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Yoga Teacher Training in Greece

Get ready to embark on a journey of self-growth and self-development through yoga in Palairos, the jewel of the Ionian Sea in Greece. A well kept secret, the traditional and serene village of Palairos, dipped in blue by the sea and the sky and vibrating with energy by its ancient history, is waiting to reveal its secrets to you. Leave behind your previous life and open your mind to new possibilities. Join this journey to shift your perspective, and challenge yourself and your limits.

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Highlights

  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and yogic lifestyle
  • Learn alignment and adjustment theory of all basic poses
  • Daily asana practice, meditation, and breathing techniques
  • Teaching methodology, techniques, and Vinyasa sequence structure
  • Learn anatomy and physiology and application to yoga practice
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • 22 nights accommodation in charming Palairos
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: 10-30 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be staying in Kosta Maria, a boutique family hotel outside the village center, situated on top of the cliff with a breathtaking view of the ocean on one side and the beautiful pool and garden on the other.

The family hotel offers a variety of room options, offering 2 beds, 3 beds and 4 beds. The rooms are comfortable and spacious and all have ocean views. They include air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, hot water, a closet and a kitchen.

The brand new yoga shalas offers the same ocean view is in the premises as well as the restaurant. There is a bar along the pool and a big garden to relax and rest in. Following the path from the hotel there is a private beach, a small oasis just 5 minutes walking distance from the rooms.

The village center is approximately 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel. There will be arranged transportation to the center and back by the hotel as well as the possibility to rent bikes and bicycles.

Enjoy the beautiful swimming pool, spacious garden which you can also use for practicing, the yoga shala overlooking the breathtaking Ionian sea, bar / restaurant, and private beach. YogaUnion ensures you will love it here and that will make your training become even more wonderful.

Program

Certification

Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Training course

YogaUnion has been delivering yoga teacher training courses, based on Ashtanga Vinyasa flow, an internationally accredited program with Yoga Alliance, for over a decade now.

Enchanted by their experiences in Bali and India, Ourania and Spyros, the founders of YogaUnion, decided to call Palairos their new yoga home, bringing their experiences from their permanent home in Ubud (the cultural and yogic capital of Bali), all the way to their birthplace in Greece.

YogaUnion is currently running a 200-hour Vinyasa training, a unique and authentic course, open to those who want to become yoga teachers, or simply deepen their practice. YogaUnion shala is located on a cliff, surrounded by Greek olive trees and botanical herbs, overlooking the endless blue waters of the Ionian Sea - which makes this experience even more magical!

Based on thousands of hours of experience from all over the world, Ourania and Spyros carefully created and shaped the course to deliver the most educational, life-changing experience. The training is designed to challenge and develop individuals at all levels. This 200-hour course specializes in Vinyasa Ashtanga yoga, with a strong focus on the breath and how to combine it with movement.

With a focus on:

  • Building your confidence, skills, and profound knowledge
  • Comprehensive understanding of Vinyasa & Ashtanga practice
  • Asana analysis and adjustment theory
  • Methodology, theory, philosophy and anatomy/physiology
  • Insights into basic Ayurveda, nutrition, healing, rejuvenation in relation to yoga practice

Everyday

Daily, mornings will begin with an hour of pranayama, meditation, and mantra chanting, followed by a Vinyasa flow class.

Early afternoons will be spent learning asana alignment, adjustments and teaching methodology. You will dive into the theoretical part, studying yoga philosophy or anatomy (alternating days).

The afternoon lessons will be focused on restorative styles of yoga such as Yin, Hatha, and Nidra, and specialized workshops.

You will have 1 day off per week, usually Sundays, where you get to relax, study and enjoy the surroundings.

The curriculum in more detail

Pranayama

Prana – breath, Yama – control – in accordance with the great yogis, breath equals to energy flow.

