fully vegetarian meals from the organic garden, cooked and served with love. People who love service with the Greek touch of hospitality will cook for you, combining the yogic healthy diet principles with the Cretan and Mediterranean nutrition.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements 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)
  • Bicycling and hiking
  • Discover the Knossos Palace (the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture)
  • Horse riding (10-minute walk from the retreat center there is a ridding club)
  • See Crete’s aquarium (one of the largest and most modern aquariums in Europe)
  • Swimming in the Aegean Sea
  • Take part in music festivals
  • Visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily vegetarian sattvik meals
  • 27 nights’ comfortable accommodation
  • Alignment classes
  • Anatomy, physiology, and philosophy lectures
  • Cleansing and chanting sessions
  • Free filtered water
  • Teachings by experienced yoga instructors
  • Yoga Alliance certification on completion of the training
  • Yoga mats, belts and blocks, and netti pots for the cleansing process
  • Yoga meditation and pranayama techniques
  • Insurance
  • Laundry service
  • Transfers to and from Heraklion International Airport (HER) - 15 EUR

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heraklion International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis (HER). From the airport it is 10 minutes by taxi to reach the yoga retreat.

Arrival by boat

You can reach to Heraklion port from Piraeus by night boat or from other Greek islands by ferries or boats.

Arrival by taxi

From Heraklion port or airport you can reach in retreat center in 10 minutes, taking a taxi. The charging is about 15 EUR.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 2 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaTeacherTraining.com reviews

  • Review by Bianca Bianchi

    "My experience at the Breath Of Life Yoga Center - Crete was hands down incredible. The retreat center, Levinthios, was even more beautiful than shown in the images, and the village of Lentas was charming with friendly locals and the accommodations were like dream, even the budget affordable apartments in the village were nice and close by. I'll never forget the crystal clear ocean to swim in, delicious meals every day and most importantly the Yoga!"

    "Maria lead a spiritual and informative teacher training. I was able to return to the US with everything I needed to teach at a studio in San Francisco. The training allowed me to understand the history and meaning behind the Yoga Philosophy, while simultaneously understanding my self. It wasn't easy, as there are some challenging topics to cover, but in the end I felt transformed. I hope I can return next year to compete the 300 hour training."

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  • Review by Jana Kaminski

    "I think the training was generally good. The trainer George was very precise and taught us a lot. I have learned a lot. I liked the fact that we also had philosophy and chanting. The food was very good but not necessarily 100% yogi. I think it was a very good balance between recharging and deepening your knowledge about yoga."

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  • Review by Aurelie Laborde from France

    "French version"

    "Ce mois de juin passé avec Maria et Giorgos, a été un merveilleux moment, un précieux cadeau pour appréhender la vie d'un point de vue yogi et heureux! Les professeurs sont remplis de bienveillance et vous accompagnent de près. L'enseignement est très complet. Le groupe vient du monde entier, et l'ambiance est très chaleureuse. Le lieu est magnifique, un paradis, du soleil, des fleurs, la Méditerranée, un calme bienfaiteur! Et une note toute particulière pour Yanis et sa famille, en cuisine, qui nous ont régalés avec des excellents plats végétariens... Un bonheur pour les papilles! Je suis très heureuse d'avoir vécu cette expérience, certes intensive, mais réellement enrichissante! Je vous le recommande et espère pouvoir y retourner très bientôt....Un grand MERCI à Maria, Giorgos, Yanis et toute sa famille!"

    "English version"

    "This month with Maria and Giorgos, was a wonderful moment, a precious gift to have a look on our Life with a yogic and happy point of view! Teachers take care of you and help you a lot to understand and practice. The atmosphere is really kindness, and joyful.. And students come over the world, really Nice and friendly. The levinthos place is amazing, beautiful and really quiet. Meals were also amazing and delicious, thanks to Yanis and his family..And a big thanks to Maria and Giorgos... Hope i will come again!! Gyaaaaan mudra!"

