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23 Day Escape to Nature: 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Evia
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Evia Silence, Porto Bufallo, Boúfalon, Greece

Yoga Teacher Training in Greece

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Greece.

Get ready to embark on a journey of self-growth and self-development through yoga, in Evia, an island with enchanting beaches and long history waiting to reveal its secrets to you. Join YogaUnion on this journey to shift your perspective, challenge yourself, and return home to your body, mind, and heart amongst the serene beauty of Greece.

Meet the instructors

Spyros, Nikol, & Foteini
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Highlights

  • Introduction to yoga philosophy and yogic lifestyle
  • Learn alignment and adjustment theory of all basic poses
  • Daily asana practice, meditation, and breathing techniques
  • Teaching methodology, techniques, and Vinyasa sequence structure
  • Learn anatomy and physiology and application to yoga practice
  • 22 nights accommodation in charming Evia
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: 10-24 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Evia Silence is a small modern hotel with a great sea view of the Porto Mpouffalo bay, making it the perfect location to rebuild, restore, and reconnect. The rooms are comfortable 30 sq meters. All rooms include kitchen and cooking essentials, balconies with a vast view of the neighboring sea, and air conditioning. They are designed around nature to nurture your soul & body, away from urban distractions. Just one minute walk from your door to the sea, Evia Silence provides an accessible terrace for swimming and sunbathing.

Nearby you can find an array of beautiful trails and small roads perfect to jog, trek, or venture into the wilderness of the mountainside.

Keep in mind the location of the training is far away from the city and center. Therefore, we would encourage you to fully immerse yourself in daily yoga, and learning the wisdom of yogic philosophy while spending time amongst the serene beauty of Greece.

Program

Certifications

Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)

About the course

YogaUnion has been delivering yoga teacher training courses (YTTCs), based on Ashtanga Vinyasa flow for over a decade now.

Enchanted by their experiences in Bali and India, Ourania and Spyros, the founders of YogaUnion, decided to call Evia their new yoga home. Bringing their experiences from their permanent home in Ubud (the cultural and yogic capital of Bali), all the way to their birthplace in Greece.

YogaUnion is currently running a 200-hour Vinyasa TTC, a unique and authentic course, open to those who want to become yoga teachers, or simply deepen their practice.

Based on thousands of hours of experience from all over the world, Ourania and Spyros carefully created and shaped the course to deliver the most educational, life-changing experience. The training is designed to challenge and develop individuals at all levels. This 200-hour course specializes in Vinyasa Ashtanga yoga, with a strong focus on Asana.

With a focus on:

  • Building your confidence, skills, and profound knowledge
  • Comprehensive understanding of Vinyasa and Ashtanga practice
  • Asana analysis and adjustment theory
  • Methodology, theory, philosophy, and anatomy/physiology
  • The business aspect of yoga

Everyday

Daily, mornings will begin with an hour of pranayama, meditation, and mantra chanting, followed by a Vinyasa flow class. Early afternoons are focused on deep learning of asanas with an emphasis on alignment, adjustments, and teaching methodology. You will dive into the theoretical part, studying yoga philosophy or anatomy (alternating days). The afternoon lessons will be focused on restorative styles of yoga such as Yin, Hatha, and Nidra, and specialized workshops. Far from the traditional approach, you maintain a very high standard of teaching whilst making the classes extremely fun and interactive. Daily, mornings will begin with an hour of pranayama, meditation, and mantra chanting, followed by a Vinyasa flow class.

Early afternoons are focused on deep learning of asanas with an emphasis on alignment, adjustments and teaching methodology. You will dive into the theoretical part, studying Yoga Philosophy or Anatomy (alternating days). The afternoon lessons will be focused on restorative styles of yoga such as Yin, Hatha, and Nidra, and specialized workshops. This 200-hour yoga teacher training program incorporates training hours in the following educational categories and topics:

Practice techniques

  • Analysis of the 80 postures and more (arm balances, back-bends, and inversions)
  • Modifications, other variations, and advanced variation of all postures

How to use yoga props

  • Block, bolster, strap, and blanket
  • Wall in your yoga practice

Workshops

The themed workshops will cover a wide range of asana keys like handstands, back-bends, inversions, and hip openers.

Teaching practice

You will start to teach from day one. The building of the yoga lessons will be gradual and smooth, facilitating everyone to develop their talents. Teaching will also be progressive, starting with one-to-one lessons in the beginning and moving step by step to bigger groups of students ending up in full open classes.

Regular feedback is given by teachers and fellow students about your teaching so that you can improve and find your unique voice and style as a teacher.

Some of the things you will do and learn include:

  • Practice teaching
  • Receiving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Hearing and giving feedback
  • Learn to give hands-on adjustment
  • Teaching methodology and technique
  • Principles of demonstration
  • Observing, assisting, and correcting
  • Instruction, teaching styles, and qualities of a teacher
  • Voice projection and floor presence

The process of learning

  • Planning and structuring a class
  • Alignment and hands-on adjustment
  • Dealing with injuries and safety precautions
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga
  • Pranayama, mudra, bandhas, and kriya
  • Pranayama (yogic breathing)

Curriculum

Pranayama

Prana – breath, yama – control – in accordance with the great yogis, breath equals to energy flow. Every morning will begin with pranayama classes, where you will have the chance to get grounded, look inwards and set intention and energy for the day ahead. You will practice your breath and gain conscious awareness of your body.

