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16 Days 200 Hours Intensive Yoga Therapy Training in Southern Crete, Greece

Agios Pavlos Hotel, Agios Pavlos, Sakuria, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Greece

The most intensive and comprehensive yoga therapy diploma in Europe. A professional program in where a yoga instructor will learn everything she/he needs to know about applying yoga tools in order to give yoga therapy. A unique combination of yoga therapy studies (Viniyoga, Iyengar, and Ayurveda) and physiotherapy that enables and gives on-going support (through on-going mentoring) for yoga instructors to give yoga therapy sessions with safety and confidence.

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  • Training follows IAYT procedures
  • Receive a 200 page Yoga Therapy Manual
  • Unique combination of Yoga Therapy studies and Physiotherapy
  • 4 hours of personal mentoring in the case studies with real clients
  • Guidance and feedback for the development of your yoga therapy practice
  • Training is by a experienced and certified Yoga Therapist
  • Support for your personal and professional development
  • Thoroughly assessed assignments with feedback
  • Savor delicious vegetarian meals
  • 15 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced


15 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, English
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free parking

The training takes place overlooking the awesome bay of Agios Pavlos in South Crete. The hotel is located on a small cliff with great views of the picturesque sandy beach with lovely warm and crystal clear blue waters. The beach is only 50 meters from the rooms while incredible stretches of sand dunes lie only 10 minutes walk away. The region is one of exceptional natural beauty.

Rugged and unspoiled, the area offers breathtaking scenery and glorious beaches making this a very special place to visit. The rooms are available for single or twin use. (Note: Yoga Therapy Greece can find someone to share if you are on your own). All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, air-con, a balcony, and a great sea view.

Agios Pavlos Hotel is a friendly family run hotel and includes a fine restaurant, a cafe-snack bar and the bar The Cave.


You will discover how to build a therapeutic relationship, how to read different bodies and how to build yoga therapy practices based on people’s goals and needs, incorporating all yoga models such as postural and breathing assessments, vayus, koshas, doshas, pranayamas, mantras and mudras, as well as asanas and the way to modify them.

Training will enable yoga instructors to give one-on-one yoga therapy sessions to people with muscular imbalances, mental health problems, women’s health issues as well as most of the Medical Conditions that you will probably encounter.

On Saturday, 10th August 2019 you will be welcomed and the orientation starts. You'll close the first day with a delicious dinner. On Sunday morning, you start the long and transformational training per se and finish after two weeks on Sunday, morning 25th August 2019 after a nutritious breakfast.

The yoga therapy training takes place for 13 days and you have a free Sunday on 18th August. It consists of 117 hours of lecture and practice hours, four hours of personal mentoring with the leading yoga therapist through skype for the two case studies, 50 hours of documented practice with clients of your own out of which 12 hours will be part of the two case studies, personal study from a well-chosen reading list as well as personal practice and assignments. Please note ongoing mentoring will be available as you take on your own clients.

More specifically the program is

Day 1

  • Free day and welcome the participants of the 200 hours for two weeks training

Day 2 to 4 - 3 days yoga for muscular imbalances where you learn

  • The role of the asanas
  • The anatomical aspects of them
  • Specific therapeutic yoga practices and the rationale behind the Yoga Therapy applications for Muscular Imbalances regarding the
  • Feet, knees, hips, pelvis, lower back and upper back, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and the different types of scoliosis.

Day 4 to 5 - 2 days Methodology of one-on-one yoga therapy sessions, you'll learn how

  • To interview clients
  • To read peoples’ breathing, posture, and movement through specific practices
  • To come up with the ayurvedic constitution and what and how might need balancing
  • To use the different yoga models like vayus, chakras, koshas, and doshas
  • To come up with yoga therapy strategies through critical reasoning
  • To choose the most suitable yoga practices (asanas, pranayamas, mantras, Sankalpa, mudras, restorative practice, and relaxation), based on the overall needs and goals of the client
  • To modify asanas and breathing
  • To sequence a therapeutic practice
  • To draw practice sheets with stick figures
  • To keep professional documentation of the one-on-one yoga therapy session
  • To use suitable Restorative yoga practices for different people needs
  • To use Chair yoga for people in need or for office breaks
  • To build a long-term therapeutic relationship
  • You then practice all these working with each of you as clients

