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Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Italy

You have arrived here for a reason. Something inside is asking to awaken. Now is the time to develop your unique gifts; 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 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.

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
  • 3 incredible, daily organic Gaia Gourmet vegetarian or vegan meals (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
  • 20 nights in luxury accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


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

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

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

The Villa and Wine Resort

The timeless beauty of Villa Dei Cipressi, nestled on the highest hilltop of the Sona Village, is both enchanting and inviting. Her classically elegant architecture and design are said to date back to the end of the ninth century.

Spacious rooms are tastefully decorated with antique furniture including many beautiful art deco pieces, original artworks, exquisite lighting, ancient tiles, linen drapes, and luxurious bedding. You will begin each day with a beautiful morning yoga practice in the panoramic sunroom facing the park.

The grand estate, recognized as a Heritage Site, spreads out over 28 hectares including vineyards, olive groves, and gardens with Villa del Cipressi centered as the crown jewel. Just outside the villa are ancient coniferous and cypress trees, a rose garden, lily pond with fountain, a bamboo grove with an outdoor pizza oven, expansive lawn, swimming pool, and several cozy seating areas to relax, contemplate and enjoy the breathless views of the Verona Valley with a delicious glass of wine cultivated right on the property. All of this and more creates a romantic, dream-like atmosphere in exclusive privacy.

This property, at about 200 meters above sea level, is part of the Garda Lake Morainic amphitheater. The unique geologic formation is composed of many horseshoe-shaped hills carved out by glaciers and streams 100,000 years ago. The special soil composition is a key to their world-renowned wines. Verona is to the East, Garda Lake to the West, and the Dolomites to the North.

The Landini family has owned this property since 1963. The Sparici-Landini motivating spirit is their love of the land, its vineyards, and olive groves. The founder of the wine resort was a woman, Maddalena, called “la Grisa”.

Their 40 years of success in wine production is a synthesis of rich traditions developed over centuries, wisely measured modernism, and, most importantly, good soil. They harvest the finest selection of grapes for their boutique wines bunch by bunch by hand.

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.

Most Days

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Sadhana: asana, pranayama, mantra, and discussion
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast, discussion of sacred texts or silence
  • 12:00 - 15:00 Training session
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Gourmet vegetarian lunch with nutrition and natural health discussion
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Training session
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dinner with gratitude practice

Saturday

  • 08:00 - 010:30 Silent yoga practice

They serve a delicious dinner at 8:00 p.m. and their first training session starts at 4:00. This session is a required part of the training so please don’t be late! Plan your departure for late morning on the final Saturday. The program ends after breakfast and check out time is 10 a.m.

Please note the YTT schedule is very full and does not leave much unstructured time to explore on your own. Please come a few days early or plan a few days after the program to do that.

Lakshmi Rising 200-hour YTT Curriculum

Techniques and Training:

  • Daily Sadhana: A 90 minute asana practice each morning (also includes Pranayama and Mantra)
  • Daily meditation: Several different techniques will be introduced and explored so that students will leave with a solid foundation for cultivating a personal practice
  • Asana lab: Break down of over 130 Asanas, names in traditional Sanskrit and common English names, how to teach them, physical & energetic anatomy of each asana, contraindications & hands on, energetic and verbal assists
  • Asana families: Categories of postures, general benefits, contraindications, and sequencing tips
  • The art of sequencing: Learn to move your students in a way they have never been moved before. We will go over key concepts like the components of a class, building to a "peak pose", using theme and variation & counter-poses
  • Pranayama lab: methods, benefits, contraindications and teaching techniques
  • Mantra and chanting: in Sanskrit with English translation and significance
  • Ritual: How to make life a sacred and purposeful journey

Teaching Methodology

  • Effective assisting: Enhancing the Asana
  • Components of a class
  • Dynamic use of language
  • Intention setting and themes
  • Music: how to use sacred vibrations to create an experience
  • Voice as an instrument: tone and tempo
  • Yoga in the world today: styles and lineage
  • Qualities of a good teacher
  • Business of yoga, marketing, and social media
  • Options for certified yoga instructors

