300-hour Advanced Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training, Greece 27th July – 24th August

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300-hour Advanced Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training, Greece

This 300 hour advanced vinyasa flow yoga teacher training hosted at Evia Silence retreat centre is a four-week intensive program designed to deepen your already existing knowledge and foundations of yoga.

You must have already completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in any style to be eligible for this course. Teaching experience is not mandatory, but will enhance your overall experience and absorption of techniques into practice. Classes are in session from Monday to Saturday with Sundays off for rest.

We believe that practicing and teaching yoga is a never-ending path of evolution. We are all constantly moving towards growth and knowledge as both yoga students and teachers. We strive to meet the students where they are and to transform their practice and their classes into works of authentic healing art. How we teach becomes a representation of who we are, how we live, and the love within us.

Teachers

Martin Sittek
(Czech Republic)
​Martin started practicing yoga regularly in 2008 once he realised that it brought peace, relaxation and balance to his otherwise sedentary and stressful lifestyle.

​Starting first with traditional Hatha yoga classes, he later transitioned to more dynamic styles of Vinyasa yoga. Inevitably, he developed a curiosity about other aspects of yoga. He quit his job and traveled to India in pursuit of an overall practice of yoga. He never looked back.​

After completing 200 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Sampoorna Yoga India, he attended 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala. He learned the art of adjustment and alignment from Kamal Singh during 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh.

In 2018, he completed a 40 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course with David Swenson in Italy. David is one of only a handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois.

Martin attended workshops with David Robson at Purple Valley in Goa, India. He continues his studies with Regina Elhers, certified by K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

​Martin understands the challenges of deepening a yoga practice through years of dedicated personal experience. He uses this knowledge to help his students learn. Martin has a great sense of humour. He facilitates, encourages and inspires his students with his devotion and knowledge.

​Martin has a Master’s Degree in Thermal Engineering and a diploma in International Business and Management.

Joanna Vladescu
(Greece)
Joanna started practicing yoga in a studio in Athens in 2005. Unwilling to miss a class, she knew that she had found a beautiful practice, both physically and mentally.

Since 2009 she has completed workshops and advanced studies with first generation teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage including: Manju Jois, David Swenson, Eddie Stern, Laruga Glaser, Kristina Karitinou, Rolf Naujokat, David Garrigues.

Joanna completed her teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga in San Francisco and another one in Advanced Vinyasa Yoga in Goa, India. She also did a 50 hour Teacher Tune-up course with Noah Maze. She is dedicated to her Ashtanga practice, always looking for a teacher. When she’s in India, she continues her studies with Regina Ehlers.

​Joanna practices and teaches primarily Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga and handstands. She likes to inspire people to adopt Ashtanga as a therapeutic method of self-transformation and self-discovery.

​In her class, she emphasises the bandhas and breath, that allow us to make our practice more than just physical exercise. She gives modifications for all body types as she believes yoga is for everyone and everyone has his/her own limitations. The yoga pose is not about how it looks, but how it feels.

She is funny, caring, inspiring and gives full attention to her students. She will take your practice to the next level with precise verbal and hands-on adjustments. Joanna has taught in more than 15 teacher trainings. Joanna is a Thai Massage Therapist and has a degree in Economics.

Laura Shanks
(USA)
Originally from New York, Laura was drawn to yoga and movement at a young age. At the advice of a dance teacher, she began a regular Bikram practice at age 14 that evolved into a personal practice of her own. Over time, and through experimentation with various styles of yoga, her practice blossomed beyond the physical, becoming an all-encompassing, spiritual discipline.

A self-proclaimed “yoga nerd,” Laura’s practice includes not only Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, but expands off the mat to traditional forms of yoga including Bhakti, Nada, Kriya, Raja, Jnana, and Karma.

She completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Classical Hatha Yoga and Meditation at an Ashram in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, as well as 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training and 100-hour Plus Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at Kranti Yoga in Goa, India.

Having fallen in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, she went on to complete Yoga Teacher Training with Kristina Karitinou-Ireland on the Full Primary Series and has practiced with several senior Ashtanga Vinyasa teachers around the world, including, John Scott, David Williams, Radha Warrell, Pierre Seghir, Jörgen Christiansson and Louise Ellis.

Currently residing in Mysore, India, Laura is a dedicated student of Saraswathi Jois at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute where she continuously studies asana, chanting, philosophy and Sanskrit. She also studies traditional Ayurveda with Dr. Ranganathan.

A journalism major in college and former fashion publicist, Laura’s inquisitive nature gave way to a strong interest in philosophy and self-inquiry which turned into a lifelong passion. She is grateful to share this passion with others teaching Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda, Guided Meditation, Anatomy, Myofascial Release and Yoga Asana.

Teacher training content overview

This intensive 300-hour Yoga training places major emphasis on: advanced Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga practice; in-depth theming and sequencing for class structure; workshops on advanced back-bending, hip opening, arm balances and inversions for your own practice and for safely teaching in class; deeper knowledge of hands-on adjustments and practice; anatomical application of asanas; comparative anatomy of different body types; tension and compression theory; yin and restorative Yoga practice and theory; yoga and injuries.

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 successfully. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be certified with a 300-hour diploma.

Prerequisites

As the course is demanding, the applicant should be in good physical and mental 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 totally restricted on the premises. Please do not bring them from the outside in order to experience fully the benefits of this training.

Teaching Methodology

We recognise and encourage that each teacher defines and refines their own teaching voice. We are not into creating a cookie cutter monologue of how and what teachers should say in their classes.

In these sessions, we integrate knowledge and principles discussed in Alignment classes in order for teachers to adapt their manner, body language, tone, words, and public speaking to fit their audience’s needs and requests. Students will be teaching in small groups every day and will be observing, analysing, and assisting in other students’ classes.

