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Hatha yoga is all about experiencing the movement of prana through the body. It is a profoundly therapeutic process and life-enhancing practice that allows your body, mind, and emotions to heal thus creating the space for a continuing journey of transformation and realization. The course is based on an energetic and spiritual approach through yoga respecting not only the physical body and its needs but also deeply investigating the underlying energy body, or vital body, the emotions, mind, spirit, and soul. Nothing less than a fantastic introduction to a profound discipline and how to share with and teach others.
Students will be accommodated in hotels in central Sparta. The Hotel is a lovely modern building in Central Sparta, well suited to accommodate students comfortable throughout the course.
Students who complete their training receive Yoga Alliance International certification, enabling them to teach worldwide.
This program will enable future graduates to teach with confidence. The sequences taught are designed to provide an excellent foundation for all the basic poses, to teach avoiding injury and adapt poses and sequences for differing physical levels and needs.
With the therapeutic knowledge of yoga asanas, graduates will feel confident to tailor classes for ‘digestion’, ‘back pain’, and so on. Emphasis is on getting prana (energy) to flow while doing the poses, to understand their therapeutic benefits and for each person to practice with enjoyment, correct breathing, correct alignment, and sincerity: ultimately harmonizing mind, body, and energy.
The spiritual notions of yoga can also be found in other philosophical/ spiritual traditions such as Buddhism or Western traditions. This will be looked at more closely in the yoga philosophy classes.
This course is divided into 160 contact hours with a teacher and 40 non-contact hours of self-study.
The Sun Salutations are a pranic generator with chakra awareness, therapeutic principles, interaction with the vital organs, the endocrine system, spinal manipulation, and psychodynamics.
Yoga poses for the bodily systems; including the immune system, nervous system, hormonal system, digestive system, respiratory, genito-urinary and circulatory system
Karma yoga is a fundamental tenant of yoga and means selfless service. Students are expected to participate in some of the daily chores as part of this service. This is around 30 minutes per day.
SYM advises students not to eat any breakfast before the morning asana class but there is time for snacks in the morning break. All meals are vegetarian and prepared by the cook at the house and will include a completely vegan and gluten-free option.
In addition to the healing modalities explored in the course, students have the opportunity to arrange private treatments with Gerry, a certified therapist in Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine. These can be arranged at an additional cost during the course.
Trainees should attend a minimum of 90% of the course. Should trainees miss more than this minimum they will need to agree with the teacher which modules to re-take. SYM reserves the right to charge additional fees for these catch-up modules.
Two years or 100 hours of minimum practice required. Successful applicants should also be in general good health both physically and emotionally in order to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires. Individuals who do not meet these minimum requirements may still apply for a place and their applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
You will understand yoga and health at a much deeper level. Live the yogic lifestyle, practicing and sharing with others. Be confident about starting a new and greatly rewarding career and path in life.
You will be able to teach classes from total beginner to intermediate level, including open classes for all levels, classes for children, women only, the elderly, individual classes, etc.
You will also be able to vary the classes from teaching dynamic yoga to Yin yoga, Restorative yoga therapy to meditation and relaxation.
The art of yoga takes a lifetime to master, and SYM cannot imagine that teaching yoga can be learned in 200 hours. However, SYM provides you with the right information to feel confident that you will teach safely without any injury, know the core asanas in detail, and have great enjoyment and passion for your practice.
This course will clearly distinguish you from the average Yoga Teacher and is of particular interest to anyone interested in yoga, health, healing, and bodywork.
Upon registration, students will receive a welcome pack where there is relevant info about how to prepare for the course including where to fly to and how to get here. SYM also highly recommends reading the introduction to BKS Iyengar’s “Illustrated Light on Yoga’, now a classic textbook on yoga.
They teach Hatha yoga broadly based on the Sivananda and Iyengar Yoga methods. They teach an energetic approach to Yoga, really feeling the postures and tapping into their unique healing potentials.
They practice flow, but more emphasis is placed on steadiness in the posture with the correct alignment of physical and energetic bodies and mindset within poses. This requires you to be slower in your practice, to truly feel and understand the tremendous therapeutic effects of the asana.
The minimum age limit is 18.
SYM has a maximum of 15 participants. This ensures a friendly intimate course size and appropriate time with the teachers. The group size is normally between 8-15.
All courses are taught in English. The teachers all speak several European languages and are usually able to help students should any questions arise during the course.
