200-Hour Vinyasa and Ashtanga

Yoga Teacher Training

Greece, Lefkada Island

24 April - 14 May 2021

11 October - 1 November 2021

200-HOUR VINYASA AND ASHTANGA

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

Lefkada Island, Greece

DATES AND FEES

NEW COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS: Alpha Yoga School’s Measures To Prevent Covid-19 during Yoga Teacher Training: 

  • Until further notice, all students are requested to undertake a diagnostic molecular test (PCR) before joining the on-location courses in Greece.

    • Students must take the test either in their country (no earlier than 72 hours before the flight) or upon arrival at Athens Airport.

    • If the student is not chosen randomly by Athens Airport authorities for a screening test, the student needs to request the testing.

    • The Covid-19 testing upon request is newly offered to all passengers and is carried out at Athens Airport. Facilities are set up at the Arrivals Level, between entrances 2 & 3, daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.

    • Testing will be carried out in cooperation with the Athens Medical Center at a cost of €70, payable by the student. The test results will be available in 20-24 hours after samples are taken. You don't need to wait at the airport for the results, they will be sent to you. 

    • Failure to provide proof of testing may prevent the student from joining the classes.

  • All passengers arriving in Greece must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least a day before arrival, providing information that will include their departure airport, the address where they will be staying, and the expected duration of their stay in Greece, among others. The information on the form is a key element of the country’s planning for protection against the pandemic and preventing the spread of the virus. The PLF can also be found on the Visit Greece app and at: travel.gov.gr/#/

  • If you come to Greece by car:

    • The only Greek land border crossing that is open to non-essential travel is the Promachonas crossing on the border with Bulgaria. All other Greek land borders remain closed to tourists. As of Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 00:01 (GMT+3), all travelers entering Greece for non-essential reasons through Promachonas border station, are obliged to present upon arrival a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece. Travelers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.

    • Only travelers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveler. The Laboratories that perform the RT-PCR testing should be:

      • National Reference laboratories

      • National Public Health Laboratories or

      • Private laboratories which are accredited from the respective national accreditation authorities (not necessarily specifically for COVID-19).

    • Travelers will still have to complete and submit their PLF form and may be subject to random testing upon arrival to the Greek border.

  • A deposit of 400 Euros is required to reserve your spot. Taken into consideration the current situation that we all face due to Coronavirus, all the deposits made after the 10th of March 2020 are fully refundable until 28 days before the arrival date. After this date, the deposits are strictly non-refundable. All deposits which were made before the 10th of March, are non-refundable, but transferable to another retreat, course, or even to another person. 

  • The above prices already include an early bird discount of 200 Euros/person. To benefit, reserve your spot 2 months ahead.

  • All packages are residential and include the accommodation of your choice, daily breakfast, snacks, dinner, drinking water, tuition fees, and student manual. Oh, and lots of coffee :-) 

  • Check-in is available from 4:00 pm the day the course starts and check-out is at 10:00 am on the day the course finishes. 

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING OVERVIEW

Our 200-hour Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training is a foundational course designed for all levels of yogis. It is ideal for yoga students:

  • who like dynamic yoga classes and wish to improve their practice (do you feel that teachers don't give you enough cues of how to do the poses correctly?)

  • would like to share the benefits of yoga with others 

  • would like to learn about the philosophy of yoga 

  • who are already yoga teachers and wish to expand their existing skills by taking another 200-hr course (always be a student) 

 

By the end of the course, you will obtain the skills, tools, and confidence to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga.  You will have many opportunities to teach yoga to your fellow students, giving and receiving constructive feedback from students and teacher. At Alpha Yoga School we strongly encourage each student to discover and develop her/his unique style and voice as a teacher. We do not create a monologue of how and what the teachers should say in their classes. (Bikram style)

 

You will obtain a solid self-practice based on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This ability will allow you to take your practice away from the studio and will enable you to practice on your own anytime, anywhere. You will be your own teacher. Isn't that great? To be able to practice on your own? Without having to drive half an hour to reach the studio?  🤔 

This training is recognized by Yoga Alliance USA and UK and upon completion, you can teach yoga anywhere in the world. The course focuses equally on four educational categories: Asana practice, Yoga Philosophy & Ayurveda, Functional Anatomy and Teaching Skills & The Art of Adjustments. Upon successful completion, graduates may register with Yoga Alliance USA and UK and can teach yoga anywhere in the world.

We welcome “stiff” students, students suffering from an injury or other health challenges, and we encourage their attendance! Pregnant women are welcome. If you love learning, have a body, and can breathe – this training is for you.

