Yoga Alliance® 200-hour Yin & Yang Yoga Teacher Training Course in Spain

22 Days YOGA Teacher Training – 200 Hours in Andalusia

Are you ready for a life changing JOURNEY?

Do you want to do what you love?

Are you ready to deepen your yoga practice?

Learn how to teach yoga and share your passion for yoga?

Join our Yoga Alliance® 200-hour Viva La Vida Yoga Teacher Training Program in Andalusia, Spain

Small Group – Limited Availability 


Sunday 12 April – Sunday 3 May

Sunday 31 May- Sunday 21 June

Sunday 13 September – Sunday 4 oktober

Sunday 18 oktober – Sunday 8 November

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Yin & Yang Yoga Teacher Training

This three week intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Spain is a fully comprehensive, profoundly life transforming experience.

The training is passionately, and skilfully, led by Ilse-Marie Sobering, Jane Bakx and Hannah Chapman, all experienced Senior Yoga Teachers.

The Yoga Alliance® 200-hour Viva La Vida Yoga Training Course is a professional,  down to earth, comprehensive, well-organized and highly effective program.

For most people an intensive Yoga Teacher Training is a profoundly transformational and life-affirming journey.

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.

There will be private sessions with your mentor weekly and whenever you feel you would like to have a talk. You can discuss any questions or doubts with your personal mentor.

Yoga Alliance® 200-hour – International Recognized Certification

Our Yoga Teacher Training Program is registered with Yoga Alliance® USA. This is an international body which sets international standards for Yoga Teacher Training Programs. Our 200 hour training program meets the required standards for a foundational 200 hours of study.

Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive a certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance.

Registration withYoga Alliance® provides a globally recognized credential.

You may choose to register with them on qualification.

Whether you register withYoga Alliance®  or not you will still be the holder of an international certification to teach Yoga.


“A wonderful experience”

This was my first TTC, and I must say I loved every minute of it.. the teachers were great, each with her own style. We learned so much, both theoretically and practically, with a lot of practical exercises, done outside in nature when the weather permitted. Learning about adjustments, how to teach (we started practicing “teaching” our fellow participants very early on), anatomy, things to watch out for, etc.

The location was lovely, surrounded by mountains, the facilities and accommodations were really nice as well, the vegan food prepared by the kind-hearted chef was always tasty and nutritious, who had to work hard to prepare so much food for 18 to 20 people, 2 times a day for 3 weeks!

And last but not least, all the participants, including the teachers, host and chef, were so lovely and friendly, with open-hearts, compassionate and just beautiful souls!

I love each and every one of them.

One of the best experience of my life.. thank you all for this, and with the best of wishes..

Itamar Faybish / Belgium
Jacky TTC 200

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

Dear Ilse, Jane and Hannah,

Thank you so much for a life changing 3 weeks. I learnt so much about yoga, myself and women:)

it was an intense experience and one that I will always treasure.

Keep spreading the love!


Paul / France / Belgium


I’m a yoga teacher now

Thank you for this Amazing experience! It was such a scary and big step for me to take this course, but right from the start I knew this course would fit me.

Lovely people, lovely location.

So happy and thanks again for everything!

Jessica / Belgium

Amazing experience, great teachers, beautiful setting.

I really enjoyed it. It was very special!

What else?

Come and discover for yourself!

Rime Karam / Morocco

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

I will look back at this intense but lovely experience with a big smile

Dear Ilse, Hannah and jane,

Thank you so much for this amazing experience!

I really felt this training was the right one for me. Such a loving and warm atmosphere, nice and inspiring teachers and a beautiful accomodation & surroundings.

I am lucky to have met such lovely people.

Kisses & hugs,


Sanne Grootveld / The Netherlands

Viva La Vida is a beautiful company.