Topics include:

  • Identifying your dominant learning style and learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles.
  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries.
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting.
  • Speech patterns – active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication; habitual speech and communication patterns
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting​.

Morning Asana’s

Students will practice daily dynamic, powerful Vinyasa Flow classes. Emphasis is placed on incorporating topics from workshops on advanced poses into the asana practice so students can experience the poses in their own bodies. Proper practice and spotting techniques of advanced inversions will be applied. Practice of deep backbends, lotus and hip openers,

arm balances and transitions, handstand and forearm stand. These classes are intended to build intense strength in the body and to utilise existing flexibility for deeper posture variations. Students will also be acquainted with creative, intelligent sequencing and translating anatomical principles across asana families in order to arrive in deeper, more advanced posture variations.

​Alignment and hands on adjustments

In our theory classes, we learn how to organise the body to allow safety in the deepest expressions of asanas. The deepest expression is not the ‘most advanced’ shape of a pose, but the breath and concentration required to practice it.

We explore this deeper expression through a dual approach of understanding safe and effective alignment for different bodies and basic biomechanics for functional movement, as well as how to adjust postures for healing as well as for depth. Much of your time will be spent on expanding your knowledge of asanas while paying attention to key alignment and anatomical structures in order to deepen your own practice as well as learning how to guide others safely into poses verbally, visually, and physically.

You will have many opportunities to practice hands-on adjustments with feedback from your teachers and peers.

Topics include:

  • Alignment principles for postures grouped by foundation (standing, seated, all 4’s, hands, etc)
  • Learning the five categories of Asanas and the key poses and alignment options in each category (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions)
  • Developing alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas to find resemblance in foundation, and how to build upon this foundation and create ideal transitions
  • Physical benefits and cautions for yoga postures
  • The Art of Touch and Adjustment Theory
  • Advanced Assisting – Hands-on and Verbal
  • Advanced Posture workshops (lotus variations and deep hip openers; arm balances and transitions; headstand variations and transitions; pincha mayurasana; handstand and scorpion; deep backbends—dropbacks and deeper variations of urdhva dhanurasana, pigeon, dancer pose, etc)
  • Safe Spotting Techniques for deeper inversions
  • Creating Sequences and developing mini-flows
  • Anatomical Sequencing and working towards a Peak Pose / Pathway Sequencing
  • Yoga and Injuries
  • Sanskrit for advanced poses
  • Creating and Leading Workshops

​Anatomy

We focus on an experiential, engaging breakdown of the human body as it relates to the practice of yoga. You won’t just sit there and take notes; you will learn how to directly apply this essential information to your practice and your teaching. On this 300 hour course we explore deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology modalities from Eastern and Western medicine and their applications to traditional yoga philosophy. We strive to understand the body and the practice so that we can understand how to apply the practice to each individual with any style or level of understanding to create personalised, functional, and safe classes to bring students to their deepest mind-body edge.

Topics include:​

  • Practical applications of anatomy in specific yoga postures
  • Comparative anatomy and understanding different body types
  • Focus on the 4 systems that allow and restrict movement – Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous System and Connective Tissues
  • Practical anatomy with a major emphasis on muscular and skeletal structures and in-depth study of anatomical and skeletal differences (i.e. compression, tension, proportion and orientation theory)
  • Scapular Stability and strength in deeper arm balances and inversions
  • Regional study of specific joints of the body – Hip, Knee, Foot, Spine, Shoulder, etc
  • Role of Fascia in Flexibility
  • Breathing and respiratory system and the role of breath in asana
  • Therapeutic applications of postures and working with injuries in asana class
  • Yin Yoga Theory and basic Meridian Theory
  • Basics of Thai Massage and relationship to Meridian Theory

Philosophy

Expanding on your 200-Hour Yoga Philosophy foundation, we will dive deep into classical yogic texts such as the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Further emphasis will be placed on an exploration of The Yoga Sutras and 8-Limbs, moving beyond a general introduction and into deeper understanding and application. You will be challenged to contemplate and question who you are, what your truths are, and your ultimate role as both a student and a teacher.

​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.

Meditation and Pranayama

In this module, we expand on your 200-Hour foundation and introduce more advanced practices of mantra, meditation, and pranayama. Students will practice chanting and mantra daily, while taking a deeper look at the science of sound and the significance of the Sanskrit language.

Pranayama sequencing, ratios, and practices will be examined. Experiential understanding of Eastern anatomy, the subtle body, chakras, and nadis will be cultivated. At the end of the course, students will guide each other through a 30-minute pranayama or meditation class.

Accommodation

Evia Silence is a luxuriously tranquil wellness hotel and retreat centre nestled in the mountains of Greece’s beautiful Evia Island.

Overlooking the Porto Buffalo Bay coastline and the crystal clear European Sea, you can jump from shavasana straight into cool, sparkling waters within just a few steps. All rooms include attached bathrooms, air-conditioning, sea view balconies, flat-screen televisions, as well as kitchen and cooking essentials. Roommates will be assigned automatically for all shared rooms unless otherwise requested.

Food

Evia’s kitchen caters all meals. Their chef provides fresh, natural, vegetarian and vegan cuisine using only the finest local produce and ingredients. Specialising in traditional, healthy, Greek and international dishes, their goal is to satisfy an array of palates through balanced nutrition.

Investment

Prices are in Euros
Single €4990
Double €3490
Triple €3090

Includes

All packages are residential and include accommodation, tuition fees, manual, brunches, dinners, afternoon snacks, tea and water.

Have a question about the teacher training?

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Booking

Fill in the booking form to make an enquiry or booking on this 300-hour Advanced Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training in Evia. You can also contact the team direct on retreats@soulseedmedia.com if you have any questions.