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Yoga Teacher Training in the Safest Country - Greece

This 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga is a foundational course designed for all yogis who have an inquiring mind and love yoga.

It is ideal for serious yoga students who wish to deepen their existing practice, want to become teachers, and for anyone who wants to learn about philosophy and spirituality. Alpha Yoga School also 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. You will study with a team of 3 dedicated teachers and the class is limited to 20-25 students to ensure you get the attention you deserve. Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher!

Meet the instructors

Joanna & Martin
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Highlights

  • Vinyasa Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga morning classes
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Yoga philosophy to become a better person off the mat
  • Meditation techniques which you can use in your daily life to maintain calmness
  • Hands-on adjustments so your future students will praise your great adjustments
  • Teaching skills - lots of them so that you can feel confident when you leave the training
  • Delicious brunch, light lunches, and dinner included for all the days of the training
  • 21-night accommodation in luxurious villas with sea view
  • Yoga studio overlooking the Ionian sea

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 25 participants
Airport transfer available:
Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) (US$71 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

The retreat center consists of 4 luxurious stone villas, each one having 3 bedrooms. Each villa can accommodate 3-6 guests in either single or shared twin rooms. Each room has its own ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and luxurious Coco-Mat mattresses so that you can sleep like a baby. Each villa has a fully equipped kitchen, its own private pool, and a spacious terrace with an amazing sea view.

There is also a laundry machine in each villa so you can wash your own clothes at no cost.

Options

  • Single: 1 double bed (180 cm x 200 cm)
  • Shared twin: 2 single beds (100 cm x 200 cm)

Program

Overview

You will obtain a solid self-practice based on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Aside from being the foundational practice of modern-day yoga (Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Jivamukti, and Rocket are a few practices that stem from the Ashtanga Vinyasa and the lineage of Tirumulai Krishnamacharya), Ashtanga works with a set series of postures that open, align, strengthen and purify the body. The postures are linked together through flowing movements guided by the breath, rather than a teacher. This ability will allow you to take your practice away from the studio and will enable you to practice on your own anytime, anywhere.

This training is recognized by Yoga Alliance USA & UK and focuses on three educational categories: The Practice and Theory of Yoga, Yoga Philosophy and Ayurveda, and Teaching Skills and The Art of Adjustment. Upon successful completion, graduates may teach yoga ANYWHERE globally and register with Yoga Alliance USA and UK as registered yoga teachers. (Optional)

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 constructive feedback. Alpha Yoga School strongly encourages each student to discover and develop her/his 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 yoga training at a glance

  • Vinyasa Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga in the morning asana classes
  • Alignment break-down for 51 yoga poses (their keys and aims)
  • Modifications, variations, and use of props
  • Hands-on adjustments techniques (a module which you will not find in other 200-hour courses)
  • Teaching skills so that you can learn how to teach and dive straight in after the training is over (how to give verbal instructions, how to demonstrate poses)
  • 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 be a better person off the mat
  • Pranayama and meditation techniques for you to learn how to practice yoga in your everyday life
  • Yoga anatomy: functional anatomy applicable to yoga practice so that you can learn the human body and create safe classes for your students
  • Common injuries and how to avoid them
  • Teaching your fellow students and receiving constructive feedback
  • Workshops for more complex and challenging poses.
  • The business of yoga, yoga career, and marketing

Ashtanga Yoga

"Ashtanga" means eight limbs. These limbs are laid out by Sage Patanjali in his "Yoga Sutras" and provide systematic steps that internally and externally purify the mind and body so that one may better connect to the divinity within themselves.

Practicing Ashtanga yoga means practicing these eight limbs. Asana, or yogic posture, is the third limb and one that has become most familiar in the present age. Asana lays the foundation for the rest of the limbs to unfold and the Ashtanga Vinyasa method uses this as its starting point.

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga prescribes a set sequence of postures linked by the breath. Through the practice of free-breathing, postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristi), 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 can 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

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. We will design the morning Vinyasa classes to complement the theory we cover in the afternoons.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner looking to finally take a swing at teaching, the best place to begin is now.

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 eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. Optional and totally up to you.

Teaching methodology

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

  • The difference between sequencing for more experienced students and 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 improving and enhancing these skills. You will observe, teach, and receive constructive feedback from your fellow students and teachers.

Morning asana classes

The asana curriculum is equally split between ashtanga and vinyasa, meaning that you will practice three Ashtanga and three Vinyasa classes per week. The Ashtanga classes will progress gradually, while the Vinyasa classes will usually include pranayama, warm-up, sun salutations and variations, basic, intermediate, and advanced yoga postures, postural alignment, deep relaxation techniques, and chanting.

Alignment and hands-on adjustments

You will have regular opportunities to practice hands-on adjustments with feedback from your teachers and peers. Alpha Yoga School 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

Every two to three days, there will be workshops where you will break down complex postures like lotus, headstand, jump back and jump through, 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 will bring safety, awareness, and mindfulness to your practice and teaching.

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 - 07:50 Pranayama and meditation
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa/Vinyasa yoga asana class
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Anatomy/philosophy on alternating days
  • 13:00-15:00 Free time/light lunch
  • 15:00-16:45 Alignment of asanas, hands-on adjustments. Teaching methodology
  • 16:45-17:00 Break
  • 17:00-18:00 Students teaching each other / workshops
  • 18:00-19:00 Restorative Yoga / Yin Yoga / evening activities / free time
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner
  • Saturday: Classes until 13:00
  • Sunday: Day off / self-study

Your instructors

Joanna Vladescu

Joanna started practicing yoga in a studio in Athens in 2005. Unwilling to miss a class, she knew that she had found a beautiful practice, both physically and mentally.