Ilse the owner put so much love to it.
I was there for the yoga teacher training cours for 3 weeks. It was a life changing experience. We learned so much from Ilse, Hannah and Jane.
All 3 of them are amazing teachers.
I enjoyed all their classes. We also had some really cool special workshops. Example walking meditation in a beautiful mountain, sound journey,acro yoga, etc.
The food was fresh, vegetarian and really delicious. We had 2 amazing private chefs.
The location was absolutely beautiful surrounded by mountains and nature. The yoga shala we spent most of our time was gergous. Accommodation was very nice and clean.
I loved every single minute of it.

I highly recommend Viva La Vida I have so much love for them Very special concept 😘

Andrea Molnar / Norway

Dear Teachers,

3 amazing, 15 beautiful yogis… that makes firework ! Thanks for all the help, for the uplifting words, tips and good vibes.

It was a long difficult road for me but the experince was fantastic..

Muchas Gracias!!

An / Belgium


Authentic Andaluz fincas in nature

We have carefully selected a few stunning Andalusian fincas for our retreats, courses and for our yoga teacher training.

For the TTC 200 hour we work with two charming locations.

In June and September we will stay at the beautiful 200 year old Cortijo Las Monjas.

In April and October we will stay at the wonderful little hamlet of Cañuelo.

Both places have a lot of charm and are very peaceful and magical locations for your yoga journey.

The two locations have breathtaking views over the mountains, lake and ocean. Are you a hiking fan? From both fincas you can do several magnificent hikes.


Stay in a beautiful little hamlet with beautiful lake & ocean views

Small white washed casas and casitas in a mountain hamlet, with a rustic on-site bar and pool, surrounded by birds, bougainvillea and breathtaking views.

It’s a steep climb through olive groves to reach the hamlet of El Cañuelo. Perched high in the mountains, with clear views to the 25 km-distant Med, it’s a wonderfully  place, and the nice holiday homes with their terraces merge charmingly into the traditional village; Rafael the goatherd’s house is opposite.

The cute houses are not very luxurious, but El Cañuelo is as authentically Andaluz as it gets. It has a lot of charm.

Step outside and you’re in a bird-sung world of bougainvillea and sunshine: take to the village trail, explore the nearby markets or drink in the spectacular views.

There is a bar in El Cañuelo that we can use during our stay. The bar has spacious outdoor terracing with spectacular views. Indoors there is space for several tables and there are two fireplaces for winter use.

Swimming pool

The swimming pool, called locally the ‘Mickey Mouse’ because of its shape, is 7 x 7 metres with the two small ‘ears’ one with a depth of 90cms and the other about 15cm. The main pool is 2m at its deepest point. The Bar  and location has WIFI.

The Yoga Shala

There is a beautiful, recently refurnished, spacious Yoga Shala. It has big windows with a lot of light coming in to the room.

Furthermore there are several platforms/ terraces where we can do the yoga outside if the weather permits it.


Cortijo Las Mojas

We would love to welcome you in ‘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 rooms and studios for two people to share with a bedroom with two twin beds, a bathroom and most have a 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.

What can you expect from the course?

A new adventure

Our Teacher Training is an opportunity to transform how you relate to the world.

For a lot of people a Yoga Teacher Training becomes a highlight in their life and an important turning point. Very often it is the beginning of a new life adventure. Immerse yourself in yoga study, find your path, and make friends for life.

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.

Afterwards we continue with an energetic vinyasa practice.

Hit the books
10 AM – Following breakfast, we dig deep into the training, learning about yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, 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 various yoga styles, 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 business aspect of yoga. With help of our teachers you will create a plan for your yoga career.

Afternoon relaxing practice
5:30 PM – We wind down our day with a relaxed yoga practice, stretching into delicious Yin and Restorative 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.

