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Yoga Teacher Training in Greece, Crete Island

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Greece.

Yoga and More School trainings allow students to study the yogic field, create a general commitment to the yogic path without dogmatic attachments and create the ability to apply on the mat and off the mat, in the real world, the philosophy of a yoga practitioner, as well as of a scholar who seeks the eternal truths.

This is a Vinyasa, Hatha & Restorative based training, following modern methods from science, as well as from intuition and love teachings. Yoga and More are not following dogmas, nor they hold theocratic ideas about the body, the mind, and the energy.

The program meets the criteria of the most famous organization of acknowledging instructors' skills, Yoga Alliance USA (RYS200, YACEP, ID 243380).

For students not able to travel they can choose the Self-Paced Online TTC or Livestream TTC with Yoga and More School. For more information on this training style, please send inquiry.

Meet the instructors

Eva & Irene
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  • Yoga, meditation, anatomy, philosophy, and more daily
  • 17 nights accommodation in a superb villa in Crete island
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion as RYT200
  • 2 healthy meals daily: breakfast, lunch
  • Educational material, digital and printed
  • Small groups of 15-20 people max
  • Free Student Portal an Online Educational Library (620 EUR value) with videos, audios, downloadable resources, etc.

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

17 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: 7-20 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

During this training, you will stay at Golden Key Villa. The training venue is a unique villa in Chania, in Crere, very spacious and warm.

The venue is remote from the city noise. It's 6 kilometers away from the Chania center, 8 km from the Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") (CHQ) (~ 8 kilometers) and 103 kilometers away from the Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) (HER).

Set on a pine-tree hill in Chania Town in the Crete Region, Golden Key Villas features an outdoor pool, barbecue and sun terrace. Boasting panoramic views of the area, the accommodation is air conditioned. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site.

Surrounded by a large estate and featuring a terrace, all units feature a dining area and a seating area with a flat-screen TV. Some units have a balcony and/or patio with mountain or pool views. There is also a kitchen, equipped with an oven. A microwave and coffee machine are also available. All rooms have shared bathrooms. Towels are featured. All doors and windows in the house are electric and the property is equipped with security cameras.

Amenities can be found in the next villages, such as a mini-market, tavernas, pharmacies. The nearest beaches are Kalathas, Tarsanas, Stavros, Marathi, the beach of the town of Chania and many others. Municipal Market of Chania is 3.4 km from Golden Key Villas. Traditional taverns and beautiful café are expecting for you to experience Cretan tastes and the hospitality of the cretan villages. Feel the combination of tradition and luxury in a cretan villa and enjoy your teacher training in Crete.

It can accommodate 15 to 20 students, to help them get special attendance and a friendly atmosphere of fellow students. We can't provide trainings for bigger groups, as the meaning of the training gets lost.


Yoga and More School hosts teacher training since 2018 in order for the students to be able to study the yogic field, create a general commitment to the yogic path without dogmatic attachments and create the ability to apply on the mat and off the mat, in the real world, the philosophy of a yoga practitioner, as well as of a scholar who seeks the eternal truths.

This is a Vinyasa-based training, following modern methods from science, as well as from intuition and love teachings. Yoga and More are not following dogmas, nor do they hold theocratic ideas about the body, the mind, and energy.

Daily program (7 teaching hours daily)

  • 08:00 - 10:30 Theory and practice
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Break, breakfast, relax
  • 11:00 - 14:00 Theory and practice
  • 14:00 - 16:30 Break, lunch, relax
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Theory and practice
  • 18:00 End of the teaching day, free time, reading time, dinner


Expected outcomes

By the end of the training program, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Teach confidently and with safety at the basic level to mixed level Vinyasa classes
  • Design Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative-based yoga classes and courses based on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and philosophy of yoga and feel able to develop their knowledge and practice in the future
  • Feel awakened to apply the principles of yoga in their personal lives and to awaken those around them on this path
  • Have ignited their inner fire of truth-seeking by researching individually on yoga and offer their own research work according to their scientific background if existed
  • Know how to offer yoga-related services to their communities
  • Know how to advertise their work and maintain a steady group of practitioners
  • Combine other alternative methods they may be familiar with their work in yoga
  • Offer retreats, workshops, and alternative events to their communities
  • Collaborate with teachers of other yoga systems to spread yoga worldwide and locally

The program is divided into two sections:

  • A. Theory
  • B. Practice

A. Theory

  • 7 modules that communicate with the practice

1. Techniques:

Main asana, all covered with experiential practice, half of them covered with more extended analysis with their different variations they appear in the traditional as well as modern practice. Finally, there is a really extensive number of asana that will be covered.

