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21 Day 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course in Tuscany
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Villa Teresa Agriturismo, Tuscany, Italy

Intensive Immersion Yoga Teacher Training

Going deeper with a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training certification is a life-enriching experience and a wise investment! Your 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training immersion course in delicious Cortona, Italy gives you three weeks to focus on deepening your yoga and spiritual practices with other curious, interesting people from around the world. It is a time for you to enjoy life while delving deeper into the timeless tradition of yoga. It is an opportunity to learn new tricks and tips, cultivate true health and happiness, and advance your career options, all while making new, like-minded friends.

Meet the instructors

Liz & Chef Naga
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Highlights

  • 20 days of practice
  • 1 2-hour yoga class per day
  • Daily guided meditation session
  • Chanting Hanuman Chalisa and pranayama lessons
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Tranquil surroundings

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

The beautiful stone farmhouse, built in the 19th century, features panoramic views of the old castle of Montecchio and Cortona, a short drive from the farmhouse. S. Savino Mountain, Lucignano, and the Trasimeno Lake are all close by, offering plenty of cultural attractions and the folklore of international renown.

The farmhouse is situated in the Chiana Valley, a beautiful natural environment characterized by low hills, each concealing an endless variety of landscapes. Nearby, there is a two-and-a-half acre park surrounded by vineyards, olive and fruit trees: pears, wild cherries, hazels, figs, apricots, peaches, plums, grapes, and more. During this course, you will stay in a share double room with another student.

Program

This advanced yoga instructor certification program draws from many traditions and emphasizes more than the physical practice of yoga. You will explore and experience classical Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, the importance of ritual, the magic of mantra, philosophy from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, awareness of the subtle energies within and around you, and a deep connection to nature as your teacher.

Your asana practice is Hatha Vinyasa, Vinyasa meaning the fluid and purposeful integration of breath and movement. You will gain an understanding of proper alignment for over 108 asana, sun salutations for all levels, creative and smart sequencing, core based strength exercises, enhancing postures with hands-on adjustments, how to incorporate music into a class, how to use props and how to work with special populations.

Curriculum

Your intention for this advanced yoga teacher training is to empower teachers and students of yoga to deepen their understanding of both classical and modern yogic concepts and techniques, to provide tools for teachers to finetune their skills and knowledge, and to broaden your global yoga community.

What is Lakshmi Rising? (three total hours)

  • Learning objective

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

What is yoga? What is wellness? (two 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 (34 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, the inspiration for self-observation, and spiritual wisdom.

Hanuman Chalisa (19 total hours)

  • Learning objective

Students will learn this traditional chant to cultivate strength of body and mind, stamina, vibrant health, and to ground excess Vata.

Meditation practicum (34.5 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 twice 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 21 days in a row. Students will be asked to journal after each meditation session to record data, catalog insights, and track progress.

Sequencing concepts and techniques (12.5 total hours)

  • Learning objective

In this one-hour daily module following the morning sadhana, the instructor explains the proceeding morning practice. Your 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 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 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. This session also serves as a 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 (two 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 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.

The art of intelligent sequencing (five 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 will design a class using this method and receive feedback.

Roots of alignment: defining asana and intro to yoga anatomy (two and a half 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 (three 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 asana is 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, mini-sequences, hands-on techniques, pranayama techniques, and chanting. Students will be asked to create mini-sequences. Students will be given feedback so that they will understand how to be a more capable teacher.

Hands-on adjustments 101 (one and a half 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 shape-shifting photo project (two total hours)

  • Learning objective

Students are given a list of asana (yoga poses) that are a part of the LR 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 (two total hours)

  • Learning objective

Students receive theoretical and experiential information about hasta, pada, Mula, uddiyana, Jalandhar, and maha bandhas. You discuss benefits, contraindications, physical and energetic anatomy, and explore several different techniques for teaching and self-practice.

Chakras, Nadis, Koshas: energetic anatomy of the human experience (two and a half total hours)

  • Learning objective

This module gives students an overview of the energy-body through the lens of yoga.

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 (one 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 (four 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 (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. You apply this principle to your yogic lifestyle by adhering to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet for 21 days. Your mealtimes are not only an opportunity to practice mindful eating. 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 (two 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 (two 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 (seven and a half 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 (30 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 (two total hours)

  • 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.

Yoga philosophy: Samskara, Karma, Klesha, and Pratyahara (one total hour)

  • 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 in society that can be shifted through diligent self-study (svadhyaya) and through the practice of yoga.

Yoga philosophy: Intro to classical Tantra, Mantra, and ritual (nine total hours)

  • Learning objective

Students will learn the core principles of what classical Tantra is and is not. How to create sacred space, how to work in harmony with the five elements, and how to select specific mantras and energies to align with will all be discussed.

Mantra: tools for the mind (one total hour)

  • Learning objective

Different chants are explained, practiced, and recorded to expose students to this ancient form of yoga.

Ayurveda (nine 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 as a path to purify the body. An overview of the five elements, three dosha, dinacharya (daily routine) guidelines, and how to live in harmony with your environment will be given.

Jyotisha: Vedic astrology (six total hours)

  • Learning objective

This module serves as an introduction to the classical science of Vedic Astrology. The relationship of the celestial bodies with each of you as individuals has a profound impact on who you are, where are strengths and weaknesses lie, and how to take the best course of action to make the most of this human lifetime. Student's individual charts will be analyzed to give an overview of general concepts.

Vaastu: creating heaven on Earth (three total hours)

  • Learning objective

Vaastu is the vedic science of creating a harmonious environment, similar to the more well-known approach from China, Feng Shui. Parallels will be drawn between vast and both jyotisha and Ayurveda. This is another way to cultivate a yogic lifestyle, by living in harmony with your environment.