Every morning will begin with pranayama classes, where you will have the chance to get grounded, look inwards and set intention and energy for the day ahead. You will practice your breath and gain conscious awareness of your body.

In this class you will learn and practice:

  • Yogic breathing
  • Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Bhramari (humming bee breath)
  • Ujjayi (the psychic or victorious breath)
  • Bhastrika (bellows breath)
  • Kapalbhati (frontal brain cleansing breath)

Asana analysis and adjustments

The approach to the traditional style of Vinyasa and Ashtanga, enhanced and refined with the newfound knowledge and information they are blessed to have learnt from years of exploration and practice. This class focuses on analyzing and dissecting basic and advanced postures. You’ll learn the correct alignment based on the traditional approach and in line with body mechanics, understand how to offer hands-on adjustments and how to structure them in a Vinyasa class. The teachers will always be present in your practice, observing and providing feedback.

In this class you will learn:

  • Analysis of the 80 postures and more (arm balances, back-bends, and inversions).
  • Modifications, other variations, and advanced variation of all postures.
  • How to use yoga props in your yoga practice.
  • Adjustment (physical and verbal) theory and hands-on practice.

Anatomy

You will take a deep dive into the understanding of the human body in today’s modern world, with a focus on the nervous, skeletal and muscular systems. You will gain a deep understanding of how these systems work in harmony to create movement and gain the ability to articulate this through your yoga practice, teaching and everyday life.

This class is delivered in a conversational setting. Over the years, they have been able to master the delivery of complex concepts in a fun, interactive and intuitive way.

In this class you will learn and discuss:

  • Introduction to anatomy and different body systems
  • Analysis of the skeletal system and connective tissue, muscular system and the nervous system
  • Movement analysis of all major joints and muscles and direct application to yoga practice and asanas

Philosophy

You will travel back in time to India and dive deep into the origins of yoga and how it reached today’s modern form. Focusing on philosophical concepts, you will learn how to adapt and apply them to modern lives. These lessons are held in a conversational format, which enables students to actively engage and explore meanings through their own vision and stories.

In this class you will learn and discuss:

  • History and meaning of yoga
  • The eight-limb path of yoga according to Patanjali
  • Prana, vayus, nadis, chakras, kundalini
  • The gunas, doshas, introduction to a yogic diet
  • Mudras, bandhas (energy locks) and mantras
  • The meaning of Om
  • Lifestyle and ethics as a yoga practitioner and a teacher

Teaching methodology

They believe that you begin teaching from the moment you enter the shala. They aim for the lessons to be confidence-building and progressive. You’ll start with one-to-one lessons and gradually move to bigger groups of students, eventually delivering a 30-minute class to your fellow yogis. Through regular feedback by teachers and fellow students, you will have a chance to improve as you go along and find your your unique voice and style as a teacher.

In this class you will learn and practice:

  • Yoga Union Vinyasa structure and principles
  • Practice teaching and receiving feedback
  • Observing others teaching and giving feedback
  • Learn and practice hands-on adjustment
  • Instruction, teaching styles, and qualities of a teacher
  • Voice projection and floor presence
  • Planning and structuring a class
  • Dealing with injuries and safety precautions

Afternoons

The afternoon classes will serve to introduce the students to various styles of yoga, in addition to core course specification. Alternating, you will take part in restorative practice and themed workshops.

Restorative

To compliment your morning dynamic Yang practice, the afternoons will focus on Yin practice. The classes will feature Yin yoga, yoga Nidra, Restorative, Gentle Hatha.

Workshops

Asana-related, these workshops will cover handstands, hip openers, fun modules like partner yoga and spiritual immersions such as cacao ceremonies, ecstatic dance, eye gazing and bhakti.

Completion

Teaching - As part of your final examination, you will be required to deliver a 30-minute Vinyasa flow class to your fellow yogis.

Written examination - The course will end with a 3-hour written examination focused on asana analysis, philosophy and anatomy.

