THIS TRAINING IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
On this training you can expect to :
- Develop your asana practice and your understanding of your body through anatomy and alignment studies.
- Develop your individual teaching voice, as an expression of your true self and learn how to teach yoga and share the gifts it has to offer safely and confidently.
- Learn how to teach both Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga.
- Delve into the depths of subtle anatomy, learn healing meditations, myofascial release and energy balancing work.
- Learn the gift of meditation.
- Create deeper spiritual understanding in a life-connecting, non-dogmatic way.
- Learn Ayurveda and the holistic aspects of the practice.
- Learn how diet can help your practice, your health and your life.
- Learn the business side of yoga and how to operate as a teacher ethically and effectively.
- You can also expect to work hard with the support of a group that wishes to evolve through the path of yoga like yourself. You will be challenged to journey deeper within, to move beyond your self-limiting beliefs and stories that hold you back from moving forward with your intentions and dreams. This is a physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually demanding experience. It is both intense and wonderful. Expect to bend, sweat, ache, collapse, stand up, strengthen, open, cry and giggle. Expect also to move deeper into relationship with the core nature of who you are, to connect with your authentic self and to learn how to spread the teachings of yoga from that place.
July 9th – August 4th
This TTC takes places over 26 days. There is 3 Saturdays at the end of each week.
The Daily schedule is:
7.00-9.00 – Asana
9.00-10.00 – Breakfast
10.00-11.30- Theory Class (possibly anatomy, philosophy etc.)
11.40-1.00- Teaching Methodology (studying asana in great detail from the manual, teaching poses in groups, sequencing, adjustments etc.)
1.00-2.30 – Lunch
2.30-4.00- Theory (possibly anatomy, philosophy etc.)
4.10- 5.30- Second asana class, meditation or pranayama or Teaching Methodology.
Hello! My name is Carol Murphy. I love exploring yoga asana, anatomy, Ayurveda and everything to do with philosophy; I also love (raw/) vegan cooking and meditation!
I started Green Lotus Yoga teacher training school in 2007. Since then I have graduated over 200 teachers from my training throughout Ireland and abroad. Most of my work is in Ireland but I have also taught yoga in London, California, India, South Africa, Morocco and Spain.
I like to teach Vinyasa style yoga as mindful, strengthening, slow, deep, breath-centered movement, creating various forms and threads to keep things alive. I am practising yoga 27 years and teaching 20. My background is in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa,. I am currently finishing up studies in Neuro-muscular therapy, which is a form of physical therapy that works with kinetic chains and acknowledges the interconnected nature of the body, just like yoga does…
In addition to the above, I have 2 degrees in philosophy <3. I have studied Ayurveda and yoga therapy in India. I am a raw vegan educator (although not 100% vegan or raw), a qualified sports massage therapist, a trained Art of Being Tantra instructor, a qualified Trance Dance teacher and I practice and study the Reiki Tummo Method, which combines open heart meditations with reiki and kundalini healing work.
These gifts created solidity and ground from which I can rise and fly, roots and wings, creating safety, balance, expansion and joy in my life and for this I am grateful.
Josh is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine. He holds a Masters in Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. Josh recently co-founded the metaMind Institute, a mindfulness-based strategy firm, and co-wrote The Buddha’s Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Living, available here. He co-teaches a course at Boston University called Mindfulness and Performance.
Josh began studying Iyengar yoga in the early nineties with James Murphy. Since then he has spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan and Burma where he has studied both yoga and meditation. As his interest in vipassana or insight meditation has developed, so too has his interest in more contemplative forms of yoga practice. With a professional background in Oriental Medicine and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of these two interests.
Josh studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley and trained in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers. His primary meditation teachers have been Sayadaw U Pandita, Ajahn Amaro, and Rodney Smith. Currently, Josh studies Pragmatic Dharma with Kenneth Folk.
Josh’s yoga and meditation classes emphasize safe alignment, the cultivation of moment-to-moment awareness and the potential for freedom in the here and now. For current class schedules and other resources, please check the Meditation and Yin Yoga pages.
