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20 Day 200-Hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in Maxiais
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Portugal Yoga Therapy Teacher Training

This yoga therapy course will enable yoga teachers to learn how to adapt and apply classical hatha yoga kriyas, asana, mudra, and pranayama for helping in healing, rejuvenation, and rehabilitation for yoga seekers at various levels and health issues. This yoga therapy course also includes the applied study of yoga sutras, Bhagavat Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and Yoga Vashistha as a tool for mental, emotional, and spiritual counselling.

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Yogachariya Jnanadev
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  • Course materials are already included
  • Daily intensive 200-hour residential program
  • The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals
  • The accommodation will be at an off-grid ashram
  • All daily meals will be provided
  • 19 nights accommodation


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There are three wood cabins available, these contain a single bed, set of draws, and some clothes hanging space, and a gas heater and solar lighting. There are two caravans available, both have double sleeping space, a toilet compartment where a compost portable toilet can be if wanted, and solar lighting. There are also two bell tents available, these will contain a blow-up camping mattress or a bed. Yoga Satsanga Ashram also allows three camping places on the course to bring your own camping gear to keep the cost down.

The ashram is a detached four-bed dorm, bungalow-style property with a large garden overlooking panoramic views of the Pembrokeshire countryside. It's only a half-hour drive from the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline! 15 minutes from the popular town of Narberth. As this is a retreat location, there is no Wi-Fi installed, however, there is excellent phone reception.

  • Kitchen

Equipped with a table that sits eight adults (high chair available), dishwasher, microwave, smeg 5 gas ring top cooker and double oven, fridge freezer, fully equipped with all the utensils, and cookery you may need.

  • Sitting room

Enough for seven adults, a three-seater sofa (converts into a futon bed too) and two arm chairs. A coffee table, there is no TV but an HD projector is available on request.

  • 2 bathrooms downstairs

There is one with a bath and shower overhead and the other with a large shower unit.

Bedroom 1

Located upstairs and contains a double bed, a single bed, a small cot, and a "nook" tiny room off the side with a bed suitable for a child or small adult.

Bedroom 2

Located upstairs, a cozy room above the kitchen with two single beds and a wardrobe (one bed is a floor bed on a wooden frame).

Bedroom 3

Located downstairs, a large bedroom with a sink, two single beds, and a large double wardrobe.

Bedroom 4

The room contains a queen-size bed, wardrobe, and a small single suitable for a child or small adult.



To enable yoga teachers to advance their yoga teaching skills from beginner to advanced level, as well as learn how to adapt and modify Hatha yoga practices to help or enable yoga students to improve health and well-being.

  • Develop skills to tailor one-to-one lesson plans for people with various health and mobility issues
  • Understand classical roots and principles of yoga, Ashtanga yoga, eight limbs of yoga, Pancha-kosha, and chakras and their applications for health, well-being, and evolution.


Become a successful Sanatan yoga teacher and yoga therapist and be able to design your own yoga sadhana routines and teach Hatha yoga and yoga philosophy at various levels.

Is this course for you?

If you are looking to teach classical or authentic Hatha yoga using yoga therapy as a tool to help others and learn the philosophy, ideas, and principles behind yogic practices and philosophy, then yes, this yoga therapy teacher training course is for you.

What is Yoga Therapy and what do you practice?

Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, a guru, says that "Yoga Chikitsa" is virtually as old as yoga itself, indeed, the return of mind that feels separated from the universe in which it exists represents the first yoga therapy. Yoga Chikitsa could be termed as “man’s first attempt at unitive understanding of mind-emotions-physical distress and is the oldest holistic concept and therapy in the world”.

Ancient and traditional yoga has a wide range of applications as “preventive, therapeutic, and rehabilitative, as well as spiritual evolutionary growth”. Hatha yoga provides all the tools for the body and mind while Raja yoga provides holistic tools, concepts, and ideas to deal with mental and emotional problems.

Modern medical science describes more than 4,000 diseases and disorders of the body and mind in modern medicine and psychology. Yoga explains that all these diseases or health problems are the outcome of stress and strain caused by Vasanas (desires), Kaam (desire to seek sensual pleasures), Krodha (anger), Ahamkara (ego). and Asmita (i-ness).

Now, they also need to add abuse caused to the body-mind-spirit by "junk" food, religion, and modern stressful lifestyle. Holistic health in the yogic sense means ease with and within yourselves as the term Swasthya means.

