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24 Day 400-Hour Intensive Yoga Therapy Training in Vrisoules, Peloponnese

Noosfera Wellness and Retreat Center, Vrisoules, Peloponnese, Greece 20400

Greece Yoga Therapy Teacher Training

This is the most complete program where a yoga instructor will learn everything they need to know about applying yoga tools in order to give yoga therapy. 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.

Meet the instructors

Evi
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Highlights

  • 20 days of yoga therapy training
  • 12 webinars of 4 hours each over 10 months
  • 15 hours of personal mentoring in working with real clients
  • Use this training towards the 800-hr Certification by International Association of Yoga Therapy
  • Support for your personal and professional development
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • 23 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Greek, Italian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot

This amazing center consists of two complexes of buildings. In the first one, you will find the cozy living room with its amazing view from the bay windows, the lovely dining room, the pergola (overlooking the surrounding mountains and on the horizon the sea) where the summer dining room lies, and the kitchen where delicious homemade meals are prepared. Most of the fruits and vegetables come from Noosfera’s own garden.

The lower level has the libraries, and the atmospheric wellbeing section where rejuvenation services for body and face are offered. In the guesthouse and seminar hall of the second building complex, there are ten elegant rooms all with private bathroom and equipped with mini fridges. The very beautifully appointed guest rooms are designed without phones or TVs in order to maximize time for quiet, peaceful reflection and renewal. They have been named after trees, herbs, and flowers, and are each decorated accordingly down to the last detail - soft pillows on the couch, orthopaedic mattresses, duvets and sheets of excellent quality. The yoga / seminar hall is light, airy, spacious, comfortable, and cool.

The owners, Maria and Julia, built this property for their own retreats, and this shows everywhere with their unique personal touch, from the hand painted keys and chairs to the careful consideration of feng shui throughout. Their belief is that the person who seeks peace, joy, and truth about themselves will also be inspired by the surrounding land, the beauty of the mountains and the sea on the horizon, but also by the tastefulness of the area itself.

Triple room

All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, a mini fridge, and balcony with a mountain view. Please note that one of the beds in the triple room is the sofa bed but this is the same mattress as all the other beds and just as comfortable. The price includes breakfast and dinner plus all training, including webinars, and supervisions.

Twin room

All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, a mini fridge, and balcony with a mountain view. The price includes breakfast and dinner plus all training, including webinars and supervision.

Single room

All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, a mini fridge, and balcony with a mountain view. The price includes breakfast and dinner plus all training, including webinars and supervisions.

Room with non-participating partner

This is for sharing a room with a non-participating partner. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, a mini fridge, and balcony with a mountain view. This price is the total price for both of you including 23 nights accommodation, 23 breakfasts and 23 dinners, as well as all training costs, yoga mats, etc. for one person, including the 12 webinars, supervision, and mentoring.

Program

This is the most intensive and complete yoga therapy diploma in Europe. Uniquely this, 400 hours course includes 263 contact hours - 200 hours in the three weeks, and the rest spread over 12 months via 12 webinars and ongoing mentoring. The monthly webinars will be structured to follow up and deepen the knowledge shared in the summer training, as well as strengthening people's weaknesses that are highlighted from your assignments. The goal is to make you the best yoga therapists possible.

The Yoga Therapy Greece’s yoga therapy diploma follows the newest standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapists in terms of the methodology of Yoga Therapy, the Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills, the topics of the Curriculum, the Practicum, Mentoring, contact hours, Ethical Principles, etc.

A program where you as a yoga instructor, will learn everything you need to know about applying yoga tools in order to give yoga therapy.

Because this course is intensive (with further twelve-monthly webinars), you save on flights and accommodation going back and forth compared to other courses.

In the intensive yoga therapy training, Yoga Therapy Greece shares deep knowledge based on a unique combination of Viniyoga, Iyengar, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda, Physiotherapy, and Psychotherapy that enables yoga instructors to give yoga therapy sessions with safety and confidence as they are supported by ongoing supervision and mentoring.

The intensive yoga therapy training will enable yoga instructors to give one-to-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 they will probably encounter. Yoga Therapy Greece will share the methodology of one-to-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.

You will learn how to progressively work and develop yoga therapy practices for groups, as well as take away with you 15 to 20 benefit-proven yoga therapy sequences for groups/individuals, such as for lower back, knees, shoulders, neck, menopause, hypertension, asthma, depression, anxiety, constipation, fatigue, etc. You can then easily give your own workshops on these topics.

In these 22 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 observations, Ayurveda principles such as vayus, koshas, doshas, as well as Tantra elements, like mantras and mudras, as well as asanas and pranayamas and the way to modify and personalize them.

You will learn how to access and use the most recent research articles in order to use evidence-based practices that show how yoga therapy affects people’s health.

In every module, you will see yoga therapies taking place for some of you, and Yoga Therapy Greece will analyze the practices in order for you to be able to do the same with your clients. This is a great opportunity to experience yoga therapy and get your personal practice, too.

