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Portugal Yoga Teacher Training and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Course

Bend it like Buddha Yoga invites you to join in this 200-hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga training, plus a bonus Usui Reiki and Ayurveda massage therapy certification and yoga lifestyle business training. Participating in Bend it like Buddha's program can be the first step in a life-changing journey of health and wellness. This program guarantees the best of the best teachers, 8 experts in total for this unique triple certification training. Be inspired, meditate, learn, contemplate, take home a valuable gift of restored health, and learn in-depth about the art of teaching yoga, meditation, advanced pranayama ( powerful breathing techniques), yogic lifestyle, and more!

Meet the instructors

L. Farrah Mafalda Ricardo & 4 More…
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  • 8-hour Ayurvedic massage therapy
  • 6-hour Usui Reiki Level 1 certification (optional please inquire)
  • Eligible to register RYT 200Hr certification training with Yoga Alliance upon successful graduation
  • Daily 2x yoga classes, meditation, and pranayama sessions
  • Discover 45+ massage techniques to share a 60-90 minute massage with others
  • 14 nights accommodation in a newly renovated apartment-style hotel
  • Daily healthy vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and light evening meals
  • 1x1 support prior to, during, and after completion of the program
  • Free Pick up/transfers from FARO airport to yoga venue 2x
  • Bringing Your Yoga Vision to Life: Transformative Post Graduation 32 sessions of coaching Duration 12 months

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


14 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Faro Airport
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  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

5 Star Hotel Option in Portimão offers free Wi-Fi, picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean, and golden sands of Praia da Rocha beach. It is a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Portimão Marina.

Luxurious amenities include 2 outdoor pools amid lush gardens, a hot tub, and Spa, massage treatments. For children, Hotel Algarve Solverd features a children's playground and a games room.

Guests can keep fit at the fitness center and, then, unwind in the sauna or Turkish bath or swim in the ocean from a private pathway to praia da rocha from your hotel. During the summer, water activities can be enjoyed at the beach. The elegant Amendoeiras Restaurant serves regional and international dishes made using fresh, local products.

The training supplies three daily meals but the hotel room is good for making snacks and coffee in the morning.

All of the accommodations have an outdoor swimming pool and lounge chairs where you can study, review the lessons and practice your yoga flows for your teaching practice homework assignments.



Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).


Each day practice teaching and receive compassionate and constructive feedback, design creative yoga lesson plans, and practice Vinyasa flows or traditional Ashtanga and Yin in the evening or other healing sessions such as a sound healing journey or Kirtan cacao ceremony with 3 amazing musicians sharing traditional Indian Kirtan.

Students receive a certification in Usui Reiki (optional please inquire) and Ayurveda Therapy Massage. Learn how to give 60-90 minute massage therapies to others, learn 45+ massage techniques, and a bonus of 12 months, 33 LIVE sessions of post-training in How to Launch and Grow Your Yoga Lifestyle Business, and Launch your yoga business in the Implementation Labs.

Students receive access to the Bend it Like Buddha Blueprint, an online library with 150 pieces of content for references such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin class videos and scripts, audio, pdfs, and ebooks including The Journey Metamorphosis, Find Your Life Purpose by L. Farrah Furtado E RYT 500, an Amazon Bestseller in 14+ categories. Students receive the physical The Journey...Metamorphosis yoga teacher training book on arrival.

Online portal of the Pegasus a Business Yoga course with 12 successful yoga teacher entrepreneurs and experts sharing their best marketing strategies in health and wellness and sharing their best tips on how to launch your teachings on in-person and online courses and retreats.

Why is this yoga journey for you?

Bend it like Buddha YTT 200 Hour is a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive yoga journey that you will not find anywhere in the world. Bend it like Buddha Yoga Algarve School has been facilitating several YTTC journeys each year since 2014. As soon as you land at Faro airport in Algarve, you will be greeted by your friendly, professional driver to transfer you and your classmates directly to your hotel. Also on departure day 15, your private driver will take you from your hotel to the FARO airport.

You will be nourished each day with an inspiring yoga program and delicious nutritious vegetarian meals. Everything is included and you will not need to budget extra money for expensive transfers or touristy restaurants.

Starting on Day 1, you are embodying a yoga teacher and compassionately guided by 8 talented yoga instructors. You will be practicing how to teach, receive insightful feedback, and gain self-confidence in your abilities.

Each day, you will be acquiring valuable teaching skills which will bring out your innate gifts. Consistently graduates have said that after the YTT 200-hour, they come away feeling confident to share Vinyasa yoga classes, meditation, advanced pranayama, and unique practices with others with a renewed vision and inspiration aligned to their soul purpose.