In this class you will learn and practice:

  • Yogic breathing
  • Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Bhramari (humming bee breath)
  • Ujjayi (the psychic or victorious breath)
  • Bhastrika (bellows breath)
  • Kapalbhati (frontal brain cleansing breath)

Asana analysis and adjustments

The approach to the traditional style of Vinyasa and Ashtanga, enhanced and refined with the newfound knowledge and information YogaUnion is blessed to have learned from years of exploration and practice. This class focuses on analyzing and dissecting basic and advanced postures. You’ll learn the correct alignment based on the traditional approach and in line with body mechanics, understand how to offer hands-on adjustments and how to structure them in a Vinyasa class. The teachers will always be present in your practice, observing, and providing feedback.

In this class you will learn:

  • Analysis of the 80 postures and more (arm balances, back-bends, and inversions
  • Modifications, other variations, and advanced variation of all postures
  • How to use yoga props in your yoga practice.
  • Adjustment (physical and verbal) theory and hands-on practice

Anatomy

You will take a deep dive into the understanding of the human body in today’s modern world, with a focus on the nervous, skeletal, and muscular system. You will gain a deep understanding of how these systems work in harmony to create movement and gain the ability to articulate this through your yoga practice, teaching, and everyday life.

This class is delivered in a conversational setting. Over the years, YogaUnion has been able to master the delivery of complex concepts in a fun, interactive, and intuitive way.

In this class you will learn and discuss:

  • Introduction to anatomy and different body systems
  • Analysis of the skeletal system and connective tissue, muscular system, and the nervous system
  • Movement analysis of all major joints and muscles and direct application to yoga practice and asanas

Philosophy

You will travel back in time to India and dive deep into the origins of yoga and how it reached today’s modern form. Focusing on philosophical concepts, you will learn how to adapt and apply them to your modern lives. These lessons are held in a conversational format, which enables students to actively engage and explore meanings through their own vision and stories.

In this class you will learn and discuss:

  • History and meaning of yoga
  • The eight-limb path of yoga according to Patanjali
  • Prana, vayus, nadis, chakras, Kundalini
  • The gunas, doshas, introduction to a yogic diet
  • Mudras, bandhas (energy locks), and mantras
  • The meaning of Om
  • Lifestyle and ethics as a yoga practitioner and a teacher

Teaching methodology

YogaUnion believes that we begin teaching from the moment you enter your shala. YogaUnion aims for the lessons to be confidence-building and progressive. You’ll start with one-to-one lessons and gradually moving to bigger groups of students, eventually, you delivering a 30 minutes class to your fellow yogis. Through regular feedback by teachers and fellow students, you will have a chance to improve as you go along and about finding your unique voice and style as a teacher.

In this class you will learn and practice:

  • Yoga Union Vinyasa structure and principles
  • Practice teaching and receiving feedback
  • Observing others teaching and giving feedback
  • Learn and practice hands-on adjustment
  • Instruction, teaching styles, and qualities of a teacher
  • Voice projection and floor presence
  • Planning and structuring a class
  • Dealing with injuries and safety precautions

Afternoons

The afternoon classes will serve to introduce the students to various styles of yoga, in addition to core course specifications. Alternating, you will take part in restorative practice and themed workshops.

Restorative

To complement your morning dynamic Yang practice, the afternoons will focus on Yin practice. The classes will feature Yin yoga, yoga Nidra, Restorative, Gentle Hatha.

Workshops

Asana-related, these workshops will cover handstands, hip openers, fun modules like partner yoga, and spiritual immersions such as cacao ceremonies, ecstatic dance, eye gazing, and bhakti.

Upon completion

As part of your final examination, you will be required to deliver a 30 minutes Vinyasa flow class to your fellow yogis. Examination of the course will end with a 3 hour written examination focused on Asana analysis, philosophy, and anatomy.

Sample schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Meditation, pranayama, and chanting mantras
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Vinyasa practice
  • 10:00-11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Analysis of asanas, adjustments, and teaching methods
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:45 Anatomy or philosophy of yoga
  • 17:00 - 18:30 All styles of yoga lessons and time to make your own lessons with YogaUnion teacher’s guidance

Instructors

Spyros Kapitsinos

Nikol Katsari

Foteini Balomenou

Retreat location

Evia, Greece’s second-largest island, is a place that allows you to come in close contact with nature and discover the beauty of a simple and rural lifestyle. It’s two and a half hours from Athens international airport, tucked away in the mountains, overlooking the Porto Buffalo Bay coastline and the crystal clear Euboean Sea.

Distances

  • Argiro, 4 kilometers - 7 minutes by car (basic grocery, bred)
  • Zarakes, 21 kilometers - 25 minutes by car (mini market with almost everything, some traditional Greek taverns, meat store, bakery, drug store, basic health care)
  • Aliveri, 25 kilometers - 35 minutes by car (hospital, supermarkets, every kind of store you want)
  • Almiropotamos, a nice bay, 20 kilometers - 20 minutes by car (minimarkets, traditional Greek taverns, etc.)

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

This course includes daily vegetarian breakfast, lite lunch (salad and one plate) and dinner buffets, from Mondays to Sundays.

YogaUnion has partnered with Evia Silence to supply the best nutrition for the participants. The students will follow the yogic diet consisting of vegetarian, plant-based foods. Evia Silence has an excellent team of chefs who offer the highest quality of services - bringing the best local, organic products, exotic fruits, and superfoods while creating a balanced menu.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • Daily asana practice
  • 200 guided teaching hours with expert instructors
  • Certificate eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Training manual and course equipment
  • 22 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Transport
  • Airfare tickets
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test 72h prior to their arrival.
  • Equipment rental - With respect to the safety regulations, the students are required to bring their own equipment (yoga mat, blocks, and bolster)
  • YogaUnion offers to rent the equipment for 20 EUR for the entire stay

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The best way to travel would be through the airport of Athens International Airport (ATH). Upon arrival, taxis and buses are available that will drive you to Evia. YogaUnion can help with guiding you to the right contact for booking a taxi.

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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