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

Yoga Therapy Greece gives equal importance to deep knowledge, a high standard of ethics, compassion, and mental stability.

The program

The intensive 400 hours yoga therapy training starts on Friday, July 10, 2020, and finishes on Sunday morning, August 2, 2020, after breakfast. It takes place for 20 days besides the two free days (Sunday, July 19 & Sunday, July 26), making it a total of 23 days with the arrival day.

It consists of 200 hours lectures and practices, 12 four-hour webinars, 15 hours of mentoring as feedback for the assignments, and direct guidance for the three case studies (of four sessions each, plus preparation time) with real clients of yours, personal study from a very in-depth manual and a well-chosen reading list as well as personal practice, assignments, and 100 hours practicum (documented practice with real clients).

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, the mentors will focus on each student’s personal, as well as professional development; they 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.

Training itinerary

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Orientation
  • Registration plus dinner

Days 2 - 4

Three days methodology of one-to-one yoga therapy sessions; you learn:

  • To interview and connect with clients
  • To read people's breathing, posture, and movement through specific practices
  • To come up with the Ayurvedic constitution and what / how might need balancing
  • To use the different yoga models like Vayus, Chakras, Koshas
  • To come up with yoga therapy strategies through critical reasoning
  • To choose the most suitable yoga practices (asanas, pranayamas, mantras, sankalpa, mudras, Restorative practice, relaxation, yoga Nidra), based on the overall needs and goals of the client
  • The role and function of the asanas
  • The anatomical aspects of the asanas
  • To modify asanas and breathing ratios
  • To sequence a therapeutic practice
  • To draw practice sheets with stick figures
  • To keep professional documentation of the one-to-one yoga therapy session
  • To use props for suitable Restorative yoga practices according to different needs
  • To use Chair yoga for people in need or for office breaks
  • To build a long-term therapeutic relationship

On the last evening, you watch yoga therapy in real, where all these elements are incorporated and explained in practice.

Days 5 - 8

Four days yoga for muscular imbalances, where you learn:

  • To understand and address the root of the structural condition with specific asanas
  • 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
  • Through practicing specific sequences for each condition and through sharing deep knowledge based on physiotherapy and yoga therapy

Day 9

  • Free day

Days 10 - 12

Three days for yoga for nervous system and mental health. You learn about the mental health issues and you practice what yoga can offer based on the latest findings in neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy for restoring balance. You learn how to design practices for groups of students with similar conditions and how to develop the best practices (bhavana or laghana) for balancing the nervous system by activating the sympathetic and / or parasympathetic system through:

  • Incorporating the breathing ratios in the asanas practice
  • Pranayama and mantra
  • Understanding and working with trauma
  • Exploring practices for depression and anxiety
  • Addressing fatigue and sleep disorders
  • Pain and chronic pain management
  • Learning to design yoga Nidras
  • Through practicing specific sequences for all these issues and explaining the rationale for each of the practices, your instructors share deep knowledge on these crucial issues

Days 13 - 14

Two days of yoga for women’s health. You will learn about:

  • The menstruation
  • The influence of the hormones in the different cycles of it
  • The most nourishing womb-friendly 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, prolapsed organs, endometriosis, fibroids, low libido
  • Every day, you practice specially designed yoga Nidras that nourish women in different phases

Day 15

  • Free day

Days 16 - 18

Three days yoga for immunity, autoimmune, and functional disorders. You will learn about the function of the immune system and how yoga does affect it. You will focus on:

  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Autoimmune disorders of the neurological, endocrine, digestive system, and practices for them accordingly
  • Functional disorders
  • Addictions and how yoga helps
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

Days 19 - 20

Two days yoga for respiratory and cardiovascular health issues. You go through the:

  • Respiratory like asthma, bronchiectasis, lung cancer
  • Cardiovascular like hypertension, arrhythmias, heart failure, hypotension
  • Which yoga practices like asanas, breathing, visualizations, Restorative yoga can help and why

Days 21 - 22

Participants will practice yoga therapy and the mentors will share professional and business issues of yoga therapists.

Day 23

Goodbye day and the start of ongoing mentoring through personal supervision that will support you in the first yoga therapies that you will give and through feedback on assignments.

After breakfast, you leave full of knowledge and a deep understanding of the clinical applications of yoga therapy.

