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.

300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
May 23 - June 18, 2021
Greece
Immersion Program

Are you a passionate teacher who is ready to deepen your knowledge base, teach with more authenticity, expand your repertoire, and increase your efficacy in offering yoga as a vehicle for positive personal and planetary transformation? This course is designed for you!

The curriculum includes a therapeutically oriented approach to Yoga, multidimensional sequencing, anatomy-informed alignment concepts, a Yin yoga teacher training component with certificate, instructing level 2 poses, individualized mentoring, philosophy, meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda and so much more. The program is open to 200 Hour Yoga teachers from all disciplines.

Featuring Lead Instructors & C-IAYT Yoga Therapists: Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500 & Samantha Akers, E-RYT 500 and guests.

Soma Yoga Institute is pleased to offer this 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training Course as an immersion.

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"I have gained more knowledge in this 300 hour program than I thought I ever could. 

Our teachers are all very knowledgeable. I love how Liz weaves together prana and alignment in practice so we feel totally blissed out while increasing our heartbeat in a therapeutic, multidimensional sequence. I love how much I now understand the human body and how it functions anatomically and energetically. Additionally, my own yoga practice has grown extensively.

I now teach and live my life with so much more confidence! I know now that I am the teacher I was wanting to become from through this program."

-Cindy Shapiro

meet your instructors

Liz Heffernan

Samantha Akers began practicing yoga in 2000, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She credits Restorative Yoga and meditation, to her healing.

Samantha Akers

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E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 22 years of teaching. She trained extensively in the Hatha systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara and works as an Integrative Yoga Therapist.

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MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Liz currently directs and leads teacher training programs and workshops in worldwide locations, provides one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers, instructs daily 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.

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Samantha Akers began practicing yoga in 2000, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She credits Restorative Yoga and meditation, to her healing. She began teaching yoga in 2002, receiving her first certification in Hatha and Kundalini with Karuna Yoga in Los Angeles. She went on to graduate from her 500 hour program in 2009. She became increasingly interested in the Therapeutic Style of Iyengar Yoga and studied Therapeutics with Judith Lasater, Leeann Carey and Russ Pfeiffer. Samantha is also a massage therapist, specializing in combining mindfulness with bodywork, earning her certification from one of the only 1000 hour programs in Los Angeles, in 2009.She sees over 50 private students a month, mixing modalities of yoga, meditation and bodywork. She began studying mediation with Pema Chodron in 2000. Her current teachers are Shinzen Young and George Haas at Against the Stream in LA. She just completed and 11 month training in Developing Meaningful Relationships through Meditation with George, in 2014. In 2012, she opened TheraYoga Studio in Los Angeles, bringing the TheraYoga Method (TM) to the community.

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curriculum highlights

This advanced teacher training program is approved with Yoga Alliance and graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance (Y.A.) as an RYT-500. The therapeutic perspective & curricular components of this program are based on Sam Akers & Liz Heffernan's registration as Certified Yoga Therapists with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and not derived from their status as E-RYT 500 by Y.A. Registry as the Y.A. Registry certifies only Yoga Teachers and not therapists.

Beyond the Basics of Asanas
The Alchemy of Yoga and Positive Transformation
Therapeutic Applications of Yoga
Sequencing to level 2 poses
Yoga for Healthy Aging
Sequences for Active Seniors and Limited Mobility Seniors
Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology
Teaching Yoga Nidra, Yin, and Restorative Yoga
Advanced Verbal and Physical Assisting

Yin Yoga Teacher Training Component with Certificate
Enhancing Your Observation & Teaching Skills
Applying Ayurveda to the Asanas and other practices
Energetic Anatomy and Prana Vidya-Practice
Teaching Meditation and Pranayama
Life-Affirming Tantric Philosophy
Cultivation of your Yoga Vision and Business
The practice of Asana, Chanting, Meditation, Pranayama
Self Study

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Okreblue Yoga Retreat, Paros, Greece

A tranquil island atmosphere with dazzling beaches, clear azure waters, delicious food and exceptional natural beauty, Okreblue Yoga Retreat (http://www.okreblue.com/) 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. The accommodation is just steps away from the water, with open-air indoor/outdoor yoga halls, and organic food that is 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.

2021 Program Dates & Schedule

This Advanced YTT program is registered with Yoga Alliance includes 25 days of instruction with mentored home study and online support with downloadable content. Scheduled as an immersion, the program days are full, and 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 program 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.

Typical Daily Schedule

Sunrise beach meditation, pranayama, chanting, gentle morning yoga
Morning Smoothies
Yoga Asana Class
Bruch & Swimming at the Beach
Techniques and teaching methodology includes sequencing and/or pose study with alignment
Philosophy, anatomy and/or practice teaching
Dinner and a break for Sunset
Restorative, therapeutic practice, Yoga Nidra, individual study and/or group work

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"This training affected me deeply throughout all aspects of my life. Specific to my yoga teaching it gave me a much more in-depth knowledge of the body and anatomy and a more precise vocabulary and dialogue. My confidence as a teacher has grown exponentially as well, as the quality of my teaching has drastically improved. My personal yoga practice has also improved due to my rededication and education from the teachers. My personal relationships of change because I’ve learned to love myself more and except less toxicity from others." 