Swamiji Dr. Gitananda Giriji further states that all diseases, maladies, tensions, are manifestations of divisions of what should be man’s complete nature, the "Atman" or "Self". This "Self" is “ease”. A loss of “Ease” creates “Dis-ease”. Duality is the first insanity, the first disease, the unreasonable thought that “I am different from the whole. I am unique. I am me.”

The ego is a manifestation of disease. Only a distorted ego could feel alone, suffer from “the lonely disease”, in a universe, a cosmos totally filled with the "Self". It is of some interest to note that one of the oldest words for man in the Indian language is “Insana”. Man is “insane”. A return to sanity, “going sane,” is the subject of real Yoga Sadhana and Yoga Abyasa. Yoga Chikitsa is one of the methods to help an insane man back to the path of sanity. A healthy man or woman is known by the term "yogi.”

Human anatomy and yoga

While modern science deals with only one body, yoga science enumerates the Pancha-Koshas or five-body system. Yogic perspective anatomy also includes Pancha-pranas and chakras and bindus and energy points.

Human physiology and yoga

Likewise, anatomy in yoga also goes further into subtle aspects of your physiology with concepts of Doshas, Tri-Gunas, Loma-Viloma, Swaras, and Vasaanas are underlying forces in the way your body and all its functions are governed.

Yoga philosophy

Yoga Darshan provides insight into life, the mind, and the conflicts causing distress, pain, and diseases. Yoga philosophy also provides all the tools, kriyas, and prakriyas to free yourselves from all these conflicts and become one with higher-self.

Yoga psychology

Where you begin to bring all yoga philosophy ideas and principles in practice it becomes "Yoga Psychology". Yoga Darshan is one of the most advanced holistic and applied psychology and psychotherapy.

Asana or posture

Hatha yoga provides details of many asanas with their therapeutic and spiritual benefits. All the static postures can help in healing all the past traumas, injuries, improve flexibility, endurance, and strength of your body and remove accumulated toxins causing distress in your body.


Gitananda yoga teaches around 130 pranayamas. These breath control practices are to enhance "Prana" and some of the best Yoga Therapy tools. Even the classical pranayamas can be modified for their therapeutic applications for respiratory problems. Pranayama or modified breathing techniques are proving to be significantly beneficial in mental, emotional, and nervous disorders.


Mudras mean seals or energy gestures. Various yoga mudras can help to channel your vital forces to desired parts of the body, bindus, or chakras for healing and rejuvenation. Mudras work directly at the glandular and endocrine levels to bring health and well-being.

Vyayama yoga

There is also a wide range of yoga-based exercises in the form of Vinyasa or movements from one to other positions. Gitananda yoga offers wide range of Jattis (loosening up movements to release and remove stress and toxins from joints), kriyas (set of simple movements from one to the other posture for bringing mobility and enhance prana and blood circulation), Hatha yoga kriyas (set of asanas and kriyas to work on subtle energy flows and body parts and chakras), and Suriya-Namaskar (sun salutations for strength, flexibility, endurance, weight loss, enhanced body immunity, and vitality).


Next step is healthy diet and lifestyle to enjoy health and well-being. Ahara is what you eat and drink for your body, then what you watch, see, hear, read, and engage is food for the mind. Remember, you become what you feed into your body-mind system. Vihara means lifestyle or the habits you follow. It includes your sleeping, waking, working, exercise, eating, and leisure activities.

Yoga therapy includes a healthy nutritional diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouted grains, dry nuts, lentils, etc. Vihara includes a moderate lifestyle with balanced exercise, sleep, work, leisure time, etc.

Fasting and mauna

You can give physiological rest to your constantly working digestive system and vocal cord by fasting from food and speech. Fasting from food can be a whole day without food or one day a week with only fruits. Mauna can be 30 minutes to an hour every day or if possible, a few hours a week if not a whole day. This gives you time to reflect and listen to your inner body and mind.

Shavasana and Yoga Nidra

Many stress-related problems can be healed by using various relaxation and Yoga Nidra techniques. These practices help the body systems to experience and regain the state of ease which they tend to forget you live under chronic distress.

Jnana Yoga Therapy

Jnana Yoga provides a strong foundation of moral and ethical principles in the forms of yamas and niyamas which can help in healing mental, emotional, karmic, and spiritual problems. Remedies offered by Patanjali in the form of media (cheerfulness), karuna (kindness, compassion), maitri (friendliness, harmony), and upeksha (equanimity and letting go) are some of typical Jnana yoga therapy practices.