Many graduates start to teach straight away in the training and to their communities and online upon graduation and recoup their initial YTT investment within 3-6 months. This training is not all theory where you sit and listen to an instructor all day long. You will apply what you learn each day, and gain valuable skills in the daily applied and practical teaching practice of meditation, breathwork, pranayama, and yoga.

Consistently their graduates’ feedback is that they feel confident to start teaching to the public and they are completely equipped to launch and grow their self-sustainable yoga business to teach immediately after the training.


This yoga teacher training is a perfect balance between peaceful beachside relaxation and upbeat, lively, and friendly cafes and restaurants of the trendy yet awe-struck nature of the orange cliff and grottoes of Praia da Rocha, Praia Vau, and Praia Alamao beaches and a woodland forest along the sea, all within a short walking distance. Evening and morning yoga classes, meditation, daily practice teaching, and pranayama are the essential aspects of this training. You will find the 8 presenters and yoga instructors inspiring, knowledgeable, and compassionate, and the newly renovated Bend it Like Buddha Yoga studio with a terrace uplifting and relaxing. The Yoga studio and accommodation are just a 3-minute walk to the gorgeous Praia da Rocha beach, Portimao. A student highlight is sunbathing and dipping into the ocean or swimming pool during break and resting times.

During the training, you will practice sunrise Vinyasa flow yoga or Ashtanga in the morning each day followed by gentle Vinyasa, Yin, or Restorative yoga sessions in the evening. Or practice sunrise beach yoga every other day depending on the weather. The sessions are usually held in a stunning yoga studio on Praia da Rocha or during Sunrise for yoga on the beach depending on the weather and include pranayama (breathwork), mindful meditation, and yoga Nidra meditation.

You will be enjoying a variety of unique healing activities such as Usui Reiki, Tibetan bowl sound healing, intimacy circle work, emotional releasing breathwork, Shadow work sessions, Inner Child heart healing sessions, Cacao ceremony, live Kirtan/mantras concert with 3 incredible traditional Kirtan musicians, profound yoga Nidra meditation for releasing subconscious self-limiting beliefs, and healing. Enjoy powerful advanced pranayama sessions, and explore how to customize and teach yoga to all level students.

All of the yoga sessions are inspired by the dimension of the Anahata ( 5D Ascension) the perspective of the Heart chakra, empowering, and made with love to ignite your heart’s spark.

Bend it like Buddha offers 140 contact hours and the 40 remaining hours are allotted for pre-course and post-study and reviewing course material during free time, preparing for assignments, and pre-reading recommendations before and during the program start date.

Preparing by home yoga practice before the program is recommended as well as by pre-reading the course material.

Students also have an online 200-hour Portal Blue Print with 150+ content pieces of video, audio, and PDFs for your teaching references and students have access to this forever, even after the training for inspiration when they return.

Together, the 8 teachers of this retreat have 75 years combined experience and their yoga studios are teaching yoga worldwide, and have valuable wisdom to share regarding the yoga business, branding, and social media. You will be inspired by the talented, passionate team, and learn from their wealth of information and decades of experience.

What to expect

  • Ancient pure Yoga teachings directly from the source Mysore, India Krishnamacharya teachings are known as the Father of Modern Yoga. Receive pure, spiritually based teachings and brought into a contemporary, modern context that makes sense for application to the lifestyles of our modern world.
  • Becoming a part of the family and feeling like you've known everyone for years
  • Complete change in your lifestyle
  • Delicious, nutritious daily vegetarian meals during the entire retreat
  • Develop human interactions and intimacy, find your soul purpose through discovering your superpowers and field of favor, and build your inner strengths inner intuition, and self-confidence. Build joyful, synchronistic connections and friendship bonds that will last a lifetime!
  • Surrounding beaches and the beautiful nature of the awe-inspiring orange sea coastline cliffs, and grottoes. Listen to the sound of owls, singing starlings, and of course the amazing sunsets, sunrises, and millions of stars and moonlight. Here you will enjoy early beach morning yoga with Sunrise, Stars, and Moon in the same sky!
  • Lessons from 8+ experienced teachers (each one has different strengths) who will help you grow in many different ways
  • Meet like-minded people from all over the world and build your international yoga contacts
  • Post-training support available on the private students/teacher forum and 200 hours Online Blue Print Portal

This is 11+ years of curation of the best of the best of their teacher training and a library of first-hand teacher training videos, on-site training, audios, and articles collected and curated from ten years of experience leading retreats and teacher training in Taiwan, Goa, Mysore, Bali, and Portugal. This is a transformational experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life!

The official training starts at 06:30 On the last day, the training ends at about 16.00. There will be a graduation, evening meal, and celebrations. Check-out and departures are the days after graduation.

