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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.
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.
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 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 ("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 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 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 has a single bed, a shared balcony, and an ensuite bathroom. It has lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
L'Albureca has a single bed, a shared balcony, and amazing views of the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
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.
Receive a certificate upon successful completion of the training.
In order that you can enjoy and get the most out of your investment in this course, Yoga Sutra Shala recommends that you have:
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:
In terms of meditation and philosophy, the training will cover:
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.
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:
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.
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.
At the weekends, Yoga Sutra Shala offers you optional, complimentary guided hikes / walks and workshops to build on what you have learned.
Namit has a strong family tradition of yoga and has studied yoga all over the world including in his native India. His background as a leading health professional allows him to apply and explain the health benefits of nutrition and yoga scientifically and to a high level. Namit has yoga teaching qualifications from Rishikesh (the birthplace of yoga) and also from Dharamsala (the current residence of His Royal Holiness the Dalai Lama). Namit is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance & Registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals & has been teacher and mentor to yoga students since 2010.
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.
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.
Transfer available for additional US$34 per person
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.
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