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Spain Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

Good news: Spain is now open to vaccinated tourists and to anyone with an EU Digital Covid Certificate!

This 300-hour advanced program is a 21-day yoga intensive designed to nourish your practice, inspire your teaching, and expand your skillset. This immersion provides unique tools and valuable wisdom for both self-development and sharing with your community. This advanced yoga teacher training runs alongside Lakshmi Rising’s 3-week, 200-hour foundational training, with a slightly different, expanded schedule.

Meet the instructors

Liz & Chef Naga
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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
  • 20 nights in luxury accommodations

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 25 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
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 of 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

Curriculum

Advanced students start the day with meditation and chanting an hour before foundational students. The 2-hour asana practice and subsequent discussion are collective. Philosophy modules and asana lab are also concurrent with the 200-hour training. However, advanced students have different textbooks, reading assignments, and in-class projects. Saturday and Sunday sessions do not overlap with foundational content.

Sample schedule

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

Required Texts

  • Prakriti by 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

Course Overview

What is Lakshmi Rising? (3 total hours)

Learning Objective: During our opening circle, there will be a discussion of the course overview, introduce the power of intention and ritual, share collective introductions among the kula (community), and explain the Lakshmi Rising concept. You will also go over the course requirements.

What is Yoga? What is Wellness? (2 total hours)

Learning Objective: Students collectively define both yoga and wellness, and draw connections between them. A brief cultural history of yoga and classical definitions of Yoga are discussed. Concepts like Samkhya and kleshas are introduced.

Daily Morning Sadhana (34 total hours)

Learning Objective: These two-hour 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.

Hanuman Chalisa (19 total hours)

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

Meditation Practicum (34.5 total hours)

Learning Objective: Students actively practice loving kindness, japa, trataka, japa mala, mindfulness, sound healing, yoga Nidra, mantra, and nyasm styles of meditation twice daily to directly experience the benefits and challenges. Students will note the effects of a consistent daily meditation practice for 21 days in a row. Students will be asked to journal after each 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 preceding practice. The 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 experiential perspectives on designing and teaching a yoga class and clarification about the class elements.

Structure of a Vinyasa Class (2 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.

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 is presented.

Anatomy of Asana Families (3 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, and 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 work in pairs or small groups to practice teaching asana, mini-sequences, hands-on techniques, pranayama, and chanting. Students create mini-sequences and are given feedback to understand how to be a more capable teacher.

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 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.

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 the benefits, contraindications, and physical and energetic anatomy, and explore several different techniques for teaching and self-practice.

Chakras, Nadis, Koshas: Energetic Anatomy of the Human Experience (2.5 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 (1 total hour)

Learning Objective: Students discuss the similarities and differences between yoga and exercise. The global influence of Krishnamacharya and his students is 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 (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 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. We apply this principle to our yogic lifestyle by adhering to a Lacto-Ovo vegetarian diet for 21 days. The 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.

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.

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 (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.

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 on Saturdays for half the day.

Sahaja Vinyasa: Lakshmi Rising Conscious Dance (2 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 (1 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 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 (9 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 (1 total hour)

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

Ayurveda (9 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.

Jyotisha: Vedic Astrology (6 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 us as individuals has a profound impact on who we are, where our strengths and weaknesses lie, and how to take the best course of action to make the most of this human lifetime. Students’ individual charts will be analyzed to give an overview of general concepts.

Vaastu: Creating Heaven on Earth (3 total hours)

Learning Objective: Vaastu is the Vedic science of creating a harmonious environment, similar to the better-known approach from China, feng shui. Parallels will be drawn between Vaastu and both Jyotisha and Ayurveda. Students learn another way to cultivate a yogic lifestyle, by living in harmony with our environment.

The Business of Teaching Yoga (3 total hours)

Learning Objective: You will 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.

Evaluating the Role of Teacher (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. You will 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 weeks two and three—students have 30 minutes to take each quiz and 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.

Contact and non-contact hours

  • 273.5 contact hours
  • 40+ hours of course reading and practice prior to or during the training program
  • 5 hours prep and planning time for final student practicum
  • 1-hour prep, planning, design, and creation of sacred space altar
  • 1-hour Karma yoga
  • 2 hours to research and write a 1000-word essay
  • 10+ hours teaching community classes upon completion of training

Instructors

Liz Lindh

Chef Naga

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

During this training, 3 incredible, organic Gaia Gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals each on-site day. There will also be unlimited coffee, an assortment of teas, and fresh fruit for snacks provided.

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
  • Vegan
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)

  • Options to participate in organized group excursions

What's included

  • Certificate of completion when successfully complete the training
  • 425 pages of invaluable knowledge in your Lakshmi Rising YTT Manual
  • 20 nights in luxury accommodations
  • 3 incredible, organic Gaia Gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals each on-site day
  • Unlimited coffee, an assortment of teas, and fresh fruit for snacks
  • Housekeeping and laundry service or self-serve laundry
  • Full access to magical private properties including gardens, trails, swimming pools, and more
  • All applicable taxes
  • 3 weeks making friends for life with like-minded souls from around the world!

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Yoga mata and props

How to get there

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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 13, 2021

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