La Croce Yoga School offers 200-hour, residential teacher training in the heart of a Tuscan national forest park.
Yoga Retreats (2)
Virginia has been practicing yoga for 25 years. She is qualified as a teacher of Dynamic yoga with Godfrey Devereux in 2003. She has worked with and studied yoga therapy and postural analysis with Doug Keller of Do-in yoga. Her initial training is in Iyengar yoga. Astanga, Anusara, and Vinyasa flow are also influential in her approach and style. She places particular attention to physical alignment and following the breath synchronizing with sensitivity. Virginia is also a qualified practitioner of Chinese medicine.
Eliana graduates as a Hatha yoga teacher in September 2015. Since April 2014, she regularly teaches courses in Hatha yoga, yoga in pregnancy, yoga for teenagers, yoga for eating disorders, and Restorative yoga disorders at various centers in Genoa. In October 2016, at Yogacampus (London), she started the specialization course in yoga therapy, accredited by the British Council of Yoga Therapy and recognized by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
Chris Swain is a prize-winning graduate of the British School of Osteopathy where he completed a four-year degree in osteopathy in 2000. Part of his training involved a year of studies with prepared dissections at Guy's hospital. Combining his knowledge of anatomy & physiology (A&P) with his 35 years experience of teaching yoga, Chris has developed a course which is specifically tailored for yoga practitioners and teachers. Anatomy is not a dry and abstract subject with Chris. He brings the subject alive through an interactive style of teaching making it relevant, interesting and fun.
from Great Britain, September 2019
"Total immersion "
La Croce is a true retreat - an ancient, rambling farmhouse in an awe-inspiring natural landscape. Its calm and simplicity makes it infinitely possible to immerse yourself in the ideas and practise of yoga. Every morning was an inspiration as we practised outside, overlooking the beauty of a forested mountain valley.
The course itself was detailed, rigorous and all-encompassing, going far beyond what you might expect on a 200-hour teacher training intensive. I loved the two-and-a-half hour early morning sessions that allowed time for breathing and meditation practise, along with allowing us to explore the main asanas in great depth. Whilst the focus was primarily on key postures, by the end of the course I had developed enough flexibility and strength to move naturally into advanced postures I had previously found tricky.
A lot was expected of us, but it was clear that the teachers wanted us to do well and to go away with a thorough understanding of postural alignment and integrity, anatomy and physiology, and yoga theory. The emphasis throughout was on safe practise and how to teach in a way that would help our own students develop core postural strength, balance and calmness, whilst avoiding injury. Eliana introduced us to the benefits of restorative yoga, whilst Virginia and Chris focused on the importance of alignment and muscle chain activation, and Charlie led some wonderful flow classes.It was a bonus to learn anatomy from Chris, an award-winning osteopath.