Gary O Toole
‘Gary O’Toole is a Vedic astrologer, Ayurvedic lifestyle counsellor, and yoga and fitness instructor. He has two decades of study in Vedic astrology, yoga and Ayurveda and has been teaching and consulting for more than ten years. He trained as a yoga instructor with Green Lotus Yoga and as a fitness instructor with the University of Limerick. He is the author of ‘Cosmic Bodies: The Ayurvedic Astrology Guide to Exercise & Well-Being’. He combines all of these practices in his own daily life and in helping his clients come to a deeper understanding of their unique nature and lifestyle needs’.
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I attended my first yoga class in my early twenties and for years I practiced intermittently with various teachers; setting the foundations in my body for mindful, breath synchronised movement. However, I feel my real journey along the path began when I was fortunate enough to stumble into one of Carol Murphy’s classes. Her dedication inspired me to commit to a daily practice and that’s when the magic started to happen! In 2009 I completed my teacher training with Carol at Green Lotus Yoga and have been teaching and practicing daily since then. I continue to deepen my practice by attending workshops with senior teachers regularly and travel to India as often as I can.
As I delve deeper into yoga I continue to be amazed; observing as old blockages get released and new patterns in my body and mind begin to align. I’m passionate about teaching what I’ve learned and guiding others along their journey. Looking forward to joining the green lotus teacher training team in 2016!
The asana taught on this Teacher Training course is physically challenging, creative, alignment-orientated and fun!. In the classroom, Carol likes to play with a series of vinyasa threads (sequences of postures, link with the breath) that she has developed over the years and adapt them to the needs of her group to help move students deeper into practice, safely and with awareness. Carol also teaches technique classes where poses are broken down bio-mechanically and brings the yoga anatomy off the page. She always allows for mixed level in her group by offering various expressions of the poses and encouraging students to work to their own level. The initial focus is creating a solid foundation for practice and deeper awareness of the body anatomy and alignment. When the group clicks with the foundation, the practice will take off into more advanced work and students will be encouraged to work to their own ability.
This training places a lot of emphasis on preparing new teachers to teach Level 1 and 2 classes. After asana, teaching skills is the second most important subject. Teachers will learn a foundation series and then adapt it playfully, within specific guidelines, as an expression of their unique voice. Teachers will prepare a class, including breathwork, asana, music play list if used, and shavasana and teach it to the group as a teaching exercise. These focus of these classes is decided by the trainee; teachers may teach a relaxing beginners class or an upbeat level 2 core class. Teachers will also learn about the common issues that arise in the classroom and how to address them, whether they be physical ailments like slipped disc or high blood pressure, or boundary issues like people arriving late, not paying etc. Teachers are also shown how to dip their teaching into level 3 poses and after graduation teachers have the freedom to teach to the level they can practice comfortably.
The yoga anatomy taught on the 200 hr trainings primarily uses biomechanics as a foundation for practice. Biomechanics informs us exactly which muscles are contracted and released in different asanas, which muscles are the agonists (the primary movers), the antagonists (the muscles released) and the synergists (the assisting muscles of the primary mover). This can really offer yoga students a lot of insight as to how their body works in relation to asana and allows for safety, ease and intelligence in practice. Myo-fascial anatomy trains outline the muscle chains in the body and explains how they are connected in relation to movement. They teach us of how the body moves from an interconnected perspective and assist greatly in students developing their practice. The Trains are addressed in ore detail on the 300 hr, but a foundation for them is given on the 200 hr. The anatomy allows students to dive into a deeper relationship with their bodies on and off the mat. Students find when they know exactly which muscles to strengthen and release on the mat and why, they find more confidence to diver deeper into the practice. These classes will also equip you to understand what is happening in other people’s bodies, not just your own.
This training gives the basics of Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, that is concerned with health and well-being. You will learn your dosha (constitution) and your guna (the energetic frame that you embody most) and how they relate to each other. You will also learn how to balance your dossiers and gunas through practices and apply the fundamentals of Ayurveda to your teaching.
