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Yoga is control of the modifications of the mind.  - Yoga Sutra Patanjali

RainbowLight has been delivering yoga teacher training courses since 2015.  At the end of the 200hr Foundational Course, you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher). The course is a combination of lectures, workshops and practice hours. Students need to complete two 30 minute practical teaching tests and two one hour practical teaching tests as well as written exams. If you are new to yoga and if you are not confident with your technical skills and knowledge of yoga asana please consider taking the online course before enrolling in the in-person programmes.             Click here for the online course.       Click here to see the full curriculum

La formation se déroulera en anglais, en particulier pour les sections de philosophie et d’anatomie. Il existe un manuel en français et certaines conférences sont traduites. De plus, vous pouvez passer vos tests et examens pratiques en français. Cette formation n'est pas reconnue par pole emploi, merci de ne pas demander de devis.

Yoga Teacher Training Dates

2019

  • March 26 - April 26 (weekdays only) Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantique, France (full)

  • May 4 - 28 Coudures, Aquitaine, France (full)

  • June 3 -23 Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantique, France (full)

  • July 6 - 30 Coudures, Aquitaine, France (full)

  • Aug 10 - Sept 3 Coudures, Aquitaine, France 

  • October 7 - 27 Biarritz, Pyrenees-Atlantique, France (full)

  • Nov 25 - Dec 15 Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantique, France (2 places left)

2020

  • April 6 - 26 Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantique, France (6 spaces left)

  • May 9 - 30 Coudures, Aquitaine, France 

  • June 8 - 28 Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantique, France

  • July 11 - Aug 1 Coudures, Aquitaine, France 

  • Aug 15 - Sept 5 Coudures, Aquitaine, France

  • September Healing Retreat

  • Oct 5 - 25 Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantique, France 

  • **Nov 9 - 29 Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantique, France (tentative)

 

€75 if you book directly from our site

COUDURES

May 6 -26, 2020

July 4 - 28, 2020

Aug 8 - Sept 1, 2020

Residential yoga teacher training, food and board included. Yoga Alliance certification. Hatha-Vinyasa. Quiet, peaceful secluded retreat home. Read the recent reviews below to see if this training is right for you.Scroll down for more information.

From:

€1999 

+ €100 registration fee (non-refundable)

B I A R R I T Z

Oct. 7 - 27, 2019 (open)

Nov 25 - Dec 15, 2019 (full)

April 6 - 25, 2020 (open)

June 8 - 28, 2020 (open)

October 5 - 25, 2020 (open)

Nov 9 - 29, 2020 (tentative)

Non-residential or residential yoga teacher training in the stylish, elegant, historic and iconic seaside town of Biarritz. Enjoy Weekends off (except the last weekend). Yoga Alliance certification. Hatha-Vinyasa.  Scroll down for more information. 

From:

For 2020 €1400 course only+ €100 registration fee (non-refundable)

Healing 

Retreat

arrivals every Saturday/Sunday of September

Teacher Trainings finish in September to make way for the healing retreat featuring gentle yoga, meditation and VortexHealing TM. Packages start from Euros 500 for five days.   Click here for more information

From:

€500

+ €30 roundtrip transfers Mont de Marsan train station, €100/extra night

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Coudures

Residential Training in Coudures

(22 days including arrival day and departure day)

€1999 + €100 registration fee (non-refundable) MONTHLY PAYMENTS AVAILABLE

single room available at €3550

 

Included : course fee, accommodation in a quad room, breakfast-lunch-dinner (vegetarian. vegan and gluten free options are available on request, please contact us for your special diets)

Style of Yoga : Hatha-Vinyasa 

Not included : airfare and ground transfers Pick up and drop off €30

 

The foundational course is a spiritually-focused yoga teacher training in a very quiet countryside location away from the noise, distraction, the busyness and stress of towns and the city. The location is in a family-run property in rural France, a 17th-century manor house with views of rolling hills, 6 acres of private grounds, a little wood at the edge of the property that leads to a lake reservoir, views of low sweeping hills and the Pyrenees at a distance on a bright sunny day. Enjoy countryside walks in the rural village, forest and lake.

Please note : In the spirit of Santosha, practising contentment and detachment, our rooms and halls are not heated or air-conditioned and food served is plain and simple.

