RYT200 Teacher Training with emphasis on Restorative & Therapeutic Yoga  - June 19 - July 16, 2016

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Faculty Teachers

Brigitte Longueville

Brigitte Longueville(Netherlands) Director of Solstice Yoga Center. Her teachings focus on the opportunity to "restore" innate capacities to their optimal expression through "relaxation as practice" coupled with traditional yoga practice. Her teachings are a reflection of her long study with international teachers and yogis in the area of "traditional" South India yoga, pranayama, critical alignment, anapana and vipassana meditation. She obtained her teaching certificate after completing a 3-year course at The Bharata Institute of Yoga, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The institute is world renowned for it's work in critical alignment. She is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher and teacher trainer. She has been doing pranayama for 25 years and has been practicing vipassana meditation for over 10 years. An international yoga teacher and member of that community, she teaches workshops around the world including the United States, Netherlands, Belgium, India, Antigua (West Indies) and Mexico.

David McAmmond

David McAmmond(Canada) Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Beginning as a student of Hilda Pezarro in the early 70s, he was soon encouraged to start teaching. Although he worked with many teachers, David feels that he was most influenced by Dr. Bruce and Maureen Carruthers, and Acharya Dr. S.V. Karandikar. In 1995, David traveled to Pune, India, to train under Acharya Dr. S.V. Karandikar, one of the world’s pioneers in Restorative Yoga. This relationship has been maintained for many years with workshops in Canada and India. Over the last 25 years, David has inspired more than 400 yoga teacher trainees through various Teacher Training programs in Canada and Mexico. His daily life is committed to continuing research on yoga therapy, the origins and development of yoga and meditation in order to refine his own practice and teaching. Participating in this training, you will not only have the opportunity to enjoy David’s practical wisdom, unique sense of humor and thought-provoking stories, but also his contagious warmth, enthusiasm and encouragement will bring you great satisfaction. David will cover important restorative techniques, and relevant anatomical knowledge which will greatly enhance your understanding, practice, and teaching.

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RYT200 Teacher Training
with emphasis on
Restorative & Therapeutic Yoga

There are only a few places left in our June 19 - July 16, 2016,  yoga event.

Date:   June 19 - July 16, 2016
Location:   Bordils, Barcelona, Spain
Instructors:   Brigitte Longueville and David McAmmond

Begin the adventure of a lifetime when you immerse yourself in the practice, study and teachings of yoga at Solstice Yoga Center's teacher training.

This highly acclaimed training is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified course. It brings world-renowned teachers together with students from around the world and is designed for those that want to teach with confidence, enhance their teaching or simply deepen their personal practice.

You will have the opportunity to become absorbed without distraction in a perfect environment of community, study, sanctuary and practice.

Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification - Yoga Alliance

Teacher Training Program - hands on teachingGraduating students can register as RYT 200 © (Registered Yoga Teachers) with Yoga Alliance, the international certifying yoga authority. Teachers registered with the alliance are authorized to use the initials RYT 200 © after their names.

Brigitte Longueville, the director and lead-trainer of the program, is an E-RYT 500 (meaning experienced and certified to teach teachers) and Solstice Yoga Center is a RYS200 Yoga Alliance certified school (see www.yogaalliance.org for more information).

Past graduates have found the Solstice Yoga Center's teacher training course to be a great adventure that is life-changing, enlightening and energizing. It is an experience that empowers individuals to find and express their best self and true potential, in both their professional and personal life.

Teaching from the "Heart"

The Solstice Teacher Training emphasizes that in order to teach yoga one must develop a deep personal understanding of yoga.

This is accomplished by providing students with daily instruction and practice in the art and science of yoga designed so that students can have a profound personal experience of the teachings.

where to learn restorative yogaYou will be invited, in Brigitte's terms, to come to see "relaxation as practice." This means the opportunity to stop "trying" to do yoga and therefore becoming tense.

Instead, students learn to calm the body, and then the mind, creating the optimal state to experience and realize the full dynamic energy of an asana.

The Course Work

With this knowledge, teachers can teach not only from the head (as a result of their studies) but also from the heart (as a result of a deeply felt practice).

It is the premise of Solstice Yoga Teaching Training that once a practitioner has realized this profound experience, they then have the insight to share it, and teach it, to others.
The teacher training has a proven track record in delivering this understanding to students coupled with the knowledge base through which to express their experience to others.
As a result graduates go out into the world with complete confidence prepared to teach classes that students will find to be engaging, challenging and energizing.

The heart of the program is daily instruction and practice of meditation, pranayama and asanas. This is complemented with in-depth teaching of the following integral aspects of yoga teaching:

Yoga Philosophy / Lifestyle / Ethics
You will have the opportunity to understand the ancient texts, the original teachers, yogic lifestyle choices, and ethical choices and appropriate conduct for yoga teachers.

Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga
"Restorative yoga" is defined as the opportunity to restore and rejuvenate the innate muscular and energetic capacity of the body prior to the practice of asana in order to optimize the practice of yoga. This will be taught using the BackMitra and various pasive positions.

