18 Days 200-hour Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

Spain Therapy Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher Training

In this unique high-quality small group training, you will learn how to apply yoga in an intelligent way prescribing specific breathing practices, asanas, meditation and relaxation techniques to your clients based on their physiology, age, physical condition, goals and needs, and their unique Ayurvedic constitution (Dosha). This is not a boot camp type of training with copious posture

Retreat highlights

  • Daily therapy yoga
  • Small groups in cozy resort-like settings by the beach
  • Ayurvedic cooking and the use of spices in daily life
  • Study with an experienced Certified Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Energy Healer
  • Principles of yoga therapy, neuroscience and yoga, latest scientific research on Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, relaxation, breathing techniques, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, and methodology of Yoga Sightseeing tours to beautiful traditional Spanish villages
  • Daily home-made healthy meals
  • 17 nights cozy comfortable accommodation
  • Living like a family in home like environment

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


17 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Russian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

During this training, you will stay in Guadalmina Baja Home, large and comfortable shared rooms with big marble bathrooms in a large and comfortable home in a beautiful and quiet seaside urbanization with lush gardens and 5 swimming pools (one heated). Private rooms will be available for an extra charge. Two people will share a bedroom with an attached bathroom. Living arrangements are similar to that of an Ashram where we clean together (Karma yoga).

Program

This Yoga Alliance certified 200-hour yoga teacher training is a harmonious blend of two ancient sciences of health yoga and Ayurveda. It is a result of a partnership between inHarmony Yoga and AyurYoga Institute and is taught in both Spain and India. Students are prepared to not only teach classical yoga based on Hatha, Kriya and Tantra yoga styles in group settings but also to use yoga as medicine and therapy in one-on-one and small group sessions.

In this yoga teacher training, Anatomy and Physiology learning plays an important role in order to practice and teach yoga in an intelligent and safe way. Also, the training has a tailored instruction which means it's adjusted to the students goals and nees.

This yoga approach is suitable for people of all types - with physical limitations and dis-harmonies, elderly people, people suffering from a busy mind, burnout, digestive problems, people with arthritis in the joints, back problems, and people with different Ayurvedic constitutions (Doshas).

Asana

Principles and importance of alignment

Basic asanas: Tadasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana;

Neutral standing asanas and standing asanas with external rotation: Virabhadrasana II, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Vrkasana, Virabhadrasana III, Ardha Chandrasana, Utthita hasta Padangusthasana, Garudasana.

Forward bending asanas: Uttanasana, Parsvottanasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Upavista Konasana, Dandasana, Navasana, Pashimottanasana, Adho Mukha Virasana, Pavanmuktasana

Seated asanas with external rotation: Janu Sirshasana, Baddha Konasana, Gomukhasana, Brahmasana, Siddhasana, Padmasana.

Asanas with backward extension: Alanasana, Virabhadrasana I, Utkatasana, Bhujangasana, Salambasana, Setu Banda Sarvangasana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Purvottanasana, Dhanurasana.

  • Asanas executed in Vinyasa: Marjariasana, Ardha Chatarnga Dandasana, Chataranga Dandasana, different versions of Surya Namaskar;
  • Inverted asanas: Viparita Karani mudra, Sirshasana , Sarvangasana, Halasana;
  • Laying-down and twisting asanas: Parivritta Parsvakonasana, Jathara Parivartanasana, Parivritta trikonasana, Parivritta Ardha *Chandrasana, Ardha Mtsyendrasana, Savasana.

Every asana will be examined through these aspects: Alignment points; most common errors; possible variations that simplify or intensify the asana; physical benefits; contraindications; effects on the mind and spirit; effects on the chakras; effects on the doshas.

Explanations will be given on the internal logic of the positions and possible variations will be explained (how to modify or substitute the asana while leaving its structure intact).

Pranayama

During the 200 hours of the teacher training program organized by our school, pranayama plays an important role. The concept of Prana is explained by describing the five main types of Prana (Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana), and what Pranayama, the bandhas, and the breath cycle are.