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  • Review by Ying from New York, USA

    "The one week retreat was undoubtedly one of the best weeks of my life. It was everything I had hoped for and much, much more. The beauty of the location was absolutely breathtaking. I'm usually not a morning or even nature person, but I found myself getting up at 5 a.m. to watch the sunrise and not wanting the night to arrive because I could not get enough of the beauty that surrounded me. The yoga classes, meditation, workshops, and chanting were all exactly what I needed. They were healing, challenging, fun, and transformational. The classes were small so you had lots of attention from the teachers. Maria and Harish were fantastic teachers who were kind, spiritual, and genuinely cared about your growth and needs. I was a bit nervous about eating vegetarian food for the entire week because I'm often hungry when I don't eat a lot of protein and am a picky eater in general. To my surprise, the food was incredibly delicious, and all the ingredients were locally grown! It was difficult to leave this retreat because of how perfect everything was, but I have walked away with many tools and much inspiration for my life going forward. I will definitely return one day."

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  • Review by Rosie

    "The training, teachers, location, food, and people were all above and beyond my expectations. Never having done a yoga retreat, I arrived apprehensive and uneasy. This was quickly settled by the amazing Greek hospitality of Yanis, John, and Argiro, as well as Maria and Harish. Here in Lentas I experienced more them just a teacher training. The teaching combination of Maria and Harish is so dynamic and powerful. With Harish I was pushed to my full potential and learnt more about Hatha yoga and then with Maria it was a completely different approach which I also thoroughly enjoyed. I was challenged both physically and mentally almost every day. Thank you for such an amazing body, mind, and soul journey. I hope to spread what I’ve learnt from you with as many people as I can. Also the food and location were divine!"

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  • Review by Vilde

    "Thank you for a wonderful time here in Lentas! I came here to learn more about yoga and meditation, to get more self-discipline, and it had it all! The place here is one of the most peaceful places I have even been to, a strong healing power lies in the ground here. Thank you for this healing. The teachers Harris and Maria did a great job teaching. They manage to see whole person, not just the student. My days here has been a turning point in many ways to observe myself and life in Norway, felt good! The food here was amazing, the rooms were great-no complains. Thank you for everything these four weeks, I wish you all the very best and good luck! Namaste! Love and light."

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  • Review by Mira

    "Thank you for witting me listen again. I opened my ears, eyes, and senses. I found back to the place within me where there’s calm and peace. I got back on track. I now feel inspired, lucky, and content. Thank you from my heart."

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  • Review by Mary from Canada

    "My first 200 hours of yoga teachers training program in June 28, 2014. My program was full of practicing, learning and doing new asanas. Although the course is intensive because of a lot of material, I found the text book very helpful and simple to read. In addition, each asana was fully demonstrated in details before performing it. This is huge to me to learn each asana the right way before teaching it to the others. I truly enjoyed focusing every day on studding philosophy and learning the real principles of practicing yoga. Learning tras and chanting every day was something I enjoyed and that we don’t do often in Western countries. Fully enjoyed our relaxation techniques and doing meditation. Although this program is just the basic seven first training program, I think I have learned and gained knowledge a lot over than one month. The accommodation was good and the place is great for a yoga retreat, as it is far from all the destruction and close to nature! It has been a peaceful, energetic, and relaxing place for yoga. Thank you Maria Deligianni and Harischandra for the great experience and unforgettable yoga adventure! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Igor

    "Yamas to Lentas to Levinthos! Oppa! Janis is the true lion of Lentas and all should hail the king and his family for the truly rule Levinthos with love, the proof in the food! Much love to Maria and Harris for bringing so many beautiful people together and then making them laugh, sweat, and cry because yoga takes true love and passion for one’s trade."

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  • Review by Charity

    "A beautiful place to begin my yoga adventure! Thank you for providing me with everything I needed for a memorable journey. Love and light."