PRANIC HEALING ENERGY WORK AND MEDITATIONS
* The 5 sheaths meditation
* The 5 sheaths and healing trauma
* Kundalini meditations
* Witness based meditations
* Heart based meditations
* A collection of traditional pranayamas to cleanse the pranic body
The following practices may be used- depending on the needs of the group and time.
Kundalini Trance Dance
The 5 sheaths meditation
The 5 sheaths and healing trauma
Cellular DNA Healing meditation
Open Heart and Sufi heart meditations
MYO-FASCIAL RELEASE WORK
Fascia is the tissue in the body that wraps around our organs, muscles and bones connecting them into one whole, that we call the body. Myo-fascial release work releases “adhesions” in the fascia. Adhesions are when two or more muscles group together and think they are one muscle. There should be space in between the muscles so that they can glide over each other. When this does not happen, they get stuck, reduce mobility, prevent movement and sometimes create pain and weakness. Another reason why myofascial work is so important is that it hydrates the fascia. No matter how much water you drink, if your fascia is not receiving a blood supply, it will dehydrate creating stiffness. Modern anatomy is also starting to acknowledge the connection between fascia and emotional memory; believing that fascia holds our tension patterns, trauma and emotions; literally “our issues are in our tissues”. During fascia release work, many students report of emotional openings and release. This helps students move beyond the blocks toward inner peace and well-being.
On the longer trainings, groups are invited to do the “Saucha Sadhana” 10 day cleanse which gives recipes for juices, smoothies, raw and cooked soups according to your individual dosha. There is also handouts on raw vegan living. On the shorter trainings, there is just a short talk on diet in relation to dosha and adding in more raw vegan foods into your diet. Students will also be invited into the Saucha Sadhana Portal on the website and given handouts on raw vegan eating if desired.
The philosophy integrates elements from the spiritual systems Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya and Tantra to overcome the battle of the mind-body, create resources for people on their life path, create deeper substance in our relationships, journey deeper into life’s mysteries and help unlock the flow of kundalini (divine evolutionary energy) to connect people with their power, freedom and true nature.
“The Art of Teaching Yoga” is a manual for yoga teacher and trainees. This 169 page book offers clear and concise detail outlining yoga instruction, alignment details, common weaknesses teachers need to look out for in the classroom, adjustments and more on a variety of asanas from beginners to advanced. There is also a large section on “Teaching Skills” covering topics such as the importance of observation and demonstration, sequencing, structuring, pacing and principles of vinyasa.
This manual is used on all of the Green Lotus Yoga Teacher Trainings. It is also becoming popular with teachers who have trained in other schools who wish to deepen their knowledge of all aspects of teaching yoga. Many students say it has become their bible for class planning and reference.
A must for teachers and trainees who would like to expand their knowledge of yoga and gain more confidence in their teaching skills.
Suryalila is an incredibly beautiful yoga centre close to Seville in Southern Spain.
It has 4 yoga spaces, one of which is a large Geodesic dome with an underfloor cooling system (please see from the pictures above). Most of the TTC will be in this dome.
The accommodation is that little bit more plush that the usual retreat standards, with washing machines, kitchens, lounge areas and aircon in the student houses. There is also outdoor yurt and glamping options. The food is to die for. The staff are so supportive and helpful. There is a great yoga shop there, where you can anything from raw chocolate and great Omnitom yoga clothing to tampons ! There is also horse riding, an outdoor pool area, great walks and their latest addition is a sweat lodge ! Students usually love Suryalila. On my last TTC intensive retreat there, 2 students commented that it was “one of the best weeks of their lives”.
At present we have only 2 beds left in a 3 bed yurt for the price of 2954 euros. As it is part the deadline for deposit, to reserve you will have to pay in full.
This price is inclusive of tuition fees, shared accommodation in Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre and 3 vegetarian meals a day
It does not include flights to the retreat, transfers or books.
Staying in a lovely, spacious yurt is a unique experience. There is presently availability in a delightful triple yurt fully furnished, with all of the comforts of our other rooms and a back-to-nature ambience. The yurt is located in our “glamping” area overlooking the ancient olive grove and has access to three hot showers, one toilet and 4 eco toilets right beside it. It has a wood burning fire stove for the colder months.
