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64 Days 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Crete - Greece (Lykos, Chania)

Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Greece

This program is a combination of both the 200-hours and the 300-hours yoga teacher training course. It provides the basic training of the correct asana practice and all the alignment theory combined well with the basic theory of yogic philosophy and primary meditation techniques along with the 300-hours advanced yoga training in a deeper level of asana, pranayama, mundra, bhanda theory, and practice.

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Highlights

  • Ayurvedic theory and practice according to the Prakriti
  • Study of Vedic philosophy, Marma points, chanting, and mantras
  • Daily asana classes, meditation practice, pranayama techniques, Bandhas, Mundras
  • Alignment classes, daily cleansing techniques, diet, herbs, and essential oils usage
  • Eligibility for Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Daily vegetarian sattvik meals
  • 63 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


60 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Greek, English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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Accommodation

The accommodation is located in “Akrogiali” rooms with a variety of double, single, twin and triple rooms. All of the rooms overlook the sea, have balconies and attached bathrooms with solar heaters for hot showers.

Program

The special class of yogic psychology will help you to deepen your meditation and the basic principles of Ayurveda science will give you maximum health and self-control guidance. The study and practice of ancient Vedic text through meditation and karma yoga will complete your self-transformation.

The entire program of the 500-hours yoga teacher training course is designed mainly for those who are ready to experience the phrase: ‘’Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self’’ as it is written in the Bhagavad Gita.

Through this program and with the guidance of experienced teachers who work consciously to accomplish this mission and are always ready to share and support you in your journey, you can experience the full yogic lifestyle in practice, combined well with traditional yoga in the western modern way of life.

The special techniques of yogic psychology and methodology lead you to a deep understanding of the inner workings of your mind and the way it influences your entire system. By learning how to replace old patterns and to modify your entire energy, you finally reach the conscious transformation of yourself.

After the successful completion of the Yoga Teacher Training Program, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) and you will be ready to share all your knowledge consciously with others.

The entire program of the 500-hour yoga teacher training course is designed mainly for those who are ready to experience the phrase: ‘’Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self’’ as it is written in the Bhagavad Gita. Through this program and with the guidance of experienced teachers who work consciously to accomplish this mission and are always ready to share and support you in your journey, you can experience the full yogic lifestyle in practice, combined well with traditional yoga in the western modern way of life.

The special techniques of yogic psychology and methodology lead you to a deep understanding of the inner workings of your mind and the way it influences your entire system. By learning how to replace old patterns and to modify your entire energy, you finally reach the conscious transformation of yourself.

During the training, the special class of yogic psychology will help you to deepen your meditation and the basic principles of Ayurveda science will give you maximum health and self-control guidance. The study and practice of ancient Vedic text through meditation and karma yoga will complete your self-transformation.

Daily schedule

First month

  • 06:00 Wake up call
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Meditation
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Cleansing
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast time
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Alignment class
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch time
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Anatomy, physiology, philosophy
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Tea time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Yoga class
  • 19:30 - 20:00 Chanting
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Dinner time
  • 21:30 - 22:00 Free time
  • 22:00 Bed-time
  • Sundays are days off

Second month

  • 06:00 Wake up call
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Mantras and meditation
  • 07:00 - 07:30 Cleansing and yogic tea
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Asana class
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast time
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Vedic text and Ayurvedic practice and theory
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch time
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Tea time
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Thai massage
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Self-knowledge workshop
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Pranayama, bandhas, mundras, and asana class
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner-time
  • 21:00 - 21:30 Kirtan
  • Sundays are days off

Philosophy

There are many books that analyze yoga positions and how to get into them properly, but the practice of yoga should preferably start with a qualified yoga teacher, as it is not recommended to teach yourself.

In the West, the focus is mostly on the postures of the body (asana) and practitioners hope to tone their body to the required shape. In this yoga teacher training course, you will follow the traditional Hatha Yoga and keep focus on the following point: ‘"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self’" as it is written in the Bhagavad Gita.

The experienced and certified instructors during the yoga teacher training course provide support and provide whole-heartedly all the information, knowledge, and guidance to the participants so that they may explore their physical, mental, and emotional limits in a safe manner. The yoga teacher training course is an intense experience and through practice and theory, participants attain all the tools with confidence so that they may share this knowledge with others.

Requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the yoga teacher training 500-hour course is previous experience with yoga practice for at least two years. An open flexible mind, commitment to learning, and motivation to become a yoga teacher is also essential. A high level of will-power and self-discipline is required during the course as it is physically, mentally, and spiritually demanding as well as highly rewarding. It is very important the participants to have physical and mental health.

Certifications

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential.

