YOGA THERAPY TRAINING of 400 hours by Evi Dimitriadou, 

an experienced Certified Yoga Therapist 

and founder of YOGA THERAPY GREECE, 

10th  of July 2020 – 2nd August 2020

at Noosfera Center in  Greece 

 All teaching is in English.

  • The most intensive and complete Yoga Therapy Diploma in Europe. Uniquely this 400 hours course includes 263 contact hours. 200 hours in the 3 weeks and the rest spread over 12 months via 12 webinars and ongoing mentoring. The monthly webinars will be structured to follow up and deepen the knowledge we have already shared in the summer training as well strengthening peoples weakness that are highlighted from your assignments. Our goal is to make you the best Yoga Therapists possible.
  • The Yoga Therapy Greece’s Yoga Therapy Diploma follows the newest standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapists in terms of methodology of Yoga Therapy, the Yoga Therapy Tools and Therapeutic Skills, the topics of the Curriculum, the Practicum, Mentoring, contact hours, Ethical Principles etc.
  • A program in where you as a yoga instructor will learn everything you need to know about applying Yoga Tools in order to give Yoga Therapy.
  • Because this course is intensive (with a further twelve monthly webinars) you save on flights and accommodation going back and forth compared to other courses.
  • In the Intensive Yoga Therapy training we share deep knowledge based on a unique combination of Viniyoga, Iyengar, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda, Physiotherapy and Psychotherapy that enables Yoga Instructors to give Yoga Therapy Sessions with safety and confidence as they are supported by on-going supervision and mentoring.
  • The Intensive Yoga Therapy Training will enable Yoga Instructors to give 1-2-1 Yoga Therapy Sessions to people with Muscular Imbalances, Mental Health problems, Women’s Health issues as well as most of the Medical Conditions that they will probably encounter. We will share the methodology of 1-2-1 Yoga Sessions and what we do with any muscular imbalance and in medical conditions of the nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine and immune systems.
  • You will learn how to progressively work and develop Yoga Therapy practices for groups. As well as take away with you 15 to 20 benefit proven Yoga Therapy Sequences for groups / individuals such as for lower back, knees, shoulders, neck, menopause, hypertension, asthma, depression, anxiety, constipation, fatigue etc. You can then easily give your own workshops on these topics.
  • In these 22 days you will discover how to build a therapeutic relationship, how to read different bodies and how to build yoga therapy practices based on people’s goals and needs, incorporating all Yoga Models such as postural and breathing observations, ayurveda principles such as vayus, koshas, doshas, as well as tantra elements like, mantras and mudras, as well as asanas and pranayamas and the way to modify and personalize them.
  • You will learn how to access and use the most recent research articles in order to use evidence based practices that show how Yoga Therapy affects people’s health.
  • In every module, you will see Yoga Therapies taking place to some of you and we will analyse the practices in order for you to be able to do the same with your clients. This is a great opportunity to experience Yoga Therapy and get your personal practice, too.
  • In the Yoga Therapy Training you will be supported by your mentor through many personal online supervisions in your first yoga therapies with your clients and Case Studies participants.
  • This 400 hours Yoga Therapy Programme will enable you to give 1 to 1 Yoga sessions as it is.
  • As IAYT member school we are in the process of applying to get our 800 hour Yoga Therapy Training accredited and we fully anticipate that we will be by end of 2020 in which case you can use this 400 hour program towards the 800 hours fully accredited studies and become Certified Yoga Therapists C – IAYT (Certification from the International Association of Yoga Therapists).
  • For this optional second part (of the 800 hours) of the training it is our intention that there will be a second residential intensive of three weeks followed by another year of supervision, with also ongoing monthly seminars for 13 months. There will also be a further 100 hours of documented practice with real clients. {Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions for this proposed second part of the training enabling C – IAYT}.
  • Yoga Therapy Greece gives equal importance to Deep Knowledge, a high standard of Ethics, compassion and mental stability.

THE PROGRAM

  • The intensive 400 hours Yoga Therapy Training starts on Friday 10th of July 2020 and finishes on Sunday Morning 2nd August 2020 after a breakfast. It takes place for 20 days besides the 2 free days (Sunday 19th & Sunday 26th July), making it total of 23 days with the arrival day. It consists of 200 hours lectures and practices, 12 four hour webinars, 15 hours of Mentoring as feedback for the assignments and direct guidance for the 3 Case Studies (of 4 sessions each plus preparation time) with real clients of yours, personal study from a very in-depth manual and a well-chosen reading list as well as personal practice, assignments and 100 hours practicum (documented practice with real clients).
  • Students in all programs are assigned mentors who give feedback about their assignments, guide them in the Case Studies and Personal Practice, and help them understand and apply many Yoga Therapy Techniques.

