Bhagavad Gita, Meditation & Yoga Intensive Retreat

  • Teachers: Vidya Heisel & Kate Finn
  • Level: Intermediate / Advanced
  • Study time: 50-hours

  • When: 1 - 8 June
  • Exams: optional
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Transform Your Yoga Practice

The Bhagavad Gita, Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Are you an intermediate yoga practitioner looking to deepen your practice? Imagine immersing yourself in a week-long retreat dedicated to advancing your yoga journey, studying the profound teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, and cultivating a transformative meditation practice. 
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What awaits you:

Study the Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita Study: Immerse yourself in the timeless wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, through discussion and contemplation. This ancient sacred text, offers profound insights into life, that are as relevant today as they were over 2,500 years ago. Guided by Vidya Heisel, you'll explore this transformative scripture, diving deep into self-exploration and gaining a deep insight into how to live a fulfilling and liberated life.

Advance Your Practice

These yoga workshops are suitable for intermediate practitioners, with options for progression.Advance Your Practice Advance Your Practice Workshops: Engage in daily Asana workshops, thoughtfully curated by our expert FLY teachers. Each session delves into a different aspect of yoga, tied to themes from the Bhagavad Gita. Led by accomplished Senior FLY teachers, you'll explore these themes from philosophical, physical, and anatomical perspectives.

Meditation Mastery

Discover the power of meditation: Explore various meditation techniques, breathing exercises, and concentration practices that will transform your life and deepen your practice. Yoga teachers will learn how to skillfully share these transformative tools with your students.

Yoga Philosophy Deep Dive

Beyond the mat lies a treasure trove of philosophical insights. Engage in thought-provoking discussions about the core tenets of yoga philosophy, the nature of reality, and the path to self-discovery. Expect to leave this retreat with tools you can use for life and an open heart and mind.

Suryalila's Idyllic Retreat Setting

Nestled in the heart of nature, Suryalila Retreat Centre provides the perfect backdrop for this immersive experience. Find solace and inspiration in the tranquil surroundings as you embark on a journey of self-exploration and growth.

Who Should Attend

This advanced yoga teacher training is tailored for experienced yoga practitioners, who are looking for a personal retreat dedicated to self-study and also for yoga teachers who are eager to expand their knowledge beyond the physical practice. Whether you seek to enhance your teaching skills, deepen your personal practice, or gain a more profound understanding of yoga philosophy, this course is designed to meet your aspirations.


A genuine passion for exploring the philosophical aspects of yoga.

If you wish to receive your 50-hr continuing education credits towards your Advanced 300-hr certification completion of a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (certification required) 

Goal of the retreat

Goal of the Retreat:Our aim is to equip you with tools and inspiration that will propel your own yoga practice, teaching, and meditation journey. Leave with a fresh perspective on living a fulfilling life and carrying forward your newfound wisdom.

Join Us

Dates: June 1 - 8, 2024

Elevate your teaching journey and embark on a path of self-discovery that will leave you inspired, empowered, and enriched. Secure your spot today for this exclusive 50-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at Suryalila Retreat Centre.

Limited spaces available. Reserve your place now and take the next step in your yoga journey!
Our teachers

Meet the teachers

Vidya Heisel

Lead Teacher
Vidya is a master yoga teacher with over 45 years of teaching experience as well as a deep and experienced knowledge of yogic philosophy and meditation. 

Lidiya Petkova

E-RYT 500
Lidiya is an attentive teacher and aims to inspire her students to bring meditation into movement. With her students, she loves sharing what yoga has given her – balance in life, inner wellbeing and radiant health.

Kate Finn

E-RYT 500
Kate is a gifted teacher, passionate about vedic wisdom and knowledge, sanskrit and chanting. With a talent at weaving in the fundamental truths and benefits of yoga into a class.

Niamh Colfer

E-RYT 500
With a passion for movement and anatomy, Niamh integrates elements of deeper body work into her yoga classes combining creative sequencing and down to earth inspiration to help you deepen your practice.
Deep Dive into Yourself with this Immersive Yoga Retreat!

Join us at the serene Suryalila Retreat Centre for an enriching and transformative 50-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training!
Elevate your teaching skills and delve into the profound depths of yoga philosophy with our immersive one-week course. This comprehensive program is tailored for yoga practitioners and teachers who aspire to transcend the physical aspects of yoga and explore its profound spiritual dimensions.
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Take your existing teaching skills to a whole new level with this one-week yoga course. During this six day yoga immersion we will cover the foundations and fundamentals of the Bhagavad Gita, as well as deepen our understanding of yoga philosophy that can bring greater joy, fulfilment and purpose into our lives. This course has been designed for those who are thirsty for understanding more philosophy and discovering the richness this practice has to offer beyond the asana.

