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29 Days 200-Hour AYP Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Retreat France


Yoga Teacher Training France

  • 29 days with instruction
  • Join AYP Yoga in a course that will cover both practice and theory. Practice classes will include asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama. The course will cover many other aspects of yoga, from subtle anatomy to advanced pranayama practices and from yoga philosophy to self-inquiry. The course will lead to the designation of RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) with the Yoga Alliance.


    • 2 daily yoga classes
    • 3 meditation sessions and 2 lectures daily
    • 180 contact hours of yoga, practice, and tuition
    • Attain an internationally recognized qualification of RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance
    • Vegetarian brunch and dinner daily
    • 28 nights accommodation



    • Instruction language: English
    • Spoken languages: English
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    The accommodation provided is on single room, shared room for 2 or 3 people, or dormitory basis at the Moulin de Chaves retreat center. Moulin de Chaves is a large country house near Perigueux. The house is set in 5 acres of land by a river in a wooded region. The house has extensive grounds with a meditation hall which will be used for all the sitting practice sessions.

    There are also woods within the grounds with clearings, which can be used for camping. The Moulin is, at heart, a place to be, an environment to let go of your outer focused busy life and turn our attention gently and inquiringly inwards, to explore heart, body, mind, and life.

    The focus of the training will be on qualifying teachers to be able to teach asanas, spinal breathing pranayama, and deep meditation practice. The course will also cover many other aspects of yoga, from subtle anatomy to advanced pranayama practices and from yoga philosophy to self-inquiry. The yoga will be full-scope, covering all 8 limbs of yoga, as taught by Sri Patanjali.

    The course will provide a comprehensive study program for students training to become AYP yoga teachers. The course is designed to produce competent, safe and compassionate teachers who meet a high standard of training. The course includes both study and practice, leading participants to experience the transformational quality of yoga.

    The training will equip you to be able to effectively bring your knowledge and experience of yoga to others and to help you transform their lives. The course will also include the study of the philosophy of yoga, teaching methodology, anatomy, physiology, both physical and subtle, as well as classical Hatha yoga techniques such as asana, meditation and pranayama.

    The course also has a karma yoga period that could include things like vegetable chopping, kitchen clean-up, helping in the gardens, or sweeping the meditation hall. Everyone will rotate jobs each week.

    Although the course is called a 200-hour teacher training, this retreat will consist of 214 hours of study and practice. The 200-hour refers to the training level under the Yoga Alliance teacher training standards for RYT 200.

    The participants will be assessed both through practical assignments during the course and also through a written exam at the end of the course. The written examination will not cover the full course curriculum but will only cover the material that students need to know to effectively teach asana practice, meditation, and pranayama.

    The Teacher Training Course will comprise of the following categories:

    Module 1: Asana practice

    • To establish a strong and progressive asana practice
    • Becoming established in 2 basic asana sequences
    • Understanding correct alignment
    • Making corrections and adjustments safely
    • Using samyama with asana practice
    • The principles of integrating mudras and bandhas with asana practice
    • Learning the important poses in the various categories of asana practice like standing poses, forward and backward bends, twists, and inversions, and developing an understanding of how these different categories can each play a role in the process of yoga

    Module 2: Pranayama practice

    • To establish a strong and progressive pranayama practice
    • The focus for this module will be on the practice of spinal breathing pranayama and will also give you an understanding of the practice of kapal bhati, nadi shoddhana and some of the more advanced pranayama practices such as spinal bastrika and yoni mudra khumbaka.

    Module 3: Meditation and samyama

    • To establish a strong and progressive meditation and samyama practice
    • The focus for this module will be on the practices of deep meditation and samyama
    • An understanding of the role that mantras play in the process of meditation
    • The cultivation of inner silence
    • The role of the witness
    • What it means to refine a mantra to stillness
    • The cultivation of unity
    • An understanding of the process of breath awareness and passive awareness as alternative forms of meditation for more sensitive practitioners

    Module 4: Aspects of teaching

    • To establish an understanding of the many aspects of teaching yoga to enable you to work effectively in a classroom environment
    • The important qualities of a teacher and communication skills that are important in a classroom
    • The different aspects of teaching like demonstrating, observing alignment, and correcting postures in a sensitive way
    • Class and venue organization, setting up a class and room preparation.
    • How to engage in marketing and promotion, understanding the finances involved with teaching yoga, and understanding the legal aspects of teaching yoga including insurance
    • Different teaching styles employed by different teachers, the use of language and voice in a classroom, setting priorities within a lesson or workshop, and understanding the dynamics within a group and the role of a teacher
    • The student learning process and the running of both beginner and intermediate level 8-week yoga courses
    • The ethics involved in teaching, setting effective boundaries, using language appropriately, and understanding the factors involved in the student-teacher relationship
    • How to plan a lesson and manage the time within the lesson, both at the beginner level and intermediate level

