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Are you ready to advance your personal practice of yoga? Are you ready to learn yoga on a deeper, more meaningful level, and to help improve the lives of others by teaching it? Swaha Yoga's teacher training programs are a combination of years of experience, expertise, and thousands of hours of their own training, concentrated into a high quality transformational education. This modern and ancient spiritual wisdom is embedded in your everyday practice, with and without your yoga mat.
The Metacom is an eco-cottage residence, build by the German origin Mario Sommer who, upon his arrival to Paleochora, fell in love with the place and decided to move there. These cottages are made from wood and other materials, as well all the rooms and yoga shala which are literally inside the sides of the mountain, between Paleochora and Anydri in the southern part of Chania. The beach is only a few minutes away by car or about 20 minutes trekking down a canyon.
Swaha Yoga Center has many different categories of yoga, such as Swaha Vinyasa yoga, Swaha Hatha yoga, and Swaha Gentle and Restorative yoga. Upon the completion of this program, the students may include any kind of audience and teach according to the needs of the students.
The curriculum is based on Classical yoga and draws from the ancient sacred texts such as the yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, Upanishads, the Hatha yoga pradipika, as well as some modern spiritual teachings such as that of Jiddu Krishnamurti, Eckhart Tolle, Emmet Fox, Alan Watts, and others. This ancient and modern spiritual wisdoms are embedded in the daily practice, both within yourself and off the yoga mat.
Swaha Yoga Center envisions this program for people who want to be yoga teachers with skills and inspiration, teaching from the heart, based on their own practice and personal discipline. People with the desire to share the wealth of yoga and enrich the lives of others and themselves.
This particular Swaha yoga teacher training is based on Vinyasa yoga. However, upon completion of this program, the student can include any kind of audience and adopt the teachings according to the students’ needs. The daily schedule includes two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, chanting, satsang, service to the community, and study hours. There is no lecture once per week.
Students are offered a supportive environment, assistance, and the proper nourishment, so they get the chance and the opportunity to re-assemble themselves, in a way they haven't ever experienced before.
Detailed exploration of the musculoskeletal system with an understanding of its function, in order to help trainees start building safe sequences for students as well as sequences to advance them in their own practice.
Swaha Yoga Center will cover some common yoga injuries and how to avoid them, linking alignment with body bio-mechanics. These lessons include introduction to the major body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, skeletal and muscular systems, and the effects of asana and pranayama in these systems.
The morning asanas lesson is dedicated to your personal practice. The afternoon practice consists of your practice and the teaching of how to teach others. The daily in-depth practice includes basic warm ups, sun salutations variations, basic, medium difficulty and advanced yoga postures, postural alignment, deep relaxation techniques, benefits and contraindications of asanas, Vinyasa creation (flow), right sequence, injuries, and special population.
Chanting is a practice that develops a very pure vibration and lifts the practitioner to the higher self. It is one of the most effective practices to achieve transformation. You will start and finish the day with chanting to lift your spirit, open your heart, and to purify your mind.
Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service. It is a way to achieve unity, as work becomes an offer without any thought of personal gain. All participants will take part in what is necessary for the proper functioning of the community.
Classical cleaning eye exercises, nose, the air passages, esophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and intestines: tratak, neti, kapalabhati, dhauti, nauli, basti, and sankapraksalana.
What is meditation, why and how to meditate, effects of meditation, and experiences in meditation.
How diet affects the brain and all the systems of the body, the impact of nutrition on the planet and the environment, the concept of ahimsa, right balance of key nutrients, suitable combination of foods, therapeutic effects of fasting, and a cooking workshop.
The four paths of yoga, the Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga and Jnana yoga. Also including the yoga sutras of Patanjali - a detailed study of the text and commentary, basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy, introduction to Tantra, Kundalini yoga, and Bhagavad Gita.
In the last two weeks of this teacher training, students will teach each other under the guidance of experienced teachers, creating a safe environment for the classroom, how to hold the seat of a teacher, language and tone of voice, general advice for teaching a course, teaching of basic and intermediate Hatha and Vinyasa.
You will also learn how to teach a mixed level class and a class with special emphasis, create a theme, guided relaxation techniques, hands-on assist, injury and modifications for special populations, and how to address challenging situations.
Breathing techniques for controlling and expanding your vital energy. This includes basic methods of breathing, methods for extending the breath-ability, kapalabhati, nadi shodan, surya bheda, ujjayi, bhastrika, sitkari, sitali, bhramari, and introduction to advanced pranayama.
The meaning of satsang is "to be accompanied by the truth and wisdom". You will read and inquire on the scriptures of ancient and modern masters and discuss how you can convey their importance in your daily lives.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Jivamukti Yoga)
Polyxeni is known for her appeasing voice and her smooth adjustments. She is a freelance actress with a rich background in physical movement work. Her interest for meditation and yoga was triggered during her studies in drama school, where she started sensing the innate wisdom of the body. During the last 10 years, while working on stage, she has kept an intensive yoga practice. In and all, she has found the two complementary in a beautiful way. Her love for yoga and performance has led her to travel around the world.She is an ERYT 200 Jivamukti yoga certified and teacher training facilitator.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Jivamukti Yoga)
Tanya Popovich is a senior teacher, teaching 200-hour and 500-hour trainings, yoga retreats and workshops internationally. She is the founder of Swaha Yoga Center in Athens, Greece, Jivamukti yoga certified teacher, Yoga Acharya (master of yoga) in the Sivananda tradition with a long background in alignment based Anusara yoga. While keeping her base at the moment in Athens, Greece, she is mostly on the road sharing the joy of yoga across the globe.
This teacher training will take place in Crete, Greece.
Daily vegetarian buffet breakfast and dinner are included in the total price, as well as early morning fruits and herbal tea, which will be available all day.
Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ).
Ride a shuttle bus from Chania International Airport (CHQ) and take a public bus to Paleohara.
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