During the training, we focus on each student’s personal, as well as professional, development; we believe that the quality of the yoga therapy practitioner’s ability to achieve a profound level of self-awareness, presence as well as deep knowledge in Muscular Imbalances, Nervous System, Women’s health, Mental Health and Medical Conditions are very important factors.

More specifically the program is as such:

1st day – Welcome, orientation, registration plus dinner.

2nd to 4th day – 3 days Methodology of 1-2-1 Yoga Therapy Sessions, we learn

  • to interview and connect with clients
  • to read peoples’ breathing, posture and movement through specific practices,
  • to come up with the ayurvedic constitution and what/how might need balancing,
  • to use the different Yoga Models like Vayus, Chakras, Koshas,
  • to come up with yoga therapy strategies through critical reasoning
  • to choose the most suitable Yoga practices (Asanas, Pranayamas, Mantras, Sankalpa, Mudras, Restorative practice, Relaxation, Yoga Nidra), based on the overall needs and goals of the client
  • the role and function of the asanas
  • the anatomical aspects of the asanas
  • to modify asanas and breathing ratios
  • to sequence a therapeutic practice
  • to draw practice sheets with stick figures
  • to keep professional documentation of the 1-2-1 Yoga Therapy Session
  • to use props for suitable Restorative yoga practices according to different needs
  • to use Chair yoga for people in need or for office breaks,
  • to build a long-term therapeutic relationship

The last evening you watch Yoga Therapy in real, where all these elements are incorporated and explained in practice.

5th to 8th day – 4 days Yoga for Muscular Imbalances where we learn

  • to understand and address the root of the structural condition with specific asanas
  • specific therapeutic Yoga practices and the rationale behind the Yoga Therapy applications for Muscular Imbalances regarding the Feet, Knees, Hips, Pelvis, Lower Back and Upper Back, Neck, Shoulders, Elbows, Wrists and the different types of
  • Through practicing specific sequences for each condition and through sharing deep knowledge based on physiotherapy and yoga therapy.

9th day Free day

10th to 12th day – 3 days for Yoga for Nervous System and Mental Health

We learn about the Mental health Issues and we practice what Yoga can offer based on the latest findings in Neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy for restoring balance. We learn how to design practices for groups of students with similar conditions and how to develop the best practices (bhavana or laghana) for balancing the Nervous System by activating the Sympathetic and/or Parasympathetic System through:

  • Incorporating the breathing ratios in the asanas practice
  • Pranayama & Mantra
  • Understanding and working with Trauma
  • Exploring practices for Depression & Anxiety
  • Addressing Fatigue and Sleep disorders
  • Pain & Chronic Pain Management
  • Learning to design Yoga Nidras
  • Through practicing specific sequences for all these issues and explaining the rationale for each of the practices we share deep knowledge on these crucial issues.

13th to 14th day – 2 days Yoga for Women’s Health. We will learn about

  • The Menstruation
  • and the influence of the Hormones in the different cycles of it and
  • the most Nourishing Womb Friendly Yoga Practices for each week of the cycle
  • what Yoga can offer for problems like:
  • Heavy, Irregular or Absent Menstruation,
  • Fertility
  • Diastasis of Erectus Abdominis
  • Menopause
  • Incontinence
  • Prolapsed organs
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Low libido
  • Every day we practice specially designed Yoga Nidras that nourish Women in different phases.

15th FREE DAY (breakfast and dinner are included)

16th to 18th day – 3 days Yoga for Immunity, Auto- Immune and Functional disorders. We will learn about the function of the Immune System and how Yoga does affect it. We will focus on:

  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Auto-Immune Disorders of Neurological, Endocrine, Digestive System and practices for them accordingly
  • Functional Disorders
  • Addictions and how yoga helps
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

19th to ­20th day – 2 days Yoga for Respiratory & Cardiovascular health Issues. We go through the

  • Respiratory like Asthma, Bronchiectasis, Lung Cancer,
  • Cardiovascular like Hypertension, Arrythmias, Heart Failure, Hypotension
  • Which Yoga Practices like asanas, breathing, visualizations, restorative yoga can help and why

21st & 22nd day – Participants will practice Yoga Therapy & we will share Professional and Business Issues of Yoga Therapists

23rd day Goodbye day and the start of an on-going mentoring through personal supervisions that will support you in the first yoga therapies that you will give and through feedback on assignments.  

