On this training you can expect to move deeper into relationship with your authentic self and learn how to spread the teachings of yoga from that place. You will be challenged to move beyond any self-limiting beliefs that hold you back from moving forward with your intentions and dreams. This is a physically, mentally and spiritually demanding experience. It is both intense and wonderfully rewarding. Many have told us it has been “life-changing’.
TEACHER TRAINING FEE – 2,100 with an early bird option of 1,800 euro’s
Included in price
What’s not included
Pay all of your fees up front so you don’t have to worry about them.
Early bird fee must be paid in full, one month before training commences
After your €600 deposit is paid (in advance of your training), you can divide your fees of €1500 into 9 monthly payments:
The retreat fee will be required two months in advance of the retreat start date and is in addition to the above training fee’s.
Total fees must be paid before you receive certification
This TTC consists of 9 weekends plus one weeklong retreat over 10 months.
Each weekend is Saturday and Sunday 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
The daily schedule is :
9.00-11.00 – Asana
11.15-1.00 – Theory Class (anatomy, alignment breakdown., philosophy, manual, etc)
2.00 -4.00 – Theory Class (anatomy, alignment breakdown., philosophy, manual, etc)
4.10-6.00 – Asana practice or Teaching Methodology (teaching in small groups, postural analysis etc)
Carol Murphy and Cat Bradley will be teaching this TTC.
Hello! My name is Carol Murphy. I love exploring yoga asana, anatomy and 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 300 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 also a qualified Neuro-muscular therapist, which is a form of physical therapy that works with fascial meridians and acknowledges the interconnected nature of the body, just like yoga does…
In addition to the above, I have an Arts degree and a masters in Philosophy and Theatre. I have also 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.
Lorraine Bradley ( AKA Cat Bradley Yoga)
Hi everyone, my name is Lorraine Bradley, probably better known as my alter ego Cat Bradley Yoga. I’ve been teaching Yoga now for about 8 years after accidently stumbling into a Yoga class about 10 years ago, admittedly I did not enjoy my first experience of Yoga but there was something that drew me back week in week out, sometimes several times a week and then adding workshops at weekends, before I knew it I was practising more often than not!
I was intrigued by all the incredible teachers that I met from around the world and all the various practice styles so felt it was about time to learn about this ancient practice for myself. So 8 years ago I decided I wanted to do my YTT with no expectations on teaching at that time. To my surprise I absolutely loved teaching, I found my passion and nothing was going to stop me from pursuing it.
I started with an Ashtanga based style of class as I enjoyed the structure and felt my students could monitor progress easily, but over time as I developed my confidence in teaching I started to add various styles of general fitness and incorporating these mixed styles to form one. Yoga is unity after all…..
Over the years my teaching style has evolved into a fun, dynamic and broad style. I like to consider that all levels, ages and backgrounds are catered for in my classes. Everyone is welcomed into my class not just by me but from everyone in the room, it’s a fun, safe and gregarious environment, not a typical yoga style but anyone that comes to my class will know I’m not one for abiding by the rules.
Really looking forward to meeting and working with you all and hope I can bring value to your practice somewhere.
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. She also teaches technique classes where poses are broken down bio-mechanically and synergistically to bring the yoga anatomy off the page. .Cat Bradley will be teaching her signature core and inversion classes that she is so well known for. She also specialises in creative use of props to facilitate modifications. Myofascial release workshops will also be taught to hydrate and release adhesions in this tensional connective tissue network. This work is also taught to release deep held tension in the body and can also improve mobility. All classes allow for mixed level by offering various expressions of the poses and encouraging students to work to their own capacity.
There are daily Teaching Methodology classes, so that you will feel prepared for the classroom and feel fully equipped to deliver the work after you graduate. You will be taught a specific methodology with sequencing options and alignment principles that create structures to intelligently inform your classes, which also allow enough flexibility for you to develop your own individual teaching voice as an expression of your authentic self and your relationship with the practice.
