in the Douro Valley, Portugal | July 11th - 18th, 2020
+ Myofascial Release
Yoga Teacher Training
with Eva Maxine Hamilton,
ERYT-200, ERYT-500, YACEP
July 11th - 18th, 2020
50-hr Yoga Teacher Training | BALANCE
Yin Yoga + Myofascial Release
with Eva Maxine Hamilton ERYT-200, ERYT-500, YACEP
in the Douro Valley, Portugal | July 11th - 18th, 2020
Yin Yoga creates space for slowing down & returning to balance. While most asana practice embraces the yang nature of effort & movement (like the sun salutation), yin yoga embodies the complimenting qualities of softness, stillness, receptivity & inward awareness. In Yin practice, long, grounded stretches help cultivate intuition & encourage surrender, releasing physical & emotional patterns that close us off.
In this teacher training immersion, we will explore the theory, science & anatomy of yin yoga, balanced with experiential & energetic aspects of practice. We will unpack contemporary research on fascia & healthy stretching. Reviewing each classical yin pose, you will learn not only the "how" of instructing it safely but also "why" in understanding the physical, emotional & energetic benefits. This course will also include an introduction to the principles of TMC (traditional Chinese Medicine), allowing you to design and theme inspired yin yoga and yin/yang yoga classes. We will also incorporate other traditional and therapeutic tools including pranayama, meditation, yoga yang, yoga nidra, restorative yoga and myofascial release. Our myofascial release sessions will share simple self-massage techniques with therapy balls, which will to release constricted tissue & complement & enhance our yin yoga practice.
The training is open to new and experienced teachers, as well as dedicated yoga students who desire to deepen their yin practice. Graduates will feel competent theming, sequencing and instruct meaningful yin yoga classes. Offering this unique expression of yoga to your students will create diversity within your teaching & support your students (& your own) busy life.
"Often in yoga, teachers say that the pose begins when you want to leave. When the sensation intensifies and it no longer feels easy to stay... In yin, I feel like the pose actually starts after that resistance begins to subside. When we realize the source of urgency in the mind or release the subconscious holding patterns in the body. When we accept that the pose isn't easy, but give ourselves the permission to pause here for now, become aware, breathe and let go. Not pretending to be peaceful, but remaining deeply present to whatever it is we do feel" - Eva
Course Content Overview
overview of yin-yang philosophy
Daoist + modern origins of yin yoga
yin teaching methodology
anatomy review of major joints
the science of fascia + healthy stretching
alignment, modifications, propping, and assists of classical poses
the meridian system, Chinese elements, and intro to the traditional Chinese medicine system
myofascial release techniques (self-massage)
theming, sequencing and language
holding safe space in group classes and private sessions
Daily Training Schedule
7:30 - 9:00am | thematic yin or yin yang practice
9:00 - 10:00am | breakfast
10:00 - 11:30am | theory lecture
11:30 - 12:30pm | antomy lecture
12:30 - 1:30pm | lunch
1:30 - 2:30pm | asana analysis
2:30 - 4:00pm | theory or methodology lecture
4:00 - 5:30pm | or 7:00 - 8:30pm
afternoon yin yoga workshop or afternoon break & dinner before later restful yoga workshop
5:30 - 7:00pm | Dinner
Welcome to our home! | We are so happy to host this teacher training at our home in the Douro Valley, in the north of Portugal. We are slowly developing the property into a yoga retreat which will eventually sleep 12 - 16 students! The house sits on a working vineyard, with many gardens and fruit trees for you to explore. Much of our food comes from the property, including lots of fruit and vegetables, olives and olive oil, oh and wine.
The house is 300 years old and features many traditional rooms. It is outfitted with a large yoga studio, complete with all the props to support your practice. There is also a lounge and indoor and outdoor dining spaces for students to enjoy. We also have a small plunge pool and lovely paths to walk with stunning views of the valley on your class breaks.
As the house is still in development in 2020, we are happy to make arrangements with the four-star hotel next door to us for student sleeping accommodations. The Douro Scala hotel includes a large outdoor pool, indoor pool & spa, gym facilities, restaurant and beautiful views from its elevation over the Douro. Both shared (twin) and private rooms are available. If you prefer to find your own accommodations nearby, we would be happy to guide you and recommend some nearby options.