The business of teaching yoga (three total hours)

  • Learning objective

You 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.

Evaluating the role of teacher (five 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 (two total hours)

  • Learning objective

In two quizzes, at the beginning of weeks two and three, 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.

Non-contact hours

  • Over 40 hours of course reading prior to or during the training program
  • Five hours prep and planning time for final student practicum
  • One-hour prep, planning, design, and creation of sacred space altar
  • One-hour Karma yoga
  • Two hours to research and write a 1000-word essay
  • Over 10 hours teaching community classes upon completion of training

Daily schedule

Below is a sample schedule (with slight changes depending upon the location and duration) that will give you a great idea of what your weeks will look like while enjoying your training.

Sunday to Friday

  • 05:00 - 06:00 Meditation and chanting Hanuman Chalisa
  • 06:00 - 08:00 Asana Sadhana
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Concept in a sequencing group session
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Silent breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 - 14:00 Group session
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Gourmet vegetarian lunch
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Group session
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner

Saturday

  • 05:00 - 16:00 Silence self-led meditation, pranayama, and asana practice
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Group session

Instructors

Liz Lindh

Chef Naga

Retreat location

Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness has chosen a magical farmhouse contoured by a hundred holm oaks and a rose garden as the setting for their spring yoga teacher training in Tuscany. Its elegant charm and serene atmosphere is the perfect setting for learning and transformation. This charming farmhouse is 20 minutes outside of Cortona, the location where 'Under The Tuscan Sun' took place. It is located near both of the infamous wine regions, Chianti and Montepulciano.

The town of Cortona itself is perched in the hills at the base of the Apennine mountains, between the gorgeous Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts. Cortona is a 30-minute drive northeast of Montepulciano (home of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) and south of Arezzo, the heart of Chianti’s Colli Aretini. And nearby in the neighboring province of Umbria is Lake Trasimeno. Tuscany is an enchanting setting for your yoga teacher training to cultivate personal growth and exploration.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

This intensive immersion yoga teacher training course features healthy, organic, farm to table, and vegetarian Italian dishes catered by Gaia Gourmet. Their delicious farm-to-table Italian inspired menu during the training is lacto-ovo vegetarian. They cannot accommodate any extreme dietary restrictions such as a raw food diet. The price includes three organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (except during full-day excursions), unlimited self-serve coffee and tea, and organic fresh fruit for snacks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • 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
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • 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)

As a part of the personal growth and wellness element of the training, Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness has some delightful cultural excursions planned for you. Participants will take a day trip to Castiglion Fiorentino to witness their annual Festa Medievale Bianco Azzurra, a reenactment ceremony (and party) of the life and times of the Medieval period in the region. You will also visit a boutique bio-dynamic vineyard and winery where the owners will host a special vegetarian lunch featuring a traditional Tuscan countryside menu paired with their unique and delicious wines.

Santo Stefano is a family-run organic farm of ancient origin. Since the 1700s, the Bernardini family has dealt with high-quality production of wine, olive oil, and honey handing down the love for the land and its produce from one generation to the next one. Another highlighted excursion will be a day visit to infamous Cortona, the location where Under The Tuscan Sun was set. The town of Cortona itself is perched in the hills at the base of the Apennine mountains, between the gorgeous Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts.

Amongst the winding roads in the hillside one will find many artisan shops, cafes, and restaurants, and you will pay a special visit to the Molesini and Sons Wine Market for a unique wine lesson and tasting experience accompanied by selected meat and cheese pairings. The Molesini family established their love of wine-making in 1937 when Giovanni Molesini began managing the Bottega and sold wine to local groceries.

The passion for wine has been passed down through the generations and has led Marco Molesini, Giovanni’s son, to open a store dedicated exclusively to wines, where they have carefully selected over 1,200 labels for their customers. Your final outing is to Terme San Giovanni thermal spa where you will spend the day relaxing, bathing in warm mineral pools, and enjoying authentic European spa treatments for health and wellbeing. Please note that excursions cost extra and are subject to change without notice.

Spa treatments

Aesthetic and wellness massages

  • Relaxing massage - 40 minutes, 30 EUR
  • Foot reflexology - 30 minutes, 35 EUR
  • Draining massage of lower limbs - 50 minutes, 40 EUR
  • Draining massage of the upper limbs - 50 minutes, 40 EUR
  • Facial massage - 30 minutes, 35 EUR
  • Sports massage - 30 minutes, 30 EUR
  • Shiatsu, Zen Shiatsu, and beauty Shiatsu - suit one hour, 55 EUR or localized 30 minutes, 40 EUR
  • Reiki - 40 minutes, 50 EUR

Therapeutic massages

  • Decontracting massage - 40 minutes, 30 EUR
  • Mobilisation and recovery of movement and elasticity - 30 minutes, 30 EUR
  • Individual postural exercises - 40 minutes, 35 EUR
  • Respiratory gymnastics - 40 minutes, 35 EUR

What's included

  • Over 280 contact hours
  • Training manual
  • 1 two-hour asana practice each morning from Monday to Friday
  • 20 nights accommodation in a double occupancy
  • 3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day
  • Unlimited coffee and an assortment of teas
  • Fresh fruit for snacking
  • Super-filtered high vibration mountain spring water for drinking and bathing
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Self-serve use of laundry facility
  • Full access to a 12-acre nature preserve including gardens, fruit trees, trails, and swimming pool
  • 13% tax

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from Italy
  • Required texts 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 airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (FLR).

Arrival by train

Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness provides transportation to and from the train station upon arrival and departure. Plan to meet at the station of Castiglion Fiorentino at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, and you will all ride to the villa together. Check-out time is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 5. You will travel your separate ways from the train station.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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