- Morning vinyasa classes
- Teaching skills and practicum
- Alignment and hands-on adjustments
- Meditation and Pranayama
- Yoga Alliance Certification
You will practice dynamic, powerful Vinyasa Flow classes so you can deepen your practice. These classes are intended to build strength in the body and to utilize this existing flexibility for deeper posture variations. Emphasis is placed on incorporating topics from workshops.
Rachel Berryman is the lead teacher of this course. Most importantly is that you practice with her before coming to the course.
Students will also be acquainted with creative, intelligent sequencing and with decoding anatomical principles across asana families in order to arrive at deeper, more advanced posture variations.
Above all, proper practice and spotting techniques of advanced inversions will be applied in the morning classes when necessary.
Your morning classes include deep backbends, lotus, and hip openers, arm balances and transitions, handstand and forearmstand. Put out your mat and practice a class with Rachel.
You will integrate knowledge and principles discussed in Alignment classes in order to adapt your manner, body language, tone, words, and public speaking to fit your audience’s needs and requests. Define and refine your teaching voice. We are not into creating a cookie-cutter monologue of how and what teachers should say in their classes.
You will teach in small groups every day and observing, analyzing, and assisting in other students’ classes. You will receive constructive feedback from the other students and your teachers.
Identifying your dominant learning style and how to teach based on other learning styles.
Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries.
How to address the specific needs of individuals and cultures, to the degree possible in a group setting.
Speech patterns - active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication; habitual speech and communication patterns.
Principles of demonstration, demonstration techniques, observation, assisting, and correcting.
Learning how to organize the body to allow safety in the deepest expressions of asanas. The deepest expression is not the ‘most advanced’ shape of a pose, but the breath and concentration required to practice it. Therefore, we explore this "deeper" expression through a dual approach of understanding safe and effective alignment for different bodies and basic biomechanics for functional movement, as well as how to adjust postures for healing as well as for depth.
Much of your time will be spent on expanding your existing knowledge of asanas while paying attention to key alignment and anatomical structures in order to firstly deepen your own practice and secondly to guide others safely into poses - verbally, visually, and physically.
Alignment principles for postures grouped by the foundation so that you can create yoga sequences that flow easily from one pose to another (standing, seated, all 4's, hands, etc)
Learning the five categories of Asanas (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and the key poses & alignment principles in each category
Developing alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas to find resemblance in the foundation, and how to build upon this foundation and create ideal transitions.
Physical benefits and cautions for yoga postures
The Art of Touch & Adjustment Theory, clarifying when to adjust, how to adjust, and mainly when not to adjust. Advanced assisting – Hands-on and Verbal.
Safe Spotting Techniques for deeper inversions so that you can assist your own students with confidence.
Creating Sequences and developing mini-flows based on alignment principles and through correct transitions between asanas. Anatomical sequencing and working towards a Peak Pose / Pathway Sequencing.
Advanced Posture workshops (lotus variations and deep hip openers; arm balances and transitions; headstand variations and transitions; pincha mayurasana; handstand and scorpion; deep backbends—dropbacks and deeper variations of urdhva dhanurasana, pigeon, dancer pose, etc).
You will learn how to recognize when the body is ready to attempt them, how to progress in practicing, and, if you choose, how to teach them to others.
We focus on an experiential, engaging breakdown of the human body as it relates to the practice of yoga. You won’t just sit there and take notes; you will learn how to directly apply this essential information to your practice and your teaching.
We explore a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology modalities from Eastern and Western medicine and their applications to traditional yoga philosophy. We strive to understand the body and the practice so that we can understand how to apply the practice to each individual with any style or level of understanding to create personalized, functional, and safe classes to bring students to their deepest mind-body edge.
Practical applications of anatomy in specific yoga postures with a major emphasis on muscular and skeletal structures and in-depth study of anatomical and skeletal differences (i.e. compression, tension, proportion, and orientation theory) Comparative anatomy and understanding different body types
Focus on the 4 systems that allow and restrict movement: Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous System & Connective Tissues. Sectional study of specific joints of the body – Hip, Knee, Foot, Spine, Shoulder, etc.
Scapular Stability and strength in deeper arm balances and inversions
Role of Fascia in Flexibility. Yin Yoga Theory and basic Meridian Theory. Basics of Thai Massage and relationship to Meridian Theory
Breathing and respiratory system and the role of breath in asana
Therapeutic applications of postures and working with injuries in asana class
This Advanced TTC will allow you to move from understanding yogic philosophy to living it by giving you practical tools from ancient yoga scriptures.
