200-Hour Ashtanga-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
June 29th - July 22nd, 2019
Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.
Our 200-hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course is designed for all levels of yogis who want to connect with and deepen their practice, understand vinyasa flow sequencing and experience a well-rounded curriculum that will develop them into confident teachers. At Alpha Yoga School, we strongly believe in the importance of experiential learning through one’s own journey of self-discovery and encourage each student to discover and develop his/her unique style as a teacher.
This course gives a strong foundation to build your self practice. As your practice deepens, sharing your personal experience in the form of teaching naturally blossoms. Through practical application and direct experience, you will develop the skills, tools and confidence to teach Vinyasa flow classes. You will connect anatomy knowledge to movement and continue your personal yogic journey.
We recommend at least six months of regular yoga practice before taking this course.
You will study and practice yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, intelligent sequencing, teaching skills and hands-on adjustments. Theory will include Indian philosophy, yogic lifestyle, moral and ethical codes of yoga (yamas and niyamas), Eastern anatomy and alignment. You will teach your fellow students, giving and receiving constructive feedback throughout the course. You will practice primarily Ashtanga and Vinyasa with exposure to yin and restorative yoga. By the end of the course you will practice the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series by yourself, teach classes based on the Primary Sequence, and create your own Vinyasa sequences.
Ashtanga Primary Series and a broad range of other yoga asanas
alignment for the Ashtanga Primary Series yoga postures
modifications and variations of the most common yoga asanas
yoga anatomy: basic concepts of functional anatomy applied to yoga practice
common injuries during yoga practice and how to avoid them
pranayama and meditation techniques and benefits
mudras and bandhas and their benefits
teaching a 45 to 90 minute class
giving clear instructions and cues
jump back and jump through
yoga career and building your own business
Registration with our yoga school meets the standards set by Yoga Alliance which provides a globally-recognized credential. Since this is not a yoga retreat or holiday, you will be asked to actively participate, study, do your homework and prepare for all classes. You must meet all course requirements to graduate.
At the end of the course and upon successful completion of the practical and written exam, you will be qualified to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow yoga and will receive a 200-hour certification eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.
This course is open for practitioners of all levels. Prior experience and knowledge of Yoga is recommended; at least six months of regular yoga practice, any style. As the course is demanding, the applicant should be in good physical condition. What is most important is that the applicant arrives with an open mind and the eagerness to learn. The applicant should also have a basic English language understanding as the course is conducted in English and the student will be required to speak English. Alcohol and recreational drugs are not available and are restricted on the premises. Please do not bring them from the outside in order to experience fully the benefits of Yoga.
meet the Yoga Teachers
Our yoga teacher training program is a practical and theoretical training course designed to help you become a confident and effective yoga teacher for all levels of students. You will have lots of opportunities to practice teaching. From day one, you will start teaching one-on-one and, as the course continues, you will progress to teaching larger groups. By the end of the course you will be able to teach mixed-level yoga classes confidently.
You will learn essential sequencing principles in order to create your own Vinyasa Flow classes. We will look at:
the difference between sequencing for more experienced students versus beginners
different types of Vinyasa classes:
well rounded class
peak pose class
one flow one peak
how to demonstrate asanas including: reasons to demonstrate, when, why, do's and don'ts
how to maintain group energy
how to modify asanas
how to work with a mixed-level class
how to give verbal instructions
how to use your voice
There will be lots of practical teaching, planning, guidance and feedback on how to improve and enhance these skills.
You will observe, teach and receive constructive feedback from your fellow students and teachers.
MORNING ASANA CLASSES
Our asana curriculum is split equally between Ashtanga and Vinyasa, with three Ashtanga and three Vinyasa classes per week.
Ashtanga is a set sequence of postures linked by the breath. Through the practice of breathing, postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristi), one slowly gains control of the senses and mind. Over time, with repeated practice and devotion, it unfolds into a moving meditation, awakening a sense of subtle awareness. The mind becomes calmer, and slowly we are able to clear away the clutter. When this happens, the light of yoga begins to shine. This is the transformational beauty of the Ashtanga practice.
Vinyasa means flowing from one posture to another using breath. No two vinyasa classes are alike. We will design them to complement the theory we are covering each day.
ALIGNMENT AND HANDS-ON ADJUSTMENTS
You will have many opportunities to practice hands-on adjustments with feedback from your teachers and peers.
We will examine each of the main postures of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Sequence in terms of:
correct key alignment and aim
misconceptions and tendencies
modifications using props
Every two to three days, there will be workshops where we break down complex postures like lotus, headstand, backbends, transitions, chaturanga dandasana and inversions. We teach baby pre-requisite steps that include preparation exercises, appropriate warm ups and requirements for the full expression of the posture. These classes will bring safety, awareness and mindfulness to your practice and teaching.
You will explore functional yoga anatomy and how to safely deepen your practice through your body. You will learn about the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems through a comprehensive breakdown of the regions of the body most applicable to the practice.
Through hands-on practical application, you will investigate the different types of connective tissues, experience the movements of the joints, and connect with your fascial body. You will leave with a more profound understanding of your own body as well as your students'.
Yoga philosophy is interwoven throughout the course.
We will explore what yoga really is; its meanings, significances, ethics and practices in the past and present. We will investigate the roots of the practice; the Vedic tradition and its culture, myths, and mantras and then continue down the evolutionary paths of both classical and modern yoga practices. You will be introduced to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Bhagavad Gita, gaining insight on their commentaries. We will discuss how to integrate yoga philosophy into our every day life.
Ayurveda, the Vedic science of health and longevity, is intrinsically linked to the practice of yoga. These two sister sciences were developed together and traditionally are taught together. We will explore the foundations of this extraordinary holistic discipline while learning its basic principles of self-healing that can be applied both on and off the mat.
Ashtanga / Vinyasa yoga asana class
Pranayama and Meditation
Anatomy / Philosophy
Asana alignment and hands-on adjustment
Tea break / Snack
Asana class (Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative)
Saturday: Classes until 13:00.
Sunday: Day off / self study.
terms & fees
150 Euros early bird discount from above fees if the spot is booked three months before the course start date.
An initial deposit of 300 Euros to reserve your spot is required and is strictly non-refundable and non-transferable.
All packages are residential and include accommodation, tuition fees, manual, brunches, dinners, after-noon snacks, tea and water.
Check in from 2:00 p.m. onwards on the day that the course starts.
Check out at 11:00 a.m. on the last day of the course.
Welcome meetings are generally held between 4 - 5 p.m. on the day the course starts, followed by a welcome dinner at 7:00 p.m.
The retreat center will provide students with accommodation as requested, but it reserves the right to make changes if needed due to unforeseen circumstances.
Group transportation from Athens can be arranged if requested.