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22 Days 200-Hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Andalucia, Spain

Suryalila Retreat Centre, Pago de Pajarete, Villamartin, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain

Comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training Spain

The style that is taught at the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Course in Spain is a joyful, creative, and intelligent Vinyasa Flow style which can be easily adapted to different levels and different tempos. At the end of the yoga teacher training Spain, you will not only be qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow yoga, but will also have the tools to create other styles of yoga classes, such as more basic Hatha, prenatal, and Restorative yoga.

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • Training manual
  • Vinyasa Flow yoga sessions
  • Chance to learn other styles of yoga
  • 3 delicious organic meals
  • Use of center facilities
  • 21 nights' lodging

Yoga styles


21 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Jerez Airport (US$77 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$165 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Seville Airport (US$99 per person)
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Accommodation

Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre is a beautiful, old-renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the Cortijo. In typical Spanish style, there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees. The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. The houses on the property are all artfully and tastefully furnished and decorated with careful attention to detail. Every room is uniquely beautiful with impeccable Feng Shui. Suryalila has three yoga halls. Ganesha yoga shala has a gorgeous wooden ceiling as well as a wooden floor and is filled with light from windows on both walls as well as a skylight. It also has a lovely balcony with benches for enjoying the expansive views. Ganesha yoga shala comfortably holds 30 people.

The Om Dome has been dubbed the most magnificent yoga hall in Europe. The sacred geometry creates a cathedral-like space, which is awe-inspiring. The dome overlooks rolling hills, olive groves, and a ruined convent. Inside, the dome boasts underfloor heating and cooling, and two long walls for practicing inversions. The walls have been beautifully decorated with colorful murals of Indian gods and Tibetan imagery. There is a state of the art sound system as well as atmospheric lighting. The dome can comfortably hold 60 people practicing yoga and a lot more for concerts and other events. Both of the yoga spaces are fully outfitted with yoga props. Apart from three gorgeous yoga halls, Suryalila Retreat Centre boasts a saltwater swimming pool, eco sauna / sweat lodge, and views of the most magnificent and vibrant sunsets.

Program

Certifications

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will be certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga internationally and will be able to register with Yoga Alliance UK and Yoga Alliance USA should they wish to.

Prerequisite

A minimum of one year’s yoga practice and reasonable competence is required to qualify for the yoga teacher training course. You are also required to be in good health, physically, and mentally. Please note that this is an intensive yoga teacher training.

Required books for the 200-hour yoga instructor training

  • The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I by Ray Long and Chris Macivor
  • The Perfect Chaturanga. It will be available for purchase in the shop at the retreat center
  • Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book by Linda Sparrowe (paperback edition)
  • Inside the Yoga Sutras Reverend Jaganath Carrerra (please read this book before coming)

NB: You will also be required to bring a copy of The Frog Lotus Yoga Teachers Training Manual by Vidya Jacqueline Heisel. Information on where to obtain this manual will be given to you on registration.

Instructor

  • Winter yoga teacher training Spain: January 06, - 27, 2018, with Vidya Heisel and co-taught with Gilda Goharian and Maria Abel
  • Spring yoga teacher training Spain: Maret 17, 2018 - April 07, 2018, with Vidya Heisel co-taught with Gilda Goharian and Maria Abel
  • Summer yoga teacher training Spain: July 21, 2018 - August 11, 2018, with Vidya Heisel co-taught with Lisa Dunn and to be confirmed
  • Autumn yoga teacher training Spain: October 13, 2018 - November 03, 2018 with Vidya Heisel co-taught with Gilda Goharian.

Program

This three-week intensive yoga teacher training in Andalusia, Spain, is an exceptionally high quality, fully comprehensive profoundly life transforming retreat. It is passionately and skillfully led by Vidya Jacqueline Heisel. Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, E-RYT 500, SYT, the founder, and director of the Frog Lotus Yoga International, who is a master teacher with 40 years of yoga teaching experience, a deep and experienced knowledge of yogic philosophy and meditation, as well as an inspiring practitioner and gifted communicator.

Vidya has developed her own dynamic and compassionate style of Vinyasa Flow yoga, which, though at times vigorous, is always accessible and modifiable to the level of the student. Her classes are creative, fun, and vibrantly unique. In this yoga retreat, your every need will be cared for, you will be very comfortable, your palate will be tantalized, and your expectations of the course will be far exceeded. You will leave the retreat inspired, transformed, and fully-equipped and confident to teach great yoga classes.

Outline

History and philosophy of yoga

In this course, you will study both the history of yoga in India in its many incarnations, as well as read and write about yogic philosophy, and contemplate how it can be applied to your daily life. You will discuss in more depth understanding about the Eight Limbs of Yoga as well as the Yamas and Niyamas, exploring how to transform your life into the practice of yoga ethics. Vidya generously brings her depth of experience from her years spent in ashrams bringing spiritual practice to the table in these discussions.

