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Traditional Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Greece

Obtain knowledge and gain experience with daily classes in this 20-day teacher training program with experienced teachers from India that take place in a fully organized and professional studio in a safe environment. This teacher training course offers 20 days of specialized training in Hatha yoga in Iyengar form and other styles.

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Ritu
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Highlights

  • Meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Daily yoga classes morning and evening
  • Morning - Alignment based and evening Vinyasa practice
  • Copies and training books or soft copy (students preference)
  • Use of yoga mats, bolsters, and all training items
  • Free sauna use every weekend in the studio after the practice
  • Transfer back and forth to the airport
  • 19 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek, Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Alexandroupoli Airport (Dimokritos Airport)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
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Check-out Time:
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Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Car rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Hotel Erika is a modern hotel, located at the coastal road of Alexandroupolis, just above the port (50 meters after the lighthouse with direction to train station). All rooms have been completely renovated and offer fantastic sea view to the port of Alexandroupolis, the Aegean sea, and the island of Samothraki.

Room amenities

  • Big screen: LG 37'' LCD
  • Earth TV, satellite programs (sat-TV)
  • Air-conditioning / heating
  • Big balcony with an amazing view to the lighthouse and the port
  • Hair dryer
  • Hot water (24 hours)
  • WC - bathroom - amenities
  • Telephone
  • Refrigerator
  • Electronic keypad safe
  • RF electronic key-locks

Program

Schedule

You will receive 20 days with instruction of yoga (morning and evening).

1. Techniques, Training & Practice-How to do (practice) yoga

  • 8.00 to 10.00 am - Mantra Chanting, - Asana - Alignment-based yoga from Hatha yoga (Hatha Yoga in Iyengar way) | Pranayama- Breathing techniques.
  • 2. Ashtanga Primary series practice - *10.00 am to 12.00 pm.
  • Part 1.Surya Namaskar a and b
  • Part 2.Standing sequence
  • Part 3.Sitting Sequence
  • Part 4. Finishing sequence
  • 3. Anatomy & Physiology-The physical and energetic bodies.
  • 13.00 to 14.00. Anatomy in zoom from Indian teacher, Raj from India. (Online)
  • (online)
  • 4.Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics-History, philosophy, ethics and lifestyle practices of yoga
  • 15.00 to 16.00 pm philosophy through zoom from Indian teacher Benu from India (online)

Structure of the program

Week 1

  • Mantra chanting- Yogena chittasya (Patanjali mantra)- 5 minutes
  • Pranayama - 15 minutes
  • Nadi shodhana - cleansing of the nervous system
  • Anuloma viloma - alternate nostril breathing
  • Ujjayi - oceanic breathing

Asana practice

Standing posture to learn the foundation of standing asanas and about the position of the foot as well as learning the engagement.

  • Tada asana
  • Utthita trikona asana
  • Utthita parsvakona asana
  • Virabadra asana 1
  • Virabadra asana 2
  • Parsvoottana asana
  • Prasaritha padouttana asana
  • Ustraasana
  • Padaangusta asana
  • Pada hasta asana
  • Uttana asana

Seated pose

You learn in seated pose to open your groins, as well as sacrum to bring more ease and flexibility and stillness.

  • Salabha asana
  • Dhanur asana
  • Chaturanga danda asana
  • Urdva mukha svan asana
  • Adho mukha svan asana
  • Danda asana
  • Paripurna naav asana
  • Ardha navasana
  • Siddha asana
  • Vira asana
  • Supta virasana
  • Baddha kona asana
  • Padma asana
  • Parvat asana
  • Matsya asana
  • Baddha padma asana

Philosophy

  • What is yoga?
  • Four different paths of yoga?
  • Definition of chakra and 8 chakras?
  • What is nadi?
  • What is ida, pingala, and sushumna nadi?
  • Patanjali Yoga Sutra explanation
  • Athayogaanushasam
  • Yogachittavritti nirodah
  • Tada drashtuh svaroope avasthanam
  • Vritti svaroopyam itarara
  • Vrittayah pangchattaayah klishta aklishtah

Anatomy

  • Types of joints
  • Skeletal system
  • Yoga anatomy
  • Muscular system
  • Classification of yoga
  • Stages in yoga asana
  • Aims and objectives of Asana
  • General guidelines
  • Vinyasa practice - Flow of asana of the above from standing and sitting posture

Teaching methodology

  • How to teach and correct the students
  • How to emphasize
  • How to design a 1-hour class
  • Posture correction, alignment, and adjustment
  • How to use blocks, straps, and bolsters to modify the asana

The business aspect of yoga (marketing class)

Guidelines on registering with the International Yoga Alliance website after completion of 200 hours and how to use their platform. How to find websites to market oneself as yoga teachers and how to use the software.

Non-contact hour

Students can use this hour for self-practice and study or there will also be a workshop with videos on anatomy or Vinyasa asanas.

