Suryalila Retreat CentreDeepen your practice & expand your mind in the bucolic Spanish countryside. We offer daily yoga classes, meditation, yoga teacher trainings, and ongoing retreats with internationally renowned yoga teachers.
Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the cortijo. In typical Spanish style there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees.
The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. We also grow organic vegetables and fruits and keep chickens for eggs. Suryalila is nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.
Suryalila is a composite of two Sanskrit words. Surya refers to the ancient sun god and lila means cosmic play (of the gods). Together the words mean “Cosmic Play of the Sun”. Suryalila is a fabulous yoga retreat centre located on the site of an ancient olive oil factory in the heart of Andalucia, Spain. The renovated Spanish Pension and olive plantation overlook rolling hills covered in shimmering fields of wheat and golden sunflowers. We offer a wide variety of accommodations, to suit all budgets, from glamping in the olive grove, to deluxe double rooms with private bathrooms. Come experience the unparallelled magic of Suryalila!
At Suryalila Retreat Centre, we provide different levels of accommodation to suit every budget. From glamping in the olive grove to relaxing in the luxury of our deluxe doubles, we will make sure you have the experience of a lifetime! Our accommodation packages are all inclusive, which means that whether you are sleeping in a dorm or in our most deluxe suite, you will enjoy three gourmet vegetarian buffet-style meals per day and have full access to all of our beautiful common areas and facilities.
At Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre, we endeavor to make your experience as comfortable as possible. We offer two of the most beautiful and spacious Yoga halls in Europe, a dedicated massage room with skilled massage therapists, and many gorgeous communal spaces like the pool, dining and living areas to just relax and hang out in. Our Yoga retreat facilities also include WiFi, office supplies and anything else you might need during your stay.
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This Yoga Teacher Training is set in the beautiful Suryalila Yoga Retreat. Suryalila boasts a gorgeous Geodesic Dome for the teaching space which has an underfloor cooling system, country-side views and the best of yoga props. The accommodation is more than cosy, the food incredible. They also have interesting things on the property like a sweat lodge, horse back riding, a yoga shop with everything from raw chocolate to Omnitom leggings, in addition to a swimming pool and shaded chill out spaces dotted around on the grounds. My favourite place to teach in Europe for sure. This will be our 4th year returning !
Over 26 days you will deepen your practice, learn how to teach, relax and restore and enjoy 3 days free time to chill out and integrate the teachings.
“The Highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life harmony with all existence”
On this training you can expect to :
Develop your asana practice and your understanding of your body through anatomy and alignment studies.
Develop your individual teaching voice, as an expression of your true self and learn how to teach yoga and share the gifts it has to offer safely and confidently.
Learn how to teach Vinyasa style Yoga.
Delve into the depths of subtle anatomy, learn healing meditations, myofascial release and energy balancing work.
Learn the gift of meditation.
Create deeper spiritual understanding in a life-connecting, non-dogmatic way.
Learn Ayurveda and the holistic aspects of the practice.
Learn how diet can help your practice, your health and your life.
Learn the business side of yoga and how to operate as a teacher ethically and effectively.
You can also expect to work hard with the support of a group that wishes to evolve through the path of yoga like yourself. You will be challenged to journey deeper within, to move beyond your self-limiting beliefs and stories that hold you back from moving forward with your intentions and dreams. This is a physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually demanding experience. It is both intense and wonderful. Expect to bend, sweat, ache, collapse, stand up, strengthen, open, cry and giggle. Expect also to move deeper into relationship with the core nature of who you are, to connect with your authentic self and to learn how to spread the teachings of yoga from that place.
July 31st – August 26th
This TTC takes places over 26 days. There is 3 Saturdays at the end of each week.
The Daily schedule is:
7.00-9.00 – Asana
9.00-10.00 – Breakfast
10.00-11.30- Theory Class (possibly anatomy, philosophy etc.)
