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SUP Yoga Foundation and Board Training

This is a workshop for Non-Yoga Teachers as well as Yoga Teachers who want to understand more about SUP yoga and its benefits. This accreditation workshop is to upgrade you to an extended level of Yoga understanding and the transfer yoga on land to yoga on board.

Meet the instructors

Carmen
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Highlights

  • SUP yoga classes
  • High quality teaching and understanding
  • Better connection to your consciousness and inner peace
  • Opportunities to hike at the nearby mountain range
  • Small classes with maximum 6 students
  • 6 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) (US$29 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen

You will be staying at the accommodation of Yoga Skyros Academy. The student rooms are well furnished and every room is well-equipped with bathrooms, shower, bathtub, and toilet. It is important that you do not have to bring too much clothing since washing machines are available for a small fee of 10 EUR. Students will be staying in a double bedroom. A single room option is available upon request (at an additional cost).

Program

What's different about Yoga Skyros Academy?

Have you heard of Yoga Skyros Academy, in Paiania, Greece?

Well, it's the only place so close to the City Center of Athens and Nature, where you can join and enjoy all-year-round programs of restoration, as well as to be taught and get certified as a yoga teacher and/or as a yoga therapist, in a traditional and authentic way, alongside the Masters Dietmar and Carmen Hellmann.

In Yoga Skyros, they respect your privacy and well-being. You will have the time and space for yourself in our beautiful and luxurious place and the areas around Paiania. Here, they aim for and achieve high quality of the 3 T’s -Teaching -Therapy -Training, not only for the body but for the mind and spirit as well. As BKS Iyengar has stated ''Health is the state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit''.

Yoga Skyros is different; because Dietmar and Carmen teach all courses by themselves, which shows the amplitude of their knowledge, love, persistence, and inner power. Their approach to teaching and learning is ''baby steps''. They are here to support you along the way, with patience and love, and as Carmen says ''The body will always adapt to the demand, we put on it'', so there is no need to rush or doubt the process."

Additionally, because quality is above quantity, and each class has a maximum of 10 students, each individual gets to develop a traditional and authentic ''Master'' to Student Relationship, where they are connected for life no matter how many miles apart. Yoga Skyros Academy strives to share the ancient knowledge, practices, and their light within the modern world. We can all heal ourselves and one another. Join us and feel the difference for yourself.

Yoga Skyros Academy

The academy is based on the concept of small classes with a maximum of 6 students, high quality teaching, better learning and understanding, and better connection to your consciousness and inner peace.

SUP yoga unites the sport of stand-up paddle boarding, which originated in Hawaii in the 1940s, with the ancient practice of yoga, which has its roots in India. In the short time SUP yoga has existed, it has grown to include devotees worldwide.

The first steps of starting SUP or stand up paddle boarding and yoga:

  • The first one is to SLOW DOWN. Move at half the speed you usually do on land once you start paddle boarding on the water. Follow your breathing pattern slowly as you stroke your arms and legs.
  • The second one is to MIND YOUR POSITION. Minding your own poses and positions is the most important thing in SUP board and yoga. You have to be aware on the paddle board’s shape and its handle to avoid falling off.
  • The third one is to GAZE ONLY AT THE HORIZON. The loss of balance comes from changing gaze too quickly. Your body feels the stress and your muscles contract. In this case, having your gaze fixed on the horizon will give you the stability you need.
  • The fourth one is to HYDRATE YOUR BODY BEFORE THE WORKOUT. It is vital to drink plenty of water before you proceed to workout. Since changing poses on the paddle board requires you to move all parts of your body, you will need to have enough water in your body to sweat it out as well.

The benefits

1. Promotes mindfulness

  • The practice of SUP boarding and yoga requires you to pay attention to your breath as well as your body movements.
  • This is needed for you to keep a well-balanced posture while afloat on water. Focusing on your overall breathing and balance is indeed a step closer to developing a deeper level of mindfulness or self-awareness.

2. Increases breath control

  • The pace of this type of yoga requires you to slow down. Slowing down allows you to focus on your movements and change your poses as smooth as possible.
  • As you slow down on your movement, it also allows you to focus more on your breathing and increase your control over it.

3. Exercises your body

  • Although SUP Boarding and Yoga do not require too much physical activity, it is still proven to exercise your body. The poses that you exert generally firm up core areas such as the arms, shoulders, legs, knees, and quadriceps.

4. Gives you the feeling of refreshment

  • Going through the summer heat instead of lying flat on your yoga mat inside a room creates a lot of difference. It gives you a more sense of being one with the outdoors. You can easily cool down merely by having an unlimited supply of water beneath you.

5. Chance to experience the beauty of nature

  • Aside from the calming feeling of being afloat on water, having a beautiful landscape as your view is definitely priceless. You even have an accessible fresh air around you. How can you make your yoga experience better? Well, try stand-up paddle boarding and yoga to see!

6. Fun and challenging

  • The SUP boarding and yoga not only improve your health but also serve as a fun and challenging work to do. It gives you the freedom to move depending on your desired poses. It also challenges you mentally and physically to balance your weight on water while doing yoga poses.

7. Improves balance and flexibility

  • Changing yoga poses improves and maintains your balance and flexibility. It requires you to stay on the paddle board while floating on the water and to keep your body in a balanced state.
  • Further, the same is done to increase your mobility and flexibility. It requires your different muscles to strengthen with a wide range of poses. Those who frequently practice yoga is known to have excellent balancing and flexibility skills.

8. Increases blood circulation

  • One of the important parts of yoga is to focus on your breathing. This has been found out to increase your blood circulation. This increase helps to ease the feeling of stress and improves your overall emotional wellness.

9. Gives yoga technique a new face

  • It refines the whole game of yoga by introducing a technique that allows you to go outdoors. Similar to any exercise and sport, the SUP also requires you to practice to be a master.

10. Calms your mind

  • Allowing your body to go with the flow of water produces a calming effect to your mind. The peacefulness of the water combines yoga with a relaxing, stress-reducing feeling. It gives a rejuvenating feeling of being in union with the water.

11. Empowers you

  • Any kind of exercise is found to be one way of changing your disposition. You are being empowered to be a better version of you by prioritizing wellness above else. Since the SUP boarding and yoga is not an easy task to complete, it also requires you to work hard and be extra patient.

Sample daily schedule

  • 09:00 - 10.00 Yoga class
  • 10:00 - 12.30 SUP board and yoga
  • 12:30 - 14.30 Lunch break
  • 14:30 - 17.00 SUP board and yoga
  • 16:00 - 17.00 Yoga class - style class

Instructors

Carmen Hellmann

Retreat location

The Yoga Skyros Academy and Therapy Center is located at the foot of the Hymettus Mountain Range with an enchanting village called Lavrio in Paiania. It is close to the airport and it takes only 25 minutes to arrive. It is also close to the subway station to Athens and it takes only 20 minutes. Supermarkets are within walking distance. Vineyards of the area can be found about 3 to 4 kilometers away.

Unique features

Activities

  • Sauna
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen

Food

The training includes breakfasts. You may opt for the lunch and dinner for an additional fee of 25 EUR per day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

Wonderful hikes are possible at the mountain range nearby. There is a world-renowned cave you can visit. Acropolis in Athens is certainly a highlight that you should not miss.

What's included

  • SUP yoga classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • Optional: Lunch and dinner for an extra 25 EUR per day

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request (approximately 25 EUR one way, local taxi rate).

Airport: Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) Airport transfer available: Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) (US$29 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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 on arrival.

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