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Other activitiesThere 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.
What’s includedAccommodation during the whole training, Training manual, 3 delicious organic meals a day, Complimentary tea, Use of all Suryalila facilities including our salt water pool, All yoga props.
What’s not includedAirfare, Airport transfers, Travel insurance, All services not listed above.
Meeting pointSuryalila Retreat Centre
Airport transfersTransfer from and to the airport are not included in this yoga teacher training but can be arranged at extra cost
Vidya Jacqueline Heisel
E-RYT 500, Director of Frog Lotus Yoga International Yoga Teacher Training Programs, Owner and Director of Suryalila Retreat Centre. In 1975, at the tender age of twenty, no longer content to just read about these matters, I took the hippy trail to India to find a Guru. I started practicing Yoga in 1975 in Poona India, at the Shree Rajneesh Ashram. I fell in love with India, with Eastern Philosophy and then very passionately with the physical practice of Yoga. I practiced Iyengar Yoga religiously every day for a year at the Ashram, where I was living. Ironically, my teacher there was an American. After a year, my yoga teacher left the ashram and I was asked to teach the class myself, and I happily rose to the challenge. What I lacked in experience, I made up for in enthusiasm. I taught that class in Buddha Hall daily for the following four years. I lived at the Shree Rajneesh Ashram in Poona, with my teacher Osho, in its heyday from 1975-81. It was a life-changing and magnificent mystical experience. I have visited India many times since, to travel and to attend meditation retreats. I have studied and practiced and taught many different styles and techniques all over the world, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Hatha and Forrest Yoga, as well as maintaining my profound love and study of Iyengar Yoga. I have studied with many talented and well-known teachers including Ana Forrest, Patricia Walden, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Baron Baptiste, Sarah Powers, Richard Freeman, Tiffany Cruikshank, Leslie Kaminoff and many others. I was originally certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga, by Larry Schulz, in San Francisco. I took a very inspiring Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, with Ana Forrest, in Forrest Yoga. I have also taken Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Rodney Yee. I completed a 200 hour training in Kundalini Yoga, at the Yogi Bhajan ashram in New Mexico. I also took a 150hour anatomy training with Leslie Kaminoff. My own on-going daily practice continues to be one of my deepest inspirations. I have developed my own unique style of Flow, which weaves together everything I have studied into a joyful and intelligent practice. I have taught yoga in countless different places and situations, from an ashram in India to the most exclusive spa in the country, Canyon Ranch in The Berkshires. I am convinced that Yoga is, as Mr. Iyengar dubs it, a path to holistic health. Yoga, practiced regularly, will make you strong, supple, radiantly healthy and give you a deep sense of well-being. Yogic philosophy can bring unimaginable depth and meaning to your life, and offer you an amazing path to waking up and living your life more fully and more consciously. I continued my spiritual endeavour ceaselessly, meeting many great spiritual teachers, meditating, studying and having many profound experiences myself. In 1993 I met my second long-term spiritual teacher, Andrew Cohen. I spent 13 years in his sanggha, doing spiritual practice, contemplating and living and growing in community. I was one of the cooks at the ashram in Massachusetts. Cooking wholesome vegetarian (mostly vegan and raw) is my other great passion. I am passionately into a healthy diet and study alternative nutrition avidly. Over time, I no longer resonated with Andrews teaching style I left the community in 2005. In March 2002 I opened Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in North Adams, Massachusetts. It was a great joy and pleasure to create and direct such a beautiful space for Yoga. Around the same time as opening the studio, I designed a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training programme that I began to teach there. In 2005 I began teaching the Yoga Teacher Training program at different exotic locations around the world. There are now several thousand graduates of our Yoga Teacher Training program. I am very passionate about teaching the Frog Lotus Yoga YTT programs because they offer me the freedom to share my passion for all aspects of yoga; the philosophical and metaphysical dimensions, as well as the physical practice. The training remains a source of on-going wonder and joy to me as it grows and evolves and allows me to birth so many amazing fledgling teachers. In the process of teaching the training, I also grow and learn so much myself. In October 2008, after having become increasingly engrossed in the Yoga Teacher Training Retreats internationally, I passed on the torch of Frog Lotus Yoga Studio to Jennifer Yarro, who is the current owner and director of the Studio. I now focus solely on the Frog Lotus Yoga International Teacher Training Programs. Jennifer and I have also designed an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training together, which we currently co-teach. In 2010 I created Envision Yoga, a profoundly transformational practice combining Kundlaini Yoga and NLP techniques. In 2011, I founded Suryalila, a Yoga Retreat Centre in Andalusia, Spain. My goal was to create the most outstanding retreat centre in Europe. Suryalila continues to flourish and is now a well-known yoga destination. www.suryalila.com I teach all of my 200 hour YTT programs at Suryalila now. In 2016 I was introduced to Vedanta, which, like yoga, is one of the “darshanas”under the umbrella of Hinduism. Yoga is inextricably woven into the Vedantic teachings. I met a teacher of Vedanta, James Swartz, and this meeting has reignited my passion for spiritual knowledge. I feel blessed beyond my wildest imaginings to be doing what I love successfully and to be living in such a beautiful paradise.My on-going mission is to continue to spread the life-transforming teachings of Yoga and the joyful physical practice around the world, with as much love and wisdom as possible!
