July 31st – August 26th 2017
Taught by Carol Murphy (primary trainer), Dan Morgan (Inversion guru) and Gary O’ Toole (Ayurvedic educator, Vedic astrologer and author of “Cosmic Bodies”). Together we will take you on a journey of transformation on all levels, mind, body and spirit.
This Yoga Teacher Training is set in the beautiful Suryalila Yoga Retreat. Suryalila boasts a gorgeous Geodesic Dome for the teaching space which has an underfloor cooling system, country-side views and the best of yoga props. The accommodation is more than cosy, the food incredible. They also have interesting things on the property like a sweat lodge, horse back riding, a yoga shop with everything from raw chocolate to Omnitom leggings, in addition to a swimming pool and shaded chill out spaces dotted around on the grounds. My favourite place to teach in Europe for sure. This will be our 4th year returning !
Over 26 days you will deepen your practice, learn how to teach, relax and restore and enjoy 3 days free time to chill out and integrate the teachings.
“The Highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life harmony with all existence”
On this training you can expect to :
- Develop your asana practice and your understanding of your body through anatomy and alignment studies.
- Learn how to teach Vinyasa style Yoga and creatively weave together vinyasa threads for all levels.
- Develop your inversion practice with Dan Morgan
- 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.
- 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 31st – August 26th
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.
My journey in yoga began with the combined interests of developing a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. This interest developed from a young age, spanning across a multitude of disciplines including; rock climbing, gymnastics, calisthenics, mixed martial arts, meditation and music. Initially, these activities were practiced individually, but I then found my true passion in the study and practice of Yoga as a lifestyle – both on and off the mat. Having studied Yoga for Six Years, I qualified as a Yoga teacher at the Marianne Wells Yoga School (Yoga Alliance), training in Costa Rica. It was here that I decided to dedicate my life to teaching and sharing the life changing practice that I experienced.I believe that Yoga is for anyone and everyone, and that it will be beneficial regardless of a students current ability or their aspirations. I believe Yoga is a continuous journey of self study and practice
When I teach, I always ensure that there is a safe environment to practice, where anyone and everyone will feel welcome, happy and comfortable. I offer guidance, adjustments and alternative postures to students (when appropriate) so that regardless of their ability, each individual will be able to reach their full potential within each and every class. My personal practice is derived from traditional teachings in Hatha, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. I choose elements from the different schools of yoga, and incorporate them into my lessons to suit the desired intention of the class.Yoga, alternative physical / spiritual development, and the study of all aspects of developing a holistic lifestyle, provide an open ended journey of learning and discovery which I endeavour to deepen every day, and then incorporate into my teaching.
Gary has had a love of movement from a young age. His early interest in dance instilled in him this love of movement and breath-centred awareness, but it wasn’t until his early 20’s that these became ‘practices’ in the form of hatha yoga and fitness training. He experienced his first connection to yoga – the complete release, and union of body, mind and soul the practice offers – by attending Kundalini yoga classes in Galway city in the early 90’s.
Since then he has trained in various hatha yoga schools throughout Ireland and in India, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Satyananda and, more recently, a mixed form of hatha yoga, dance and martial arts, called Shadow Yoga, which integrates Ayurvedic principles with astrological timing.
Now in his 40’s, his love of movement has not waned, but has become stronger – and safer – in its approach, as it has developed alongside movement techniques from various yoga schools, and within various fitness training modalities.
He trained as a yoga instructor with Green Lotus Yoga in 2007 and continues to work within the school, training teachers in the art of teaching yoga.
He has trained as a fitness instructor with the University of Limerick, and applies the very latest training techniques – as well as the latest scientific knowledge of anatomy and movement – in his classes for a perfectly balanced mind-body practice.
His classes integrate dynamic training techniques with hatha yoga postures to ensure a cross-training effect, balancing the yang of dynamic exercises with the yin of passive stretching and meditations. Each exercise builds on a firm foundation of exercises, with variations to ensure the body is put through a variety of movement patterns, keeping the mind and body adaptable; removing tension by straining appropriate parts at appropriate intervals.
