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25 Days Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in France

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

Overview

Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in France

It takes courage and dedication to choose to change your life and it takes hard work and experience to become an accomplished teacher. Take the first step! Join this 200hr Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training course, designed to encourage you to find your own voice and teaching style, in 25 days by the glorious foothills of Mont Blanc.

Highlights

  • 20 days of instruction
  • Two daily meditation sessions
  • Teaching practice from week 1
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate
  • Pranayama sessions every morning
  • Guest teachers every week
  • 25 days accommodations
  • 20 days with instruction
  • English, French
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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.

This is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance course with approximately 44 hours of classroom time each week. A regular day will last 12 hours with breaks spread out throughout the day for meals and self-study. Saturday afternoons or Sundays are free time to explore the beautiful Chamonix mountains or to spend time in town exploring the many shops, restaurants or cafes.

This course will encourage you to find your own voice, to learn, and make mistakes in a safe environment. Please note that paying a fee does not guarantee a pass; you are expected to work hard, to study, and, most importantly to improve your practice.

Morning and evening practices

Morning practice is a Mysore style class, where you will follow your own personalized practice. The evening practice is a led class with a different themes, such as hip openers, arm balances, twists, seated poses, Restorative yoga, focus on sun salutations, power, or whatever else the group needs. There will be time for classroom learning on a wide range of topics, including yoga sutras, the origins of yoga, chakras, gunas, and Ayurveda.

Teaching philosophy

  • Authenticity
  • Finding your voice
  • Holding the space
  • Honoring the body
  • How to respond to students with empathy whilst still protecting yourself
  • Making everybody feel welcome / being inclusive
  • Staying calm
  • Teaching from the heart
  • What makes a good teacher

Teaching practice

You will begin teaching practice from week 1. The aim of this course is to provide a safe environment for you to grow at your own pace. The aim is not to be a perfect teacher from day one, but to have the space and encouragement to find your own voice and teaching style.

Hands on adjustments

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, youll be prepared to deal with any real life class situation that arises.

Meditation and pranayama

There will be twice daily meditation sessions during the course, exploring different techniques in meditation so you are able to find a technique that best works for you. Pranayama sessions will be every morning after practice, going through a number of different breathing techniques so that by the end of the course youll be able to choreograph your own self practice and teach basic pranayama to your students.

Adapting a practice

With yoga growing in popularity, theres a bigger variation in the level of students knowledge, body types, injuries and specialty yoga, such as yoga for pregnancy. We will explore the ways in which we can teach an open level class keeping all different types of students both safe and happy. We will also extend this module to include modifying your own self practice in accordance with your needs.

Empathy and compassion

As with love, we cannot truly show our students compassion and empathy until we learn how to show it to ourselves. We 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.

Course duration

  • This course will feature 20 teaching days, 6 days on one day off and 5 days on one day off. There will be summer projects to complete:
  • A study on Yoga and how it relates to a subject of your choice
  • Documented teaching practice
  • 2 x skype sessions to check in and catch up

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 Morning meditation
  • 07:30 Asana Practice, Mysore style - Mariza yoga Vinyasa
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Asana study
  • 11:00 Philosophy / anatomy / teaching methods / practice
  • 12:00 Pranayama
  • 12:30 Break / Individual study time
  • 15:30 Afternoon meditation
  • 16:00 Asana
  • 17:15 Tea break
  • 17:30 Philosophy / anatomy / questions
  • 18:30 Chanting

Free day

  • 08:30 - Weekly review
  • 10:30 - Free time

Mariza Smith

Mariza has been teaching yoga in Chamonix and London since 2008, after a three month yoga trip to India turned into two years, and she completed her teacher training. She is passionate about all forms of movement as a way to keep the body happy and the mind sane. She tries to keep her classes honest, keeping away from scripted classes and always open to answer her students questions, making the classes as fun and engaging as possible.