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Physical body A and P
  • Subtle body including Chakras, Bandhas, Nadis, Acupressure and Marma Points, Vayus and Koshas
  • Getting out of the head and into the body, awakening intuition - thinking vs. sensing

Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics

  • Patanjali
  • 8 limbs of yoga
  • Yamas and Niyamas
  • Yoga sutras
  • Yoga in the world today
  • Art of ritual
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Intro to Ayurveda, the 5 elements and the 3 Gunas
  • Karma Yoga: being of service, giving back and making the world a better place
  • Code of ethics

Practicum

  • Posture clinic and practice teaching - students will be teaching asana, pranayama and chanting with partners and in groups, openly giving and receiving feedback
  • Each student must create and teach a 30-minute class to be critiqued by instructors and peers

Required Text Books

The books (e-books are fine) to purchase and bring with you are:

  • "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by Swami Satchidananda
  • "Yoga Anatomy" by Leslie Kaminoff
  • "Teaching Yoga" by Mark Stephens
  • "The Heart of Yoga" by TKV Desikachar
  • "Ayurveda, The Science of Self Healing" by Dr Vasant Lad

Instructors

Liz Lindh

Retreat location

The charm and deep-rooted history of Verona led you to explore this magical region to host your October Yoga Teacher Training. Verona is a medieval city built between the majestic Adige River in the Veneto region of northern Italy. It’s famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

This magical old town is home to the Verona Arena, a huge 1st-century Roman amphitheater, which currently hosts concerts and large-scale opera performances regularly.

In the province surrounding Verona, there are some of the most historical areas of world-famous wines such as Valpolicella (Amarone), Soave, Lugana, Bardolino, Custoza, Durello, that can be accessed in less than a 30 minutes drive.

Unique features

Activities

  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Garden

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

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)

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. Please note that these excursions cost extra and are subject to change without notice.

Explore Venice

The ancient city of Venezia is considered by many, including your hosts Liz and Naga, as the most beautiful city built by men. You will find exquisite works of art around every corner and breathtaking delights for all of your senses where ever you direct your attention. Join Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga & Wellness for a day trip with lunch and dinner out. Hi-speed train or private boat charter.

Visit Verona

Most famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” but the history of the city dates back to over 550 BC. You will take the day to explore cultural sights and then meet at Antica Bottega Del Vino (Best Dessert and Fortified Wine List in the World 2019) for dinner together.

Terme di Sirmione Thermal Spa

This world-class spa is an oasis of wellness immersed in a large park, well known as a place to enjoy intense beauty, harmony, pleasure, and healing. Unique sulfurous, salsobromoiodic thermal waters from a natural spring deep in the bed of Lake Garda are healing for the bones and joints, respiratory ailments, urogynecological system, alterations, and diseases of the skin such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne.

This hotel has been in operation since the 1920s but recognized as a healing place as far back as the Renaissance. The thermal waters, mud, steam and heat, combined with pampering personalized treatments and breathtaking views of Lake Garda make this experience unforgettable.

You will spend the day soaking and sun bathing and then, after sunset, enjoy a group dinner before returning to your villa.

The water at the basis of everything

More than 10,000 square meters of wellness, of which 700 contain thermal water with swimming pools, hydromassage, effervescent beds, saunas, steam baths, sensory showers. Rich in mineral salts and micronutrients, the sulfurous water containing sodium chloride, bromide, and iodide is vital for the skin and the whole body, at all times of the year.

Its temperature is at a constant temperature of between 34 and 36 degrees, allowing the outdoor swimming pools to be used even in winter, and its exfoliating properties prepare the skin for tanning in the summer. Everything at Aquaria Thermal SPA is designed for all-round wellness.

