200 hour Yoga Teacher Training; Yoga Alliance International certification. Hatha Yoga; Courses and Workshops in Yoga Therapy, Yoga and Cancer Treatment, Yoga Psychology and Philosophy, Yoga and Astrology, Stress Management, Professional Training in Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine and much more.
Holidayoga was created as a SYM sister www.shiatsumed.com to develop and provide more yoga summer courses in Greece and elsewhere.
SYM was created in 1997 but summer holiday courses in Yoga and Shiatsu in Greece started in 1995 with courses for the general public as well as for SYM students.
Over the years these became much more specific including the yoga teacher training and other courses.
Holidayoga/SYM is registered in the UK and provides courses in Spain, Greece, France and Italy.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is essentially a method of self development or self improvement of each individual's physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual capacities. Regular practice develops our body, conscience and levels of perception. This can be developed by tuning into and opening up our own energy centres, known as chakras.
Many people have now realised that our scientific age has not brought us the inner happiness we secretly crave despite its breathtaking advances in so many fields and the comforts and leisure that come in its wake, at least for those fortunate enough to have access to these.
However yoga is essentially 'scientific' since it is based on a deep understanding of people’s fundamental needs; not just basic material needs, but physical and mental health issues as well as emotional, philosophical and spiritual issues.
It is for this reason that yoga contains elements that address problems on every level:
Asanas or yoga postures are practiced to tone and also
to relax the muscles, improve posture, massage the internal organs and
circulate vital energy (prana or ki) in the body. Yoga also stimulates
circulation of blood and lymph, calms the nerves, improves digestion
and libido and works in fact on all body systems. Practising asanas
also helps us develop concentration, breath and will power.
Pranayamas are special breathing exercises that slow
down breathing and help regulate the flow of energy in the body.
Relaxation helps us to relax at will - both our physical
body as well as our mind.
Meditation helps us calm the mind so that we may rise
above simple emotional reactions and develop serenity and mental composure.
Yogic nutrition is based on the Indian medical system
know as Ayurveda. This is not some strange or exotic system but is in
fact based on common sense. The basic principles are easily understood
and applied and are not exclusive to Indian culture. They are universal
principles that find their echo in many other cultures.
Philosophy is also based on common sense. Although
based on it’s own cultural and spiritual heritage it has universal
appeal and one may readily find parallels in other cultures such as
ancient Greece, Egypt or China.
In this sense yoga is a therapy and not just a workout. It is both preventive
and curative. It may help us to simply keep fit or to surmount great
problems, helping us bring more balance and harmony into our lives as
well as guiding us towards our higher self. Above all it is a great
pleasure to practice and everyone can and should practice according
to their own individual capacities, not forcing the body into unnatural
postures. There is no need to fight against oneself, instead yoga should
be practised with enjoyment.