Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Portugal
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The oldest country in Europe, Portugal, is also one of the most beautiful and still retains the charm of an undiscovered destination.
It constantly ranks among the top 10 most visited places on the Old Continent. Boasting old castles and palaces, charming villages, bustling cities, and a coastline of 1,794 km, Portugal offers plenty of things to do for any traveler.
The laid-back atmosphere, beautiful landscapes, and great weather make for some excellent time spent here. And if you are looking to do your yoga teacher training course in Portugal, you should know that the country has a long tradition of yoga and you’ll be able to train in gorgeous places with excellent instructors.
Not sure where to start? Read on to discover the top destinations for a yoga teacher training course in Portugal, as well as our picks for top courses to attend.
Note: BookYogaTeacherTraining offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.
Traveling to Portugal in 2021
Travelers from the European Union, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), Albania, Australia, China, South Korea, United States of America, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan are allowed to enter mainland Portugal for both essential and non-essential travel.
Starting on July 1, 2021, they may present the EU Digital COVID Certificate upon entry or a PCR negative test (taken 72 hours before boarding), or a rapid antigen test (taken 48 hours before boarding). They must also fill a Passenger Locator Card before boarding.
Passengers from the UK are allowed for both essential and non-essential travel. All UK passengers (aged 12 and older) arriving in mainland Portugal must show a negative PCR test result taken no longer than 72 hours before departure or a lateral flow test taken 48 hours prior to departure. To avoid the 14 days quarantine, proof of vaccination is required. It’s also required to fill in the Passenger Locator Card.
Passengers from Brazil, India, Nepal, and South Africa are allowed only for essential travel.
Passengers flying into the Azores and Madeira should provide either a PCR negative test result (72 hours before boarding) or an immunity declaration (if they’ve had the disease), or the EU Digital COVID Certificate. They also must fill a questionnaire if they fly into the Azores; and register here if they fly into Madeira. Free tests need to be performed on arrival into both archipelagos to avoid quarantine.
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Top Destinations for Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Portugal
Without a doubt, Algarve is the most popular place for a yoga teacher training course in Portugal.
It’s also the most popular holiday destination in the country thanks to its fantastic clean beaches, unpolluted water, and budget-friendly options.
Rich in culture and history, Algarve is truly a fascinating place for every taste. Aside from taking your yoga and meditation sessions to the beach, you can also learn how to surf, or just take long walks and explore the area.
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) is one of the few Western European cities that faces the ocean. It’s the center of cultural life and is filled with history and contemporary charm.
If you enjoy the city vibes, there’s no better place to take your yoga teacher training than in Lisbon. Between its gorgeous neighborhoods, attractive museums, being close to a lot of splendid places for day trips nearby, you can enjoy a lot of activities in your spare time.
Built along the hills overlooking the Douro River estuary, Porto is a charming port city, with an Old Town awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1996.
Mixing both Medieval and modern architecture, the city is extremely hilly, offering incredibly scenic walking opportunities (but do make sure to wear proper walking shoes). Follow the river towards the ocean and arrive for the sunset; you’ll be rewarded with majestic views of our star diving right into the ocean!
No visit to Porto is complete with checking out the Port Wine Cellars. In the same area, you’ll be able to visit museums or stop for a meal.
Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses to Join in Portugal
- Price: from 1,680 EUR
- Availability: Select dates in July, August, October & November 2021
- Location: Funchal, Madeira
- Instruction language: English, the organizer also speaks Portuguese
- Instruction level: All Levels
This yoga teacher training course in Funchal, the capital city of the island of Madeira, gives you the chance to deepen your yoga and enhance your personal development by studying Integral Yoga.
You’ll be staying at Apartamentos Casa Branca, within walking distance of the tourist destinations, so you can easily enjoy the natural beauty, incredible beaches, and hospitality of locals, while you transform your life.
Each apartment features a balcony, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and stovetop, TV, a washing machine, wi-fi, and a private bathroom. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, too.
The course’s goal is for you to study how to teach Integral Yoga in an authentic way, with a learning mind, an open heart, and the joy of teaching.
Your day starts at 10 a.m. with a yoga class (asana and pranayama), then join the basics of practice modules (two workshops with a break in between). Lunch is at 2:3 p.m. and is followed by individual study. The workshops resume at 6:30 p.m. and are followed by another yoga class and meditation.
The package also includes a manual and two t-shirts for practice.
Students who complete their subsequent training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
Kindly note that this retreat is self-catered. The apartments are fully equipped for meal preparation and a supermarket is located just 400m from the accommodation. Of course, there are quite a few restaurants, too, if you prefer to eat out.
The island is served by Madeira Airport (FNC). You may take the bus from the airport to Funchal and the journey takes about 30-40 min. A much pricier option is to take a taxi.
- Price: from 2,475 EUR
- Availability: select days in March, September & November 2022
- Location: Carvoeiro, Algarve
- Instruction language: English
- Instruction level: all levels
Join a diverse training program, focusing on Yin Yoga and myofascial release. The course combines asana practice with meditation, anatomy, and fascia studies.
You will discover different types of Yin Yang practices and shift your focus, feeling how the energy of your mind and body become connected.
During this retreat, you’ll be staying at Villa Elise in either a shared twin room or a private queen room. It features a pool and is close to the local beach and the town.