Access our detailed schedule here!


Advance your Practice Workshops weaving in a theme from the Bhagavad Gita which will be led by four highly accomplished and unique Senior FLY teachers. Every day expect to delve deeper into a specific theme from a philosophical, physical and anatomical perspective. Please note that whilst there may be some more advanced Yoga Practice included in these workshops, options and step by step progressions will always be offered and they will therefore be suitable for all intermediate practitioners.

We will also be offering you some deeply relaxing and nourishing evening practices of Yin, Restorative and Myofascial Release.

Bhagavad Gita Study

The Bhagavad Gita encapsulates the essence of the timeless wisdom of the Upanishads. In this jewel of Vedantic scripture, the Hindu God Krishna unfolds the essential teachings of Yoga to the Prince Arjuna, who is faced with a spiritual and existential crisis on a battlefield, about to lead his army into metaphorical war. Although this text was written over 2,500 years ago, the message of the Gita applies itself perfectly to our modern times and helps to dispel the ignorance which binds us to a sense of limitation and helplessness. The knowledge unfolded in the Gita is life changing, providing us with the timeless guidance to live a happy and fulfilling life. The selected translation and commentary is also a wonderful introduction to classical Advaita Vedanta.


Unveil the true essence of yoga beyond the mat and become a beacon of wisdom and guidance for your students. Every day we will be doing 1-2 hours of Silent Meditation Practice. Initially the meditation will be guided and then we will continue in silence. There will be an in-depth explanation of how to meditate and time for questions and answers about meditation. The meditation will support the Gita study and help to purify and calm the mind and allow you to leave the retreat feeling refreshed, deeply restored and inspired. 

Watch the Series

Learn the lessons of the Bhagavad Gita from an Advaita Vedanta perspective in this series of talks by Vidya Heisel. We read Rory Makkay's translation and commentary of the Gita, 'Bhagavad Gita - The Divine Song' and Vidya adds her own thoughts and interpretations on this ancient text.

Every week Vidya hosts a Bhagavad Gita and Advaita Vedanta study group which is filmed live from Suryalila, the home of Frog Lotus Yoga. Vidya has been a student and teacher of yoga philosophy for many years so her profound knowledge on this text and how it applies to our modern lives is extensive. The Gita is the original yoga text and holds the wisdom on which yoga as we know it was founded.

You can watch the series here or on our Vimeo channel. 
Join our 50 hour advanced yoga teacher training in Spain and study with 4 experienced teachers right at Suryalila Retreat Centre
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“I attended the advanced training at Suryalila with he head teacher Vidya. This training was exactly what I was looking for. Vidya offers a depth and a wisdom that only someone who truly lives the practices can offer. I was deeply inspired by her philosophy sessions, it sparked a real curiosity that has stayed with me as I continue to study. I appreciated the structure and balance between philosophy, asana, meditation and integration throughout the training. And the variety of what was offered was rich. Plus a variety of meditation techniques, all of which I still practice and teach.
The training, Vidya in particular, satisfied my yearning for a deeper connection to the practice, truly grateful to have learned from her”
Katie White, Fly graduate 
I thoroughly loved every moment of my course with Vidya. The whole experience was
wonderful, from the food to the cosy atmosphere and the unforgettable, inspirational
practices taught by Vidya. Not only did I feel empowered through the new found
strength of my physical practice, but through learning the philosophy of yoga and the
anatomy of the human body as well. I have come out of the course feeling more
knowledgeable, strong in my practice, hungry to learn more and confident to teach vinyasa
flow yoga. The teachers and assistants were welcoming, motivating and well prepared. I would
recommend this course to anyone who loves yoga, is interested in the philosophy of it and
incorporating it into their every day life. For many of us it was a spiritual awakening to a
lifelong practice of a common love we all share, yoga.
Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training is an incredible opportunity for all levels of your being. Its
emphasis on Patanjalis Yoga Sutras and the eight limb path of yoga means that, whilst
asana is obviously an integral aspect of the course, it also extends far beyond it.
The physically, intellectually and spiritually challenging nature of the course ensures that
certification is but the cherry on the cake of what is a truly transformational experience.
One that is guaranteed to dramatically deepen your own yoga practice and further infuse
you with a powerful desire to continue with the journey of exploration that constitutes the
yogic path. And all within the context of delightful surroundings at a fabulous retreat
centre in the hills of Andalucia.
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