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29 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Greece

  • Metacom, Faraggi Anidri, Pelekanos, Crete, Greece

29 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Greece

  • Metacom, Faraggi Anidri, Pelekanos, Crete, Greece

Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Greece

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.


  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 daily lectures and meditation sessions
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Fruits, ginger tea, and bottled water available all day
  • Chanting, satsang, and service to the community
  • Daily vegetarian buffet breakfast and dinner
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Training manual
  • 24 days with instruction
  • French, Greek, Portuguese, Serbian, English
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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

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.

Nutrition in yoga

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.

Philosophy of yoga

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.

Practical teaching

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.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 Asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • 09:00 Breakfast and break
  • 11:00 Philosophy or anatomy
  • 13:00 Break or study time
  • 16:00 Asana or methodology class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening satsang
  • Polyxeni Aklidi

    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.

  • Tanya Popovich

    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.

Nearby places

  • The beach - 20 minutes

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.

  • Explore the surroundings
  • See the stunning views of Crete
  • Swim in the beach
  • Trek in the canyon
  • 2 daily lectures and meditation sessions
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Chanting, satsang, and service to the community
  • Daily vegetarian buffet breakfast and dinner
  • Fruits, ginger tea, and bottled water available all day
  • Training manual
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Personal expenses
  • VAT

Driving directions from Chania International Airport (CHQ)

  • Shortly after leaving the airport, follow the main road to the left, and then leave the roundabout at the first exit towards Chania after two kilometers (watch for the priority signs).
  • By reaching the village of Pithari, 3.5 kilometers further along, leave the roundabout at the second exit towards Souda.
  • Follow the road with a view of the harbor until you reach after 5.5 kilometer the Souda-Chania main road (traffic-light, INKA super-market).
  • Turn right, direction Chania, and go another 100 meter to a large intersection, where you will turn left.
  • One kilometer further along, you will find the junction joining the motorway. Turn right, direction Kissamos-Kastelli.
  • After 25 kilometers, you will find the exit Paleohora / Tavronitis. There, turn right for Paleohora.
  • You will be traveling on the main road via Voukolies, Dromonero, Kakopetros, Floria, Kandanos, Plemeniana, Vlithia and Kalamos, and reaching Paleohora after 62 kilometers.
  • A stop in Dromonero offers a final view of the northern coast from a coffee house with a giant plane tree beside it.
  • If you wish to visit Chania, leave the roundabout at the first exit.
  • After 2.5 kilometers, you will reach a T-junction with traffic lights.
  • Turn left and follow the road approximately 3.5 kilometers into the city center with its indoor market.
  • If you want to continue driving, carry on towards Kastelli (Kissamos).
  • After approximately two kilometers, turn left at the main intersection with traffic lights towards Omalos.
  • After one kilometer, turn right onto the highway towards Kastelli (Kissamos) and follow the directions given previously.

Driving directions from Souda

  • One kilometer after leaving the harbor, passing a traffic-light and INKA-super-market, you will short reach a large intersection, where you will turn left.
  • One kilometer further along you will find the junction joining the motorway. Turn right.
  • Follow the directions above.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ).

Arrival by bus

Ride a shuttle bus from Chania International Airport (CHQ) and take a public bus to Paleohara.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Verified reviews

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    Review by Anonymous

    Pure magic

    CONS Cons: The anatomy section of the course could have been a bit more thorough, but I only felt that because every other section was so fantastic.

    PROS Pros: I loved the balance between yoga asanas, and philosophy and yoga teachings. It felt really holistic, and I learned so much more than I expected. The teachers were amazing and the location is stunning.

    2017-Aug-14 06:13:29

  • Review by A traveler

    "I have had an amazing experience at the Swaha yoga teacher training in Greece. It was everything I had expected and more. I have learned so much there about myself and about yoga and apparently, the program attracts amazing people as well since the group I was with was very special. Overall an experience I would not have missed out on." website, edited


  • Review by Anthi from Greece
    10 out of 10

    "Polyxeni was there to teach and assist throughout my whole Yoga Teacher Training program last summer in Crete, Greece, as part of the teaching staff among other great yogis with worldwide teaching experience and a strong yoga background in theoretical and practical level. Her presence was comforting in our daily practice and also on a personal level. She brought an influence of her own spirituality and calmness into the training, balancing all different aspects of yoga - meditation, asana & pranayama practice, philosophy & chanting - in her own unique way and enhancing our individual expression and awareness. And above anything else she was fun to talk to, swim with, eat with and be around – a great person!"

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  • Review by Krystalia from Greece
    10 out of 10

    "Over the past year, I have been lucky enough to have Polyxeni as a yoga teacher. She is absolutely amazing. She brings both warmth and light to her yoga classes and I have yet to come across a day that I don't look forward to join. She makes beautiful adjustments, while she balances the energy of the poses. She is supportive, calming and caring every single time. There is magic in her voice too. Her voice is warm, rich and absolutely enchanting, it touches your heart. You just have to join her class and discover all this for yourself."

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  • Review by Portia from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I met Polyxeni at my yoga teacher training in Crete, and participated in her Jivamukti Yoga retreat in Peloponissos. She is an extremely intuitive teacher who truly lives her yoga. She brings a unique flow to her classes that not only helped me get in tune and align my body and mind, but there's a sense of ease that comes from practicing with her, even during the most challenging of poses, she is able to keep you calm and focused. The way she uses her voice is astonishing, it's as though she is speaking directly to your physical body, which takes your mind out of the equation and really allows you to sink deeply into the flow."

