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This course will suit you if you have you been practising yoga regularly for a while and feel that you are ready to deepen your practice and to develop yourself, by delving in to the philosophy of the East and the science of the West, embracing a modern, holistic approach to yoga.
It would also be suited to you if you would like to teach what you have learnt, so that you can share the benefits of this wonderful union of body, mind and spirit with others.
This 4 week training course gives you the opportunity to study Hatha and Vinyasa yoga to a level that you can then confidently teach these styles to your students. It also gives you a chance to gain an understanding of Yin yoga. You will learn from not only the course leader, Namit Kathoria, but also from other experienced teachers, sharing your training with a small group of like-minded people, together in a beautiful rural setting in Valencia country, Spain.
Yoga Sutra Shala offers accommodation with excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. During your teacher training course, you will be staying at a beautiful secluded retreat centre situated in Benissiva. This renovated farm house is just 30 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.
Accommodation is offered as single occupancy of homely rooms with comfortable beds. All of the rooms have beautiful views of the mountains or the village. There are eight bedrooms, each one with ensuite bathroom to make your stay really comfortable. Some rooms also have a balcony with inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. All rooms have air conditioning and central heating.
There is a communal guest kitchen and there are areas for sitting and for dinning - both inside and outside.
La Solana has a single bed and has lovely views of the beautiful hamlet of Benissiva. The room has a lovely ensuite bathroom as well.
Tossal Gros is a cosy room named after one of the mountains seen from it's balcony. It has a comfortable double bed, beautiful views looking out to the mountains and an ensuite bathroom.
El Colomer ("The Dove House") has a lovely double bed and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It also has a nice ensuite bathroom. It is situated on the second floor.
El Llimaner has one double bed and lovely views of the village. It also has an ensuite bathroom. It is on the ground floor, so is perfect for those who find stairs challenging.
La Forada is named after the impressive arch-topped mountain visible from the balcony. It has a double bed and a shared balcony-terrace with lovely views of the Valencian mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
El Misserat has a single bed, a shared balcony and an ensuite bathroom. It has lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
L'Albureca has a single bed, a shared balcony and amazing views of the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
L'Umbria is a very special room. This large, luxury room has a comfortable double bed; a sitting area; mezzanine floor; and an ensuite bathroom with a bath and a shower. It has its own balcony and lovely views of the surrounding Valencian mountains and unspoilt countryside.
We aim to give you the best of both an Eastern and Western approach to Yoga Teacher Training, with a holistic focus on pranayama; asana; chanting and meditation and an exploration in to the philosophy that forms the solid foundation of these practices, so that you can grow, develop and gain confidence in your practice and bring yoga fully in to your life, on and off the mat.
Through supported teaching practice you will benefit from continuous opportunities to apply what you are learning and to realise your potential in sharing it with others.
Courses are offered to a maximum of 8 students to allow us to focus our attention to your development and to give you the space to grow and to nurture the family and loving environment that Yoga Sutra Shala respects and enjoys.
Our intention is to share with you the true spirit of yoga, with its depth of knowledge, wisdom and discipline. In addition to this we would like to explain Western developments in the path of yoga - such as the science behind yoga and the anatomy behind the asanas - in order to help you to develop your own yoga practice, to help you to develop yourself as the best practitioner and teacher that you can be: In balance, in harmony, in good health and in peace.
The course is intensive - and is ideal if you are wanting the spend the 4 weeks putting your heart and soul into learning. If you want a holiday then a retreat would be much more fun for you.
Upon satisfactory completion of the course, you will be awarded with certificate of completion which you can use to register with Yoga Alliance.
In terms of the physical side of yoga, you will learn about:
In terms of meditation and philosophy we will cover:
In order that you can enjoy and get the most out of your investment in this course, we recommend that you have:
Monday to Friday: we will observe silence from 21.00 to 10.00 each day.
At the weekends we offer you optional, complimentary guided hikes/walks and workshops.
Saturdays: Saturday will be a free day to relax (with all meals provided). For those that would like to join, there will be optional guided walks in the mountains & valleys that surround the retreat.
Sundays: Workshops developing what you have been learning; culinary and creative skills and interests; yin yoga; and a chance to get together for informal discussions.
Weekend meal times will be:
If you have something that you regularly practice and you would particularly like to share as a workshop on a Sunday, please let us know.
Please feel free to bring musical instruments along with you – they are a great addition to the Kirtans.
In addition to the scheduled classes, Yoga Sutra Shala also offers private yoga classes to any guests that want them. The private yoga classes will be offered for free by the assistant teachers.
