The style we teach is a joyful, creative and intelligent flow style whichcan be easily adapted to different levels and different tempos. At the end of the training you will not only be qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga but will also have the tools to create other styles of yoga class, such as more basic Hatha, prenatal and restorative yoga.
About The Training
This three week intensive Yoga Teacher Training is an exceptionally high quality, fully comprehensive profoundly life transforming retreat. It is passionately and skillfully led by either Vida Jacqueline Heisel or Jennifer Yarro. Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, E-RYT 500, the founder and director of the Frog Lotus Yoga International, who is a Master teacher with 35 years of Yoga teaching experience, a deep and experienced knowledge of Yogic philosophy and meditation, as well as an inspiring practitioner and gifted communicator.
Vidya has developed her own dynamic and compassionate style of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, which, though at times vigorous, is always accessible and modifiable to the level of the student. Her classes are creative and fun and vibrantly unique. She intelligently weaves together her knowledge of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Forrest and Kundalini Yoga in a delightful and effective fusion.
Vidya has trained over 1000 teachers and led over 30 Yoga Teacher Training retreats around the world. She has studied for many years at ashrams in India, as well as with some of the best Yoga teachers in the West. Her life has been devoted to the study and practice of eastern philosophy, yoga and meditation and her ability to communicate this in a thorough, clear and interesting way is the very tangible result of her lifelong immersion.
In this retreat your every need will be cared for, you will be very comfortable, your palate will be tantalized, and your expectations of the course will be far exceeded. You will leave the retreat inspired, transformed and fully-equipped and confident to teach great yoga classes.
About the Retreat Center
Suryalila is very dear to Vidya's heart, since it is also her home and a dream come true. After many years of traveling and staying at countless other retreat centres, Vidya was inspired to manifest a perfect environment for her retreats, a place with really great aesthetics, comfortable accommodation, fantastic, super healthy food, impeccable customer service and a warm and inspiring team. With the help of her indomitable business partner and dear friend Peter Simmons (without whom this wouldn't have happened), close friend and chef Jorin Hawley and retreat manager extraordinaire Harry Djikshorn, Suryalila is now a reality and the realization of a magnificent vision.
Suryalila is a unique and beautiful old renovated olive farm, located near Arcos de la Frontera, deep in the heart of the lovely Andalucian countryside, in the south of Spain. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, with sweeping vistas of lakes and fields of sunflowers, the Centre is resplendent in the endless sunshine.
The residency buildings are charming, spacious and beautifully decorated with an exotic eastern flavor. There are both indoor and outdoor dining areas and plenty of cozy hang out spots. On your breaks you can relax by the inviting salt-water pool or sway in the hammocks in the olive grove, or take a dip in our natural creek.
There is free wireless internet available throughout the retreat centre, as well as an office area with a computer available for our guests to use.
The spacious Yoga room has many windows overlooking the surrounding countryside, a stunning hard wood floor and a balcony with a lovely view.
The mouth-wateringly delicious meals prepared at Suryalila are gourmet organic vegetarian, with vegan options. The retreat centre produces its own organic olive oil on the property. The large and happy family of chickens will provide you with eggs. Many organic fruit and vegetables are already grown on the property and the farm will be expanded over time. All of our supplemental fruit and vegetables are supplied by local organic farms.
Andalucia is renowned for its wild natural beauty and nature reserves, as well as some of the best weather in Europe. Suryalila is only one hours drive from the fabulous city of Seville. Seville is famous for its wonderful, rambling old town, cathedral, enchanting Moorish palaces, flamenco and Tapas bars. Arcos de la Frontera, a Eunesco world heritage site, is an ancient town perched precariously on the edge of a cliff, just 15 minutes from the retreat centre.
Gorgeous unspoiled white sand beaches around Cadiz, are found just 45 mins south of the centre, perfect for day trips.
Activities and Excursions
There are many fun outdoor activities in the area such as hiking, swimming in natural pools and lakes, climbing, horse riding and cycling as well as visits to beautiful beaches. There are also excursions to historical towns in the area, including Seville for site seeing, shopping, flamenco and Tapas. We will have two afternoons a week plus one full day free during the training to enjoy some leisure time.
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Outline
History and Philosophy of Yoga
Intensive study and practice of Asanas (postures)
Sanskrit names of yoga postures
Assisting and modification of poses
The Business of teaching Yoga
Class sequencing and planning
Hands on assisting
Deepen and further your own yoga practice
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Schedule
7:00—9:30am Meditation and Yoga Practice
10:30am—1:30pm Training Session
3:30—6:30 pm Training Session
Required Books for the 200 Hour Yoga Instructor Training
(all available on www.Amazon.com )
Structual Yoga Therapy by Mukunda Stiles
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1 by Ray Long and Chris Macivor
Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book by Linda Sparrowe (paperback edition)
Inside the Yoga Sutras ** Reverend Jaganath Carrerra
**please read this book before coming.
What qualifies you for this training? A minimum of one year's regular yoga practice and reasonable competence is required to qualify for this Yoga Teacher Training Course. You are also required to be in good health, physically and mentally.