11.40-1.00- Teaching Methodology (studying asana in great detail from the manual, teaching poses in groups, sequencing, adjustments etc.)
1.00-2.30 – Lunch
2.30-4.00- Theory (possibly anatomy, philosophy etc.)
4.10- 5.30- Second asana class, meditation or pranayama or Teaching Methodology.
The asana taught on this Teacher Training course is physically challenging, creative, alignment-orientated and fun!. In the classroom, Carol likes to play with a series of vinyasa threads (sequences of postures, link with the breath) that she has developed over the years and adapt them to the needs of her group to help move students deeper into practice, safely and with awareness. Carol also teaches technique classes where poses are broken down bio-mechanically and brings the yoga anatomy off the page. She always allows for mixed level in her group by offering various expressions of the poses and encouraging students to work to their own level. The initial focus is creating a solid foundation for practice and deeper awareness of the body anatomy and alignment. When the group clicks with the foundation, the practice will take off into more advanced work and students will be encouraged to work to their own ability.
This training places a lot of emphasis on preparing new teachers to teach Level 1 and 2 classes. After asana, teaching skills is the second most important subject. Teachers will learn a foundation series and then adapt it playfully, within specific guidelines, as an expression of their unique voice. Teachers will prepare a class, including breathwork, asana, music play list if used, and shavasana and teach it to the group as a teaching exercise. These focus of these classes is decided by the trainee; teachers may teach a relaxing beginners class or an upbeat level 2 core class. Teachers will also learn about the common issues that arise in the classroom and how to address them, whether they be physical ailments like slipped disc or high blood pressure, or boundary issues like people arriving late, not paying etc. Teachers are also shown how to dip their teaching into level 3 poses and after graduation teachers have the freedom to teach to the level they can practice comfortably.
The yoga anatomy taught on the 200 hr trainings primarily uses biomechanics as a foundation for practice. Biomechanics informs us exactly which muscles are contracted and released in different asanas, which muscles are the agonists (the primary movers), the antagonists (the muscles released) and the synergists (the assisting muscles of the primary mover). This can really offer yoga students a lot of insight as to how their body works in relation to asana and allows for safety, ease and intelligence in practice. Myo-fascial anatomy trains outline the muscle chains in the body and explains how they are connected in relation to movement. They teach us of how the body moves from an interconnected perspective and assist greatly in students developing their practice. The Trains are addressed in ore detail on the 300 hr, but a foundation for them is given on the 200 hr. The anatomy allows students to dive into a deeper relationship with their bodies on and off the mat. Students find when they know exactly which muscles to strengthen and release on the mat and why, they find more confidence to diver deeper into the practice. These classes will also equip you to understand what is happening in other people’s bodies, not just your own.
This training gives the basics of Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, that is concerned with health and well-being. You will learn your dosha (constitution) and your guna (the energetic frame that you embody most) and how they relate to each other. You will also learn how to balance your dossiers and gunas through practices and apply the fundamentals of Ayurveda to your teaching.
PRANIC HEALING ENERGY WORK AND MEDITATIONS
* The 5 sheaths meditation
* The 5 sheaths and healing trauma
* Kundalini meditations
* Witness based meditations
* Heart based meditations
* A collection of traditional pranayamas to cleanse the pranic body
The following practices may be used- depending on the needs of the group and time.
Kundalini Trance Dance
The 5 sheaths meditation
The 5 sheaths and healing trauma
Cellular DNA Healing meditation
Open Heart and Sufi heart meditations
MYO-FASCIAL RELEASE WORK
Fascia is the tissue in the body that wraps around our organs, muscles and bones connecting them into one whole, that we call the body. Myo-fascial release work releases “adhesions” in the fascia. Adhesions are when two or more muscles group together and think they are one muscle. There should be space in between the muscles so that they can glide over each other. When this does not happen, they get stuck, reduce mobility, prevent movement and sometimes create pain and weakness. Another reason why myofascial work is so important is that it hydrates the fascia. No matter how much water you drink, if your fascia is not receiving a blood supply, it will dehydrate creating stiffness. Modern anatomy is also starting to acknowledge the connection between fascia and emotional memory; believing that fascia holds our tension patterns, trauma and emotions; literally “our issues are in our tissues”. During fascia release work, many students report of emotional openings and release. This helps students move beyond the blocks toward inner peace and well-being.