The closest airport is Seville but it is also possible to fly into Malaga and get a bus or transfers over to the retreat. We will organise group transfers from both airports at reasonable rates.
Seville is 1hr from the retreat and transfers are 70 euros one way, again organised shares will be arranged if possible .
Malaga is 2hrs from the centre the transfer cost is 130 euros one way, where ever possible we try and organise shared transfers and typically students pay 20-30 euros each.
You can also take a bus that leaves Seville & Malaga directly to Villamartin. A pick up can then be arranged form Villamartin to Suryalilia and costs 10 euro
The price of a one way ticket is about 15 euro. There are usually four buses every day but for an up-to-date timetable please check the Los Amarillos website: www.losamarillos.es/index.jsp
Online bus timetables from Seville to Villamartin:
For bus timetables from Malaga to Villamartin:
When considering doing a teacher training, its a good idea to hear what other people have to say about it.
Here are a few quotes and a couple of videos taken on the 2014 Spain retreat nearly half way through the training.
“It has been a privilege to train with a teacher of Carol’s caliber. Her dedication, passion and knowledge is incredible. Her ability to ‘get’ where each of her students are in their bodies and how and when they are ready to be pushed to the next stage, to open or strengthen the body more and develop towards the next expression of the pose is more than reassuring, it is impressive. Her creative ability to spontaneously ‘workshop’ a pose that she ferls the class is having difficulty with is inspirational and effective. In her led practice you may suddenly find yourself in a pose that only moments before was unavailable to you! Her ability to relate modern anatomy to the poses really helps students to deepen the expression of a pose safely and effectively both in their own practice and also provides them with the relevant points, via her training manual, to pass on to their own students. Her training aims to equip students with more than just the basics. She passes on her knowledge of the energetics involved in each asana in order that student teachers can then emulate her teaching style, by using the framework she provides, to co-create balanced classes with their own students. Of course, this is equally helpful in developing one’s own home practice. Carol introduces other aspects of yoga and spirituality too – many an interesting and eye -opening discussion has been had in class! I would highly recommend training with Carol, especially if you like training hard! “
Cariosa Cullen- Yoga Teacher
“Be prepared for a life changing experience. My training was a very personal journey which has given me the tools to deal with anything life throws at me and the ability to move chaos into order. It has thought me to observe rather than react in my Asana practice, and to be patient with my body. This course has been a journey of self reflection and discipline where I learned to tackle the body and mind bringing me to a place of stillness. The training had well thought out techniques and alignment principles which has me very confident that I could teach yoga safely. The course is very well structured. The early week intensive training in Spain built immense trust and fantastic relationships within our group which continued and grew throughout the 9 months on our weekend trainings. There was never a sense of competition and the only ego to deal with was your own.
Carol is an amazing and well experienced teacher. Her passion, her knowledge, her belief and love for all aspects of yoga is inspiring! She always radiates positive energy, yet is assertive when she needs to be. I appreciate the pressure that was put on me to learn alignment principles in order to modify some of my previous ways of practising to bring me to a safer more aware practice.
The 10 day detox was great – it thought me about foods/superfoods which were essential in keeping my dosha in balance thereby grounding and calming me from the inside out. My diet is a lot healthier and more interesting as a result of this course and the nutribullet is now one of my favourite companions.
Finally this course is hard work and a big commitment but so enjoyable & interesting with such rewarding returns. Carol is talented, intelligent, grounded, humble and has great wisdom & experiences which she generously imparts. Thank you for sharing some of your expertise with me. Namaste
Kerry O’ Connor
“The thought struck me today to get in touch- just really to express in words a little gratitude (which I do in my mind and sharing with people but thought maybe never directly to you since the course days!) .. Gratitude for the training and the yoga years in Devon Lodge. I feel I may have underestimated what I believe the true value of your work and what I learned from it was to go back to the core principles and teachings. And during the course, from a physio point of view too, I always really loved, trusted and respected the work and way you brought and presented the teachings.”