If you attend any of Gary’s classes, you will find that no two are the same, as he believes a variety of movement patterns is fundamental to a healthy mind and body, eventually leading you from fixed styles of yoga to an intuitive, freestyle movement which cultivates a deeper connection. The common thread is always an unwavering presence during the practice, balancing the physical aspects of yoga with a connection to the Higher Self via the breath; the true ‘core’ in yoga!
A meditation completes the sessions, bringing balance to the mind-body; leaving you feeling completely relaxed and re-energized.
Gary is an experienced massage therapist, having obtained a diploma in holistic massage, deep tissue (sports) massage, and reflexology (ITEC), as well as training in Ayurvedic Full Body Massage and Indian Head Massage at the International Academy of Ayurveda in India. He studied Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic Studies, through which he was granted the title ‘Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor’.
Gary is an internationally renowned and respected Vedic astrologer. He has lectured at the British Association of Vedic Astrology in London and is the author of ‘Cosmic Bodies: The Ayurvedic Astrology Guide to Health & Well-Being’. He writes a popular monthly astrology forecast and offers personal readings online at www.timelineastrology.com. He has been studying Vedic philosophy since 1996, combining these insights with Ayurveda and yoga in order to bring his clients and students into perfect balance – and a deeper connection with their true nature.
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 out-lining 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.
The manual is available in PDF format or a copy can be supplied on the first day of training. If you prefer PDF you will need to bring a printed version with you to the training we suggest that you have it bound and covered.
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”.
Tuition Fee is 1,600 euro plus accommodation, flights and transfers.
Accommodation prices are listed below and are for 26 nights including 3 gourmet vegetarian meals a day, free tea, coffee, fruit and drinking water. Full use of the facilities including pool, internet, yoga mat and props. A copy of ‘The Art of Teaching Manual’ and course notes are also included in the price.
(Choose your accommodation and add the cost to the tuition fee)
Most of the accommodation now available is in ‘Glamping’ Tents which has always been a very popular choice with students!
1,690 euro twin sharing per person
Camp in style ‘Glamping’ is short for glamorous camping. Glamp in a beautiful and spacious bell tent, each large enough to stand up in. The glamping tent offers 2 comfortable twin beds, a chest of drawers and hanging rail and fans. The tents overlook the stunning views of the foothills of the Sierra Grazalema. There are four compost toilets and one conventional toilet which are shared by the tents and three hot showers in the clamping area.
If you have concerns with ‘Glamping’ and the Spanish sun then let us reassure you. We have never found this to be an issue with students staying at Suryalia. You will be training durning the day in the Shala, with its under floor cooling system and eating undercover, returning to your tents later in the day when the sun is going down.
3 Bed Yurt (Limited availability)
3 bed Yurt – 1820 triple sharing per person
Staying in a lovely, spacious yurt is a unique experience. There is 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 train to the retreat. Pickups can be arranged from Villamartin which is only a short ride to the centre.
We also organise group transfers from both airports at reasonable rates for a car holding up to 4 people. The cost of the transfer is shared between passengers.
Malaga is 2hrs from the centre the transfer cost is 150 euros one way.
Seville is 1hr from the retreat and transfers are 90 euros one way.
When considering doing a teacher training, its a good idea to hear what other people have to say about it. Here are some testimonials from former students.
“Carol’s years of dedication to yoga have provided an extraordinary depth of knowledge and experience of all its aspects. She combines a refreshing strictness and rigour in her methodology and teaching practise with a sensitivity to spirit that provides an intellectually, physically and emotionally challenging and life enriching experience. I thoroughly recommend her and the training course she has created.”