Syllabus of Asana:

  • 1. Tadasana
  • 2. Urdhva Hastasana
  • 3. Uttanasana
  • 4. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • 5. Bhujangasana
  • 6. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  • 7. Kumbhakasana
  • 8. Chaturanga Dandasana
  • 9. Ashtangasana
  • 10. Anjaneyasana
  • 11. Uktatasana
  • 12. Virabhadrasana I
  • 13. Virabhadrasana II
  • 14. Virabhadrasana III
  • 15. Sirsangustasana
  • 16. Utthita Trikonasana
  • 17. Utthita Parsvakonasana
  • 18. Parsvottanasana
  • 19. Prasarita Padottanasana
  • 20. Kaliasana
  • 21. Ardha Chandrasana
  • 22. Dwi Konasana
  • 23. Parivrtta Trikonasana
  • 24. Parivrtta Utthita Parsvakonasana
  • 25. Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana
  • 26. Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana I
  • 27. Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana II
  • 28. Natarajasana
  • 29. Svarga Dvijasana
  • 30. Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana
  • 31. Vrksasana
  • 32. Garudasana
  • 33. Marjaryasana-Bitilasana
  • 34. Vyaghrasana
  • 35. Parighasana
  • 36. Skandasana
  • 37. Malasana
  • 38. Navasana
  • 39. Paschimottanasana
  • 40. Upavistha Konasana
  • 41. Hanumanasana
  • 42. Ardha Matsyendrasana
  • 43. Janu Sirsasana
  • 44. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana
  • 45. Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana
  • 46. Marichyasana III
  • 47. Gomukhasana
  • 48. Visvamitrasana
  • 49. Krounchasana
  • 50. Bharadvajasana
  • 51. Yogi Dandasana
  • 52. Sukhasana
  • 53. Baddha Konasana
  • 54. Virasana
  • 55. Padmasana
  • 56. Vasisthasana
  • 57. Purvottanasana
  • 58. Bhujapidasa
  • 59. Bakasana
  • 60. Parsva Bakasana
  • 61. Eka Pada Koundinyasana I
  • 62. Eka Pada Koundinyasana II
  • 63. Titibasana
  • 64. Astavakrasana
  • 65. Maksikanagasana
  • 66. Anahatasana
  • 67. Ustrasana
  • 68. Salabhasana
  • 69. Dhanurasana
  • 70. Urdhva Dhanurasana
  • 71. Camatkarasana
  • 72. Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana
  • 73. Salamba Sarvangasana
  • 74. Sirsasana
  • 75. Pincha Mayurasana
  • 76. Vrschikasana
  • 77. Adho Mukha Vrksasana
  • 78. Supta Padangusthasana I
  • 79. Supta Padangusthasana II
  • 80. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I
  • 81. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II
  • 82. Anantasana
  • 83. Setu Bandhasana
  • 84. Jathara Parivartanasana
  • 85. Salamba Sarvangasana
  • 86. Halasana
  • 87. Matsyasana
  • 88. Yoga Nidrasana
  • 89. Viparita Karani
  • 90. Supta Baddha Konasana
  • 91. Savasana

Kinetic exercises and Vinyasa from Hatha and modern functional flow theory with experiential and partly extended the analysis

  • 1. Surya Namaskar variations
  • 2. Chandra Namaskar variations
  • 3. Kumbakhasana functional flow
  • 4. All 4s' functional flow
  • 5. Roll back and forward flow
  • 6. Warm-up flow
  • 7. Restorative flow
  • 8. Navasana jump back flow
  • 9. Roll up and down
  • 10. Core activation, eg. Urdhva Prasarita Padasana flow and more
  • 11. Parsvottanasana functional flow
  • 12. Trikonasana functional flow
  • 13. Urdhva Dhanurasana flow
  • 14. Ustrasana-Kapotasana flow
  • 15. Kaliasana Dance functional flow
  • 16. Utkatasana-Pistol Squat and other functional flows
  • 17. Jathara Parivartanasana flow
  • 18. Vasisthasana flow
  • 19. Camatkarasana-Urdhva Dhanurasana flow
  • 20. EPKII transitions
  • 21. Hanumanasana functional flow
  • 22. Bakasana - jump back flow and drills
  • 23. Floating jump back-forward
  • 24. Lolasana-Chaturanga Dandasana
  • 25. Ashtavakrasana flow
  • 26. Seated Positions flow
  • 27. Sirsasana flow
  • Pranayama. Traditional breathing techniques and modern breathwork exercises
  • Mudra. Pranic Hand Gestures and Sealing poses. Benefits and circumstances to use them
  • Mantra. Signing for meditation practice
  • Bandha. Internal locks, main and secondary
  • Meditation. Benefits. Finding the personal voice for meditation guidance. Types of Meditation (Theming guided meditation. Visualization. Yoga Nidra. Positive Affirmations, Non-guided meditation. etc.)