As for the asanas, pranayama techniques will be explained by studying:

  • Various approaches and teaching methods
  • Physical benefits
  • Contraindications
  • Effects of the mind and the spirit
  • Effects on the chakras
  • Effects on the doshas

The 5 main types: Prana, Apana, Vyana, Samana, Udana - Pranayama - Bandhas - the breath cycle. After an initial practical approach where the teacher will lead the participants to practice some simple pranayama techniques studied, explained, practiced are Nadi Sodhana, Ujjayi, Bhastrika. You will be well prepared to teach these techniques others in a simple and effective way.

Dharana (Meditation techniques)

You will look at the practice of meditation, its meaning, and the effects of meditation techniques as seen from scientific and physiologic perspectives. You will practice and learn to teach meditation techniques utilizing breath, mantra, concentration on the chakras and the principal Nadis (Ida, Pingala, Shushumna). The majority of the meditation techniques that will be taught in this course have their origin in Tantra, Kriya and Raja Yoga.

Mudra

  • Introduction to mudras and their various meanings;

Mantra

Mantra as the power of sound and shape, their meaning and how they effect the subtle energy; Mantras: How they work; how they are to be used. How they influence karma.

Subtle physiology

  • The three bodies (sharira).
  • The five sheathes (kosha).
  • The seven progressive chakras.
  • The subtle channels (nadi) and the prana blocks (granthi).

Philosophy

  • What is yoga? Yogic lifestyle
  • Analysis of different Yoga systems.
  • Introduction to Samkhya: purusha/prakriti, evolution/involution, and the path of liberation
  • Ashtanga: the eight stages of yoga
  • Readings and commentary on abstracts of Pantanjalis Yoga Sutra.
  • Karma yoga: the path of action
  • Bhakti yoga: the path of devotion
  • Jnana yoga: the path of knowledge
  • Introduction to Tantra

Further techniques

  • Introduction to the principles behind the various asana sequences
  • Introduction to yoga therapy
  • Introduction to prenatal yoga.
  • The art of teaching: student and teaching approaches, ethics, yoga as job, organization suggestions.

Ayurveda, ethical and alimentation

  • Vedic Vision of Man and existence. Realization of four goals: Dharma, Kama, Artha, and Moksha, the vision of man as part of the universe. His realization is to find a balance in it.
  • 5 Koshas Concept of health and wellbeing through Kosha.
  • The 3 Gunas as attributes of the mind.
  • Ayurvedic approach to Asana part of yoga.
  • Ayurvedic nutrition basics

Anatomy

In the course, you will study Anatomy and Physiology as it is related to Yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation and to overall health and well-being. You will have understood the complex physiological processes of the human body behind different emotional states, movement, eating, and thinking.

Knowing the "behind the scenes" reactions and chemical and energetic processes, you will be able to teach yourself and others safe stretching and dynamic and static asanas, breathing techniques, successful meditation, healing with yoga, and prevention of possible injuries over body overuse.

You will learn how the mind is connected to your digestion and the endocrine system, how your emotions influence your glands and the secretion of hormones, what stress has to do with your immunity and how yoga (santosha in particular) can increase your immune defense system.

  • Cartesians plans
  • The biomechanics of stretching
  • Antagonism of muscles
  • The skeletal and muscular systems
  • Nervous system /sensory organs
  • Endocrine system
  • Digestive system
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system
  • Immune system

Yoga Therapy

  • The concept of health in western and eastern traditions
  • Philosophy and psychology of yoga therapy
  • How to use yoga asana, breathing, meditation, concentration, and visualization techniques as medicine and therapy
  • How to design short and longer yoga sessions for various people profiles or specific clients/needs
  • Designing Yoga sessions with asana, pranayama, mudra, meditation for people with physical limitations and illness.