Postural manipulation or assistance

Many postures or Kriyas can be assisted by a yoga therapist or yoga teacher to help people with limited mobility or strength to improve their physical and mental well-being.

Naris and muscle manipulations

By use of your hands, feet, and fingers, a yoga therapist can manipulate naris, muscles, and even chakras to heal or rejuvenate parts of points.

Yoga cleansing or purification

Hatha yoga details six cleansing practices to remove all the toxins from the body. Three types of doshas (the body's constitutional imbalances): vata, pita, and kapha, are removed by these cleansing practices. The six kinds of purifying practices are Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Trataka, Nauti, and Kapala Bhati.

Mantras and bhajans

Various mantras and bhajans can help you enhance your "manomaya kosha" or "mind-body" and heal many karmic and spiritual causes of health problems.

Dhyana or meditation

Meditation is to rest your body and mind consciously. Regular meditation can help you release stress, anxieties, and worries causing many health problems. Meditation also helps in improving sleep and brain functions.

Key models of Yoga Therapy

  • Adhi-Vyadhi: In this model, you'll study the psycho-somatic and somatopsychic theory of yoga therapy, along with various therapeutic tools.
  • Doshas: In this model, you'll study the Ayurvedic concept of "Tri-Doshas", yogic diet, exercise, mudra, asana, pranayama, and relaxation for balancing doshas to enhance health and wellness.
  • Gunas: Gunas play an important role in mental health and lifestyle disorders. In this chapter, you will be studying the gunas as in Bhagavad Gita and yoga practices to gradually move from Tamas to Rajas.
  • Pancha Kosha: Yoga and Upanishads reveal your existence in five sheaths of bodies. This is one of the important yoga therapy models which brings Hatha yoga, diet, yogic lifestyle, yoga darshan, mantra, mudra, pranayama, and samayama (dharna, dhyana, and samadhi) as a holistic yoga therapy tool.
  • Kundalini and chakras: This amazing aspect of yoga from Tantra provides the subtlest understanding of neuro-psycho-biology and provides tools for healing the body, mind, and emotions.
  • Swara and Nadis: Swara and Nadis open new doors for yoga therapists to understand the polarity and right-left, ida-pingala, sun-moon energy, and their therapeutic applications in physical and mental health.
  • Samskaras and Vasanas: This model of yoga therapy gives the understanding of the role of your life choices, desires, behavior patterns from your individual, family, social and spiritual existence.
  • Karma and dharma
  • Hatha yoga
  • Pancha Mahabhutas
  • Prana Vayus
  • Yoga Sutras and mental health
  • Shaucha or cleansing
  • Pranayama
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Dharana and Dhyana
  • Yoga Darshana
  • Ahara Vihara
  • Mantra and Bhajans
  • Satsanga or spiritual counseling
  • Sankalpa and contemplations
  • Samkhya model
  • Abhyasa Vairajna
  • Obstacles and remedies

Key scriptures for Yoga Therapy

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Yoga Vasishtha
  • Upanishads
  • Shiva Samhita
  • Gheranda Samhita
  • Yoga Chudamani Upanishad

Key yoga anatomy and physiology

  • Anatomical and postural terms: Yogic creation of life
  • Key body systems and homeostasis (Spanda-Nispanda and Swasthya)
  • Digestive system (Yoga and digestive system)
  • Respiratory system (Yoga and breathing)
  • Cardiovascular system (Yoga and cardiovascular system)
  • Excretory systems (Yoga and excretory systems)
  • Nervous system (Yoga and nervous system)
  • Endocrine system (Yoga and endocrine system)
  • Muscular system (Yoga and muscles)
  • Skeleton system (Yoga and skeleton system)
  • Sleep (Yoga Nidra)
  • Traumas and yoga
  • Mental health and yoga
  • Chronic health disorders and yoga
  • Stress and yoga
  • Arthritis and yoga
  • Back and yoga
  • Hypertension and yoga
  • Neck and yoga
  • Sinusitis and yoga
  • Eyes and yoga
  • Shoulders and yoga
  • Hips and yoga
  • Knees and yoga
  • Sexual health and yoga
  • Anxiety disorders and yoga
  • Depression and yoga
  • Diabetes and yoga
  • Dreams and yoga therapy
  • Bereavement and yogic counseling
  • Sports and yoga
  • Learning disabilities and yoga

