Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Italy
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Rolling hills, endless golden beaches, scrumptious cuisine, and astonishing historical sites have always attracted visitors to Italy, one of the most beautiful Southern European countries.
Although the locals have only quite recently hopped on the yoga wagon, the ideal combination of great weather year-round and superb nature has led to the opening of an abundance of yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses in Italy.
If you are looking to deepen your yoga practice or want to become a yoga teacher, there’s no better place than Bella Italia to join a yoga teacher training course.
Traveling To Italy in 2021
Nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, as well as some third-party countries (including Israel, UK, USA, and Canada) may enter Italy.
Except for the EEA nationals (that includes the European Union), everyone entering Italy must present a negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival.
EEA nationals must have either: a negative COVID-19 antigen molecular test taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate, or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they’ve been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Only the EU-approved vaccines are accepted.
The EU digital green pass is also accepted not only from EU passengers but also for Canada, Japan, and the US travelers.
Passengers who transited through India, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka in the past 14 days must carry a negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival. They’ll still quarantine for 10 days and need to take two additional tests (upon arrival and at the end of quarantine).
Passengers who transited through Gibraltar or the UK in the past 14 days must show a negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival. They must self-isolate for 5 days and take another test at the end of quarantine.
Starting from May 24, all passengers wishing to enter Italy, via all means of transportation, are required to complete the digital PLF, prior to entering the country. Passengers arriving in Calabria, Puglia, and Sicily must present a completed health declaration prior to arrival.
More details can be found here (official source).
History of Yoga in Italy
Yoga is quite a new addition to the Italian lifestyle.
Post-war Italy offered a great opportunity for new experiences and by the late 1940s there were already yoga classes taking place in the country. This also led to the opening of the yoga institute in Milan in 1965.
The practice grew in the 21st century and by 2017, there were 830 recognized yoga schools in the country.
Therefore, it comes to no surprise that nowadays Italy is a popular destination for yoga tourism, with retreats and courses being held in various languages.
Top Destinations for Yoga Teacher Training in Italy
The quintessential Italian experience typically features the rolling hills of Tuscany, dotted with vineyards, medieval castles, and spectacular sunsets.
The capital city of the region, Florence is chockfull of stunning museums and medieval architecture.
On a yoga teacher training course in Tuscany, not only will you take your practice to the next level, but you’ll also get to stay in refurbished farmhouses, enjoy sprawling gardens, eat local food, and taste delectable wines.
Just take our word for it and plan for a day or two to explore the area after you’ve finished the course.
The iconic trulli of Alberobello are what sets this region apart. But did you know that trulli can be found throughout Itria Valley?
Featuring a unique cuisine, known as “cucina povera”, long coastlines, white-washed houses, mountains, and a balmy climate, Puglia (Apulia) is a great choice for a yoga teacher training course.
Fly into Bari and take some time to explore the region’s gems including the resort town of Vieste, Ostuni, Lecce, and Polignano a Mare.
Boasting old traditions and wild nature, Sardinia is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean ideal for a yoga break.
Its terrain is mostly mountainous, offering excellent hiking trails. But is also offers stunning white beaches, dotted with coves, with excellent surfing spots. And just as many beaches to do your Sun Salutations.
Add in the great food and excellent wine, and it’s easy to see why Sardinia is a top destination to deepen your yoga practice.
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.
Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Italy
- Cost per day: from €71
- Availability: until November 2020
- Location: Misano Adriatico, Emilia-Romagna
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks Hindi, Hungarian & Italian
- Instruction level: all levels
This registered teacher training course introduces the question: “What is yoga?” and provides students with a solid comprehension of yoga and practices related to it. There’s also emphasis on theory and practicing what you’ve learned.
Throughout the course, you will explore Hatha yoga postures and learn Sanskrit words, as well as understand the human organism according to both Western science and Ayurveda.
Although no teacher training experience is required, some exposure to yoga through public or private classes or videos and a minimum of two years of practice are required.
The course includes two daily Hatha yoga sessions & meditation, pranayama, mantra chanting, as well as the history and origins of the Yogic lifestyle, including the recommended diet.
Your day starts at 6 a.m. After you enjoy a herbal tea, you’ll join a yogic cleansing class, followed by pranayama and chanting. The asana course is at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is served at 9:15 a.m. after which you’ll attend yoga anatomy and yoga philosophy classes. You’ll have a lunch break at 1:15 p.m. and then enjoy some time to yourself.
Courses resume at 5 p.m. with Hatha practice, followed by pranayama and asana class. Dinner is served at 7:15 p.m. And you can join a meditation session each day at 8:30 p.m.
Sundays are days off, during which you will not join any classes.
You’ll be staying at a 2-star hotel, located about 20 m from the beach of Misano Brasile and the beautiful promenade of Misano Adriatico.
During the duration of the course, you’ll get three Ayurvedic healthy vegetarian meals a day. Water and tea are also included. Kindly let the organizer know if you have other dietary requirements.
