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23 Days 300 Hours Viniyoga and Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in Southern Crete, Greece

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

Comprehensive Therapy Yoga Teacher Training Greece

These 300 hours combine the 100 hours profound foundation in Viniyoga followed by the 200 hours of intensive yoga therapy training. This is 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.

Meet the instructors

Evi

Highlights

  • The training follows IAYT procedures
  • Receive a 200 page Yoga Therapy Manual
  • Training is by an experienced and certified Yoga Therapist
  • A 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
  • Support for your personal and professional development
  • Thoroughly assessed assignments with feedback
  • Savor delicious vegetarian meals
  • 22 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


22 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • 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.

Program

A unique combination of yoga therapy studies (Viniyoga, Iyengar, 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.

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.

In the first week, Yoga Therapy Greece will share Viniyoga and ways to modify practices for different people needs this is a great foundation that will also enable you to give very creative and therapeutic group classes.

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.

In the first seven days, you will start with a profound foundation of 100 hours in Viniyoga. You will explore the principles and the practices that were delivered by Krishnamacharya to his son Desikachar and from Desikachar to Gary Craftosw and from Gary Kraftsow to Evi Dimitriadou, the leading yoga therapist in these yoga therapy training and founder of Yoga Therapy Greece.

The following 15 days main training program of the second part of 200 hours of intensive yoga therapy 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.

Yoga Therapy Greece will share the methodology of one-on-one yoga sessions and what they do with any muscular imbalance and in medical conditions of the nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, and immune systems.

In these 15 days 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.

In both yoga therapy training, in 200 hours and 300 hours ones, in every module, you will see yoga therapies taking place to each of you and we will analyze the case studies in order to be able to do the same with your clients. This is a great opportunity to experience Yoga Therapy and get your personal practice.

In both yoga therapy training, you will be supported by your mentor through many personal online supervisions in your first yoga therapies with your clients and case studies participants.

The 100 hours in Viniyoga is not a prerequisite for the 200 hours of intensive yoga therapy training but is a very helpful foundation.

The program

The first part of the training, the 100 hours Viniyoga training starts on Saturday 3rd August 2019 with the welcome, an orientation of the hotel and the awesome Aghios Pavlos area, plus dinner and it finishes on Friday afternoon 9th August 2019.

It consists of Viniyoga practices and lectures for six days, two hours of personal mentoring through Skype, 50 hours of documented Viniyoga practice with clients of your own out of which six hours will be part of 1 Case Study as well as personal study from a specific reading list and assignments.

You will be supported in developing Viniyoga practices with modified asanas and adapted pranayamas for yourself and others by understanding the valuable principles of this traditional lineage.

The intensive 200 hours yoga therapy training starts on Saturday 10th August 2019 with the welcome and the orientation as well as a delicious dinner. On Sunday morning you start the long and transformational Training per se and you will 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'll 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.

The intensive 300 hours yoga therapy training starts on Saturday 3rd August 2019 with the Viniyoga foundation training and finishes on Sunday Morning 25th August 2019 after breakfast. It takes place for 19 days besides the two free days (Saturday 10th and Sunday 18th August), making it total of 22 days with the arrival day.

It consists of 171 hours lectures and practices, six hours of mentoring for the three case studies, 100 hours of documented practice with real clients of yours out of which 16 hours will be part of the three case studies, a personal study from a well-chosen reading list, as well as personal practice and assignments.

Students in all programs are assigned mentors who give feedback about their assignments, guide them in the case studies and personal practice, and help them understand and apply many yoga therapy techniques.

During the training, you will focus on each student’s personal, as well as professional, development; Yoga Therapy Greece believe that the quality of the yoga therapy practitioner’s ability to achieve a profound level of self-awareness, presence as well as deep knowledge in muscular imbalances, nervous system, women’s health, mental health, and medical conditions are very important factors.

More specifically the program is as such

Day 1

Welcome orientation plus dinner.

Day 2 to 4 - 3 days of Viniyoga practices for muscular imbalances

You will have the opportunity to explore the Viniyoga principles as were given by Krishnamacharya to his son Desikachar and from him to my teacher Gary Kraftsow

You will practice Viniyoga therapeutic sequences mostly for group classes but also for personal yoga therapy sessions with modified asanas and pranayamas for all muscular conditions such as lower back, hips, sacrum, feet, knees, upper back, neck, shoulders elbows, wrists, and hands

Day 5 to 7 - 3 days of Viniyoga practices for physiological conditions

You will further explore Viniyoga principles and Viniyoga therapeutic sequences for physiological conditions and appropriate applications of lifestyle counseling principles.

Learn how to design practices for groups of students with similar conditions and how to develop the best practices (Bhavana or Lagana) for balancing the nervous system by activating the sympathetic and/or parasympathetic system through pranayama and mantras in the asanas.

You will master the practices of Viniyoga and Tantra yoga exploring which are the most suitable for each condition and the effect of them in physiological conditions and in quality of life besides in structure.

These first seven days will enable you to give creative and therapeutic practices since you will have a direct experience of the effect of them and a deep understanding of the traditional principles.

Day 8

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

Day 9 to 11 - 3 days yoga for muscular imbalances where you learn

The role of the asanas, the anatomical aspects of them and 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 12 to 13 - 2 days methodology of one-on-one Yoga Therapy Sessions, you 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 14 to 15 day - 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 16

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

Day 17 to 18 - 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 lifestyle 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 23

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

Location

This training will take place in Southern Crete, Greece.

Food

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

  • 6 hours of personal mentoring in working with real clients of yours for the case studies
  • 300 hours yoga therapy training by a certified and experienced yoga therapist,
  • Diploma of Yoga Therapy Studies
  • A thorough manual of 200 pages
  • 19 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
  • A well-selected reading list
  • Guidance and feedback for the development of a personal yoga therapy practice
  • Support for your personal and professional development
  • 22 nights accommodation in a beautiful retreat literally a few minutes from the beach and the crystal clear blue water of southern Crete
  • 22 vegetarian dinners and breakfasts
  • Certification of 100 hours Viniyoga training as continuous education
  • 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). The taxi cost is approximately 120 Euros. 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 55 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday August 3, 2019
Departure: Sunday August 25, 2019

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