MANTRA, SOUND HEALING, ENERGY WORK, QIGONG, HIKING
FOOD: VEGETARIAN, VEGAN
OUR YOGA ALLIANCE® 50-HOUR YIN YOGA TRAINING
Yin Yoga Teacher Training
Our course gives you a solid foundation of the theory and methodology of Yin Yoga.
You will learn how Yin Yoga poses work along the body’s meridians and about the effects on the bio-mechanics of the body including how the poses work on the fascia and connective tissues.
You will also explore how Yin Yoga works on deep energetic levels. And how you can use it to still your mind and balance your emotional body.
Our training will provide you with a clear understanding of the beautiful power of Yin Yoga, in order to deepen your own practice, or/ and to share this with your (future) students.
This training for qualified yoga teachers, therapists, bodywork professionals and people interested to deepen their own practice will provide you with comprehensive Yin training. You will gain a thorough understanding of how to use Yin postures to balance the energetic systems of the body. In addition you will learn complementary Qigong and Yang-flows designed to improve strength, agility, and to stimulate the circulatory system of the body.
Small groups, personal attention
We work with small groups up to a max of 16 people. Therefore we can give personal attention to all our trainees. Each trainee has a personal mentor to guide them on their inward journey.
Yoga Alliance® 50 hour – International Recognized Certification
Our 50 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course is registered with Yoga Alliance® USA. This is an international body which sets international standards for Yoga Teacher Training Programs.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive a certificate for 50 hours of Yin Yoga Training.
Certification with Yoga Alliance:
Our Yin Yoga course is recognised by Yoga Alliange as 50 Hour of continuing training for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT), meaning you are now certified by the most widely recognised Yoga organisation in the industry, and able to teach in gyms and studios all over the world.
For Yoga Alliance RYT-200 or RYT-300/RYT-500 Registered Teachers : 50-hour CEU with Yoga Alliance
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR COURSES
This was the most amazing experience!
The amount of care the teachers gave us was incredible, and they continue to support us to this day. I often think back on this YTT with fond memories.
The training has everything you could ask for – teaching practice from day one, lots of knowledge building, passionate teachers, wonderful people, delicious food, amazing location.
I would recommend this YTT to anyone in a heartbeat.
Jacqui Noel / Australia
It has been one of the best experience of my life.
Teachers are passionate, the place is magic, the food amazing, the energy always positive.
When I first arrived my mind was full of expectations, when I left my body was stronger and my heart was full of unconditional and universal Love.
I really recommend this teacher training course to everybody, it will change your life!
Federica Paletti / Italy
THE POWER OF YIN YOGA
Yin yoga is a very passive approach to yoga where you perform the majority of the poses seated on the floor or laying down.
The poses are held for longer periods of time, sometimes 3 – 5 minutes and in some cases up to 20 minutes. In Yin Yoga there are around 25 classical poses (+ variations).
Yin Yoga evolves into 3 main different levels of understanding, relating to the 3 main aspects of human existence :
On the physical level Yin Yoga targets bones, joints and connective tissues.
On the energetic level the practice reconnects with its roots of Taoist yoga, and uses the ancient map and modern theory of the meridians, the long holds in Yin restore harmony in the subtle body by targeting the channels that run through the connective tissues.
On the emotional/mental level the Yin approach prepares the practitioner for meditation as one of the central intention of the yin practice is the cultivation of inner stillness.
Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, fascia, bones, and the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.
Yin yoga offers deeper access to the body with the aim of lubricating and protecting the joints to make them heathier and stronger.
Yin yoga is the perfect compliment to the more yang style of yoga practice. Yang yoga practices are vinyasa flow, ashtanga, power yoga and hatha.
The main difference is that yin yoga is very passive with poses being held for longer periods of time.
Another important difference is that in yin yoga your muscles need to be relaxed as opposed to engaged, this is so you can work into the deeper layers of the body and move closer to the bone, an area often missed in a yang yoga practice.
Being a more meditative form of yoga the benefits affect both body and mind.
Yin yoga poses stimulate the meridian lines and organs. Different emotions are stored in different places in the body, and when we work through the layers of the body, we work also through the layers of our emotions.
Yin Yoga encourages you to become aware of these stored emotions so you can begin to recognize them and release them.
