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Yoga Teacher Training on Lefkada Island, Europe-Greece

Lefkada Island and all you want to know about the 200hr Foundational Course here

Boutique destination to immerse in the practice of yoga.

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Your 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training on Lefkada Island, Greece will take place in one of the most luxurious yoga retreat centers in Europe.

Located in the heart of the Ionian Sea, Lefkada is a premier resort destination. Nicknamed “The Caribbean of Greece,” Lefkada’s turquoise waters, iconic beaches, whitewashed villages, and natural wonders will connect you with the true meaning of yoga while you relax and recharge.

Urania Luxury Villas Retreat Center is a true paradise on earth. This hillside retreat bestows an immediate feeling of tranquility and peace that will make your Yoga Teacher Training on Lefkada Island a rich and unforgettable experience.

Immerse into yoga practice while enjoying stunning views of Ithaca island, the mythical home of Ulysses.

Minutes away from an exclusive wilderness beach down the hill, we can’t think of a more boutique destination to explore the practice of yoga.

If you take this course in April, then you can join our 300hour Yoga Teacher Training in August on Evia Island and have a discount.

Dates and Fees...

200hr YTT Dates on Lefkada Island

22nd April - 13th May 2022
9th - 30th October 2022

200hr YTT Fees on Lefkada Island

Single Room
1 double bed, en-suite bathroom, sea view (3 single rooms in total)
€3,920.00
Twin Room
2 single beds, en-suite bathroom, sea view
€3,030.00
  • The above prices already include an early bird discount of 200€. To benefit, reserve your spot 2 months before the course starts.
  • deposit of 400€ is required to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is paid upon arrival.
  • We offer a flexible deposit policy adapted to the circumstances we live in. Read more about our Covid-19 "You Don't Lose Your Deposit" Guarantee.
  • This Yoga Teacher Training on Lefkada Island is residential and includes the accommodation of your choice, breakfast, light lunch, dinner, water, tea, coffee, tuition fees, and study manual. The yoga studio and the villas are on the same premises.
  • Check-in is available from 4:00 pm on on the 1st day of the course. Check-out is at 10:00 am on the last day of the course.
  • Book your flight to Athens Airport on the on the 1st day of the course (land before 2:00 pm) and book your return flight on the last day of the course after 3:00 pm. A private shuttle bus will be arranged by us.
  • Group transportation from Athens Airport to Urania's villas can be arranged by us so that you can relax once you set your foot in Greece. The cost of transportation is not included in the price.
  • The retreat center provides students with accommodation as requested but reserves the right to make changes if needed due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Accommodation during the Yoga Teacher Training on Lefkada Island

The retreat center offers single and shared twin accommodation options.

  • Single room: 1 double bed (180cm wide)
  • Shared twin: 2 single beds (90cm wide)

Each room has its own bathroom, air conditioning, safe box, and luxurious eco mattresses and pillows made by Coco-Mat company. You will sleep like a baby. Every room has a breathtaking view of the Ionian Sea so you can enjoy it the moment you wake up. Roommates will be assigned for all shared rooms unless otherwise requested. Upon agreement, shared rooms may be mixed.

The retreat center consists of 4 luxurious stone villas, each one having 3 bedrooms. Each villa can accommodate 3-6 guests in either single or shared twin rooms. Each villa has a fully equipped kitchen, its own private swimming pool, and an amazing terrace with sea view. There is also a washing machine in each villa so that you can do your laundry at any time without any extra cost.

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Food during this Yoga Teacher Training on Lefkada Island

Breakfasts, light lunches, and dinners are included in the price on all days, even on your days off. Urania, the owner of this retreat center, cooks all the meals herself, putting all her love into planning and cooking healthy delicious meals for us. Her food cannot be described in words, you just have to taste it.

One of our students described well: It feels like Christmas every day 🙂

Breakfast consists of eggs, porridge, Greek yogurt, honey, fruits, homemade marmalades, rice cakes, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cheese, juice, tea, and lots of coffee.

Dinners include soup/starter, salad, legumes, rice, greek dishes and home-made desserts. Lunch can include a sandwich, lentil soup, crepes, hummus spread, lemon cake.

All students have the same food, no exceptions made. Vegan and gluten-free menu costs only 100 €/person more for the whole course. Let us know in advance if this is your choice.

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How to get to Lefkada Island retreat center

Shuttle bus from Athens Airport and back

  • Book your flight for Athens Airport (ATH).

  • Arrive before 2:00 pm on the 1st day of the training. A private shuttle bus will pick you up from the airport around 3:00 p.m. and bring you directly to the yoga center (duration 6 hours).

