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26 Days 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Greece

  • Hotel Eleonas, Rovies, Euboea, Aegean Islands, Crete 34005, Greece

Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training Greece

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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga program
  • Chanting, pranayama, and meditation
  • Practicum, methodology, and teaching practice
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • 25 nights accommodation
  • Daily local meals
  • 22 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Ashtanga yoga

Introductions and history

  • The elements of Ashtanga yoga; Vinyasa (breath-synchronised motion), Ujjayi Pranayama (victorious breathing), bandhas (inner locks), and dristis (gaze points).
  • Primary series; sun salutations, standing series, seated series, finishing sequence,
  • Jamb backs, and jump through.
  • Drop backs
  • Primary series will be practiced every morning from three to five times during each week

Vinyasa flow

  • Vinyasa flow and flow yoga
  • Principles of sequencing and teaching a Vinyasa flow class
  • Practicing Vinyasa flow class three times per week in the afternoons and Saturday mornings
  • Yin and Restorative yoga
  • You will practice at least two to four Yin or Restorative yoga classes per week in the afternoons

Course content in detail

The Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour yoga teacher training program incorporates training hours in the following educational categories and topics:

Practice techniques

  • Practice techniques for 80 postures of Ashtanga primary series and a few more advance postures including arm balances
  • Modifications, other variations and advance variation of all postures
  • How to use yoga props like block, bolster, strap, blanket and wall in your yoga practice, and rope headstand
  • Observation and feedback on your personal practice by teachers everyday immediately after the asana class
  • Posture clinics; corrections, modifications and variations are suggested one on one every day after asana class or in posture clinics on alternate days in accordance with the observation and feedback made by the teachers about your practice or your own individual need
  • Themed workshops on topics such as hip opening, headstand and inversions, and back bending Arm balances are conducted on alternate days to help you understand and practice safely and effectively
  • Daily hands-on-adjustments are given by expert teachers to deepen your physical practice

Posture clinics on alternate days from 18:15 to 19:15 since day one

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.

Workshops; every alternate days from 18:15 to 19:15 since day one

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.

Teaching practice

  • Teaching practice Includes receiving feedback, observing others teaching, and hearing and giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching. You will start to teach since day one. You will teach at least 12 times during the course
  • You will teach one on one at the beginning and then larger groups of up to four persons during 15 to 30 minutes every alternate days
  • You may also teach at least one full open class during the course
  • Sometimes, you will teach in round robin style or blind folded to challenge and enhance your teaching abilities
  • Regular feedback will be given by teachers and fellow students about your teaching so that you can improve and find your unique voice and style as a teacher
  • You will learn to give hands on adjustment
  • Teaching methodology and technique
  • Principles of demonstration
  • Observing, assisting, and correcting
  • Instruction, teaching styles, and qualities of a teacher
  • Voice projection and floor presence
  • Student's learning process
  • Planning and structuring a class
  • Alignment and hands-on-adjustment
  • Dealing with injuries and safety precautions
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga
  • Pranayama, mudra, bandhas, and Kriya

Pranayama (yogic breathing)

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).

Mudra (Psychic gesture)

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).

Bandhas (energy locks)

  • Introduction, types, throat lock, root lock, abdominal lock, and great lock
  • kriya; yogic cleansing techniques like nasal cleansing

Philosophy

  • Philosophy classes are conducted for two hours each on alternate days from 15:00 to 17:00 throughout the course. These classes are compulsory for everyone.

Satsang

“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.

Philosophy content

  • Meaning of yoga, concepts and history
  • Four paths of yoga; Jnana, Raja, Bhakti, and Karma yoga
  • Hatha yoga, Nadis (energy channels), chakras, and Kundalini
  • Vedas and six systems of Indian philosophy
  • Ashtanga yoga (Raja Yoga); yoga sutras, aim of yoga, modification of mind, mental disposition, different levels of preparation, five afflictions, meaning of OM, eight limbs of yoga, Kriya yoga, Samyama yoga, types of Samadhi, Nirbija, and Sabija Samadhi
  • Obstacles on the path of yoga, physical, and mental disturbances caused by an un-concentrated mind, means to overcome obstacles, methods to control the modifications of mind
  • Life style and ethics for a yoga practitioner and teacher

Anatomy

  • Anatomy includes both human physical anatomy and physiology, bodily systems and organs, and energy anatomy and physiology like chakras and nadis. It includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice like benefits, contraindications, and healthy movement patterns
  • Practical anatomy with a major emphasis on muscular and skeletal structures and in depth study of anatomical and skeletal differences like compression, tension, and proportion and orientation theory
  • Introduction and different body systems
  • Skeletal system, muscular system, connective tissue, nervous system, and major joints of the body
  • The foot, knee, pelvic floor, hips, spine, and shoulder
  • Breathing and respiratory system
  • Business aspect of yoga
  • Career as a teacher
  • Setting up your own studio, school, or business
  • Marketing strategy, advertising, and public relationships
  • Ethics in yoga business
  • Building network with other yoga teachers, schools, studios, and retreats

Sunday

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Ashtanga primary series
  • 08:45 - 10:00 Chanting, pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology, and teaching practice

Monday

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Ashtanga primary series
  • 08:45 - 10:00 Chanting, pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology, and teaching practice
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Philosophy and anatomy on alternate days
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Vinyasa flow practice

Tuesday

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Ashtanga primary series
  • 08:45 - 10:00 Chanting, pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology, and teaching practice
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Philosophy and anatomy on alternate days
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Yin or Restorative practice
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Optional philosophy classes in question and answer format