Branches of yoga
You will dive deep into the 6 branches of yoga, understanding the roots and different limbs and aims of Hatha, Raja, Kriya, Bhakti, Karma, and Jnana Yoga. Emphasis will be placed on Raja Yoga - the king of all yogas - and its treasure-house of mind-management techniques.
Chakras and Koshas
The Koshas, chakras, and nadis will finally make sense to you, as they will all be linked to the branches and to pranayama and meditation practices.
Yogic lifestyle will no longer be restricted to certain hours of self-practice, the food you eat, and the clothes you wear - it will be integrated into every moment of your life.
You will leave the course with a whole new knowledge, spiritual and mental practices, and a lot of inspiration.
The teacher will be transmitting all the knowledge she received from the 1500+ hours she spent at the ashram.
Advanced Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation practices from ancient tantric traditions will be introduced to you in a very systematic and simple way, allowing you to experience moments of complete physical and mental stillness.
After the course, you will take what you learned in meditation from the mat, out to the world, and you will be able to develop an unbroken flow of awareness throughout your whole day.
This course is not a yoga retreat. That is to say, you will be asked to actively participate, study, do your homework and prepare for all classes. You must meet all course requirements to graduate successfully. At the end of the course, there will be a written exam and a practical exam in the form of peer teaching.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be certified with a 300-hour yoga certificate and be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance UK.
Are you "Advanced"?
Who is this Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course for?
Previous teaching experience is not mandatory, however, if you taught yoga before, it will enhance your overall experience and application of techniques into practice.
To attend, you must have already completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in any style and have 2 years of consistent asana practice.
Read our blog on 5 reasons why every yoga teacher should take a 300hour Advanced Yoga Training Training.
The applicant needs to be in good physical and mental condition. Most important is that you have an open mind and eagerness to learn. This is what makes an advanced student - the mindset, and not the fancy physical asanas.
Basic English language understanding is required as the course is conducted in English.
Classes are in session from Monday to Saturday with Sundays off for rest. The student group size is around 25-26 students.
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Dates and Fees...
For the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Europe
300hr YTT Dates
300hr YTT Fees
- The above prices already include an early bird discount of 200 euros. To benefit, reserve your spot 2 months ahead.
- We recommend that you apply early, as there is homework to be done before joining the course and the courses fill out months in advance.
- A deposit of 400 Euros is required to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is paid upon arrival.
We have a very flexible deposit policy adapted to the circumstances we live in. We call it Covid-19 "You Don't Lose Your Deposit" Guarantee.
What's included? All packages are residential and include the accommodation of your choice, breakfast, snacks, dinner, water, tea, coffee, tuition fees, and your manual. The yoga studio and the rooms are located in the same building. The food is included even on your days off.
- Check-in is available from 2:00 pm on 7th Aug. Registration takes place from 4:30-5:30, welcome meeting @ 5:30, and welcome dinner @ 7:00 pm. Check-out is at 11:00 am on the 1st of September.
Book your flight to Athens Airport on the 1st day of the course (land before 2:00 pm) and book your return flight on the last day of the course, preferably after 11:00 am. It takes 2,5 hours to get to the airport.
The retreat center provides students with accommodation as requested. However, it reserves the right to make changes if needed due to unforeseen circumstances.
Group transportation from Athens Airport to Evia Silence can be arranged by us so that you can relax once you set your foot at the airport. We usually arrange a shared minibus for the whole group. The cost of transportation is not included in the price.
When it comes to a 300hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, the lead teacher is everything. Rachel is the lead teacher for the August course only.
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Overview of the 300hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training In Europe
Yesterday I taught my first ever 90min class in the studio and it was amazing!! I was so proud of myself and felt like flying afterwards. One of the students told me afterwards, that she loved how I had so many anatomical and alignment cues - she really felt that was rare to find - and without it “ruining” the flow of the class.Signe EshojStudent in the 200hr YTT and 300hr YTT / Netherlands
This is with no doubt thanks to you guys! Thank you so incredibly much for everything that you taught me and everything you made possible through Alpha Yoga School! I am so grateful that my gut feeling told me that this was the teacher training for me. That I came back in the summer for the 300-hr YTT was the best decision ever and has definitely made me a better teacher!