She truly believes in the transformative power of yoga, both by personal experience and by witnessing it in her students. She has practiced Iyengar, Ashtanga and Jivamukti, and was trained as a gait therapist. Her practice is a fusion of all these elements. Mariza has no fixed ideas on what yoga is or should be, and she prefers to ask each person individually: "What do you need yoga to be for you?" For her this is part of the beauty of yoga, that it represents freedom and not constraint.

For Mariza, yoga is a journey that draws you in and keeps you captivated, and shes seen so many of her students go through complete transformations, from sad to happy, lost to found and fearful to fearless, that she loves every minute she spends sharing the tools of yoga, and seeing her students progress. Seeing every yoga class as a sacred space, Mariza feels completely honored that people allow themselves to be guided by her. She learns daily from the feedback and comments students give to her, guiding her teaching by what they need and ask for.

Guest teachers

Guest teachers will run workshops with topics including an introduction to touch and massage techniques, an introduction to Mindfulness and an introduction to partnerwork and Acro yoga.

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

Distances

Chamonix - 10 minutes

Activities
  • Cycling nearby
  • Mountain walking/trekking
  • Shopping nearby
  • Skiing nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby
  • Stargazing
General
  • Bar nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Studio
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Bicycle rental
  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Shop nearby

Teas and biscuits for breaks will be included. Theres a fully equipped kitchen available, with supermarkets and an organic market nearby to buy groceries.

Exclusions

Meals are not included, but breakfast is available on-site upon request.

In town there are supermarkets, nice shops, and lots of nice restaurants, where you can try the traditional Savoyard food. There are 2 spas in town to pamper yourself, and theres 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 weather allows theres 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 on your own expense.

Theres 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.

  • 24 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate accredited by Yoga Alliance
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training program
  • All teaching and course materials
  • All yoga and meditation sessions
  • %Food, airfare, and transfers to and from the retreat.

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

Distances

  • Geneva, 100 kilometers
For information about the booking conditions, please send My Yoga People an inquiry.
  • Review by Lindsay
    10 out of 10

    "My teacher training with Mariza was a life changing experience! Quite simply my body benefited hugely and my mind as well. The discipline of daily yoga can only benefit us all. You see your body change as your muscles become honed, and all the back and neck aches go away to be replace by a feeling of well-being. As someone whose mind is always ‘too active’ a daily yoga practice helps to keep me calm and grounded and better able to deal with daily life. I cannot recommend enough the chance to do your Teacher Training, even if you never wish to teach you will gain so much from a month of intensive yoga practice. A truly calming and life enhancing experience. Please go for it, you will not regret it for one moment."

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  • Review by Tanya
    10 out of 10

    "I am more than happy to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for my Mariza Yoga Teacher Training experience. I would recommend it in a heartbeat to absolutely anyone interested in teaching yoga or simply looking to deepen their personal knowledge of yoga as I first intended to do when I decided to sign up for Mariza YTT. Mariza YTT was a life-changing experience on so many levels for me. It is not only about learning Asana and how to teach yoga. It is far beyond that. For me it was an initiation to learning to live my yoga. In all corners of my life. In the way I see the world, the way I act, in my relationship with others but most of all the relationship that I have with myself."

    "It helped me to reveal on which I need to work more. YTT taught me that everything you need is already there- inside of you, you just need to find the way to listen. And YTT creates the space and time to do just that. YTT was one of the most challenging things I've ever done but well worth it. It can be quite terrifying as it was for me at times, but Mariza is that kind of teacher who always makes sure that you are feeling safe and supported and let you know that she's there if you ever need her. She understands that we are all different and that we all might need a little different approach. She's incredibly patient and compassionate which makes you feel secure and safe in challenging situations and gives you space to grow and learn at your own pace. Being fortunate enough to participate in Mariza's second YTT inspired me to start to teach myself even though I haven't intended to do so at the beginning at all. YTT helped me to overcome my fear of standing in front of people and express myself in my own way. And not just in standing in front of my students in a yoga class. YTT also gave me a solid base for my regular Asana and meditation practice that I was struggling with before. The sequence that Mariza taught us really helped me with my home practice and is also a great inspiration for sequencing my own classes. Even after completion of YTT, Mariza stays My Teacher to whom I can turn to for an advice and an inspiration. I left the Mariza YTT with so much more than just my official teacher training certificate. It opened me a door to a whole new world which I was looking for it seems like a long time and for that I'm grateful every day."