Grainne Flannery, Physiotherapist and Yoga Teacher.
This video includes the male perspective.
“Thanks again for a wonderful month of growth, inspiration and transformation, and all the love and energy that you give to your teaching!”
Fiona Ashley, Spain TTC Intensive, 2012
What do I get for 2,720 euro?
The price of 2,720 euro is for Twin sharing in a Glamping tent – with lighting, electricity etc with nearby showers and compost toilets – they are very nice. There are also upgrades to other accommodation options. The price also includes three lovely meals per day.
Are there any discounts for paying early?
No there is no discount for paying beforehand. The price is the same. Suryalila is one of the more expensive centres in Europe, because the standard is that little bit better than other centres, so the price is worked out on the lowest we can charge when the expenses are covered; this leaves us no room for an early bird price.
Are my flights included in the price?
No flights or transfers are included in the price
How many people share the toilet and showers for the dorm accommodation?
The Ganesha mini dorm (4 beds) has an en-suite bathroom the other mini dorm has its own bathroom just next to the room. The larger dorm of 8 has two showers, and two toilets for its own use.
What other amenities are available?
There is a wonderful pool to relax by. Massages are available, a yoga shop, a sweat lodge, horse riding and lots more.
Do I need to bring any Yoga Equipment?
No all the Yoga mats and equipment you need will be supplied.
Is there wifi at the centre?
Internet Access & WiFi is available throughout the Suryalila Retreat Centre grounds, so you can enjoy Internet access at your convenience.
Please note our network is not suitable for large file transfers or video streaming. We also discourage long Skype calls as they use up a lot of bandwidth.
What do I need to bring with me?
- Sun tan lotion
- Mosquito repellant
- Swim wear
- Walking shoes
- Yoga clothing – there are washing machines there you can also use, so you don’t need to bring too many.
- Vegan protein if you are vegan – Even though the food is amazing in Suryalila and they cater really well for vegans, in my experience some vegans feel a bit run down by the end of week 2 if they don’t bring their supplements.
- The books on the reading list
- A4 pad and pens
- Ear plugs if you are sharing accommodation
- Mains adaptor
Do I need to read any books before the training?
You will see a list of required books under ‘Reading List’
It is best to buy the books as soon as possible to start your reading before the TTC begins. It is not a pre-requisite to pre-read books before the TTC, but during the TTC, you will be learning a lot of new vocabulary, whether it is anatomy, alignment, sanskrit etc. so the sooner you get started the better. Our advice is to start with The Art of Teaching Yoga manual and the anatomy books.
Is there Air Conditioning in the Yoga Shala (Centre)?
Most of the training is set in Geodesic Dome Yoga Shala which has the underfloor cooling system and there is also windows frames at the side of the dome with mosquito netting to allow for ventilation. It is quite idyllic.
How many students are in the group and will I receive enough teaching support?
At the moment there are 14 booked for the main TTC with 3 spaces left. However on the week of the Yin training there will be an additional 11 students. In addition on week three, which is the week where students learn to create their own 45 minute class for their teaching assessment, then there will be an additional 12 Green Lotus Yoga Trainees joining the main group. These trainees are coming from another TTC in Ireland and we have scheduled both trainings so both groups will meet at the fact same place on the curriculum.
There will also be a lot of student support. During week one Gary O Toole will be assisting Carol Murphy; on week two during the Yin Training, Marese Cregg will be assisting Josh Summers and on week three Katie Aherne will be assisting Carol Murphy. So there will always be an extra teacher is students need individual attention. In addition the staff at Suryalila are great at giving support to students if needed.
Is this training course registered or is this course qualified me to be a teacher?
This training is registered with Yoga Alliance UK and USA - graduates of this program can register with either body at a 2oo hrs level. Therefore if at some point you wanted to continue your studies, you will be able to do it with an American or European training school. Yoga Alliance U.S and U.K are the most recognised Yoga registration body world wide. This certification will qualify you to teach Yoga anywhere in the world.
What is the start time and end time of the training?
The training will start on the 9th July at 5 p.m. This will allow students to make their transfers and settle into their room before we start. The 5 p.m. class will be an introduction and light practice before dinner.