Nearest Airports : Bordeaux and Pau

 

Nearest Train Station : Mont de Marsan. Pick up and drop off €30

Daily Schedule

(Coudures only, new schedule from 2020)

  • 7:00 - 7:30 pranayama

  • 7:30 - 9:30 Yoga Asana Practice

  • 9:30 - 10:15 light breakfast

  • 10:15 - 13:00 lecture (teaching methodology and professional development)

  • 13:00 - 14:30 simple lunch

  • 14:30 - 16:30 workshop (anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, yoga philosophy and humanities)

  • 16:30 - 18:30 workshop (techniques and poses)

  • 18:30 - 19:30 evening yoga practice (gentle yoga, pranayamas, kirtan, chanting)

  • 19:30 -20:30 simple dinner

  • 20:30 - 21:30 yoga nidra

There will be days off on Saturdays. Please note we are not close to a village or town, so if you are planning to explore the country, please make your touristic and sight-seeing travel plans before of after the training. Click here to see the full curriculum

Back to Simple Living.

 

At the Coudures retreat, we encourage our students to embrace simple living and challenge themselves to let go of their attachments to city comforts. In the spirit of santosha- the practice of contentment and detachment, our rooms and halls are not heated or air-conditioned and food served is plain and simple (served 3 times daily).

 

The retreat in Coudures is a journey back in time and a return to simple living. Students are responsible for cleaning their own room. 

 

The old house is surrounded by nothing but farmland. There are no shops and distractions nearby. The quiet countryside location is conducive to meditation and going inwards. Although we have wi-fi in certain areas of the house, we encourage our students to limit the use of internet and even go offline. We encourage silence as much as possible especially in the early mornings and evenings. 

 

it is our wish that students take advantage of the opportunity to be in these quiet peaceful, simple  surroundings to retreat, discover the inner self and deepen their spiritual practice- which to us, what yoga is primarily about.

recent reviews

Sofia Apospori from Malta

Share the amazing things customers are saying about your business. Double cWhat a wonderful learning experience that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an RYT 200 course! Sunshine is a seasoned teacher who shares both her knowledge and love for yoga in an enthusiastic, kind and generous way. More particularly, she has planned a course that is very balanced: through yoga practice, lectures and practical workshops, I felt that the training helped me to not only deepen my personal practice, but also build up the confidence to teach yoga (something that I never thought I would be able to do). What I particularly enjoyed and appreciated during the training was that it went beyond the physical aspects of yoga. While the study of asanas and daily yoga practice were an integral part of the course, we were also taught the history, theory and philosophy of yoga with the same amount of commitment and ardor. As a bonus to all of the above, the setting in Coudures is ideal for yoga teacher training because the proximity to nature really encourages you to turn inwards. The accommodation is clean and to the point and the food is simple but extremely tasty - Glen is a brilliant cook. Overall, I would highly recommend Rainbow Light yoga for your RYT 200 - if you are looking for a course that examines equally the body, the mind and the spirit, that is set in a beautiful location close to nature and that is taught by a talented and generous teacher, this might be the right pick for you.lick, or click Edit Text to make it yours.

Marion Bergin from Ireland

Share the amazing things customers are saying about your business. Double cWhat a wonderful learning experience that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an RYT 200 course! Sunshine is a seasoned teacher who shares both her knowledge and love for yoga in an enthusiastic, kind and generous way. More particularly, she has planned a course that is very balanced: through yoga practice, lectures and practical workshops, I felt that the training helped me to not only deepen my personal practice, but also build up the confidence to teach yoga (something that I never thought I would be able to do). What I particularly enjoyed and appreciated during the training was that it went beyond the physical aspects of yoga. While the study of asanas and daily yoga practice were an integral part of the course, we were also taught the history, theory and philosophy of yoga with the same amount of commitment and ardor. As a bonus to all of the above, the setting in Coudures is ideal for yoga teacher training because the proximity to nature really encourages you to turn inwards. The accommodation is clean and to the point and the food is simple but extremely tasty - Glen is a brilliant cook. Overall, I would highly recommend Rainbow Light yoga for your RYT 200 - if you are looking for a course that examines equally the body, the mind and the spirit, that is set in a beautiful location close to nature and that is taught by a talented and generous teacher, this might be the right pick for you.lick, or click Edit Text to make it yours.