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  • Review by Mara
    10 out of 10

    "Total honesty: I hadn’t put much pre-thought into taking a teacher training course. It was end of a very busy summer work season, and I wanted to be a little selfish and take myself on a 'holiday’ without leaving Chamonix., which I love in Autumn. I imagined TT as a slightly more rigorous month of yoga retreat & liked the idea of having tools to do yoga myself at home on winter days, since I didn’t really have the skills to do anything other than pop on an yoga video and follow the lead of someone else’s practice up to this point. I really can’t put concisely how much more a month with Mariza was. I didn’t have the understanding what I’d get out of it and so was massively humbled growing so much more than just learning how to put together an hours worth of poses in all kinds of ways. On a very basic physical level, I’d struggled with chronic running related injuries for years and had more or less accepted gentle retirement due to hip injuries and over use. This was central to the appeal of Mariza’s yoga to me because it forced me to work on isolating core muscles, strengthen lateral muscles, and start to become aware of my feet and proper alignment, far beyond strong calves, quads, and glutes. I found myself having a whole new range of tools to get at the source of my running misalignments, emphasizing strength and balance instead of a just a new round of cortisone injections, orthotics, time-off. Had this been all I gained from a month of teacher training I would have considered it more than a success. But that was just one component. I found my body opening up and found with it what felt like ways of opening my head as well. The philosophical side of yoga had areas I found interesting simply from an academic point of view initially, but the way this particular teacher training course drew these subjects back to anatomy, to the science of breathing, and the various biological systems of the brain and body I found absolutely fascinating. My graduate work was in neuroscience, so by nature the skeptic, scientific viewpoint is the lense I see the world through. It was truly mind-opening to feel like this point of view was not only included but supported here. It’s led me to go back and take courses in anatomy and phys with an eye to continuing to merge yoga with the science of movement. Had no idea I’d be so drawn into this field. Or that it even existed for that matter!"

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  • Review by Zoe
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to thank you again for those very memorable 4 weeks!! You have done an amazing job and I mean that really from my heart:) i wanted to let some time pass to contact you and let all my thoughts settle down a bit. Now more than one week later I still feel very very happy that I did the TT and have lots of butterflies in my stomach when I think about it;) Thank you! "

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  • Review by Mariana
    10 out of 10

    "YTTC with Mariza was a lifechanging experience for me, after, nothing was the same. Mariza is a very kind person, gentle talker but confident and firm when it comes to teaching. The place was absolutely beautiful and the view from the shalla, breathtaking. I will always be grateful for my time on YTTC with Mariza! I definitely recommend Mariza and this course !"

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  • Review by Monica from Montreal, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I think I chose this retreat mainly for the view of the mountains and just crossed my fingers that the rest would be just as amazing - and it was! Mariza is a really inspiring, down to earth, kind and funny person and a great teacher. Every posture was explained clearly, and in a way that made sense according to the bodys anatomy, with modifications and demonstrations if needed, and she always made us feel safe and encouraged. We slowly started teaching since the first week, which was really great practice. It was also cool that we had weekends off to get the chance to rest a bit and take advantage of beautiful Chamonix and its scenery, go for hikes or for a coffee on a terrace. The workshops on Friday were all amazing, fun and very helpful. Everything about this teacher training was great and I think it is a life-changing experience even when the changes integrate slowly. I am very happy and grateful I got to share it with such inspiring people."

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Arrival: Sunday April 23, 2017
Departure: Wednesday May 17, 2017

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