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21 Day 200-Hour True North Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Columbeira, Leiria

Buddha Retreats, Rua Salvador Carvalho dos Santos 7, Columbeira, Bombarral, Leiria, Portugal

Yoga Teacher Training Portugal

True North Vinyasa is a yoga teacher training true to the essence of Vinyasa with a fresh and open-minded perspective. This is an immersion into a transformational personal physical practice. It's a hands-on catapult into skillful Vinyasa teaching and the business of being a teacher. It's a tool kit that will help you find your voice and your calling as a yoga teacher. True North Vinyasa stays true to the core of modern Vinyasa. This means they don't provide answers and they never ask you to memorise a sequence or a script. In fact, they won't even give you a sequence. Instead, they will focus on the foundational knowledge you need in order to create your own sequences and scripts with confidence. You will learn the craft of teaching Vinyasa.

Meet the instructors

Lisa, Elin, Nazareno, & 1 More…
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily pranayama and meditation
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Access to world-wide network of True North Vinyasa teachers
  • Access to mentorship and support after the training
  • True North Vinyasa exclusive teacher's manual
  • 20 nights accommodations
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily


20 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish, Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wireless internet

You will stay at Buddha Retreats in the room of your selection.



The training follows and greatly exceeds the outline of Yoga Alliance. Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). But above all, it will mark the beginning of your new life as a skilled, articulate, creative, and inspirational Vinyasa teacher.


  • At least two years of regular dynamic yoga practice
  • Familiarity with Vinyasa yoga
  • Familiarity with Ashtanga yoga
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • ​*Required reading and some preparatory work before training begins

Note: Clear verbal communication and a varied, inspirational way with words are essential parts of your success as a yoga teacher. While this training is in English, True North Vinyasa is aware that you may not teach in English. They will encourage you to work in your language whenever possible but they can only offer effective support in English, Swedish, and Spanish.


From day one, you will be guided in deepening your practice and fine-tuning the skills you'll need to be an empowered and empowering yoga teacher. Your own personal practice and choices, on and off the mat, make up the foundation of your offerings as a teacher.

Exploring the refinement of body, movement, breath, energy flow, and clarity of mind is the base of your training. Be prepared to push your mental and physical boundaries throughout these intensive three weeks. Be prepared for major shifts, changes, and transitions – again, some of the key components of Vinyasa flow yoga.

What you will learn

  • How to observe and respond to people, their bodies, and their potential
  • How to deepen your own practice and apply the wisdom from your journey to guiding others
  • Logic in asana structure and alignment, working from the base and up, from the inside and out
  • How to assist physical poses with confidence and encouragement
  • How to communicate from the core of your being and your heart, with an articulate and powerful voice
  • The art of intelligently designing, theming and sequencing classes that are fun, graceful, inspirational, and boosting for all levels
  • How to relate and apply ancient yogic philosophy to a contemporary dynamic yoga practice
  • ​*How to build your yoga business and brand as a yoga teacher

This training is for you, if

  • You love the freedom and creativity of modern Vinyasa flow
  • You would like to be a confident and skillful yoga teacher, true to yourself
  • You are ready to dedicate three super intensive weeks to developing yourself, your practice, and your knowledge base
  • You are inspired by beautiful surroundings and attention to detail
  • You like the idea of spending three weeks in the lush countryside of Portugal
  • ​*You would like to be a yoga leader – not just an instructor

The approach

1. Intensive training

True North Vinyasa offers this course as a 20-day all inclusive intensive with additional preparation time before training begins. The intensive format allows you to fully dedicate yourself to a transformational practice and journey. They believe the personal immersion is a key component in becoming a yoga teacher. You will need to be prepared to work hard in this training.

2. Beautiful settings

True North Vinyasa believes in the power of beautiful surroundings and good nourishing food. For your training, they carefully pick amazing venues in central west coast Portugal. You will be staying in an aesthetically stimulating small retreat center, exclusive to your group, with a great boutique style and attention to detail. The venues are close to Lisbon and its international airport (no more than 1 hour).