The yoga anatomy taught on the 200 hr trainings is cutting edge. It incorporates principle of biomechanics, synergy and myofascial meridians. These classes allows you to dive into a deeper relationship with your body on and off the mat. They also equip you to understanding other people’s bodies in relation to postural holdings and common troubleshooting areas in relation to asana.
PRANIC HEALING ENERGY WORK AND MEDITATIONS
The philosophy on our trainings is delivered in a non-dogmatic way and invites group discussion where all beliefs and opinions are respected. We use class discussions, circles, artwork, chanting, empathetic listening and meditation processes to explore the spiritual systems of Patanjali’s sutras, Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya and Tantra. We believe that these spiritual systems all offer a different perspective of the same truth and we hope that in our explorations, students can find in these belief systems, tools to strengthen the mind, emotions and spirit, a spiritual rock to lean on in times of need, deeper insight to our true nature and a deeper sense of worth that lies inherent in our being. It is a true blessing to be able to explore this work within a group and many students have told us that that this part of the training has been life changing for them.
OTHER RECOMMENDED READING
We also recommend the following anatomy books, which are great visual references, but are not on the ‘essential’ reading list, so we will not be using them directly in the classroom.
The retreat will be held in Spain at Suryalila Retreat Centre which is an incredibly beautiful yoga centre close to Seville in Southern Spain. The closest airport is Seville but it is also possible to fly into Malaga. Both airports are well serviced by a number of airlines. For every retreat and TTC, we designate an approximate time of arrival for students at both airports and arrange groups transfers to the centre for you.
Suryalila has 4 yoga spaces, one of which is a large Geodesic dome with an underfloor cooling system. Most of our retreats and TTCS are usually taught 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, eco casa and glamping options. The food is to die for, buffet style and offers an incredible variety of fresh tasty food.. 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. 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”.
Tent ‘Glamping’ and the 8 bed dorm accommodation options are included in your fees. If you wish to ‘up-grade’ for the week then additional fees would be required.
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. 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.
8 BED DORM
The spacious dorm rooms have 8 beds per room with shared bathrooms. They are beautifully appointed and comfortable. The beautiful eight-person dorm is in Casa Saraswati.
2 & 3 BED YURTS (Supplements applicable)
Staying in a lovely, spacious yurt is a unique experience. There is a delightful twin or 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.
Superior Double & Twin Rooms are situated in houses and have shared bathrooms (supplements applicable)
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 email@example.com
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.
Eleanor shares her experience of becoming a Yoga teacher in her recent Blog the training took place in Spain 2107.
Eleanor Coales (Green + Aquamarine) – Ireland
“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
TTC Full Fees Refund :
GREEN LOTUS YOGA CODE OF CONDUCT
We ask students to refrain from the following actions on your trainings :
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 for making complaints are outlined below will create a sense of safety in the group for both teachers and students, and help you complete the TTC successfully.
How to make a complaint
1) Speak to Carol Murphy or other trainer if appropriate and try to resolve the complaint informally on the day. 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. We anticipate that any conflict should be able to be resolved at this stage; however in the unlikely event that it is not, we will arrange another discussion with you or you can try to resolve the issue by following stage two.
2) Outline the details of your complaint by email and send it firstname.lastname@example.org who will investigate the complaint. The complaint will be reviewed and Green Lotus Yoga.. You will receive an email which 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:
3) 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).
YOGA ALLIANCE PROFESSIONALS 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:
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.
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, the certificate you receive upon graduation does not qualify you to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa after these trainings. 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. * 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 wall Please 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.
*You will also be assessed on teaching a class. So far everyone has passed this section.
Will I have study time on the TTC?
Yes you will. You will have time to study in the evenings and between weekends 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.
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.
For the Retreat do I need medical travel insurance?
We advise travel insurance.
For the Retreat do I need vaccinations or Malaria pills?
Nothing is recommended for Spain however if you are allergic to mosquitos it is wise to take some repellent