2. Anatomy and Physiology:

Functional Anatomy: muscular system, skeletal system, planes of motion, types of movements, joints actions, etc.

Yoga Applied Anatomy: Anatomy knowledge that serves the yoga practice, eg. muscles, and joints that work in each asana

3. Teaching methodology:

  • Creative Theming Sequencing. Sequencing for health, philosophical application, anatomical, and Bhavana applications. Dynamic and Slow flow Vinyasa sequencing, Accessible Yoga sequencing, Easy flow and Restorative sequencing, Traditional Hatha sequencing, and more. No memorization of fixed sequences will ever be needed from trainers.
  • Verbal guidance
  • Promoting teaching methodology according to fascia theory
  • Special topics on a training plan
  • Assisting students: verbal and body assisting
  • Safety rules
  • Teaching styles
  • Teaching communicability
  • Teaching efficiency
  • Sacred space: sacred offerings, altars, smudging, presence of a teacher, Sankalpa, etc

4. Yoga history:

Yoga History. Presentation through online seminars from Ph.D. scholars and other Indologists

5. Yoga Philosophy:

  • Energetic airs / Vayu system
  • Energetic bodies / Kosha system
  • Energetic qualities / Guna system
  • Energetic centers / Chakra system
  • The model of the 8 limbs of yoga / Ashtanga path

6. Yoga Psychology and ethics:

  • Serving in teaching with love. Live, love, and learn from a pedagogical point of view
  • Critical Thinking and applications, eg. recognizing and avoiding nationalism cults and outdated dogmas related to yoga, discriminations, and stigmatization against minority groups or even prominent groups and 'successful' icons and act with unity instead of separation
  • Trauma-Informed teaching
  • Positive language and non-violent communication
  • Transformational leadership
  • Mind reprogramming and self-regulation, eg. in order to avoid photo-centric yoga stress or self-sabotage thoughts as a yoga teacher and as a human from NLP theory, Theta Healing, CBT

7. Marketing:

  • The professionalization of yoga teaching in the western world
  • Yoga teacher as a professional
  • How to title the yoga sessions
  • How to give a yoga title to yourself as a teacher according to your qualifications
  • How to write a yoga teacher cv, resume, and personal sign
  • How to price yoga services
  • How to seek a job
  • How to set a yoga brand

B. Practice

Practice daily with specific teaching observation skills (with a pedagogical framework for specific outcomes, eg. if the objectives of the lesson are achieved, etc).

Students should do their exams online after they finish the training program and after graduation choosing the date that fits them: 1 teaching practice and 1 written test (the philosophy is not to be examined, but to self-reflect upon what you have learned).

Throughout the program, a certain selected bibliography is used and proposed for lifelong learning as well.

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive a certificate of completion from Yoga and More School that meets the identified standards set by the organization of Yoga Alliance USA in 200 hours.


Eva Kirmizaki

Irene Spiropoulou

Retreat location

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands. You can reach the island via two international airports in Heraklion and Chania.


You will be provided with daily buffet breakfast and plated lunch. All meals are with local products and are cruelty-free (meat / fish free).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 17 nights accommodation at a superb villa in Crete island, Greece
  • 17 teaching days
  • Daily asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, anatomy, and more
  • 2 meals daily: 1 buffet breakfast, 1 plated lunch
  • Access to the Online Educational Library
  • Educational material, digital and printed
  • Yoga props
  • Certificate of completion to register with Yoga Alliance USA as RYT200

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Personal and travel insurance
  • Dinner
  • Airport transfer
  • Personal costs, such as souvenirs, food outside the venue, etc
  • What is not mentioned in the inclusions

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") (CHQ) or at Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport) (HER).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 7 participants

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