Benefits of Yin Yoga:
Lubrication and protection of joints
Deeper access to the body through the relaxation of muscles
Release of fascia throughout the body
Regulates energy in the body
Calming and balancing for the mind
Stress reduction and ability to release anxiety
Overview of the 7 Day Yin Yoga Teacher Course
Content 7 Day Yoga Teacher Training Course
Learn inspiring wisdom teachings about Qi (energy) meridians and Chinese medicine, more about the 5 elements theory. We will do transformative meditations and you will learn how to use mudras. You will learn about fascia and the yin anatomy and surrender during a sound journey session.
We will have inspirational talks where the Chinese philosophy meets the Indian Yoga philosophy and our modern pathways of awakening.
Our Yin Teacher training in Spain will help you to dive deeper into stillness, openness, surrendering, relaxation, acceptance and helps you to find balance in this fast changing world.
You will be guided through the teaching method and sequencing of 25 key poses in Yin Yoga, and variations on these poses. You will have the opportunity for practical teaching experience and will be encouraged to develop your confidence in sharing Yin Yoga with other students during the training .
You will learn postures and teach an asana practice – through a multitude of lectures, discussions, posture exploration, teaching exercises and posture sequencing,
Our curriculum includes the following:
• 20 hours yoga technique, training, and practice • 10 hours teaching methodology • 10 hours anatomy and physiology • 10 hours yoga philosophy
This and more you’ll learn during our Yin Teacher Training:
Yin Yoga philosophy & fundamentals of energy.
Understand Yin Yoga poses & their variations.
Energy pathways in the body and how to get them flowing.
The secrets of the mind-body connection.
The power of your breath.
How to improve your own Yin Yoga practice.
How to use the props / support correctly. How to create custom sequences.
Target areas of each Yin Yoga poses.
Understand the 7 Chakras.
Understand Yin Yoga specific Anatomy & Physiology.
How to teach a 60-90 minute Yin class to anyone and at any time.
How to teach & modify Yin Yoga poses.
Additional Restorative Yoga & Qigong sessions.
MODULE History & PHILOSOPHy
History of Yin Yoga (Modern Lineage of Yin Yoga & Yin Yoga in the ancient scriptures)
Philosophy of Yin Yoga: Yin intentions & The Tattvas of the Yin practice. (The principles and qualities of the practice)
Inquire into the Daoist Wisdom
Yin/Yang Theory (Taoist theory and the principles of Yin and Yang – how they are applied to yoga)
Patañjali analysis of Yoga (“Yoga Citta Vritti Nirodha” )
5-Element theory: Water-Wood-Earth-Fire-Metal elements (Relation & function of Zhang & Fu organs to each Element)
General of Prana / Qi and the Meridians/ nadis Chakras, the human energy field.
Understand the flow & formation of Qi (Qi movement & different type of Qi) Jing/Physical, Qi/Energetic, Shen/Spiritual
Understand the 3 layers of the body/ 5 sheets
MODULE ANATOMY & PSYSIOLOGY
Introduction to the anatomy of the human body as it relates to the asanas. Basic anatomy and physiology (with particular emphasis on respiration, circulation and digestion).
Looking at muscular-skeletal system.of the body.
Explore the nervous system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine and other topics.
Understand tension & compression
Physiological and energetic effects of asanas, pranayama, meditation and relaxation.
Study the benefits and contra-indications of the Yin Yoga asanas (Anatomical & energetic benefits and how it can improve your health)
Learn about the role of the connective tissues in relation to Yoga practice (Fascia network and tensegrity / Ligaments, Tendons .)
Effects of structural and postural alignment on health and wellbeing.
Anatomy of the Subtle Body (chi, meridians, nadis, vayus, koshas). Introduction to the subtle bodies: the yogic anatomy of chakras, nadis, vayus and koshas, helping you to more fully understand the process and benefits of yoga.
MODULE TECHNIQUES, TRAINING AND PRACTICE
Practice and learn how to teach the 25 main Yin-Yoga poses safely and confidently. (And familiarize yourself with the variations)
Learn the transitions poses
Practice the meridian series related to the 5 Elements (Using Asanas & Chinese meridians theory to revitalize body/organs)
Familiarize yourself with meridian tracing (Memorize the meridians location)
Stimulate the Qi along the Meridians Learn the 5 Elements (The Taoist & meditative approach of well-being)
Cultivation of breath body (Leading towards a tranquil mind) through Breathwork & Pranayama (breathing techniques) for relaxation and awaking the energy body
Practice different meditation and relaxation techniques
Mindfulness in Yin Yoga (including concentration methods and investigation methods). We will practice several Mindfulness methods that you can easily integrate in your life and in your classes.
