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23 Days 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

Intensive Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Spain

Hatha yoga is all about experiencing the movement of prana through the body. It is a profoundly therapeutic process and life-enhancing practice that allows your body, mind, and emotions to heal thus, creating the space for a continuing journey of transformation and realization. In this training, you will learn an excellent foundation to all the basic poses, how to avoid injuries, and the necessities in adapting poses and sequences for all physical levels and needs. The course is based on an energetic and spiritual approach through Yoga respecting not only the physical body and its needs but also deeply investigating the underlying energy body, or vital body, the emotions, mind, spirit and soul. Nothing less than a fantastic introduction to a profound discipline and how to share with and teach others.


  • In-depth asana and meditation practice
  • Experience the movement of Prana through the body
  • Grasp the knowledge of fundamentally important anatomy and physiology
  • Introduction to the concept of healing, self-development, Yoga Therapy, bodywork, Shiatsu and profound relaxation
  • Profound working on the chakras through asana, guided meditation, chakra balancing, and comprehensive theory of the chakras and its energetic and psychological dimensions
  • Teaching on philosophy, spirituality east and west, psychology, lifestyle, and ethics
  • Learn teaching techniques for all levels and ages
  • Daily super vegetarian lunch and dinner
  • 22 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


21 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation includes a big traditional villa and a townhouse. Dormitory (5 beds in 2 adjoining rooms), twin and single accommodation are all available. Both villa and town house have fantastic views to the sea and easy access to the superb village swimming pool, cafes, bars, and shops. Food is prepared and served in the main villa where some evening classes are also held. The spacious and very beautiful yoga hall is an easy five-minute walk from both locations. For more information please send an inquiry to HolidaYoga.

HolidaYoga Spain Yoga Teacher Training Program

The program

This 200 hours Hatha yoga teacher training is registered by Yoga Alliance International and International Yoga Federation. The course reflects an energetic and therapeutic approach to yoga in line with the instructors' wide-ranging experience (which includes: 30 years experience as a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher). Sequences taught are designed to improve both strength and flexibility as well as bring awareness to the flow of subtle energy through the body.

This program will enable future graduates to teach with confidence. The sequences taught are designed to provide an excellent foundation to all the basic poses, to teach avoiding any injury and where necessary adapt poses and sequences for differing physical levels and needs. Emphasis is on getting prana (energy) to flow while doing the poses, to understand their therapeutic benefits and for each person to practice with enjoyment, correct breathing, and sincerity - ultimately harmonizing mind, body, and energy.

The spiritual notions of yoga can also be found in other philosophical systems such as Buddhism or the Western traditions such as Greek and Egyptian. This will be looked at more closely in the yoga philosophy classes.

200-hour course syllabus

Yoga asanas: 80 hours

Basic postures and variations, sun salutation, relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breath, two pranayama techniques, advanced postures, and meditation.

Practice and teaching: 40 hours

Beginners and intermediary classes for all levels and ages (touches on classes for the elderly, children, and yoga for pregnancy).

Teaching techniques: guiding, coaching, leading, use of language and communication, use of props, hands-on assisting, finding your personal teaching style, designing classes for mixed levels, teaching new postures in depth, assessing individual needs, ethics, and safety guidelines.

Anatomy and physiology: 20 hours

  • Basic anatomy and physiology (with particular emphasis on respiration, circulation, and digestion)
  • Physiological and energetic effects of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation
  • Benefits and contra-indications for all asanas (poses)
  • Effects of structural and postural alignment on health and wellbeing
  • Physiological and emotional effect of stress
  • Principles of diet and nutrition

Philosophy, psychology, lifestyle, and ethics: 20 hours

Philosophy and aim of yoga The five points of yoga Prana (qi), Nadis (meridians), and chakras (energy centers)

  • The human energy field
  • The five koshas
  • The bandhas
  • The four paths of yoga
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • Principles of self-development
  • Teacher-student relationship
  • Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
  • Karma and reincarnation
  • The gunas
  • The yugas
  • Mantras and kirtans
  • Principles and benefits of meditation
  • Ethics for yoga teachers

Homework and group study: 20 hours

During the course, you will be given homework and group studies. These are 20-hour activities.

Other activities: 20 hours

Introduction to bodywork, Shiatsu, Chinese meridians, developing sensitivity, tuning into chakras and energy fields, chanting, DVD and other relevant documentaries.