This teacher training is limited to 20 students per course to ensure you get the attention you deserve.

You will study with a team of three dedicated instructors.

Come as a practitioner, leave as a teacher.

THE YOGA TRAINING AT A GLANCE

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga in the morning asana classes.

  • Alignment break-down for 51 yoga poses (their keys and aims).

  • Modifications, variations, and use of props.

  • Hands-on adjustments techniques (a module which you will not find in other 200-hour courses).

  • Teaching skills (how to give verbal instructions, how to demonstrate poses).

  • Break down analysis of Vinyasa classes that are taught to you in the mornings (a technique which you will not find in other 200-hour courses).

  • Yoga philosophy and introduction to Ayurveda. 

  • Pranayama and meditation techniques.

  • Yoga anatomy: functional anatomy applicable to yoga practice.

  • Common injuries and how to avoid them.

  • Teaching your fellow students and receiving constructive feedback.

  • Workshops for more complex and challenging poses.

  • The business of yoga, yoga career, and marketing.

LOCATION

Explore the practice of yoga while living the good life of Greece. Lefkada island is located in the Ionian Sea and is connected to mainland Greece with a 50-meter long bridge. Lefkada is a popular travel destination nicknamed “The Caribbean of Greece”. Its turquoise waters, iconic beaches, whitewashed villages, and natural wonders will connect you with the true meaning of yoga while you relax and recharge. 

 

Urania Villas Retreat center is a true paradise on earth. This hillside retreat bestows an immediate feeling of tranquility and peace that will make your Yoga Teacher Training a rich and unforgettable experience. Immerse into yoga practice while enjoying stunning views of Ithaca island, the mythical home of Ulysses.

 

Minutes away from an exclusive private beach, we can’t think of a more luxurious destination to explore the practice of yoga.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

The retreat center consists of 5 luxurious stone villas, each one having three bedrooms. Each villa can accommodate 3-6 guests in either single or shared twin rooms. Each room has its own ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and luxurious Coco-Mat mattresses and pillows. You will sleep like a baby :-) Each villa has a fully equipped kitchen upstairs with filtered water, a washing machine so that you can do your laundry, a swimming pool for your lunch break and weekends, and a spacious terrace with an amazing sea view. For additional information and photos, please visit https://uraniavillas.gr

Accommodation options:

Single: 1 double bed (180cm x 200cm)

Shared Twin: 2 single beds (100cm x 200cm)

Breakfast, light lunch, and dinners are included in this training. Urania, the owner of the retreat center, cooks all the meals herself, putting all her love into planning and cooking healthy and delicious meals for us. Breakfast consists of eggs, porridge, Greek yogurt, honey, fruits, home-made marmalades, tahini, peanut butter, rice cakes, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cheese, orange juice, tea, and coffee. Dinners include soup/starter, salad, legumes, rice, greek dishes and some evening we will have dessert. Lunch can include a sandwich, lentil soup, crepes, hummus spread, lemon cake. 

All students have the same food, no exceptions made. Vegan and gluten-free surcharge is 50 euros/person. Let us know in advance when this is the case. 

LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR TRAINING

TEACHING SKILLS


In this module, you will learn essential sequencing principles in order to create your own Vinyasa Flow classes. We will look at the difference between sequencing for beginners versus more experienced students. We will cover the different types of Vinyasa classes, which are: well rounded class peak pose class peak pose per flow themed class Teaching skills will include:

  • 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 as a yoga teacher
There will be lots of practical teaching, planning, guidance and feedback on how to improve and enhance all these teaching skills. You will observe, teach and receive constructive feedback from your fellow students and your main teacher.




MORNING ASANA CLASSES


Our asana curriculum is split equally between Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, with three Ashtanga and three Vinyasa yoga classes per week. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 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 within. 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 Flow yoga means flowing from one posture to another using breath. No two vinyasa classes are alike. The morning Vinyasa classes are designed to complement the theory we cover in the "Teaching skills and Sequencing". In these classes, you will grow as a practitioner, deepen your practice and learn to work with your body in a more skillful and effective way.




ALIGNMENT AND HANDS-ON ADJUSTMENTS


In this module we will examine 51 yoga postures in terms of:

  • correct alignment (called key alignment) and what is the aim of each pose
  • common misalignments, misconceptions and tendencies
  • modifications using props or not
  • advanced variations
  • hands-on adjustments with many opportunities to practice on your peers, while receiving feedback from them and your teacher.




