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Yin & Yang Yoga Teacher Training, 5 Elements and Ayurveda in Spain

This Yin and Yang yoga teacher training is suitable for all dedicated yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, 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. The theme of the 5 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.

Addional to an intensive yoga practice and experience you will learn the connection between yoga and Ayurveda.

Giving you an overview and basic understanding what Ayurveda is and how you can benefit from the ayurvedic principles and integrate them into your daily life.

Topics addressed are the Doshas (constituion 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 a healthy living and wellbeing.

Yoga Sunshine would like to invite you to cultivate balance, harmony, and freedom in your life, on and off the yoga mat. Explore the unknown and allow magic to happen. Be open to change and give yourself permission to adapt the way you practice and teach. That may mean letting 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.

Meet the instructors

Mona & Gunnar
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  • 5 Elements - earth-water-fire-air-space
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions related to the 5 elements
  • Twice a day Yin and Yang yoga practice (Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga)
  • "The art of teaching", teaching qualities of the elements and the various aspects of life
  • Learning about the 3 Doshas (types) Vata, Pitta, Kapha and about Ayurvedic food - concept
  • Myo Yin - Myofascial release combined with Yin yoga related to the Doshas
  • 7 night stay in a beautiful private villa
  • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals

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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  • 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
  • Wireless internet

Villa La Pena is a spacious and secluded yoga retreat venue in Spain for up to 14 people with extensive grounds, 50 square meters yoga studio, 50 square meters 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, with it has a maximum capacity of 14 people. Single, twin and triple rooms are available.



The 50-hours count as Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) only.

About the training

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 5 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).

Yoga Sunshine offers Yin yoga teacher trainings, Yin & Yang trainings, workshops, and retreats within Europe (Spain, Switzerland, and Germany) and Asia (Goa, India) and has done for many years. Their partner in Spain is TFS Retreats, provider of yoga retreats, holidays, and luxury retreat venues.


With a variety of tools like asana practice, meditation, pranayama, dance, interactive group work, and the ayurvedic food concept, we will spend time observing ourselves 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 Yin and Yang 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, to explore sensations in body and mind and to 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.

We 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 can be practiced and taught together with slow and meditative Yin practice.

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 in to 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.

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 we will become aware of and listen to deeply when you become silent.

The dance between letting go and doing

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 a 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 5 life-giving elements and connect to their transformative power. Equilibrium creates harmony in nature and in yourself. In this training, you will connect to the qualities of the 5 elements, explore and balance them. This will guide us to more stability, flexibility, awareness, lightness, freedom, and joy of life.

Course Content


  • Daily morning practice of 2-hour Yin and Yang yoga classes adapted to one of the 5 elements
  • Pranayama, meditation, and mudras, suitable to the different elements, deepen and complement the practice
  • Daily 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
  • 30 Yin yoga asanas
  • Vinyasa flow sequences and sun salutations related to each of the 5 elements
  • Dynamic meditation


  • Yin and Yang (the Chinese understanding of how the world functions)
  • Study the benefits of the Yin and Yang yoga practice (physical, energetical, mental)
  • Theory and basics of the 5 elements from the Indian tradition
  • Introduction into the teachings of Ayurveda and the 3 doshas
  • Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
  • Dosha test
  • 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
  • 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 me right now at this moment
  • It doesn´t matter how the pose looks, it matters how it feels

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Asana practice, meditation, pranayama
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Theory, Philosophy
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Lecture, group work
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Lunch break
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Student teaching, motion analysis
  • 16:45 - 17:15 Lecture, interactive group work
  • 17:15 - 18:30 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Tuesdays - additional evening session from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Wednesdays - half day programme only, free time after lunch. The 50-hour Yin&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 6.00 p.m. with a welcome meeting followed by dinner. The program finishes the following Sunday after breakfast at 11.00 a.m.


Mona Abter

Gunnar Lips

Retreat location

It 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.

Unique features


  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio


  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be nourished by three super healthy meals prepared by the private chefs, high quality, locally grown produce, in delicious Mediterranean and Asian influenced vegetarian meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • The complete 50-hour teacher training program
  • Yoga equipment and materials
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

There are many options to arrive at the venue, which is located approximately four kilometers away from Tarifa. There are four airports within two hours drive namely Gibraltar International Airport (GIB), Jerez Airport (XRY), Malaga Airport (AGP), and Seville Airport (SVQ).

The nearest airport is Gibraltar (La Linea), which is a 40-minute drive to the venue, approximately 40 kilometers. Only flights from England come to Gibraltar.

  • Jerez Airport (XRY) is an 80-minute drive away, approximately 120 kilometers.
  • Malaga Airport (AGP) is a 110-minute drive away, approximately 160 kilometers.
  • Seville Airport (SVQ) is a 120-minute drive away, approximately 170 kilometers.

Renting a car at the airport is the easiest and cheapest way to get to the venue, starting from 70 EUR per week.

Arrival by bus

There is also a public bus option from Malaga Airport.

Arrival by taxi

Taxi prices from each nearby transport hub:

  • Malaga Airport 200 EUR
  • Gibraltar 70 EUR
  • Algeciras bus station 35 EUR
  • Tarifa bus station 15 EUR
  • Sevilla Airport 200 EUR
  • Jerez Airport 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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Arrival: Sunday November 28, 2021
Departure: Sunday December 5, 2021

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