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25 Day 200-Hour Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa Flow with Yin Training in Chamonix

Gare des Glaciers, Route des Pélerins, 1207, 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

Yoga Teacher Training in France

Almost everybody sits on the mat on day one and questions whether or not they have it in them to become teachers. What has struck me most profoundly during past teacher training courses is the ability and willingness for complete transformation. Mariza watches people blossom before her eyes, they inhabit a space that they hadn’t previously thought possible and they draw on incredible reserves of resilience in order to keep growing, keep learning, and keep striving to do the very best they can.

Meet the instructors

Mariza & Jess
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Highlights

  • 200-hour yoga teacher training program
  • Philosophy/anatomy/teaching methods/practice
  • 6 days of specialized Yin yoga training with Jess
  • Adjustment workshop, asana theory, etc.
  • All teaching and course materials
  • 24 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


24 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot

The accommodation is in a renovated heritage building located 10 minutes away from downtown Chamonix. Built for the Olympic games in 1924, the Gare des Glaciers was the first cable-car station at the Aiguille du Midi. Located in the Plerins area, you have a unique view on Mont Blanc, the glacier, and the surrounding summits. The chalet has 5 rooms, a studio, and a multi-purpose hall with a view on Mont Blanc, with capacity for up to 22 people.

Program

Certifications

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

Requirement

To be eligible for the course, students must have a minimum of 18 months of consistent practice. My Yoga People may ask for a short, simple video of your practice (iPhones and webcams are fine).

The training is called Yin Yang. It is a regular yoga teacher training 200 hours course, in Vinyasa flow with 6 days of specialized Yin training integrated as part of the course on each Saturday and Sunday, rest days are Wednesdays.

Some of the key modules you will cover on the course are listed below:

Teaching philosophy

  • what makes a good teacher
  • how can you respond to students with empathy whilst still protecting yourself
  • holding the space
  • making everybody feel welcome/ being inclusive
  • teaching from the heart
  • authenticity
  • finding our voice
  • honoring the body
  • staying calm

Teaching practice

You will begin teaching practice from week 1. The aim of this course is to provide a safe environment for students to grow at their own pace. Until the final assessment – teaching practice will not be judged or marked – though feedback will be given. The aim is not to be a perfect teacher from day one – but to have space and encouragement to find your own voice and teaching style. There will be a final, practical assessment in week 4.

Hands on adjusts

Yoga practice is about so much more than just the poses. Hands-on adjustments can allow a student to feel both safe and supported. The relationship between student and teacher requires trust, empathy, and mutual respect. Through daily workshops incorporating hands-on adjusts, other kinds of touch, and how to adjust a student verbally, you will empower each future teacher to deal with any real-life class situation that arises.

Meditation and pranayama

There will be twice-daily meditation sessions during the course. You will begin with sitting for around 10 minutes morning and evening and by the end of the course, students will be able to sit for 30 minutes straight. You will explore different techniques in meditation so that each student is able to find a technique that best works for them.

Pranayama sessions will be every morning after practice. You will go through a number of different breathing techniques so that by the end of the course students will be able to choreograph their own self-practice and teach basic pranayama to students.

Adapting a practice

Yoga teaches you to be inclusive. With yoga growing in popularity all the time, you are starting to see a bigger variation in the level of students' knowledge, body types, injuries, and specialty yoga – such as yoga for pregnancy. You will explore the ways in which you can teach an open-level class keeping all different types of students both safe and happy. You will also extend this module to include modifying your own self-practice in accordance with your needs.

Empathy and compassion

As with love, you cannot truly show our students compassion and empathy until you learn how to first show it to yourself. You will explore the ways in which a constant negative internal dialogue can impede our spiritual and individual growth and learn tools for developing our own sense of empathy.

The Mariza Yoga vision

  • Authenticity, empathy, and compassion
  • Adaptability
  • Small, personal groups with lots of individual attention
  • Space to learn, grow, transform
  • Peaceful setting, in touch with nature
  • Teaching practice from day 1
  • Personal projects on subjects you choose.

A sample daily schedule is as follows

Please note this is only a guide and may change.

Monday - Saturday

  • 09:00 - 11:00 Meditation, pranayama, and asana practice, Mysore style - Mariza Yoga Vinyasa
  • 11:00 - 11:40 Break
  • 11:40 - 12:40 Asana theory
  • 12:45 - 13:45 Philosophy/anatomy/teaching methods/practice
  • 13:50 - 14:45 Teaching practice
  • 14:45 - 16:00 break/study time.
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Adjustment workshop
  • 16:30 - 17:15 philosophy/anatomy/questions
  • 17:15 - 19:00 Asana practice and evening meditation

​There will be one day off each week to rest and explore Chamonix.

Instructors

Mariza Smith

Jess Dezaux

Retreat location

Located in the Plerins area, you are only 10 minutes away from the center of Chamonix.

Distances

  • Chamonix - 10 minutes

Food

It is fully residential but does not include food.

Things to do (optional)

In town, there are supermarkets, nice shops, and lots of nice restaurants, where you can try traditional Savoyard food. There are 2 spas in town to pamper yourself, and there's a very beautiful one in Italy, going through the tunnel, called Pres Saint Didier, which calls for a day trip to that location. For the most adventurous, when the weather allows there's paragliding too.

Optional tours

Chamonix is a mountain town, so most activities involve going into the mountains. There are lots of nice walks and hikes to do, mountain biking, and climbing. Trips to the mountains with a local guide can be arranged upon request at your own expense.

There's also the aiguille du midi lift in town, a 3842 meters peak in the Mont Blanc massif of the French Alps. This is the closest you can get to the summit of Mont-Blanc without hiking or climbing. The ticket to this tour includes a pass to the step into the void, where you can have a perfect view of the Alps. Located nearby is the tunnel that connects Chamonix in France with Courmayeur in Italy, which is a great destination for a day trip.

What's included

  • 24 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training program with 6 days specialized Yin training
  • All teaching and course materials
  • All yoga and meditation sessions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Transfers to and from the retreat

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Geneve-Cointrin Airport (GVA) in Switzerland, located 100 kilometers away.

You can get a transfer to Chamonix from Geneve-Cointrin Airport (GVA) with any of these companies:

  • Easybus
  • Chamexpress
  • Mountain dropoffs
  • Alpybus
  • ChamVan

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 36% 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 31, 2021
Departure: Wednesday November 24, 2021

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