Day 7 to 8 - 2 days yoga for women’s health and yoga Nidra, you will learn about

  • The menstruation and the influence of the hormones in the different cycles of it
  • The most nourishing yoga practices for each week of the cycle
  • What yoga can offer for problems like heavy, irregular, or absent menstruation
  • Fertility
  • Diastasis of erectus abdominis
  • Menopause
  • Incontinence
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • You will also learn how to build yoga Nidras and practice yoga Nidras that nourish women in different phases

Day 9

  • Free day for relaxing at the amazing beaches of Aghios Pavlos in South Crete. In this free day, breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 10 to 11 - 2 days yoga for mental health and mindfulness

You will learn about the mental health issues and practice what yoga can offer based on the latest findings in neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy for restoring balance through pranayama and mantra and how to practice yoga in a meditative state for trauma, depression, and anxiety.

Day 12 to 13 - 2 days yoga for respiratory and cardiovascular. You will go through the

  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular
  • Which yoga practices can help and why

Day 14 to 15 - 2 days yoga for immune, autoimmune deficiencies, and functional disorders

You will learn about the major immunity challenges and practice what yoga, as well as life style choices, can do to alter the physiology and the psychology in case of

  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Most of the auto-immune disorders
  • Pain and the management of chronic pain
  • Functional disorders and digestive system
  • Professional and business issues of yoga therapists

Lectures on the latest research findings, yoga practices using all the yogic tools and the rationale behind them, breathing techniques, meditation, and philosophy as well as dietary and lifestyle advice complement this intensive and unique yoga therapy training.

During the intensive yoga therapy training, the leading yoga therapist gives a yoga therapy to every participant, while the participants will have the opportunity to evaluate "patients" in five categories such as structural, nervous system and breath, Ayurveda, psychology, and spirituality and be able to practice in a safe and supported environment yoga therapies before they start giving yoga therapy sessions with the clients in their case studies and in general.

Day 16

Goodbye day and the start of an on-going mentoring through personal supervisions that will support you in the first yoga therapies that you will give. After the breakfast you will leave full of knowledge and deep understanding of the clinical applications of yoga therapy and Viniyoga.

The daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Personal practice
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 14:00 Lectures and practices
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Break for lunch (not included), swim at the beach, rest, and walk
  • 15:30 - 19:30 Lectures and practices
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner

The Yoga Therapy Greece’s Yoga therapy diploma follows the newest standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapists in terms of methodology of yoga therapy, the yoga therapy tools and therapeutic skills, the competencies in biomedical and psychological foundations, the practicum, the mentoring, and much more.


This training will take place in Southern Crete, Greece.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

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

What's included

  • 4 hours of personal mentoring in working with real clients of yours for the case studies
  • 200 hours of yoga therapy training by a certified and experienced yoga therapist
  • Diploma of yoga therapy studies
  • A thorough manual of 200 pages
  • 13 days of yoga therapy training
  • You observe many yoga therapies with you as real clients
  • Experience your own yoga therapy and take away your personal practice
  • Thoroughly assessed assignments and feedback on these
  • A well-selected reading list
  • Guidance and feedback for the development of a personal yoga therapy practice
  • Support for your personal and professional development
  • 15 nights accommodation in a beautiful retreat literally a few minutes from the beach and the crystal clear blue water of southern Crete
  • 15 vegetarian dinners and breakfasts
  • Access through Skype and email to the certified yoga therapists of Yoga Therapy Greece for on-going mentoring as you take on your own clients

What's not included

  • Lunches
  • Private acupressure sessions
  • Tai Chi lessons
  • Beach towel
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers from and to the airport (although share rides among participants are facilitated)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Most people arrive by air to Crete into Heraklion airport (HER) or Chania airport (CHQ). They are both approximately the same distance with the transfer taking about two hours by taxi or hire car ( price not included). We can arrange for the sharing of taxis to reduce costs. There are also ferries from Piraeus (Athens) and Santorini to Crete should you want to combine your visit with other areas of Greece.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 56 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday August 10, 2019
Departure: Sunday August 25, 2019

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