1-18 June 2019, 200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training with Liz Heffernan & Molly Masaoka - Okreblue
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1-18 June 2019, 200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training with Liz Heffernan & Molly Masaoka

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Vinyasa flow, therapeutic alignment principles, ​& the path of Yoga as a framework for holistic health

 

This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in Greece offers students in-depth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment-based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.

The instruction will cover a wide range of techniques including postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life-affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear anatomy-informed principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in postures. Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of Yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing.

The asana emphasis includes both level one/two alignment-based vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Expect to practice asana from all category of poses including standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, backward bends, twists, inversions, balancing, supine, seated and prone.  Modifications for all levels of practitioners are provided and all levels of abilities are welcome to attend.

Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each teacher to adapt the practices, awaken their creativity and find their own authentic voice as a teacher.

Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of class types, including: all levels vinyasa Yoga, alignment-based classes, foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.

Our 200 Hour Teacher Training Curriculum Guide & Course Prospectus has complete program information including a full course descriptions with learning objectives and a frequently asked question list.  Please request a copy via the form at the bottom of this page. 

Please note: This teacher training program is approved with Yoga Alliance (Y.A.) and graduates are eligible to register with Y.A. as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level (RYT-200).  The therapeutic perspective & curricular components of this program are based on Liz’s registration as a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and not derived from her status as an E-RYT 500 with the Y.A. Registry as the Y.A. Registry does not certify therapists, solely yoga teachers.

 

A tranquil island atmosphere with dazzling beaches, clear azure waters, delicious food and exceptional natural beauty, Okreblue Yoga Retreat offers the perfect space to immerse in reflective practices.  Located on the magical Greek Island of Paros, this seaside eco-retreat center is in an area of exceptional natural beauty, overlooking the blue waters of the Aegean Sea with sand dunes, aged cedar forests, “secret” coves with sandy beaches and clear waters.  With accommodation just steps away from the water, open air indoor/outdoor yoga halls and organic food grown right in the Okreblue’s gardens. this retreat creates the perfect space to reconnect with mind, body, spirit, and nature. Greece, itself, is the perfect destination for yoga teacher training, you will fall in love with its beautiful, calming and magical charm.

Traveling to Greece is a wonderful experience, the unique culture and spectacular landscapes will amaze you.   Greece delivers an ideal and perfect climate where countless opportunities exist to expand your senses and take in the elements of nature.  The waters of Greece glisten in diverse shades of crystal blue, the golden sands lure you into space of deep relaxation and the ancient sites take you back in time.  Nearby the retreat you will find many opportunities to enjoy all Greece has to offer including, visiting picturesque fishing towns, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and many more off the beaten path adventures.

 

Meals

Suresh, Okreblue’s talented Indian chef, prepares healthy fusion Mediterranean Indian cuisine using organic ingredients, the majority of which are picked fresh daily from Okreblue’s organic garden. Morning smoothies, a vegetarian brunch and a vegetarian dinner are provided for yoga teacher training participants each day.  Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan diets are accommodated upon request.

You may also like to visit Okreblue’s Café that serves light meals and drinks in a wonderful, chilled out atmosphere with lovely sea views. Their menu includes breakfast items, salads, cold plates, smoothies with super foods, raw vegetarian & vegan sweet delights, herbal teas, organic honey and tacchini (a local specialty).

 

Daily Schedule

​The Greece teacher training program is scheduled as an intensive program. While the program days are full, the activities of the day are kept diverse and active. The days really are a wonderful mix of digesting concepts intellectually, applying the concepts experientially, and diving into the practices of yoga. Care is taken within the Greece teacher training schedule to ensure that students have a healthy experience both physically and mentally. We promise not to keep you sedentary for too long. There is physical activity and deep relaxation built into the program every day.

Arrival Day
Check in 4:00pm
6:00-7:30pm Dinner
7:30–9:00pm Evening ProgramTypical Daily Schedule
6:15-7:30am Sunrise beach meditation, pranayama, chanting, gentle morning yoga
7:30-8:00am Morning smoothies
8:00-10:00am Yoga asana practice
10:00-11:15am  Brunch & swimming at the beach
11:15-2:00pm  Techniques and teaching methodology includes sequencing and/or pose study with alignment
2:00-5:00pm  Philosophy, anatomy and/or practice teach
5:00-6:30pm  Dinner & a break for sunset
6:30-8:30 pm Restorative, therapeutic practice, Yoga nidra, individual study and/or group workDeparture Day
9:00-10:00am Brunch
Check out 11:00am
(Please note: there will be one full day off mid-way through the program to explore, rest or catch up on your studies)