Daily Schedule

07.00 – 07.30 –  Morning tea and fruit
07.30 – 08.30 –  Meditation & Pranayama
08.30 – 10.00 –  Morning Yoga Practice

10.00 – 11.00 –  Breakfast & Break
11.00 – 13.30 –  Morning Classroom sessions
13.30 – 14.30 – Lunch/ break/homework
15.30 – 19:00 – Afternoon Sessions including Teaching
17:30 – 19:00  – Afternoon practice (Yin/ Restorative)

19.00 – 20.00 – Dinner
20.00 – Free time//homework or special evening session

This is an example of the daily schedule, please note times may change slightly.

TTC training

Overview of the 22 Day Yoga Teacher Course

Content 22 Day Yoga Teacher Training Course

Our curriculum includes the following:

• 100 hours yoga technique, training, and practice
• 30 hours teaching methodology
• 25 hours anatomy and physiology
• 30 hours yoga philosophy
• 20 hours practice teaching guidance

Students will learn postures and teach an asana practice – through a multitude of lectures, discussions, reading assignments, writing assignments, posture exploration, teaching exercises, posture sequencing, and class development.

During the 200 hour 22 day immersion Yoga Teacher training we establish a steady rhythm of study, classes, practice and rest over the course of the three weeks.

The foundation course is designed to establish any serious practitioner and teacher in the principles and practices of yoga, Ayurveda, mindfulness, meditation, yang styles of yoga like hatha yoga and vinyasa and yin yoga.

During our Viva La Vida Intensive Training Course you will gain working knowledge of the following things:

Yoga Philosophy & Ayurveda

  • History & Philosophy of Yoga, Philosophy and aim of yoga, the five points of yoga, Prana (Qi) and Nadis (Meridians).
  • Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita.
  • Ayurveda & yogic lifestyle.
  • Chakras, the human energy field, the five koshas, the bandhas.
  • The gunas, the four paths of yoga & the eight limbs of yoga.
  • Principles of self-development.
  • Teacher-student relationship.
  • Ethics for yoga teachers.

Special focus on the business aspect of yoga

We have more than 20 years experience in marketing and communications.

We will have special working sessions on how to start your teaching career. You will go home with a plan and with useful advise on how to market yourself. We will discuss possible business opportunities and we will help you with ideas on how to create a website and how to use video, blogs and social media. Furthermore we are offer the opportunity to gain work experience by helping with our courses and retreats.

Techniques, Training and Practice

  • Hatha practice & techniques.
  • Vinyasa practice & techniques.
  • Sun salutations & warming-up practice & techniques.
  • Yin yoga.
  • Other yoga styles.
  • Kriyas & Ayurvedic cleansing rituals.
  • Breathwork, pranayama and bhandas.
  • Meditations, relaxation, mindfulness and mudras
  • Chanting – kirtan & mantras
  • Yoga nidra
  • Massage & essential Oils

Anatomy and Physiology

  • 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).
  • Explore the nervous system, the muscular-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine and other topics.
  • 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.
  • Physiological and energetic effects of asanas, pranayama, meditation and relaxation.
  • Benefits and contra-indications for asanas (poses).
  • Effects of structural and postural alignment on health and wellbeing.
  • Physiological and emotional effect of stress.
  • Principles of diet and nutrition.

Practice & Teaching Methodology

  • Practice & Teaching Methodology.
  • Yoga and Business & Marketing.

Training Course in Detail

History & Philosophy of Yoga

We will introduce you to the history of yoga, you will learn more about some of the great yoga masters, we will dive into the philosophy and aim of yoga and we will briefly discuss the sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita. We will introduce you to the chakras, the human energy field and the five koshas. We will discuss the four paths of yoga and the eight limbs of yoga. We will talk about karma and reincarnation, the gunas, the power of mantras and kirtans.

Ayurveda & Yogic Lifestyle

You will be introduced to the science of Ayurveda and you will receive a solid foundation on the pillars of Ayurveda and how this s connected to yoga.

You can see Ayurveda and yoga as two inseparable sisters. Ayurveda, which means “science of life” in Sanskrit, is based on the premise that everything in the universe, including the human body, is comprised of five basic elements: earth, wind, fire, water and space.