Facial treatment with thermal water mask (25 minutes)

The mask is creamy and gel-like and has a fresh and light texture.

  • Restorative collagen mask: suitable for mature skin and has anti-aging action
  • Relaxing and soothing mask with plant extracts: suitable for sensitive skin, it has a calming and relaxing action
  • Balancing mask with ceramides and witch hazel extract: suitable for oily and impure skin, it has a balancing and normalizing action
  • Nourishing mask with amino acids and vitamins: suitable for dry skin and it has a nourishing action

Hand thermal mud (25 minutes)

Anti-fatigue, exfoliating and emollient action. Cosmetic treatment with warm thermal mud and a short massage with hydrating butter with an olive or pomegranate aroma, creating a luminous and velvety appearance

Foot thermal mud (25 minutes)

Suitable for tired and exhausted feet. Creates a feeling of relief and skin with a silky touch. Cosmetic treatment with lukewarm thermal mud and a short massage with hydrating butter with an olive or pomegranate aroma, which adds softness.

Balancing and emollient thermal mud (50 minutes)

Suitable for all skin types. Soothing and relaxing action. Cosmetic treatment with lukewarm thermal mud with rose petals, rich in trace elements and minerals, including jojoba oil and its soothing properties.

Reducing and slimming thermal mud (50 minutes)

Suitable for all skin types. Reducing action. Cosmetic treatment with warm thermal mud that, combined with the active ingredients of the bay, sandalwood, grapefruit, jojoba, and cedar essential oils, favors the drainage of excess liquids.

Leg detox thermal mud (50 minutes)

Suitable for those who suffer from swelling of the lower limbs. Refreshing and draining action. Cosmetic treatment with lukewarm-cold thermal mud plus lavender, helichrysum, jojoba, and cypress essential oils, which create a feeling of lightness and freshness in the legs.

Hand anti-aging treatment (50 minutes)

Smoothing, rejuvenating, and lightening action. Suitable for regenerating the skin of the hands. The main active ingredients of this treatment are glycolic acid, with an exfoliating action, plant collagen, with a lifting action, and shea butter with a hydrating thermal water base.

Personalized facial with thermal mud (50 minutes)

Suitable for dull, weak, aged skin. Smoothing action. Treatment includes the application of our thermal mud with a smoothing and detoxifying action, which prepares the skin for the active principles of the specific 100% Terme di Sirmione thermal water mask chosen according to the skin’s needs.

Oxygenating cleanse with thermal mud (50 minutes)

Suitable for all skin types. Detoxifying. Water and thermal mud are rich in active ingredients; they are used in this facial cleansing along with products for all types of skin.

Anti-age gold treatment with DNA (50 minutes)

Suitable for mature and thickened skin. Anti-aging, moisturizing and emollient action. The treatment involves the use of an innovative line rich in active DNA substances, aimed at improving the tone of tissues and preventing skin aging.

Anti-pollution treatment (50 minutes)

Suitable for all skin types. Anti-pollution action. Latest-generation antioxidant treatment that protects the skin from pollution thanks to a particular molecule that quickly acts on the activation of free radicals in synergy with the thermal water.

Face, neck, and neckline collagen treatment (50 minutes)

Suitable for all skin types. Treatment using the coating of plant collagen activated with thermal water rich in trace elements create a filling, firming and soothing effect.

Body brush with candle massage (50 minutes)

Exfoliating and rehydrating action. Reactivating body treatment that stimulates microcirculation through delicate exfoliation carried out on dry skin with natural fiber brushes, preparing the skin for a warm and enveloping candle massage with vegetable butters.

Slimming coffee treatment (50 minutes)

Formulated to counteract fat and the stagnation of body fluid. Reducing action. Reactivating body treatment with the precious properties of coffee, which has a slimming and anti-fat action.

Aquaria massage (50 minutes)

For nourished and smooth skin, with Aquaria Thermal Cosmetics Massage Cream.

