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Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga right by the Beach, in Sunny Greece

If you think November month is cold in Greece, let us reassure you that the weather will be on our side and be perfect for yoga. The temperature will be around 20 degrees and sunny so that you can still get some vitamin D if you haven't done it already this summer. This 200-hour Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training is a foundational course designed for yogis with a variety of experiences. It is ideal for serious yoga students who wish to deepen their existing practice, learn about all aspects of yoga, how to teach yoga, and for yoga teachers wishing to expand their existing skills or learn another style of yoga. By the end of the course, you will obtain the skills, tools, and confidence to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga. You will have many opportunities to teach yoga to your fellow students, giving and receiving continuous constructive feedback.

Meet the instructors

Joanna & Martin
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Highlights

  • Vinyasa Flow yoga 3 times per week
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga 3 times per week
  • Lots of teaching skills to become a yoga instructor
  • 3 experienced teachers to guide you along this journey
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of this course
  • Daily brunch, snack, and dinner for all the days including your days off
  • Accommodation in a hotel overlooking the bay and the sea
  • 21 nights accommodation in clean and comfortable rooms

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Czech, Greek, Romanian
Group size: Maximum of 24 participants
Airport transfer available:
Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) (US$47 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Evia Silence is a tranquil family-run hotel and yoga retreat center nestled in the mountains of Greece’s beautiful Evia Island. It is located only a 2.5-hour drive from Athens Airport (ATH). Overlooking the bay and the crystal clear sea, you can jump from Shavasana straight into cool, sparkling waters within steps. The yoga studio and the dining area have an amazing sea view of which you will never get bored.

The location is so quiet, that the only traffic you will hear is the supply food truck twice per week

Evia Silence offers single, shared twin, triple, and quadruple accommodation options.

  • Single room: 2 single beds put together
  • Shared twin: 2 single beds (90 cm wide)
  • Shared triple: 3 single beds (90 cm wide)
  • Shared quadruple room: big room, freshly renovated. Each space has 2 single beds 90 cm wide. Terrace, small fridge, TV, bathroom are included in the room.

All rooms include bathrooms, air-conditioning, space for your clothes, and Wi-Fi. Most of the rooms have sea views and balconies.

Two freshly renovated rooms with partial sea views and without terraces may be offered for single occupancy in the attic. Roommates will be assigned for all shared rooms unless otherwise requested. Triple and quadruple rooms can be mixed.

Program

Certification

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

Overview

You will obtain a solid and strong self-practice based on Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is the foundational practice of modern-day yoga. Power yoga, Rocket yoga, Jivamukti, and Vinyasa Flow yoga are a few practices that stem from Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Ashtanga works with a set sequence of postures that strengthen, align and purify the body from the inside out. Since you practice the same postures in the same order, you slowly memorize the sequence and you won't have to think about the sequence. This is when the mind becomes clear and the practice becomes a moving meditation. The ability to practice Ashtanga Vinyasa on your own will allow you to take your practice away from the studio and will enable you to practice on your own anytime, anywhere.

At Alpha Yoga School, the teachers strongly encourage each student to discover and develop their unique style and voice as a teacher. They do not create a monologue of how and what the teachers should say in their classes.

The Focus of the Training:

The practice and theory of yoga

You will practice Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga in the morning and some afternoons you will have more relaxed classes such as Restorative and Yin yoga to calm down the body and the mind.

You will learn how to teach Vinyasa classes and classes based on Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.

You will NOT learn how to perform cacao ceremonies, fire ceremony, you will not do Acro, Chair yoga, or Prenatal Yoga.

Teaching skills and hands-on adjustments

You will start teaching yoga from day one and practice hands-on adjustments on your fellow students. You will receive constant feedback from the teachers so that you can improve each and every time.

Functional anatomy

This subject will help you understand how your body works, and help you create safe yoga classes for you and your future students.

Everyone's Welcome

  • Alpha Yoga School welcomes “stiff” students, students suffering from an injury or other health challenges, and they encourage their attendance!
  • Pregnant women are welcome in their 2nd trimester.
  • If you love learning, have a body, and can breathe, this training is for you.
  • This teacher training is limited to 22-25 students per course to ensure you get the attention you deserve.
  • You will study with a team of 3 dedicated and experienced teachers.
  • We don't do fire ceremonies, cacao ceremonies or Ayuwaska ceremonies. We keep this course grounded, practical, and with a focus on the students.
  • The teachers don't teach what they like to teach, they teach what the students need to learn in foundational yoga training. Not all yoga schools do this :-)

​Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.