Since 2009 she has completed workshops and advanced studies with first-generation teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage including Manju Jois, David Swenson, Eddie Stern, Laruga Glaser, Kristina Karitinou, Rolf Naujokat, David Garrigues.

She completed teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga and Advanced Vinyasa Yoga in Goa, India. She completed a 50-hour Teacher Tune-up course with Noah Maze.

She is dedicated to her Ashtanga practice, always looking for a teacher. When she's in India, she continues her studies with Regina Ehlers. She practices and teaches primarily Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga, and handstands. She likes to inspire people to adopt Ashtanga as a therapeutic method of self-transformation and self-discovery.

In her class, she emphasizes the bandhas and breath, that allow us to make our practice more than just physical exercise. She gives modifications for all body types as she believes yoga is for everyone and everyone has his/her own limitations. The yoga pose is not about how it looks, but how it feels.

She is funny, caring, inspiring, and gives full attention to her students. She will take your practice to the next level with precise verbal and hands-on adjustments. Joanna is a Thai Massage Therapist and has a degree in Economics.

Martin Sittek

Martin started practicing yoga regularly in 2008 once he realized that it brought peace, relaxation, and balance to his otherwise sedentary and stressful lifestyle. Starting first with traditional Hatha yoga classes, he later transitioned to more dynamic styles of Vinyasa yoga.

Inevitably, he developed a curiosity about other aspects of yoga. He quit his job and traveled to India in pursuit of an overall practice of yoga. He never looked back.

After completing 200-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Sampoorna Yoga India, he attended 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala. He learned the art of adjustment and alignment from Kamal Singh during 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh.

In 2018, he completed a 40-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course with David Swenson in Italy. David is one of only a handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. Martin attended workshops with David Robson at Purple Valley in Goa, India.

He continues his studies with Regina Elhers, certified by K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Martin understands the challenges of deepening a yoga practice through years of dedicated personal experience. He uses this knowledge to help his students learn.

Martin has a great sense of humor. He facilitates, encourages and inspires his students with his devotion and knowledge. Martin has a Master's Degree in Thermal Engineering and a diploma in International Business and Management.

Instructors

Joanna Vladescu

Martin Sittek

Retreat location

Explore the practice of yoga while living the good life of Greece. Lefkada island is located in the Ionian Sea and is connected to mainland Greece with a 50-meter long bridge. Lefkada is a popular travel destination nicknamed “The Caribbean of Greece”. Its turquoise waters, iconic beaches, whitewashed villages, and natural wonders will connect you with the true meaning of yoga while you relax and recharge.

Urania Villas Retreat center is a true paradise on earth. This hillside retreat bestows an immediate feeling of tranquillity and peace that will make your Yoga Teacher Training a rich and unforgettable experience. Immerse into yoga practice while enjoying stunning views of Ithaca island, the mythical home of Ulysses.

Minutes away from an exclusive private beach, you can’t think of a more luxurious destination to explore the practice of yoga.

Distances

  • Vasiliki village, 3.5 kilometers
  • Preveza/Action Airport (PVK), 60 kilometers
  • Ioannina National Airport (IOA), 176 kilometers
  • Athens International Airport (ATH) - 6 hours with the shuttle bus

Food

Breakfast, light lunches and dinners are included in this training. Urania, the owner of the retreat center, cooks all the meals herself, putting all her love into planning and cooking healthy delicious meals for you. Her food cannot be described in words, it needs to be tasted.

One student said last year about the food: It feels like Christmas every day here!

There is an extra charge of 50 EUR for each vegan menu, as the food needed for these dishes is more expensive, especially on the island.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat trip to neighboring islands
  • Massage
  • Rent a car for your days off

What's included

  • 21-nights accommodation of your choice in luxurious villas (twin or single)
  • Daily breakfast, light lunch, and dinners for all the days of the trainings
  • Drinking water
  • Tuition fees
  • Student manual
  • Yoga studio with sea view - priceless
  • Certificate to register with Yoga Alliance (upon successful completion of the practical and written exam)

What's not included

  • Transfer to and from the airport but can be arranged by Alpha Yoga School
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Other activities (boat trip to other close islands, which is around 25 EUR and totally worth it)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Find a flight for Athens International Airport (ATH). There is a shuttle bus service available at an extra cost and this is the most convenient way to get to the retreat center. The shuttle bus can pick you up from the airport at 3:00 p.m. on 11th October and will take you directly to the yoga center (duration of the trip around 6 hours).

On 1st November, the shuttle bus will pick you up from the yoga center at 07:00 a.m. and will drop you off at Athens airport at approximately 1:30 p.m. The total cost of the shuttle bus depends on the number of students and the size of the bus. Alpha Yoga School estimates around 50-60 euros one way.

The closest airport to Lefkada Island is Preveza/Action Airport (PVK), located 60 kilometers from the yoga center. If you arrive at this airport, a taxi to the retreat center costs approximately 100 EUR. The next closest airport is Ioannina National Airport (IOA) and it's 176 kilometers from the yoga center.

Please check for the availability for both airports, as these months are not considered high season, there might not be flights every day. A Facebook group will be created three weeks before the course starts to optionally coordinate a shared taxi/shuttle bus with your fellow students.

Arrival by public bus on your own (not recommended)

From Athens airport, take bus X93 and get off at the last bus stop. This ride takes approximately 60 minutes. Walk 300 meters to the main bus station called KTEL. Address: Street Kifissou 100, Athens. Take the KTEL bus that goes to Lefkada island. The duration of the ride is about five hours and 30 minutes. The buses depart from Athens four times per day.

Airport: Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) Airport transfer available: Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) (US$71 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% 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: Monday October 11, 2021
Departure: Monday November 1, 2021

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The prices below include an early bird discount of 200 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before August 11, 2021.

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