200 hour Yoga Teacher training & Thai massage

Intelligent Asana with Thai massage
Namaha Yoga School is pleased to be offering a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Thai massage in Kineta, Attiki, Greece in the summer of 2017. This “Intelligent Asana” training will guide you through a transformational experience of both body and spirit. Intelligent Asana is joyful, challenging and uses the precision of alignment, while allowing you to flow through the Vinyasa tradition. Through this particular approach of teaching yoga, we learn how to connect seemingly different asanas together with integrity and alignment; how to link in an intelligent way, things that may seem independent of each other into a dynamic, exciting flow; how to create and leave space between the movements and mindful transitions. This is where the creativity and joy come into teaching! This will also help you as a teacher to easily adapt to different levels of students and class planning in a safe and skilful way. As a Yoga Teacher you will leave feeling confident in creating different levels of Vinyasa classes as well as more traditional Hatha Yoga classes, teaching meditation and pranayama, as well as Dharma talks. Finally, those who will choose to follow the full Thai massage program will be trained to give a full Thai massage and incorporate its techniques to their classes, as well as receive a Level 1 Certificate in Thai Massage.

The Teachers
At the heart of any training are always the teachers. Bringing years of experience and a genuine love for yoga and sharing the tools it gives us, are Todd Tesen and Jonni-lyn Friel. Todd Tesen brings with him his many years in the international yoga community. As a traveling teacher, he has taught around the world, guiding teacher trainings, workshops and retreats. His extensive background in alignment, Anusara and Tantric philosophy offer this training a great depth of skill and knowledge. He is a well respected and loved teacher for his students spread throughout the world. Todd’s humour, knowledge and dedication to his practice have helped guide him into a place of understanding about all aspects of yoga and teaching that can only come through years of study and practice. Jonni-Lyn Friel is a Jivamukti teacher whose warmth, humour and compassion shine through her teachings and practice. Her depth of studentship and years of daily exploration in breath and body have transformed her into a skilled personification of yoga. Jonni-Lyn’s deep love and respect for all of Yoga’s teachings, have given her the strength and passion to teach from her heart to those who wish to learn. George Androulakis will be assisting the training and teaching the Thai Massage section of the immersion. A skilled teacher and yogi, Georgos discovered that Thai massage added a depth and understanding to both his own practice and to his yoga classes. He studied in Thailand and has been giving workshops and trainings for the last 4 years to both yogis and anyone interested in learning the Art of Thai Massage. He brings warmth, skill and a great knowledge of this ancient practice to his lessons.

The Teacher Training in Kineta, Greece
This will be a one-month intensive training, consisting of 4 weeks in total. You must attend the entire course in order to be considered for graduation. The program follows the traditional “Guru Kula” style of training, where the students live closely and study with their teacher. This gives the benefit of experiencing the “yogic” lifestyle of an Ashram.

The training will be held in Villa Arian, at the Kineta beach, just 60km away from Athens. Villa Arian practically consists of two villas and is an ideal place for rest and tranquility. The villas are situated directly on the beach, surrounded by a large garden with trees and lawn, and offer two private pools, a tennis court and rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Registration, Investment and Dates
Schedule of training in Greece: August 4 – August 31, 2017

Venue:Villa Arian, Kineta, Attiki, Greece

Investment per person: (non-Greeks)
  • Single room: 2.950 Euros
  • Double room: 2.550 Euros
  • Triple room: 2.400 Euros
  • Dorm (6 beds): 2.000 Euros

  • *Please contact us for US dollar price

    Investment per person: (Greek nationals price)
  • Single room: 2.700 Euros
  • Double room: 2.250 Euros
  • Triple room: 2.050 Euros
  • Dorm (6 beds): 1.800 Euros
  • Discount:
  • Early bird discount of 150 Euros for reservations made before May 15, 2017.

