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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.
Accommodation includes a big traditional villa and a townhouse. Both have easy access to the village swimming pool, cafe, bar, and shops. Food is prepared and served in the main villa where some classes are also held. The main yoga hall is an easy five-minute walk from both locations. Rooms will be shared, however, single supplement rooms are available. For more information on single supplement rooms, please send an inquiry to HolidaYoga.
This 200 hours Hatha yoga teacher training is registered by Yoga Alliance International, International Yoga Federation, and Yoga Alliance UK. 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.
Basic postures and variations, sun salutation, relaxation, abdominal breathing, full yogic breath, two pranayama techniques, advanced postures, and meditation.
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.
During the course, you will be given homework and group studies. These are 20-hour activities.
Introduction to bodywork, Shiatsu, Chinese meridians, developing sensitivity, tuning into chakras and energy fields, chanting, DVD and other relevant documentaries.
This retreat requires you to wear plain white clothes with no logos. Plain yellow and blue clothes are also accepted.
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.
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.
Cervera Del Maestre is a small village in the mountains 16 kilometers inland from Benicarló, on the Spanish Costa del Azahar, two hours drive south of Barcelona, and one hour north of Valencia. The region is well known for its abundant agricultural produce, beaches, mountains, and historical towns and villages.
The price include two main meals per day, lunch and dinner. HolidaYoga advises students not to eat any breakfast before the morning asana class. All meals are vegetarian and prepared by the cook at the house and will include a complete vegan option as well.
On your free time, you can go for a swim at the swimming pool, explore the local surroundings, or just sit back and relax.
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. These can be arranged at an additional cost during the course.
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).
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