You can ask for these classes if you want to:
During this course, there will also be a lot of evening workshops conducted by teachers who will share what helped them teach when they first became teachers, for example teaching students to focus on the breath.
Namit has a strong family tradition of yoga and has studied yoga all over the world including in his native India. His background as a leading health professional allows him to apply and explain the health benefits of yoga scientifically and to a high level. Namit has yoga teaching qualifications from Rishikesh (the birthplace of yoga) and also from Dharamsala (the current residence of His Royal Holiness the Dalai Lama). Namit is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance & Registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and has been teacher and mentor to yoga students since 2010.
Marina is a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher with additional training in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, Kundalini & Kids Yoga. She is actively involved in teaching community classes & loves to bring people together- sharing yoga & meditation through classes & workshops. Marina teaches with a focus on breath, mindfulness & connection. In her classes you will experience an emphasis on mind-body awareness & intentional movement. She leads guided meditations as well as workshops which may cover stress relief techniques, chakras & the energy body, polyvagal theory & the nervous system, & breathwork.
Diego is an artist & explorer from Mexico City. Having grown up in the ghetto, he graduated as an engineer & worked in the corporate world for a few years before he started travelling. He has been practising yoga since he first came across it in London in 2010. His subsequent travels to India & Southeast Asia broadened his experience of this sacred practice. His devotion led him to join “Mantrika”, a Mantra Band offering Kirtan mainly in Riviera Maya in Mexico & recently also in Ananda Spirit Yoga Festival in Dresden, Germany. He has learned Shree Vidya tantric teachings from Maa Parvati Nath
Yoga came into Elise's life over 10 years ago, uplifting her mood from a dark place & transforming her awareness of self & place in the world. She completed her Hatha training at Mathatitu Ashram in Kerala, India. As an advocate of universal compassion & self-care, Elise strives to help beginners as well as advanced practitioners of yoga, to learn & enjoy the yoga postures in a mindful & harmonious class and to provide gentle individualised attention. As well as teaching yoga asanas, she especially enjoys sharing the meditative side of yoga & the peace of mind that this can bring.
Coming from an Asian immigrant family, Silvia was born in Germany & spent her gap-year in Australia, where her passion for yoga and travelling grew and led her to complete her yoga teacher training in Spain earlier this year. Travelling has opened up her mind & changed her world view completely, allowing her to dive deeper into - and express - her interest in spirituality and healing. Yoga has helped her to live her life more mindfully & connected to herself. Through practising yoga asanas she discovers her unconscious imbalances within and is able to release the pain associated with them.
Anna’s yoga journey began in New Zealand in 2016, when she attended a yoga class that sparked her spiritual awakening: The sense of clarity, peace & achievement she felt after this particular Vinyasa class was overwhelming, as was the message she received during it: Yoga had to be a part of her everyday life! From that day on, she attended yoga studios & classes & eventually did her Yoga Teacher Training in Prague. Ever since Anna completed her teacher training she has dreamt of travelling the world & visiting retreat centres, assisting & healing those that seek a better & more balanced life.
David has been practicing yoga for more than 9 years & he has been nomading around for a while. 6 years ago decided it was time to set out to answer some of the BIG questions in life. He started by coming up with a great plan: travel from Europe to India by foot! After walking for 2.5 years he realised that transport existed for carrying luggage! During these years on the road, he studied & practiced yoga & meditation with many different masters. In Feb 2019 he met his teacher Mark Whitwell & received direct transmission of the ancient lineage of T. Krishnamacharya & his son TKV Desikachar.
This yoga teacher training course will be held at the yoga and meditation retreat centre in Benissiva, a village in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The retreat centre is surrounded by beautiful mountains and peaceful countryside. It is only 30 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.
Daily delicious meals are included in the price.
All meals are plant-based and are freshly prepared with love by our fantastic chefs, using organic whole-foods and organic local produce. Spring water, organic coffee and a selection of organic teas, fruits and snacks are also included and available to you throughout your stay.
Transfer available for additional US$33 per person
Transfer available for additional US$110 per person
The nearest airport is Alicante (ALC). Yoga Sutra Shala can help you organize a transfer from Alicante airport or train station to the venue and from the venue to the airport or train station during scheduled times below:
The cost is 30 EUR each way.
If you prefer to arrive at Valencia Airport (VLC), the transfer cost is 100 EUR for 1 person and 120 EUR for 2 or more passengers. Please send an inquiry for more information.
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