This course will suit you if you have you been practising yoga regularly for a while and feel that you are ready to deepen your practice and to develop yourself, by delving in to the philosophy of the East and the science of the West, embracing a modern, holistic approach to yoga.
It would also be suited to you if you would like to teach what you have learnt, so that you can share the benefits of this wonderful union of body, mind and spirit with others.
This 4 week training course gives you the opportunity to study Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga to a level that you can then confidently teach these styles to your students.
You will learn from not only the course leader, Namit Kathoria, but also from other experienced teachers, sharing your training with a small group of like-minded people, together in a beautiful rural setting in Valencia country, Spain.
Courses are offered to a maximum of 8 students to allow us to focus our attention on you and to nurture the family and loving environment that Yoga Sutra Shala respects and enjoys.
On satisfactory completion of your course, you will be awarded your certificate for YTT 200 hours, to teach Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga.
Depending on which room you choose to stay in, the total cost of the 26-day intensive course ranges from 3,600€ to 4,400€ (before discount) including:
- all your course tuition and printed material
- your comfortable, single occupancy bedroom with private en suite bathroom;
- your delicious organic, plant-based food & drinks; and
- full use of the facilities: Yoga equipment, swimming pool (solar heated, so enjoyed by the brave in winter!), guest kitchen, library and extensive gardens.
(Flights, transfers and massage treatments are not included by the way.)
At the weekends we offer you optional, complimentary guided hikes/walks and workshops to build on what you have learned.
Early bird discount:
By paying your deposit of 399€ three months before the start date of your chosen course, you receive a discount of 10%.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ―ARISTOTLE
Your course – an overview:
We aim to give you the best of both an Eastern and Western approach to Yoga Teacher Training, with a holistic focus on pranayama; asana; chanting and meditation and an exploration in to the philosophy that forms the solid foundation of these practices, so that you can grow, develop and gain confidence in your practice and bring yoga fully in to your life, on and off the mat.
Through supported teaching practice you will benefit from continuous opportunities to apply what you are learning and to realise your potential in sharing it with others, teaching up to 3 classes to your fellow students with the help of your mentor.
We offer each course to a maximum of 8 students, allowing us to give our full attention to your development and giving you the space to grow.
(Please see below for the expanded course structure).
Our intention is to share with you the true spirit of yoga, with its depth of knowledge, wisdom and discipline. In addition to this we would like to explain Western developments in the path of yoga - such as the science behind yoga and the anatomy behind the asanas - in order to help you to develop your own yoga practice and to help you to develop yourself as the best practitioner and teacher that you can be: In balance, in harmony, in good health and in peace.
In terms of the physical side of yoga, you will learn about:
- alignment and how to adjust correctly and sensitively
- using different asanas for opening and strengthening different muscle groups
- how to sequence vinyasa flows as well as hatha yoga classes.
- the fundamentals of yin yoga
- how to develop your own practice
In terms of meditation and philosophy we will cover:
- metta (loving kindness)
- being present
- connection to the earth
- being an observer of the thoughts and feelings
- many other interesting topics.
The course is INTENSIVE - and is ideal if you are wanting the spend the 4 weeks putting your heart and soul into learning. If you want a holiday then a retreat would be much more fun for you.
“In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn”
- PHIL COLLINS
We are based in the beautiful hamlet of Benissiva, in the Valencia region. Our nearest airport is Alicante (ALC) which is about 1 hour and 40 minutes drive away from the retreat.
Valencia airport (VLC) is almost 2 hours away.
The course starts on Monday and we recommend that you arrive to Spain the day before, so that you can rest from your journey.
We have a shuttle bus leaving Alicante Airport (ALC) on Monday at 09.15am and calling at Alicante Train station at 10.00, to bring you directly to our centre. This costs 30€ per person.
On the Friday when the training finishes, at 16.00 you can join the shuttle bus back to ALC for flights leaving after 19.30 on Friday evening, or to the train station in the centre. This journey costs 30€ per person.
