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Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

Have you always wanted to become a yoga teacher? Or perhaps you would like to deepen your practice? If you have been practicing yoga regularly for a while and are ready to delve deeper into the philosophy of the East and the science of the West, then this is the course that will suit you. 26-day intensive Yoga Teacher Training courses led in English, in a beautiful rural setting of the Valencian countryside in Spain, with Senior Yoga Teacher Namit Kathoria and other experienced yoga teachers, for a well-rounded experience.

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Namit
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Highlights

  • All course tuition and printed material
  • Small groups for enhanced individual tuition (max 8 trainees)
  • Full use of the facilities: equipment, swimming pool, kitchen, library, gardens
  • Weekend activities: workshops to build on what you have learned and guided hikes/walks
  • 25 nights single occupancy, comfortable room with private en suite bathroom
  • Daily delicious organic plant-based meals, fruits, and snacks
  • Springwater, organic coffee, and organic teas
  • Free private yoga classes

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


23 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Alicante–Elche Airport (US$34 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Library

Accommodation is offered as single occupancy of beautiful rooms with comfortable beds, central heating, air-conditioning, and a private en suite bathroom. Some rooms also have a balcony with inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.

There is a communal guest kitchen for preparing snacks between mealtimes and classes and there are areas for sitting and for dining – both inside and outside. Your training will take place in the shala and when possible, outside in the sunshine.

On Saturdays, the retreat center is cleaned. This is the ideal time for guests to explore the surrounding area and enjoy lunch and dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Room options

La Solana

La Solana has a single bed and has lovely views of the beautiful hamlet of Benissiva. The room has a lovely ensuite bathroom as well.

Tossal Gros

Tossal Gros is a cozy room named after one of the mountains seen from its balcony. It has a comfortable double bed, beautiful views looking out to the mountains, and an ensuite bathroom.

El Colomer

El Colomer ("The Dove House") has a lovely double bed and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It also has a nice ensuite bathroom. It is situated on the second floor.

El Llimaner

El Llimaner has one double bed and lovely views of the village. It also has an ensuite bathroom. It is on the ground floor, so is perfect for those who find stairs challenging.

La Forada

La Forada is named after the impressive arch-topped mountain visible from the balcony. It has a double bed and a shared balcony-terrace with lovely views of the Valencian mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.

El Misserat

El Misserat has a single bed, a shared balcony, and an ensuite bathroom. It has lovely views of the surrounding mountains.

L'Albureca

L'Albureca has a single bed, a shared balcony, and amazing views of the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.

L'Umbria

L'Umbria is a very special room. This large, luxury room has a comfortable double bed; a sitting area; a mezzanine floor; and an ensuite bathroom with a bath and a shower. It has its own balcony and lovely views of the surrounding Valencian mountains and unspoiled countryside.

Program

Certification

Receive a certificate upon successful completion of the training.

Requirements:

In order that you can enjoy and get the most out of your investment in this course, Yoga Sutra Shala recommends that you have:

  • A good level of general fitness
  • At least 1 to 2 years of regular yoga practice a good level of English (for listening, speaking, and reading)
  • Motivation to learn and determination to carry you through both the physical and emotional challenges that will come up
  • An understanding that yoga is a lifelong journey and that doing the course is just the beginning of your learning as a yoga teacher
  • The desire to share knowledge with others and to teach with compassion and kindness
  • Absorbed as much as you can from the reading list

Course overview

This course will suit you if you have been practicing yoga regularly for a while and feel that you are ready to deepen your practice and to develop yourself, by delving into the philosophy of the East and the science of the West, embracing a modern, holistic approach to yoga.

It would also be suited to you if you would like to teach what you have learned so that you can share the benefits of this wonderful union of body, mind, and spirit with others.

This 4-week training course gives you the opportunity to study Hatha and Vinyasa yoga to a level that you can then confidently teach these styles to your students. It also gives you a chance to gain an understanding of Yin yoga. You will learn from not only the course leader, Namit Kathoria, but also from other experienced teachers, sharing your training with a small group of like-minded people, together in a beautiful rural setting in Valencia country, Spain.

