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Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

You have arrived here for a reason. Something inside is asking to awaken. Now is the time to develop your unique gifts; to nourish your body, mind and soul, and be a force for positive change in the world through yoga. Say yes! Yes to learning, practicing, sharing, finding your edge, going beyond it, and inspiring others to join you on this magical path. Claim your spot on this powerful journey. This is the beginning of your adventure of lifetime infused with Vinyasa, meditation, mantra, ritual, Ayurveda, and dance, the Lakshmi Rising Yoga Teacher Training program is one of the most unique and transformative anywhere in the world!

Meet the instructors

Liz
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 500+ pages of Lakshmi Rising YTT manual
  • Eligible to register for Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Daily organic Gaia Gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals on training days (except on arrival, departure and excursion days)
  • Unlimited coffee, an assortment of teas, and fresh fruit for snacks
  • Options to participate in organized group excursions
  • Weekly housekeeping and self-serve laundry
  • 13 nights in luxury accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


13 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 22 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

The villa's common areas are full of charm, coziness, and mesmerizing views. The manor is styled with belle époque modernist furniture and architecture with enchanting ceiling-high libraries, chill-out areas with comfortable seating, and even a 1909 Steinway Piano that has been refurbished to mint condition!

For the daily gourmet meals, you will be dining al fresco as well as in the indoor dining hall, large enough for 32 people, while you enjoy your Gaia gourmet cuisine. There’s even a conference room with a 65" smart TV for the yoga lectures.

During your breaks, you will fall in love with the breathtaking gardens. This beautiful villa is surrounded by 5 hectares of romantic gardens designed by the famous architect Jean-Baptiste N. Forestier. Enjoy a relaxing walk through these magnificent, well-kept gardens with beautiful views to the Mediterranean which are full of hundred-year-old pine trees, oaks, palm trees, and small ponds. And if this is not enough, there’s a large swimming pool of 17x7 meters is perfect for a midday dip!

Program

Certifications

Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Claim your spot on this powerful journey. This is the beginning of your adventure of life infused with Vinyasa, meditation, mantra, ritual, Ayurveda, and dance, the Lakshmi Rising Yoga Teacher Training program is one of the most unique and transformative anywhere in the world.

The program

Lakshmi Rising Vinyasa yoga is an awareness-based practice that includes fluid, dynamic asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care, and ritual for health and awakening.

This approach is a revitalizing laboratory for uniquely experiencing and expressing self while mindfully honoring whatever exists in each present moment. This practice cultivates mental, physical, and spiritual strength and flexibility so that you are able to recognize and transform habits, patterns and conditionings that cause suffering in any way.

You will use the mat as a metaphor to understand where you are stuck so that you can eliminate that which does not enhance the unfoldment of your individual and collective evolution.

This 200-hour yoga teacher training intensive immersions in Italy gives you three weeks to focus on your yoga practice with other curious, interesting people from around the world.

It’s a time for you to enjoy life while learning about the timeless tradition of yoga, cultivating true health and happiness and making new friends. Investing in a yoga teacher training certification program is a life enriching experience even if you have no intention of teaching.

This training program is open to people at all levels of experience and the organizers can’t wait to share this unique program with you! Below is a sample schedule that will give you a great idea of what your three weeks will look like while enjoying your training.

Sample Schedule

Below is a sample schedule subject to slight changes depending upon the location, duration & excursions if applicable, i.e. in Europe everything shifts one hour later. This will give you a general idea of what your two or three weeks will look like while enjoying your training!

Typical Daily Schedule (subject to change)

  • 6:00am-7:00am: Optional pranayama, meditation & chanting
  • 7:30am-9:00am: Sadhana: Asana, Pranayama & Mantra
  • 9:00am-10:00am: Silent Hour / Breakfast
  • 11:00am-2:00pm: Classroom Training Session
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm: Gaia Gourmet Lunch
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm: Living Yoga: Taking the practice off the mat, self-care, exploration, time to work on assignments & projects
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm: Classroom Training Session
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm: Gaia Gourmet Dinner with Gratitude Practice

Required Texts

The books you will need to purchase, read before the training (if possible), and bring with you are:

  • Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Dr. Robert Svoboda
  • Yoga of the Subtle Body by Tias Little
  • Science of Yoga by Ann Swanson
  • Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn Alignment Cues That Are Skillful, Safe, and Best Suited to You by Bernie Clark
  • All are available as ebooks.