Eric Dupas Laigo from France

"Authentique retraite et formation de haute qualité"Ana propose un approfondissement du yoga comme discipline physique, spirituelle et philosophique. Pendant ces 24 jours, il est possible de découvrir plusieurs styles de hatha yoga et d'approfondir les connaissances sur les autres formes de yoga grâce à la bibliothèque. Les journées sont bien construites avec un équilibre entre le corps et l'esprit. Le matin la priorité est donnée aux activités physiques tandis que l'après-midi est prioritairement consacré aux études et aux échanges. Le centre de Glen et Ana est situé en pleine campagne landaise dans un lieu propice à la méditation et à l'activité physique. Le silence des voitures et de la foule laisse place aux chants des oiseaux et aux bruissements des feuillages forestiers environnants. Besoin de bouger? Il est facile de trouver un chemin de randonnée, un circuit pour faire un jogging ou encore d'emprunteur des routes connues du Tour de France ou du Pèlerinage de Compostelle. Le lieu est une magnifique maison de campagne avec tout le confort. Les chambres sont agréables avec du parquet et offrent une vue panoramique sur les environs. Les salles de bains sont confortables. La maison est entourée d'un immense jardin bien entretenu. Il dispose de plusieurs pour se délasser dont une petite cabane en bois avec d'immenses coussins. Les repas végétariens (vegan ou gluten free sur demande) sont un vrai délice. La qualité et la quantité ne font jamais défaut. Enfin, vous avez le wifi et on capte très bien la 3G et la 4G.

Biarritz

Biarritz (residential & non-residential)

 

€1400+ €100 registration fee (non-refundable)

 

Style: Hatha-Vinyasa

next date: April 6-26, 2020 (Saturdays and Sundays off) except the last week (daily 7h - 19h)

Not Included : airfare, transfers, accommodation, food, surf rentals/lessons

Stylish, elegant, historic and iconic seaside city of Biarritz offers a wide choice of accommodations, shops, cafes and all amenities. Enjoy seaside walks or surfing. 

Nearest Airports : Biarritz, Pau, Bordeaux

Nearest Train Station : Biarritz

Classroom :  Maison Rouge, 20 Avenue de la Reine Victoria, 64200 Biarritz

Learn more about our Approach to YOGA and the Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum here.

The couple of months i trained with Sunshine were life changing. Anxiety and Depression were really bad at the time and i wasnt doing much with my life but had a hint i wanted to try yoga so i jumped into the YTT200 training and i realised Yoga was definitely the path i needed at the time and its something thats always gonna be my life and it keeps me grounded. She was a lovely teacher and hostess and i loved the material she picked for us both of the physical practise and theory.I learned so much in them 200 hours and if shes ever gonna be teaching the YTT500 i will be there learning off her. :)

Stephen fahey, Ireland

I was really stressed not to be able to manage the YTT200 physically and emotionally, but the way it was organised really helped me to go further in my personal practice and moreover to learn a precise teaching technique ! (Indeed, it was not too much so we could process all the knowledge we had had, but strong enough to give us a solid base to work with.) Besides, Rainbowlight Yoga is really respectful of each body and each mind, a very important aspect for me to adapt my teaching. With this YTT, I’ve discovered a complete yoga teaching and practice, helping me (and so my future students) to work with my own energy and be more conscious of myself and daily life. Sunshine is wonderful to give your confidence in yourself and your abilities, helping to progress from where you are ! And last but not least, the place is really nice where you can enjoy calm and nature !

Sandra Laoudi, France

Hear from past students, now teachers

I wish I could do something wonderful to express my gratitude to Sunshine, Rainbowlight yoga retreat and my enjoyment for being given a fantastic opportunity to participate in such a comprehensive and educational training.

I have always wanted to develop my teaching skills in yoga and having the opportunity to take this qualification with Rainbowlight yoga has been once of the most important things I have done to develop my career as a yoga instructor.

I have been thoroughly blessed with relaxation, exercise and knowledge all at the right level for me, apart from the very comfortable facilities, delicious food and the company of mind like people who made my training even more interesting and exciting.

I do recommend if you want to receive high quality training with a wonderful brilliant teacher, then take some time for your self and enjoy the blessing of sunshine teaching as that is certain one of the experiences in my life which I will never forget.

