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26 Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Durbuy, the Ardennes with Online Yoga Philosophy

Petite Somme 10, 6940 Durbuy, Belgium

Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Belgium

The Yoga Teacher Training Course, held in the picturesque Ardennes in Belgium, offers a superb opportunity to train with a highly experienced lead trainer, Janne Kontala Ph.D. in Religious Studies, E-RYT200, RYT500, YACEP. Bhaktivedanta College believes that yoga is much more than purely postural exercise. To sufficiently grasp the theoretical part - yoga philosophy, they fortified their 200h TTC with the compulsory six-week online Introduction to yoga philosophy module. Studying the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita brings students in touch with the sacred knowledge of the sages and unlocks deeper inner wisdom.

Meet the instructors

Janne, Emma, & Jan
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  • Daily 7.5-hour yoga classes
  • Meditation and chanting (mantra yoga)
  • Certificate to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Philosophy, breathing techniques, and teaching skills
  • Blended learning: Practice, anatomy, physiology, teaching skills, and meditation
  • Training session taught by experienced teachers and extensive supporting material
  • Complimentary 6-week online Yoga Philosophy course
  • 3 daily vegetarian/vegan karma free meals
  • 25 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


23 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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  • Shopping
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

During this training, you will be offered accommodation in single and shared twin rooms.

Extraordinary venue

  • Spiritual vibes: a place infused with four decades of daily study of ancient yoga texts, meditation, kirtan, and puja.
  • Scenic nature: the sattvic atmosphere captured on the green canvas of rolling valleys and hills.
  • Unique castle: possessing a treasure difficult to obtain is a symbolic meaning of a castle. Chateau de Petite Somme holds treasures meant for yogis. Join the treasure hunt!



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


During this training program, students will learn teaching skills for individual, hands-on adjustments and teach in a group. They will also improve one’s own practice to become pillars of learning for students and gain a basic understanding of prenatal yoga. To better facilitate students’ endeavors to grasp the wisdom of Yoga we went beyond the usual and included the YACEP six-week online course on yoga philosophy into this teacher training program. This powerful combination of practical and spiritual techniques will stay with our students for a lifetime.

Course summary

  • How yoga philosophy provides several maps or instruction manuals for improving the quality of life and experience.
  • Mind: its structure, conscious and subconscious mind, and how to utilize this knowledge.
  • Exploring the main concepts of yoga as presented in Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita and evaluating their application in daily life.
  • Central principles of effective techniques for personal practice.
  • Developing precise alignment to enable longer and deeper engagement with the various positions.
  • Proper breathing: we will prepare the ground for more advanced breathing techniques by learning a systematic approach to relaxing, expanding and controlling the breath.
  • The use of sound in meditation (mantra chanting).
  • The basics of terminology for anatomy and biomechanics. Anatomy focused on the different joints and movements (anatomy of the spine, lower and upper limbs, pelvis, shoulder girdle, neck and head).
  • The basics of prenatal yoga.
  • Contraindications for yoga.
  • How to plan a class and approach a teaching situation.
  • Hands-on skills in assisting your students.


Slow and dynamic flow yoga.

We explore two different ways of practicing and teaching. Slow yoga is an approach wherein the focus is on doing exercises at a slow pace, paying attention to correct alignment and techniques. Here we will stay a longer time in each position, and spend more time building a strong basis. Dynamic flow yoga is a way of practicing in which movement is integrated with the position. This experience will be more aerobically challenging, and practitioners will stay in one position for a relatively shorter period of time. Ultimately, the style of practice is up to the practitioner’s personal preference. The same goes for teaching, and the course will give prospective teachers tools for teaching yoga in many different ways.

Aims of the course

The course will prepare students to act in the role of yoga teachers. Developing the following knowledge and skills is the aim of the program:

  • Understanding yoga: to understand the basic ideas of yoga philosophy, the goal of yoga, and how to get there *Personal skills: to show sufficient competence in personal practice
  • Principles of teaching a group: basic pedagogic requirements in group settings; the power of using visual, verbal and physical instruction
  • Non-violence: to guide students to safe practice. Typical issues include prenatal practice, most common contraindications, and ruling out risks caused by incomplete technique
  • Additional techniques: using props when required, and learning techniques to support a more effective and safe practice.

Assessment & Learning Outcomes

To be entitled to register with the Yoga Alliance on the RYT 200 level, students need to demonstrate their skills and competence in the following areas:

1. Functional anatomy and physiology.

2. Understanding yoga philosophy (assessed at the end of the online module)

3. Personal practice. How to do asanas and breathing exercises with proper technique and ability to sustain the effort for the required time

4. Teaching skills. How to introduce an exercise, guide students in a group setting through an exercise, and give personalized instructions.


The uniqueness of our venue depends on the contribution of each resident, no matter how long or short she or he resides on its premises. To leave a positive imprint, both on a physical and energetic level, all of us are expected to follow the basic house rules. These guidelines prohibit the consumption of non-vegetarian foodstuffs and intoxicants (alcohol, cigarettes etc.) and frivolous behavior on the premises. Thank you for contributing to the venue’s purity and its ability to host truly transforming learning experiences.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 9:00 Practice
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Technique
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Teaching skills
  • 17:15 - 18:15 Philosophy and meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:40 - 21:15 Kirtan at the temple (optional)


Janne Kontala

Emma Paukku

Jan Simak


Bhaktivedanta College's location is just next to the picturesque Chateau de Petite Somme. In here, you will be surrounded by beautiful nature.


  • Durbuy, 5 kilometers
  • Belgium's biggest adventure park - 5-minute drive


Even our food vibrates with the rhythm of yoga philosophy! Bhagavad Gita, a yogic text, describes which food is in the mode of goodness (sattva) and how it should be prepared and honored.

Such food nurtures the body and elevates the consciousness. We offer three vegetarian/vegan karma free meals per day. If you have special dietary requirements please do communicate it to the organizer when making a reservation. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
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)

If you wish to spend free days (one per week, usually Sunday) exploring Belgium and its attractions here are a few options:

Only 5 kilometers away, the Adventure Valley offers a multitude of pleasant and extreme activities: kayaking, climbing, mega zipline, speleo, rent a bike, escape rooms, etc.

You can visit Dinant (40 kilometers away) an area that was already populated in Neolithic, Celtic, and Roman times. The city's landmark is the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant (13th century) and the fortress Citadel of Dinant that was first built in the 11th century.

Even visiting Brussels for a day is possible. With a direct train from the nearby station, it takes less than 2 hours to reach Brussels.

Another convenient way of travelling in Belgium is by using a Railpass, a cheap ticket available at our office for a fee with which you can reach any place in Belgium for less than 9 EUR (one direction).

What's included

  • Full yoga onsite program
  • Online course Introduction to yoga philosophy (April 8 - May 12)
  • 25 nights accommodation (plus 2 extra nights free so you can plan your arrival and departure nicely)
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • Class manual
  • Possibility to register with the Yoga Alliance
  • Tour of Chateau de Petite Somme and Museum of Sacred arts
  • Excursion to Durbuy, locally known the smallest town in the world and one of the biggest tourist attraction in Belgium

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport/ train station transfer
  • Insurance
  • Laundry service
  • Yoga Alliance certification fee

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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26 days / 25 nights
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Arrival: Monday October 5, 2020
Departure: Friday October 30, 2020

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