Learn different Mudras and understand when to apply them.
We will introduce you ino the healing power of Mantras.
Relax and enjoy a beautiful Yoga nidra session,
Learn more about the use of Yoga & Essential Oils
MODULE TEACHING METHOLOGY & PRACTICUM
Knowledge and understanding of the Yin Yoga approach (Learn the difference between a Yin “Passive” and a Yang “Dynamic” style of Yoga)
Modifications and Safety in Yin Yoga, including the use of props and supports
Use the 9 levels of awareness (To influence your practice and guide your teaching)
Establishing a supportive home practice/daily sadhana
Find your unique teaching voice: we will show and discuss different ways on how to teach.
Creativity: we will show you how you can work with different themes, what special elements you can include to make your sessions extra special.
Sequencing: Acquire the skill of sequencing Yin Yoga (including different body types, ages, injuries and class types) You will learn how to create a Yin class, long or short for a group, for an individual session, or for yourself.
+ 5 EXTRA WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES
Flow with QiGong
We will do a session on the art of QiGong. We will discuss the benefits, practice some of the basic posture and the breathing techniques. We will explain how you can integrate these movements in your own class.
Beach/ Mountain Excursion
Walking meditation and yoga in the mountains or on the beach
Depending on the weather and/or location.
We will take you on a walking meditation / silent walk. On top of a beautiful mountain we will do yoga. You will as well learn how to do this with your own groups.
Yoga Nidra Session
Yoga Nidra— yogic sleep—is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. This state is reached by separating the external awareness of the physical body through various stages. It results in a state where you are asleep with a trace of awareness. It’s a beautiful practice, gaining popularity across the world and ongoing research continues to prove its effectiveness.
The benefits of Yoga Nidra are numerous. It helps people to reduce stress, improve creativity, create focus, gives a deep rest in few minutes, similar to rest after overnight sleep. And people experience rejuvenation at physical and mental level.
You can join a very special sound journey with Tibetan and crystal bowls. During the session you will learn more about the sounds, the different type of bowls, the gong and other instruments. Learn more about the power of sound and how it moves emotions, toxines out of your body.
+ get tips how you can use bells or bowls during your own classes.
Yin Yoga & Essential Oils
Yoga and Essential Oils
Learn how you can integrate essential oils in your yoga classes.
We will discuss the use of essential oils in a yoga class: the benefits, which oils to use and how to apply.
A DAY AT THE COURSE
a DAY at the COURSE
Sunrise yoga and meditation
You will wake up with a cup of tea and some fruit and enjoy the beautiful view over the mountains.
We will start the day with a morning meditation and a nice yin practice.
Hit the books 10 AM – Following breakfast, we dig deep into the training, learning about yin yoga philosophy, anatomy, physiology and more.
Teaching & practicing 2 PM – After the lunch we will focus more on the practical teaching itself. You will get sessions on how to teach and on alignment. You will practice teaching in small groups.
We will discuss the basics of teaching – learning about various poses, the muscles they open, breath work, and how to help students in and out of the pose. During the afternoon sessions we will as well focus on the creative aspect of the classes.
Afternoon relaxing practice 5:30 PM – We wind down our day with a relaxed yoga practice, stretching into delicious Yin poses.
Evening meditation / workshop or movie night 8 PM – After dinner it’s time to relax and find your center with our daily meditation practice or a special workshop. Some nights we will have a movie night and show a nice documentary.
LOCATION 6 – 12 MAY 2019 : FRIGILIANA
A MAGICAL PLACE
During this retreat we stay at one of the most beautiful spots in Andalusia. The villa where we stay is an luxury restored finca and consists of 3 buildings. During the retreat we have this beautiful place all to ourselves.
The luxury villa has 2 large swimming pools, one of which is up to 12 meters long. From one of the pools you have an amazing view of the sea.
The large villa has plenty of outdoor space with 4 terraces and a large tropical garden. The view is breathtaking.
You have an amazing view over one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia, Frigiliana and over the surrounding nature park. On the other side you have a pretty view over the beautiful beaches of Nerja.