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In the Therapeutic yoga part you will learn how to work with students that have physical issues and problems including: back pain, repetitive strain injuries, carpal tunnel, scoliosis, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, and strain due to bad posture or weight issues. Many people suffer from these issues and desire to practice yoga for relief. You will learn how to give them appropriate guidance and a safe practice.
For many years the therapeutic benefits of yoga have been recognized by a few. More recently, they have become much better known. Today many physicians are encouraging some of their patients to take up yoga for therapeutic reasons.
Unfortunately the healing benefits may be, to a great extent, hit and miss. The reason for these outcomes is that not all types of yoga address all types of problems equally well. What is needed for yoga as therapy to be consistently effective is an individualized approach based on the particular condition of the patient and a thorough understanding of anatomy, pathology and rehabilitation techniques.

Asana Practice
The complete spectrum of asanas will be explored in depth, including pose adaptations and the use of props. Both the classically, "held" positions associated with Iyengar yoga will be taught as well as Vinyasa Flow (breath synchronized movement) often associated with Ashtanga yoga.

You will learn the science of breathing: changing the rhythm of the breath, inhalation, retention, and exhalation. Ironically, pranayama is not a breathing exercise, but an exercise of awareness.

Anatomy / Physiology
You will learn a functional understanding of the key anatomic structures as they relate to Hatha yoga. Knowledge of these structures can be used immediately to optimize practice, overcome blockages, avoid injuries and of course, communicate with your future students.
In physiology we will be focusing on the autonomic nervous system its structure and function. The chronic imbalance of this nervous system is either directly or indirectly responsible for the many stress related diseases burdening us today. Understanding the connection between stress and our nervous system allows us to explore various yoga and related techniques which can be used to restore proper functioning of the mind and body.

Brigitte Longueville teaching anatomy and restorative therapeutic yoga
Brigitte teaching anatomy and restorative alignment 

These cleansing exercises remove toxins from the body. There are six kriyas: Neti (nasal cleansing), Nauli (abdominal churning), Dhauti (upper digestive tract cleansing), Basti (colon cleansing), Kapalabhati (lung and bronchial tube cleansing) and Tratak (steady gazing). From these six kriyas we will only practice Nauli, Kapalabhati, and Tratak.

Personal Teaching Experience
Aquiring Teaching Experience You will learn how to teach by teaching classes and observing your fellow teachers as they teach. Each student will teach classes (traditional Hatha and therapeutic yoga) under the guidance of Brigitte. You will work in small groups, prepare classes together, exchange ideas and learn how to teach and assist others as they teach.


The emphasis throughout the training is on hands-on experience and constructive feedback that prepares you to teach with confidence and clarity.

Graduation Policy

Awarding of completion certificates is based on three criteria:
  1. Attendance; To successfully complete the program, a student may not miss more than 5 hours of classroom time.
  2. Completed homework assignments.
  3. Faculty assessment of skills learned.

RYT200 Teacher Training Graduates
This is fun! 


Can Tallada
At a 1 hour drive from Barcelona or 15 minutes from the beautiful old city of Girona, just on the edge of the ancient village of Bordils, lies the small estate Can Tallada.

A mansion of Spanish grandeur, with its towers, high ceilings, terraces, old water tower, fireplaces, traditional courtyard, painted ceilings, old magnolia trees, and floors of the Art Nouveaux era ... It is a place where the energy, reflection and rest come naturally.

From Can Tallada you walk 200 meters to the town square of Bordils, where you'll find the cozy cafe-bar Sippi, and a bakery. Across the farm fields begin the orchards.From Bordils it's a 20 minute drive to the Costa Brava; the 'Rough Coast' bordering on the north with the mighty Pyrenees. The region offers one of the most picturesque landscapes of the Mediterranean. Rocky cliffs towering over beautiful beaches with crystal blue and green waters.

The house has large and small indoor and outdoor spaces, such as the library, a large kitchen with a covered terrace, large balconies, between the rooms a rose garden, herb garden, lawn, terrace with pool. At the side of the pool is the beautiful yoga room.


The course is divided into 2 parts each consisting of 4 blocks. Each block has its own theme:

Part 1 (Brigitte Longueville)
- Block 1: Standing poses, twists and the BackMitra
- Block 2: Backbends, twists and the BackMitra
- Block 3: Forward bends and twists
- Block 4: Teaching classes

Part 2 (David McAmmond + Brigitte Longueville)
- Block 5: Nervous system, breath and passive positions
- Block 6: Shoulder and pelvic girdle
- Block 7: Hips, knees and feet
- Block 8: Open classes with David

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Course Options

You can take the full course, or if 4 weeks is not doable you can do one half now, and the other half at a later date. Or take a short brake and immerse yourself for one week in a theme you always wanted to know more about...

We offer the following course options:

- Immersion course (choice of 2 consecutive blocks, 5 or 6 days)
- 100 hours certificate* (choice of 1st or 2nd part, 2 weeks)
- RYT200 certificate** (full course, 4 weeks)

* When having completed both 100-hours courses you can register as Yoga Alliance RYT200 teacher.
** With this certificate you can register with Yoga Alliance as RYT200 teacher.

Information and Booking

For information and bookings contact: Guy  

"For me the teacher training was a gift to myself: to consolidate many threads of journey and create space for deeper levels of integration and peace. The lessons and connections continue to surface, one year on, and I feel immense gratitude to Brigitte and the amazing selection of international maestros who so graciously shared their energy and expertise. This coast has an elemental energy that combined with Solstice Yoga Center offer a unique and unforgettable yoga experience."
-- Lucy Cherrington, New Zealand