The application of Yoga Therapy

  • Assessment skills
  • Confidentiality
  • Data protection and GDPR
  • The therapeutic relationship
  • Active and reflective listening
  • Anti-discriminatory practice
  • Knowing when and where to signpost
  • Using the assessment tool
  • Swami Gitananda’s 12 points of yoga therapy
  • Choosing a model
  • Researching the care seekers conditions
  • Identifying appropriate practices
  • Considerations
  • Modifying practices
  • Making a plan with the care seeker
  • Reviewing

Key Hatha yoga therapy tools

  • Jattis
  • Kriyas
  • Asana
  • Assisted asana
  • Chair yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Mudra
  • Guided meditations
  • Sankalpa
  • Yoga Nidra and relaxation
  • Cleansing practices
  • Yoga Darshana
  • Yogic diet and lifestyle
  • Imagery or visualizations
  • Partner yoga
  • Nada yoga
  • Surya Namaskars
  • Yoga Vyayama
  • Hands-on yoga therapy
  • Mantra yoga
  • Bhajans and kirtan
  • Seva and Karma yoga
  • Satsanga
  • Yogic counseling


Each module contains:

  • Theory
  • Hatha yoga and therapeutic applications
  • Pranayamas
  • Postural adjustments
  • Relaxation techniques and guided meditations
  • Mantra chanting and bhajans
  • Spiritual counseling or applied yogic principles and practices

1. Applied philosophy

2. Discussion on therapeutic applications of practices

3. Applied Hatha yoga practices (Asanas, kriyas, mudras, pranayama, relaxation techniques, guided meditations)

4. Medical theory

5. Anatomy and physiology

Intensive residential schedule:

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Hatha yoga (various sets)
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and Karma yoga (mindful concepts as part of service)
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Yoga Anatomy and physiology
  • 11:30 - 13:30 Therapeutic Hatha yoga, pranayama and Yoga Nidras/yoga therapy observation
  • 13:30 Preparing naturopathic or Ayurvedic diet and discussions, lunch followed by a break
  • 15:00 Nada Yoga and mantra yoga as therapeutic tools
  • 16:00 to 17:30 Yoga therapy (assisted work)
  • 18:00 Supper
  • 19:00 to 20:30 Bhajans followed by Satsanga (various therapeutic concepts)


Students with a graduation certificate from a 200-hour Foundation Course or who have completed training with a Yoga Alliance Professionals-accredited trainer can apply for membership with Yoga Alliance Professionals.


  • Yogachariya Jnandev (The main teacher is a registered SYT) presenting practices and yogic theory (all in-person classes)

Other teachers will mostly be the preparation before arrival (online):

  • Yogacharini Deepika (registered SYT) presenting practices and yogic theory (live or pre-recorded)
  • Dr. Catherine Jenkins (GP) presenting medical theory (Livestream or pre-recorded)
  • Jyoti Vora (physiotherapist) presenting Anatomy and physiology (Livestream or pre-recorded)
  • Special guest teacher sessions with Yogachariya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, yoga therapist worldwide expert (live stream or pre-recorded)
  • Special guest teacher sessions with Yogacharini Anandhi on the yogic diet (live stream or pre-recorded)

How will the course be presented?

Preparation before meeting in person online:

  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Text to read over from website (private/membership only link)
  • Video sessions with several of the teachers (either a presentation or question-and-answer session, recording will be available if you're unable to make the live meetings)


Yogachariya Jnanadev Giri


The International Yoga Satsanga Ashram is set at the edge of a forest mountain region, very close to the City of Castelo Branco which is towards the Spanish border. It's approximately two hours from Lisbon Airport by car. Buses are available every two hours from Lisbon for around 14 EUR (one way) to Castelo Branco where Yoga Satsanga Ashram can arrange pick up.

The ashram is a 21-acre hillside property with many cork oaks trees and pine trees. The land is bordered by a seasonal stream and to the south side of the land, there are around 30 olive trees, some of which are very old. There are some stunning panoramic views from the top of the land and some nice open spaces. Life at the ashram will be very much an outdoor lifestyle!

Yoga Satsanga Ashram try to grow their own food, live in harmony with nature, use compost toilets, outdoor showers, and it's off-grid and has power via solar panels or a generator when they need to pump water from the borehole. There is one main building with a large yoga hall.


All meals are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

What's included

  • Daily intensive program
  • Course materials
  • Optional online preparations
  • 19 nights accommodation
  • All meals daily

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any transfer to and from the venue
  • Personal expenses

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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