Spain Yoga Teacher Training Cost and Accommodation Options Prices below includes three delicious organic meals daily and full tuition.
• Single: 3,850 Euro • Single Alcove: 3,050 Euro • Twin: 3,050 Euros • Dormitory: 2650 Euros
(shared with 4 others)
No more available space in Dormitory.
How to get there
Fly into Jerez de la Frontera or Seville. We can arrange a shuttle service to Suryalila for you. Suryalila is 45 mins from Jerez de la Frontera and one hour and ten minutes from Seville. Please plan to arrive on the start date of the training or if you or if you would prefer to arrive a day or two earlier and pay for the extra nights, that can be easily arranged. Please try to arrive before 8pm if possible.
Please let us know if you need driving directions.
I thoroughly loved every moment of my course with Vidya. The whole experience was wonderful, from the food to the cosy atmosphere and the unforgettable, inspirational practices taught by Vidya and Paula. Not only did I feel empowered through the new found strength of my physical practice, but through learning the philosophy of yoga and the anatomy of the human body as well. I have come out of the course feeling more knowledgeable, strong in my practice, hungry to learn more and confident to teach vinyassa flow yoga. The teachers and assistants were welcoming, motivating and well prepared. I would recommend this course to anyone who loves yoga, is interested in the philosophy of it and incorporating it into their every day life. For many of us it was a spiritual awakening to a lifelong practice of a common love we all share, yoga.
Raquelle Gracie, London England
I feel absolutely blessed to have had the opportunity to do my yoga teacher training with Vidya from Frog Lotus Yoga. I can't imagine there is anyone else with as much knowledge, passion and dedication than Vidya who shared her experience and expertise with us with such grace and in such detail. The Yoga practice was incredibly inspirational and refreshing and each day she pulled something new out of the bag to challenge us. In short, the Frog Lotus Yoga teacher training retreats are nothing short of excellent and I will definitely do my 500 hour with Vidya... Can't wait and miss the practice immensely!
Hayley Menzies, London, UK
I underestimated the amount of work involved (even though it did say intensive!) but that only served me well as I left feeling so much more equipped than I had originally anticipated. The course layout builds well and eases you into each new step. The content is comprehensive and since finishing the course, I can't believe how much I have taken in. You will be inspired to open your heart and mind and try new ways of thinking that can only benefit you and those around you. I arrived for a physical practice and left having gained a far greater understanding of the not only the Asanas but a more open mind and a desire to explore spirituality in greater depth. Vidya has such a wealth of knowledge as well as an inspiring practice and dedication to yoga that you can't help but be inspired to follow. I really miss the morning meditation and daily practice but have continued to practice each morning equipped with a depth of knowledge I never had 2 months ago. Namaste!
Vicky Pitchers, Glasgow, Scotland. U.K.
For anyone who is even considering going to Frog Lotus Yoga, I would definitely recommend the teacher training program. If you keep an open mind and heart you won't believe how greatly it will effect your life. Vidya took a big city girl, whose life was full of chaos, and turned her into a true yogini. It wasn't by a pushy attititude, it was by kindness and true guidance. She gives you the tools and knowledge to better yourself both physically and emotionally. It is then up to you to absorb all the goodness that is around you. Thanks Vidya, you and your staff will forever be in my heart.
-Dana Robert, Chicago, IL.
Thank you so much for being such a wonderful influence on me. I can't thank you enough for supporting this life changing experience for me. Initially it was all about learning to teach yoga but I realized it is so much more. The awareness, clarity and intention to always move forward in life is a gift. The combination of the incredibly diverse and dynamic group that I was privileged to practice with as well as a wonderful dedicated teacher made for a phenomenal experienceI can't stop thinking about it, feeling, practicing yoga and smiling. Thank you!
shanti, shanti, shanti, namaste,
Kristen Keuter, Binghamton, NY
All I can say a month post-course is: I wish I could be back there studying, bending and bonding! The course material is well-balanced, very well organized and exceedingly knowledgeably delivered. There is a very workable balance between discussion based learning, didactic teaching and self study. I left feeling equipped, confident and brimming with enthusiasm to embark on a new course in life as a yoga teacher. Vidya has a lovely warm personality and a twinkle in her eye which transforms the study and practice into medicine for the soul. A million thanks!
Biffy Neilson, Berkshire, UK
I had the time of my life and miss it every day! All you need is enthusiasm and a commitment to learn and with her wealth of experience, knowledge and patience, Vidya will forge you into a yoga teacher in no time at all! Vidya provides a great space for learning and transformation to occur; she is compassionate, always approachable, and crucially present. The course material is through and if you don't already, you will seriously know your stuff by the end of it. By the time you realize you have all the confidence and tools you need to teach yoga, you'll be smiling inside and out! I am now a very grateful yoga teacher!