SYM offer French 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Montpellier, please contact them if you would like to do the training in French.
Students who fail to complete or finish the course are welcome to come back at a later date to finish their training. The extra time or module needed to complete the course is individually different but SYM tries as much as possible to keep any extra expenses as low as possible.
Please send SYM an inquiry now to secure your place on this profoundly transformative training course.
SYM likes to encourage students to wear positive, happy colors that facilitate learning and energy work. All colors are vibrations or frequencies of light. The therapeutic use of color, color therapy, and its association with the chakras will be discussed further during the course.
Yoga is a spiritual practice and as such there are certain ways you can dress to help your own practice and create more harmony and higher frequency vibrations in the yoga hall.
Color and sound (mantras, chanting, music) have been used from time immemorial to uplift the spirit and are tools of yoga. For this reason, SYM encourages students to wear comfortable and plain white, yellow or blue bottoms and T-shirts.
This course reflects a therapeutic approach to yoga in line with the instructor's wide-ranging experience. Which includes 30 plus years of experience as a professional Shiatsu Therapist and Teacher. The profound understanding of health, energy, psychology, mindfulness, meditation, postures, and nutrition taught here allow for a deeper understanding of Yoga, a higher level of teaching as well as for a life-changing experience.
SYM provides training of the highest possible standard, by a team of dedicated and skilled professionals. Sequences taught are designed to improve both strength and flexibility as well as bring awareness to the flow of subtle energy through the body.
The course emphasizes teaching from beginner to intermediary levels. It, therefore, concentrates on safety, the use of props, correct breathing, and alignment, restorative asana, relaxation, healing, and meditation as well as more dynamic and strong asanas to improve strength, endurance, and will-power. Students are encouraged to respect their own limitations and are not expected to exercise beyond their own physical capacities.
However, all students should be in general good health both physically and emotionally, in order to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires. The asana practice taught at SYM is based on the Iyengar and Sivananda Yoga methods, with a focus on flow, steadiness, and relaxation. Asana practice includes the exploration of the Chakras and the Chinese acupuncture meridians with an emphasis on profound healing properties.
The course includes Pranayama, Restorative or Therapeutic Asana, Relaxation (Savasana), Meditation, Nutrition, Yoga philosophy and Psychology, Bodywork, and Chakra balancing.
This is an example of the daily schedule; times may change slightly due to season and location. You will have 6 full days of study, One day a week is a free day.
Gerry is a Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT), teaching both 200 hours and 500 hours certified yoga courses registered and validated by Yoga Alliance International. He is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). He started his yoga practice with the Iyengar and Sivananda methods over 30 years ago. He is also a certified therapist in Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine with over 30 years of professional experience. He is the founder and director of SYM-Ltd and is a 4th Dan Instructor in the Japanese ZEN and Martial Art of Shorinji Kempo.
Nadia Al-Huqail is a professional, certified Yoga Teacher with over 25 years of experience. Since 2018, Nadia has been running the Spartan Yoga Shala in Sparta, Greece, where she facilitates and teaches daily yoga classes and workshops, actively working within the local community. Her classes are dynamic, restorative and healing. She speaks Greek, English and Arabic.
Surrounded by towering mountain ranges, olive farms, and orange trees, Sparta sits right next to the renowned ancient heritage site of Mystras. The energy of the past is still felt in this authentic Greek city, where great food, kind people, and endless hikes are just on your doorstep. A great way to bring in the new year. The course is held at the Spartan Yoga Shala.
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The price includes two main meals per day, lunch and dinner shared in a fantastic local restaurant. Students are advised not to eat before the morning asana class. A light snack is provided after the morning asana practice. All meals are vegetarian and will include a completely vegan option.
You may want to use your free days for excursions. You have a choice of mountains, beaches, and small authentic Greek villages. The World Heritage site of Mystras sits at your doorstep, with wonderful hiking opportunities. Along with the breathtaking views of the Taygatos Mountains. The harbor town of Gythio is a 40-minute drive south.
In addition to the healing modalities explored in the course, students have the opportunity to arrange private treatments with Gerry, a certified therapist in Shiatsu and Chinese medicine or massage therapy with Mario. These can be arranged at an additional cost during the course.
Kalamata International Airport
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Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)
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Please book your flights to arrive at Kalamata International Airport (KLX) or Athens International Airport (ATH). Private pick up can be arranged at an additional cost. We offer free pick up from Sparta bus station. Please send SYM an inquiry for more details.
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