The most striking fact about Yoga: you never stop learning!My classes are vigorous and energetic, but always with a strong focus on alignment and breathing. I encourage my students to constantly surprise themselves by going beyond their limits and to approach yoga with a lot of fun and curiosity.In addition to yoga, I love the practice of Traditional Thai massage and became a certified bodyworker in 2012.Exercise has always been a part of my life. As a child and teen, I took dance and gymnastic classes, played basketball and loved to swim and run. At the age of 19, however, I discovered the benefits of yoga while attending an Ashtanga class at university. After experimenting with several styles I took up a regular Vinyasa practice. I love the flexibility and creativity of Vinyasa yoga and the way it balances body, mind and spirit. I continue to be inspired by many different styles and techniques, including AcroYoga, Jivamukti-, Kundalini- or Prana Flow Yoga. Many teachers have inspired me such as Max Strom, Rusty Wells, Jenny Sauer-Klein, Twee Merrigan, Tiffany Cruikshank, but I also benefited from the knowledge of many other, less well-known teachers. After I decided to delve deeper into yoga, I began a teacher training in 2010 with Vidya Jacqueline Heisel and Jennifer Yarro of Frog Lotus Yoga at their Intensive 200 hour course. In November 2012 I finished my Advanced Teacher Training (+300 hrs) – also with Frog Lotus. Recently, I completed a BUDOKON®YOGA Teacher Training with Cameron Shayne and got hooked on this unique transition-based hatha Yoga flow with Martial Arts circular influence and continuous rotation.
E-RYT 200, Anatomist, Developer of Hot Warrior Yoga, YogaSpeaksNow BloggistFrog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Instructor Jennilee Toner. Jennilee Toner, author of The Perfect Chaturanga: A Comprehensive Guide to the Human Body Through the Practice of Vinyasa Yoga, has been practicing hatha and vinyasa yoga since 1996, teaching hatha and vinyasa yoga since 2003, teaching experiential anatomy to yoga teachers in training since 2010 and teaching her own Hot Warrior Yoga teacher trainings since 2012. Why Yoga? After many years working as a Deputy Sheriff, training as a medic, military policewoman and drill sergeant for the US Army, and living in shock after the sudden death of her young mother, Jennilee found herself waking up to the fact that she wanted to be a kind person, wanted to live her life intimately aware of the tender sweetness of each moment, and in that illumination, in that wanting, found herself at her first yoga class. In an attic, standing in tree pose, weeping as the teacher read a poem about the unconditional giving of the earth’s trees, Jennilee for the first time felt the precious interconnectedness of all things. Jennilee has been practicing yoga ever since! To teach or not to teach… There really was no question. Already a bellydance and fitness instructor, Jennilee immediately knew that yoga would be a perfect complement to any workout regime. At first Jennilee taught from a purely physical fitness standpoint…oh how she can still ROCK a good kick-butt cardio flow! Then, just as all things in this universe organically evolve, Jennilee began to both expand and deepen her perspective. In the process of practicing Bikram yoga 6 days a week for two years straight, she witnessed tremendous shifts in her body, in her mind, and in her heart. In 2008 she chose to study with Yogi Hari of Sampoorna Yoga (Sivananda lineage) in his ashram in Miramar, Florida. The study and then teaching of classical yoga began. Silent Meditation and Hot Warrior Yoga In 2010 Jennilee enthusiastically embarked on the inevitable journey of a yogi into Self…a ten-day silent (no eye contact) Vipassana style meditation retreat. OMG…how her mind entertained her for 8 of those 10 days! While she was supposed to be focusing her mind solely on her breath and the sensations in her body Jennilee found her mind continuously wandering. By day ten she had created the 50plus posture practice that is Hot Warrior Yoga. In eight days Jennilee wrote (inside her mind as no writing utensils were permitted) the 90 minute creative, intelligent and safe sequence, the teacher training format and the manual that would accompany it. It was only on the 9th day of the retreat Jennilee rested her mind and meditated deeply. Where is Jennilee now? Jennilee has the best job in the world…traveling the world and teaching three of her passions: Human Anatomy, Injury Prevention and Vinyasa Yoga. She is so blessed to work with the best yoga teachers in our field: Vidya Heisel, Jennifer Yarro and and the amazingly awesome training team of Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Trainings, her top notch training team for Hot Warrior Yoga teacher trainings and the creators of the five New York trainings she has taught Yoga Anatomy and Language and Myths of the Asanas for. Also, only a quarter of the way through her two year around the world Perfect Chaturanga Book and Workshop Tour, Jennilee’s excitement and passion about teaching safe and intelligent yoga knows no bounds. Catch her teaching her dynamic, fun and informative workshops in Europe, Canada, and US in 2015 and China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand in 2016. Namaste.
Period : July & October 2018, January & March 2019