As a hybrid program, this training will consist of two weeks in person at the amazing Suryalila in southern Spain, followed by a series of virtual classes and discussions to reinforce the work we do in person and help you integrate your practice into the course of your daily life.
Though we will cover a wide range of information and explore a variety of practices, the goal of this training is simple: To help you realize your potential.
Whether you already teach yoga, aspire to teach, or simply wish to deepen your personal practice, this training will equip you with the tools, knowledge and resources to help you achieve all that you’re capable of—both on and off the mat.
Beginning with the basics of yoga’s history and philosophy, we will journey together through time to explore yoga’s evolution from its earliest known origins to its current form, making stops along the way to investigate a variety of Hatha practices, including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Yin and Nidra. We will also dig into some of yoga’s most influential texts, including The Vedas, The Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and The Bhagavad Gita. From there we’ll take all we’ve learned and cross-check it against modern science, as well as various movement and meditation practices to try to gain a clearer understanding of what it means to cultivate a functional yoga practice that serves your individual needs and benefits all aspects of your life.
This training is designed to challenge and inspire you—mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. If you’re ready to take a deeper dive into the wonders of yoga and discover how powerfully transformative a truly functional practice can be, I hope you will join me for this uniquely enriching experience of yogic exploration.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE:
6:30-7am - Morning Meditation & Pranayama
7-9am - Morning Hatha Practice
9:30-10:30am - Breakfast
11am-1pm - Lectures & Discussion
1:30-3:30pm - Lunch & Free Time
3:30-5pm - Anatomy, Posture & Movement Lab
5:15-6:30pm - Evening Practice & Meditation
7-8pm - Dinner
8-10pm - Optional Evening Activities (Movies, Kirtan, Story Telling, Etc.)
Each week will include one full day off, as well as one half day off to rest and/or enjoy a variety of optional activities, including hiking in the Sierra de Grazelema Nature Park, cultural excursions to Seville, Arcos de la Frontera and/or Ronda, a visit to the beach in Cadiz, flamenco lessons, massage, horseback riding or simply enjoying the pool and/or meditation garden at Suryalila.
In addition, after the two weeks in Spain, this training also includes*:
4 Group Practices on Zoom (90 mins each)
4 Group Discussions on Zoom (60 mins each)
4 Weekly Homework Assignments (including various practices & readings)
1 Individual Culminating Zoom Session (Time TBD)
1 Final Exam
1 Final Individual Project/Homework Assignment
*Please note, the dates of the virtual sessions are TBD, but they will happen within several weeks of when we depart from Spain. In the case that you’re not able to attend any of the virtual sessions, recordings will be made available to you so that you don’t miss anything. Also, pending availability, some of these virtual sessions may be led by select guest faculty who will bring valuable perspective and years of experience to our training.
Upon completion of all elements of the training, you will receive a certificate, as well as an official Certified Yoga Teacher - Level 1 credential (CYT-1) from The Association of Yoga Professionals (AYP).