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  • Review by Erther from Greece
    10 out of 10

    "Polyxeni is an incredible teacher; the calm, transcendental atmosphere she creates in her classes leads to a meditation in movement. Her pauses, her voice and the softness of her movements guide me deep within a rigorous practice without tension! "

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  • Review by Maria Macsay, from United States

    "Throughout my yoga teacher training I was impressed and inspired by Tanya‘s depth of knowledge on yoga and it’s philosophy. She is someone who really walks the walk and lives her practice. Her actions always expressed a deep respect for the tradition which deepened my own fascination and respect for it. Tanya really emphasized the important of alignment of each of the asanas, and how to most respectfully and effectively assist students in class. This has been a huge take away for me in my own teaching. What also struck me about Tanya, was her willingness to share from her own journey so that her students could learn from her experiences both in practice and in business. She showed us how to merge the two without compromising the tradition or ourselves. Thank you Tanya!"


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  • Review by Evy Vourlides from United States

    "I completed my 200-hr RYT training with Tanya years ago in Amorgos, Greece. As I continue my own practice of yoga and taken many different classes, the more I understand the value of Tanya‘s strong and compassionate teaching style. Tanya always made me feel safe and cared for, while pushing me to my fullest potential. She emphasized the importance of the Yoga Sutras, and always integrated asana practice with yoga philosophy. Tanya is a responsible and inspiring teacher, and her teachings continue to be a powerful force in my life."

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  • Review by David Dauncey from United Kingdom

    "I completed my first 200-hr Hatha and Vinyasa training with Tanya last summer 2015 and it was incredible. The knowledge, passion, and talent of Tanya and her team provided me with a solid foundation on which to build my practice and teaching. She taught with such compassion and humility that she will always be an inspiration to me for years to come. The training far exceeded my expectations and, from my understanding, the 200-hr criteria of Yoga Alliance. Tanya‘s knowledge of Vedanta philosophy and yogic tradition ensured that her training was delivered in depth, whilst being sympathetic to the roots of yoga. It was inspiring to learn how eastern yogic principles can serve us in modern times and I hope to attend more training with Tanya and Swaha Yoga in the future. This training changed my whole perspective on life and I’m forever grateful for her teachings. With love and gratitude."

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  • Review by Katy Fernandez Pardal from California, USA

    "I have had the opportunity to practice with different teachers in different cities and when I met Tanya in Munich I became a regular in her classes. I like her strong and creative sequences which are always challenging and rewarding. She guides you with an amazing smooth voice, to become aware of the important not so obvious alignment details of your own body. I also learned to recognize my breath patterns and to practice different breathing techniques in her breathing and meditation classes as a tool to improve my living quality. Tanya inspired my yoga practice in many levels: physical, mental, spiritual. I considered her an experienced and honest teacher, a teacher with integrity. For all these reasons I decided to do my first yoga teacher training with her and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the experience that has served me to shift my life perception forever."

    "The program, the team and the books she chose are truly jewels of wisdom that made me an integral teacher and being. "

    "I’m thankful that our paths have crossed and I’m looking forward to my next training with Tanya!"

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  • Review by Shelly Grabiak from United States

    "Tanya struck me from the moment I saw her as a powerful, knowledgeable, wise, confident and strong woman. This is the same aura she maintained and resonated steadily throughout the entire teacher training I attended with her. I was proud to know her immediately and to be in her presence throughout. I was proud that I was going to learn, grow and have the opportunity to be in an intense training with her. I wanted to emanate pieces of her aura and incorporate them into the parts of me that needed it. I truly hope and believe I did after that training in September 2014 too and continue to do so always.I feel that I’m a stronger, wiser, more diligent, dedicated, committed, aware, more courageous and enhanced of a person and yogi after her training, in major part due to her, her design of the training and who she is. She truly has the ability to move mountains and it shows. Yet, as she’s teaching you how to do it, she will also remind you of how quickly they can be torn down, so you healthily stay in a good place. She teaches balance. She strives to give her work her fullest, and it shows. She understands her students, yet pushes them to achieve no less than their true potential either. She demonstrates commitment to continual growth in philosophy, discipline, learning, practicing, health, teaching and being an amazing yogi. At the same time, when the time is right, she’ll laugh, dance, sing, loves people and animals and will let you know to come to her if you need anything. The breath of her knowledge is expressed greatly in her asana and text classes. I felt like I was always learning and trying something new, was always challenged by her, and I always looked forward to it and wanted to show her my best. I always felt like her knowledge was coming from vast and deep places and valued being a part of her training for a multitude of reasons I understood then and continued to grow to understand later too. She earns great respect from students and returns it when earned equally. I feel very grateful to have known her in this setting and to be able to keep in touch with her as someone to look up to always. I will always follow her many excursions and lessons learning, emanating and striving to maintain that part in me of what I so strongly admire to be like her, and that’s a rare wonderful thing!"

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  • Review by Portia Leigh

    "I've done a lot of research on certification programs over the years and one of the reasons why I chose this one was because of their well-rounded approach, I'm thrilled to be in a training that has not only helped me grow with asanas, but learn more about yogic philosophy, pranayama, anatomy and the many ways this practice benefits all of us, not too mention the beautiful community that has been created between us. "

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  • Review by Hara Georgatou
    10 out of 10

    "A studio with nice and friendly atmosphere, consisting of great and inspiring instructors. Many thanks to Tanya Popovich and Evangelos Aik for the unique experience of participating in such an amazing teacher training program. Swaha Aerial yoga teacher training highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Annette from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks to Amber Buckley for opening her classes of Namaskar yoga flow and Vinyasa during my stay in Athens this October. The atmosphere in the studio is calm and beautiful and I warmly recommend Swaha Yoga Center. Namast."

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Athens, Greece

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