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Short Yin and Yang Teacher Training and Retreat in Spain

This Yin and Yang course is suitable for all dedicated yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, and bodyworkers of all levels and styles who would like to deepen their practice, teaching, and understanding of yoga and their own body to find a more balanced approach. It is based on the principle of Yin and Yang (flowing Ashtanga Vinyasa meets slow meditative Yin yoga) and the 5 elements of the Indian tradition and Ayurveda.

Meet the instructors

Mona
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Highlights

  • Yin and Yang yoga practice
  • Philosophy, anatomy, lectures, and group works
  • Wim Hof Method breathing techniques and ice bath
  • Daily meditation, pranayama, and some time in silence
  • Find out your dosha type and adapt your yoga practice
  • Art of teaching - learn a creative way of teaching
  • 3 tasty vegetarian meals per day
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room

Villa La Pena is a spacious and secluded luxury yoga retreat venue in Spain for up to 12 people with extensive grounds, a 50-square-meter yoga studio, 50-square-meter outdoor yoga platform, massage room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi.

Villa La Pena is a high-quality accommodation. It has seven bedroom suites, five en-suite, and two with a shared bathroom. It has a maximum capacity of 12 people.

Program

Yoga Sunshine invites you to cultivate balance, harmony, and freedom in your life on and off the yoga mat. Exploring the unknown and allowing magic to happen. Being open for change and giving yourself the permission to adapt the way you practice and teach to the individual.

The dance in between letting go and doing. Yoga Sunshine combines stillness and movement, letting go and doing in a practice of asanas, different types of meditation, pranayama, and mudras.

Certifications

The course is registered with Yoga Alliance and counts as Continuing Education program (YACEP) for all Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Teachers with (RYT®).

The course can also be taken as a retreat.

About the training

This course is suitable for all dedicated yoga practitioners and yoga teachers of all levels and styles who would like to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga, their own body, and are curious and open to exploring, learning, and sharing.

With this continuing education training, Yoga Sunshine aims to inspire you to develop a creative and individually adapted teaching style and practice. Integrate the qualities and aspects of the five elements as a guide, into your teaching and practice. Qualities such as stability and being rooted (earth), creativity and going with the flow (water), transformation and courage (fire) lightness and freedom (air), and infinity and consciousness (space).

The theme of the five elements from the Indian tradition and the thousand-year-old healing system of Ayurveda form the philosophical background for the theory and practice in the training. Additional to intensive yoga practice and experience (Asthanga Vinyasa Flow, Yin yoga, and Yin and Yang yoga) you will learn the connection between Yoga and Ayurveda. Giving you an overview and basic understanding of what Ayurveda is and how you can benefit from the Ayurvedic principles and integrate them into your daily life.

Topics addressed are the doshas (constitution types), Ayurvedic tastes and food concept, Ayurvedic herbal remedies, and the background of an Ayurvedic panchakarma cure. You will receive many tools and inspiration for healthy living and wellbeing in your daily life.

Let go of some of the old rules and dogmas to create space for practice and teaching that focuses more on how it feels, rather than how it looks. By feeling and connecting to the physical, mental, and emotional sensations, you can cultivate freedom and an embodied practice. You may be familiar with teaching alignment principles and technical aspects of asanas after many years of teaching experience.

With a variety of tools like asana practice, meditation, pranayama, dance, interactive group work, and the Ayurvedic food concept, you will spend time observing yourself and others to experience and learn where elements may be out of balance (deficient or excessive energy) or where they are in balance. You will explore how different Yoga practices (asanas, meditation, pranayama, lifestyle, and nutrition) can be applied to bring the energy of the elements and Doshas back into balance.

The week is characterized by lots of practice and interactive group work and invites you to go deeper into contact with your body and your whole self. You will have time to observe your thoughts, explore sensations in body and mind, and consciously perceive your emotions without judgment. Cultivate awareness and pay attention to how it feels in the body rather than thinking about how should it look. Find joy in your practice and teaching and have freedom in movement and stillness.

You will combine stillness and movement, letting go and doing in a practice of asanas, different types of meditation, pranayama, and mudras, and learn how dynamic, challenging Yang practice (Asthanga Vinyasa Flow) can be practiced and taught together with slow and meditative Yin practice.

On Wednesday, there is an additional evening session from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday is a half-day program only and free time after lunch.

The 60-hour Yin and Yang yoga course is held over one week from Sunday to Sunday. Those days are arrival and departure days without any teaching. The course starts on Sunday at 6 p.m. with a welcome meeting followed by dinner. It finishes the following Sunday after breakfast at 11 a.m.

Some time in silence

A calm and silent mind is the new luxury in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This experience invites you to come into contact with your heart, true being, and the deeper aspects of life. Silence gives you the opportunity to be in an introspective state, to go beyond the inner and outer distractions, and simply be in tune with your heart and soul. When your inner and outer world is silent, you feel true peace and freedom. You can tune out the world and enter into your own. Become silent and still. Be free. The quieter you become the more you can hear.

Silence is a wonderful way to create space in your mind to reduce stress and gain clarity. Take the energy you normally use for external communication and channel it inward. Silence does not always mean quiet. There are many sounds in nature which you will become aware of and listen to deeply when you become silent.