Dress Code

This retreat requires you to wear plain comfortable clothing with no logos. Plain white, yellow, blue, orange clothes are best. Please avoid dark or black clothes or mixed colours.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Asanas and pranayama (main asana class)
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Break
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Movement, meditation, chanting, philosophy, and psychology
  • 11:30 - 15:30 Brunch and break
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Anatomy and physiology
  • 17:00 - 17:15 Break
  • 17:15 - 19:30 Asana, teaching methods, yoga therapy, and teaching practice
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Supper and break
  • 20:30 - 22:30 Three evenings per week only (other activities)

This is an example of the daily schedule, please note times may change slightly due to season and location.

The course will be taught in English with translations in French if and when necessary. You may read the relevant literature in your own language. The practical part will be evaluated by continuous assessment and you may write the final exam in your own language.

Practitioners are advised to have a minimum of 100-hour yoga experience. It is also helpful for students to have a basic understanding of the philosophy of yoga, lifestyle, and diet. However, all these subjects will also be taught during the course.

Successful applicants should be in general good health both physically and emotionally, in order to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires. Individuals who do not meet these minimum requirements may apply for a place and their applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Included excursions

You may want to use your free days for excursions. You have a choice of beaches, mountains, small typical old villages or cities such as Valencia and Benicassim on the coast or the ancient city fortress of Morella with its massive walls and commanding castle 50 kilometers inland.


Gerry Rixen
Gerry is a registered senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and a registered teacher with the International Yoga Federation (IYF) and Yoga Alliance International. He started his yoga practice with the Iyengar method. He is a certified therapist and senior yoga teacher with over 25 years of professional experience including many thousands of treatments. He is the founder and director of SYM-Ltd and has been teaching yoga, Shiatsu, Chinese medicine, and related subjects in France, Spain, Greece, Italy, and the UK.
Nathalie Comas
Nathalie is a professional Yoga Teacher, 500 hour level, having studied in Mysore and Kerala, India for several years.She went on to teaching Yoga full time, working on Teacher Training courses in Thailand, Indonesia and Spain. She is also an experienced vegetarian chef and has been studying Ayurveda and Naturopathy these last years. She runs her own retreats as well as working with Gerry Rixen on all the SYM 200 hour teacher training courses. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and French.
Darina Samuelova
Darina is a fully trained Yoga Teacher, 500 hour level, having studied both in Europe and India. It was her love of sports which led her to Yoga. After working for 5 years as a personal trainer and fitness instructor Darina decided to dedicate herself to teaching Yoga. She has also been training as a massage therapist and practices Reiki. It is this combination of Yoga and body work she finds fascinating as it makes for a profound healing experience. Darina speaks fluent English and Czeck and works with Gerry Rixen and the SYM team on the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Courses in July and August. .


Cervera Del Maestre is a small village in the mountains 16 kilometers inland from Benicarló, on the Spanish Costa del Azahar, 2.5 hours drive south of Barcelona, and 1.5 hours north of Valencia. The region is well known for its abundant agricultural produce, beaches, mountains, and historical towns and villages.

Nearby places

  • Barcelona - 2.5 hours
  • Valencia - 90 minutes
  • Benicarlo on the coast - 20 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The price includes two main meals per day, lunch, and dinner. a very light breakfast is provided but students are advised not to eat before the morning asana class. A light snack is provided after the morning asana practice. All meals are vegetarian and prepared by the cook at the villa and will include a completely vegan option as well.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

In your free time, you can enjoy the village swimming pool or the small pool at the villa. The nearest beach is just 20 minutes away and easy to reach by shared taxi. You may also want to simply walk in the stunning local surroundings, or just sit back enjoy the fantastic views and relax. You may also want to go on an excursion on your days off. Here you have a choice of beaches, mountains, beautiful old and typical villages and the cities of Valencia or Benicassim on the coast or the mountain fortress of Morella 45 km inland.

Spa treatments

In addition to the healing modalities explored in the course, students have the opportunity to arrange private treatments with Gerry, a certified therapist in shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine. Remedial massage is also available with Darina Samuelova. These can be arranged at an additional cost during the course.

What's included

  • 22 nights accommodation
  • Tuition
  • Course manual and textbook
  • 2 main vegetarian meals per day
  • Yoga Alliance International certification upon completion

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Health insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Train tickets

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Valencia Airport (VLC) or Reus Airport (REU) or Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) or Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport (CDT). HolidaYoga arranges pickups from Castellon airport. Otherwise, make your way by train to Benicarlo / Peniscola railway station where they will pick you up. Pickups from other airports are not included in the price but can be arranged.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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As numbers to HolidaYoga’s teacher training courses are limited to 15, please book early to guarantee your place on the course.

Deposit information

The deposit is non-refundable but can be used for any other SYM teacher training in the future.

Sunday July 29, 2018
(23 days / 22 nights)

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