About us

Yoga Academy Europe is a SYM (Shiatsu Yoga Meditarraneo Ltd) venture offering professional  200 and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Courses. All courses are certified by Yoga Alliance International. Upon graduation our graduates are certified to teach anywhere in the world. SYM Is registered in the UK and has been successfully running certified training courses and retreats in Yoga, Shiatsu, Oriental Medicine, Meditation and Healing since 1997. SYM offers 4 Yoga Teacher Training programs annually. What makes these programs unique is Gerry Rixen’s 30 year experience as teacher and therapist which informs his courses.

The profound understanding of health, energy, psychology, mindfulness, meditation, postures and nutrition taught here allow for a deeper understanding of Yoga, a higher level of teaching as well as for a life changing experience. SYM is a recognised member school of Yoga Alliance Intentional (YAI), the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and the International Yoga Federation (IYF).

To this end, SYM provides training of the highest possible standard, by a team of dedicated and skilled professionals. The team bring their many years of experience and exceptional skills into the program. Course groups are kept intentionally small with an emphasis on individual growth and development. All the courses take place in beautiful locations that feed the soul, nurture the body and stimulate ongoing curiosity and learning.

 Yoga and Yoga Therapy

Yoga is the science of self evolution and wholeness; it is the quest of aligning with our higher nature. Regular practice develops our body and subtle energy systems that promote greater awareness, wellbeing and health. The practice of yoga is therefore fundamentally therapeutic.

Yoga Therapy focuses on the therapeutic aspects of yoga to facilitate healing; working with the physical aspects of the body as well as dealing with mental and emotional factors through meditation, deep relaxation, restorative poses, Pranayama (breathing exercises) and chanting. Yoga is both preventive and curative as it has a profound healing effect on body, mind and soul, restoring balance and harmony to our lives. 

Hatha Yoga Taught at SYM

 The Hatha Yoga taught at SYM focuses on Asana practice, based on the Iyengar and Sivananda Yoga methods, with a focus on flow, steadiness and relaxation. Asana practice includes the exploration of the Chakras and the Chinese acupuncture meridians.

 All yoga courses include Pranayama, Restorative or Therapeutic Asana, Relaxation (Savasana), Meditation, Nutrition, Yoga Philosophy and Psychology, Bodywork and Chakra Balancing.

 SYM also offer a combined, professional and certified Yoga Teacher and Shiatsu Therapy Training.

Hear what our graduates have to say ..

“An amazing opportunity to learn from very special teachers, sharing different styles of teaching yoga and their passion for practice. I really enjoyed the focus on the therapeutic benefits of yoga and how to make these accessible to all - there was a very inclusive ethos in the teacher training. Great company from course mates, nourishment for the body from wonderful chef and nourishment for the bliss body from the mountain views and swims in the sea. Thank you all! ”

— ANNA WOLMUTH , LONDON, UK. 2018


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