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If you love yoga, serene paddles and sharing your practice with others, then a SUP yoga teacher training retreat should be right up your alley. Beginner yogis and water enthusiasts are invited to join a week of SUP yoga training on the pristine coastline of Paiania in Athens, Greece. You’ll learn how to master tricky asanas, find your breath and guide students all while balancing on a SUP board in the Aegean Sea. When you're not developing your skills as an instructor, you'll be able to explore the nearby mountain ranges on foot.
SUP yoga classes
Better connection to your consciousness and inner peace
Small classes with maximum 6 students
High quality teaching and understanding
Opportunities to hike at the nearby mountain range
This is a workshop for Non-Yoga Teachers as well as Yoga Teachers who want to understand more about SUP yoga and its benefits. This accreditation workshop is to upgrade you to an extended level of Yoga understanding and the transfer yoga on land to yoga on board.

Accommodation

Beach setting
Caters for gluten-free diets
Swimming pool (outdoor)
Garden
Sauna
Fireplace
Kitchen
The Yoga Skyros Academy and Therapy Center is located at the foot of the Hymettus Mountain Range with an enchanting village called Lavrio in Paiania. It is close to the airport and it takes only 25 minutes to arrive. It is also close to the subway station to Athens and it takes only 20 minutes. Supermarkets are within walking distance. Vineyards of the area can be found about 3 to 4 kilometres away.

The venue
You will be staying at the accommodation of Yoga Skyros Academy. The student rooms are well furnished and every room is well-equipped with bathrooms, shower, bathtub, and toilet. It is important that you do not have to bring too much clothing since washing machines are available for a small fee of 10 EUR. Students will be staying in a double bedroom. A single room option is available upon request (at an additional cost).

Food
The training includes breakfasts. You may opt for the lunch and dinner for an additional fee of 25 EUR per day.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 
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Prices are based on a 7-day, 6-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details 
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Program

What's different about Yoga Skyros Academy?
Have you heard of Yoga Skyros Academy, in Paiania, Greece? 

Well, it's the only place so close to the City Center of Athens and Nature, where you can join and enjoy all-year-round programs of restoration, as well as be taught and get certified as a yoga teacher and/or as a yoga therapist, in a traditional and authentic way, alongside the Masters Dietmar and Carmen Hellmann.

In Yoga Skyros, they respect your privacy and well-being. You will have the time and space for yourself in our beautiful and luxurious place and the areas around Paiania. Here, they aim for and achieve high quality of the 3 T’s -Teaching -Therapy -Training, not only for the body but for the mind and spirit as well. As BKS Iyengar has stated ''Health is the state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit''.

Yoga Skyros is different; because Dietmar and Carmen teach all courses by themselves, which shows the amplitude of their knowledge, love, persistence, and inner power. Their approach to teaching and learning is ''baby steps''. They are here to support you along the way, with patience and love, and as Carmen says ''The body will always adapt to the demand, we put on it'', so there is no need to rush or doubt the process." 

Additionally, because quality is above quantity, and each class has a maximum of 10 students, each individual gets to develop a traditional and authentic ''Master'' Student Relationship, where they are connected for life no matter how many miles apart. Yoga Skyros Academy strives to share ancient knowledge, practices, and their light within the modern world. We can all heal ourselves and one another. Join us and feel the difference for yourself.

Yoga Skyros Academy
The academy is based on the concept of small classes with a maximum of 6 students, high-quality teaching, better learning and understanding, and better connection to your consciousness and inner peace.

SUP yoga unites the sport of stand-up paddleboarding, which originated in Hawaii in the 1940s, with the ancient practice of yoga, which has its roots in India. In the short time, SUP yoga has existed, it has grown to include devotees worldwide.