-Kristina

"Thank you for a heartfelt and truly transformative training. My life has been forever changed. All four of the lead teachers were absolutely fantastic in every way. They knew their subjects with depth and shared in a way that was accessible and pertinent to yoga and life off the mat. The variety of teachers greatly supported the vast array of information from different perspectives about many topics. Even when they said things that seemed contradictory to each others' teachings, it inspired deeper exploration and 'making it personal' so that we took what made sense/resonated with us personally, and challenged us to look deeper, question what we 'know to be true,' and find out by experimenting and practicing with the topics in real life."

-Christian

"This 300 hour yoga teacher training opened my experience of Yoga into a much broader scope. My focus has shifted so much from physical to mental. I love how it has made me more open to life‘s experiences. I feel much more confident as a teacher and feel good about the way I now teach.

I loved the meditation piece because it had such a profound impact on my mindset and even my health. I was able to establish a daily meditation practice. I now value and enjoy the stillness in restorative and meditation as therapeutic and can see value perhaps even more beneficial than asana. Overall I really love making all the special connections and focusing more deeply on spiritual side of Yoga" 

-Nicole

"Thank you for a heartfelt and truly transformative training. My life has been forever changed. All of the lead teachers were absolutely fantastic in every way. They knew their subjects with depth and shared in a way that was accessible and pertinent to yoga and life off the mat. The variety of teachers greatly supported the vast array of information from different perspectives about many topics. The way I move in my body, both on and off the mat has been renewed and permeated by awareness as well as the understanding of the mechanics of movement, from all of the anatomy training. My personal understanding of yoga has been polished and refined through the discussion of many styles, practices & philosophies. I feel more intentional in my teaching both in anatomical & energetic related sequencing and guidance of students to connect with something greater in their practice. "

-Christian Reid

"Thank you for a heartfelt and truly transformative training. My life has been forever changed. All of the lead teachers were absolutely fantastic in every way. They knew their subjects with depth and shared in a way that was accessible and pertinent to yoga and life off the mat. The variety of teachers greatly supported the vast array of information from different perspectives about many topics. Even when they said things that seemed contradictory to each others' teachings, it inspired deeper exploration and 'making it personal' so that we took what made sense/resonated with us personally, and challenged us to look deeper, question what we 'know to be true,' and find out by experimenting and practicing with the topics in real life."

-Kristina Hoover

"​I loved every minute of this Advanced 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Soma Yoga Institute. It has taken my teaching to a much more dynamic place. I have more confidence and much more to offer my students. My relationships are also stronger as I approach them much more mindfully. During the first intensive, I realize that I needed to quit my job and follow my Dharma, this program gave me the courage to take the leap. There are so many things I enjoyed: the variety of the teachers with different perspectives, diving into the deep front line, the two intensive‘s were awesome allowing our group to bond with each other and going deep in our learning with Anatomy. The Yoga Nidra was also a life changer! "

-Lynette Dobos

"This 300 hour yoga teacher training opened my experience of Yoga into a much broader scope. My focus has shifted so much from physical to mental. I love how it has made me more open to life‘s experiences. I feel much more confident as a teacher and feel good about the way I now teach. 

I loved the meditation piece because it had such a profound impact on my mindset and even my health. I was able to establish a daily meditation practice. I now value and enjoy the stillness in restorative and meditation as therapeutic and can see value perhaps even more beneficial than asana. Overall I really love making all the special connections and focusing more deeply on spiritual side of Yoga" 

-Nicole Carter

"The alignment-based approach really resonated with me. I feel that I learned responsible asana balanced with skills to develop empowerment in each pose. Throughout this experience I grew in my knowledge and developed more intuitive confidence in my personal practice. I learned skills to take off the mat and into my own life as a yoga teacher. The program helped deepen my capability for compassion, radical acceptance and self-love so that I can be available to send my love out into the world and share it with others. My favorite elements of this training include alignment, theming, and working within trauma-informed framework. I am grateful to Soma Yoga Institute for organizing and offering a comprehensive and careful YTT. After examining other programs, I feel this was the best fit for me in my own personal practice and with my growth as a teacher!"

-Melanie Gingerich

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Housing Options & Program Cost

Tuition prices include Yoga Teacher Training Tuition and a 300-hour Advanced YTT Manual. The lodging prices include morning smoothies, bunch and dinner plus housing costs while in Greece. A $500 non-refundable deposit will secure your space in this immersion format YTT program. Your program deposit applies to the total tuition price listed below. Seats in the program will likely fill to capacity, please register early.

Early Bird

 $3000 Tuition
$500 Deposit by January 31, 2021
Pay in full by April 15, 2021. 

regular tuition

$3300 Tuition
$500 Deposit to reserve your seat in the program and pay in full by April 15, 2021.

tuition

lodging and food costs

Due by February 15, 2021* *or if registering at a later date within two weeks of registering
Triple Room $1988 Euros (~ $2174 USD)
Double Room $2112 Euros (~2310 USD)
Single Room $2737.50 Euros (~2995 USD)

transportation

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 Piraeus 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. Piraeus port is further from the 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 Piraeus and cost 10 Euros. 

There are two companies that sail to Paros: BlueStar Ferries, Athens, Greece takes about 4.5 hours and runs twice a day with tickets starting at 33 euros 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 organize 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.

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