LOCATION OCTOBER : CORTIJO LAS MONJAS
In October we stay at ‘Cortijo Las Monjas’, This old cortijo (farm estate) is situated between Periana and Alfarnatejo in the north-east of Málaga Province. The cortijo is about 600 meters above sea level.
Enjoying outstanding views over the mountains and valley below, this lovingly restored country estate is the ideal place for a yoga teacher training course.
Cortijo Las Monjas is a farmhouse. The Farm and the outbuildings are over three hundred years old.
The cortijo has been completely and sympathetically restored and divided up into really nice apartments and studios for two people to share with a bedroom with two twin beds, a bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, and dining/living area with wood-burning fireplace, terrace or porch. Furthermore they have just renovated and created 2 additional spacious ensuite twin rooms.
The cortijo has a really nice big pool that is open all year around.
There is a beautiful garden with amazing views where will do part of our yoga sessions. The other sessions we will do in the beautiful recently built yoga shala of 100m2. The former stall has been transformed in this really amazing sacred yoga room with floor heating and high ceiling.
Enjoy the beautiful countryside with its extraordinary beauty, and mild climate. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere, where you will be welcomed as one of the family.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Ilse-Marie Sobering – Yoga and Meditation Teacher 500RYT
Together with Jeroen Ruijters the Founders of Viva La Vida and an experienced E-200RYT + 500RYT Yoga Teacher.
Ilse-Marie did several teacher trainings. The advanced 300 hour course she did in an Ashram in India. She is skilled in various yoga styles and over the years has created her own style by mixing various styles of yoga. She is teaching Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Flow, Kundalini en Hatha yoga. She is an experienced meditation and pranayama teacher. Furthermore she is skilled in QiGong and energy work. She gives classes and courses in three languages to beginners, advanced students, seniors and children. She is organizing international retreats and courses, gives (master) classes and workshops.
Ilse has a great passion for yoga, meditation, mindfulness and healthy nutrition. Yoga & meditation had a big impact on her own life. Ilse-Marie: “I live a lot more in the present moment, I can handle stress better and I enjoy the small things in life a lot more. Yoga is for me this still point is this fast changing world.
I have also realized what is important to me and how I can make a positive contribution in my own way. Teaching gives me a lot of energy and I think it’s great to see what positive effect it has on people.
It is beautiful to share your knowledge with others and to do what you really love.
Jane Bakx, Yoga and Meditation Teacher 500RYT
Jane is an E-200RYT + 500RYT yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance certified) from the Netherlands. She lived in Amsterdam for most of her life and worked as a producer in advertising. She practised yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching for a few years. After her two yoga teacher training courses (both in India), she decided to leave her job in advertising and follow her heart and passion for yoga full time. Since then, she has been teaching and traveling around the world and also organizes retreats. She mainly practices Vinyasa and Yin yoga herself and sometimes also Ashtanga.
To Jane yoga is all about making a connection with yourself; with your body, mind and heart. Through yoga you learn to listen more to your body. The focus in Jane’s classes is mainly on making that connection to yourself and at the same time getting more flexible and strong.
Practical information about the Teacher Training
This course is including
Comprehensive in-dept Yoga Teacher Training
50-hour Yoga Alliance certification
7 days of inspiration
6 nights beautiful accommodation
Daily 3 vega and organic meals
Tea and water
Use of yoga material
A personal coach, one of the teachers will guide you through every step of your training.
Comprehensive manual. Our in-depth training manual is an exceptional learning and reference tool for both during and after your training.
A special FB-group where we share valuable information
A good foundation of Yin Yoga
Daily Yin yoga practices.
Daily meditation, theory, talks and exercises.
Relax time, reading and contemplation time.
EXTRA 5 SPECIAL WORKSHOPS/ACTIVITIES
Walking meditation in the mountains or excursion to the beach (depnding on loacation and weather)
More about essentials oils & yoga
Yoga Nidra Session
Flight ticket Málaga.
A travel or cancellation insurance.
Additional activities, personal expenses.
Transfer to and from the finca. The shared transfer is 25 euro per person per ride.
The shared transfer will leave the airport on the starting day around 12:30 PM. The costs is 25 euro per person per ride. If you arrive after this time we can arrange for you a private transfer. Costs will be around 80 euros for a private transfer.
Checking in is possible from 13:30. We will start with a lunch and introduction.
The check out on the last day is around 12:00. The transfer leaves around 12:00 back to the airport (for a small additional charge the driver can drop you off in Malaga)
You can buy a cheap flight via Transavia, Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling. Best to book two single tickets.