WORKSHOPS


In these workshops, we break down complex postures like lotus, headstand, backbends, transitions, chaturanga dandasana, jump back and jump through 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. They are a game changer :-)




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 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 and your students' body anatomy.




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, mantra chanting, bhandas, kryias and their meaning. We 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.




YOU WILL GET CERTIFIED


Upon successful completion of the practical and written assignment, you will receive a 200-hour certificate. You will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance USA and UK as a 200-level Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).




WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER


This course is open for all yoga practitioners. Students with injuries and health issues are encouraged to attend this training. The most important is that the applicant arrives with an open mind and an eagerness to learn. The course is conducted in English.




SUGGESTED OPTIONS FOR GETTING TO LEFKADA ISLAND


Lefkada island is located in the Ionian Sea (North West of Greece) and is connected to mainland Greece with a 50-meter long bridge. SHUTTLE BUS FROM ATHENS AIRPORT TO THE RETREAT CENTER:🚌 Book a flight for Athens Airport (ATH). Arrive on the day of the course: a shuttle bus can pick you up from the Airport at 4:00 p.m. and will take you directly to the yoga center (drive duration 5 hours). Departure on the last day of the course: a shuttle bus can pick you up from the yoga center at 9:00 am and will drop you off at Athens' Airport at approximately 3:00 p.m. Total cost of the shuttle bus is 100 euros for 2020 and 120 euros for 2021. (both ways) FLYING TO PREVEZA OR IOANNINA AIRPORT✈️ The closest airport to Lefkada Island is Preveza/Action (PVK) Airport, located 60 km from the yoga center. If you arrive at this airport, a taxi to the retreat center costs approximately 100 euros. The next closest airport is Ioannina (IOA) and it is 176 km from the yoga center. Visit www.opodo.com for flights to Ioannina airport. Please check the availability of flights for both airports, (PVK and IOA) becasue the months in which we run our teacher training programs are not in high season, therefore, there might not be flights every day. A Facebook group will be created three weeks before the course starts to optionally coordinate a shared taxi/shuttle bus with your fellow students. PUBLIC BUS FROM ATHENS CENTER TO LEFKADA: 🚌🚖 From the airport, take bus X93 and get off at the last bus stop. This ride takes approximately 60 minutes. Walk 300 meters to the main bus station called KTEL. Address: Street Kifissou 100, Athens. Take the KTEL bus that goes to Lefkada island. The duration of the ride is about 5 hours and 30 minutes. The buses depart from Athens four times per day. More information and details here: https://ktel-lefkadas.gr/en/1942-2/ Take a taxi from there to Urania's Retreat Center.




TESTIMONIALS


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...WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THIS COURSE

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!

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Alpha Yoga School | Join Alpha Yoga School for 200-hr residential, all inclusive Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Greece, Bali, India, and Spain | Expand your yoga teaching skills on the 300-hour Vinyasa Flow Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Intensive in Greece | Residential, All-Inclusive Yoga Teacher Training in Greece, Bali, India, Spain | Deepen your yoga practice | Experienced Yoga Teachers | Learn safe yoga asana alignment and adjustment, functional yoga anatomy, and yoga philosophy | Practice meditation and pranayama techniques | Study yoga teaching methodology and vinyasa sequencing | Come as a yoga student, leave as a yoga teacher | Teachers trained in India | Yoga Teacher Training in India | Yoga Teacher Training in Bali | Yoga Teacher Training in Spain | Study yoga in an open air yoga studios in luxurious retreat center in South Europe, Greece | Alpha Yoga School Teacher Training Courses are registered with Yoga Aliance USA and Yoga Professionals UK
Alpha Yoga School | Join Alpha Yoga School for 200-hr residential, all inclusive Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Greece, Bali, India, and Spain | Expand your yoga teaching skills on the 300-hour Vinyasa Flow Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Intensive in Greece | Residential, All-Inclusive Yoga Teacher Training in Greece, Bali, India, Spain | Deepen your yoga practice | Experienced Yoga Teachers | Learn safe yoga asana alignment and adjustment, functional yoga anatomy, and yoga philosophy | Practice meditation and pranayama techniques | Study yoga teaching methodology and vinyasa sequencing | Come as a yoga student, leave as a yoga teacher | Teachers trained in India | Yoga Teacher Training in India | Yoga Teacher Training in Bali | Yoga Teacher Training in Spain | Study yoga in an open air yoga studios in luxurious retreat center in South Europe, Greece | Alpha Yoga School Teacher Training Courses are registered with Yoga Aliance USA and Yoga Professionals UK
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