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Holistic Yoga Teacher Training Portugal

Off Grid Yoga School's 200-hour yoga teacher training program is holistic, diverse, and packed full of all the elements required not only for certification but also for personal growth and development. This program asks you to practice living, eating, and breathing a yogic lifestyle from the moment you arrive, until the moment you leave. It is deep and personal work - a truly life-changing experience.

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  • 20 days of practice
  • 1 yoga class per day
  • Daily guided meditation session
  • Workshops and holistic or asana lectures
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Train station pick up
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate


20 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Yoga shala

Unique accommodations and facilities of Cara Creek Eco Lodge are all inspired by nature designs and include a natural swimming pool, a wood-fired hot tub, an outdoor gym, and a private river beach and yoga space. They have a cozy cafe area, providing delicious meals and snacks for guests. Cara Creek Eco Lodge is breathtaking, naturally built, sustainably run, rustic, and cozy. Most of their guests rave about their chemical-free natural swimming pool with an infinity edge overlooking the valley right down to the River Seia.

Pass an evening in their wood-fired hot tub and sauna, or on your free day exploring the area - rich with authentic Portuguese culture. Cara Creek has a variety of eco pods where you can sleep to the sound of the surrounding nature, including the passing river. The eco pods are uniquely shaped structures made from wood and canvas. The five penta pods each have a double-sized bed inside.

They are meant for single occupancy for this teacher training. You can also stay with one other roommate in one of their four-sided tetra pods, which have two twin beds inside. They use a well-established compost loo system and all the bathrooms are communal and comfortable. To fit a variety of budgets, they have also added a camping option in which you bring your own tent and camping gear.



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

This is a 200-hour yoga teacher training immersive program, set in nature. Every aspect of your training incorporates some portion of the curriculum. Off Grid Yoga School focuses on how to not only become a yoga teacher but also how to live more of a yogic lifestyle off your mat. They exceed the 180 contact hours required by Yoga Alliance because they are committed to your success as a yoga teacher. The training group size is small (maximum eight students) which keeps things small and intimate.

You will begin practicing teaching within the first days of teacher training so that by the end of the course, you will feel confident in guiding a class. You will even be given the option to teach a donation-based real class to a group other than your trainee peers if you feel comfortable doing so. This training uses a written evaluation as well as a practicum (an evaluated practice class) so that you will know where your strengths lie and where you can focus on development.

Ashley is available to answer any of your questions and address any concerns throughout your program, and afterward as you embark on your journey as a yoga teacher. They have expert guest teachers that come and teach on certain topics they specialize in or are extra knowledgeable about as part of the training - for example a meditation teacher, a trauma-informed yoga teacher, and so on. You will receive discounts of 10 percent on yoga retreats and future training organized by them.

You will have their support and be added to a community on Facebook with new and experienced yoga teachers to support you on your journey long after the training is complete. You will be a preferred retreat host for when the time comes as a yoga teacher that you would like to run your own yoga retreats here at Cara Creek Eco Lodge which comes with more booking deposit flexibility.


  • Yoga philosophy
  • Teaching methodology
  • Anatomy and functional movement
  • Teaching practice
  • Personal development
  • Personal practice
  • Final assessments (written and practice class)

You need to complete all elements of the training, the pre-training assignments, and successfully passing the written exam and teaching practicums, you will get your certificate.

Curriculum and course materials

Like all registered yoga schools, this 200-hour yoga teacher training program is required to offer a curriculum based on the guidelines issued by Yoga Alliance. Within these guidelines is where prospective students will find differences in how the curriculum is delivered. The curriculum has an immersive and intensive focus on technique training, which is essential for new teachers. In addition, your program offers variety in many areas to ensure authentic yoga programming.