Wednesday

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Ashtanga primary series
  • 08:45 - 10:00 Chanting, pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology, and teaching practice
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Philosophy and anatomy on alternate days
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Vinyasa flow practice
  • 18:15 - 19:15 Themed workshops and posture clinics

Thursday

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Ashtanga primary series
  • 08:45 - 10:00 Chanting, pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology, and teaching practice
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Philosophy and anatomy on alternate days
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Yin or Restorative practice
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Optional philosophy classes in question and answer format

Friday

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Ashtanga primary series
  • 08:45 - 10:00 Chanting, pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology, and teaching practice
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Philosophy and anatomy on alternate days
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Vinyasa flow practice
  • 18:15 - 19:15 Themed workshops and posture clinics

Saturday

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Vinyasa Flow or Partner yoga
  • 08:45 - 10:00 Chanting, pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Alignment, adjustment, techniques, practicum, methodology, and teaching practice
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Philosophy and anatomy on alternate days
  • Note: No class on Saturday after 13:00. Sunday holiday.
  • Athina Rakopoulou

    After many years of completing the study of mathematics in university of Ioannina, Athina was looking for something new that would be challenging for her and this is how she discovered yoga in 2009. Since then, she felt that yoga is her path. Her love for practice, led her to India in 2012 where she attended a 200-hour Vinyasa flow teacher training course and became a certified yoga teacher by RYS.

  • Ourania Bouzouki

    Ourania is a professional architect turned into yoga teacher, she has practiced yoga since 1996. She started studying Ashtanga yoga with Giovanni Formisano in 1996. In order to deepen her understanding of yoga, she completed her first four-year yoga teacher training in Hatha yoga, in 1999 and continued her yoga education by attending various seminars and workshops on yoga all over Europe.

  • Nikolaos Koletsis

    Nikolaos was born in Ioannina, where he still lives and works. His hobby is free diving, which was his motivation to come into contact with yoga. Since then, the practice of yoga is an integral part of his daily life. With the progress of his personal training in yoga, dealing with teaching came very naturally.

  • Akis Farmakis

    Akis studied and worked as a lawyer and sports have always been a big part of his life. Wanting something more meaningful in the year 2009 he discovered yoga. Practicing yoga daily, he was amazed by the change not only to his body but also to his mind. Thrilled by the changes yoga offered him, he decided to pursue yoga on a different level. In the year 2011, he started practicing yoga on yoga union studio; there his love and knowledge for yoga grow even more.

  • Georgia Koliou

    Since she was a little child, Georgia was always involved with athletics. So she tried many sports until she found the sport of rowing when she was 12 years old. In those years, she won many national championships and appearances in world championships with the Greek national team. In 2004, she closed the chapter of championship but not the chapter of sports.

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.

Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Table tennis
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Room cleaning

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.

Eleonas Hotel restaurant

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.

  • 1 welcome dinner
  • 1 YogaUnion-Sampoorna yoga bag
  • 1 YogaUnion-Sampoorna yoga t-shirt
  • 3 daily meals
  • 25 nights accommodation
  • Full yoga teacher training program
  • Teacher training manual
  • Tuition fee
  • Unlimited filtered drinking water
  • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • Additional activities
  • Airport or ferry transfers
  • Lunch on Sundays
  • Transportation
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Athens over the bridge

  • Take the Motorway E75 from Athens to Chalkis.
  • Drive over the suspension bridge at Chalkis following signs to North Evia.
  • A twisty road leads from Chalkis to Limni over Mount Candili.
  • At Limni, follow the sign right to Rovies going by the sea.

Driving directions from Athens through Motorway and ferry

  • Take the Motorway E75 from Athens to Arkitsa.
  • Take the ferry boat to Edipsos.
  • Once on Evia Island, go right following the signs to Ilia and Rovies along the coast.

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by ferry

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.

GPS

  • Latitude 38.81913
  • Longitude 23.22542
For information about the booking conditions, please send YogaUnion an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Jemma from United Kingdom

    "Overall the 200hr teacher training with yoga Union has been an amazing experience, I have thoroughly enjoyed the structure of the course and also the beautiful location. I found that the opportunity to start teaching from week one was really beneficial and gave us chance to see our improvements and also what we need to work on over the following weeks. Maria and Jonas are great tutors, providing the knowledge but also making it an enjoyable experience and not overloading us with information all at once. I really enjoyed the contract between their methods of teaching and it was a good opportunity to observe their different styles and personalities"

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  • Review by Alice from United Kingdom

    "I really enjoyed my experience with yoga Union on the TTC, I felt I've grown as a person mentally and physically - and this is down to the teachers knowledge and passion, helping me to expand, develop and unleash my inner teacher."

    "Classes were made really interesting in different locations, and there were many variations of Asana class that we touched upon, I enjoyed the difference of the two teachers, it made for a good balance in their feedback to us and a good balance of classes."

    "I enjoyed the simplicity of the theoretical classes, always in an inspiring and fitting environment, with nothing but a few notes and ourselves."

    "On a whole the teachers inspired and lifted me, and gave really good feedback that will continue to help me in my practice."

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  • Review by Adina from Bucharest, Romania

    "I find the course very well structured, just the information that I needed the most. I learned a lot of useful things for my own practice and also for teaching others. After this course I feel way more confident in my teaching and my daily practice improved a lot. I developed more strength and more accuracy in my practice. The theoretical classes were really useful for me, Maria and Jonas have very good teaching skills, they know how to make the information accessible and interesting. The asana classes gave me strength and also relaxation. The beautiful Vinyasa classes were a great source of inspiration for me. "

    "The meditation and pranayama class in the morning was the best way to start the day, followed by the intense asana class after which I felt totally detoxified, purified and light."

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