  • Payment Due Dates:
  • A 500 Euros deposit is to reserve your room.
  • The deposit is 50% refundable by June 30th and non-refundable after this date

  • Tuition includes:
  • Full training
  • Namaha Yoga School 200h Training Manual
  • Accommodation
  • 2 vegetarian meals per day including days off provided by a professional Chef. Dinner will be served on arrival day and breakfast upon leaving.
  • Full use of amenities
  • Thai massage training & Thai massage level 1 certificate

  • *This does not include: airfare or travel expenses to location and books required for the course.
    ** This price is without VAT
    Course outline
    History and Philosophy of yoga
    Yoga practice is an evolutionary experience. Whether one can chart its history clearly and how far back will it remain relevant are the very questions our studies will explore. So many traditions with so many more claims!

    A daily meditation practice is deeply important and equal to all aspects of our yoga practice. During this training our meditation practices will include active, breath, silent, mantra and visual. We will explore the varieties every day. The trainee will be supported to discover the form that is most meaningful to their practice.

    Daily Asana Practice
    The very heart of our intelligent vinyasa training, asana, will be thoroughly practiced, examined and explored. How many poses are there? Countless! How much will be performed? All of them!

    To hold the practice is to understand its language. To speak clearly from a basic knowledge will draw your voice and presence more skillfully into the room. Ground your education in the art of Sanskrit and enjoy the potency of yoga both physically as well as vibrationally.

    Alignment and postural modifications
    Over the course of one’s yoga life, alignment and the power to modify will make a radical difference to the depth of practice and to the subtleties of personal awareness and insight. Two questions at its root: What difference does a difference make? Now, what are you prepared to do? Be self assured in answering them.

    Being in a yoga vinyasa training we will no doubt examine our anatomy from head to toe. That being said, we will also explore the anatomy of our breath as well as the anatomy of our prana. Throughout a vinyasa experience, these three anatomies triangulate naturally. To understand how to develop our awareness of them and how to co-participate in them is at the very heart of this yoga vinyasa training.

    Literally means to extend the prana. To explore its intimate passage of our breath to our body, and through both, to ourselves. Prana translates as “life-force” and working skillfully with pranayama means to expand our life’s vital energy. We will hold a daily practice of varied pranayama.

    Sequencing and Planning your class
    The very tools to create the body of a shared yoga experience. To open the space, to understand how to open the body, to work in the postures in order to arrive at the summit of the sequence, to safely and successfully come down from said summit, to close the body and why. To offer a theme in practice. To deepen the intimacies of yoga.

    Hands on assisting
    A powerful tool for the teacher. To support and administer the right touch for the maximum potential shift. That of the very greatest outcome of transformation, to the basic understanding to hold space to perhaps the endless possibilities of subtle difference. How to assist without getting in the way of the student’s experience or making it about yourself. Thai massage
    This is an optional section of the course that will be offered to those who are interested in participating. There will be evening lectures and participation for this course. It will add depth and understanding to the body and anatomy that is both hands on and deeply integrative. Through touching and movement, you will better understand how a body moves and how to touch during hands-on assists. Traditional Thai massage is an ancient healing system that combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy lines called sen, and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply. This traditional healing practice, called nuad or nuad boran in the Thai language, stands in sharp contrast to western massage therapies.

    Traditional Thai massage rarely uses oils or lotions and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and the client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.
    Faculty Bios
    Jonni-Lyn Friel

    Jonni-Lyn Friel has been teaching Yoga since 2006 and is a RYT-500, E-RYT 200 and RPYT Jivamukti teacher based in Greece. In 2016 she founded Namaha Yoga School, a collective of teachers from around the world from different traditions who share the common belief that teaching Yoga is a path of Seva, or service. She first was exposed to Yoga as a small child in Canada through her first teachers, her parents, and joined in their practice by watching and following along. Yoga was always a self practice that took her through years of competitive swimming, University and backpacking around the world.

    In 1999, she stepped into her first Yoga class and discovered the joys of having a teacher and being taught from another's experience and knowledge. In 2006 she completed her first teacher training in Athens, Greece. With a strong background in alignment and Anusara, she began to explore the world of Vinyasa, completing a teacher training with her wonderful teacher Rusty Wells. In 2013 she completed the 300 hour Jivamukti Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and found again new teachers in Sharon Gannon and David Life. Finally, she attended and completed a Prenatal Yoga 85h training course in London.

