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Throughout this training, you will be able to deepen your practice, learn how to teach, relax, restore, and enjoy free time to chill out and integrate the teachings. Get to see the beautiful countryside views and use the best if yoga props. There are various activities to enjoy during your free time like horseback riding, spending time at the sweat lodge, visiting the yoga shop, and swimming.
The accommodation options are on private, double, and dorm room basis at Suryalila Retreat Center. The facilities here are including the yoga shalas, props, Wi-Fi, a beautiful salt water pool, and unlimited tea, coffee and fruit throughout the day.
There is also an onsite shop, the Shakti Boutique, which will take care of any essentials that you may have forgotten, gifts to take home and all those things that you didn’t know you needed yet.
In typical Spanish style, there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees. The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. They also grow organic vegetables and fruits and keep chickens for eggs.
Glamping is short for glamorous camping. Glamp in a beautiful and spacious bell tent, each large enough to stand up in. The glamping tent offers two comfortable twin beds, a chest of drawers, and a hanging rail. The tents overlook the stunning views of the foothills of the Sierra Grazalema. There are four compost toilets and one conventional toilet which are shared by the tents and three hot showers in the glamping area.
The spacious dorm rooms have eight beds per room with shared bathrooms. They are beautifully appointed and comfortable. The beautiful eight-person dorm is in Casa Saraswati.
The four-person mini dorm is located upstairs in Casa Govinda and shares a bathroom with the twin room in Govinda. The other four-person dormitory is located on the ground floor of Casa Ganesha, the main house, and has its own en suite bathroom.
Staying in a lovely, spacious yurt is a unique experience. There is a delightful twin or triple fully-furnished yurt with all of the comforts of the other rooms and a back-to-nature ambiance. The yurt is located in the glamping area overlooking the ancient olive grove and has access to three hot showers, one toilet and four eco-toilets right beside it. It has a wood burning fire stove for the colder months.
The twin room is located upstairs in Casa Govinda. Across the hallway, there is a comfortable four-person dormitory. These two rooms share a large bathroom, located between them. Downstairs you will find a small double room with its own bathroom, a communal living area, and a kitchen.
Superior double room and deluxe double room with a private bathroom
The superior double room is a small but lovely little room located on the ground floor of Casa Govinda. It has its own bathroom and overlooks the lovely Plaza de las Naranjas. It has access to Casa Govinda’s large, comfortable sitting room and kitchen.
The dome has an underfloor heating and cooling system, a state of the art sound system and atmospheric lighting. It is fully equipped with Manduka pro mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, and eye pillows. It also has back jack floor chairs for trainings and lectures.
The outside of the dome is being constructed to resemble a Nepalese temple with a golden stupa on top, prayer flags, and the Buddha eyes. Inside the dome, there are two long solid walls, so yoga students can practice inversions, which are beautifully decorated with a beautiful mural of Hindu and Tibetan imagery.
Throughout this training, you will learn how to teach Vinyasa style yoga, develop your asana practice and your understanding of your body through anatomy and alignment studies and develop your individual teaching voice as an expression of your true self and learn how to teach yoga and share the gifts it has to offer safely and confidently.
You will delve into the depths of subtle anatomy, learn healing meditations, myo-fascial release, and energy balancing work, learn the gift of meditation, create a deeper spiritual understanding in a life-connecting, non-dogmatic way, learn Ayurveda and the holistic aspects of the practice, and learn how diet can help your practice, your health, and your life.
There will also be time to learn the business side of yoga and how to operate as a teacher ethically and effectively. You can also expect to work hard with the support of a group that wishes to evolve through the path of yoga like yourself. You will be challenged to journey deeper within, to move beyond your self-limiting beliefs and stories that hold you back from moving forward with your intentions and dreams.
This training will be a physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually demanding experience. It is both intense and wonderful. Expect to bend, sweat, ache, collapse, stand up, strengthen, open, cry, and giggle. Also, expect to move deeper into your relationship with the core nature of who you are, to connect with your authentic self, and to learn how to spread the teachings of yoga from that place.