Week 2 (7 days)

  • Mantra chanting - Patananjali mantra and Shanti mantra's (5 minutes)
  • Pranayama - surya bedi, bastrilka, kapala bati, and brahmari
  • Yogic breathing technique - 3 levels

Asana practice (seated poses)

  • Yoga mudra
  • Maha mudra asana
  • Janu sirsasana
  • Ardha badha padma paschimauttana asana
  • Trianga mukha pada paschimauttana asana
  • Marichyasana
  • Upavishta kona asana
  • Paschima uttana asana
  • Purvoutaana asana

Inversions

  • Salamba sirsasana
  • Urdva danda asana
  • Salamba sarvanga asana
  • Hala asana
  • Karna pinda asana
  • Supta kona asana
  • Parsva hala asana
  • Eka pada sarvanga asana
  • Parsvaika pada sarvanga asana
  • Setu bandha sarvanga asana
  • Urdva padma asana in sarvaanga asana
  • Pinda asana in sarvanga asana
  • Parsva pinda asana in sarvanga asana
  • Jatara parivartah asana

Counter poses

  • Supta pada angusta asana sequence twists
  • *Baradvajasana
  • Marichyasana 2
  • Ardha matsyendra asana
  • Urdhva dhanur asana
  • Relaxing pose
  • Shavasana

Philosophy

  • What are koshas?
  • 3 types of meditation?
  • Ashta Anga Sutra of Patanjali
  • Patanjali Yoga Sutra continuation
  • Pramannavipparayavikkalpanidrasmritayah
  • Pratyakshaanumanagamah pramanani
  • Viparyayo mithyajananam atadroopaprathishtatam
  • Shabdajnanaanupati vastushoonya vikalpaya
  • Abhavapratyayalambana vrittirnidra
  • Kundalini explanation
  • Vinyasa practice on the above-given asana in the evenings
  • Self-practice time

Week 3: Practice of all the asana and pranayama

  • Mantra chanting - 5 minutes
  • Pranayama - all two weeks of pranayama practice (assessment on pranayama)

Asana practice

  • Surya namaskara A and B in Hatha tradition
  • Surya namaskar A and B in Ashtanga tradition (primary series of Ashtanga)
  • Vinyasa with different asanas
  • Practical exam on teaching a class

Assessments and practical exam on philosophy and discussions on the philosophy of yoga sutra

  • Vinyasa sequence on standing pose
  • Vinyasa sequence on sirsasana
  • Sequence on sarvangasana
  • Sequence on marichyasana

Note

  • Assignment on anatomy will be conducted in one of the 3 weeks
  • Due to Covid-19, Adventure of Yoga with Ritu shall provide class through online for Theoretical parts which are Philosophy and Anatomy.

Included excursions

  • Beach visit to Makri or Dakini
  • Visit to taverns to explore local food
  • Visit to museum

Instructors

Ritu Rai

Retreat location

Get trained in the professional studio of Orea Sonia and you can enjoy your stay in a luxury hotel with a view of the port of Alexandroupoli.

Near Hotel "Erika", you will find many travel agencies. SAOS Agency (tickets to the beautiful Samothraki island) is located at the port. The central market of Alexandroupolis, restaurants, and local taverns of all kinds such as fish taverns, vegetarian, fast foods, and more are within walking distance.

You can explore the city and its natural habitats with organized trips to the Evros Delta and see the millions of exotic birds that pass through every year. You can also explore the protected natural preserve park of Dadia with the rare species of eagles and vultures, visit the Rodopi Mountain Range and its virgin forests, or make any short trip to the beautiful and wild, volcanic Island of Samothraki.

Enjoy the sea and the 22 km of organized beaches that this city has to offer in a daily schedule with an easy and accessible transportation system.

Food

Meals are not included. The city has various options for vegetarian with local traditional recipes.

Things to do (optional)

  • Visit to the Evros Protected River Delta area and view of the countless number of birds that immigrate every year from Africa to North Pole
  • Visit to the National Park of Dadia to watch the rare species of eagles, vultures, and rest forest animals
  • Visit to hot springs in 3 locations around the town
  • Visit to any of the 22 kilometers of coastline sand beaches for swimming and relaxing
  • Visit to Samothraki island on a 2-hour duration ferry
  • Visit to the Virgin Forests of Rodopi mountain range
  • Sauna inside the yoga studio
  • Spa
  • Scuba diving with professional instructor

Spa treatments

There is a free sauna once a week in the studio. Spa treatments are not included in the package, however there are many spa options available.

What's included

  • 20 days of teacher training course
  • Certificate of completion registered with yoga alliance
  • Yoga mats, bolsters and all training items
  • Copies and training books
  • Free sauna every weekend
  • 19 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Transfer costs to and from the airport
  • Transfers costs to and from the yoga studio

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alexandroupoli Airport (AXD). The fastest option for arrival is through Athens International Airport (ATH), that offers daily connectivity with domestic flights to Alexandroupoli Airport (AXD).

Airport: Alexandroupoli Airport (Dimokritos Airport) Airport transfer included: Alexandroupoli Airport (Dimokritos Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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