- 2020 PROGRAMME -

5-9 th July / Yoga holiday with Charlie

11-21st July / 100 hour Yoga Therapy course certified by Yoga Alliance International

23-26th July / Qi Gong with John Tindall

2-23rd August / 200 hour basic yoga Teacher Training

200 hour Teacher training

Curriculum / 2-23rd August 2020

 

La Croce yoga Teacher training is a Yoga Alliance International certified inter disciplinary yoga school aligned with Three Treasures yoga.

The course includes:


-The teaching of the basic yoga principles,

this includes the practice and breakdown of the postures (asanas).

 

-An introduction to Restorative yoga, yoga Nidra, pregnancy yoga and some yoga therapy guidelines.
 

-Meditation, with a taste of different styles and from different lineages.
 

-Pranayama. A lot of emphasis is placed on the breath, both within the asana practice and as a simply sitting or lying pranayama practice.

 

-The basics of yoga philosophy including The study of:
Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras.
The 5 Koshas.
The Chakra system and the subtle body.
The prana vayus and how we work with these in a therapeutic way.

 

-A deeper understanding of what each person may benefit from in a one to one class situation.

The 200 hours :

  • Morning asana practice / 54 hours

  • Teaching techniques with a thorough break down of each asana / 30 hours

  • Introduction to  six of the main myofascial chains running through the body, including what we call our Core, and their therapeutic potential / 14 hours

  • Anatomy and physiology / 20 hours

  • Basic philosophy / 26 hours

  • Meditation, chanting and pranayama / 36 hours

  • Self and group study / 20 hours

 Costs


Costs for the full 200 hour Teacher training and full board and lodge are:
 

£ 2550 in double room.

£ 2250 in a shared triple or dorm in the house.
£ 2600 Glamping in a single tent.
£ 2200 Glamping in a double bell tent.

There is an early bird discount of 10% if booking before 1st April 2020.

 

These costs include 21 nights of full board and lodge and the cost of the Teacher training and final certification.The food is vegetarian and, where possible, locally sourced and organic. A lot of our suppliers are local organic growers.There are three main meals a day and two snack breaks.Herbal and many other teas, coffee and fresh fruit and nuts are readily available throughout the day.

Daily programme


06:30 - 07:00  Self practice and meditation.
07:00 - 09:30  Asana and Pranayama.
09:30 - 10:30   Breakfast
10:30  - 11:30    Anatomy and Physiology

Tea break
11:45    - 13:30   Asana study, teaching principles and adjustments.
13:30   - 16:00  Lunch followed by rest and self study.
16:00   - 17:30   Yoga philosophy.

Tea break
17:45    - 19:30  Pranayama, meditation, Restorative yoga, yoga Nidra.
                20:00 Supper

 

Occasional yoga related films and documentaries, chanting and meditations will be held after supper.

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100 hour Advanced yoga Teacher Training

and Yoga Therapy / 11th - 21st  July  2020 

For those who have already done the 200 hour basic Yoga Alliance International Teacher Training  with La Croce Yoga school or Three Treasures Yoga ( for those who completed the training when Virginia was teaching) making their certificate valid as a 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
This course is also available to those who simply want; 100 hours of Yoga Therapy and it’s application to your own practice, your Yoga teaching and particularly for those wanting a more informed and confident approach to teaching One to One.
Particular attention will be given to the main Myofacial muscle chains running throughout the body and their relevance in alignment and safe practice and the deeper impact which can come from a clear understanding of the interconnectedness of everything and on all levels.

Daily programme


07:00 - 10:00  Morning practice on the platform / Breakfast 

11:00 - 13:00  Yoga philosophy and its application to Yoga practice / Lunch - (Self study)
16:00 - 17:30   Yoga Therapy and a thorough breakdown of the morning practice.

18:00  - 19:30    Therapeutic techniques to deal with many health issues. You will learn how to read a person through the lenses of the Koshas,  Doshas ands Pranavayus. Using these models we can learn to read and understand  the needs of each individual on both a physical ,emotional and spiritual level / Supper

 

Included in the course will also be:

Chanting and Mantras

The power of the Mudra

Detailed explanation and practice of many Pranayama techniques

Different approaches to meditation practice.

Costs

 

Costs for the full 200 hour Teacher training and full board and lodge are:
£ 1275 in double room.

£ 1125 in a shared triple or dorm in the house.
£ 1300 Glamping in a single tent.
£ 1100 Glamping in a double bell tent.

There is an early bird discount of 10% if booking before 1st April 2020.