On this training, the style of yoga trainees are trained to teach is Vinyasa, this means breath-synchronized movement. There is also a strong anatomical and alignment focus to the work, so students can also adapt in teaching alignment-based Hatha yoga. Some students like to change the name to flow yoga or power yoga; these are also forms of Vinyasa.
There is an Ashtanga influence in the training, but this is not an Ashtanga Vinyasa training and even though many of the students are also Ashtanga practitioners and go on to teach Ashtanga yoga, the certificate you will receive upon graduation does not qualify you to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa.
Many people confuse Vinyasa with Ashtanga Vinyasa. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a style of yoga that is a part of the Krishna Macharya lineage which originated in Mysore, India. Vinyasa is a more general term. The style of asana in the training works with some Ashtanga poses and principles like Bandha, Ujjaji breath, and creating internal heart to detox and open the body.
Students also study the original Ashtanga yoga using Patanjali’s yoga sutras, but the asanas on these trainings are not limited to Ashtanga sequences and Green Lotus Yoga's Vinyasa style is more western in approach and teachers are encouraged to work intuitively and creatively when sequencing their classes.
You will have the opportunity to teach in the course. There are daily teaching methodology classes. You will start teaching one person one pose, then graduate to teaching small groups of three, and then finally you will teach the whole class. You will also have a teaching assessment before the end of the training, where you have to sequence your own 90-minute class.
You will choose the tone of the class, whether you want it to be upbeat and strengthening, or mellow, and relaxing. You can add music, poetry quotes, etc., the main thing is to make it your own as much as possible around the specific guidelines you will be given.
You will teach half the class on the day of your assessment to the group, but you would not know which part of the class you will be teaching until just before you teach, so you have to prepare to teach the whole class. This is to give you the experience of creating, sequencing, pacing, instructing, adjusting, and refining a class before you leave the course.
It is alright to do a teacher training just for self-development and to deepen your practice. Lots of people have done this training as self development. Some have also started it for themselves and ended up teaching. However, even if you do not intend teaching, you will have to partake in the teaching exercises.
Even if you do not teach yoga, these exercises will teach you so much, they will force you to really know your stuff, to study a bit deeper and to learn how to project your voice in front of a group.
There will be four open-book assessments for the anatomy. You will also do circles where you will be asked questions randomly about alignment, to make sure everyone completely understands these principles. Only one person out of over 250 has failed the course because they could not complete this section.
It is not a very difficult section but it is a very important section and Green Lotus Yoga believes that even though yoga is ultimately a spiritual practice, teachers have to know the anatomy and alignment basics, so as not to hurt their students and to be able to guide them forward safely.
There will be home tasks on Ayurveda and subtle anatomy. Philosophy is not assessed, but there may be exercises for off time study. The asana is assessed continually. There is a level of graduation that students work towards. If a student cannot attain the level of graduation and Green Lotus Yoga has seen them work hard during the training and progress to the best of their ability, the student can still pass this section, if they understand exactly why they cannot do a pose and tell the trainer their plan in working to this pose.
The trainer will also help with this and explain which body parts are needed to strengthen and release over a longer time period. The student must show that they understand this information and demonstrate that they are working in the correct direction.
You will have time to study in the evenings and on your days off. Students often like to group study to make it more interesting and fun and have the support of your group. You will also be given non-contact hours to practice adjustments. You will three Saturdays off to rest and avail of local activities.
The graduation level you want to achieve is:
The yoga anatomy taught in a 200-hour training primarily uses bio-mechanics as a foundation for practice. Bio-mechanics informs exactly which muscles are contracted and released in different asanas, which muscles are the agonists or the primary movers, the antagonists or the muscles released, and the synergists or the assisting muscles of the primary mover.