Each of these elements is present in our bodies in various proportions in what are called doshas. Keeping those doshas balanced through diet, yoga, herbs, massage and meditation is the basis of Ayurveda.

You will learn more about doshas and Ayurveda en general.You will understand how the three doshas are formed.

Through this understanding you will discover your own natural born constitution and your current imbalance this will help your to bring more balance into your life.

We will discuss how to integrate yoga in your life and how to live a yogi.

We will cover a yogic diet as well and our chefs will inspire you with some really nice and vegan food.


Anatomy and Physiology

We will explore the physical body in a very practical way, so you can apply it in your own practice and teachings. We utilize engaging, visual and active learning.

You will get a basic understanding on anatomy and physiology (with particular emphasis on respiration, circulation and digestion)

We want to show you that anatomy is very interesting.

During the course, you will go through an introduction to the anatomy of the human body as it relates to the asanas. Also, we will explore the nervous system, the muscular-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine, the circulatory system and other topics.

You will be introduced 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.

We will discuss the benefits and contra-indications for the main Hatha Yoga and Yin asanas (poses) and the effects of structural and postural alignment on health and wellbeing. The physiological and emotional effect of stress and the principles of diet and nutrition.


Yoga Styles

During the teacher course we will discuss the different styles of yoga and the difference between the more yang style of yoga and yin yoga.  You will learn how to teach Hatha yoga, Vinyasa (flow) yoga and Yin yoga. And you will be introduced to some other forms of yoga like kundalini, kids yoga, prenatal yoga and senior yoga.

The combination of yang styles of yoga with yin yoga gives you a solid and comprehensive foundation for yourself and for you teaching career. Those styles go hand in hand, as it is recommended to combine yang with yin yoga.

Yin yoga is the perfect compliment to the more yang style of yoga practice. In yang styles of yoga the asanas are focused of the main muscles.

Yin yoga offers deeper access to the body targeting our connective tissues, fascia and ligaments with the aim of lubricating and protecting our joints.


Yang Yoga Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga  – based on the tradition of Swami Sivananda

You learn how to teach the main basic Hatha yoga poses for teaching beginner and intermediate classes, analysis of the poses and their functions, alternatives for injuries and adjustments. You will learn the structure and basic components of a hatha yoga class.

Yang Yoga Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Vinyasa, is a breath initiated practice, that connects every action of our life with the intention of moving towards what is sacred, or most important to us. We will talk about the the background of Vinyasa and the various forms of Vinyasa like Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga and Hot Yoga.

 We will focus on general Vinyasa Yoga during the training. You will learn how to prepare and sequence the poses in a flow to create a Vinyasa class.


Yang Yoga Sun Greetings & Warming Up

You will learn different versions of the Sun Salutations. The classic Sun Salutation used in Hatha Yoga and variations used in (Ashtanga) Vinyasa. We will practice various warming up / preparatory exercises.

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Yin Yoga

Our course combines the Yin & Yang styles of yoga. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with asanas that are held for longer periods of time. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.

Yin yoga is a more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality. We will discuss the background of Yin Yoga, talk about the meridians, the organs and the concept of Qi (energy).

You will learn how to do and teach the main yin postures, do an analysis of the poses, their modifications and alternatives.


Introducing other styles of yoga and Qigong

During the course we will offer you various workshops on other styles of yoga. For example Kundalini yoga, Kids yoga, Prenatal yoga, Restorative yoga and Senior yoga. Furthermore you will be introduced to the art of QiGong

We provide this additional workshops in order to inspire you and to show you the variety within yoga. Furthermore we will discuss how you can integrate other styles of yoga and QiGong within your classes.


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Self Practice

You will practice daily yoga, pranayama, kriyas and meditation, as your own practice is your foundation. What you practice, you will understand and you will be able to teach to others. We will have daily yin and yang yoga sessions.