Course Overview

  • What is Lakshmi Rising?
  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: During our opening circle, we discuss the course overview, introduce the power of intention and ritual, share collective introductions among the kula (community), and explain the Lakshmi Rising concept. We also go over the course requirements.

What is Yoga?

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students collectively define yoga. A brief cultural history of yoga and classical definitions of Yoga are discussed. Concepts like Samkhya philosophy and the Vedic tradition of India are introduced.

Art of Shape-Shifting

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: For this photography project, students are given a list of asanas that are a part of the Lakshmi Rising curriculum. With a partner or small group, students photographically document their understanding of these poses on the first and last days of the training program. This illustrates their growth and transformation during the yoga teacher certification course and their understanding of the physical and energetic alignment of each asana.

The Legacy of Krishnamacharya

  • 1 total hour
  • Learning Objective: The global influence of Krishnamacharya and his primary students, their stories, and contributions to modern yoga are introduced. Other popular styles of yoga are also discussed.

Patanjali, the Eight Limbs of Yoga and Selected Yoga Sutras

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: This is an introduction to yoga as a philosophy and lifestyle that encompasses more than just physical postures.

Yoga v/s Exercise

  • 1 total hour
  • Students discuss the similarities and differences between yoga and exercise.

Yoga Philosophy: Samskara, Karma, Klesha & Pratyahara

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: This discussion is designed to spark insight into what we believe and why. Students are invited to identify patterns in themselves, their relationships, and society that can be shifted through diligent self-study (svadhyaya) and through the practice of yoga.

Intro to Meditation

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Meditation as one of Patanjali’s eight limbs is defined and discussed. Modern research and classical perspectives are included in the discussion, in addition to the benefits and physiological processes. Different styles and approaches are explained.

Meditation Techniques Explained

  • 4.5 / 7.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Nyasm, lovingkindness, japa, japa mala, mindfulness, sound healing, yoga nidra, mantra, and trataka are explained in-depth, so that each student has clear instruction on how to practice each of these techniques. Benefits of, variations on, and contraindications for each are also discussed.

Daily Meditation Sadhana

  • 19.5 / 30 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students actively practice loving kindness, japa, trataka, japa mala, mindfulness, sound healing, silence, yoga nidra, mantra, and nyasm styles of meditation to directly experience the benefits and challenges. Students will note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 21 days in a row.

Daily Morning Asana Sadhana

  • 19.5 / 30 total hours
  • Learning Objective: These 90 minute daily modules include asana, pranayama, mantra, kriya, and mudra. They are designed to stretch, tone, and heal the body. Lakshmi Rising specialty yoga master classes not only move the body but also stir the heart and mind. They weave classical yogic concepts with modern anatomical intelligence, inspiration for self-observation, and spiritual wisdom.

Sequencing Concepts and Techniques

  • 11 / 13 total hours
  • Learning Objective: In this 90-minute daily module following the morning sadhana, the instructor explains the preceding practice. Our morning yoga classes are based on the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa method of building a sequence around a cohesive theme and variations on that theme—physically, and often mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. In each of these break-down sessions, an asana (the peak pose of the day) is explained in detail including benefits and effects, modifications and variations, anatomical alignment details, and contraindications.

The entire class is collectively discussed and written down. This provides students with a library of intentional, versatile sequences to reference for inspiration when putting together their own classes. This session also serves as a Q&A about any part of the morning practice. Students gain an experiential perspective on designing and teaching a yoga class and clarification about the class elements.