The first steps of starting SUP or stand up paddleboarding and yoga:
  • The first one is to SLOW DOWN. Move at half the speed you usually do on land once you start paddleboarding on the water. Follow your breathing pattern slowly as you stroke your arms and legs.
  • The second one is to MIND YOUR POSITION. Minding your own poses and positions is the most important thing in SUP board and yoga. You have to be aware of the paddle board’s shape and its handle to avoid falling off.
  • The third one is to GAZE ONLY AT THE HORIZON. The loss of balance comes from changing gaze too quickly. Your body feels the stress and your muscles contract. In this case, having your gaze fixed on the horizon will give you the stability you need.
  • The fourth one is to HYDRATE YOUR BODY BEFORE THE WORKOUT. It is vital to drink plenty of water before you proceed to work out. Since changing poses on the paddleboard requires you to move all parts of your body, you will need to have enough water in your body to sweat it out as well.

The benefits

1. Promotes mindfulness
  • The practice of SUP boarding and yoga requires you to pay attention to your breath as well as your body movements.
  • This is needed for you to keep a well-balanced posture while afloat on water. Focusing on your overall breathing and balance is indeed a step closer to developing a deeper level of mindfulness or self-awareness.

2. Increases breath control
  • The pace of this type of yoga requires you to slow down. Slowing down allows you to focus on your movements and change your poses as smooth as possible.
  • As you slow down on your movement, it also allows you to focus more on your breathing and increase your control over it.

3. Exercises your body
  • Although SUP Boarding and Yoga do not require too much physical activity, it is still proven to exercise your body. The poses that you exert generally firm up core areas such as the arms, shoulders, legs, knees, and quadriceps.

4. Gives you the feeling of refreshment
  • Going through the summer heat instead of lying flat on your yoga mat inside a room creates a lot of difference. It gives you a more sense of being one with the outdoors. You can easily cool down merely by having an unlimited supply of water beneath you.

5. Chance to experience the beauty of nature
  • Aside from the calming feeling of being afloat on water, having a beautiful landscape as your view is definitely priceless. You even have an accessible fresh air around you. How can you make your yoga experience better? Well, try stand-up paddleboarding and yoga to see!

6. Fun and challenging
  • The SUP boarding and yoga not only improve your health but also serve as fun and challenging work to do. It gives you the freedom to move depending on your desired poses. It also challenges you mentally and physically to balance your weight on the water while doing yoga poses.

7. Improves balance and flexibility
  • Changing yoga poses improves and maintains your balance and flexibility. It requires you to stay on the paddleboard while floating on the water and to keep your body in a balanced state.
  • Further, the same is done to increase your mobility and flexibility. It requires your different muscles to strengthen with a wide range of poses. Those who frequently practice yoga are known to have excellent balancing and flexibility skills.

8. Increases blood circulation
  • One of the important parts of yoga is to focus on your breathing. This has been found to increase your blood circulation. This increase helps to ease the feeling of stress and improves your overall emotional wellness.

9. Gives yoga technique a new face
  • It refines the whole game of yoga by introducing a technique that allows you to go outdoors. Similar to any exercise and sport, the SUP also requires you to practice to be a master.

10. Calms your mind
  • Allowing your body to go with the flow of water produces a calming effect on your mind. The peacefulness of the water combines yoga with a relaxing, stress-reducing feeling. It gives a rejuvenating feeling of being in union with the water.

11. Empowers you
  • Any kind of exercise is found to be one way of changing your disposition. You are being empowered to be a better version of yourself by prioritizing wellness above else. Since SUP boarding and yoga is not an easy task to complete, it also requires you to work hard and be extra patient.

Sample daily schedule
  • 09:00 - 10.00 Yoga class
  • 10:00 - 12.30 SUP board and yoga
  • 12:30 - 14.30 Lunch break
  • 14:30 - 17.00 SUP board and yoga
  • 16:00 - 17.00 Yoga class - style class

Optional activities
Wonderful hikes are possible at the mountain range nearby. There is a world-renowned cave you can visit. Acropolis in Athens is certainly a highlight that you should not miss.

Instructor

Carmen Hellmann
Carmen
The experienced and qualified Yoga Master (800 RYT), Radha Ji, trained in Asia and India, promises you fun and pleasure in the discovery of yoga. She will teach you yoga novices or experienced yogis, Hatha yoga, the mother of all yoga, and how to use yoga in the daily life of stress and tension. 

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 86% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
Prices are based on a 7-day, 6-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details 
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