 

Housing and program costs

Price Includes Teacher Training Tuition, Meals & Housing
The Greece teacher training program cost includes your room, two meals per day (brunch/dinner), teacher training tuition, and a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training Manual.  
All prices listed are in US dollars. Prices vary base on housing preference as follows:Triple: $3297 USD
Double: $3597 USD
Single: $4347 USD

Transportation to Okreblue, Paros, Greece

By Plane: Aegean Air flies from Athens to Paros, Greece. Make sure you book your tickets well in advance. For information, visit: http://en.aegeanair.com/

By Boat: There are two ports in Athens, Greece: Rafina port and Pireaus port. Rafina port is closer to the airport and you can get there either by taxi or bus. By bus will take you about 45 minutes and it costs 3 Euros. Pireaus port is further from airport than Rafina, and you can get there by bus, metro or taxi. The metro and bus are both very convenient because they will leave you just a few meters from where you get the boat to Paros. Both the bus and the metro take about one hour (the bus a little longer maybe depends on the traffic) to get to Pireaus and cost 10 Euros.
There are two companies that sail to Paros:

  1. BlueStar Ferries, Athens, Greece takes  about 4.5 hours and runs twice a day with tickets starting at 33 euros
  2. Hellenic Seaways, Athens, Greece takes about 2.75 hours with tickets starting at 45-50 euros.

Another option is to take a boat from Mykonos island in Greece, it’s is a 45-minute boat ride to Paros.
When you are in Paros a taxi from the port is 32 Euros, we will organized combined rides for you when possible for 10 Euros per person. Taxi from the airport in Paros is 45 Euros.  We will help you organize a shared shuttle for 15 Euros.

 

Registration, Deposit & Tuition Payment Schedule

Tuition Payments
A $500 USD deposit will reserve your space in the Greece 200 hour teacher training program and will be applied to the full tuition price listed above.  Your retreat (room and board) portion of the tuition is due three months prior to the start date of the program or when registering after the three month mark within two weeks of registration.   Your remaining tuition payment is due no later than one month prior to the program start date.   If you would like to discuss alternate arrangements, please feel free to contact us directly and we would be happy to work something out.
Refund Policy
The program deposit is non-refundable for the Greece program. Due to the logistics involved in planning residential retreat programs, we regret that we are unable to issue retreat and tuition refunds 60 days or less prior to program start date. In the case of an emergency, with written documentation, we will gladly apply the tuition payment, minus the deposit, toward a future retreat/training with Soma Yoga Institute. 

 

Liz Heffernan, MA, E-RYT 500, Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

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Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 20 years of teaching.  She trained extensively in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara and works as an Integrative Yoga Therapist.

Liz currently directs and leads yoga teacher trainings and workshops in worldwide locations, provides one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers, instructs daily yoga classes, and offers private therapeutic sessions.

Liz is known for her ability to bridge the gap between the ancient perspectives of yoga and contemporary daily life.  Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, mindful breathing, and compassionate self-inquiry to form a tapestry that reflects her heartfelt commitment to this transformative path. Find her complete bio here.


Molly Masaoka, E-RYT 500
Yoga Studio Owner

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Innately perceptive and wildly passionate, Molly applies a level of determination and delight to her yoga instruction that’s truly one of a kind.  Her approach is focused and intense; a union of effort and surrender that she believes is key to unlocking one’s deepest level of awareness and joy.

While the core of Molly’s teaching is alignment-based flow and restorative yoga, there is a deep level of therapeutic guidance that governs all she offers—from her public classes, workshops, and private sessions to her ongoing teacher training programs and festival courses.

Since discovering yoga more than 15 years ago, Molly has studied with some of the world’s most renowned instructors most notably the founder of Smart Flow Yoga, Annie Carpenter, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty and Don Stapelton from Nosara Yoga Institute. She credits Annie for giving her the skills to teach intentional alignment and sequencing, Don for the ability to encourage self-inquiry and Chuck for finding the unity in all things.

For the past seven years, Molly has also been the owner and director of Yoga Centered Studio on the Big Island of Hawaii. In addition, she leads workshops, retreats and teacher trainings all over Hawaii.  Ultimately Molly considers herself a student of life. She is constantly drawing inspiration from the world around her, and most recently the newest addition to her family, her son, Reef. Her hope is to inspire others to share the practices of yoga that have so positively impacted her life.

“The yoga mat is a microcosm for who you are,” says Molly. “It’s not about how good you are at handstands or how flexible you are, it’s about how you approach life. Yoga reveals this and so much more. It’s about discovering who we are and finding acceptance right then and there in that very moment.”

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