Top Yoga Teacher Training Destinations & Courses in Europe
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With a well-preserved cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, diverse landscape, and delicious cuisines, it’s no wonder that Europe accounts for more than half of the global tourism market.
Each year, more and more European countries organize world-class yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses. Greece, Spain, and France constantly rank among the top yoga destinations in the world.
Throughout the continent, you have access to a variety of yoga vacations in stunning places. Whether you fancy the mountains or the sea, want to spend time in the countryside or near buzzing cities, you are spoiled for choice in Europe.
With that being said, if you are looking to enhance your yoga practice or plan to start teaching yoga, there are plenty of quality yoga teacher training course in Europe to choose from.
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.
History of Yoga & Meditation in Europe
Meditation can be traced back to two thousand years ago in Europe. A deep state of meditation (samadhi in Sanskrit) was practiced by both Greeks and Romans.
The proof is found in the Enneads, a book written by Plotinus, one of the most famous spiritual masters of the Roman world. He mentions meditation being practiced in the city of Rome in the 3rd century AD.
In Ancient Greece, meditation was called henosis and was taught in many places, including the Platonic Academy in Athens.
But the yoga and meditation practices we know today were introduced in Europe in the 1890s, probably by a Hindu traveling monk.
Yoga grew in popularity throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and especially the 1980s. However, it became less of a spiritual practice and more of a physical exercise.
Top Destinations for Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Europe
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One of the most popular yoga destinations in the world and by far the most popular in Europe, Spain is blessed with beautiful beaches, mouthwatering cuisine, and vibrant culture.
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With gorgeous beaches, stunning islands, a wealth of historical sites, and vibrant cities, Greece is another destination that offers unforgettable yoga retreats. Feel the sand between your toes, watch some gorgeous sunsets, and indulge in the mouthwatering cuisine.
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Famous for its exquisite cuisine, incredible archeological sites, and excellent beaches, Italy constantly ranks among the top 3 yoga destinations in Europe.
After all, who doesn’t want to enjoy yoga with a side of pizza, pasta, and wine, and stunning backdrops of the rolling Tuscan hills or golden beaches?
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A small, yet charming country in Western Europe, Portugal is known for its wines, beaches, and amazing surfing.
Head to Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve or the Azores to enjoy some of the best yoga teacher training courses on the Old Continent.
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The most visited country in the world, France is also a favorite among yoga practitioners.
The impressive cities, delicious food, and natural beauty will make you fall in love instantly. You may be tempted to stay close to Paris, but you should know that the French charm can be found throughout the country.
The French Alps, Cote d’Azur, and Occitanie are just three of the regions where you will enjoy exquisite yoga teacher training courses.
Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses to Join in Europe
- Cost per day: from €80
- Availability: August, October, November & December 2020
- Location: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks Portuguese
- Instruction level: all levels
This yoga teacher training course takes place in the center of Funchal, within walking distance from the main tourist attractions.
Funchal is the largest city on the island of Madeira in Portugal. Blessed with a subtropical Mediterranean climate, which ensures even temperatures all year round, it is a major tourist town. There are gorgeous gardens to visit, a cable car that offers fantastic views of the area, stunning beaches, and charming cathedrals.
Deepen your knowledge of yoga and enhance your personal development during an Integral Yoga Teacher Training on this beautiful island. Immediately upon graduation, you are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance (RYT200).
You’ll be staying at Apartamentos Casa Branca, which features an outdoor swimming pool. Each apartment has a balcony, fully equipped kitchenette, TV, washing machine, and a private bathroom.
There’s Wi-Fi available throughout the property. This retreat is self-catering, which means you need to buy and prepare the food. There’s a supermarket close by (400m) as well as numerous restaurants.
Your day begins at 10 a.m. with a yoga class, followed by the basics of practice module (2 classes with a break between them). You’ll take a break for lunch (at 2 p.m.) and then you have time for individual study.
In the afternoon there’s another basics of practice module, followed by a yoga class at 7:30 p.m. and meditation.
You will be flying into Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (FNC). From here, you can take either the Aerobus to Funchal or grab a taxi.
- Cost per day: from €94
- Availability: all year round
- Location: Athens, Greece
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks French & German
- Instruction level: intermediate & advanced
During this yoga teacher training course, you’ll be staying in Paiania (Glyfada residential area), just 10km from Athens, Greece’s capital.
The cradle of Western Civilization, Athens is a city that blends the old and the new, making you fall in love with its charms. The archeological park includes the well-known Acropolis of Athens, Roman & Greece Agora, Hadrian’s Arch, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Kerameikos. Close by, you can relax in the National Gardens, a green oasis in the middle of an otherwise always buzzing city.
This yoga teaching program is designed to shed light on many aspects of yoga. It is ideal for established yoga teachers who want to earn credits (42hours credit) to upgrade their status as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance USA. Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive a certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance (YA).
You’ll be staying at the Yoga Skyros Academy. The property features an outdoor swimming pool, washing machines, and a communal kitchen. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and AC. Daily breakfast is provided and caters to vegetarians and vegans. There are plenty of shops nearby to buy the food necessary to prepare lunch and dinner.
This course will enable you to learn the in-depth mechanical movement of the entire body, understand the proper functioning of the skeleton and muscles, learn how to design a class, and plenty more.
Your day starts at 8:30 a.m. with an introduction to the day’s agenda. Asana practice is at 9 a.m., followed by a coffee break at 11 a.m. The yoga philosophy class is at 11:30 a.m. The lunch break is at 1:30 p.m. You can then study the asanas you learned and take another coffee break (at 4 p.m.). Meditation & Yoga Nidra class is at 4:30 p.m.
You have the evening to yourself to explore the beautiful city of Athens and the Glyfada residential area. Of course, you can also spend time on the nearby beach.