3. Two main teachers

True North Vinyasa is a strong team of two main teachers. Together they have 18 years of combined teaching experience and over 30 years of combined practice. They are ready to share their knowledge of studio ownership, organising fully booked retreats, sequencing memorable classes, and designing unique, sold-out workshops. But they are also ready to share their mistakes and lessons learnt the hard way from the business of yoga.

4. Small groups

Group size for the trainings are limited to 16 students, making the student-teacher ratio 8:1. This is unusual and guarantees individual attention and a high quality teacher training.

5. True North Vinyasa doesn't leave you hanging

True North Vinyasa has a solid worldwide network and will continue to offer insight and mentorship for an unlimited time after the teacher training has ended.

6. Excellent guest faculty

True North Vinyasa believes in a strong, diverse team and will invite inspiring and experienced guest faculty for added perspectives.

7. Educating teachers

A lot of yogis look to teacher trainings simply to learn more about yoga and to advance their personal practice. While you will get all this, True North Vinyasa is dedicated to educating teachers, not advanced yogis. True North Vinyasa does a lot of actual teaching from day one.

8. Beyond teaching well

Being a yoga teacher is competitive. While True North Vinyasa gives you a strong skill set to become an amazing teacher, they are also dedicated to sending you off with solid knowledge of how to build your brand, run your business, and succeed financially. They devote much more time to this than most teacher trainings.

Curriculum overview

Week 1 - Find your flow

The private retreat center is located in the Portuguese countryside, with lots of garden space and a pool. True North Vinyasa closes the door to the outside world and immerse fully into a physical practice. You'll start practicing the art of teaching, shifting from being a student to becoming aware of the teacher's perspective.

Week 2 - Find your voice

True North Vinyasa focuses increasingly on the teacher's skill set and toolbox. You are gradually introduced to sequencing, alignment, adjusting and assisting, class themes, and anatomy. You'll start to connect the dotted lines between ancient teachings and modern yoga. You are invited to explore finding your own voice and offering, as well as the technicalities of designing and successfully executing classes for different types of students and needs.

Week 3 - Find your true north

True North Vinyasa invites you to fully step into the role of a yoga teacher. You continue your daily practice, adding a more thorough analysis of each class and incorporating an increasing amount of hands on teaching and adjusting. You are introduced to leadership and self care, plus the skills needed to build a business in yoga as well as branding and marketing.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Morning practice (including meditation, pranayama, and asana)
  • 09:30 Breakfast and self-study
  • 11:00 - 13:45 Session 1
  • 13:45 Lunch and self-study
  • 15:00 - 18:45 Session 2
  • ​​19:00 Dinner and self-study

Arriving / departing details

Welcome circle, introduction, and your first class with True North Vinyasa is at 4 p.m. on arrival day. Closing circle and ceremony is in the late evening of day 19. The following day is check-out (day 20) and breakfast is your last meal at the venue.


The daily schedule will vary somewhat. ​There is no day off, but there are schedule self studies for two full days.


Lisa Andersson Rhodiner

Elin Jensen

Nazareno Grisolia

Willemijn Noordhoff


This 200-hour intensive teacher training takes place at Buddha Retreats in Columbeira, Portugal.



  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wireless internet


The course will include three vegetarian meals served daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

What's included

  • Daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama
  • Certificate of completion
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • True North Vinyasa exclusive teacher's manual
  • Access to mentorship and support after the training
  • Access to world-wide network of True North Vinyasa teachers

What's not included

  • Required reading material (around 100 EUR)
  • ​Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Optional photo shoot with a professional photographer during week 2 to 3 (60 EUR)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% 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: Monday April 5, 2021
Departure: Sunday April 25, 2021

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 500 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before December 1, 2020.

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