Building Blocks of a Vinyasa Class

  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Basic and advanced concepts specific to Hatha Vinyasa yoga in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya is defined, as well as elements unique to Lakshmi Rising. This gives students a map to follow regarding what to include in vinyasa-style classes, and why. Concepts such as Surya namaskar (sun salutations), vinyasa krama (flows), kriya (repetitive movements), and connecting vinyasa (linking sequences) are explored. Different categories of asana are defined. Regions of the body are identified. Muscles, bones, nerves, organs, and connective tissues are explained in relation to different types of postures and positions. Cautions and contraindications, range of motion, and general benefits of posture groupings are explained.

The Art of Intelligent Sequencing

  • 5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will gain a solid understanding of how to sequence a vinyasa class using the Lakshmi Rising method. Concepts such as theme and variation in asana, peak pose, vinyasa krama, connecting vinyasa, music, philosophical themes, and timing are covered. Students work in small groups to design a class and receive feedback.

Intro to Yoga Anatomy: Defining Asana and Alignment

  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: This module includes Krishmacharya’s and Patanjali’s definition of asana. Students work together in partners or small groups to perform a postural analysis, and an overview of common alignment mistakes is presented.

Asana Teaching Lab

  • 18 / 24 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Different asanas are explained and demonstrated. The anatomy of each asana is discussed, as well as variations, modifications, benefits, contraindications, and hands-on assists, adjustments, and enhancements. Students work in pairs or small groups to practice teaching asana and mini-sequences.

Pranayama Teaching Lab

  • 7 / 9 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will practice teaching box breathing, alternate nostril breathing, kapalabhati, bhastrika, bumble bee breath and sitali pranayama to acquire an understanding of how to share these techniques.

Practicum

  • 5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will design and teach a 30-minute class to the larger group. They will receive feedback from their teachers and peers.. They will be required to submit the class plan in written form, as well as practice teaching.

Hands-on Adjustments 101

  • 1 total hour
  • Learning Objective: Ethical, energetic and anatomical aspects of touching yoga students are discussed. Options for student and teacher safety are explored. Similarities and differences between adjusting, assisting and enhancing asana are considered. Contraindications are explained. Verbal and energetic assists are also explained.

Yoga Sutra Discussion: Yama and Niyama

  • 2.5 / 4 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students learn the ethical aspects of relating to self and others in this exploration of the yamas and niyamas. Different translations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are referenced, as well as current application of these ancient and timeless guidelines to living a yogic lifestyle.

Pranayama Defined: May the Force be with You

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Pranayama as one of Patanjali’s eight limbs is defined and discussed. The anatomy of the respiratory system is explained. Concepts such as sama vritti (even breath), visama vritti (uneven breath), kumbhaka (breath retention), and vayu (wind) are defined. Benefits and contraindications are also explained.

Koshas: Energetic Anatomy of the Human Experience

  • 1.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: An overview of the yogic perspective on the multi-dimensional complexity of the human being. Physical body, energetic body, the mind, the intuition and personality, and also the “bliss body” will be discussed and explained in the context of the panacha maya koshas.

Secrets of the Bandhas

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students receive theoretical and experiential information about hasta, pada, mula, uddiyana, jalandhara and maha bandhas. We discuss benefits, contraindications, and physical and energetic anatomy, and explore several different techniques for teaching and self-practice.

Mantra: Tools for the Mind

  • 1 total hour
  • Learning Objective: Different chants are explained and practiced to expose students to this ancient form of yoga.

Stepping into the Role of Teacher

  • 3 / 5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: The concept of lineage is defined. Students reflect on their own lineage and identify their strengths and weaknesses as a teacher. We discuss what it means to be a teacher, yoga teacher, educator, guide, and leader.

Creating Sacred Space

  • 6 hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will have the opportunity to create an altar and explain their concept to the group. They will also lead a group dinner blessing. When each student holds the role of sacred space holder, they will also assist the lead instructor in any area where help is necessary. This is important to understand that there is more to teaching yoga than just showing up for a class.

