Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This course will feature 18 teaching days with the lead teacher Mariza and 3 workshop days with guest teachers. There will be one full day off each week. Students will be required to make class observations after graduation as part of continuous practice development:
Located in the Plerins area, you are only 10 minutes away from the center of Chamonix.
Chamonix - 10 minutes
Teas and biscuits for breaks will be included. Theres a fully equipped kitchen available, with supermarkets and an organic market nearby to buy groceries.
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.
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.
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: