Frequently asked questions

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.




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