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Yoga Teacher Training Greece

This 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa and Ashtanga is not just designed to train you to become a yoga teacher. It is a foundational course designed for all yogis. It is ideal for serious yoga students who wish to deepen their existing practice, for those who want to learn everything about other aspects of yoga, and for those who want to teach yoga to others.

Meet the instructors

Joanna & Martin
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Supportive environment and experienced teachers
  • Location within steps from the beach (100 meters)
  • Delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • Cleaning service every other day
  • 21 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


18 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: 6-20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Corfu International Airport (Ioannis Kapodistrias Int'l Airport) (US$57 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Andriana Corfu is an apartment complex located on Corfu, one of the most iconic Greek islands, sometimes called the Monaco of Greece. The unique mythical heritage, traditional charm, lush landscapes, breath-taking beaches, and emerald seas make it one of the most glamorous and sought-after destinations in Greece.

Andriana is nestled within beautifully maintained tropical gardens just 100 meters away from the golden beaches of the Ionian Sea. Students can spend their free time lounging in a breezy hammock, loungers, enjoy access to the neighboring hotel's pool, or hit the beach. The nearby beach of Aghios Georgios is sandy, long, and has crystal clear water. Further down, only 15 of walking, you can visit the famous beach from James Bond's movie "For your eyes only".

Andriana Corfu offers single, shared twin, and shared triple accommodation options.

  • Single: 1 double bed
  • Shared Twin: 2 single beds
  • Triple Room: 2-bedroom apartment with 1 double bed and 2 single beds. Only two triple rooms are available.

All rooms include a thermostatic air conditioning unit, a fully equipped kitchenette, en-suite bathroom with rain shower, hot water, and spacious balconies with sea or garden views. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi at the reception and breakfast area. Within five minutes of walking distance, you can find restaurants, general stores, and rent a car/bike/bicycle shop.

Program

Overview

Whether you are a beginner or a dedicated yoga practitioner looking to finally take a swing at teaching, the best time to take a yoga teacher training is now.

You will practice Vinyasa and Ashtanga in the mornings and a few Yin and Restorative yoga in the afternoons.

Main objectives

By the end of the course, you will know how to practice the Ashtanga yoga primary series by yourself, you will know how to create and teach Vinyasa classes and you will also learn how to teach classes based on the primary sequence of Ashtanga.

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga prescribes a set sequence of postures linked by the breath. Through the practice of free-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. The mind becomes calmer, and slowly, we are able to clear away the clutter that gets in the way of clarity. When this happens, the light of yoga begins to shine. This is the transformational beauty of the practice. Through this practice, no matter your starting point, results will emerge.

Vinyasa Yoga, sometimes called Flow Yoga, is a contemporary style of yoga where students move freely from one pose to another using breath. It offers variety and freedom to choose from many poses, thus being unpredictable and creative. No two classes are alike. You will enjoy Vinyasa Yoga every other morning, classes designed in such a way that complements the theory they will cover.

Detailed course content

  • Alignment for 50 most important yoga postures
  • Modifications and variations of these postures
  • Hands-on-adjustments
  • Yoga anatomy: basic concepts of functional anatomy applied to yoga practice
  • Common injuries during practice and how to avoid them
  • Pranayama and meditation techniques and benefits
  • Mantra chanting
  • Mudras and bandhas and their benefits
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Ayurveda science
  • How to teach a 45-minute class to a 90-minute long class
  • How to give clear instructions and cues
  • How to demonstrate postures
  • Workshops on more complex asanas
  • Yoga career, building your own business, and marketing

Certification

At the end of the training and upon successful completion of the written and practical exam, you will be qualified to teach Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga and will receive a 200-hour certification.

Course details

The yoga teacher training program is a practical and theoretical training course designed to help you become a confident practitioner and confident yoga teacher for all levels of students. You will have lots of opportunities to teach yoga to others. On day one, you will start by teaching yourself sun salutations, then one-on-one and as the course continues, you will progress to teaching larger groups.

By the end of the course, you will be able to teach mixed-level open yoga classes confidently.

Teaching methodology

You will learn sequencing principles in order to create your own Vinyasa Flow classes. You will look at:

  • The difference between sequencing for more experienced students and for beginners
  • Different types of Vinyasa classes
  • How to demonstrate asanas including reasons to demonstrate, when, why, do's and don'ts
  • How to hold the seat of a teacher and the energy of the class
  • How to project your voice
  • How to modify asanas
  • How to work with an open level class
  • How to give verbal instructions

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

Morning asana classes

You will practice three Ashtanga and three Vinyasa classes per week. The Ashtanga classes will progress gradually, while the Vinyasa classes will go hand in hand with the theory which we will cover.

Alignment and hands-on adjustments

This is everyone's favorite class. Martin will not only teach you alignment and amazing hands-on adjustments but will also make you laugh. A lot. You will practice hands-on adjustments on your peers and receive feedback from them and from Martin. We will examine each of the main postures of the Ashtanga yoga primary sequence in terms of:

  • Correct key alignment and aim of each pose
  • Common misalignments of yoga poses
  • Misconceptions and tendencies
  • Modifications using props
  • Advanced variations
  • Hands-on adjustments

Workshops

You will have workshops where we will break down complex postures like lotus, headstand, backbends, and chaturanga dandasana. Alpha Yoga School teaches baby pre-requisite steps that include preparation exercises, appropriate warm-ups, and requirements for the full posture. These classes are taught by Martin and will bring safety, awareness, and mindfulness to your practice and teaching. They are a game-changer.