Wendy Alves, London

I had a great experience at Rainbow Light Yoga (Retreat) having just completed my Yoga Teacher Training 200 (November 2016). Sunshine and Glen (and their two gorgeous children!) are exceedingly accommodating and are very hospitable. Sunshine is very patient and thorough in her teaching of yoga, making it clear that there are many different ways people practice and many paths of yoga - it isn't all about the moves! We were exposed to many various ways of learning - through research, reading, watching various videos, discussions and plenty of practice (on many days having two lessons in addition to teaching and 'pose' practice). Every morning and evening we had a meditation - again, exposing us to various methods. A wonderful retreat that really lets you 'find yourself'. Emilia also helped teach the classes and was always at hand to help you with advice or pass on her knowledge and experiences. Would I recommend this retreat - absolutely, wholeheartedly. Will I go back - yes. I am working on that now.............. :-)

Jo Blower, France

Sunshine,

lead instructor

ERYT 200 Yoga Alliance

Serena or Sunshine as she is called, has been teach­ing yoga for over 14 years and practicing for longer. She is reg­is­tered with Yoga Alliance as eRYT-​200,  Level 3 Yoga Teacher on the Reg­is­ter of Exer­cise Pro­fes­sion­als in the UK and is an accomplished teacher trainer.

She com­pleted yoga teacher train­ing in Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas under yogi Vishvketu of Akhandha Yoga and advanced 300hr training with Shir Shemesh (Dharma Yoga and Sivananda Yoga)

Sun­shine embarked on a for­mal study of Tibetan Bud­dhism and com­pleted the Asian Clas­sics Insi­tute 18 courses. She has received teach­ings in sutra and tantra.

Bachelors Degree in Psychology

Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Certificate in Neuro Linguistic Programming

Certificate in Hypnotherapy

Reiki and Energy Healing

Vortex Healing 

Lead instructors are required to teach 150 hours and the rest can be taught by one other or a team of teachers. In Coudures, in the summer months, the lead instructor Serena Ross is supported by other teachers, some auxillary and some co-lead teachers whose names do not appear here as they are different teachers in each training. If you wish more information on co-teacher bios, please send us an email to glen@rainbowlightyoga.com

Foundational Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum Overview

As a graduate of our Yoga Teacher Training (YTT200) Programme, you will be able to register as RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher 200hr) with Yoga Alliance. The 200hr Yoga Teacher Training is a foundational training following the core curriculum set by Yoga Allliance. What you will learn during this training:

 

  • Techniques, Training and Practice

    • Asana (modifications and adaptations)                

    • Pranayama techniques                

    • Meditation techniques                

    • Subtle Body work (nadis and chakras)    

  • Teach­ing Method­ol­ogy  

    • effective sequencing                

    • teaching techniques                

    • teaching multi-level participants                

    • classroom management                

    • communication, cuing and adjustments                

    • introduction to yoga for special populations: older adults, pregnant women, children    

    • Safety practices    

  • Anatomy and Physiology 

    • introduction to biomechanics

    • avoiding injury

    • nervous system

    • musculoskeletal system

    • respiratory system

    • digestive systems

    • current research on yoga                               

  • Professional Essentials                

    • Scope of practice                

    • Healthy boundaries                

    • Professionalism                

    • Introduction to business and marketing                

  • Yoga Phi­los­o­phy, History and Humanities                

    • Introduction to the Yoga Sutra (Patanjali)                

    • ntroduction to the the Vedas, Upanishads and ancient practices                

    • Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita                

    • Introduction to ayurveda and jyotish/indian astrology                

    • Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)                

  •  Practicum (at the minimum for each training, each student will deliver two 30 minute classes and two 1 hour classes)    

  

Of the 200hr Yoga Alliance program, 160 hours are required as contact hours and the rest, non-contact. Lead instructors are required to teach 150 hours and the rest can be taught by one other or a team of teachers. In Coudures, in the summer months, the lead instructor Serena Ross is supported by other teachers, some auxillary and some co-lead teachers whose names do not appear here as they are different teachers in each training. If you wish more information on co-teacher bios, please send us an email to glen@rainbowlightyoga.com
 

Here are some things to do to prepare yourself for the course:
*If you do not yet have a regular meditation practice yet, please start now (about 7-10 minutes a day for beginners, 10-20minutes a day for progressing students).

*Please read The Yoga Sutras of Master Patanjali (I recommend the commentaries by Geshe Michael Roach or Swami Sachidananda) and the Bhagavad Gita (I suggest that you read this in full and original text instead of commentary) and finally the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

*Watch our tutorials on our YouTube Channel

* If you are not confident in your practical skills, you can consider taking our online course before enrolling in the in-person teacher training

 
Watch this introduction video to Yoga Alliance
teacher training France by RainbowLight Yoga