Program details

For those needing more support after graduating from this YTT 200-hour, Bend it Like Buddha Yoga also offers a bonus post-training 12 months of mentorship, 33 LIVE business yoga consulting post-graduation, and an implementation lab for accountability and taking action on your vision to find your field of favor, yoga micro niche and how to attract your dream students to grow your yoga community upon returning home.

Collapse time and save money from Bend it like Buddha's 11 years of yoga business experience, have access to their marketing team expertise, templates, and worksheets. Meet other like-hearted, supportive, and experienced entrepreneur yogis, and learn directly from the Bend it like Buddha team and their worldwide amazing Yogi tribe family.

Invest in your future and most importantly invest, love, and commit to yourself!

Join the Bend it like Buddha YTT 200-hour and prepare yourself for a relaxing, yet life-changing premium yoga experience in a magical Algarve that you will not find anywhere in the world!

What you will learn during this program

  • Learn 45+ Ayurveda healing massage skills to give 60- to 90-minute massage therapy to your clients and friends.
  • Usui Reiki course and certificate
  • Receive sound healing journey, Reiki attunement (Usui Reiki level 1, 2, 3 training available for those interested)
  • Cacao ceremony, Kirtan mantra concert with 3 musicians
  • Consultation with 15+ years of experience Ayurveda consultant, Ayurveda nutrition and Anatomy yoga Instructor prior to on-site and support after the training
  • Breathwork journey and sacred sound
  • Mantras with guest healers
  • Intimacy circle exercises to release blocks, heal Anahata chakra, build inner trust/intuition
  • Explore your inner confidence and build your strength and courage
  • Practice teaching yoga, meditation, and pranayama daily to build up your self-confidence and inner faith, skills, and techniques in teaching
  • Tibetan bowl sound healing, gongs, shruti box, angel cards, mantras
  • Access to the Bend it Like Buddha 200 Hour Online Blue Print Portal Library with 150+ content reference pieces of class videos to emulate, meditation audios, pdfs, yoga Yin, Ashtanga, Vinyasa class scripts, meditation scripts, and much more
  • Access to the Pegasus Yoga Business online course with 12 successful yoga teacher entrepreneurs teaching their best practices for launching your international yoga retreats, yoga courses online, and how to launch your in-person yoga classes
  • Upon graduation, receive the Bonus Bend it like Buddha Breakthroughs Acceleration: 4 weeks weekly group consulting of Done With You Lifestyle Yoga Business mentoring on Zoom
  • Implementation lab workshop: Click for your laptops open to help with your funnels, graphic design, Video FB / IG live scripts
  • A chance to get your entrepreneur dream fulfilled and have your yoga online courses and in-person yoga retreats brought to life!
  • Let's get your lifestyle business going as soon as you sign up with Bend It Like Buddha Yoga Algarve

Please inquire today to learn more about the Breakthroughs Acceleration 4 weeks business yoga consultation

YTT 200-Hour Schedule (subject to small changes)

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Alternating Ashtanga-primary series and Vinyasa Flow
  • 08:00 - 08:15 Tea time
  • 08:15 - 09:00 Pranayama
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Anatomy
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Philosophy
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Meditation practice + Mindfulness practice
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Adjustment-Modifications-Alignment practice and theory
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Rest/Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Practice Teaching-Sequencing, how to lesson plan
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Ayurveda Massage
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Vinyasa Flow, Yin or Restorative Yoga
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Satsung
  • Students Q/A with teachers

For 2023, the training will start on the day of arrival. The training will end officially the day before departure at 16:00. Students are expected to check out from the hotel at 11:00. The venue is a short car ride to Lagos and Monchique etc....to explore on days off.

Bringing Your Yoga Vision to Life: Transformative Post Graduation 32 sessions of coaching Duration 12 months; also available for 300Hr graduates. This YTTC bonus mentoring course accomplishes the Yoga Alliance requirements for annual continuing education hours to maintain Yoga Teacher RYT200H/RYT300H registration.

Included excursions

  • Meditation mindful walks and journaling on the beach
  • Pranayama and breathwork on the beach
  • Yoga at sunrise on the beach


L. Farrah Furtado

Mafalda Rodriguez

Ricardo Louro

Daniela Luz

Berta Couto

Johanna Hessling

Macedonia Domingues


This life changing program is held at one of the most beautiful ocean coast beaches in the world, the gorgeous Praia da Rocha beach in Portimao. The program will take place meters away from Praia da Rocha beach, Portimao-Algarve at the Bend it like Buddha Yoga school. There are three world-class, EU Blue Flag beaches nearby all within walking distance, many excellent international restaurants, shops, and cafes with a variety of other activities nearby such as SUP, kayaking through grottoes, and surfing.