The finish time is after practice and breakfast on August 4th.
What is the journey time and cost of transfers from Malaga?
It takes approximately 2.5 hours from Malaga. A transfer from Malaga is 130 euro. We will try to organise that you share a transfer with other students with similar flight times where possible. At the moment there are students arriving in Malaga late morning on the 9th and into Seville at 13.30 on the 9th. It will be possible to share transfers with these students to keep costs down.
Is there a bus from Malaga to the centre?
You can get the public bus to our local town Villamartin and we can pick you up from there for 10€. The bus costs around 15€. The bus you get is Los Amarillos – you can check times here but they don’t have them up to date more than a couple of weeks in advance. You can get an idea though of what normally runs on a Friday.
What is the journey time and cost of transfers from Seville?
It takes approximately 1 hour from Seville. A transfer from Seville is 70 euro. We will try and organise that you share a transfer with other students with similar flight times where possible.
How much are transfers from Jerez de Frontera?
The shuttles cost 60 Euros from Jerez
Link to accommodation on website
Link to Bus station
We advise 2 years practice before embarking on a Yoga TTC. This is enough time to give students a firm foundation for the work involved on a TTC and also gives people a base to reach the level expected for graduation. Sometimes people achieve this foundation after a year or so of practice; there are always exceptions, but as a general, we recommend 2 years. If you are unsure if you have enough experience, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spain 200 hr TTC Reading List Required books
1) Yoga and Ayurveda, David Frawley
2) Anatomy and Asana, Susi Hately Aldous
3) The secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi (a book on the Yoga Sutras)
4) The teacher Training Manual – this can be bought as a download PDF on Selz via the Green Lotus Yoga website( it costs 12.50 euros). We then recommend you get it printed black and white, A4, double-sided and spiral bound.
5) Teaching Yoga, Donna Fahri – this is optional. We discuss issues in it in the classroom and its a great book to have for new teachers starting out, but as you are travelling, it is not necessary to take it with you.
Course handouts will be given in addition free of charge.
We don’t use these books in class but they make great home reading. Not necessary to bring to Spain with you if you buy them, as you won’t have time to read them there.
The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long MD FRCSC
The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long MD FRCSC
Yoga- The Path to Holistic Health B.K.S Iyengar The Psoas Book, Liz Koch
The Knees – Susi Hately Aldous
The Shoulder Girdle – Susi Hately Aldous
The Sacro Iliac Joints – Suis Hately Aldous
Astanga Yoga As It Is – Mathew Sweeney
Ashtanga Yoga, The Practice Manual – David Swenson
Yoga The Iyengar Way
A Path with A Heart, Jack Kornfield
Practical Yoga Psychology, Dr Rishi Vivekananda
It is best to buy the books as soon as possible to start your reading before the TTC begins. It is not a pre-requisite to pre-read books before the TTC, but during the TTC, you will be learning a lot of new vocabulary, whether it is anatomy, alignment, sanskrit etc. so the sooner you get started the better. Our advice is to start with The Art of Teaching Yoga Manual and the Anatomy Books. You do need to bring the required books with you and they should be in English.
Recommended Reading – The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, by Bernie Clark
You do not need to read the book before the training but it is ideal to have as a reference
When you have read over all of the details of the training, FAQs etc. and if you have the pre-requistive experience, the next step is to fill out the application form, supplied in the next section. If there are any other questions that are not addressed in the FAQ section, or if you are unsure about your level and wish to speak to administration or one of the trainers, please email us directly at email@example.com.
When your application is processed and you are accepted onto the training, we will email you a registration form with details of how to transfer your deposit.
When your deposit comes through, we will email you again to confirm receipt.
At any time after this point, after your flights are booked, you can fill out the online Student Application form. We recommend that you book your flights and fill out your form as soon as possible, so we can arrange group transfers for you.
We will also notify you 10 days before the date specified on your registration form to pay the remainder of fees. When we receive your fees, we will email you confirmation.
Shortly before the retreat, we will email you to give you final details about pick up information.