Costs of the Yin Yoga Training Course & 7-Day Stay
Costs of the training
Tuition cost for the intensive training (including VAT and Training Manual) – 790 euro
Costs for the accommodation & food
Both dates we will stay in a beautiful authentic finca. They both have a really beautiful space to do you inside and outside and they both have a big pool to do yoga.
You will stay in a shared twin room. You share a room with one other student from the same gender (two single beds).
If you want to have your own room you can pay an additional fee of 200 euro.
You will have three delicious organic meals daily and you can use all the retreat centre facilities.
Price for 7 days for the accommodation and food and use of all facilities is: 595 euro shared room and 795 for a single room.
Total costs training & stay:
Shared twin room:
Training including the accommodation, training, syllabus, food and the bonus workshops is 1385,- euro (790 training and 595 euro for the accommodation and food)
The additional charge for a private single room is 200 euro. Training including the accommodation, training, syllabus, food and the bonus workshops and a single room is 1585,- euro per student.
Reservation and payments:
To reserve your spot we ask you to pay a nonrefundable deposit of 200 euros. The rest you can pay 4 weeks before the training begins.
If you like to pay in parts, that is possible as well. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.
This course is suitable for those wanting to deepen their understanding and discover the deep healing power of Yin Yoga – whether as a yoga teacher or not.
For teachers and non-teachers alike – this experience is a beautiful journey on your path to greater self-awareness and understanding. For those on the path of a teacher – this course will prepare you to teach and practice safely, successfully and compassionately. Gain the ability to guide yourself and others through this healing and restorative practice.
This training is for:
Yoga practitioners who want to learn about Yin Yoga – how to practice it and teach it
Qualified yoga teachers who want to learn Yin Yoga to expand their scope of teaching
Yoga Alliance RYT-200/500 Teachers who are looking for Yoga Alliance CEU hours
Yoga studios and yoga school owners who want to add value to the classes they offer to their clients
Yoga Alliance International registered Teachers who have their 300 Hour Yoga Training and want to continue building their hours (eg. 300 Hour + 50 Hour = 350 Hours with Yoga Alliance International)
Body Workers or Healers with the intention to use the knowledge to deepen one’s own understanding and practice
It is desirable that you have attended yoga classes for some time (at least for a few months).
You need to be in good health both physically and mentally. Injuries can be accommodated.
Please email us if you are not sure about your physical or mental abilities: email@example.com
Suggested book to read
• The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga (The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga)- Bernie Clarke
Why book with us?
There are a lot of Yoga Teacher Training courses on the market. You should choose one that feels good.
We have done several teacher courses in the past and we have learned what we find important in a course.
Down To Earth
We are down to earth yogis that will offer you a professional comprehensive course that we have created with a lot of passion. We have learned so much that we would like to share with you. As for all of us our first teacher training was a big positive turning point in our lives.
Small groups & Personal Attention
You will find a lot of teacher training centers that have courses in huge groups.
We have chosen to work with small groups (16 max.). This creates a nice and intimate setting, were people can feel save and can share their experiences openly.
Working with small groups gives us the opportunity to give you enough attention and personal feedback.
All students will have a personal coach (one of the main teachers) that will help you on your personal journey.
OUR VIVA LA VIDA TEACHER TRAINING COURSES ARE A LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY
Would you like to join our Yin Yoga Teacher Training course?
But you would like to have some more information?
You can always contact the lead teacher Ilse-Marie Sobering via WhatsApp (see button on this page right) or via Telephone: +31614900730 (Ilse-Marie).
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The Viva La Vida Team
VIVA LA VIDA – OUR STORY
Viva La Vida
Who created Viva La Vida? We are a Dutch family who decided 5 years ago, to go on an adventure in the beautiful Andalusia. We first planned to go for a year, but we enjoyed it so much that we decided to stay here for a longer period.
We, Jeroen and Ilse-Marie, and our two daughters Elise-Sophie and Ana Rosa, have found a pretty old cortijo in an incredibly beautiful area.
We are very enthusiastic about the area and like to share it with other people. We organize yoga retreats, courses and yoga & walking holidays all year round at the most beautiful places in Andalusia. We really enjoy to create a special program for you. We try to give our retreats and courses something extra. We bring you to beautiful places and organisespecial activities, hikes and workshops.
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