200-Hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga

Teacher Training

         "Do your practice and all is coming"

Sri K.Pattabhi Jois

GREECE

BALI

INDIA

SPAIN

200-HOUR ASHTANGA-VINYASA TEACHER TRAINING

GREECE | BALI | INDIA | SPAIN

OVERVIEW

Our 200-hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course is designed for all levels of yogis who want to build a foundation, deepen their already existing practice, understand and learn how to create/sequence vinyasa classes and experience a well-rounded curriculum that will develop them into confident practitioners and 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 and voice as a teacher.

This 200-hour yoga teacher training 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, 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. 

 

You will study and practice yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness, intelligent sequencing, teaching skills, and hands-on adjustments. The 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. In the mornings, you will practice Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga and some evenings, you will practice yin and restorative yoga to balance the morning practice. 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. 

 

Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.

COURSE CONTENT:

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes and Ashtanga Primary Series in the mornings 

  • alignment for yoga postures of the Ashtanga Primary Series

  • modifications and variations of the most common yoga asanas

  • hands-on adjustments

  • 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

  • mantra chanting 

  • Kriya yoga 

  • mudras and bandhas and their benefits 

  • yoga philosophy

  • Ayurveda science  

  • teaching a 45 to 90 minute class

  • giving clear instructions and cues

  • demonstration techniques

  • jump back and jump through

  • yoga career and building your own business

CERTIFICATION 

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, you will be qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow yoga. Upon successful completion of the practical and written exam you will receive a 200-hour certification eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

 

PREREQUISITES

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.

COURSE DETAILS

 

Our 200 hour 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.

 

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

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 pose

    • themed class

  • 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 yoga classes per week.

Ashtanga is a pre-set sequence of postures linked by the breath. Through the practice of breathing, postures (asanas), and gazing point (drishti), 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 yoga practice.

Vinyasa yoga means flowing from one posture to another using breath. No two vinyasa classes are alike. We will design the morning Vinyasa classes to complement the theory we are covering in the afternoons.

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 most of the postures of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Sequence in terms of:

  • correct key alignment and aim of the pose

  • common misalignments

  • misconceptions and tendencies

  • modifications using props

  • advanced variations

  • hands-on adjustments

 

WORKSHOPS

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.

ANATOMY

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'. 

 

PHILOSOPHY

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

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. 

DAILY SCHEDULE

DATES 

FEES

  • The above prices for Evia Island already include an early bird discount of 150 Euros/person. To benefit:

    • book before 30th of June 2020.

  • The above prices for Lefkada already include an early bird discount of 200 Euros/person. To benefit:

    • book before 31st of January 2020 for the course starting on 29th April 2020.

    • book before 31st of July 2020 for the course starting on 11th October 2020.

  • Prices are in Euros.

  • An initial deposit of 400 Euros to reserve your spot is required and is strictly non-refundable.

  • India, Bali, Greece Corfu and Spain packages are residential and include accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon snack, tea, and drinking water, tuition fees, yoga manual.

  • Greece Lefkada Island and Evia Island packages are residential and include accommodation, brunch, dinner, afternoon snack, tea, and drinking water, tuition fees, yoga manual.

  • 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 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm on the day the course starts, followed by first 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. Triple rooms can be mixed.  

  • Group transportation from Athens to Evia Silence and Lefkada can be arranged if requested (cost of transportation not included in the price).

 VISIT OUR GALLERIES

...what students say about our training

Review by Signe Eshøj from Denmark

July 28, 2019

"Best yoga teacher training!"

Martin and Joanna are excellent teachers and have put together the perfect curriculum for you to deepen your practice and becoming a yoga teacher! I loved the big emphasis on “Adjustments and Alignment”, which I am sure you won’t get most places, at least not in this amount or quality! Definitely the best classes of the course. The two-hour morning yoga classes were excellent. I loved that it changed between Ashtanga and Vinyasa and how much attention the two teachers paid to evolve your practice. I didn’t practice Ashtanga before I got there and wasn’t sure it was really for me. Martin turned that around! I don’t think I will be a “pure ashtangi”, but he really opened my eyes to the practice. I also loved the many workshops we did, to dig into some of the more challenging asanas or working on correct alignment in some of the poses we think we know and regard as easy, but potentially can injure us, because we are doing it wrong (e.g. Chaturanga). We started teaching each other during the first few days, which in my opinion is very important so that you can slowly begin to develop your skills as a teacher. The classes where we taught each other were excellent and we got a lot of usable information on how to teach and build a class. In general, I found that the theoretical classes really opened up to everything behind the physical yoga practice. The place was beautiful, the staff nice and the water amazing. I would with no doubt recommend this teacher training!

Review by Aneta Opletalová from the Czech Republic

July 23, 2019

"Practice and all is coming!"

An amazing life-changing experience! I could not wish for a better TTC. I am so grateful for the opportunity to study with the best teachers. They are very well educated, passionate and so inspiring. They supported us and motivated us during the whole training because they wanted us to leave as confident teachers with great skills. The knowledge they provided about philosophy and anatomy was enough to understand the concepts of yoga and to encourage us to continue studying. The training was very intense, of course, but the schedule was well planned. When we felt really tired, we always had an easier day ahead of us. It was never boring because every subject had a different teacher. We learned about adjustment, alignment, vinyasa sequencing, pranayama techniques...we covered a lot! For most of us, this was the first real experience with ashtanga yoga and it really provided a great foundation for further studies. In one week we were able to practice in a Mysore class, without any previous experience. The location was amazing, with crystal clear sea, great food and nice, clean accommodation. Thank you for everything!

 
 
 
 
 

TEACHER TRAINING COURSES

  • 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training | India 07.03.-30.03. 2020

  • 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training | Greece 29.04.-23.05. 2020

  • 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training | Greece 28.05.-20.06. 2020

  • 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training | Spain 03.07.-26.07. 2020

  • 50-hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Greece 18.07.- 25.07. 2020

  • 300-hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga | Advanced Yoga Teacher Training | Greece 27.07.-24.08. 2020

  • 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training | Greece 31.08.-23.09. 2020

  • 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training | Greece  11.10.-04.11. 2020

  • 200-hr Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga | Yoga Teacher Training | India 13.11.-08.12. 2020

WE ARE A YOGA ALLIANCE CERTIFIED TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL

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UPCOMING YOGA RETREATS

  • Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Retreat

Kythnos Island, Greece 

18.07.-25.07. 2020

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