Keep doing your incredible work and inspire future knowledgeable and talented yoga teachers ❤️✨ Hugs Signe
"I'm so happy with my 300 hour training! The venue was a gorgeous place to practise and the teachers were very skilled and supportive. The yummy food and clear blue sea was such a treat! I made some amazing connections with the other students and teachers. My practise feels stronger and my teaching methods have developed so much more. I'm so grateful I could take part in this training"Abbey GriggsEngland, UK
Frequently Asked Questions about the Advanced 300-hour YTT
Students are required to watch Anatomy Videos and complete the Anatomy Review Questions. The videos will be provided by us.
Warch Rachel’s videos on alignment - included.
David Keil’s Adjustments videos, which are not included. However, you can either buy them from his website for 35$ (link below) or you can watch Martin and Joanna’s adjustments, which are for free on Youtube. https://www.yoganatomy.com/yoga-anatomy-courses/
Students will write a 1000-word essay (3-4 pages) on a topic of their own choosing and interest. Topics can integrate Yoga and Alignment, teaching yoga, Philosophy, History, therapeutic work, other bodywork or massage techniques, Mindfulness, Cognitive Based Therapy, etc.
For your non-contact hours on “Yogic Philosophy and Lifestyle” assignment, you can read one of the below books:
- Yama and Niyama, Ethical Foundations for Spiritual Life by Maetreyii Nolan (8$)
- The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele 13 $
Consider the yama and niyama and think of ways in which you’ve observed these dynamic and instinctive qualities in your life and practice, both on and off the mat. Complete the chart called “Philosophy chart” to organize your thoughts.
Please refer to the books above, but feel free to use your own translations and interpretations, or reference other texts. Get creative and enjoy!
In solidarity with the current Covid-19 crisis, all refunds requested within the 5th calendar week and no less than 28 days before the program start date, will be refunded in full given the student meets one of the following criteria:
the student needs to cancel due to COVID-19 government and/or travel restrictions on the side of the student's country of departure.
the student needs to cancel due to COVID-19 government and/or travel restrictions on the side of the country where the course is carried out.
Students meeting these criteria are also welcome to transfer the payment to a later date that suits them.
For those who do not meet the above criteria but are unable to attend the course, the full deposit is transferable to another on-location/online course, retreat, or to a replacement student (sourced by the initial student).
Refunds or postponements, if requested within 28 days of the Yoga Course start date, are subject to a 200€ administration fee.
We added another 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training in November 2022. Reserve your spot early as spots sell out months ahead of the start date.
1. As lunch is not included in this course, students place an order at a local supermarket once per week. If you want to buy food, then 15 euros per week would be more than enough (you know for basic food like dark chocolate, feta, and almonds). 2. It's up to you to buy a book for the Philosophy assignment, which costs 8-12 dollars, however, it's not necessary. 3. Your transportation can cost anywhere between 40 euros for a shared taxi/minibus or 120 euros for a private taxi (one way) 4. Laundry costs around 12 euros and you can share the load and the cost with your roommates.
Yes! Many students join this course just to get teaching experience. You will teach a lot (from week 1) and gain continuous feedback from your peer students and your teachers. You will leave confident and equipped with great teaching tools.
Yes, you can, but you will still need a taxi. And in order to save money, you would have to share the cost of the taxi with one more person. To use this method, you must combine 2 buses and then a taxi for the last 25 km. If you travel on your own and pay for both buses and the taxi on your own, then it's preferable to take the minibus with the rest of the students from the airport.
The arrival date is on the first day that you see on our website. Find a flight that gets to Athens Airport around 1 or 2 pm so that you can be at the retreat center by 5:00 pm maximum. The ride from Athens Airport to Evia Silence is around 2,5 hours. If you want to arrive earlier than the 7th of August/4th of November, please contact Evia Silence directly and book your accommodation yourself. Check-out is on 1st September/28th of November 2022.
Your dream-team teachers for the August course are Rachel Berryman, Nadine Sharkey, and Sandy Boutros. The teachers for the November course will be Joanna Vladescu, Cedric Stein, Athena Tamaresi, and Eleonore Gisele. We don't have Eleonore's CV on our website, it would take 4 pages. Eleonore is an osteopath and will teach you anatomy, yin theory, yin classes, advanced sequencing, and vinyasa classes.
We accept 25-26 students for this course as the retreat center is quite small and has only 12 rooms. Please apply at least 10-8 months ahead in order to get a spot in the August course.