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22 Days Intensive 200-hours Basic Teacher Training in Portugal

Rua de Alijo 38, Cabeceiras de Basto, Minhos, 4860-133, Portugal

Basic Teacher Training

This is a unique and transformative training​ program, with fully accredited and inspiring teachers, which will be held in a 3-week​ residential retreat in​ Portugal. This intensive training will be based on the Astanga yoga path of the 'Patanjali Yoga Sutras' and the 'Hatha Yoga Pradipika'. This foundation will give you experience and understanding of the yogic path. Starting from the most tangible we will later proceed to the most subtle; from the physical body (asanas / body postures) to the energy body, to the mind.

Meet the instructors

Kevin & Katiza
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  • Yoga teacher training and course manuals
  • Use of all the facilities of the accommodation
  • Possibility to register with YA as a RYT-200 upon successful completion
  • Daily vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited water and tea throughout the days
  • 21 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


21 days with instruction
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D’Alijo Yoga Retreats Center is a yoga center in the midst of beautiful Portuguese nature. It sprawls across three hectares of land consisting of terraces, olive field and hills with large rock formations. The accommodation consists of 5 wooden chalet style rooms which are tastefully decorated, positioned in a rural part of the grounds in between the yoga studio and the main house. All rooms have outside verandas. The main house which is rebuild with huge granite rocks from centuries ago is now the cozy 'heart' of the retreat center. Surrounded by large terraces and undisturbed views of the area and premises. It offers 5 guest rooms. The center offers a heated swimming pool, water features, and a peaceful meditation cave and the surroundings invite to tranquil walks.


​%This training in a yoga retreat center in the tranquility of beautiful Northern Portugal will support your integrity, commitment, dedication and knowledge of yoga. It is a special opportunity for those who are interested in deepening their own yoga journey, as well as for those who feel the call to pass the message of yoga on to others. The practices are based primarily on the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system, but the Primary Series will be explored and opened to include many other elements from the body of Hatha yoga practices. Elements of Ayurveda will also be added to include a more therapeutic and balancing effect of the practices, allowing for a broader view of yoga on all aspects of life.

During this 3 weeks intensive program, you will immerse yourself fully into the process of yoga, experiencing directly what it is like to live and practice full-time. All aspects of yoga practice will be covered by the program, which is further divided into the following themes:

Week 1: Silence & purification

You start the training in a unique way by observing mauna (silence) during the first days. This is a way to go beyond the surface, beyond names and forms, social, cultural or psychological boundaries. You will receive teachings and practices silently, allowing yourself to let go of critical thinking, questions and other habits of the mind. You will observe the different patterns that arise and reach a deeper part of your self. Your teachers will support you in a silent way, but important questions can be passed to the teacher on paper. The teachings itself will empower you to go deeper within the process of yoga. The Yoga program during this week will include different cleansing techniques (kriyas), self-practice ​based on the primary series of​ Astanga yoga, special pranayamas, guided and silent meditation, related philosophy sessions and reading, and a special diet (pure, healthy and detoxing vegetarian food).

Week 2: Knowledge & wisdom

Knowledge is a fruit of learning, while wisdom is a fruit of practice. Your mind by now will already reach a certain clarity, and you will be ready for deeper learning and practice. Your immersion into meditation, pranayama, philosophy and a balanced asana practice, as well as time for practicing in groups, learning yoga methodology and secrets of good teaching will inspire you toward your own creativity, wisdom and awareness. During this week you will also dive into the science of Ayurveda and its close relationship to yoga and yogic lifestyle.

Week 3: Synthesis

This final week is all about going deeper with the knowledge and experience gained and developing intuition about teaching. You will be learning and teaching, refining what you have learned up to this point, and practicing until it is sealed. Creative and dynamic asana, practical yoga philosophy, sound and mantras, therapeutic yoga and synthesis of all are the key subjects of the last and final week.

You will be exposed to a variety of practices from different traditions, which you will learn how to safely and effectively pass on to beginners students of yoga.


  • To have practiced yoga steadily for a minimum of 1 year with a teacher and have a regular and consistent self practice (at least 3 times a week) in any Hatha-based style of yoga (astanga, vinyasa, hatha).
  • To know by heart and to be able to practice the Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa Yoga system according to your capacity with modifications if necessary.
  • A motivational letter explaining in which you tell us more about yourself and your motivation to take part in this training.
  • A recommendation letter by your main teacher.
  • After your application has been received and reviewed, we may invite you to come to Delight Yoga to meet one of the faculty teachers and to further discuss your participation in the program.
  • Submission of preparation homework prior to the start of the retreat.

Required reading

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Georg Feuerstein translation
  • The tree of yoga, BKS Iyengar

Recommended reading

  • Yoga Mala, Sri K Pattabhi Jois
  • Ashtanga Yoga, Petri Raisanen
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga – Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga – Ray Long, Bandha Yoga
  • The Key Poses of Yoga – Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga – Ray Long, Bandha Yoga
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Chip Hartranf or Satchidananda, or Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
  • Functional anatomy of yoga, David Keil
  • Astanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy – Gregor Maehle

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00 Morning wake-up
  • 06:30 Meditation and pranayama
  • 07:00 Asana yoga practice
  • 09:00 Light breakfast
  • 10:30 Lecture: Living philosophy
  • 11:30 The art of teaching
  • 13:00 Lunch and free time
  • 16:00 Lecture: Anatomy, subtle body and Ayurveda
  • 17:00 Tea break
  • 17:30 The art of Teaching: Practice teaching
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Meditation, chanting or yoga Nidra practice
  • 21:00 Bed time

This program will provide an intensive environment for your learning and practice process, where the yoga method will be presented and practiced in depth. What you need is patience, dedication and sincerity. The rest will unfold naturally and gracefully.


Kevin Sahaj

Katiza Satya


The retreat takes place in Cabeceiras de Basto, Portugal.


Enjoy daily healthy, flavorful and nutritious vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch & dinner. Free water and tea throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

What's included

  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 21% VAT
  • Daily vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Yoga teacher training and course manuals
  • Unlimited water and tea throughout the days

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers to the retreat center

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO).

From Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO), you can get a transfer to the venue, which will only take about 60 minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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