Kriyas & Ayurvedic Cleansing Rituals

You will be introduced to some of the basic yet powerful kriya techniques (such as nauli), and incorporate them into your daily practice routine.  

You will learn the main yoga cleansing techniques. We will practice some of this kriyas and discuss the use. The purpose of those kriyas is to assist nature in removing waste products. Furthermore we will introduce you in the self cleansing and self nourishing rituals of Ayurveda.

Breathwork, Pranayama and Bhandas.

One of most important part of us, is our breath. You will learn how to optimize your breath and how to teach this to others. You learn how to observe your breath and to regulate / control your breath. Breathwork, breath awareness and pranayamas, will be presented and practiced within the course from the very beginning.

We will practice preparations for pranayama, together with some of the most classical techniques (such as Kapalabhati and Nadi Shodhana) will be covered.
You will build a personal practice of pranayama to incorporate into your daily practice. At the end of the program you will have integrated these practices and, thus, will be able to incorporate pranayama into your teaching, as well.

You will learn various breathwork and pranayama techniques that will be very helpful in your life and in the lives of the people that you will teach to in the future. If you learn to change and control your breath you will be able to handle difficult situations and stress a lot better.

Furthermore you will learn how to connect to your inner wisdom via your breath.

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Meditations, Relaxation & Mindfulness

We will discuss what meditation is and why you should meditate.

We explain how you can start and help others to meditate. We will discuss how to overcome obstacles while meditating. Furthermore we will guide you how you can develop and teach different meditations and relaxations: body scan, mantra, visualization, breath, senses, focus point, Japa meditation, etc. Furthermore we will go into the subject of mindfulness and how to apply mindfulness on your mat and off the mat.[/read]

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Mudras are the hand gestures used during meditation. They carry specific goals of channeling your body’s energy flow. There are more than 100 known mudras that have been developed over the centuries. You will learn some of the most commonly used mudras that have been used for centuries for their efficiency in providing health and empowerment.

Viva La Vida Teacher Course 200 hours Malaga

Chanting – Kirtan & Mantras

You will be introduced to kirtan and chanting mantras. You will learn to sing some beautiful mantras and you will learn what they mean and how to apply them. We will talk about how to use the power of mantras and its vibration to focus your mind and remove impurities. How to channel energy and how to purify negative energy using mantras.

Viva La Vida Teacher Course 200 hours Malaga

Yoga Nidra

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 will learn how to give Yoga Nidra and how to create your own script.


The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head.

Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow. During the course you will learn more about the 7 main chakras. We will discuss how you can bring in chakras to your class, via meditation, asanas, specific breathing exercises and chakra massage.

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Yoga & Business and Social Media

Some people do the course for themselves, to deepen their practice. But a lot of people who participate in a Yoga Teacher Training Course do this because they would like to start teaching or to use the knowledge in their current job.

A lot of the Yoga Teacher Trainings only have a short class on the business aspect of yoga. But in our opinion this is very important. Most yoga teachers are struggling to make a living and need to have other jobs on the side to be able to have enough income to pay their bills. Even very skilled and passionate yoga teachers find it hard to make a living. The issue is that they lack experience in PR & marketing and that they don’t have the right business model.

We have over 20 years experience in marketing, media, communications and setting up businesses. We will help you and share our insights and tips with you during this course. We will have several classes on this topic and you will go home with useful knowledge on how to start your yoga career and how to market yourself. Furthermore we will discuss the various possibilities of using social media, blogs and video to promote yourself.

+  EXTRA WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES LIKE (this activities may vary)

Workshop QiGong

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.

Workshop Yoga for Kids

Workshop Yoga for Kids

We will introduce kids yoga in this fun workshop. You will learn how to approach kids and how to make a class plan for different ages.

You will learn some interactive games and meditations/breathing techniques that are suitable for kids.