This can really offer yoga students a lot of insight as to how their body works in relation to asana and allows for safety, ease, and intelligence in practice. Myo-fascial anatomy outlines the muscle chains in the body and explains how they are connected in relation to movement.
Anatomy teaches how the body moves from an interconnected perspective and assist greatly in students developing their practice. The trains are addressed in more detail in 300-hour trainings, but a foundation on them is given during the 200-hour training.
The anatomy will allow you to dive into a deeper relationship with your body on and off the mat. You will find out exactly which muscles to strengthen and release on the mat and why, you will find more confidence to dive deeper into the practice. These classes will also equip you to understand what is happening in other people’s bodies, not just your own.
This training will give you the basics of Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, that is concerned with health and well-being. You will learn your dosha or constitution, your guna or the energetic frame that you embody most, and how they relate to each other. You will also learn how to balance your doshas and gunas through practices and apply the fundamentals of Ayurveda to your teaching.
In longer trainings, groups are invited to do Saucha Sadhana, a 10-day cleanse which gives recipes for juices, smoothies, and raw and cooked soups according to your individual dosha. There will be handouts on raw vegan living. In shorter trainings, there will just be a short talk on diet in relation to dosha and adding in more raw vegan foods into your diet. Students will also be invited into the Saucha Sadhana prtal on the website and given handouts on raw vegan eating if desired.
Fascia is the tissue in the body that wraps around the organs, muscles, and bones, connecting them into a whole that is called the body. Myo-fascial release work releases adhesions in the fascia. Adhesions are when two or more muscles group together and think they are one muscle. There should be a space in between the muscles so that they can glide over each other.
When adhesions happen, they get stuck, reduce mobility, prevent movement, and sometimes create pain and weakness. Another reason why myo-fascial work is so important is because it hydrates the fascia. No matter how much water you drink, if your fascia is not receiving blood supply, it will dehydrate and create stiffness.
Modern anatomy is also starting to acknowledge the connection between fascia and emotional memory. Believing that fascia holds our tension patterns, trauma, and emotions, literally the issues are in the tissues. During fascia release work, many students report of emotional openings and release. This helps students move beyond the blocks toward inner peace and well-being.
Philosophy integrates elements from the spiritual systems Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya, and Tantra to overcome the battle of the mind and body, create resources for people on their life path, create deeper substances in their relationships, journey deeper into life’s mysteries, and help unlock the flow of kundalini or divine evolutionary energy to connect people with their power, freedom and true nature.
This is a manual for yoga teacher and trainees. This 169-page book offers clear and concise detail outlining yoga instruction, alignment details, common weaknesses teachers need to look out for in the classroom, adjustments, and more on a variety of asanas from beginners to advanced.
There is also a large section on teaching skills, covering topics such as the importance of observation and demonstration, sequencing, structuring, pacing, and principles of vinyasa. This manual is used on all of Green Lotus Yoga teacher trainings. It is also becoming popular with teachers who have trained in other schools who wish to deepen their knowledge in all of the aspects of teaching yoga.
Many students say it has become their bible for class planning and reference. A must for teachers and trainees who would like to expand their knowledge of yoga and gain more confidence in their teaching skills.
The following practices may be used, depending on the needs of the group and time:
This training places a lot of emphasis on preparing new teachers to teach level one and level two classes. After asana, teaching skills is the second most important subject. Teachers will learn a foundation series and then adapt it playfully, within specific guidelines, as an expression of their unique voice.
Teachers will prepare a class, including breath work, asana, music play list, if used, and shavasana and teach it to the group as a teaching exercise. The focus of these classes is decided by the trainee, teachers may teach a relaxing beginners' class or an upbeat level two core class.
Teachers will also learn about the common issues that arise in the classroom and how to address them, whether they be physical ailments like slipped discs or high blood pressures, or boundary issues like people arriving late, not paying, etc. Teachers will also be shown how to dip their teaching into level three poses and after graduation, teachers have the freedom to teach to the level they can practice comfortably.