Anatomy

In these classes, you will explore functional yoga anatomy and how to safely deepen your practice through your vehicle of exploration; the body. You will learn about the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems through a comprehensive breakdown of the various regions of the body most applicable to the practice.

Through hands-on, 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 both your own body as well as your students.

Philosophy

Yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the course. In this module, you will explore what yoga really is; its meanings, significances, and practices. You will investigate the roots of the practice; the Vedic tradition, while simultaneously embracing the beauty of the present moment.

Together, you will travel back in time to explore Vedic culture, myths, and mantras, and 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 both traditional and contemporary insight on their commentaries, while exploring the lifestyle and ethical guidelines of yoga.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the Vedic science of health and longevity, is intrinsically linked to the practice of yoga. These two sister sciences developed together and are traditionally 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.

Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00-09:00 Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga asana class (on alternating days)
  • 09:00-10:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 10:00-11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00-13:00 Anatomy/philosophy (on alternating days)
  • 13:00-15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00-16:45 Alignment of asanas and hands-on adjustments.
  • 16:45-17:00 Break
  • 17:00-18:00 Teaching methodology / Students teaching each other
  • 18:00-19:00 Workshops / Yin / Restorative yoga
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner

Instructors

Joanna Vladescu

Martin Sittek

Retreat location

Saint George, South Corfu

Corfu is among the most beautiful and popular islands of Greece. It is located on the northwestern side of the country and has a strong historical connection with Europe. It is Corfu's cosmopolitan feeling combined with a special traditional character, amazing sea view, and yoga that can really create an ideal place for you to start your journey.

Apart from the wonderful beaches, another highlight of the island is the Old Town with the characteristic Venetian style, which is worth taking some time to enjoy. Corfu is easily combined with an escape to other close-by islands, such as Paxos and Antipaxos.

Also, the nearby village, Argyrades, which you can reach on foot from Andriana's, is lost in time. You can take your book and escape up the hill of Argyrades to enjoy your own quiet time, study or get to meet some real locals and check out the incredible views from above.

Food

Healthy breakfast will be served daily at Andriana Apartments. Andriana prepares the breakfast herself and she makes marmalades from her own fruits and bakes really delicious vegan chocolate cakes. Lunches and dinners will be served at Kafesas taverna which is literally 50 meters away from Andriana.

Students will get to enjoy fresh vegetarian and pescatarian meals at Kafesas restaurant, which has a panoramic sea view. All the vegetables that the restaurant uses, are locally grown and very carefully selected by the owner. Check out their reviews on the internet, they have the best food. Here, you will taste the real Greece.

There are also traditional tavernas and general stores within 5 minutes of walking distance, but we promise you that the taverna where we will eat is the best and you will not want to eat somewhere else.

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
  • Pescatarian
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)

  • Boat trip to the surrounding islands (Paxoi, Antipaxoi)
  • Rent a scooter (20 EUR/day), a bicycle (5 EUR/day), or a car
  • ATV Buggy safari for 70 EUR/person (ride through the olive grove, traditional villages, view the tradition of olive oil extraction)
  • Visit Byzantine fortress, ride on sand dunes, swim at the renowned James Bond beach from the movie "For your eyes only"
  • Visit Corfu town by bus

What's included

  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinners
  • Delicious healthy Mediterranean food
  • All yoga classes
  • Training yoga manual
  • Experienced teachers
  • Certificate upon successful completion of the practical and written exam
  • Lots of opportunities to teach your fellow students (from week one)
  • Swimming pool at the neighboring hotel (100 meters)
  • Three bicycles on site for the students to use for free
  • Clear waters to swim in
  • Beach within 100 meters
  • Rooms with sea view/garden view, terrace, and fully equipped kitchen
  • Local restaurants, general stores within five minutes of walking

What's not included

  • Transfer to and from the airport (50 EUR/one way, up to four persons in the taxi)
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Other activities
  • Laundry at Andriana Apartments (5 EUR per load)
  • Boat trip to Paxoi island (30 EUR)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Corfu is located off the northwestern coast of Greece. Domestic and international flights can be booked directly to Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport (CFU), Corfu’s International Airport. It is located 31 kilometers from Andriana Retreat Center. From there you can take a bus, taxi, or rent a car to reach the complex. The complex provides ample parking if you chose to rent a car.

There is a bus from the airport to the town of Corfu. From there, you can take another bus which will drop you off in front of Andriana.

A private taxi from the airport to Andriana apartments is around 50 EUR per ride and 4 people can be in one taxi. Shared taxis can be arranged through the private Facebook group.

Airport: Corfu International Airport (Ioannis Kapodistrias Int'l Airport) Airport transfer available: Corfu International Airport (Ioannis Kapodistrias Int'l Airport) (US$57 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20.57% 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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22 days / 21 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday May 28, 2022
Departure: Saturday June 18, 2022

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 200 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve 2 months before the arrival date.

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