Walking Meditation

Walking meditation and yoga in the mountains

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.

Session on Senior & Pregnancy Yoga

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Workshop Senior and Pregnancy Yoga

We will do a workshop on how to adjust yoga classes for people that are pregnant and how to adjust poses for people that are older or have certain issues.

Acro & Partner Yoga

Workshop Acro Yoga / Partner Yoga

We will do a special session on some poses that you can do with a partner or in a group.

Sound Journey

Sound Journey

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.

Yoga & Essential Oils Session

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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.

Cooking Workshop

Yogi – Diet Cooking Workshop

You can join our chef Alejandro for a special cooking workshop.

He will share some really handy and easy tricks with you and he will inspire you with some great recipes.

 Kundalini Yoga Session

Kundalini Session

We will introduce you to the special world of Kundalini.

You learn about the benefits, the main mantras, and we will practice some kriyas.

Dynamic Meditation

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Ecstatic Dance & Dynamic Meditations

We will have a session with ecstatic dance and we will do a dynamic Osho meditation.


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 yoga, meditation and coaching courses in three languages ​​to beginners, advanced students, seniors and children. She is organizing 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.

Ilse-Marie Sobering - Yoga Teacher 500 RYT
Our bodies want to be well, and the first step on the path to wellness can be as simple as taking the time to really listen to yourself, to tune in.

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
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification
  • 22 days of inspiration
  • 21 nights accommodation in a shared studio/apartment/ twin room or in a single room (depending on the location – see room options at the specific date you like to join us)
  • Daily 3 vega and organic meals
  • Tea and water
  • Use of yoga material
  • Special focus on how to marketed your yoga business: business models, marketing, website, social media, blogs, video, etc.
  • A personal coach, our staff of mentors are highly regarded teachers who will guide you through every step of your training.
  • Comprehensive manual and video material. 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 Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga and knowledge how to create Vinyasa styled classes.
  • Daily Yin and Yang yoga practices.
  • Daily meditation, theory, talks and exercises.
  • Relax time, reading and contemplation time.
  • Sacred sunrise and sunset sessions.


  1. Walking Meditation
  2. Workshop Cooking – Yogic diet
  3. Workshop Essentials oils & yoga
  4. Workshop Shiatsu
  5. Workshop QiGong
  6. Workshop Kids Yoga
  7. Workshop Prenatal & Senior Yoga
  8. Kundalini Yoga Session
  9. Workshop Acro & Partner Yoga
  10. Full Moon Ceremony
  11. Sound Journey
  12. Dynamic Meditation Session


  • Transfer airport – cortijo and return
  • Flight ticket Málaga.
  • A travel or cancellation insurance.
  • Additional activities, personal expenses.

Important details

You can book the shared transfer with us for 30 euros per ride.  We are situated around an hour from the airport of Malaga.

The shared transfer will leave the airport/ city on the starting day around 12:00.12:30 PM. If you arrive after this time we can arrange you a private transfer. Costs will be around 70 euros for a private transfer.

Checking in is possible from 12:30. We will start with a lunch and introduction ceremony.

The check out on the last day is around 12:30. The transfer leaves around 13:00 back to the airport and/or Malaga city.

You can buy a cheap flight via Transavia, Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling. Best to book two single tickets.

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Costs of the training

Costs of the training

Tuition cost for the intensive training (including VAT and Training Manuals) – 2000 euro

Costs for the accommodation & food

We have two different locations.

In April and October 2020 we stay in the little hamlet of Canuelo. In May and June we stay at Cortijo Las Monjas. Both are very close to the beautiful whitewashed Andalusian village of Periana.

Both locations have a stunning and spacious yoga shala and a big pool.

Depending on the location we offer different roomtypes.

You will have three delicious organic meals daily and you can use all the retreat centre facilities.

Price for 22 days for the training, accommodation ( 21 nights) and food: starts from 845 euro for a shared twin room. Look at the specific dates for the various room options!