Upon completion, you can register with Yoga Alliance.
You may fly into either Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) or Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI). The airport transfer is not included but you may ask the organizer for private pick-up (available on request and for an additional fee).
- Cost per day: from €95
- Availability: All Year Round
- Location: Campofilone, Fermo
- Instruction language: English, the organizer also speaks French, Italian, and Spanish
- Instruction level: beginner & intermediate
Join ten days of intensive training on chakras, subtle anatomy, and breathing techniques. Learn how to teach yoga as a holistic and sacred science.
This course is designed for teachers and students who are interested in gaining confidence and want to deepen their teaching skills and add a new layer of ancient and deep wisdom from traditional yoga.
You’ll be staying in a villa which was originally built in late 1800 and has been completely renovated about 20 years ago. It features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, balconies, and an outstanding view of the valley and historical villages around.
The valley where the villa stands connects the charming seaside of Pedaso to the Sibillini mountains, offering outstanding hiking or biking routes. And if you fancy some time by the sea, the seaside is just 3 km from the village.
Your days start at 8 a.m. with tea or coffee. Then you’ll join yoga, pranayama, meditation, and chanting sessions. After brunch (11 a.m.) you’ll have free time to study, hike, or ride bikes to explore the area.
There’s another yoga session in the afternoon, followed by guided meditation, and dinner.
The package includes excursions to visit the historical villages of Campofilone and Torre di Palme, explore Pedasto and Marina di Altidona seaside areas.
Three meals each day, as well as snacks, and drinks are included in the price. The menu is vegetarian (or vegan), featuring local, organic, seasonal ingredients.
There are plenty of airports you can fly into, but the closest is Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (PER). For international travelers, Rome’s airports might be a better option. Regardless of where you land, make your way to the Pedaso bus or train station (and let the organizer know when to pick you up/ drop you off).
- Cost per day: from €93
- Availability: selected days in September & October 2020, April & May 2021
- Location: Elba
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks Italian, French, German & Spanish
- Instruction level: intermediate & advanced
This yoga teacher training course is designed to establish any practitioner and teacher in the principle and practices of yoga, Ayurveda, mindfulness, meditation, Power, Hatha, Yin, and Therapeutic yoga.
Your day starts at 7 a.m. with tea and fruit. At 7:30 a.m. you can choose between a silent walk, or a meditation and pranayama class. The first yoga class is at 8:30 a.m. You’ll have breakfast at 10 a.m.
There’s a morning classroom session at 11 a.m. followed by Karma Yoga. Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m.
You will have time for yourself until classes resume at 4 p.m. with an afternoon session followed by afternoon practice at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. and you’ll have time for yourself in the evening, too.
Sunday is a free day when there will be no classes.
You will be staying at Villa Shanti, on the island of Elba. The nearest beach is 3.5 km away and there are trails leading to the mountains that start right behind the house. The huge garden overlooks two beautiful villages.
During the course (except on free days), you’ll be served three vegetarian meals. Water and detox juices are also included. Kindly let the organizer know if you have other dietary requirements.
Participants that finish the course will be given a certificate of completion.
Elba has its own airport, Marina di Campo Airport (EBA) but the most scenic way to get to the island is by ferry from Piombino. To get to Piombino you can catch a flight to Pisa, Rome, Bologna, or Florence. Do note that airport transfer to the retreat is not included.
- Cost per day: from €114
- Availability: Select dates in July, August & December 2021
- Location: Alessandria, Piedmont
- Instruction language: Italian, the organizer also speaks English
- Instruction level: all levels
Hari-Om isn’t just a yoga school, it’s also a community. This course will be a real immersion in practice, a life change, and the chance to meet new friends.
You’ll live inside the beautiful natural bubble of Cascina Bellaria, which means great food, events, and concerts that will make your training a unique and unforgettable experience.
Bellaria offers shared rooms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms, double rooms with shared bathrooms or a private one, and double rooms, triple rooms or quadruple rooms with bathroom in the room, and also a small one-room apartment.
You will acquire a solid foundation to teach Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga, and other structural styles. The training is precise in teaching asanas and their alignments.
Anatomy classes focus on the movement and the parts pertinent to a yoga class rather than being a general topic.
Each day you’ll join four hours of lectures (asana, pranayama, anatomy) and four hours of practice sessions. You’ll also study mantra, mudra, dharana (meditation techniques), Ayurveda, and more.
Your day starts at 8 a.m. with practice and is followed by breakfast (10 a.m.). You’ll then join a lecture. Lunch is at 1 p.m. and the afternoon classes start at 2:45 pm with a lecture, followed by practice, and dinner (at 7:30 pm).
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers.
The package includes three vegetarian and organic meals daily, as well as drinks (water, tea).
The closest airport is Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA) but you might find it easier to fly to one of Milan’s airports, or Turin Airport (TRN). The transfer from either one of them is available for an additional fee.
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*All prices are valid at the time of publication and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change without notice
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