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, 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 €100
- Availability: until December 2021
- Location: Paiania, Athens
- Instruction language: English. The organizer also speaks French & German
- Instruction level: all levels
This 200-hour teacher training is held in Paiania, Athens, just 10 km from the airport and 5 min from the city center (by train).
You’ll be staying in private single or double rooms with an en-suite bathroom. Washing machines are available (for an added cost), so you won’t need to bring too many clothes.
This program is designed to shed light on many aspects of yoga and teach you how to use Hatha Yoga to lead effective yoga classes.
During the training, each class will have a maximum of 6 participants, giving you the privilege to be closer to the instructor and better understand the essence and transformation of powerful yoga.
Your day starts at 8:30 a.m. with an introduction to the day’s agenda and is followed by asana practice. After a short coffee break, you’ll join a yoga philosophy class (at 11:30 a.m.) Lunch break is at 1:30 pm.
Two more classes are held in the afternoon, separated by a coffee break.
During this yoga teacher training in Athens, you’ll delve into yoga ethics and the student-teacher relationship, explore the history of yoga, learn about alignment and assisting, learn how to market yourself, and more.
Only breakfast is included in the package. Do make sure to let the organizer know if you have any dietary requirements.
In your free time, you can explore the beautiful city of Athens, as well as Glyfada residential area, where the yoga academy is located.
The closest airport is Athens International Airport (ATH) and transfer is available for an additional cost.
- Cost per day: from €95
- Availability: April, May, September, & October 2021
- Location: Mallorca, Spain
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks German, Italian, & Spanish
- Instruction level: Beginner & Intermediate
If you are looking for inner peace and wisdom, you are open to understanding the Indian yogic philosophy, or you want to bring your regular yoga practice to the next level and to share the knowledge with your friends or with the world, this yoga teacher training course in Mallorca is a great option for you.
You’ll be staying at the Ashram Shanti Niketan, located on the eastern side of the island. The ashram is set in a peaceful atmosphere, away from the crowds and beach.
The rooms are comfortable and cozy, decorated in a yogic way. The glamping tents are eco-friendly with natural toilets and showers.
Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion to register with Yoga Alliance.
Green Yoga teaches a multi-style yoga practice, including Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga (dynamic flow), Yin yoga, Sivananda, as well as many other traditions of India.
The main areas of the program can be classified into 5 modules: Yoga teaching techniques, teaching methodology and yogic lifestyle, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, and practice.
Your day begins at 7 a.m. with meditation, kirtan, and Satsang. After a 30 min tea or coffee break, you’ll attend the morning asanas class (dynamic) and enjoy brunch (at 10 a.m.). Two more classes follow before you’ll have another break for refreshments or to spend time at the onsite pool.
In the afternoon and evening, join an anatomy or physiology class, followed by the evening asanas class (slow pace) and dinner (at 6 p.m.). End the day with meditation, counseling, and group discussion.
A great deal of care is taken when preparing the food served at this teacher training. Keeping in mind the nutritional values and following the guidelines of ayurvedic science, they offer a widespread of sattvic food which satisfies not only the taste of tongue but also the soul and mind. Do let the organizer know if you have special dietary requirements.
Three meals each day (except on Sundays), as well as snacks and drinks, are included in the package.
You may also choose to enjoy fun activities, such as Ayurveda cooking class, SUP yoga classes, surfing, horse riding, hiking, and more.
You should book your flight into Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI). The transfer is available for an additional €80 per person.
- 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.
*All prices are valid at the time of publication and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change without notice.
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