    Now a 500 hour RYT, she has taught numerous 200 hour trainings, where her love is to share the Bhagavad Gita and to teach service and compassion as a way to happiness and self realization. Jonni-Lyn knows Yoga to be sacred, healing and powerful. This is how it has affected her life and spirit. Her greatest joy is to share her knowledge and pass on the teachings of her beloved teachers to others, in hope that it serves them in their lives.

    Todd Tesen

    Todd Tesen has been a student of yoga and meditation for his entire adult life. He began his contemplative practices while still at University with daily meditation that created in him the dedication for continued practice and the space to reflect and question. Yoga āsana came to Todd, post graduation. By his mid twenties, Todd started to explore the different schools of yoga instruction. This quest would take him from the practices of Hatha Yoga and Sivananda Yoga to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

    In 2001, Todd stumbled upon the fledgling school of Anusara Yoga and immediately commenced studying the school’s system and instruction. His evolving practice led him to the most important introduction of his journey; meeting his teacher and friend, world renowned tantric scholar, Dr. Douglas Brooks with whom he continues regular study today. By 2003, Todd was teaching under the auspices of Anusara Yoga, and by 2007 he was traveling the world as a respected Certified Anusara Yoga instructor.

    Currently based back in the United States, Todd is a Licensed E-RYT 500h Certified Yoga Instructor, who continues to practice daily and teach throughout the U.S, Mexico and South America as well as internationally crisscrossing Europe including France, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Turkey and Bali. Additionally, he teaches online at www.yogauni.com Known for his sense of humor, steadiness and the easy manner of his teaching style, Todd is also respected as the teacher who will challenge the student to linger in the depths and edges of each posture while guiding them to cultivated subtle refinements. His favorite question, “Now, what are you prepared to do?” rings out regularly, embodying serious support with detailed instruction while being invited to the underlying philosophy and science that is Yoga.


    George Androulakis

    George Androulakis was born in Crete where his involvement with movement in general started. He graduated from the State School of Dance (2009). He continued his studies at the “Yoga & Budo Center” school for Yoga Instructors, under the guidance of Andreas Proveleggios and graduated in 2010. In 2011 he attended the Certified Advanced Practitioner and Teacher (CAPT) Program at the “International Training Massage” (ITM) school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Moreover, in 2013 George attended the “Swaha Aerial Yoga” training program and he has been officially certified as an Acro Yoga instructor since 2014. In addition to that, in 2014 he started studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture.

    Over the course of his academic as well as professional career, he has collaborated with numerous Greek and international choreographers. The main axis and backbone in his study of motion and body so far has been “man as a unit and a separate entity within the community” and the various ways in which man relates to the environment and himself.

    George is an avid practitioner of Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He has been teaching contemporary dance and Hatha Yoga since 2008, as well as Aerial and Acro Yoga since 2013. He has been providing Thai massage treatments since 2011. Moreover, since 2015 he runs the well known Spiti Yoga studio in the center of Athens.

    Traditional Thai massage
    Thai massage is a special kind of therapeutic massage, which combines smooth muscle pressure, the use of acupuncture points and the application of passive stretching for improved body alignment. With characteristic wisdom, gentleness and dynamics, a session covers the entire body, “unlocks” the accumulated tensions of the body and the energy level, aiming to remove stress and provide a deep sense of relaxation.

    The benefits of a session:
    Thai massage is a wonderful combination of energy and physical exercise for body and mind alike with benefits such as:
    • Relief from stress and strain
    • Improvement of sleep and deep relaxation
    • Relief of myoskeletal pain in most common cases (back, neck, shoulders, legs, etc.
    • Improvement of the mobility in the joints
    • Improvement of the posture and body alignment
    • Activation and improvement of the immune function
    • Improvement of the bowel function
    • Stimulation of the activity of the nervous system
    • Improvement of the function of the circulatory system
    • Improvement of body awareness and breathing
    • Reconnection of the power of body, mind and spirit
    • Creation of a feeling of wellness and rejuvenation

    Thai massage is one of the three main branches of traditional Thai medicine. The other two being a balanced diet and the use of herbs to cure diseases of the physical body and the practice of meditation for healing the mind and emotional pain.
    Contact information:

    Gogo Davanelou / Jonni-Lyn Friel
    Villa Arian, Kineta, Attiki, Greece

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