The Yoga Teacher Training At a Glance

  • Vinyasa Flow yoga 3 times per week. Prepare to sweat and to be challenged!
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga 3 times per week. Guided classes and self-practice classes. Prepare to take your practice to a whole new level.
  • Alignment break-down for around 51 yoga poses. Game-changer :-)
  • Modifications (accessible) and variations (advanced) of yoga postures.
  • How to use the props correctly for your own practice and for your future students
  • Hands-on adjustment techniques so that you can align your students correctly in the poses. This is a module which you will not find in many 200-hour yoga courses.
  • Teaching skills (how to give verbal instructions, how to demonstrate poses, how to position yourself towards the students).
  • How to create your own yoga Vinyasa classes (sequencing that makes sense).
  • Break down analysis of Vinyasa classes that are taught to you in the mornings (a technique which you will not find in other 200-hour courses).
  • Yoga philosophy so that you can become a better person off the mat.
  • Introduction to Ayurveda, so that you can learn a holistic way of life and how to self-heal.
  • Pranayama and meditation techniques so that you can learn how to practice yoga off the mat.
  • Yoga anatomy: anatomy applicable to yoga practice. This will help you create safe and intelligent yoga classes.
  • Common injuries and how to avoid them or work around them. Who doesn't have injuries these days, right?
  • Teaching yoga flows classes to your fellow students and receiving constructive feedback from them and from the teacher.
  • Workshops for more complex and challenging poses. This is the most beloved subject of all, not because Martin will teach you everything he's got but because you will also bring have fun.
  • The business of yoga, yoga career, and marketing so that you can start promoting yourself as a teacher (not only on Instagram).

Learn Everything About Your Training in Details

Morning Asana Classes

The asana curriculum is split equally between Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa Flow yoga, with three Ashtanga and three Vinyasa yoga classes per week.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a pre-set sequence of postures linked by the breath. Through the practice of breathing, postures (asanas), and gazing point (Drishti), one slowly gains control of the senses and mind. Over time, with repeated practice and devotion, it unfolds into a moving meditation, awakening a sense of subtle awareness within. The mind becomes calmer, and slowly we are able to clear away the clutter. When this happens, the light of yoga begins to shine. This is the transformational beauty of the Ashtanga yoga practice.

Vinyasa Flow yoga means flowing from one posture to another using breath. No two vinyasa classes are alike. The morning Vinyasa classes are designed to complement the theory we cover in the "Teaching skills and Sequencing".

Teaching Skills

In this module, you will learn essential sequencing principles in order to create your own Vinyasa Flow classes. You will look at the difference between sequencing for beginners versus more experienced students.

The class will cover the different types of Vinyasa classes, which are:

  • Well rounded class
  • Peak pose class
  • Peak pose per flow
  • Themed class

Teaching skills will include:

  • How to demonstrate asanas including reasons to demonstrate, when, why, do's and don'ts
  • How to maintain group energy
  • How to modify asanas
  • How to work with a mixed-level class
  • How to give verbal instructions
  • How to use your voice as a yoga teacher

There will be lots of practical teaching, planning, guidance, and feedback on how to improve and enhance all these teaching skills. You will observe, teach and receive constructive feedback from your fellow students and your main teacher.

Alignment and Hands-On Adjustments

In this module, you will examine 51 yoga postures in terms of:

  • Correct alignment (called key alignment) and what is the aim of each pose
  • Common misalignments, misconceptions, and tendencies
  • Modifications using props or not
  • Advanced variations
  • Hands-on adjustments with many opportunities to practice on your peers, while receiving feedback from them and your teacher.

Workshops

In these workshops, you will break down complex postures like lotus, headstand, chaturanga dandasana, jump back and jump through, and maybe handstands, depending on the level of the students. The school teaches baby pre-requisite steps that include preparation exercises, appropriate warm-ups, and requirements for the full expression of the posture. These classes will bring safety, awareness, and mindfulness to your practice and teaching. They are game-changer.

Anatomy

You will explore functional yoga anatomy and how to safely deepen your practice through your body. You will learn about the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems through a comprehensive breakdown of the regions of the body most applicable to the practice.

Through practical application, you will investigate the different types of connective tissues, experience the movements of the joints, and connect with your fascial body. You will leave with a more profound understanding of your own and your students' body anatomy.

Philosophy

Yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the course.