“I honestly don’t think I could have chosen a better teacher training. Carol’s depth of experience and knowledge across Iyengar, Ashtanga, anatomy and philosophy allows her to give her trainees the strongest of foundations from which to both practice and teach yoga. Her love, passion and respect for the teachings infused every class, and the course content consistently spoke to the heart of the yoga journey and all it can offer. As a result the training transformed my personal practice and I would recommend it to anyone with a thirst to learn more about yoga, to deepen their practice and to work hard! You’ll leave completely inspired and hungry for more.”
Robyn Cherwell, London
“It was an amazing experience! I was looking for a yoga training which covers in-depth knowledge about the movement of the yoga postures. I’m glad I found the right one! I loved the yoga anatomy of this program. It was like an eye opener! Now I realise how I was practising so many yoga poses in a wrong way and that is why there was so much pain. No one ever told me about it in the yoga studios I have been going to back home in Delhli. The course content is super from all aspects. The Ayurveda and Philosophy sessions were meaningful and beautiful! It all comes from Carol’s life experience and study from so many years. She is a great teacher with great knowledge! I sincerely thanks Carol for putting this all together in this training. Now I have much more knowledge about the yoga postures and can teach safely. I highly recommend this TTC for not only learning how to teach but also for enhancing one’s self-practice and awareness about life in general. Will definitely do the 300 hr TTC after two years !! “
Monika Bansal -Delhi
“Carol delivered everything promised of her 200 hour Vinyasa training, and more! She was supportive, encouraging, kind, intelligent and talented in her work as a teacher — I didn’t have the strongest asana practice when I arrived but the right motivational words from Carol saw me through to the end and I am now a qualified teacher! Carol’s intelligence and sensitivity towards the individual needs of her students is, I believe, what makes her so special. She is highly educated, knowledgeable, and genuinely passionate about what she does. I learned so much in one month and really feel as though the positive lifestyle changes I made over in India will stay with me now that I’m back in the UK — she has inspired me! Cannot recommend the course enough.”
Jessica Des Landes, London
The YTT was an experience I will never forget. The course content was very diverse and well balanced. Alignment is key in Carols work, and I am grateful to have built a solid foundation for my teaching journey ahead. Carol is an extremely knowledgable and inspiring teacher and I really enjoyed studying yoga anatomy, philosophy, Ayurveda and all the other subjects with her. I feel the course has given me a good understanding of teaching yoga, as well as the practical skills and confidence needed to teach a class. Thanks again for the wonderful experience
Lianne Bloemen, London
“Carol’s yoga teacher training intensive is just that; intensive. It is also a life changing. Carol has a wealth of knowledge and a deep love for the many and varied facets of yoga. Having spent years obtaining this knowledge, it is clear she has a desire to share it. This makes for fascinating insights into the world of yoga both on a practical level -with detailed anatomy lectures and on a spiritual/emotional level.
She offers support but more importantly gives her students the tools to manage for themselves. Her training offers a safe exploration into the world of meditation and spirituality, where people are held and supported appropriately.
Carol’s morning classes were dynamic, fun and at times challenging. The flow from movement to movement powered by the breath makes for a beautiful practice. The technical classes were also excellent with clear breakdown of asanas and good instruction, including some helpful tips to master that new pose.
I have come away feeling confident in my ability to teach. Feeling rich with the knowledge I have been given and having made some special bonds. My own practice has improved and I have a clear understanding of the areas I need to work on and how and why. Thank you….. “
Jo Stephans, London
“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- Ireland
“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 – Ireland
“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 – Ireland
“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, Ireland
“I’ve been thinking to write you an email for ages. Mostly just to tell you how grateful I am that I took your teacher training 2 years ago in Spain. I’ve been teaching ever since.This year I spent almost 2 months in Rishikesh, India where I took my 300hr training. There I realized how strong yoga foundation you have given me comparing to other students. I must say I loved my time spent in India, I learned a lot about myself as a person and I definitely grew as a person but yoga wise – I don’t think I learned as much as I did from your 200hr training. Maybe those were cultural differences and perception of yoga in general. I don’t want to compare anything really, because all knowledge is good but when I’m teaching my classes – I still come back to your teachings Thank you!”