The course is split into two informative modules: a functional approach to yoga (anatomy and fascial studies) and an energetic approach to yoga (Chinese medicine and philosophy).
This course offers you the time to slow down and work on bringing yourself back into the parasympathetic nervous response. On a practicing level, you will dive deeper into the connection of yoga asana, meditation, and mindfulness, both on and off the mat.
Your day starts at 7 a.m. with the morning practice and is followed by breakfast (served at 9 a.m.). You’ll also attend a theory class and workshop before lunch and the art of teaching and asana breakdown workshop after lunch. There’s also a session practice from 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner.
During this yoga teacher training course, you’ll enjoy daily vegetarian meals.
This course is a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program) which means it accounts for extra training hours per year needed to keep YA designations for registered teachers.
- Price: from 2,499 EUR
- Availability: Select dates in September & October 2021
- Location: Portimão
- Instruction language: English
- Instruction level: All Levels
Take your first steps on a life-changing journey of health and wellness just steps from the Praia da Rocha beach, in the beautiful Portimão port city.
This is a Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga training plus a bonus 8-hour Ayurveda massage course, hence offering a unique double certification.
You’ll be staying at a newly renovated hotel in Praia da Rocha. All rooms are spacious, include wi-fi, TV, AC, self-service kitchen, as well daily housekeeping, and towel service. The hotel features a large swimming pool, lounge chairs, and a pool café.
The program includes two daily yoga classes, meditation, and pranayama sessions, a mantra concert, a sound healing journey, and more.
Your day starts at 6:30 a.m. with Ashtanga or Vinyasa flow. Breakfast is at 8 a.m., followed by pranayama (9 a.m.). Then, you’ll join either a meditation class or Reiki attunement, followed by the alignment, adjustment, and modifications workshop starting at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at noon. More workshops – such as branding, anatomy, philosophy – take place in the afternoon.
The evening meal is at 4 p.m. and is followed by another workshop (teaching methodology, sequencing skills, and more) from 5:30 p.m.
The package also includes organic vegetarian and vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners, green detox smoothies, snacks, and four dinners out at recommended restaurants, around Praia da Rocha Beach.
You’ll also go on meditation mindful walks and enjoy journaling, pranayama, and breathwork on the beach, and do yoga at sunrise and sunset on the beach.
Book your flight into Faro Airport (FAO). The transfer is included.
- Price: from 2,447 EUR
- Availability: Select dates in January, April, September & November 2022
- Location: Algarve
- Instruction language: English
- Instruction level: Intermediate
This 200-hour teacher training course maintains the integrity of the yoga traditions and philosophy. It also explores the science behind the body and mind connection, its relation to yoga and meditation in the modern world, adapting yoga for everyone.
You’ll be staying in a large tranquil sea view villa which features 8 private or twin rooms (most with en-suite private bathroom and terrace), two sitting rooms, gardens, a large pool, and full kitchen access.
The course covers yoga methodology and sequencing, and various yoga styles (Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga), so that classes can be tailored to different needs. It also includes meditation and mindfulness, anatomy, and physiology.
Your day starts at 6:45 a.m. with tea. You’ll then join the 7:15 a.m. yoga class and meditation. Breakfast is served at 8:45 a.m. Throughout the day, there are four workshops, separated by breaks or lunch. Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by study and meditation.
Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
All meals are included and are tailored to your dietary needs (you’ll fill out a food questionnaire once you register).
The package also includes a healthy cooking workshop, a course guide, an excursion to the local fishing village and caves, as well as the transfer from the Lagoa bus station or Carvoeiro.
Book your flight into Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). It’s easier and cheaper to take the direct bus from Lisbon to Lagoa than to make your way to the retreat from Faro.
- Price: from 4,900 EUR
- Availability: November 2, 2021
- Location: Ericeira
- Instruction language: English, the organizer also speaks Spanish & Swedish
- Instruction level: Intermediate & Advanced
Join a yoga teacher training and teacher immersions set in the beautiful surroundings of the charming fishing village, turned world-class travel destination, Ericeira.
Stay true to the essence of Vinyasa, immerse into a transformation personal physical practice, and catapult into skillful Vinyasa teaching.
You’ll be staying at Casa Paço D’Ilhas Guesthouse, located on a hilltop overlooking the ocean. All rooms are decorated with their own unique style and colors and are shared for 2-4 people with shared bathrooms. Some single occupancy rooms are available, too (make sure to let the organizer know in advance).
All students who wish to join this course need to have at least two years of regular dynamic yoga practice, as well as be familiar with both Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
Every week, you’ll focus on something else. But the schedule is the same. Your day starts at 7:30 a.m. with the morning practice, followed by breakfast (9:30 a.m.) and self-study. There are two yoga sessions each day, separated by the lunch break and self-study. Dinner is at 7 p.m.
In the first week, you’ll find your flow, then moving on to the next week, you’ll focus on finding your voice. Finally, in the third week, you’ll step into the role of a yoga teacher.
You’ll be served three vegetarian meals each day. If you have other dietary requirements, do let the organizer know in advance.
Kindly book your flight to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). The transfer is not provided.
Featured photo credit: Indiv Yoga Switzerland
*All prices are valid at the time of publication and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change without notice.
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