  • Teaching methodology, sequencing
  • Over 40 asanas (postures)
  • Anatomy and physiology (in relation to yoga asana)
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • Ayurveda
  • Introductory workshops in Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, and Yoga Nidra
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Bhagavad Gita (chapters one and two)
  • Lifestyle and ethics of yoga teachers
  • Kirtan
  • Chakras
  • Kriyas
  • Bandhas
  • Drishti
  • Assisting and adjusting
  • Mudras
  • Styles of yoga
  • History of yoga
  • Practicum teaching
  • Discussion sessions
  • Business of yoga workshop

Course materials

  • Program manual (provided)
  • Tote bag (provided)
  • Journal (provided)
  • The miracle of mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh (you will purchase)
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Mukunda Stiles (you will purchase)
  • The Yamas and Niyamas: exploring yoga’s ethical practices, Deborah Adele (you will purchase)

Pre-program homework requirements

Six weeks prior to your program, they will provide details of homework to be completed. They expect that the average student will take 15 to 20 hours to complete the items. Homework is part of your curriculum hours and is mandatory.

Daily schedule

Day 1 - Saturday, September 11th

All students to arrive anytime after lunch (2:00 p.m.) and no later than 4:00 p.m. for check-in. You will begin the curriculum that day with a warm welcome and orientation, dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a relaxing evening yoga class.

Days 2 - 21

  • 06:15 - 07:45 Sunrise yoga and meditation practice
  • 07:45 - 08:30 Mindful (silent) breakfast
  • 08:30 - 10:30 Workshop, teaching time
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 - 12:30 Lesson on either holistic topics or asana topics
  • 12:30 - 14:15 Lunch and afternoon break
  • 14:15 - 16:15 Lesson on either holistic topics or asana topics
  • 16:15 - 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 - 18:30 Lesson on either holistic topics or asana topics
  • 18:30 Dinner

Evenings after dinner are mostly free but you will be having a few evening classes. On days 7, 8, and 9, you will have evening workshops from 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On day 9, practicum dates and times will be issued. On days 9, 17, 18, and 19, you will practice mindful meals and all meals will be in silence. On day 10, you will have a morning off and the training will resume after breakfast which will be served at the scheduled time and not silent. On day 11, this is your full day off with a holistic treatment of your choice included.

Days 17 to 19 are the days for student practicums. On day 20, you will have a final written exam (75 minutes) after breakfast, followed by a full day of class or evaluation and completion celebration in the evening. On day 21 (October 1st), you will have a morning yoga class, breakfast (not silent), and goodbyes.


Ashley Murray


The course will take place in Coimbra, Portugal. Cara Creek Eco Lodge is located in Central Portugal, nestled in the foothills of the Serra da Estrela Mountain Range, where the Seia River meets the Mondego River. Located in the foothills of the Serra da Estrela Mountain range, there are plenty of trails to explore by foot or by one of their mountain bikes or use one of their paddle boards on the Mondego River, just a two-minute walk from the property.


  • Mondego River - 2 minutes



  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Yoga deck


During this course, you will be served three vegetarian meals as well as tea, coffee, water, and snacks available throughout the day included in the price. It is optional to add meat at lunch and dinner by request. Cara Creek Eco Lodge has an organic garden from which of their vegetables and fruit when in season are used for the meals prepared. They also have a small animal farm providing fresh daily eggs from their free-range chickens. When they cannot use the source from their own garden, they will be looking for the source from the most local and organic option possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Adventure tours
  • Local cultural tours
  • Massage

Spa treatments

One holistic treatment of your choice on day 11 (massage, Reiki, reflexology, or Indian head massage) is included in the price.

What's included

  • Tuition
  • 1 holistic treatment of your choice on day 11
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Tea, coffee, water, and snacks available throughout the day
  • Transport from Carregal do Sal Train Station
  • Manuals, a journal, and a tote bag
  • Use of the beautiful facilities

What's not included

  • Textbooks required for teacher training
  • Airfare
  • Transport to Carregal do Sal Train Station
  • Additional treatments available for appointments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

You should take a bus to Tabua or Oliveira do Hospital. Free pick-up is available from these destinations.

Arrival by train

You should arrive at Carregal do Sal. Free pick-up is available.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday September 11, 2021
Departure: Friday October 1, 2021

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