Maija Meijere, Latvia
- Yoga and Ayurveda, David Frawley
- Anatomy and Asana, Susi Hately Aldous
- The secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi (a book on the Yoga Sutras)
- The Art of Teacher Training Manual – will be supplied to you and is included in your course fees. Course handouts will be given in addition free of charge.
Recommended books - We don’t use these books in class but they make great home reading. It is not necessary to bring them the TTC if you buy them.
- Teaching Yoga – Donna Fahri – 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 on the TTC
Anatomical and Therapeutic
- The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long MD FRCSC
- The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long MD FRCSC
- The Knees – Susi Hately Aldous
- The Shoulder Girdle – Susi Hately Aldous
- The Sacro Iliac Joints – Suis Hately Aldous
- The Psoas Book, Liz Koch
- Yoga- The Path to Holistic Health B.K.S Iyengar
- 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.
What do I get for the basic price?
The basic price 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 and a copy of ‘The Art of Teaching Yoga Manual’.
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
What books do I need to read 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.
What will the weather be like ?
The average temperature in July & August is 26 degrees to 31 degrees, with 12hrs of sunshine and very little rainfall.
There are direct flights from most central airports into Seville or Malaga with a number of Airlines, Seville is the closest airport to the retreat centre. If possible aim for a morning flight to allow time for you to travel to the centre.
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
When can we arrive and leave the centre?
You can arrive a day that the training starts which is normally around early evening and leave the day after it finishes after breakfast. There is an option to stay extra nights at the retreat at additional cost.
What is the start time and end time of the training?
The training will start at 5pm on the day of arrival and then 7am the following day, it will finish after practice on the last day and breakfast at 10am.
Do we need a visa?
Not normally if you are travelling from a European destination, however if you coming from outside of Europe it is best to check with the airline that you book your flight with.
Do I need vaccinations?
There are no recommended vaccinations for Spain
Do I need mosquito repellent?
It is always advisable to take a mosquito spray or lotion if you are susceptible to bites, there is window netting in the indoor rooms
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.
Is there Internet?
Yes there is free internet in all the hang out spaces and is generally available through the centre but can’t be guaranteed in all areas.
How many students are in the group ?
Numbers are capped to 20 students. If we take over 15, there will be a second teacher assisting. This centre is small that other venues and only takes 10 students, so additional students will be allocated nearby off site accommodation but the group will still eat together every day.
Is this training course registered or is this course qualified me to be a teacher?
This training is registered with Yoga Professionals (aka Yoga Alliance UK) and Yoga Alliance USA – graduates of this program can therefore register with either body at a 200 hrs level. 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 style of yoga will I be trained to teach?
On this training we put a lot of focus on preparing trainees for the classroom. The style of yoga trainees are trained to teach a Vinyasa. This means ‘breath synchronised movement’. There is also a strong anatomical and alignment focus to the work, so students can also adapt their teachers to teach alignment based hatha yoga. Some students like to change the name to Flow yoga or power yoga etc. These are also forms of Vinyasa.
Can I teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga after this training?
There is an Ashtanga influence on our trainings, but this is not an Ashtanga Vinyasa training and even though many of your students are also Ashtanga practitioners and go on to teach Ashtanga yoga, the certificate you receive upon graduation does not qualify you to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa. Many people confuse Vinyasa with Ashtanga Vinyasa. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a style of yoga that is a part of the Krishna Macharya lineage which originated in Mysore, India. Vinyasa is a more general term meaning “breath synchronised movement”. The style of asana on our trainings works with some Ashtanga poses and principles like Bandha, Ujjaji breath and creating internal heart to detox and open the body; student’s also study the original Ashtanga Yoga using Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, but the asana on these trainings does not limit itself to Ashtanga sequences and even though we salute Patanjali’s sutras and the spiritual aspects of Eastern thought, our Vinyasa style is more western in approach and teachers are encouraged to work intuitively and creatively when sequences their classes.
Will I have the opportunity to teach on the training course?