  • The same shuttle bus will take you from the yoga center at around 06:00 am on the last day of the course and will drop you off at Athens Airport. Book your return flight after 3:00 p.m.

  • The cost of the shuttle bus depends on the number of students and the size of the bus. One way costs 50-65 €/person/trip.

Taxi from Preveza or Ioannina Airport✈️

The closest airport to Lefkada Island is Preveza/Action (PVK) Airport, located 60 km from the yoga center. From this airport, a taxi to the retreat center costs approximately 90€.

The next closest airport is Ioannina Airport (IOA) which is located 176 km from the yoga center. Visit www.opodo.com for flights to Ioannina Airport.

Check for the availability of both airports. As our courses in Lefkada do not take place in high season you might not find flights for these airports easily.

Public bus from Athens to Lefkada (not recommended)

This is the least convenient way of getting to the yoga center and we can not provide support to students who choose this option.

  • From Athens Airport, take bus X93 and get off at the last bus stop. This ride takes approximately 60 minutes. Walk to the main bus station called KTEL. Address: Street Kifissou 100, Athens.
  • Take the bus that goes to Lefkada island. The duration of the bus ride is about 5,5 hours. The buses depart from Athens four times per day. More information and details here: https://ktel-lefkadas.gr/en/1942-2/
  • Take a taxi to Urania's Retreat Center, about 60 minutes.

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Practice Without
Limitations

With the correct guidance you will be amazed at what your body is capable of. Redefine what you thought possible.

Teach With
Sophistication

Most teachers know what to teach. That part is easy. You will learn how to teach it right and why to teach it that way. That takes skill.

Transform
Your Life

It sounds cliché but it is true. Yoga will improve your life and those you share it with. Don’t you want a change? Then change.

Students that loved this course

Joanna and Martin are excellent teachers. Martin will definitely teach you how you should improve your alignment so you actually feel something and get the real benefits. I for instance have always thought that I will have to practice some more years to begin with arm balances but after a good preparatory Vinyasa class of Joanna I was in side crow and other crazy asanas which felt amazing! Thank you for those moments! And receiving adjustments from such talented and experienced teachers as Martin and Joanna is such a treat. To whom would I recommend this YTT? If you love doing yoga, you don’t fear sweating (Ashtanga!), are a curious person and would love to spend a good time in wonderful Greece – go for it!

Nora TabeaEngland, UK

This teacher training was fantastic. One of the most valuable things was taking the asanas back to basics — understanding the foundations really enabled me to deepen my practice and correct the mistakes I had been making unknown for years. More than just the asanas, the course places physical practice in the broader philosophy and helped me understand that yoga is about so much more than what happens on the mat.

Jenni SmoutEngland, UK

I decided to do a yoga teacher training, not with the intention to become a yoga trainer, but to improve my knowledge about yoga and especially about the physical part - alignment. I did a lot of research to find out which training would be the best for me. In the end I chose Alpha yoga school because of the very personal contact with Joanna from the beginning. Joanna and Martin are very open, lovely persons and funny (especially Martin) and always take the time for you and your questions. I improved my alignment and learned to feel my body with a lot more attention. Also mentally I developed new strength and find back some of my positivity, gratefulness and calmness that I lost a bit in the stressfully daily-life at home.

Gesine Matter

If you search for a high quality yoga teacher training, which challenges you, makes you laugh and opens new perspectives of living your life, you should choose this one! It was an incredible time, we learned so much about our own body, yoga philosophy and how to teach in a safe and good way. I came as a yoga loving girl and left as a yoga loving teacher with a bag full of new friends and unforgettable memories. It was on the one hand really challenging and exhausting and on the other hand such an intense, emotional, wonderful time with a wonderful group of people and wonderful teachers!! I highly recommend this yoga teacher training! Lots of Love Lea

Lea Hausner

You made everyone feel so welcome and supported throughout this challenging and intensive journey. I am definitely missing the group energy and the fun morning Ashtanga and Vinyasa flows! I just did my first Mysore style class and it was a unique and new experience for me. This YTTC will be an experience I will never forget and I'm so happy I went on this journey - thank you for it all!

Alex Aitken

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Should I invest in 200hour Yoga Teacher Training if I don’t want to become a yoga teacher?