What you can expect at the retreat

Principles of Ayurveda daily therapeutic and Ayurvedic yoga meditation, relaxation and breathing sessions, philosophy, anatomy and methodology of yoga, some Ayurvedic cooking and the use of spices in daily life, tailored (adjusted to students goals and needs) instruction, very small groups in the teacher's home or a rented villa, home-made healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), Ashram style living (cooking and cleaning together), 16 nights accommodation (shared or private rooms), beach within walking distance and garden like settings with a pool.

Included excursions

This training includes two exciting trips to the old town of Estepona and the mountains of the oldest white village of Casares with stunning views of Sierra Bermeja and the sea.

Instructors

Antonina Ramsey
Classical and Therapy Yoga of Swami Satyananda Saraswati Lineage, Ashram Yoga, New Zealand (Therapeutic Yoga)
Prakash Deep Institute of Ayurvedic Sciences, Haridwar, India (Ayurveda Practitioner)
The Wellness Institute, Issaquah, Washington, USA (Hypnotherapy)
Ashram Yoga, NZ Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Ashtanga, KalmaCalmer, Cape Town, South Africa Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Ashtanga Yoga)
As founder of inHarmony.Yoga, Antonina's goal is to inspire people around the world to live their healthiest lives by making informed choices based on the intimate knowledge of their minds, bodies, and the environment. She is a Yoga Alliance certified 500-hour E-RYT senior yoga teacher, an IAYT certified yoga therapist. Antonina is also certified in Ayurveda, Hypnotherapy, Shamanic Healing, and Energy Medicine (Jin Shin Jyutsu Acupressure). She is also a spiritual guide and a health coach.

Retreat location

The training is located in the beautiful Mediterranean Andalucia, Spain. It is a place where people from all over the world come to vacation. It will take place in a cozy atmosphere of a comfortable villa with large terraces and several pools in park-like settings three minutes walking to the beach. When the weather is good, which is most of the time, we take our studies outside to the garden or the beach. In this location, you will enjoy vacation type environment, nice weather, and beautiful surroundings.

Food

Healthy and whole daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided during the training. Vegetarian food will consist of large quantities of various vegetables sautéed and raw, whole grains, seeds and nuts. A small quality of fresh cheese, eggs, and yogurt is also served. We use fresh, local and organic if possible ingredients. Special dietary needs may be catered to, please let inHarmony.Yoga know beforehand.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
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)

  • Take a walk on a beautiful beach
  • Watch stunning beach sunsets
  • Go for a swim in the sea in the Summer and Fall season
  • Visit old towns of Estepona, Marbella, San Pedro
  • Eat or have a drink in one of romantic beach restaurant "Chiringuito"

Spa treatments

Kinesiology and Reiki healing sessions are provided at additional cost of 30 EUR per session.

What's included

  • 17 nights of comfortable, quality accommodation close to the beach
  • Ayurvedic cooking and spice intelligence classes
  • Complimentary water and teas
  • Daily yoga, meditation, and relaxation
  • Healthy whole vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Intro to Ayurvedic cooking and use of spices as medicine
  • Sightseeing small trip to the mountainous white village of Casares
  • Sightseeing small trip to the beautiful old town of Estepona
  • Teaching yoga course instruction
  • Use of swimming pool
  • Yoga Alliance recognized 200-hour certification upon completion
  • Yoga asana, applied philosophy, anatomy physiology, and methodology

What's not included

  • Transportation, tickets, snacks

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP).

Arrival by bus

Please take a bus to your destination, Estepona. It takes from one to one and a half hours to get there by bus. It costs approximately 10 EUR. There are direct, semi-direct, and normal buses. From the bus stop in Estepona or San Pedro de Alcantara, just take a taxi to the training place. The fee per ride is from 10 to 15 EUR.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This training is available all year round. Arrival on the first of the month by 6 p.m. and departure on the 18th day by 11 a.m. 

 
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The prices below include a discount of 200 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before August 31, 2018.

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