Diploma - Successful graduates of the course receive an internationally recognized certification by the Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).

Sample schedule

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Pranayama
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Vinyasa
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Breakfast
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Alignment
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Anatomy / philosophy
  • 17:15 - 18:45 Workshops / afternoon classes
  • 19:30 Dinner

Instructors

Ourania Bouzouki

Laila Farouk

Ippoliti Milioni

Mareen Honold

Faye Balomenou

Rachel Berryman

Eleni Chantzara

Location

The retreat will be held in Palairos, Greece. Palairos is a seaside village close to Lefkada island that allows you to come in close contact with a rustic and traditional way of life. It is only 20 minutes from Lefkada, one of the most famous Greek islands with amazing beaches such as Porto Katsiki beach and Kathisma beach. This location is highly recommended to those who want to discover the beauty of a simple and authentic lifestyle in Greece.

Away from urban distractions, you will find traditional tavernas, freshly baked bread from family-owned bakeries and an abundance of fresh fruits on local trees that you can grab on your way to the yoga shala. Moreover, a short drive away you can explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the area. The accommodation is only 21 kilometers away from the Aktion Airport and a few minutes distance from cafes, restaurants, yacht club and tourist attractions.

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Food

This course includes daily vegetarian breakfast, light lunch (salad and one plate) and dinner buffets, from Mondays to Saturdays. Sundays are days off, and only breakfast will be provided then.

YogaUnion Bali has partnered with Kosta Maria to supply the best nutrition for the participants. The students will follow the yogic diet consisting of vegetarian, plant-based foods, using only fresh, local, organic ingredients in delicious recipes! Kosta Maria holds an excellent team of health food chefs who are here to make your stay unforgettable by offering you some of the best tastes Greece has to give - bringing the best local, organic products, fruits, and superfoods, while creating a balanced menu. The well known Mediterranean diet with an extraordinary combination of the yogic diet will make you keep wanting to go back to Greece again and again.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
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)

For the adventurous souls, many activities are available on their days off.

Lefkada is very close and can be reached by car should you want to visit the most breathtaking beaches in all of Greece, famous for the turquoise waters and white, silvery sands.

Private boat sailing can also be arranged, exploring the islands around Palairos and diving in the crystal waters with the dolphins.

Among the activities available (depending on the weather) are also snorkeling and scuba diving, trekking, cooking, and botanology lessons, visiting thermal springs, and arrangement of daily trips.

Activities

  • Daily trip
  • Sailing
  • Diving
  • Trekking
  • Thermal springs
  • Cooking classes

What's included

  • Daily asana practice
  • 200 guided teaching hours with expert instructors
  • Tuition fees
  • Course material
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of the course
  • Training manual
  • 22 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian/plant-based meals (Sunday breakfast only)

What's not included

  • Yoga mat (in respect of the COVID-19 regulations, YogaUnion can provide the new mat upon request)
  • Airport transfer
  • Airfare tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch and dinner on Sundays

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Aktion National Airport (PVK). This is the best way to travel. Upon arrival, taxis are available for the price of 45 EUR. YogaUnion can help with guiding you to the right contact for booking a taxi. The journey takes up to 30 minutes.

You could also book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). If you choose to arrive at the Athens International Airport (ATH), there are seats available in pre-booked taxis from either the airport (90 EUR) or central Athens (65 EUR). The journey takes between 3.5 - 4 hours. YogaUnion can help guide you to the right contact for booking a seat in the pre-booked taxis. Please contact them.

If you arrive at Athens airport El. Venizelos, it has to be before 1:30 p.m. Also for departure, your flight has to be after 1:30 p.m.

Arrival by bus

There is a bus service available (X93), leading from Athens International Airport towards Kifissos Bus Terminal. From Kifissos there are two routes, either towards Lefkada or towards Vonitsa. The journey time is approximately 5 hours and you will need to grab a taxi to the venue once you arrive.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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