Body massage with vegetable butter (50 minutes)

Nourishing and enveloping, with the pleasant aroma of olive or pomegranate.

Massage with almond oil or garda olive oil (50 minutes)

Smoothing massage enhanced by the properties of Garda olive oil - highly antioxidant, protective, and elasticizing - or Almond oil - regenerating, emollient and nourishing.

Argan oil massage (50 minutes)

Performed with movements that stimulate and relax the senses, 100% Argan oil is rich in vitamins and anti-free radicals, promoting deep hydration.

Drainage massage (50 minutes)

Massaging movements that help move and eliminate excess fluids, counteracting fatty deposits.

Revitalizing anti-aging gold treatment (50 minutes)

Suitable for mature and dull skin. The skin regains its splendor with Eternal Gold. It improves elasticity and nourishes and protects the skin, making it perfectly smooth, perfumed, and lightly illuminated.

Balancing treatment with warm bundles (50 minutes)

A sweet and enveloping ritual for relaxing the body and mind. A warm touch is perfumed with herbs, which stretches your muscles and stimulates circulation, creating a feeling of well-being.

Energizing treatment with orange and spices (50 minutes)

Energizing and anti-aging action. Ideal for promoting skin elasticity. Peeling and massage with orange and chili-perfumed butter that reactivates the skin, making it soft and hydrated.

Regenerating treatment with vitamins (50 minutes)

Skin regeneration with vitamins and stem cells. Antioxidant and revitalizing action. Renews the skin, promotes oxygenation, the recovery of tone, elasticity, and hydration, fighting the formation of skin imperfections.

Glycolic acid smoothing treatment (50 minutes)

Suitable for dull, weak, impure, aged skin. Smoothing action. Promotes physiological cellular turnover, making the skin smoother, brighter, and more compact. Particularly suitable for dull, weak, impure, or aged skin or skin with spots. It has a relaxing effect on wrinkles.

Vitamin C antioxidant treatment (50 minutes)

Antioxidant and plumbing action. Suitable for all skin types. Stem cells and Vitamin C have an important antioxidant action with a revitalizing, anti-aging, and plumbing effect.

Anti-ageing treatment (50 minutes)

Suitable for mature skin. Immediate anti-aging action. Designed to prevent the common problems affecting mature skin, especially rendering skin more compact and restoring tone.

Pumpkin extract and hyaluronic acid treatment (50 minutes)

Ultra-hydrating and elasticizing action. Suitable for all skin types. Pleasant treatment with pumpkin extract and hyaluronic acid, which are highly hydrating.

Goat milk and lychee treatment (50 minutes)

Nourishing action. Suitable for dry and sensitive skin prone to irritation, also ideal after sun exposure. A nourishing and soothing treatment that, thanks to the proteins contained in goat’s milk and the main active ingredients of lychees, stimulates the production of collagen, deeply nourishes the skin, and neutralizes free radicals, thereby slowing down the aging process.

  • Note: All treatments cost extra and are based on availability.

What's included

  • Over 200 contact hours
  • 500+ page Lakshmi Rising Training manual
  • A 90-minute asana practice each morning Monday-Friday
  • 3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (except for arrival, departure, and excursion days)
  • Unlimited coffee, an assortment of teas, and fresh fruit for snacking
  • 20 nights lodging in a double occupancy luxury room
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Self-serve use of laundry facility
  • Full access to a 30-acre vineyard including gardens, fruit trees, trails, and a swimming pool
  • 13% tax

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from Italy
  • Transportation to the Villa
  • 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 Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN). Plan to arrive at the villa on Saturday after 4:00 p.m. The villa is a short distance from both the train station and the airport in Verona. It is very simple to hire a taxi from your arrival point (address included in your welcome letter). You will have a welcome celebration dinner at the villa that evening.

You can also easily get here from Florence or Rome Airports!

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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Arrival: Saturday September 24, 2022
Departure: Friday October 14, 2022

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