The training aims to give you the best of both an Eastern, spiritual approach and a Western scientific approach to yoga teacher training, with a holistic approach to pranayama, asana, chanting, and meditation and an exploration into the philosophy that forms the solid foundation of these practices, so that you can grow, develop and gain confidence in your practice and bring yoga fully into your life, on and off the mat.

Through supported teaching practice, you will benefit from continuous opportunities to apply what you are learning and to realize your potential in sharing it with others.

You will learn from not only the course leader, Namit Kathoria, but also from other experienced teachers, giving you a comprehensive idea of how and where you might like to continue on your yoga path. Yoga Sutra Shala offers each course to a maximum of eight students, allowing the team to give their full attention to your development and giving you the space to grow.

Their intention is to share with you the true spirit of yoga, with its depth of knowledge, wisdom, and discipline. In addition to this, they would like to explain Western developments in the path of yoga – such as the science behind yoga and the anatomy behind the asanas – in order to help you to develop your own yoga practice, to help you to develop yourself as the best practitioner and teacher that you can be: In balance, in harmony, in good health, and in peace.

In terms of the physical side of yoga, you will learn about:

  • Alignment and how to adjust correctly and sensitively
  • Using different asanas for opening and strengthening different muscle groups
  • How to sequence Vinyasa flows as well as Hatha yoga classes
  • The fundamentals of Yin yoga
  • How to develop your own practice

In terms of meditation and philosophy, the training will cover:

  • Metta (loving-kindness)
  • Being present
  • Connection to the earth
  • Being an observer of the thoughts and feelings
  • Many other interesting topics

Please note, the course is INTENSIVE and is ideal if you are wanting to spend the four weeks putting your heart and soul into learning. If you want a holiday while doing yoga then a retreat would be much more fun for you.

In order to receive your certificate, you will need to apply yourself, keep an open mind and demonstrate that you fully understand what it means to be a yoga teacher. If you are not able to do this during your course, you will have an additional opportunity to do so and hence qualify at a later date.

Syllabus

During the course, you will cover various techniques and postures, and you will be taught their Sanskrit and their English names. You will practice for yourself and learn to teach:

  • Pranayama
  • Warm ups
  • Hip openers
  • Twists
  • Back bends
  • Shoulder openers
  • Strength building: Standing balances (with Ashtanga-style jump-through and jump-backs)
  • Strength building: Seated arm-balances (with Ashtanga-style jump-through and jump-backs)
  • Core development
  • Applying the Golgi Body reflex to asana practice
  • Flexibility development
  • Strong Hatha
  • Working with the entire length of the breath
  • Alignment
  • Adjustments: Safe and sensitive methods, including teaching for injuries and limitations
  • Using drishti (vision points) to lengthen the spine
  • Yin yoga sequencing
  • Guided meditations: Metta, Karuna, Mudita, and Uppeksha and the philosophy behind them, connection to the 4 elements and maintaining a state of meditation, being in the now, gratitude, 7 Chakras, the yogi in you, chanting linked with the Chakras

Sample daily schedule

On Monday, you arrive and will begin with some refreshment, welcomes, and introductions, and a chance for you to unpack and rest. Following a delicious lunch, the team will help you to orientate yourself, with a garden and village walk. It will be a relaxed day with an initial Yin yoga and meditation class - beginning at around 18.00 - and dinner at around 19.30.

  • 07:30 Pranayama
  • 07:50 Asanas
  • 09:00 Break
  • 09:10 Meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast and free-time
  • 11:15 Alignment and adjustment
  • 12:00 Break
  • 12:15 Sequencing
  • 13:00 Break
  • 13:30 Philosophy / discussion / chanting
  • 14:15 Lunch and free-time
  • 16:00 Teaching practice – pranayama (until 16:30)
  • 16:35 Teaching practice – asana (until 17:20)
  • 17:25 Teaching practice – meditation (until 17:55)
  • 18:00 Workshop / sharing
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Chanting (until 21:00)

You will observe silence from 21:00 to 10:30 each day)

Saturdays: For those that would like to join, there will be optional guided walks / hikes in the mountains and valleys that surround the retreat. Breakfast is provided. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed out in one of the local restaurants. These offer a range of meals, including vegetarian and vegan dishes, fresh salads, and delicious Valencian hot cocoa!