    Module 5: Anatomy and physiology

    • To establish a good understanding of human physical anatomy and physiology as it applies to yoga
    • The human muscular system
    • The human skeletal system
    • The human digestive system
    • The human respiratory system
    • The human nervous system
    • The human endocrine system
    • The human cardiovascular system
    • Nutrition: developing an understanding of the principles of healthy, nutritious eating to accompany a yogic practice
    • To establish an understanding of the human subtle anatomy and its relationship to the process of awakening
    • The role played in yoga by the chakras
    • The role played in yoga by the nadis
    • The changes that take place in the chakras, nadis, and the flows of prana in the body, as the yoga progresses
    • How you can work effectively with the subtle body in order to bring about a gentle and progressive awakening of the whole being

    Module 6: Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics

    • Basic yoga philosophy including an overview of the Vedas and Upanishads
    • A basic study of the Bhagavad Gita
    • The theory and practical use of mantras in yoga
    • The theory of meditation and how changes take place in the mind through its practice
    • The theory of prana and its role in the process of awakening
    • Shatkarmas: The internal cleansing techniques of yoga
    • The yoga sutras of patanjali: A basic study including a study of the 8 limbs of yoga
    • Mudras and bandhas, and their use in conjunction with asana and pranayama
    • The theory of Bhakti yoga
    • The theory of Jnana yoga
    • Inner silence, emptiness, and the basic grades of samadhi
    • The theory of pranayama: The breathing practices
    • The theory of samyama: Understanding how darana, dhyana, and samadhi work with samyama practice
    • The theory of kundalini and how it relates to yogic practice
    • Karma yoga and Seva: The importance of yoga as service to others
    • The importance of Brahmacharya: Understanding the importance of preserving sexual energy for the practice of yoga
    • The 5 stages of the mind: A study of the changes that occur on the mental level through the practice of yoga
    • The theory of mantras: How mantras work on the subtle level of the mind and body
    • A study of the yamas and niyamas: Restraints and observances

    Module 7: Practicum

    • To establish trainees in the ability to lead a class in a competent, effective and compassionate manner
    • Practice teaching as lead teacher with peer moderation
    • Observing others teaching
    • Receiving feedback from both peers and teachers
    • Giving feedback to peers about their teaching skills
    • Acting as an assistant teacher in a classroom environment

    Typical Daily Schedule

    • 06:30 - 07:00 Wake up bell
    • 07:00 - 07:45 Asana class
    • 07:45 - 08:35 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
    • 08:35 - 08:45 Short break
    • 08:45 - 09:35 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
    • 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch
    • 13:00 - 14:00 Afternoon lecture 1
    • 14:00 - 14:15 Short break
    • 14:15 - 15:00 Asana class
    • 15:00 - 15:50 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
    • 15:50 - 16:00 Short break
    • 16:00 - 17:00 For week 1 and 2: Afternoon lecture 2
    • 16:00 - 17:00 For week 3 and 4: Pranayama and meditation or teaching practice
    • 17:00 - 19:00 Dinner
    • 19:00 - 20:00 Evening lecture or questions and answers
    • Tristan Dorling

      Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)

      Tristan had his first awakening experience in 1990 after a meditation retreat in a Buddhist cave monastery in Thailand and experienced the awakening of Kundalini the following year in 1991. Over the next 19 years, he continued to study Buddhist meditation and yoga and he traveled to Nepal, Sri Lanka, and especially India as often as possible to continue the study and practice of yoga in various ashrams and monasteries. He started teaching yoga and meditation in 2006. He qualified as a yoga teacher from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta ashram in Kerala, India

    The teacher training retreat will be held at Cubjac, Dordogne, France.

    All meals provided will be vegetarian. Special diets such as vegan and gluten-free meals can be catered. There will be 2 meals served daily with fruits available throughout the day.

    • 2 vegetarian meals daily
    • 28 nights accommodation
    • Daily lectures, yoga classes, and meditation
    • Airfare
    • Airport transfers
    • Travel insurance

    Driving directions from Perigueex

    • Cubjac is 20 kilometers from Perigueux going east on the D5.
    • Follow the signs for Périgueux - Bassillac Airport (PGX) and Hautefort.
    • If you will come via Brive la Gaillard, then follow the N89 direction to Perigueux.
    • Just after you pass through Thenon, take the turning signed Cubjac on the right side.

    Arrival by airplane

    Please arrange your flight to arrive at Bordeaux - Mérignac Airport (BOD), Limoges - Bellegarde Airport (LIG), or Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC).

    Arrival by bus

    A local bus leaves from Perigueux at the center of town in the Cours Montaigne, behind the big cinema complex, going to Cubjac in the evenings. The bus route is Perigueux to Hautefort to Clairvivre. Get off in Cubjac opposite the Mairie.

    Arrival by train

    There is a train station in Perigueux. A local line also connects Bordeaux, Limoges and Brive la Gaillarde with Perigueux. Trains leave regularly and often from Bordeaux St. Jean to Perigueux.

    Arrival by taxi

    The retreat center's local taxi man, Stephane, who speaks a little English, will look after picking up people up and bringing them to Moulin de Chaves. He will group people together as much as possible in order to make the taxi fares less expensive. Please send AYP Yoga an inquiry for more information about this service.

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

    England, United Kingdom

    AYP Yoga offers advanced yoga practices, which is a full-scope approach to yoga and meditation, and organizes yoga retreats in Europe.

    Speaks English

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