Yes!
It is perfectly common that yoga students do not attend the course with the intention to teach right after the training. If you’re interested in deepening your yoga practice and learning more about yoga, we welcome you with open arms. We designed the training for 2 kinds of people. For those who know they want to become yoga teachers. And for those whose main aim is a strong and safe self-practice.🧘‍♂️🧘‍♂️
First, we need to practice yoga. As our personal practice deepens, teaching others may naturally blossom. Halfway through the training, many students realize that they actually enjoy teaching. Only after you teach the first class and it’s over, you will have a real idea whether you actually enjoy teaching. You will start the training and who knows...?
The most important element of the whole experience is immersion. Absorb the teachings and do it for yourself. You will learn so much about yourself, your mind, body, strengths, and weaknesses.
That is exactly how we started our yoga careers. We just wanted to know how to practice on our own. And now we teach future teachers.

Is your 200-Hour YTTC suitable for beginners?

This 200-hour course is open to all levels of yoga practitioners.
The most important factor is not how long you have been doing yoga.
The most important is that the applicant comes with an open mind and eagerness to learn.
You will deepen your practice no matter where you are at the moment.
The best time to move forward is now.

Can you tell me more about your 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training program?

On the 3-weeks yoga immersion with Alpha Yoga School, you will arrive at the roots of the yogic ancient tradition. Our established and knowledgeable instructors will guide you along as you will nourish yourself with the sun, sea, and a powerful plant-based diet. Either in Greece, or soon enough, in India.
Through establishing a solid foundation in Yoga Philosophy and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, your creative potential will flourish. It is from here that true educated Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga arises. You will:
  • Practice Vinyasa Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
  • Learn applied functional anatomy
  • Break down more than 50 important yoga poses. You will learn their correct alignment, recognize their misalignment tendencies, their safe modifications, and offer hands-on adjustments for different body types.
  • Learn short sequences for 15, 30, 60, and 90-minute self-practice.
  • Build a self-practice (home practice) without having to rely on a teacher
  • Learn how to create vinyasa sequences and teach your classes to your fellow students.
  • Workshops on complex postures. These workshops give a lot of attention to detail and will change your personal practice. The emphasis is on safety to your own body and the prevention of injuries for yourself and for your students.
  • Philosophy, meditation, chanting...

How can I prepare for my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course?

Once you secure your deposit, you will have access to a Google Drie Folder with everything you need. We suggest that you get familiar with the names of the postures in Sanskrit and practice yoga classes that last 90 minutes or more. A few months before the course starts, we recommend you get into the habit of waking up at 7:00 am.  Also, we encourage students to practice yoga at least 4 times per week, preferably Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga. We will also send you links so that you can practice with us.
We recommend you practice meditation or awareness techniques. This can take the form of f.e. guided meditation, chanting, breathwork, seated silence, observation techniques, e.t.c.  If none of these float your boat, try getting outside and connecting with nature.
Maintain a healthy diet to prepare both your physical body and your mind. In addition, consult your doctor in case of any medical conditions or history of injury.

Is there a written and / or practical exam on the 200-Hour YTTC?

Yes.
You will take a multiple-choice exam in the anatomy, philosophy, and asana section. A practical assessment in the form of peer teaching will also take place towards the end of the course.
By the time assessments roll around, you will be more than prepared. We work with students to make sure they are thoroughly prepared and provide one-on-one mentoring if needed.
If for any reason you don't pass your assessments, you will have another opportunity to take them again.

I don’t practice Ashtanga Yoga. Can I join this yoga teacher training course?

Definitely yes!
We don't expect students to be masters of Ashtanga or inversions. We are here to teach you everything during the course.
The asana classes are split equally between Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa yoga and the Ashtanga classes will progress slowly, class by class.
In our 200-hour training, we focus on the first sequence called the Primary series. During the yoga course, we break it down.
We explain in detail the correct and safe alignment for each asana.
We teach you modifications and preparations for even the most difficult poses. This is a course where you will immerse deeply into Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Most students fall in love with Ashtanga after this course.
An equal amount of time will be dedicated to Vinyasa (Flow) yoga.
You will learn how to sequence classes and you will obtain the necessary skills to teach. 

How many students do you accept per YTTC?

We limit our groups to 25-26 students. This is a perfect number for both students and teachers.  Students can experience the benefits of group energy, practice real teaching scenarios. Yet, teachers can provide the personal attention students need and deserve.

What is the age profile of the students?

The course welcomes practitioners of all ages.  75% of the group is between 25 to 35 years old. The rest is either younger or more mature, between 50 and 60 years of age and older.

What specific subjects are taught in the theory classes?