Yes you will. There are daily Teaching Methodology classes. You will start teaching one person one pose. Then graduate to teaching small groups of 3. Then finally you will teach the whole class. You will also have a teaching assessment before the end of the training, where you have to sequence your own 90 minute class. You will choose the tone of the class, whether you want it to be upbeat and strengthening, or mellow and relaxing. You can add music, poetry quotes etc; the main thing is to make it your own as much as possible around the specific guidelines you will be given. You will teach half the class on the day of your assessment to the group, but you won’t know which part of the class you will be teaching until just before you teach, so you have to prepare to teach the whole class. We do this to give the trainee the experience of creating, sequencing, pacing, instructing, adjusting and refining a class before they leave the course.
Is it ok to do teacher training just for self-development and to deepen my practice?
Yes it is. Lots of people have done this training as self development. Some have also started it for themselves and ended up teaching… However, even if you do not intend teaching, you will have to partake in the teaching exercizes. Even if you don’t teach yoga, these exercises will teach you so much; they force you to really know your stuff, to study that bit deeper and to learn how to project your voice in front of a group. One student, who was also lecturer in University, told us that the TTC helped her teaching in her college…
How is the course assessed?
There is 4 open book assessments for the Anatomy. We also do circles where we ask questions randomly about alignment, to make sure everyone completely understands these principles. Only one person out of over 250 has failed the course because they could not complete this section. It is not a very difficult section but it is a very important section and Green Lotus Yoga believes that even though Yoga is ultimately a spiritual practice, that teachers have to know the anatomy and alignment basics, so as not to hurt their students and to be able to guide them forward safely.
There is home tasks on Ayurveda and subtle anatomy.
Philosophy is not assessed, but there may be exercises for off time study.
You will also be assessed on teaching a class. So far everyone has passed this section.
The asana is assessed continually. There is a level of graduation that students work towards. If a student cannot attain the level of graduation and we have seen them work hard during the training and progress to the best of their ability, the student can still pass this section, if they understand exactly why they can’t do the pose and tell their trainer their practice plan in working to this pose. The trainer will also help them with this and explain to them which body parts they need to strengthen and release over a longer time period. The student much show that they understand this information and demonstrate that they are working in the correct direction. The graduation level you want to achieve is :
* A good standing practice* – Capacity to do a 2 hour practice* Ardha Padmasana – Half lotus forward bend* Navasana – Boat pose
* Urdhva Dhanurasana – wheel
* Sirsasana – Headstand with no wallPlease the morning asana classes also incorporate asanas that are more advanced than the graduation level. These asanas are taught is stages and students work to their own level.
Will I have study time on the TTC?
Yes you will. You will have time to study in the evenings and on your days off. Students often like to group study to make it more interesting and fun and have the support of your group. You will also be give “non-contact hours” to practice adjustments etc.
Will I have free time?
Yes, on an intensive there is 3 Saturdays off to rest and avail of local activities.
What type of students attend the trainings?
People who want to deepen and develop their practice and learn how to teach. On the international intensives the age group seems to be a little lower than on the longer Irish trainings- the average age is about 30. We get people form U.S, U.K and other European countries. We get a lot of students in their late twenties who seem to be very confident, adventurous, into travel, healthy living, vegan and vegetarian food and generally pretty cool However this is not the only “type”. Some are less outgoing and/or are undergoing a deeper healing process. We also welcome older people; this can help ground the group and we welcome the maturity to keep the balance.
Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?
A lot of students like to bring their own, but there are mats supplied.
Do I need medical travel insurance?
We advise travel insurance.
Is there a ATM at the airport our facilities for me to change money?
Yes there will be ATM’s at the airport and in the shop they take Visa & Debit Cards & Euro’s.
What should I bring with me?
We suggest that you bring
bikini or bathing wear
notepad and pens
the books on your reading list
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Before embarking on a yoga TTC, we recommend that :
- Students have at least 2 years experience on the yoga mat with a qualified teacher.