Highlights

  • Monthly contact with 12 webinars of four hours each, to keep your knowledge fresh and to work on any weaknesses
  • 15 hours of personal mentoring in working with real clients of yours for the case studies and assignments (six hours for the case studies and nine hours for the assignments)
  • 400 hours yoga therapy training by a certified and experienced yoga therapist
  • A thorough manual of about 300 pages
  • 20 days of yoga therapy training
  • Observation and thorough explanation of yoga therapies in front of you
  • Experience your own yoga therapy and take away your personal practice
  • Thoroughly assessed assignments and detailed 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
  • Access through Skype and email to the certified yoga therapists of Yoga Therapy Greece for ongoing mentoring even after your graduation as you take on your own clients
  • 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 participants, while the participants will have the opportunity to evaluate their classmates as patients in Ayurvedic constitution and in five categories / koshas; structure, energy flow and breath, way of thinking, psychology and spiritual awareness (annamaya, pranamaya, manomaya, vijnamaya, anandamaya), and be able to practice in a safe and supported environment for yoga therapies before they start giving yoga therapy sessions with the clients in their case studies and in general
  • Take away with you 15 to 20 proven group / individual sequences that can be used for your own workshops
  • Learn, rejuvenate, relax, and make new friends in this unique environment in sunny Greece

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 08:30 Practice
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 13:30 Lectures and practices
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Break for lunch (not included), rest, walk, relax
  • 15:30 - 19:30 Lectures and practices
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Questions and answers

Course information

Minimum entry requirements: 200-hour yoga teacher training, such as a Yoga Alliance 200-hour registered school program (RYS 200) or equivalent, plus one year of teaching experience.

For legal reasons, Yoga Alliance does not accredit any yoga therapy studies.

You will need to have completed the 200 hours of a yoga teacher Training program in order to attend this course. If you are unsure, please get in touch with Yoga Therapy Greece.

Following the completion of the three-week intensive course in Greece, it takes about 12 months to complete the assignments, case studies, and webinars before you graduate and receive your diploma.

If you decide not to complete the assignments, case studies, and webinars, Yoga Therapy Greece can issue a certificate of attendance for 200 hours. However, they highly recommend that you complete all of the courses as the assignments, case studies, and practicum are a large part of the learning process, especially considering the mentoring that you will receive. You also will lose the possibility of using this 400-hour training as a foundation of your future training.

If you decide not to complete the 100-hour practicum, you will be issued 300 hours of certification.

The supervision takes place through emails and Skype. As soon as you send your first client's completed yoga therapy questionnaire, you will get an email with guidelines and then you will Skype, where your mentor will explain the rationale and establish practices together. In total, there are six private personal hours supporting you on your professional path as a yoga therapist in a one-to-one setting or in a group setting.

Upon completion, you may also use this training towards the 800-hour Certification by International Association of Yoga Therapy (inquire for more details about this option).

Upon completion of the 400-hour yoga therapy training, you can have your own private yoga therapy clinic and give one-to-one sessions or work with therapeutic groups. Some graduates also work in yoga studios or in a complementary capacity in healthcare centers, physiotherapy centers, and community centers in collaboration with homeopathic, physiotherapists, psychotherapists, nutritionists, etc. But you would have to check your countries specific requirements for certain healthcare jobs.

If you have to leave for some reason in the middle of the summer training, you are then welcome to join them the following year to complete your training. But unfortunately, Yoga Therapy Greece cannot refund the accommodation costs or tuition.

There are no further costs for the 12 months of assignments, webinars, and case studies once you have finished the three weeks in Greece. It means that you only have to travel abroad once and then all the backup, mentoring, and webinars are carried out on your computer.

Instructors

Evi Dimitriadou

Location

Noosfera Center is a truly great location for our training and is an amazing, serene and very loveable place. It is in the northern Peloponnese, near Xylokastro. Built in an altitude of 700 meters, it offers a milder climate and it enjoys superb views of the mountains and the sea. The sea is only 11 kilometers (by taxi around 25 EUR) from the retreat center.

Features

General

  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot

Food

You will be served freshly made vegetarian breakfast and dinner, with much of the ingredients coming from the retreat's own garden.

For lunch (not included), the center will offer a reasonable priced option of a light snack, sandwiches, etc. or a cooked lunch, depending on what you want. Alternatively, before you arrive you can buy fruits, bread, nuts, etc. (there is a fridge in your room), and on your two days off, you can get some things on your way back from the beach.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

Things to do (optional)

On your two free days, you can visit and swim in beautiful, warm clear blue waters of the Greek sea. The sea is only 11 kilometers (by taxi around 25 EUR) from the retreat.

Spa treatments

The center does offer various massage type treatments (not included in the price).

What's included

  • 23 nights accommodation
  • 23 breakfasts and dinners
  • 20 days of instruction at the Noosfera Center in Greece
  • 12 webinars over 12 months
  • A further 15 hours of mentoring for case studies and assignments

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Private massage
  • Beach towel

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH).

Distance from Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos to Noosfera Estate is about 148 kilometers (circa two hours). Distance from Kiato railway station to Noosfera Estate is about 57 kilometers (circa 50 minutes). You are recommended to take the train from the airport until Kiato, which is the last stop, and from there, take a taxi to the retreat that costs less than 50 EUR.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Friday July 10, 2020
Departure: Sunday August 2, 2020

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 300 - 600 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before February 2, 2020.

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