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Yoga Teacher Training in Portugal

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La Casa Shambala is bringing their teacher training courses closer to Europe, and has decided to start with Portugal. The rich nature of South Western Portugal is ready to welcome you for an experience of deep growth and self-discovery amongst like minded people and the beautiful secluded rolling hills of the Algarve. If you are longing for a step into a deeper journey of inner discovery, this course is the leap into that journey. The program is truly special, not only for its content and practice, but also in the loving intention that we put into its every component.

Meet the instructors

Mika, Maite, & Nuria
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  • Full 200-hour course in just 18 days
  • Learn not only how to do yoga, but where it comes from and more
  • Lots of personal attention from dedicated, passionate, and experienced instructors
  • Amazing location in the rolling hills of the Algarve
  • Delicious organic vegan and vegetarian meals
  • 17 nights accommodation in spacious, beautifully decorated shared rooms

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


15 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: 12-22 participants
Airport transfer included: Faro Airport
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  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot

Each accommodation option is a spacious and beautifully decorated room, either in the renovated early 19th century main house or in one of the newer neighbouring bungalows, each room has a private bathroom. For this retreat there will be no private rooms, as each room is shared with one or two other students. The rooms have double and single beds so the accommodation prices vary based on your preference for a single or double bed, not how many people are sharing a room, as the rooms are evenly spacious and comfortable.


La Casa Shambala is a family, and as a family they have created a story with hundreds of students, volunteers, teachers, and staff members. This story is built on each individual’s experience of walking along a path toward their true essence through the practice of yoga in all its forms.

They hope to welcome you to the family and that you join them in this story. They want you to experience your own inner calm and let this be the guiding light for your future as a yoga teacher. The family keeps growing with beautiful souls from every corner of the planet in this never-ending adventure called life.

Nobody knows when the flower will open, but know this: if only one flower opens in the garden of freedom, it will be a beautiful experience for the whole garden. May you be that flower. May you find through the powerful path of yoga; your true essence.


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



  • Two classes per day
  • In-depth study of primary and intermediate asanas, key points of alignment, contraindications, and benefits
  • Pranayama, mantras, and meditation
  • Principles of Vinyasa and Hatha
  • Teaching methodology

Alignment and adjustment

  • Planning and sequencing
  • Breathing and motivating your students
  • Observation and practice teaching – students of all levels
  • Anatomy and physiology

Yoga as medicine

  • Anatomy of yoga, holistic health, and nutrition
  • Chakras, bandhas, mudras
  • Alignment and breathing
  • Philosophy of yoga

Chakras, Nadis

  • The eight roads of Ashtanga yoga
  • Classical and contemporary yogic texts (including the Bhagavad Sutras of Gita and Patanjali Yoga, Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
  • Lineages and yoga styles
  • Sanskrit - pronunciation and etymology
  • Business ethics and yoga careers

Launching a career in yoga, business, marketing

  • Planning and retreat workshops

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 - 08:45 Meditation and pranayama
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Yoga asana practice
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 - 13:00 First class: Philosophy / anatomy / teaching methodology
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch and rest
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Second class: Philosophy / anatomy / teaching methodology
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Posture clinic
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Restorative asana practice
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Self-study and reflection

Please note that this is an example of the daily schedule and is subject to change.

Each course will have one lead instructor and one assistant instructor, as well as an onsite team leader and supporting staff and volunteers to take care of students and ensure all needs are met.

Teachers may vary month to month due to holidays or teaching at other locations.

Class sizes are small to ensure lots of one on one attention for correcting movements, poses and breathwork.


Mika Schroder

Maite Méndez

Nuria Barrera Hervas


The beautiful hill-topped village of Monchique is an hour away from Portugal’s Faro Airport (FAO). Monchique is a beautifully quiet escape from the rest of Europe and the busier part of the Algarve coast, famous for its healing thermal waters that are now one of Portugal’s most famous drinking water brands.

The location is at the Quintas Algarve: an incredible family-owned project that began 30 years ago. The quinta is a restored 19th century family home (previously Quinta das Relvinhas), and the gardens of the house now have a saltwater pool, sauna, heated indoor dome shala, outdoor shala, and winter garden conservatory. Throughout the property there are hidden nooks and crannies to find a quiet moment alone, as well as spaces to spend time with other students and staff.

The quinta has been owned by the Peschke family for over 30 years, who will gladly welcome you in Monchique together with their young and vibrant team. The familial and personal atmosphere of the quinta will make you feel just like at home. Frank and Janine met in 2012 and since then they have been working on the quinta to make it even more beautiful and sustainable.


Superfood awakens superpowers

Give your body a break from industrially produced food! The dinner included in the MyPrayana package consists exclusively of organic, local, and vegetarian foods. Gluten- or sugar-free food is also available on request. True to the motto: "My body is my temple".

Pure food provides pure life energy. And this is also the reason why we exclusively prepare vegan/vegetarian dishes at all the yoga retreats in Quinta Algarve. The ingredients are regional, seasonal, and chosen with a lot of love. Living foods contain a lot of prana (life energy) and have a calming effect on the body, mind, and soul. The nervous system also benefits from this form of nutrition.

Yoga and a healthy diet are in harmony with each other. The slow but steady process to a healthy and wholesome diet, many yogis have already discovered for themselves.

Simple, natural, wholesome, and homemade food that provides the body with the optimal portion of energy and balance, at the peak of its potential. Specially grown vegetables and fruits from their own garden are used to make the food during the course.

La Casa Shambala asks for your patience and openness about the simple food they offer and the detox process this can create. This diet may not be as flavourful or diverse as you are used to, and for this reason, it can push you through an emotional and physical detox that will help expand your practice. They are here to support you through this process and hope you will leave with a new approach to how you incorporate food into your daily life. They do make sure you have the vitamins and nutrients that you need to successfully complete this course. They do not serve caffeinated drinks.

Please note

On the 7th and 14th day of the course, students have an off-day. On off-days breakfast, lunch, and dinner are not included. There are local supermarkets and restaurants where students can find their own food. On these days, students are allowed to use the kitchen to prepare their own meals. On the first day, they provide dinner, on the last day they provide breakfast. This totals 15 dinner, 15 breakfast, and 14 lunch provided by La Casa Shambala.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 200-hour program
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Course material: Yoga mat, notebook, netipot, pens, blocks, and straps
  • 200-hour teacher training course manual written by professionals in yoga asana, anatomy, and Ayurveda
  • Delicious organic and vegan food during course days, 3 meals per day (not included on the days off)
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Free drinking water
  • Towel
  • Two days off per 18 days

What's not included

  • Transportation to Portugal
  • Visa or travel fees
  • Meals on days off
  • Excursions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

La Casa Shambala offers free pickups on the check-in day at 12 p.m. at Faro Airport and 12:30 at Faro train station. If students choose to come on their own, everyone should arrive at the venue by 3:30 p.m. on the shown arrival date (first date of the listed course).

The course will end at 12 p.m. on the last day listed on the course.

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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Value for money
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18 days / 17 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 12 participants

Wednesday September 25, 2024
(18 days / 17 nights)

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