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Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Spain

Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training is an awareness-based practice that includes fluid, dynamic asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, meditation, dance, wellness, self-care, and ritual for optimal health and personal growth. Lakshmi Rising method is a revitalizing approach to develop mindful self-awakening and cultivate strength and flexibility on all levels through the practice of yoga. Lakshmi Rising’s training encompasses its mission of education, empowerment, and evolution; draws from many traditions; and emphasizes more than the physical practice of yoga.

Meet the instructors

Liz
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 600+ pages of Lakshmi Rising YTT manual
  • Eligible to register for Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • 3 incredible, daily organic Gaia Gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals
  • 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 in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 22 participants
Airport transfer included: Barcelona–El Prat Airport
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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®).

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 immersion gives you two 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 two weeks will look like while enjoying your training.

Sunday, October 24: Arrival

  • 17:00 - 20:00 Orientation, introductions, and opening ritual
  • 20:00 Welcome dinner

Most days

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Morning asana practice
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Silent breakfast
  • 11:30 - 14:30 Training session
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Delicious 3-course lunch
  • 17:30 - 19:30 Training session
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Grounding dinner

Lakshmi Rising 200-hour yoga teacher training curriculum

Explore the unique yoga teacher training empowerment program curriculum; Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga and Wellness wants to spark your curiosity and interest! Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga and Wellness currently has two options to share this invaluable knowledge with you. Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga and Wellness offers the same content over a 21-day immersion intensive or over a 14-day immersion intensive. You will have over 170 contact hours during the program.

Course overview

What is Lakshmi Rising? (3 total hours)

Learning objective: During the opening circle, you discuss the course overview, introduce the power of intention and ritual, share collective introductions among the kula (community), and explain the Lakshmi Rising concept. You also go over the course requirements.

What is yoga? What is wellness? (2 total hours)

Learning objective: Students collectively define both yoga and wellness. A brief cultural history of yoga and classical definitions of yoga are discussed. Concepts like samkhya and kleshas are introduced. Wellness is collectively defined. Connections are drawn between yoga and wellness.

Daily morning sadhana including asana, pranayama, mantra, kriya, and mudra (26 total hours)

Learning objective: These two-hour daily modules 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.

Meditation practicum (12 total hours)

Learning objective: Students will actively practice loving kindness, japa, trataka, japa mala, mindfulness, sound healing, yoga Nidra, mantra, and nyasm styles of meditation daily to directly experience the benefits and also the challenges. Students will have the opportunity to note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 14 days in a row.

Sequencing concepts and techniques (8 total hours)

Learning objective: In this one-hour daily module following the morning sadhana, the instructor explains the proceeding morning practice. The morning yoga classes are based upon the Lakshmi Rising Hatha Vinyasa method of building a sequence around a cohesive theme and variations on that theme (physically and oftentimes mentally, emotionally, and spiritually).

In each of these breakdown 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 master class is collectively discussed and written down. This will provide students with a library of intentional and versatile sequences to reference for inspiration when putting together their own classes once they begin teaching.

This session also serves as questions and answers about any part of the morning practice so that students gain experiential perspective about designing and teaching a yoga class and also for clarification about any of the class elements.

Structure of a Vinyasa class (2 total hours)

Learning objective: Basic concepts specific to Hatha Vinyasa yoga in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya are defined, as well as elements unique to Lakshmi Rising. This gives students a map to follow regarding what to include in their future classes and why.

Concepts such as Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), Vinyasa krama (flows), kriya (repetitive movements), and connecting Vinyasa (linking sequences) are explored.

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.

Roots of alignment: Defining asana and intro to yoga anatomy (2.5 total hours)

Learning objective: This module includes Krishmacharya’s and Patanjali’s definition of asana, students working together in partners or small groups to perform a postural analysis, and an overview of common alignment mistakes.

Anatomy of asana families (2 total hours)

Learning objective: 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, as well as general benefits of posture groupings, are explained.

Asana lab (21.5 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 will work in pairs or small groups to practice teaching the asana and mini-sequences.

Hands-on adjustments 101 (1.5 total hours)

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.