On the longer trainings, groups are invited to do the “Saucha Sadhana” 10 day cleanse which gives recipes for juices, smoothies, raw and cooked soups according to your individual dosha. There is also handouts on raw vegan living. On the shorter trainings, there is just a short talk on diet in relation to dosha and adding in more raw vegan foods into your diet. Students will also be invited into the Saucha Sadhana Portal on the website and given handouts on raw vegan eating if desired.
The philosophy integrates elements from the spiritual systems Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya and Tantra to overcome the battle of the mind-body, create resources for people on their life path, create deeper substance in our relationships, journey deeper into life’s mysteries and help unlock the flow of kundalini (divine evolutionary energy) to connect people with their power, freedom and true nature.
This Yoga Teacher Training is set in the beautiful Suryalila Yoga Retreat. Suryalila boasts a gorgeous Geodesic Dome for the teaching space.
: Carol Murphy
I started Green Lotus Yoga teacher training school in 2007. Since then I have graduated over 150 teachers from my training throughout Ireland and abroad. Most of my work is in Ireland but I have also taught in London, San Francisco, India, Capetown, Morocco and Spain and I look forward to teaching in Shanghai in 2015.
I like to teach Vinyasa style yoga as mindful, strengthening, slow, breath-centered movement, creating various forms and threads to strengthen my body and melt the hard edges in my awareness into puddles of bliss.
I started dabbling with yoga when I was a really young age. My Mum did transcendental meditation during my pregnancy and labour and I copied her on the yoga mat as a child, so I reckon I may have been a yogi in my last life and choose a Mum for the same in this life, so I can continue to work on correcting my asanas !
I started formal classes in 1989 (at age 19) in San Francisco with my sister who teaches Iyengar Yoga and have been practising ever since. I studied Iyengar yoga for 12 years and was very devoted to it.It taught me the importance of precision and structural intelligence. These gifts have served me over the years; the precision taught me the importance of self care and that the little things do matter and the structural intelligence has provided me with the base to practice deeply without injury and planted the seed for my fascination in yoga anatomy, which I continue today in my studies in Neuro-Muscular Physical Therapy.
In 2001, I changed my practice to Ashtanga yoga and dedicated myself deeply to this practice for 8 years, travelling abroad to study with many leading Certified teachers and visiting my teachers Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy annually in Mysore India until my teacher Pattabhi Jois died in May 2009. When I started Ashtanga, it was like waking up from a deep slumber. Working with breath energised my spirit and flushed new life through the whole of my being. Working with the heat of the Vinyasa practice also changed my body in a way that I did not think possible. This time of the Ashtanga practice unfolding and revealing itself to me to me was one of the happiest periods in my life and I look back on my days in “the shala” in Mysore with deep love and respect. However after 8 years of solid Ashtanga practice, something new in me started to stir, a seed of a new chapter where I could merge my Ashtanga practice with my desire for playfulness and creativity and move forward to create new forms and sequences.
I now feel very lucky to be able to play and create with all I have learned from my teachers. This new freedom in practice allows me space to integrate knowledge and practices in Ayurveda and Kundalini work and also to work on creative new vinyasa threads and forms which keep the inner flame of my practice burning bright. In recent months I have also been very lucky to have discovered The “Open Heart -Reiki Tummo” path, which allows me to open deeper to love in all aspects of my life.
These gifts created solidity and ground from which I can rise and fly, roots and wings, creating safety, balance, expansion and joy in my life and for this I am grateful.
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