The asana taught on this teacher training course is physically challenging, creative, alignment-orientated, and fun. In the classroom, Carol likes to play with a series of Vinyasa threads, like sequences of postures and link with the breath, that she has developed over the years and adapt them to the needs of her group to help move students deeper into practice, safely, and with awareness.
Carol also teaches technique classes where poses are broken down bio-mechanically and brings the yoga anatomy off the page. She always allows mixed levels in her groups by offering various expressions of the poses and encouraging students to work at their own level.
The initial focus is creating a solid foundation for practice and deeper awareness of the body anatomy and alignment. When the group clicks with the foundation, the practice will take off into more advanced work and students will be encouraged to work to their own ability.
Carol loves exploring yoga asana, anatomy, Ayurveda, and everything to do with philosophy. She also loves (raw) vegan cooking and meditation! She started Green Lotus Yoga teacher training school in 2007. Since then, she has graduated over 200 teachers from her training throughout Ireland and abroad. Most of Carol's work is in Ireland but she has also taught yoga in London, California, India, South Africa, Morocco, and Spain. She likes to teach Vinyasa style yoga as mindful, strengthening, slow, deep, breath-centered movement, creating various forms, and threads to keep things alive.
The retreat will be held in Suryalila Retreat Center, Cadiz, Spain. Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the cortijo. In typical Spanish style, there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees.
The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. They also grow organic vegetables and fruits and keep chickens for eggs.
Suryalila Retreat Centre is a world class center nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.
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Three lovely meals per day are included in the package. At Suryalila Retreat Center, they pride themselves on outstanding vegetarian food. The meals are delicious, diverse, and beautifully presented, using all organic and mostly local ingredients. Gourmet organic vegetarian meals are laid out buffet style in the dining room each day and you can help yourself to free tea, coffee, and fruit throughout the day.
There is a highly trained and insured massage therapist at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center. Currently, the massage therapist is Catia Garcia from Portugal. Catia is warm and caring and clients love her massages. The types of massage therapy Catia offers are Thai yoga massage, and trigger point massage.
Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art with origins in Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, and Buddhism. It has evolved into a unique and magical combination of deep stretching, rhythmic compression, soft tissue manipulation, gentle rocking, energy balancing, and acupressure. Every client is treated on a mattress on the floor while fully clothed. It is often called the lazy man’s yoga.
There is a beautiful and peaceful dedicated massage room, located in Casa Ananda, the tower house, next to the Shakti Boutique. One hour massages are offered for 70 EUR and 90-minute massages are for 100 EUR.
Please book your flight to arrive at San Pablo Airport (SVQ) or Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to these airports are available upon request. Transfers from Malaga cost 130 EUR one way and from Sevilla 70 EUR one way. Organized shares will be arranged if possible.
From Malaga, you can get the public bus to the local town of Villamartin and Green Lotus Yoga can pick you up from there for 10 EUR. The bus from Malaga costs around 15 EUR. The bus you should get is Los Amarillos, you can check the times but they do not have them updated more than a couple of weeks in advance.
From Ferez de Frontera, you can get a shuttle that costs 60 EUR.
"Carol has much knowledge in anatomy, alignment and yoga philosophy. All in all, I found the 200 hr Vinyasa TTC to cover a broad spectrum of important and interesting topics, for which I will always be grateful."
"What an experience! Carol guided me to break boundaries - both mental and physical. Her teaching voice is compassionate yet authoritative, with the right amount of fun thrown in. She always strive to be "heart-full" in her teaching. Look her up. It may very well be the best thing you ever did. For me, it's definitely up there."
"Thank you Carol and thank you for your wonderful teacher training course. After finishing the course I felt I had grown so much physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually."