We can also arrange local taxi transfers between the retreat and Valencia or other locations, for your arrival, your departure and for outings during your stay.
Prices on request.
Accommodation is offered as single occupancy of beautiful rooms with comfortable beds, each with central heating, aircon and en suite bathroom. Some rooms also have a balcony with inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.
There is a communal guest kitchen for preparing snacks between mealtimes and classes and there are areas for sitting and for dinning – both inside and outside.
Your training will take place in the shala and when possible, outside in the sunshine.
All meals are plant-based and are freshly prepared with love by our fantastic chefs, using organic whole-foods and organic local produce.
Spring water, organic coffee and a selection of organic teas & infusions, fruits and snacks are also included and available to you throughout your stay.
In order that you can enjoy and get the most out of your investment in this course,
we recommend that you have:
1) a good level of general fitness
2) at least 1 to 2 years of regular yoga practice
3) the motivation to learn and the determination to carry you through both the physical and the emotional challenges that will come up
4) an understanding that yoga is a lifelong journey and that doing the course is just the beginning of your learning as a yoga teacher
5) the desire to share knowledge with others and to teach with compassion and kindness
6) absorbed as much as you can from the reading list (see below).
On the Monday you arrive we will begin with some refreshment, welcomes & introductions and a chance for you to unpack and rest. Following a delicious lunch we will help you to orientate yourself, with a garden & village walk. It will be a relaxed day with an initial Yin Yoga class for you to partake in, beginning at around 17.00.
Monday to Friday:
We will observe silence from 21.00 to 10.30 each day.
09.30 Breakfast and free-time
11.15 Alignment & Adjustment
12.15 Teaching Practice
13.30 Philosophy/ Discussion / Chanting
14.15 Lunch and free-time
16.30 Teaching Practice
18.00 Chanting (Mantras)
18.30 Yin yoga
20.30 Yoga Nidra / Kirtan / Workshop
Followed by Silence Time
Saturdays: For those that would like to join, there will be optional guided walks/hikes in the mountains & valleys that surround the retreat.
Sundays: Workshops developing what you have been learning; yin yoga; culinary and creative skills and interests; and a chance to get together for informal discussions.
Weekend meal times will be:
(Fruit, snacks and beverages will be available throughout your stay)
On the final day of your course, after your morning classes, you will be presented your certificate and we will have a closing ceremony and a kirtan, followed by a farewell lunch.
Please feel free to bring musical instruments along with you – they are a great addition to the kirtans.
If you have something that you regularly practice and you would particularly like to share as a workshop on a Sunday, please let us know.
During your course we will cover various techniques and postures, and you will be taught their Sanskrit and their English names. You will practice for yourself and learn to teach:
Strength building: Standing balances (with Ashtanga-style jump-through and jump-backs)
Strength building: Seated arm-balances (with Ashtanga-style jump-through and jump-backs)
Applying the Golgi Body reflex to asana practice
Working with the entire length of the breath
Adjustments: Safe and sensitive methods, including teaching for injuries and limitations
Using drishti (vision points) to lengthen the spine
Yin yoga sequencing
Metta, Karuna, Mudita and Uppeksha and the philosophy behind them.
Connection to the 4 elements and maintaining a state of meditation
Being in the Now
These will take place on some of the evenings and will be led by yoga teachers, sharing what helped them when they first became teachers: Such as helping students to focus on the breath; alignment, building confidence and so on.
Further workshops will be run on Sundays, with subjects such as: Vipassana meditation; creative writing; making raw energy balls; Non-Violent Communication; stress relief; head massage; emotional relief and so on...
Your recommended reading list:
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys Volume I
The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Bhagavad Gita: Introduced and Translated
The Upanishads: Introduced and Translated
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga
The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga
Tick Nhat Hanh:
The Art of Living
Our Appointment with Life:
Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone
The Power of Now
“The more that you read, the more things you will know,
the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– DR. SEUSS