Yin and Yang yoga and the five elements

The principle of Yin and Yang builds the foundation for balance in the universe, nature, life, and for the human being. Health means a balance between Yin and Yang. Health for the physical body, the mind, and the soul.

Yang yoga

Flow with the breath through inspiring, creative, and dynamic Vinyasa flow yoga sequences and explore this physically challenging, strengthening, and detoxifying practice. Enjoy the dance of breath and movement flow in harmony and create the so-called 'moving meditation'. Ujjayi breathing is the soul of this flowing motion.

Yin yoga

Yin yoga is the gentle path to inner balance. Surrender into the slow pace and deep opening of Yin yoga which challenges you to be in the pure presence of awareness. It combines meditation and asana into very deep practice. Experience deep immersion and let go by holding an asana for a number of minutes. Direct your attention inward, listen to your inner voice, observe your thoughts, and be present. Breath, meditation, and asana merge into a deep, liberating, and wholesome yoga practice.

Explore the five life-giving elements and connect their transformative power. Equilibrium creates harmony in nature and in yourself. In this training, you will connect to the qualities of the five elements, explore, and balance them. This will guide you to more stability, flexibility, awareness, lightness, freedom, and joy in life.

Practice

  • Daily morning practice of 2.5 hours Yin and Yang yoga class (Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga) adapted to one of the five elements
  • Pranayama, meditation, and mudras suitable to the different elements, deepen and complement the practice
  • Students teaching
  • Interactive group work, observation, and self-awareness
  • The art of teaching, less teaching about alignment, principles, and technique, and more towards teaching the qualities of the elements and the various aspects of life
  • Yin yoga practice on the wall
  • Myo Yin - Myofascial release combined with Yin yoga (Yin yoga and trigger point massage with tennis balls)
  • Afternoon yoga practice with special themes
  • 20 Yin yoga asanas
  • Vinyasa flow sequences and sun salutations related to each of the five elements
  • Dynamic meditation

Theory

  • Yin and Yang (the Chinese understanding of how the world functions)
  • Study the benefits of the Yin and Yang yoga practice (physical, energetical, and mental)
  • Theory and basics of the five elements from the Indian tradition
  • Introduction into the teachings of Ayurveda and the three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
  • Dosha test
  • 10 golden Ayurvedic wisdoms
  • The six tastes in Ayurveda
  • Ayurvedic food concept and principles to balance and nourish your doshas
  • What does yoga mean today?
  • What do you want to share with people when you teach?
  • Let go of some beliefs, rules, and dogmas

Teaching methodology

  • Structure and suggestions for teaching Yin and Yang and how to combine these two yoga styles in one’s own practice and teaching
  • How to communicate the qualities and aspects of life in a yoga class
  • The art of teaching, less about the teaching of alignment principles and technique towards teaching qualities of the elements and the various aspects of life
  • Developing a functional approach to yoga
  • Finding out what suits you right now at this moment
  • It does not matter how the pose looks, it matters how it feels

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 10:00 Asana practice, meditation, and pranayama
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Theory
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Lecture and group work
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Lunch break
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Student teaching
  • 16:00 - 16:45 Lecture, interactive group work
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Included excursions

You will spend a lot of time in nature exploring the 5 elements:

  • Silent walking meditation in the Pine Forest
  • Breathing exercise and meditation on the beach
  • Wim Hof breathing method and ice bath
  • Sunrise / sunset on the beach

Instructors

Mona Abter

Retreat location

The training will take place in Tarifa, Andalusia, Spain. The private villa sits in a stunning elevated position in the La Pena area of Tarifa, nestled between mountain and sea with a panoramic vista over miles of sandy beaches. It faces the Straits of Gibraltar, looking out east across to Morocco’s Rif Mountains and west to the Port of Tangiers. Tarifa is a uniquely cosmopolitan town, historically and geographically significant as Mainland Europe’s southernmost point, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic.

Distances

  • Tarifa, 4 kilometers
  • Gibraltar International Airport (North Front Airport) (GIB), 40 kilometers - 40 minutes
  • Jerez Airport (XRY), 120 kilometers - 80 minutes
  • Málaga Airport (AGP), 160 kilometers - 110 minutes
  • Seville Airport (SVQ), 170 kilometers - 120 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will be nourished by three super healthy delicious Mediterranean and Asian-influenced vegetarian meals per day prepared by private chefs with high quality, locally grown products included in the price. The meals are served in a buffet-style, so you can choose what you like. Yoga Sunshine will adapt to any special requests like Vegan, gluten-free, or others too.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 60-hour teacher training program
  • 50-contact and 10 non-contact hours
  • Certificate of completion
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • Yoga equipment and materials
  • Handout

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

There is also a public bus option from Málaga Airport (AGP).

Arrival by taxi

Taxi prices from each nearby transport hub:

  • Málaga Airport (AGP) - 200 EUR
  • Gibraltar - 70 EUR
  • Algeciras bus station - 35 EUR
  • Tarifa bus station - 15 EUR
  • Seville Airport (SVQ) - 200 EUR
  • Jerez Airport (XRY) - 125 EUR

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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