  • Philosophy (Indian philosophy, yogic lifestyle, breathing techniques (theory and practice), moral and ethical codes of yoga (yamas and niyamas), classical texts, and more modern texts on yoga.
  • Yoga Anatomy with hands-on exercises wherever possible.
  • Teaching Skills will be also put into practice. Everything you will learn in theory, you also put into application.
  • Alignment and Adjustments could be considered either theory or practice. Firstly you will learn them theoretically. Secondly, you will practice on yourself and other students.

Will we learn how to find work after the yoga teacher training course?

Yes, you will cover this in a class called "Business of yoga".
We will show you how to get your first yoga jobs, how to set prices, and what to avoid doing.
How to use social media to attract new students to your classes and even yoga retreats.
How to write content in order to connect with your ideal student.

Can I teach Power Yoga after I finish this course?

Once you complete our yoga teacher training, you will be qualified and confident to teach Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, often called Flow Yoga.
Power Yoga is another modern yoga style very similar to Vinyasa Yoga. You could say that Ashtanga Yoga is the mother of Vinyasa Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga is the mother of Power Yoga. This also means that Ashtanga is the most powerful style of all these styles. Power yoga focuses more on strength and sweating, less on flexibility, meditation, or chanting.
These are elements that can be brought, depending on the teacher, into a Vinyasa yoga class.
There are not many teacher training that will train you how to teach Power yoga only. If you can teach Vinyasa yoga, and then attend, say 10 power yoga classes, you will know how to teach Power yoga yourself…​​

Will we learn pregnancy/prenatal yoga?

We don't teach prenatal yoga. This is a niche and it's something that you will have to learn separately. Prenatal yoga courses are usually short, 50-hours maximum.

Can I teach Rocket Yoga after your yoga teacher training course?

Regarding Rocket Yoga, you are lucky because Joanna, your Vinyasa teacher, has completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training with the creator of Rocket Yoga, with LARRY SCHULTZ himself!
That training was again a mix of Ashtanga Yoga and Rocket Yoga. Larry had studied Ashtanga Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Method, and later came up with his own unique sequences that he called "Rocket Yoga".
Rocket Yoga is very flexible, which means that once you learn the sequences by heart, you have the freedom to deviate from the preset sequence.
You could take short training in Rocket Yoga, but you first need to finish a 200-hour yoga training first.
Joanna teaches Rocket 1sequence in each training.
There is no such thing as 200-hour training for Rocket Yoga only.
Just like Power Yoga, once you take 10-15 Rocket yoga classes, you will be able to teach it to others🧘‍♂️🧘‍♂️.

Do you offer an internship yoga program?

We offer scholarships to our ex-students. We call it the "Karma Yogi program".
To be eligible, you must first complete either a 200-hour or 300-hour program with Alpha Yoga School. This way we know your yoga practice, personality, teaching skills. The rest goes from there.
As a Karma Yogi, you have the rare opportunity to do the whole yoga course again and allow all the teaching to sink in. The second time you follow the same course, you deepen your understanding of all the aspects of yoga. You re-learn, reinforce, and grow confidence in teaching skills. All that is a great learning environment, always supported by the lead teachers. That is what makes it a great opportunity.
The program also offers rare opportunities to teach yoga classes and workshops. It is up to each karma yogi how far he/she wants to take it. Karma yogi can always join the philosophy, anatomy lectures, or any other activities on schedule.
In exchange, we ask karma yogis to assist us in the morning asana classes, alignment, and adjustments classes, in making announcements, and in bridging the students' communication with us and the retreat center.
As we do not own the retreat centers, karma yogi will pay for her/his food and accommodation. Karma yogi does not pay anything to the teachers.

In which countries can I teach with the yoga certificate that I earn?

The certificate from our school is recognized worldwide.
Our yoga teacher training programs are registered with Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. These are the two most worldwide recognized yoga organizations.

After you receive your diploma you can register as a Registered Yoga Teacher with either organization. It is a paid service. You can register with these organizations only if you want, but you don't have to. This registration is not a prerequisite for you to teach yoga.
Your diploma will be accepted anywhere in the world. You can start teaching by showing the certificate you received from us. Studios can ask for your diploma. Some studios prefer to see your practice and ask you to teach a demo class. It depends from studio to studio.

Can I join yoga teacher training after injury or with a physical limitation?

The answer here is yes!

Not only can an injury be a gift to your experience of Yoga Teacher Training, it can also offer so much to the other students, the teacher, and the lessons.

Of course, consult your doctor before committing to this intensive yoga training and receive informed guidance.

Will we learn how to integrate the use of props into our yoga practice?

At Alpha Yoga School, we understand the benefit of using props and encompass them in our teacher trainings.

We encourage students to experience them in their own practice, as well as in their teaching of yoga to others.

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