Meditation

Daily practice of guided meditation and silent meditation. A detailed analysis of meditation and how to do it is given as well as regular question and answer sessions about the practice.

Intensive study and practice of asanas (postures)

There is a two-hour Vinyasa Flow practice with Vidya every morning, which is assisted by her co-teacher and assistant, so everyone receives a lot of help with their practice. There are also opportunities during the course to work on and receive help with specific poses of your choice to progress and further your own practice.

Sanskrit names of yoga postures

During the course, you will learn all the Sanskrit names for the poses studied as well as the Sanskrit names for philosophical concepts.

Alignment and modification of poses

A clear break-down of approximately 80 postures is taught. This includes variations and modifications of poses as well as common misalignments, safety cues, and hands-on assisting with each posture. You will be also shown how to modify for students with injuries or lack of flexibility or strength.

Anatomy

This course has a very comprehensive anatomy section, which is very fun and engaging. The anatomy teachers, Jennilee Toner, Jennifer Yarro, Karen Ring, and Maria Abel are outstanding teachers. They teach applied anatomy so that you will understand how to use it wisely in your teaching. Interactive learning prepares you to create yoga sequences and guide classes that are safe and structurally sound. During this section, you will assess and learn how to understand limitations in your own body, as well as learn how to look at someone and body read.

Yogic diet

You will learn about a traditional yogic diet, as well as eat a well-balanced and nutritious “sattvic” diet yourself. You will be satisfied on the quality and deliciousness of the organic meals Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre provides on this course. Get super healthy whilst delighting your palette!

Pranayama

You will practice different pranayamas or breathing techniques every day and learn how to teach them safely and effectively.

The business of teaching yoga

There will be a three-hour workshop on how to go about finding work as a Yoga Teacher and how to market yourself. There will be time during this session to ask questions. Vidya also offers two coaching sessions free of charge during your first year of teaching in order to help you to become a full-time yoga teacher.

Class Sequencing and planning

You will learn how to create an effective and intelligent sequence and slowly build your class during the training. By the end of the training, you will have sequenced, planned and taught two full 75-minute classes to a small group and have the confidence to go forward on your own. You will be critiqued by the teaching staff and work toward improving your teaching skills.

Hands-on assisting

You will learn how to make hands-on adjustments for every pose you study and you will practice these days with a partner.

Practice teaching

From the very beginning of the course you will start practice teaching poses one by one as you learn them. You will slowly and intelligently build up to teaching sun salutations and keep adding a little more material until you have built a full class and will feel comfortable teaching it. Throughout this process, you are given a lot of support, feedback, and encouragement to give you the tools to become a great teacher.

Deepen and further your own yoga practice

As well as practicing for two hours every day, you will get plenty of personal assistance and help with your poses and encouraged to deepen your practice and to set and achieve goals within it.

Typical schedule

  • 06:30-07:00 Tea
  • 07:00-09:30 Meditation and yoga
  • 09:30-10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30-13:30 Training session
  • 13:30-15:30 Lunch
  • 15:30-18:30 Training session
  • 18:30 Dinner

Instructors

Vidya Jacqueline Heisel

Gilda Goharian

Lisa Dunn

Maria Abel

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre, Andalusia, Spain. Andalusia is renowned for its wild natural beauty and nature reserves, as well as some of the best weather in Europe. Suryalila is only one hours drive from the fabulous city of Seville. Seville is famous for its wonderful, rambling old town, cathedral, enchanting Moorish palaces, flamenco and Tapas bars. Arcos de la Frontera, a UNESCO world heritage site, is an ancient town perched precariously on the edge of a cliff, just 15 minutes from the retreat center. Gorgeous unspoiled white sand beaches around Cadiz, are found just 45 minutes south of the center, perfect for day trips.

Nearby places

  • A UNESCO ancient town - 15 minutes
  • Sand beaches around Cadiz - 45 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Food

The mouth-wateringly delicious meals prepared at Suryalila are gourmet organic vegetarian, with vegan options. Suryalila’s master chefs, Gemma Russell and Caroline Hiller are simply the best, so expect heavenly food. The retreat center produces its own organic olive oil on the property. The large and happy family of chickens will provide you with eggs. Many organic fruit and vegetables are already grown on the property and the farm will be expanded over time. All of our supplemental fruit and vegetables are supplied by local organic farms.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
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)

There are many fun outdoor activities in the area such as hiking, swimming in natural pools and lakes, climbing, horse riding and cycling, as well as visits to beautiful beaches. There are also excursions to historical towns in the area, including Seville for site seeing, shopping, flamenco, and Tapas. You will have two afternoons a week plus one full day free during the training to enjoy some leisure time.

What's included

  • Training manual
  • 3 delicious organic meals
  • Use of center facilities
  • 21 nights' accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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