17 Days 200-Hour Yoga Therapy & Ayurveda YTT in Spain

  • Estepona, Malaga, Spain


Spain Therapy Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher Training

  • 16 days with instruction
  • This Yoga Alliance Certified 200-hr 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 course, you will learn how to apply yoga in an intelligent and tailored 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 Constitution or Ayurvedic Dosha. Applying yoga in this manner, you become a yoga doctor, yoga psychologist and a yoga designer.


    • 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)
    • Beach within walking distance (5 minutes)
    • Garden like settings with a pool

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 8.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: Russian, Spanish, English
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    You will be staying in a cozy and comfortable house or villa in a beautiful green and quiet urbanization by the sea with lush gardens and a swimming pool. Accommodation in an individual or shared rooms with bathrooms are available.

    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. 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).


    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).


    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.

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

    Various approaches and teaching methods

    Physical benefits


    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..


    • Introduction to mudras and their various meanings;


    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).


    • 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 4 goals: Dharma, Kama, Artha and Moksha Vision of Man as part of 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


    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 understand 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.

    Depending on the schedule, you will usually go on a trip to Estepona or Marbella old town and eat fresh fish in the local beach restaurants (chiringuito).

    The training is located in the beautiful Mediterranean Andalucia. In Spain, the training will be conducted in a cozy atmosphere of a comfortable villa with a patio and pool within 5 minutes from the beach. When the weather is good (most of the time) yoga or meditation is done in the garden or on the beach. Enjoy the vacation life environment, nice climate and beautiful surroundings. This course is also offered in India once a year.

    Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner is included in the price. Vegetarian (with fresh cheese, eggs, and yogurt) and predominantly organic and local quality food.

    • Take a walk on a beautiful beach
    • Go for a swim in the sea in the Summer and Fall season
    • Visit old towns of Estepona and Marbella
    • 16 nights of comfortable, quality accommodation close to the beach (course venue varies depending on the number of people and high/low season)
    • Daily yoga, meditation, relaxation
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Intro to Ayurvedic Cooking (upon request)
    • Sightseeing small trips upon request time permitting at the end of the course
    • Use of swimming pool
    • Whole, healthy, home-made meals
    • Yoga Alliance recognized 200 hr Certification
    • Yoga asana, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, and methodology
    • Yoga course instruction
    • Transportation and tickets

    It is best to go to Malaga airport and take a bus (www.avanzabus.com) to your destination Estepona. It takes 1 to 1.5 hours by bus and costs approximately 8 EUR. The guests will picked up in Estepona or San Pedro de Alcantara.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send inHarmony.Yoga an inquiry.


    • Review by Olga from Russia

      "Antonina has been a vital part during the YTT200 for me to step out of my comfort zone and to really go for what I want to do, to teaching yoga and to educate the public about yoga therapy as a yoga designer, coach, therapist or doctor, whichever you would like to call it!"

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    • Review by Dharma from France

      "Very nice Yoga Teacher's Training I got what I came for - to design my own practice and be able to help others do so as well. It was hard sometimes but the end result is very positive. I think the whole group really grew and we all observed our best and worst moments together. Thank you for this experience."

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    • Review by Ali Bastian from United Kingdom

      "Thank you Antonina for a beautiful balanced Yoga Teacher's Training introducing a very compassionate and therapeutic approach to yoga teaching."

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    • Review by Mary from Washington, USA

      "Taking a class with Antonina is pure joy. She explains in depth why we practice yoga and brings us to the present moment. The class is a good mix of challenging, stretching and calming postures. When we leave the class we are invigorated and calm. Antonina has a profound understanding of yoga, not only the body but the mind and the spirit as well."

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    • Review by Eric Jones from Washington, USA

      "I miss you, my friend. Every time I sit still and quiet myself and take the time to breath deep and fill my lungs with air I cannot help but think of the days you spend teaching me some basic yoga steps but more importantly sharing a very special and important part of your life with me. I am forever grateful that you have existed in my life. I am always wishing you well my friend, my teacher, my reminder and guide."

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    • Review by Adam from Seattle, USA

      "I am still ever so grateful for all the yoga instruction you gave me, and for the peace I found when you taught me meditation. A soul saver. "

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    Estepona, Spain

    inHarmony.Yoga offers small group wellness, yoga, and Ayurveda retreats, and Yoga Alliance Certified 200hr Yoga Therapy Teacher Trainings.

    Speaks English

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    17 days / 16 nights


    Arrival: Saturday July 1, 2017
    Departure: Monday July 17, 2017


    This training is available all year round. Arrival on the first of the month by 6pm and departure on the 17th day by 11am. 

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