After the breakfast we leave full of knowledge and deep understanding of the Clinical Applications of Yoga Therapy.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Monthly contact with 12 webinars of 4 hours each. To keep your knowledge fresh and to work on any weaknesses.
  • 15 hours of Personal Mentoring in working with real clients of yours for the Case Studies and assignments. (6 hours for the case studies and 9 hours for the assignments).
  • 400 hours Yoga Therapy Training by a Certified and Experienced Yoga Therapist,
  • The training follows the newest standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • A thorough Manual of about 300 pages
  • 20 days of Yoga Therapy Training
  • Observation & Thorough Explanation of Yoga Therapies in front of you
  • Experience your own Yoga Therapy and take away your personal practice
  • Thoroughly assessed Assignments and detailed feedback on these
  • A well selected reading list
  • Guidance and feedback for the development of a personal Yoga Therapy practice
  • Support for your Personal and Professional Development.
  • 23 nights’ accommodation in a very beautiful retreat among the mountains, with two free days where you can swim in the beautiful crystal clear and warm sea of Greece.
  • 23 breakfasts & 23 vegetarian dinners
  • Access through Skype and e-mail to the certified Yoga Therapists of Yoga Therapy Greece for on-going mentoring even after your graduation as you take on your own clients.
  • Lectures on the latest research findings, yoga practices using all the yogic tools and the rationale behind them, breathing techniques, meditation, and philosophy as well as dietary and lifestyle advice complement this Intensive and unique Yoga Therapy Training.
  • During the Intensive Yoga Therapy Training the leading Yoga Therapist gives a yoga therapy to participants, while the participants will have the opportunity to evaluate their classmates as patients Ayurvedic constitution and in five categories/koshas; Structure, Energy flow and Breath, Way of Thinking, Psychology and Spiritual awareness (Annamaya, Pranamaya, Manomaya, Vijnamaya, Anandamaya) and be able to practice in a safe and supported environment Yoga Therapies before they start giving Yoga Therapy Sessions with the clients in their case studies and in general.
  • We fully anticipate our 800 hour training will be accredited by IAYT by the end of 2020 and as such the 400 hours training would training would mean you have the chance to continue your training over a total approximately 26 months to achieve C – IAYT.
  • Take away with you 15 to 20 proven group / individual sequences that can be used for your own workshops.
  • Learn, rejuvenate, relax and make new friends in this unique environment in sunny Greece

THE DAILY SCHEDULE

7:30-8:30 PRACTICE

8:30-9:30 BREAKFAST

9:30-13:30 LECTURES & PRACTICES

13:30- 15:30 BREAK FOR LUNCH (NOT INCLUDED), REST, WALK, RELAX

15:30-19:30 LECTURES & PRACTICES

19:30-20:30 DINNER

20:30-21:30 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

THE LEADING INSTRUCTOR & YOGA THERAPIST

Evi Dimitriadou is a Certified Yoga Therapist by the British Council of Yoga Therapy, a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), a Certified Advanced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) with Yoga Alliance, a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuous Education Provider) and founder of Yoga Therapy Greece (RYS-300).

A student of Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute in the Clinical Applications of Yoga Therapy for 2 years, has completed 2 years of Yoga Therapy Studies at Yoga Campus in London and 1 year at the Aura Wellness in USA as well as being a Student of Physiotherapy with Manchester University for 3 years.

She has given more than 1500 personal Yoga Therapy Sessions to people with various ailments and given numerous Yoga Therapy Trainings as well as Yoga Therapy workshops to Yoga Instructors and Practitioners.

She has a passion to share Yoga Therapy and enable Yoga Instructors to help people in need as she does with her on-going support.

Yoga Therapy Greece is a Member School of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

LOCATION

Noosfera Center is a truly great location for our training and is an amazing, serene and very loveable place.

It is in the northern Peloponnese, near Xylokastro. Built in an altitude of 700 meters offers a milder climate and it enjoys superb views of the mountains and the sea. The sea is only 11km (by taxi around 25 euros) from the retreat.

Distance from Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos to Noosfera Estate: 148 Km (circa 2 hours).
Distance from Kiato railway station to Noosfera Estate: 57 Km ( circa 50 min). We recommend you take the train from the airport until Kiato which is the last stop and from there a taxi to the retreat that costs less than 50 euros.

It consists of two complexes of buildings. In the first you will find the cosy living room with its amazing view from the bay windows, the lovely dining room, the pergola (overlooking the surrounding mountains and on the horizon the sea) where the summer dining room lies and the kitchen where delicious home-made meals are prepared. Most of the fruits and vegetables come from Noosfera’s own garden.
The lower level has the libraries, and the atmospheric wellbeing section where rejuvenation services for body and face are offered.
In the Guesthouse and Seminar Hall of the second building complex are located ten elegant rooms all with private bathroom and equipped with mini-fridges.  The very beautifully appointed guest rooms are designed without phones or TVs in order to maximize time for quiet, peaceful reflection and renewal. They have been named after trees, herbs and flowers and are each decorated accordingly down to the last detail – soft pillows on the couch, orthopaedic mattresses, duvets and sheets of excellent quality.