Sundays: Workshops developing what you have been learning; yin yoga; culinary and creative skills and interests; and a chance to get together for informal discussions. Weekend meal times are 9:30 a.m. for breakfast, 2 p.m. for lunch (Sunday only), and 7:30 p.m. for dinner (Sunday only). Fruit, snacks, and beverages will be available throughout your stay.

On the final full day of your course (Thursday), you will be presented with your certificate and you will have a closing ceremony and a kirtan, followed by a farewell dinner. The last morning of your course will proceed as usual with classes, followed by a delicious lunch. The retreat center will close at 2 p.m.

Please feel free to bring musical instruments along with you – they are a great addition to the Kirtans. If you have something that you regularly practice and you would particularly like to share as a workshop on a Sunday, please let Yoga Sutra Shala know.

Recommended reading list

  • Ann Swanson, The Science of Yoga
  • BKS Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Eknath Easwaran, The Bhagavad Gita: Introduced and Translated + The Upanishads: Introduced and Translated
  • Sharon Saltzberg Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
  • Tick Nhat Hanh: The Art of Living + Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone

Further reading

  • Ray Long The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys Volume I + The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II
  • Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now + Stillness Speaks

Included excursions

At the weekends, Yoga Sutra Shala offers you optional, complimentary guided hikes / walks and workshops to build on what you have learned.

Instructors

Namit Kathoria

Retreat location

This yoga teacher training course will be held at the yoga and meditation retreat center in Benissiva, a village in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The retreat center is surrounded by beautiful mountains and peaceful countryside. It is only 30 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff

Services

  • Library

Food

Three daily delicious meals are included in the price, with the exception of Saturday lunches and dinners, when trainees can enjoy visiting the local restaurants. All meals are plant-based and are freshly prepared with love by fantastic chefs, using organic whole foods, and organic local produce. Springwater, organic coffee, and a selection of organic teas, fruits, and snacks are also included and available to you throughout your stay.

The local restaurants (within easy walking distance of the retreat center) offer a range of meals, including vegetarian and vegan dishes, fresh salads, and delicious cocas (a local specialty, like pizza). One restaurant in the village – called Ta Casa – prepares meals made from local and organically grown produce.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • Course tuition and printed material
  • Certificate upon successful completion
  • 25 nights comfortable, single occupancy bedroom and private en suite bathroom
  • Delicious, organic, nutritious, plant-based meals, snacks, and drinks
  • Use of the facilities: yoga equipment, swimming pool, guest kitchen, library, and extensive gardens

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Massage treatments
  • Saturday lunches & dinners

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC). The course starts on Monday and Yoga Sutra Shala recommends arriving at Alicante the day before. On Monday, there will be a shuttle bus leaving Alicante airport at 09.15 and calling at Alicante train station at 10 a.m., to bring you directly to the retreat center. This costs 30 EUR per person, added to the balance for your stay.

On Friday when the training finishes, at 14.00 you can join the shuttle bus back to Alicante center or to Alicante airport (ALC) for flights leaving after 17.30 on Friday evening, again costing 30 EUR. Outside of these times, the team can arrange a taxi to transport you at a cost of around 80 EUR. They can also arrange drivers for journeys between the retreat and Valencia and other locations. Prices on request.

Airport: Alicante–Elche Airport Airport transfer available: Alicante–Elche Airport (US$34 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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26 days / 25 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Monday April 18, 2022
Departure: Friday May 13, 2022

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  • The rest of the year
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  • Early June
  • Early September
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  • Late June
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