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Sampoorna Yoga, a renowned school of India and YogaUnion have created for a second year an intensive 200-hour yoga teacher training course. This training is an internationally accredited program with Yoga Alliance UK, based on Ashtanga Vinyasa flow. The teaching team consists of Indian and Greek specialists prone to share their knowledge and experience to a group of people willing to participate in a transformative experience.
During this teacher training you will stay in a shared twin room. The hotel is comprised of two individual buildings. One that includes the reception area, a dining room, a living room with a fire place, a study corner with a small library and board games, and the conference room.
The other building includes ten rooms that have been designed to be relaxed, informal, contemporary, and from the highest quality, maximizing the advantages of the beautiful rural setting.
All rooms have two separate beds with anatomic mattresses, cooling and heating system, a ceiling fan, double-glazed windows and shutters, a balcony ideal for watching the sun set, a bathroom with bath tub, coffee-tea corner, books, hair dryer, mosquito nets and plug-in repellent, dry racks with clips, a spare set of pillows, a sleep mask, and a full length mirror.
The theme of the teacher training is Ashtanga Vinyasa flow. The course is a fusion between the set sequences of the Ashtanga primary series as derived from the ancient text “Yoga Korunta” and the creative flows and sequences of breathe synchronized movement found in the Vinyasa flow style of asana practice.
You will be taught the Ashtanga primary series in order to develop a solid foundation of asana and alignment practice on which to draw from developing and sequencing, a Vinyasa Flow class, where various other asana will also be incorporated. In these styles, asana are practiced in a sequence in a dynamic and flowing style using breath, drishti (gaze), and bandhas (energy locks).
By the end of the course, you will be able to teach Ashtanga primary series and also create your own Vinyasa flow sequences. The course will leads you through the proper techniques for practicing various yoga postures and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sequences including key alignments, modifications, contraindications, and use of basic yoga props as well as hands-on adjustment techniques, teaching methodology, and teaching practice.
Principles of sequencing will be taught so that you can create a Vinyasa flow sequence according to the need of your future students or the class. A lot of emphasis will be placed on learning Sanskrit names of postures to both expand your knowledge and enhance your professionalism as a teacher. You will also have the benefit of some exposure to other styles of asana practice including Yin, and Restorative yoga in order to develop your experience and knowledge of all yoga traditions.
In addition to the main asana teacher, you will have at least one more full time experienced and dedicated teacher during the regular asana practice who would be making observation about your personal practice and alignment during main asana classes in the morning. The feedback based on these observations will be given to you immediately after the class so that you can take the help of the teacher to correct your alignment or choose the suitable modification on variation.
The teachers will suggest you the necessary correction in your practice as soon as you have time the same day or during the posture clinics. You will do this to make sure that you practice with correct techniques and alignment since day one so that you can improve and deepen your practice every time you hit the mat. When you leave the course, you will have improved your practice to a much higher level than you came with.
On every alternate day you will assist to themed workshops on headstand, inversions, chaturanga, jump back and jump troughs, hip opening, back bending, and arm balances. Some of these workshops are optional and some are compulsory. These workshops are used to go in depth of a particular topic in a workshop format. You will learn everything on the theme of the day and you will be helped to practice them; and to deal with your individual practice or technique obstacles.
The discussion will also include relevant anatomy. These workshops are very interactive and you will be encouraged to participate actively. These workshops are meant to deepen your knowledge about various themes as a yoga practitioner and teacher.
Introduction, its aspects, pranic body, different types of prana, types of breathing, anatomy of breathing, and yogic breathing. Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), Sheetali (cooling breath), Shitkari (hissing breath), Bhramari (humming bee breath), Ujjayi (the psychic or victorious breath), Bhastrika (bellows breath), Kapalbhati (frontal brain cleansing breath), and suryabheda (vitality stimulating breath).
Introduction, types, hand mudras, head mudras, postural mudras, lock mudras, lock (bandha) mudras, perineal mudras, jnana mudra (psychic gesture of knowledge), chin mudra (psychic gesture of consciousness), shambhavi mudra (eyebrow center of gazing), nasikagra drishti (nose tip gazing), khechari mudra (tongue lock), shanmukhi mudra (closing the seven gates), vipareet karani (inverted psychic attitude), and maha mudra (great psychic attitude).
“Sat” is a Sanskrit word which means truth and “Sang” means company. Therefore, Satsang means “in the company of truth” or “in the company of truth seekers”. These are additional optional questions answered based on interactive philosophy classes conducted on alternate days throughout the course for 90 minutes each from 19:30 to 21:00. These classes are optional and have no fixed topics for teaching.
These classes are meant to be interactive and you can ask or discuss with the teacher whatever you wish or need. Additional philosophy classes will be conducted on alternate days throughout the course for 90 minutes each from 19:30 to 21:00. These classes are optional and have no fixed topics for teaching. These classes are also meant to be interactive and you can ask the teacher whatever you want or need.
This teacher training will be held at Eleonas Hotel in Rovies, Greece. Rovies is located in Evia Island. Evia is the second largest island of Greece and the third in the eastern Mediterranean, it is located close to the Prefecture of Attica but has a somewhat mainland character, since two bridges; the modern, suspended one and the older, sliding one that link it to mainland Greece, called "Sterea Ellada”.
The prefecture of Evia (which also includes the island of Skiros), is next to the prefecture of Viotia on the east and on the south that touches the Aegean sea on the north and northwest to the Pagasitiko and Maliako Gulf while on the west and southwest with the north and south Evian gulf. Evia has wonderful beaches, a pleasant climate, renowned monuments, many thermal sources, and tasty food.
Evia is a popular and nearby destination for the inhabitants of Athens. The island extends over a surface of 3580 square kilometers, its coastline is 48 kilometers long and it has 220,000 inhabitants. Evia is a Village in Chalkida in Evia in the Central Greece Region of Greece.
Rovies is also a beach and a municipal district. It is located at an altitude of 97 meters. In 1991, Rovies's population was 1,038 inhabitants. Locations near Rovies include the Settlement of Paleochori and the Settlement of Damia.
During this teacher training you will be served one daily breakfast, one lunch, and one supper. You will also have access to unlimited filtered drinking water and one welcome dinner is also included. Lunch on Sundays it's not included. You may also enjoy other meal services at the local restaurant in Eleonas Hotel for an additional cost.
The restaurant is located under the shade of olive trees in a cozy atrium with indoor or outdoor seating areas that will give you the setting for relaxing. You can enjoy an “ouzo”, a cool drink or a coffee at any time and a light meal upon request in advance. The generous Greek breakfasts, includes fresh fruit and juices, home-made bread, pastries, home-made jam, eggs from the chicken coop, and olives from the farm.
Needless to say that a selection of specialty olives from Rovies Evia Island is always available. The menu also includes home-cooked food using local olive oil, olives, herbs, vegetables, and local products. The recipes are nutritious and traditionally Greek. Vegetarian menu is aso available on request.
During your free time, Eleonas Hotel has post-signed trails for you to walk around and enjoy the biodiversity like butterflies, birds, wild flowers, and an amazing view. You can also use the outdoor exercise equipment, play table tennis, or visit the room filled with books and table games.
Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Another option is to book your flight to Nea Anchialos National Airport (VOL). Transfer from the airport can be arranged directly with Eleonas Hotel.
From Nea Anchialos National Airport (VOL), you can take a two-hour drive from New Anchialos to Rovies using the ferry from Glyfa to Agiokampos on Evia Island.