- A willingness to learn and a level of humility that allows space for growth; its hard for teachers to fill a cup that is already full.
- Students should be fill out all areas of the application form and tell us in advance of any physical, mental or emotional issues.
- Students should be aware that in addition to being incredible experiences, teachers trainings involve stress. Even though some of Green Lotus TTCs are held in exotic locations, they are not holidays. Before taking on a TTC, students should feel ready and prepared both physically and emotionally and be able to be responsible for any possible emotional stress that may surface on a TTC, as part of their process. If a student is coming off mediation for Bi-Polar, has PTSD, is experiencing high anxiety, depression or any other issue that may effect their training, this should be discussed with the teacher during the application process. We just want to make sure you know what is involved and that you are ready.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
* Deposits are non-refundable.
* If a student changes their mind about doing the TTC after deposit has been paid for any reason, their deposit can be transferred to another training course within the next 3 years.
* Costs will be deducted from the deposit for administration and retreat centre fees. Retreat centre fees may not be refunded. This will depend on the retreat centre we are using for that particular TTC and their own policies. Usually, most retreat centres do not refund, once the fees have been paid. Other centres are more flexible. Sometimes we negotiate on behalf of the student asking for deposit back if we can fill the students place. In the case of deferring a TTC to another course within 3 years, Green Lotus will also charge a deferral fee of 200 euros.
TTC Full Fees Refund :
* If a student has to pull out of the course for any reason and their full course fees are paid, tuition fees can be transferred to another course at any time within the next 3 years.
* If there are any prices changes in this time for either the venue or Green Lotus tuition fees, then prices may slightly change to adapt to new fees.
* Retreat centre fees may not be refunded. This will depend on the retreat centre we are using for that particular TTC and their own policies. Usually, most retreat centres do not refund, once the fees has been paid.
* In the case of deferring a TTC to another course within 3 years, a Green Lotus deferral fee of 200 euros will also be charged.
* If a student decides to leave the TTC, has paid full fees and does not want to defer, Green Lotus Yoga will consider, but not guarantee refunding fees for hours not taken. If Green Lotus Yoga does decide to reimburse the student for hours not taken, the 800 euros deposit will be retained by Green Lotus Yoga, plus any additional fees that are non-refundable for the retreat centre (retreat fees may change with different courses).
TTC GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
We would like our students to know that if a student has a complaint on the TTC, we want to hear about it. ! We grow from feedback and we wish to support you, your journey and your training is any way we can. We believe that the guidelines and structures around making complaints that are outlined below will create a sense of safety in the group for both teachers and students, and help you complete the TTC successfully.
What is a grievance or complaint?
A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction, either written or spoken. A complaint can be made by an individual or a group. You may wish to complain if you are not satisfied with the way you have been treated or the tuition you have received from your teacher.
Your school recognises that complaints are an important part of student feedback.
- All complaints will be investigated fully and fairly.
- Complaints will be dealt with in confidence. The only exception to this is when others could be affected negatively by matters referred to in the complaint.
- If the complainant is not happy with the result of the response to the complaint, they will have the right to appeal to the teachers’ industry body such as Yoga Alliance UK.
- Your school is committed to ensuring that its courses are of the highest quality. The complaints procedure enables your school to respond clearly and properly to complaints and to know when and why people are not satisfied with the courses they provide, so that they can improve them.
How to make a complaint
There are three stages that you can follow to try to resolve the issue. We will always try to resolve any complaint as soon as possible. You may wish to involve an advocate, friend or someone else to support you at any stage.
Speak to Carol Murphy or other trainer if appropriate and try to resolve the complaint informally on the day. You can do this by telling the teacher that you have a complaint that you would like to discuss it. The teacher will then ask you to give a brief outline of what the complaint is. In your brief outline of the complaint, we request that you to refrain from : name calling, swearing, talking on others people behalf or blaming until responsibility has been investigated peacefully. In relation to talking on others behalf, it is better to just talk from your own experience; if you do want to quote what other people are saying, then please ask them to be with you for a group complaint as you are making it. For peace and harmony, it is better is everyone just speaks for themselves.