Quiz and Review

  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: In two quizzes - at the beginning of weeks two and three - students have 45 minutes to take each quiz and 45 minutes to go over the quiz as a group. This emphasizes important course content and gives students a gauge of their strengths and weaknesses.

Concepts in Ahimsa: Plant-Based Nutrition for the Health of the Whole

  • 24 / 38 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will explore one of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, yama. The first of these ethical observances is ahimsa, non-harming of self and others. We apply this principle to our yogic lifestyle by adhering to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet for 21 days. Our mealtimes are not only an opportunity to practice mindful eating, but also a time to educate students about plant-based nutrition. Students gain first-hand experience of the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle in harmony with Ayurvedic principles.

Living Yoga

  • 30+ / 40+ total hours
  • Learning Objective: This is the beauty of immersive training. We encourage you to experience life through the lens of yoga. Conversation, excursions, self-care time…applying the principles of yogic lifestyle off the mat is the true practice. Every hour of our time together is a part of the training. There is no compartmentalization.

Yoga-Related Film

  • 3 / 4 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will get a recap and summary of course content by watching a documentary and several short videos on YouTube.

Non-Contact Hours:

  • Reading Assignments, Self-Study and Related Projects
  • 20+ total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will learn multiple perspectives on the general course content by reading the course manual and textbooks.

21-Day Only

  • Ayurveda
  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will be introduced to Ayurveda as a sister science to yoga: yoga being a path to purify the mind and Ayurveda a path to purify the body. An overview of the five elements, three doshas, dinacharya (daily routine) guidelines, and living in harmony with our environment are given.

Dynamic Use of Language and Music

  • 6 total hours
  • Learning Objectives: Creative and conscious verbal guidance is one key to skillful teaching. In this module, we explore different approaches to public speaking, various approaches to cuing alignment, filler words, and creative use of verbs and metaphors. There is also a discussion about how to effectively use music.

What Next? The Business of Teaching Yoga

  • 3 total Hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will learn how and why to register with Yoga Alliance. We discuss teaching options and possibilities; how to find teaching opportunities and what to expect; continuing education; mentorship and higher-level training; hosting and attending workshops, retreats, and special events; marketing alliances; social media; and how to write a bio, resume, and mission statement.

14-Day Online Course Work

  • Online Asana Class
  • 10.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will continue the 90 minute morning practice for 7 more days online with pre-recorded classes on YouTube.

Daily Meditation

  • 10.5 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students actively practice loving kindness, japa, trataka, japa mala, mindfulness, sound healing, yoga nidra, mantra, and nyasm styles of meditation daily, and additionally an hour of silence in the morning for 7 days to directly experience the benefits and challenges. Students will have the opportunity to note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 21 days in a row.

Chakras, Nadis, Koshas: Energetic Anatomy of the Human Experience

  • 10 total hours
  • Learning Objective: This module gives students an overview of the energy-body through the lens of yoga.

Ayurveda

  • 7 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will be introduced to Ayurveda as a sister science to yoga: yoga being a path to purify the mind and Ayurveda a path to purify the body. An overview of the five elements, three doshas, dinacharya (daily routine) guidelines, and living in harmony with our environment are given.

Yoga Sutra Discussion: Yama and Niyama

  • 4 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students learn the ethical aspects of relating to self and others in this exploration of the yamas and niyamas. Different translations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are referenced, as well as current applications of these ancient and timeless guidelines to living a yogic lifestyle.

Dynamic Use of Language

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objectives: Creative and conscious verbal guidance is one key to skillful teaching. In this module, we explore different approaches to public speaking, various approaches to curing alignment, filler words, and creative use of verbs and metaphors.

What Next? The Business of Teaching Yoga

  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Students will learn how and why to register with Yoga Alliance. We discuss teaching options and possibilities; how to find teaching opportunities and what to expect; continuing education; mentorship and higher-level trainings; hosting and attending workshops, retreats, and special events; marketing alliances; social media; and how to write a bio, resume, and mission statement.