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  • Review by Ruth

    "I would like to express my most sincere review. It has been a month of learning, training, sharing, joy, tears, friendship, support, and self-observation. The treat we have had the last month has been superb. The teacher and the host have been supportive and caring. We all have felt at home. The knowledge acquired during this last month will be spread out. I highly recommend this place for those who, either want to go any deeper in the yoga or do the teacher training. Excellent. Recommendable."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Honnie from The Netherlands

    "Thank you Maria and Harrish. You have made this course unforgettable. You have a place in my heart together with the students that made the same choice as I did: do the 200-hours teacher training in Lentas! It was perfect in balance: the serious emotional moments and the fun we had together. I will take this experience home with me into my life."

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  • Review by Natasa

    "It was a really helpful, cheerful, and hardworking training, which was what I needed. Once in a while you can have this chance and I had it, that’s why I am so grateful. I couldn’t have more good teachers, I am sure that was meant to be. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

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  • Review by Rodi

    "It was a wonderful, intensive month. I feel as if my life is on a wonderful track thanks to this uplifting course. I’ve discovered my physical, mental, and spiritual capacities here and am so grateful for this. Peace, love."

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  • Review by Kelli from The Netherlands

    "It was a wonderful experience here in the Lentas retreat center that I am so grateful for. I will always remember it with lots of happiness and satisfaction. I received from my teachers so beautiful knowledge which I am deeply thankful. Lots of love and light. Special thanks to the family of the Levinthos retreat and their personnel for their great care and love!"

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  • Review by Angeliki from Greece

    "Such a beautiful month, a big sack of knowledge. I leave so satisfied and happy that a new 'path' starts and I met wonderful people and teachers. Really, I will miss you everyone. I wish to all of you a life full of happiness 'come from inside'! Love and laugh in the rest of our trip!"

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  • Review by Theodore Karkaletsis from Greece

    "The yoga retreat was honestly a very interesting experience for me. Actually it was my first ever experience on yoga. Everything went on very smoothly in a very picturesque environment and I got the feeling that I knew most of the participants for some time - although it was the first time I was meeting them. What I got out of it was simple "things" that we all truly know somewhere deep in ourselves and we so easily and sometimes permanently forget because of our modern way of living. The retreat helped us consciously remind ourselves of these simples "things". I would definitely suggest it 100% to everyone, especially to those that didn't have the chance so far in their lives to learn what yoga is all about - accept those that have real problem, waking up early, or eating only vegetarian food. Give yourselves a small gift by simply trying it! Namaste!"

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  • Review by Eleni Davaki

    "It was really amazing! The teacher the fellow participants were all amazing! I left from everything and I let everything behind me! I was so in touch with myself all these days that's why when I came back home I felt more quiet and happier! Also in this retreat was the beginning of a very good friendship!"

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  • Review by George Zozonakis

    "The Hatha yoga seminar for teachers offered me deep knowledge about the human nature. I took lessons about anatomy, psychology, methodology, and the philosophy of yoga. The practice of meditation, asanas, and pranayama helped me a lot to learn myself deeper than ever had. I practice the discipline and it was a very beautiful personal experience. Thanks to my teachers Maria Deligianni, Harischandra, and Amalia Zampoulaki."

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  • Review by Renata Sifaki

    "Having just recovered from an operation and not being able to practice yoga for few months, I had some doubts about following this intensive retreat program. Arriving in a village in the heart of Crete, the scenery and the view was breathtaking and the organizers hospitality made me feel like home. Practicing yoga in the open air near the vineries and looking at the sunrise was amazing. Maria, Haris, and all the trainers are not just experienced and professional yoga trainers and therapists but they also put their soul into this. Only a few days after the retreat, I felt stronger, healthier, peaceful, and closer to myself A wonderful experience, not to miss!"

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  • Review by Polina Poulorini

    "I attended the yoga teacher's training last year and throughout the whole of it I enjoyed both theoretical and practical expansion of my knowledge on yoga till then. I, therefore, benefited very much in gaining confidence on one matter, how to lead different groups and kinds of people towards self-observation and how to help them release their bodies and souls. Moreover, it has opened a completely new door to me, profession-wise."

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Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Yoga Retreats Crete-Greece is a Hatha yoga and Pilates center that includes meditation techniques and self-realization seminars. The center also organizes Hatha yoga and meditation retreats.

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