You will explore what yoga really is; its meanings, significances, ethics, and practices in the past and present. You will investigate the roots of the practice; the Vedic tradition and its culture, myths, mantra chanting, bandhas, kriyas, and their meaning.

You then continue down the evolutionary paths of both classical and modern yoga practices. You will be introduced to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita, gaining insight into their commentaries. You will discuss how to integrate yoga philosophy into our everyday life.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the Vedic science of health and longevity, is intrinsically linked to the practice of yoga. These two sister sciences were developed together and traditionally are taught together. You will explore the foundations of this extraordinary holistic discipline while learning its basic principles of self-healing that can be applied both on and off the mat.

What you need to consider

This course is open for all yoga practitioners. If you love yoga and want to learn more about it, this course is for. you. You don't need to do crazy postures to join this course, you don't need to be thin, flexible, young or strong. Students with injuries and health issues are encouraged to attend this training. Injuries make us better practitioners and teachers and we must learn from them. The most important is that the applicant arrives with an open mind and an eagerness to learn. The course is conducted in English.

Your Typical Training Day

  • 07:00-07:50 Pranayama and meditation
  • 08:00-10:00 Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga (physical practice)
  • 10:00-11:00 Brunch (bufeet style)
  • 11:00-13:00 Anatomy/Philosophy on alternate days
  • 13:00-15:00 Free time/small snacks
  • 15:00-16:45 Alignment and hands-on adjustments
  • 16:45-17:00 Break
  • 17:00-18:00 Students teaching each other/teaching skills/workshops
  • 18:00-19:00 Restorative yoga/Yin yoga/evening activities/free time
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner

Saturday is a short day, the training runs until 1:00 p.m. and Sunday is a day off for rest and self-study.

Instructors

Joanna Vladescu

Martin Sittek

Retreat location

This teacher training takes place at Evia Silence retreat center, which is located on Evia Island. Evia Island is connected with the mainland with a bridge, so there's no need to take a ferry to get to the island.

The retreat center can be easily reached in 2.5 hours drive from Athens International Airport. Shared taxis will be arranged by Alpha Yoga so that you can relax once you set your foot at the airport.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Evia's kitchen caters to all breakfasts, afternoon snacks, and dinners for this course. Their chef provides fresh natural vegetarian and vegan cuisine using only the finest local produce and ingredients. Specializing in traditional, healthy, Greek, and international dishes, their goal is to satisfy an array of palates through balanced nutrition.

Within five minutes walk you can also find local tavernas serving traditional Mediterranean dishes in a quaint waterfront village.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
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)

Evia Silence Retreat Center partners up with Evia Adventure Tours. Since 2013, they have been a family-run business, providing guiding tours on the island of Evia, keeping everything authentic. They organize sightseeing around the island, sailing cruises, food and wine tours, cycling, and hiking tours. They will take care of all the details, you just sit back and relax.

What's included

  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Brunch, afternoon snacks, dinner
  • Drinking water, tea, coffee
  • Tuition fee
  • Student manual
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completing the course

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Other activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions

Drive until you reach Agia Marina Harbor in the Marathonas area, take the ferry from Agia Marina Harbor to Nea Steira Harbor (port) and then drive about 24 km (30 minutes until the retreat center). The ferry cost per person is 5 EUR; for a car, it is 15 EUR.

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to Athens Airport on 28th August (land before 2 p.m.) and book your return flight on the last day of the course after 11:00 a.m. Shared taxis among the participants will be arranged by Alpha Yoga School when possible.

A taxi costs around 120 EUR when it's not shared and around 40 EUR each if shared with three more people. If you want the school to arrange a taxi, please send them your complete flight details. The driver will be waiting at the airport with your name on a sign and will bring you straight to Evia Silence.

Arrival by bus

You can combine two public buses and a taxi to come to Evia Silence. From the airport, take Express Bus X93 for 6 EUR and get off at Liosion Intercity bus station. The ride will take about 20-30 minutes. Walk to the big building opposite the bus stop and take the bus to Aliveri for about 12 EUR. The ride will take about two hours and a half. Ask the second bus driver what time the bus will reach Aliveri and send that time to Alpha Yoga School so that they can arrange your taxi from there to the retreat, 27 km away. The taxi will cost about 25 EUR.

Airport: Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) Airport transfer available: Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) (US$47 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 19.36% 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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Arrival: Friday November 5, 2021
Departure: Friday November 26, 2021

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The prices below include an early bird discount of 150 EUR per person. To benefit, book your spot before October 7th, 2021!

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