You’ll be flying into Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). Airport transfer is available for an additional fee (€25).
- Cost per day: from €171
- Availability: September 2020, June, September & October 2021
- Location: Ibiza, Spain
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks Dutch, French & German
- Instruction level: all levels
This course takes place in Santa Eulalia, on the Spanish island of Ibiza.
Part of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza is widely known as a great party island. But partying all night aside, the island is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Dalt Vila, the oldest part of Ibiza Town), plenty of stunning beaches, an uninhabited island (which is also a National Park), and incredible scuba diving spots.
This teacher training course will enable you to dive deeper into stillness, receptivity, openness, surrendering, relaxation, and acceptance, in order to find balance in a mainly yang style world.
You will learn highly inspiring wisdom teachings about Chinese medicine, the 5 elements theory, meridians, as well as deeply transformative meditations and mudras. You’ll also get a chance to study the main basic yin poses with all their adaptations and adjustments.
You’ll be staying in a villa, just 5 minutes from the beach. There is a swimming pool, a superb garden, and a charming rooftop terrace. The package with accommodation also includes three vegan meals each day.
You may also choose the accommodation on your own and join the training every day in the morning. And if you do so, you may also opt to pay for the meals separately (€250 for the entire duration of the training).
Your day starts at 7:30 a.m. with morning practice and meditation. Breakfast is served at 9:30 a.m. For the next three hours, you’ll be studying theory, do exercises, and have lectures. Lunch is at 1:30 p.m., followed by an afternoon break. Classes resume at 4:30 p.m. with the afternoon practice, lectures, and a teaching lab. Dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.
This training gives 60hrs credit with Yoga Alliance.
This yoga teacher training course also includes several excursions. You’ll be visiting magical power spots on the island, where sacred empowering ceremonies will be practiced. And you’ll also enjoy unique healing crystal bowl sessions, soul breathing, as well as sunset and sunrise sessions.
You’ll be flying into Ibiza Airport (IBZ). Airport transfer is available for an additional fee (€50).
- Cost per day: from €93
- Availability: September & October 2020, April & May 2021
- Location: Island of Elba, Italy
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks French, German, Italian & Spanish
- Instruction level: intermediate & advanced
During this yoga teacher training course, you’ll be staying on the charming island of Elba, in Italy.
Located just 10 km (6 miles) from the mainland, Elba is the third largest island in Italy and the most famous of the Tuscan Archipelago. Famous for being the site of Napoleon’s exile, the island enjoys a predominantly Mediterranean climate.
The island has a network of cycling paths accessible to everyone: from families with children wanting to relax to professional athletes looking for something challenging. There are plenty of beaches to relax and sunbath on, too. And of course, you can visit the villas where Napoleon lived and where his family stayed when they visited.
The foundation of the 200 hours yoga teacher training course is designed to establish any practitioner and teacher in the principles and practices of yoga, Ayurveda, mindfulness, meditation, yang and yin styles of yoga, as well as Therapeutic yoga.
You’ll be staying at Villa Shanti, beautifully located between the mountains and the sea. The beach is close by and the trails leading to the mountains start right behind the house. From the garden, the views towards the villages are spectacular.
You will be served daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as water and juices on all days (when there are classes). If you have other dietary requirements, kindly let the organizer know in advance.
Your day starts at 7 a.m. with tea & fruit. At 7:30 a.m. you can choose between meditation and pranayama or a silent walk in nearby nature. The morning yoga practice is at 8:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and a break.
The morning classroom session starts at 11 a.m., then you’ll attend Karma Yoga. Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and you will enjoy another break.
The afternoon sessions start at 4 p.m., followed by the afternoon practice (Yin or Restorative or Reiki). Dinner is served at 7 p.m. You can then enjoy free time (or an evening special session) after dinner.
Kindly note that Sunday is a free day (no classes).
Upon completing the yoga teacher training course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion.
Elba has an airport, so you can book flights into Marina di Campo Airport (EBA). But the most charming way to get here is by ferry from Piombino, which is close to Pisa International Airport (PSA).
- Cost per day: from €103
- Availability: May & August 2021
- Location: Ariège, France
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks Dutch & French
- Instruction level: all levels
This beautiful retreat for yogis of all levels is located in Ariège in southern France, in the Occitanie region.
The Ariège area is very well-known for adventurous activities such as paragliding, exploring canyons, caving, mountain biking, bouldering, cross country skiing, and more. But if you prefer more relaxed activities, you can visit several castles, cathedrals, and enjoy shopping.
The yoga teacher training course includes asana instruction, meditation training, and an introduction into the rich ancient yoga philosophy.
You’ll be staying at La Borde Blanque, featuring rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The garden surrounding the house has a wide lawn, leading to a private lake.
All meals, snacks, and drinks are included and cater to a variety of dietary requirements, including vegetarian and vegan.
Your day starts at 8 a.m. with tea and fruit. Asanas practice is at 8:30 a.m., followed by meditation. Breakfast in silence is served at 10:30 a.m. The next class is sharing and philosophy.
Lunch is at 1 p.m. You then have the afternoon free until dinner (at 6 p.m.). The day ends with asanas practice at 6:30 p.m. and meditation at 8:45 p.m.
You’ll enjoy different styles of yoga, adapted to your needs. However, the retreat is focused on Raja Yoga, one of the oldest and most complete forms of yoga, in which the asanas (physical practices) are considered to be a preparation for meditation.
You’ll also take an inner journey through the chakras, or energy centers.
Upon completion, you’ll receive a 50-hour Yoga Federation partial certificate.
You have quite a few options for airports to fly into: Carcassonne Airport (CCF) is the closest, Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS) is further away, and the furthest is also the most popular and busiest, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). The only way to get from either of them to the retreat is by taxi or rental car.
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