Rules and regulations

  • Every student is requested to fulfill the registration formalities and submit the required information and course fee before the start of the course.
  • The deposit should be in Euros.
  • The participants should be in good physical and mental health.
  • They should have previous experience in yoga practice and a testimonial from his/her yoga teacher.
  • Students should be over 18 years old.
  • Students over 50 years old make sure that your health is good for attending the course, and we kindly ask you to bring with you a health certificate from your doctor.
  • The course will run in both languages English and Greek.
  • Student should be willing to follow the rules of Yama (social rules) and Niyama (personal code and conducts), prescribed by Maharishi Patanjali
  • Every student must follow the dress code strictly as instructed.
  • Please bring with you only proper clothing for yoga practice, simple and comfortable without excesses. (comfortable loose clothing -no bikinis, shorts or tank-tanks are allowed)
  • Every question which is asked by the students in the class must be related only to the course.
  • The female students are requested to inform when they have their monthly period, as it is better not to perform certain Yoga poses during this time, such as shoulder stand, Headstand, Viparitakarani and kapalabhati, Uddiyan bandha etc.
  • All students are instructed to come to the class at least 5 minutes before schedule timing
  • All Teacher training students are requested not to join any other educational or hobby programs during their course with Breath of Life Yoga Centre Crete.
  • Every student is requested to strictly follow the diet & living rules as stated by Breath of Life Yoga Centre Crete. This is for the wellness of the student.
  • Don’t eat spicy, nonveg outside, as this is strictly not allowed to Yoga center, during the time of the course. Students need to have only Sattvik food.
  • All students have to follow the discipline of Breath of life yoga center. Any kind of misbehavior with other students or teacher will be firmly assumed as breaking the code of conduct of the institution.
  • The effectiveness of the course or progress of students is based on the physical and intellectual capability as well as the living standard of students in which they been living and adopting : hence the students have to be fully devoted and obey all the rules and disciplines of the yogic path.
  • Any assistance which is needed by students will be given in any possible way.
  • No extra activities are allowed in the class. For personal discussion and topics not related to the Yoga course, the students will have free time out of the course hours.
  • The teacher training courses are taking place from minimum participants of 4 to a maximum of 14 students.

Breath of Life Yoga Centre thanks you for your Co-operation in Following the above Rules and Regulations

Payment and fund policy

A 30% deposit is necessary for your booking, which is non-refundable, one month before the YTT starts. You will find the bank account for the deposit on "contact us" page.

In case you can not participate in this course, you can pass your deposit onto the following course.

In case a student leaves during a program for any personal reason, Breath of life is not obliged to return money back.

If the cancelation is made by “Breath of Life ” company, our center will return the deposit in full.

Breath of Life reserves the right to cancel the course at any time if the minimum number of participants is not reached or if any major occurrence out of our control takes place previously to the commencement of the course. In this case, any amount paid by the student will be refunded in full.

Instructors

Maria Deligianni

George Sioras Deligiannis

Sada Shiva

Kamala Mirella

Retreat location

Breath of LIfe Yoga Retreats Crete-Greece chooses to run this yoga teacher training in the southern Chania region. In a small simple fishing village, where the energy is pure and serene, and the beautiful natural environment fits in yoga philosophy, just 3 steps away from the beach and the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea.

Your flight lands at the prefecture of Chania, the westernmost regional unit of Crete, which is one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece.

The old town of Chania is considered to be one of the most beautiful spots on Crete, with its jewel - the charming old Venetian harbor of Chania, an ideal place for a morning coffee, sightseeing, romantic walks, shopping, and nightlife.

From Chania airport and after a 70-kilometer route (1.5 hours) towards the southern edge of Europe, you can reach Chora Sfakion and Loutro. Ferries run between Hora Sfakion and Loutro every one hour during the summer season.

Loutro is a small picturesque seaside resort village located on the south coast of the prefecture of Chania, in the region of Sfakia. Here, there are no roads or car traffic, and apart from the ferry that comes and leaves, you will see small boats used either for pleasure or transportation, as the village is only accessible from the sea (or walking). Here you will find shops, restaurants and ferry connections.

From Loutro on a 10-minute boat ride around the headland or a 20-minute walk you can reach Lykos beach in a sheltered, car-free bay. It’s where the yoga center is located.

From the base – center, you can explore the beautiful coastline and beaches and the walking trails along the coast, in the famous Cretan gorges nearby and into the mountains behind. The local area is a haven for wildlife including rare birds and spectacular Cretan flowers. There are many beautiful coastal, mountain and gorge walks that start right from the center.

The entrance to the Aradena Gorge is just 1 kilometer away on the beautiful Marmara beach and it is open to visitors all year round.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

In the front garden of Akrogiali rooms, there is a traditional restaurant, where a friendly Cretan family is preparing vegetarian meals for you daily, using traditional Cretan and Mediterranean recipes. Three daily vegetarian meals are included in the price. The food is organically produced, from local producers, well-cooked according to the Mediterranean diet and is served with all the vitamins. Please let Yoga Retreats Crete-Greece know if you have any food allergies.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
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)

  • Swimming and diving in the clear crystal waters of the Cretan Sea
  • Canoeing and exploring sea caves
  • Trekking at the beautiful coastal line
  • Visiting the largest gorge of Europe, Samaria Gorge
  • Bungee jumping in Aradena Gorge
  • Hiking in the spectacular White Mountains
  • Going on a boat trip and explore the charming villages of Chora Sfakion, Loutro, Agia Roumeli , Sougia, and Palaiochora

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily vegetarian sattvik meals
  • 63 nights accommodation
  • Alignment classes in advanced postures
  • Yoga meditation and pranayama techniques
  • Anatomy, physiology, and philosophy lectures
  • Full cleansing process, chanting sessions and the meaning of mantras
  • Introduction to Ayurveda and Thai massage
  • Manuals and book material on the study of Bhagavad Gita and the Sutras of Patanjali
  • Yoga mats, belts and blocks, and netti pots for the cleansing process
  • Certificate of completion

What's not included

  • Personal or travel insurance
  • Laundry service
  • Transfer to and from Chania International Airport (CHQ)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). There are local buses from Chania city to Sfakia (1.5-hour route), then you take the ferry from Sfakia to Loutro. Upon your arrival in Loutro, the organizer will come and pick you up by a boat to the center.

Alternatively, you can get the bus from Chania to Sfakia and stay on it until the end of its route in Anopoly, where the organizer can pick you up by car.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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