The Yoga / Seminar Hall is light, airy, spacious, comfortable and cool.

The owners Maria and Julia built this property for their own retreats and this shows everywhere with their unique personal touch from the hand painted keys and chairs to the careful consideration of Feng-shui throughout. Their belief is that the person who seeks peace, joy and truth about himself will also be inspired by the surrounding land, the beauty of the mountains and the sea on the horizon, but also by the tastefulness of the area itself.

For more info you can visit the website of the retreat https://www.noosfera.gr/en/.

 WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Lunches
  • Private massage
  • Beach towel
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transfers from and to the airport (although share rides among participants are facilitated where possible).

Minimum entry Requirements

200-hour yoga teacher training, such as a Yoga Alliance 200-hour registered school program (RYS 200) or equivalent. Plus one years teaching experience.

We would also like to have a short Skype appointment to check your suitability for the class and also so you can ask any questions you may have.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Is the Yoga Therapy Diploma accredited by Yoga Alliance?

For legal reasons Yoga Alliance does not accredit any Yoga Therapy studies. They only accredit teacher training.

  1. Can I come early and stay later?

You will not be able to stay at the centre but Greece has many amazing holiday locations and we highly recommend that you spend a few days in Athens visiting the ancient sites, enjoying the Greek culture and cuisine, or visit one of the many beautiful islands with great beaches and warm clear blue sea.

  1. Do I need to be a Yoga Teacher to attend the course?

You will need to have completed the 200 hours of a Yoga Teacher Training programme. If you are unsure please get in touch.

  1. When will I graduate and receive my diploma?

Following completion of the three week intensive course in Greece it takes about 12 months to complete the assignments, case studies and webinars.

  1. What if I decide not to complete the assignments, case studies and webinars?

In this case we can issue a Certificate of Attendance for 200 hours. However we highly recommend that you complete all of the course as the assignments, case studies and practicum are a large part of the learning process, especially considering the mentoring that that you will receive. You also will lose the possibility of using this 400 hour training as a foundation of the 800 hour training.

  1. What if I decide not to complete the 100 hour practicum.

Then you will be issued 300 hours of certification.

  1. Why can’t the 400 hours training be accredited by IAYT?

IAYT have extremely high standards and accredits a minimum 800 hours training.

  1. How does the supervision take place?

The supervision takes place through e mails and Skype. As soon as you send your first clients completed Yoga Therapy questionnaire you will get an e mail with guidelines and then we Skype where we will explain the rationale and establish practices together. In total there are 6 private personal hours supporting you on your professional path as a Yoga Therapist in a one to one setting or in a group setting.

  1. How can I work as a Yoga Therapist?

Upon completion of the 400 hour Yoga Therapy Training you can have your own private Yoga Therapy Clinic and give 1-2-1 sessions or work with therapeutic groups. Our graduates also work in Yoga Studios or in a complimentary capacity in health care centres, physiotherapy centres, and community centres in collaboration with homoeopathists, physiotherapists, psychotherapists, nutritionists etc. But you would have to check your countries specific requirements for certain health care jobs.

  1. What if I have to leave for some reason in the middle of the summer training?

You are then welcome to join us the following year to complete your training. But unfortunately we cannot refund the accommodation costs or the tuition.

  1. Is there any further cost for the 12 months of assignments, webinars and case studies once I have finished the 3 weeks in Greece.

There are no further costs. This is the beauty of our intensive training, it means that you only have to travel to abroad once and then all the back-up, mentoring and webinars are carried out on your computer.

  1. As lunch is not included what are my options

For lunch the centre will offer a reasonable priced option of a light snack, sandwiches etc or a cooked lunch depending on what you want. Alternatively before you arrive you can buy fruits, bread, nuts etc (there is a fridge in your room) and on your 2 days off you can get some things on your way back from the beach.

  1. Once I have completed the 400 hours how long will it take to get the 800 hours full C -IAYT

You will come back to Greece for a further 20 days of intensive training (in this case in summer 2021) you will than have approximately 14 months of webinars, assignments, case studies and time for completion of the 100 hour practicum (recorded documented practice with real clients).  Although this may be a little longer depending on you and completion of your practicum etc.

For more information, prices and a booking form please contact us at brian@yogatherapygreece.com

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