Total costs training & stay:

Training including the accommodation, training, syllabus, food and the bonus workshops is from 2845 euro per student (shared twin room).

Reservation and payments:

To reserve your spot we ask you to pay a nonrefundable deposit of 300 euros. The rest you can pay 6 weeks before the training begins.

If you like to pay in parts, that is possible as well. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

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For who is this course?

Do you want to deepen your yoga practice?
Do you want to be a yoga teacher?
Do you want to develop yourself further?
Our training is not only for those who want to become a teacher, but for everyone who wants to develop further.
It is suitable for everyone who wants to dedicate themselves to deepening his or her yoga path and the personal development that comes with it.
It is certainly not necessary that you can bend like an elastic or meditate for hours long.
Are you willing to dive into the depth, to transform and to open yourself up for life? These are the most important things to participate in our program.


It is desirable that you have attended yoga classes for some time (at least a year).

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:

How to Qualify

You are required to attend all sessions (unless ill) and participate in all exercises. We ask you to be on time. There will be on-going quizzes throughout the training on the material covered.

You will be required to teach a 75 minute Hatha & Yin class by the end of the training, but don’t worry, you will be well prepared to do that when the time comes.

Why book with us?

There are a lot of Yoga Teacher Training courses on the market. You should choose one that feels good.

We all 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.

Yin & Yang = the perfect foundation

We believe that the combination of Yin and Yang will give you a really good foundation. You will understand how you can teach in both styles and how to combine Yin and Yang. After our course you will feel confident to teach a class of Hatha yoga, You know how to create Vinyasa class and you will be able to teach Yin yoga.

Focus on doing and experiencing

Our course is very practical and you will start teaching one to one from the first day that you start, This will help you to gain confidence.

Small groups & Personal Attention

You will find a lot of teacher training centers that have courses in huge groups ( 30-50 people in one group).

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.

Help with marketing yourself

An important part of our program is to help you to gain confidence and to help you with creating a plan on how to market yourself after the course. We have a lot of experience in communication, PR, marketing, building websites and social media. We will help you with tips and ideas on how to set up your yoga business or how to start your yoga career.


Viva La Vida Yoga Teacher Training:

✓ Acknowledged by Yoga Alliance®

✓ 3 experienced Yoga Teachers and great guest teachers

✓ Small groups & personal attention

✓ Special focus on the business aspect of yoga

✓A personal coach & time for self development

✓ Yin and Yang Teacher Training: you will be schooled in Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga

✓ 12 Extra Workshops & Activities

✓ Comprehensive Manuals and video material

✓ A special FB-group where we share valuable information

Frequently asked questions

How advanced should my own practice be?

It is advisable that you have experience with yoga for at least a year.

What will I be able to teach after the course?

You will be able to teach Hatha yoga and Yin yoga and you will be able to teach more Vinyasa & Flow styles of yoga.

You will feel confident to teach Yin and Yang Yoga.

How do we get certified?

During the course we will see how you participate during the sessions.

We will have small quizes to test the knowledge and you will have to answer a few questions based on your own opinion.

Can you fail for the course?

We will help you from the first day to gain confidence. Therefore we will let you practice from day one. Slowly will will work on teaching a whole class.

If you do you best, join the sessions, do the tests and answer the questions you will not fail.

You will have a personal coach supporting you on your journey. If at anytime you feel insecure, or things don’t go the way you would have hoped we will be there to support and help you.

Does this program meet the international standards?

Yes. After this course you have an international certification to teach yoga. We are part of the biggest Yoga Body of the world; Yoga Alliance®.

Our program is approved by Yoga Alliance®.

This means that after the course you can register yourself as a 200 hours Yoga Teacher.

Are you interested in joining us?

Would you like to join our Viva La Vida 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).

You can also send us an email via or leave us a message via the form below

Warm regards,

The Viva La Vida Team

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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.