Our menu will feature vegetarian & plant-based foods made with love & often including ingredients sourced from our own gardens. You are welcome to pick oranges & lemons from our trees or forage whatever may be in season.
Breakfast | will be provided at the nearby hotel, or at our retreat center
Lunch + Dinner | will be prepared for you at our retreat center
Dietary Restrictions | We can happily accommodate vegetarian & vegan yogis. If you have a specific food allergy, please get in touch with us so we can plan a menu that supports you.
Travel Details & Suggestions:
Travel Dates + Details | July 11th - 18th, 2020
Arrival | Please arrive to the hotel or our area on Saturday, July 11th, 2020.
Enjoy dinner and a night to settle in. The course begins Sunday, July 12th at 7:30am.
Graduation & Departure | Course hours & graduation will conclude before 3pm on Friday July 17th, 2020. Enjoy dinner with us and one last night to relax in the Douro Valley. Depart anytime on Saturday, July 18th, 2020.
Transportation to & from the Retreat | Please note: rates below exclude travel and transport to the retreat, however we will guide you and provide options for travel to our area. The closest airport is the Porto airport, which is around a 1.5 hr drive or 2 hr train from us.
Our retreat is located in a very small town called Cidadelhe in the Douro region of Portugal. We are nearby to the towns of Mesao Frio & Peso da Regua. Even closer to us is a train station at a small town called Rede. There are many daily trains from Porto to Rede. If you can travel to Rede station, we would be happy to come & pick you up.
If you have some extra time before or after the training, Porto is a beautiful city to explore. The center of Porto is well connected to the airport by the Porto metro system. It is a cheap and easy trip to get to the historic & beautiful city center and there are lockers at Sao Bento (the main train station) if you wish to store luggage. You can also easily travel to and from the Sao Bento train station to our closest station (Rede), which is only a five-minute drive from our retreat. In the daylight, the train journey is stunning.
If the arrival or departure times do not allow you to take the train, or if you would prefer to travel by shuttle, we can help to connect you with other traveling yogis who may wish to split the cost of the shuttle trip from Porto or the Porto airport directly to our retreat & home.
Yogis Traveling from Edinburgh | Ryanair operates direct flights Edinburgh - Porto from March to the end of October. Currently there are good prices available for our July course dates. There is a flight on July 11th that departs Edinburgh at 10:35am and arrives in Porto at 13:20. The return flight on July 18th departs Porto at 7:35am and arrives at in Edinburgh at 10:10am. You can choose to travel to and from the retreat by train (if time is available) or we can help you to arrange a shuttle with others making the journey to help share the cost. The early morning departure may require a shuttle transfer rather than train.
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For Yogis interested in joining us in Portugal for more than one yoga course in 2020!
Other Course Dates | Chakras inMay + Restorative in October
ENERGY | Navigating the Energy Body + Chakras | May 16th - 23rd, 2020
REST | Restorative Yoga + the Nervous System 50-hr YTT in Portugal | October 10th - 17th, 2020
Two Courses in 2020
Hotel Options | Book two courses with us in 2020 and receive a €100 total discount
2 Courses + Meals Option | regular €1190 | your special rate €1000 (save €190)
Three Courses in 2020
Hotel Options | Book three courses with us in 2020 and receive €250 total discount
3 Courses + Meals Option | regular rate €1785 | your special rate €1500 (save €285)
To book these deals | contact us directly. email
To register for any of our YTT's in Portugal, please email and we will send you a booking package to help make the payment process smooth and easy.
To Officially Register | Please transfer a €300 deposit
You are officially registered in our course once we confirm we have received your deposit payment.
A welcome package will be sent out to all registrants at least six weeks before the start of the YTT with more information on packing and travel. At this time, we will ask for your travel arrangements so we can try to help you coordinate your transport options to the retreat and share the trip with other students if possible. We will also ask about any dietary requirements and allergies you may want us to be aware of.
Remaining Tuition | The remaining amount is due on May 15th.
Please transfer the outstanding amount before that time (your total training cost, subtract your €300 initial deposit). You may receive the Earlybird rate only if you book & transfer your deposit before the specified date.
Any bookings made after May 15th are to be paid in full.
Refund Policy | All deposits are non-refundable & non-transferable.
If canceled 60-days in advance, only the deposit of €300 is non-refundable.
If canceled within 60-days in advance of the training, all monies are non-refundable.
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