Short Videos on YouTube

  • 2 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Watch the playlist of selected shorts on our YouTube channel for inside into yoga from many different perspectives.

1000-word essay

  • 3 total hours
  • Learning Objective: Research and write about anything you want to learn more about as an opportunity to go deeper.

Recommended (not required) projects to complete at home:

  • 10+ hours teaching community classes
  • 10+ hours of community service
  • 6 hours to plan one ayurvedic meal specific to your vikruti; shop or grow, cook, eat, and clean up

Total Contact Hours:

  • 21-day - 264
  • 14-day - 201.5

Instructors

Liz Lindh

Retreat location

Villa Blanca is a grand manor with views over the Mediterranean Sea, ideally located near Barcelona and Costa Brava. Built in 1909, it is a luxury family-owned property with lots of old-world charm and history. The villa is conveniently located in a prestigious and isolated residential area and is perfect for yoga teacher training.

The wonderful beach of Sant Vicenç de Montalt is only 5 minutes walking distance and has been awarded the Blue Flag for its high-quality standards and cleanliness. This 2 kilometers long beach is full of “tapas chiringuitos”.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

A mouthwatering experience: gourmet vegetarian and vegan cuisine

Nutrition is more than just feeding the physical body. Food is essential on so many levels and that’s why Lakshmi Rising has chosen Gaia Gourmet Cuisine to cater to all of the international retreats and yoga teacher training. This incredible cuisine nourishes every aspect of your being - supporting, nourishing, and cleansing your body, mind, and spirit along your journey.

The talented plant-based chef creates three unforgettable Gaia gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals per day inspired by the world’s greatest cuisines. Healthy organic food is artistically crafted to please all of the senses. Meals are designed around the seasons using Ayurvedic principles while incorporating the best and freshest local ingredients, herbs, and spices.

They procure and serve all organic produce from local family farms. The meals are well balanced and prepared with love. This positive energy is infused into the food, aiding the digestion process.

Balanced nutrition for the body and mind

It’s important that you are well-fed and completely nourished from the inside out when you join this training. With a vegetarian-based menu (and vegan and gluten-free options available), you will be provided plenty of protein by using legumes, seeds and nuts, artisan cheeses, and eggs from free-ranging chickens.

They only use whole grains and natural sweeteners. With an ever-expanding orchard of over 300 various tropical fruit trees, the freshly picked organic fruits make great complements to your dining experience. Overall, this will produce a more lively healthy body and mind and is the most environmentally friendly diet.

They always do their best to accommodate food allergies. They can omit certain items from dishes, such as cheese, dairy, and nuts. They cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free or nut-free environment. Persons with serious food allergies such as Celiac disease or those on a 100% raw food diet should not attend a retreat.

The organizer must know of all serious food issues at least three weeks prior to arrival. Bring an open mind and allow your taste buds to savor this unique culinary adventure!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • 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)

  • Walk on the beach and enjoy the sun
  • Go to a winery for wine tasting and lunch
  • Visit Barcelona and Gaudi's famous architecture!

What's included

  • 200-hour certificate upon successful completion of the course + the additional online coursework
  • Eligibility to register for Yoga Alliance certification
  • Over 170 contact hours
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 500+ page training manual
  • A 1.5-hour asana practice each morning Monday-Friday
  • 3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (except on arrival, departure and excursion days)
  • Unlimited coffee, an assortment of teas, and fresh fruit for snacking
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Self-serve use of laundry facility
  • Full access to a 15-acre estate including gardens, fruit trees, trails, and a swimming pool
  • 13% tax

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from Spain or the villa
  • Airport transfer to the villa
  • Required texts, yoga mats, and props and supplies
  • Optional excursions to ancient towns, vineyards, thermal spas, and more
  • Wellness services or staff gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by taxi

Lakshmi Rising will help coordinate transportation to the villa with all the students' specific arrival times so that you can pair up and travel together and share the cost.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday October 23, 2022
Departure: Saturday November 5, 2022

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