Therefore all complaints whether verbal or written should be expressed peacefully, spoken from personal experience and not expressing other parties opinions or feelings.
When the teacher has heard your complaint, s/he will ask you if you have a request in relation to the complaint. Please express your request honestly, simply and without going into lots of details at this point that are not relative to the request.
Your trainer will then suggest that you either discuss the complaint at the nearest break, after class or possibly call a group circle about it if s/he thinks that this complaint effects the group and if you are also willing to discuss it with the class.
If you are not satisfied with the response you have received, try to resolve the issue by following stage two.
Outline the details of your complaint by email and send it email@example.com who will investigate the complaint. In your complaint, please refrain from the same actions we referred to in Stage one (name calling, blaming etc.) :
Please also express a request in relation to the complaint. Please express your request honestly, simply and without going into lots of details that are not relative to the request. Therefore all complaints and requests whether verbal or written should be expressed peacefully, without aggression, expressed from personal experience and not expressing other parties options or feelings (unless there is a group complaint, where this must be made evident and written or discussed by all parties complaining).
If the above procedures are not addressed in any complaint process, leading to communication breakdown or aggressive words or behaviour, whether verbal or written, Green Lotus Yoga has the right to tell the student to leave the course. This would only happen if a student was very aggressive and antagonistic. This is to protect the energy of the group and the sacred space of the teaching process. If the student/s complaining adheres to the points above in relation to making their complaint, Green Lotus Yoga believes that they will be able to deal with the complaint more successfully and this will lead to a better, more peaceful outcome, which we believe is what we all want. Green Lotus Yoga wants to hear your complaints. We wish to support you, your journey and your training is any way we can and believe that these guidelines and structures will create a sense of safety in the group for both teachers and students, and help you complete the TTC successfully.
When the person(s) who are dealing with the complaint, have had an opportunity to review it, they will write back to the student who is complaining.
The letter will outline the main elements of your complaint and may ask you to address some issues in more detail. The details of the complaint may have to be teased out over more than one email. During this time, Green Lotus Yoga may suggest a phone call to speed matters up.
The final response from Green Lotus will include the following information:
•A decision about how the complaint will be addressed.
•The reason for the decision
•Any other action that may be taken in light of the complaint.
•If it is not possible to provide a full answer to your complaint within 30 working days, the letter will outline reasons why and give a date by which a full answer is expected.
If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint then outline the reasons for your dissatisfaction by letter. Email this to Yoga Alliance UK (if the teachers are Yoga Alliance UK accredited).
CODE OF CONDUCT
This Code of Conduct is a summation and declaration of acceptable, ethical, and professional behavior by which all Yoga Alliance Professionals (aka yoga Alliance UK) registered yoga teachers agree to conduct the teaching and business of Yoga. As a registrant of the Green Lotus Yoga Teacher Training, trainees should agree to uphold the ethical goals set forth in the following Code of Conduct, as outlined by Yoga Alliance Professionals:
- To provide the public with safe and effective yoga classes.
- To maintain and uphold the traditions of Hatha Yoga.
- To conduct myself in a professional and conscientious manner.
- To acknowledge the limitations of my skills and scope of practice and where appropriate refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment, or direction.
- Create and maintain a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for the practice of yoga.
- Encourage diversity actively by respecting all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion affiliation, or sexual orientation.
- Respect the rights, dignity, and privacy of all students.
- Avoid words and actions that constitute sexual harassment.
- Follow all local government laws that pertain to my yoga teaching and business.
Students should agree to comply with the conditions and requirements as set out in the course curriculum, and accept that failure to do so will disqualify them from any accreditation. Furthermore they should vow to uphold the standards of the teachings they have been given, and to maintain and promote the good name of yoga at all times. They must accept that failure to do so may lead to the annulment of any accreditation obtained from the Green Lotus Yoga Teacher Training.