"You enabled me to find strengths that I had forgotten. "
"It has been a privilege to train with a teacher of Carol’s caliber. Her dedication, passion, and knowledge are incredible. Her ability to ‘get’ where each of her students are in their bodies, and how and when they are ready to be pushed to the next stage, to open or strengthen the body more, and develop towards the next expression of the pose is more than reassuring, it is impressive. Her creative ability to spontaneously ‘workshop’ a pose that she feels the class is having difficulty with is inspirational and effective. "
"In her led practice, you may suddenly find yourself in a pose that only moments before was unavailable to you! Her ability to relate modern anatomy to the poses really helps students to deepen the expression of a pose safely and effectively both in their own practice and also provides them with the relevant points, via her training manual, to pass on to their own students. "
"Her training aims to equip students with more than just the basics. She passes on her knowledge of the energetics involved in each asana in order that student teachers can then emulate her teaching style, by using the framework she provides, to co-create balanced classes with their own students. Of course, this is equally helpful in developing one’s own home practice. "
"Carol introduces other aspects of yoga and spirituality too - many interesting and eye-opening discussion has been had in class! I would highly recommend training with Carol, especially if you like training hard!"
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"Be prepared for a life changing experience. My training was a very personal journey which has given me the tools to deal with anything life throws at me and the ability to move chaos into order. It has thought me to observe rather than react in my asana practice, and to be patient with my body. This course has been a journey of self-reflection and discipline where I learned to tackle the body and mind bringing me to a place of stillness. "
"The training had well thought out techniques and alignment principles which has me very confident that I could teach yoga safely. The course is very well structured. The early week intensive training in Spain built immense trust and fantastic relationships within our group which continued and grew throughout the nine months on our weekend trainings. There was never a sense of competition and the only ego to deal with was your own. "
"Carol is an amazing and well-experienced teacher. Her passion, her knowledge, her belief, and love for all aspects of yoga is inspiring! She always radiates positive energy, yet is assertive when she needs to be. I appreciate the pressure that was put on me to learn alignment principles in order to modify some of my previous ways of practicing to bring me to a safer more aware practice. "
"The ten-day detox was great - it thought me about foods and superfoods which were essential in keeping my dosha in balance thereby grounding and calming me from the inside out. My diet is a lot healthier and more interesting as a result of this course and the nutribullet is now one of my favorite companions. "
"Finally, this course is hard work and a big commitment but so enjoyable and interesting with such rewarding returns. Carol is talented, intelligent, grounded, humble, and has great wisdom and experiences which she generously imparts. Thank you for sharing some of your expertise with me. Namaste."
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"The thought struck me today to get in touch - just really to express in words a little gratitude (which I do in my mind and sharing with people but thought maybe never directly to you since the course days!). Gratitude for the training and the yoga years in Devon Lodge. "
"I feel I may have underestimated what I believe the true value of your work and what I learned from it was to go back to the core principles and teachings. And during the course, from a physio point of view too, I always really loved, trusted, and respected the work and way you brought and presented the teachings."
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"Yoga for everybody! I'm happy to be learning yoga in a place like Green Lotus Yoga."
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"Thanks for a wonderful workshop in Yoga Boann this morning, Carol. I really enjoyed it."
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"I’ve been thinking to write you an email for ages. Mostly just to tell you how grateful I am that I took your teacher training 2 years ago in Spain. I’ve been teaching ever since."
"This year I spent almost 2 months in Rishikesh, India where I took my 300hr training. There I realized how strong yoga foundation you have given me comparing to other students. I must say I loved my time spent in India, I learned a lot about myself as a person and I definitely grew as a person but yoga wise – I don’t think I learned as much as I did from your 200hr training. Maybe those were cultural differences and perception of yoga in general. I don’t want to compare anything really, because all knowledge is good but when I’m teaching my classes – I still come back to your teachings. Thank you!"
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"Thank you for an amazing day, brilliant yoga, and amazing food. Thanks for all the hard work!"
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"Thanks again for a wonderful month of growth, inspiration and transformation, and all the love and energy that you give to your teaching!"
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