The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the famous blue flag beach of Praia da Rocha. Both the beach and the yoga studio are a 5-minute walk from the hotel. During your break times, you can easily walk down the beach to swim, just a 3-minute walk, or go back to your hotel room. The hotel is located near a mini supermarket, so it's easy to acquire anything you need.

Daily 3x Vegetarian Sattvic meals (if special diet please inquire prior to reserving)

For shared accommodations: (same gender) share an apartment, all of the accommodations are spacious, beautiful, and newly renovated with a washing machine and dry rack on each outdoor patio.

The yoga studio has been newly renovated in an Asian style influences with 2 brand-new restrooms.

Location of Yoga Venue co ordinates 37.118986, -8.544274


You will enjoy the 3 daily high vibe, organic vegetarian breakfasts, lunches, light evening meals, green detox smoothies.

The food concept is healthy, tasty, vegetarian, and organic. Savor juicy local fruit, crunchy organic vegetables, crisp salads, and fragrant herbs while sipping on an energizing smoothies, juice or sweet, colorful herbal tea.

There are diverse fusion recipes in a peaceful and tranquil setting. Bend it like Buddha Yoga believes that pleasing your palate is fundamental to your experience.

Their guests enjoy fresh tropical fruit, organic yogurt, a wide selection of vegetarian dishes (delicious even for those not used to vegetarian food), curry dhal, rice, salads, smoothie bowls, vegan burgers and quinoa wraps, herbal teas, and detoxing smoothies and juice, teas.

Students also enjoy occasional dinners out by visiting some of the delicious local restaurants nearby.

There are a variety of restaurants that serve excellent Brazilian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Russian, Indian, Turkish, Italian, or English food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time and rest days on Sundays, there are endless options to explore in Praia da Rocha. In the Algarve, the things to do list is endless. This is your holiday yoga retreat and Bend it like Buddha Yoga believes you should choose what's best for you as everyone is unique. They can help you design an itinerary of unique activities and excursions, for an extra cost such as:

  • Visit old town along the river Arade
  • Boat tour or kayaking through grottos and caves
  • Chilling out at the beach strip cafés
  • Enjoying a massage treatment from either of the massage therapy centers 5 Star Hotel Spas neighboring Bend it Like Buddha Studio
  • Go tandem sky diving (Alvor)
  • Rent either a paddle, body or surfboard, surf lessons
  • Rent a sunban at the amazing No Solo Agua saltwater pool or have an ocean side massage
  • Rent a mountain bike, jet skis or boat to explore the area
  • Swimming at the stunning nearby beaches
  • Enjoy nightlife in Lagos
  • Visit nearby Ferragudo, waterfalls of Monchique, Lagos

There are a variety of 5-star hotel spas and services not listed here.

Spa treatments

Ayurvedic yoga massage training and Usui Reiki therapy training is included in the price. *Reiki chakra balancing, Cacao Kirtan celebrations ceremony and Tibetan bowl sound healing journey is included

Aside from the Reiki and Ayurvedic massage included in the price, you can also book the following massages for an additional fee:

  • Acupuncture
  • Hydro aqua candlelight spa with cold massage jets (for Friday nights)
  • Indian scalp massage
  • Reiki attunement, Usui Reiki Level 1, 2 and 3rd degree certificate please inquire
  • Swedish massage

What's included

  • Eligible on graduation to register Yoga Alliance RYT200
  • Ayurveda therapy massage course and certificate
  • Usui Reiki Level 1 and 2 course and certificate
  • 4 weeks business yoga course post graduation
  • Daily teaching yoga, meditation, and pranayama sessions
  • Daily 2x Yoga classes PM/AM
  • Yoga Nidra, alignment and modification, yoga philosophy
  • Sound healing, Kirtan, Cacao ceremony
  • Reiki attunement session
  • 3 Certificates of completion upon graduation
  • All training materials and yoga teacher training book
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals per day
  • Daily morning tea or organic juices
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • FARO Algarve Airport transfers 2x

What's not included

  • Additional excursions
  • Airfare
  • Day off meals and activities (Sundays)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Bend It Like Buddha Yoga will arrange for a driver to pick you up at the airport which is 40 minutes from your hotel. Please reserve 4 days prior.

There is also Portimao All Transfers shuttle service from Faro Airport (FAO) that can take you directly to Praia Da Rocha.

Arrival by train

Portugal is part of the European rail network and can easily be reached from most of the European capitals. Getting to the Algarve is part of what makes it one of Europe’s most fascinating holiday destinations. Whether you choose to arrive by plane, car, train, or bus, you are bound to be received with a warming and welcoming spirit.

Arrival by ferry/boat

You can reach the Algarve through the many ports and marinas spread all along the south Portugal coast.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer included: Faro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Participants who bring a friend are eligible for a special discount of 100 EUR per person.

Tuesday October 15, 2024
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