- These costs include 10 nights of full board and lodge and the cost of the Teacher training and final certification.The food is vegetarian and, where possible, locally sourced and organic. A lot of our suppliers are local organic growers. There are three main meals a day and two snack breaks.Herbal and many other teas, coffee and fresh fruit and nuts are readily available throughout the day.

- This ten day, 100 hour course will be structured around the therapeutic wisdom of Yoga and how it can be used to enrich awareness and enquiry into what is a safe and beneficial yoga practice for each individual who comes to your class and for your own self practice.

Reviews

By Leire from Spain

It has been one of the best experience in my life for several reasons. First of all, the professionalism and expertise of the three teachers to be highlighted. They are experts in diverse fields, they have built a program that really helped me to learn useful things about yoga philosophy, practice, and anatomy. They also transmit all this knowledge with passion and a clear methodology. The place is also amazing. Practicing and learning in the nature, in this magical place helped me to connect with myself and disconnect from the noise of the city. This environment was ideal for me to focus on the life and learning experience. And the last but not the least, the amazing people I met there. When I was looking for a YTT I had many doubts about how the teachers would be (I really wanted to learn yoga from real experts!) and the people I could met there (they are three intense weeks and it is very important!). Both aspects were amazing, we all became a family, still in touch! I am ready to continue my yoga trip and to become a solid yoga teacher. Thanks to all La Croce family!

 

By Anne Marie from United Kingdom

Rustic. Charming. Nestled in the luscious Tuscan mountains, La Croce offers stunning views of nature in her majesty. Morning yoga on the platform in the mountain air is so therapeutic. Although it can be a bit nippy, the morning sun when it lands on your mat is so gloriously warming. Listening to and being one with nature was music to my soul and just what my body needed. Fresh air. Glorious sunshine. Stunning views. Sounds heavenly, right? But it doesn't end there. The food was yummy and delicious. The staff were helpful, funny, and friendly. And oh so good. The staff were also quite patient and dedicated to ensuring that I wasn't left without several options even for dessert (especially since I have so many intolerances and dietary restrictions). Not an easy task but they did it graciously. The Training Alignment and Integrity. I can still hear the cues and the invitations to consider your intentions and the possibilities of modifications and deeper explorations. All three teachers have different styles which complemented each other and supported our varied needs and our numerous questions. And boy, oh boy, we had questions! Joy and freedom The training was rigorous. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. There's no denying that. There was so much information (theoretical and practical) to cover; however, it was given in a spirit of joy and we had freedom to explore and reflect and to take what we needed whilst invited to consider why or why not. I enjoyed so many of the practices even when I was tired and sore. A few do stand out: outdoor yoga with drumming and an indoor yin yoga session. I would happily repeat this experience. The only thing I would do differently is pack my fleece onesie to wear at the start of morning yoga on the platform. La Croce with Three Treasures Yoga was an amazing experience.

Review by Becky Altman from United States

When I embarked on my journey at Three Treasures Yoga, I didn't know what to expect. I signed up thinking I really like yoga and yoga teacher training sounded fun, so I might as well give it a shot. The first day, a bunch of us arrived together. We were welcomed with open arms to a place that instantly felt like home and I had the thought, "this is exactly where I am meant to be at this moment." Words cannot express how truly grateful I am to have found this YTT program at this time in my life. I had been struggling a lot with injuries and a very stressful job over the last year which had left me feeling unhappy with my life. This experience transformed my outlook and my entire way of thinking. It gave me a new perspective on how to think outside myself at the bigger picture of life and gave me lifelong friendships that I will always cherish. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to give themselves a gift that will change their life.

Review by Alyson Maunder from Italy

Yoga teacher training at La Croce, Tuscany was an amazing experience on so many levels. La Croce is such a special place; the house, the yoga deck, the friendly and welcoming staff, the panoramic views of the mountains, the deliciously healthy food (which was plentiful). I can honestly say that my time at La Croce nourished me physically, emotionally and spiritually and that’s not yet taking into account the yoga. The course was rigorous and at times undeniably demanding. but Virginia and Eliana were fabulous teachers: knowledgeable, approachable and 100% dedicated to their students. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they supported us not only with learning and practice but also with the odd emotional wobble. I can’t believe how patient they were when we bombarded them with philosophy, alignment and anatomy questions, especially as the dreaded exam drew near. However, we had nothing to fear as we had been so well prepared. Whilst the days at La Croce were long we still had time for fun: swimming in the river, walking to the Monastery, dancing crazily at the Festa, watching films under the stars on the yoga deck. When I signed up I hadn’t really known what to expect from a Teacher training course, but I can honestly say the experience exceeded all my expectations. I left La Croce with so much more than the desired Yoga teaching certificate. Thankyou Virginia, Eliana and the staff for the lasting memories and sense of deep relational connection which I shared with you and the other students. For anyone who it is dithering about enrolling on the course, don’t, I assure it will be ones of life’s great adventures.