Art of shapeshifting photo project (2 total hours)

Learning objective: Students are given a list of asana (yoga poses) that are a part of the Lakshmi Rising curriculum. With a partner or small group, students will photographically document their understanding of these poses on both the first and last days of the training program. This will illustrate their growth and transformation during the yoga teacher certification course, and also their understanding of the physical and energetic alignment of each asana.

Secrets of the bandhas (2 total hours)

Learning objective: Students receive theoretical and experiential information about hasta, pada, mula, uddiyana, jalandhara and maha bandhas. You will discuss benefits, contraindications, physical and energetic anatomy, and explore several different techniques for teaching and self-practice.

Yoga in the world today: The legacy of Krishnamacharya (one total hour)

Learning objective: Students will discuss the similarities and differences between yoga and exercise. The global influence of Krishnamacharya and his students will be discussed, as well as other popular styles of yoga.

Patanjali and the Eight Limbs of Yoga (1 total hour)

Learning objective: This is an introduction to yoga as a philosophy and lifestyle that encompasses more than just the physical postures.

Yoga Sutra discussion: Yama and Niyama (2.5 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 the current application of these ancient and timeless guidelines to living a yogic lifestyle.

Concepts in Ahimsa: Plant-based nutrition for the health of the whole (24 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. You apply this principle to your yogic lifestyle by adhering to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet for 14-days.

The mealtimes are not only an opportunity to practice mindful eating, but they are also a time to educate students about plant-based nutrition and to offer the first-hand experience of the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle in harmony with Ayurvedic principles.

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), kumbaka (breath retention), and vayu (wind) are defined. Benefits and contraindications are also explained.

Meditation defined: Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi (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 process. Different styles and approaches are explained.

Meditation techniques explained (4.5 total hours)

Learning objective: nyasm, loving kindness, Japa, Japa Mala, mindfulness, sound healing, yoga Nidra, mantra, and Trataka are explained in-depth so that each student will have clear instruction on how to practice each of these techniques, and also the benefits, variations, and contraindications for each.

Mauna: Practicing silence (15 total hours)

Learning objective: Students learn about the benefits of silence by refraining from speech and technology during silent breakfasts and Saturday mornings.

Sahaja Vinyasa: Lakshmi Rising conscious dance (1 total hour)

Learning objective: Students practice meditation in motion, ritual, and a new way of experiencing asana, to break habits and patterns that block their flow of awareness.

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.

Yoga philosophy: samskara, karma, klesha, and pratyahara (1 total hour)

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

Stepping into the role of a teacher (3 total hours)

Learning objective: The concept of lineage is defined. Students will reflect upon their own lineage and identify their strengthens and weaknesses as a teacher. You discuss what it means to be a teacher, yoga teacher, educator, guide, and leader.

Quiz and review (2 total hours)

Learning objective: In two quizzes, at the beginning of week two, students will have 30 minutes to take each quiz and then 30 minutes to go over the quiz as a group. This emphasizes important course content and gives students a gauge of their strengths and weaknesses.

Yoga-related film (3 total hours)

Learning objective: Students will get a recap and summary of course content by watching a documentary and several short videos on YouTube.

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 in addition to dedicating more than five hours to prep and planning time for a final student practicum; more than one hour of prepping, planning, design, and creation of sacred space altar and dinner blessing; and one hour of Karma yoga during the training in-person.

14 days non-contact hours

  • More than 40 hours of course reading and practice prior to or during the training program
  • 2 hours to research and write 1000 word essay
  • More 10 hours teaching community classes upon completion of training
  • 7 hours silent mornings/breakfasts for seven days
  • 6 hours to plan one ayurvedic meal specific to your vikruti; shop or grow, cook, eat, and clean-up

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”.

Unique features

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace

Services

  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

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
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
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

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
  • 500 + page Training manual
  • A 2-hour asana practice each morning Monday to Friday
  • 3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day
  • Super-filtered high vibration mountain spring water for drinking and bathing
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Weekly laundry service
  • Full access to a 40-acre estate and swimming pool
  • 13% tax

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Required texts and supplies
  • Optional excursions
  • Wellness services or staff gratuities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). Lakshmi Rising will arrange transportation between Barcelona and Villa Blanca. For more information, please send an inquiry to Lakshmi Rising.

Airport: Barcelona–El Prat Airport Airport transfer included: Barcelona–El Prat Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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 24, 2021
Departure: Saturday November 6, 2021

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