End of course feedbacks

  1. What is your overall impression of the content of the course material?

Very happy! I know we have to learn the basics first, but a little bit more activeness would be nice. The platform is a very nice way to start the day.

    2. Are you satisfied with the quality of the teachings? if not please say why.
I think it’s very sufficient. I mean it is a lot to take in,  a lot to learn but for me personally it is a nice mix of contents. Very understandable!

    3. What did you like most of the teaching? What did you like least?
As I didn't really knew anything (or let’s say only few things) about philosophy I’m quite overwhelmed by the depth. But I really find it a good balance between the philosophical side, anatomy physical part.

    4. Did you feel anything was missing? if so what?
Basically the course itself is very well thought through (referring time/practice) but it would be nice to have a little bit more of free time not only to relax a little bit and getting around but also to be able to soak up all the masses of information better. Especially in the first weeks it can be quite overwhelming and exhausting. Maybe expanding the course time would be nice in order to make some space for private time or self practice, or even call it a day after dinner.

    5. Do you have any comments on the quality of the food and accommodation?
This place is so unbelievably special! I feel so at home and the accommodation is wonderful!! Andrea is perfect :)
For the breakfast I miss a bit of salty stuff, but that is maybe only me!

    6. Any more constructive criticism or appraisal?
That’s all I have to say basically. I just wanted to note that this experience here is really special, with all the wonderful people and everything! I love it very much and it will be super hard to leave. I will always remember this as a life experience i’ll never forget, so please keep up this wonderful welcoming vibe.



    1. What is your overall impression of the content of the course material?
Well rounded

    2. Are you satisfied with the quality of the teachings? if not please say why.  
Yes you can really feel how much Virginia cares about the students understanding and most importantly safety + emphasis on alignments.

    3. What did you like most of the teaching? What did you like least?
The settings both inside and outside made it conclusive to study.

    4. Did you feel anything was missing? if so what?
It would have been nice to have a print out of pictures of the poses with names.

    5. Do you have any comments on the quality of the food and accommodation?
All great


   

1. What is your overall impression of the content of the course material?
Good impression, Laura’s anatomy material gave a good overview and the other one was very deep, slightly complicated but with pre-knowledge understandable.
Good body recommendations :)

    2. Are you satisfied with the quality of the teachings? if not please say why.
Very satisfied!! For me personally it was a very good mix of everything. Wonderful base.
 
    3. What did you like most of the teaching? What did you like least?

I really enjoyed the morning classes, the stillness and the fresh air helped me to clear my mind and get deeper into my koshes.


    4. Did you feel anything was missing? if so what?
The only thing was gerkins :-)

    5. Do you have any comments on the quality of the food and accommodation?
Andrea is the best! I was really really happy with all the great effort everyone made! Accommodation, well this place is so magical, I felt at home from the first day!

    6. Any more constructive criticism or appraisal?
NO! All was very very well , I really enjoyed it so much! BIG THANK YOU F0R EVERYTHING



    1. What is your overall impression of the content of the course material?
Great. Virginia you have so much knowledge and you are so eager to share it. What a treat.

    2. Are you satisfied with the quality of the teachings? if not please say why.
Yes.

    3. What did you like most of the teaching? What did you like least?
Most: practicality. The attention to alignment and why we do things the way we do.
Least: would have preferred 4 weeks :) and a little shorter days.

    4. Did you feel anything was missing? if so what?
Four weeks so we could all do the practicum and have more time to just enjoy the amazing surrounding and company.


    5. Do you have any comments on the quality of the food and accommodation?
Amazing food. So thankful.


    6. Any more constructive criticism or appraisal?
Virginia in the world of drag queens they have a concept of “drag mothers”.
Drag mothers teach the young aspiring drag queens how to become a drag queen, not just do drag. Anyway! my point is you are my Yoga Mother, in the same way as the drag mothers, you have thought me so much about becoming a yogi, not just doing or teaching yoga. I am so thankful for this experience and your teaching and compassion. I will do my best to hold on to all the wonderful teachings you have offered me. This has truly been one of the best experiences of my life and I will cherish it forever, and hopefully be back at la Croce at some point.
Also a huge Thanks to Eliana, Massimo and Laura who each brought something unique to this course.

Lots of love Mia

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La Croce Retreat Centre
Loc. Siregiolo 10,
Biforco 52010,
Chiusi della Verna,
Arezzo - Italy

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