Yoga Alliance RYT 200 HR in Ashtanga & Vinyasa - September 2019

Sep 24, 2019 at 05:30 — Oct 7, 2019 at 16:00 (WEST)

You are warmly welcomed to join the transformational Yoga Alliance accredited 200HR teacher training journey in Praia da Rocha Portimao in Algarve, Portugal!

Certified Yoga Alliance 200HR Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga TTC and BONUS ~ 8 hour Ayurveda massage course.

Treat yourself on this inspiring yoga program to southern Portugal. Be surrounded by stunning beauty such as Praia da Rocha one of Algarve's best beaches, backed by ochre-red cliffs and the small 16th-century Fortaleza da Santa Catarina. Be inspired, meditate, learn, contemplate, take home a valuable gift of restored health, and learn in depth about the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, the art of teaching Vinyasa yoga, meditation, pranayama, yogic lifestyle, massage and how to be a self- sustaining global yoga teacher.

Participating in Bend it like Buddha's certified Yoga Alliance RYT 200 and massage training program can be the first step in a life changing journey of health and wellness. This program is conducted once a year to reserve and guarantee the best of the best of teachers for this unique double certification training.

Orientation (Optional) - 23rd September
Check Out - 8th October

If you would like to stay an Extra Night before and after cost will be
45€ which includes 2 meals on night before


- Intensive 200 hours of Ashtanga + Vinyasa Flow training
- Variety of daily meditation and Pranayamas ( &blissful breath work)
- Receive a one-of-a-kind certificate upon completion
- Alignment & Modification lessons in Ashtanga Vinyasa Asanas
- Learn from several highly experienced, compassionate and well-
  trained instructors
- Daily morning tea, coffee or organic juices
- Daily Vegetarian and Vegan meals daily
- 15 days accommodation
- Introduction to Ayurveda Massage and Yoga Nidra Meditation
- 8 Limbs of Yoga -Philosophy, Yoga Anatomy and Teaching Method, - How to sequence Vinyasa flow classes
- Yogic lifestyle and applied anatomy in a practical manner in Ayurvedic massage training
- Sound Healing session with gongs, Tibetan Bowls, crystals and angel card reading
- Learn Mantras and participate in Kirtan

Reiki Attunement Session (optional, if interested please ask)

Kayaking to private beach ( optional)

Rest days\Optional - Activities: - Hiking nearby
Mountain walking/trekking nearby
Swimming pool
3 stunning beaches within walking distance
Restaurant-Dining area
Local markets nearby
Tour assistance
Horse back Riding
Stand up paddle boarding
Hiking to mountain-waterfalls

Accommodations: -

Simple-apartment style
Self-service Kitchen
Lounge area
Room cleaning, towel service

Shared Apartment: - 2399 euro / Private Aparment: - 3399 euro 



Only same sex students will be sharing a room.

For September training we have a bring a friend promo if you book by the 15th July.  You will save 225 euro + Free Kayaking trip and BBQ on a Sunday off.  Kindly inquire for more details.

What to expect

  • Ancient teachings brought into a contemporary context
  • Becoming a part of the family and feeling like you've know everyone for years.
  • Complete change in your lifestyle
  • Delicious healthy organic food during the entire retreat
  • Develop human interaction and connections that will last a lifetime
  • Surrounding beaches and the beautiful nature, sound of owls, singing starlings, and of course the amazing sunsets, sunrises, and millions of stars and moonlight
  • Lessons from a variety of experienced teachers (each one has different strengths) who will help you grow in many different ways
  • Meet like-minded people from all over the world and build your international yoga contacts
  • Post-training support available on the private students or teacher forum
  • Transformational experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 Mantras, pranayama, Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and asana flow
  • 08:00 Take rest and breakfast
  • 09:00 Pranayama
  • 10:00 Yoga Nidra meditation, Osho meditation, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist meditation, or Reiki
  • 11:00 Alignment, adjustment, and modifications
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Eight limbs, ethics, philosophy, running a yoga studio, and social media
  • 14:00 Anatomy, physiology, and Ayurvedic yoga massage modules or kirtan-chanting with instruments and voice
  • 16:00 Light dinner
  • 17:30 Applied teaching methodology and practice teaching
  • 18:30 Take rest and dinner (two planned dinners out to recommended Portuguese restaurants)

The last training held by Bend it like Buddha Yoga attracted students and teachers from 17 different countries.

This inspirational program is held at the gorgeous Praia da Rocha beach in Portimao. This area has inspired and has been chosen by several imminent yogis and well-known gurus to build ashrams and eco-communities in this region. As it is beautifully natural, peaceful and a refreshing place to restore your mind, body, and soul.

The program will take place a minute away from Praia da Rocha beach, Portimao-Algarve at the Bend it like Buddha Yoga school. There are several good restaurants, shops, and cafes with a variety of other activities nearby.

The accommodation venue, Flor da Rocha Hotel, is a five-minute walk from Praia da Rocha beach and a three-minute walk to yoga training venue at Bend it like Buddha Yoga studio.  It has been recently upgraded and remodelled.  It has a new spa, gym, dry and wet sauna, swimming pool and poolside cafe.  The Hotel is also classified as a 4 Star Tourist Hotel.


During the program, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and light dinner. The food concept is healthy, tasty, vegetarian, and organic. Savor juicy local fruit, crunchy organic vegetables, crisp salads, and fragrant herbs while sipping on an energizing juice or sweet, colorful herbal tea.

Everything is freshly harvested and lovingly prepared with attention to detail in the on-site kitchen where you can cook your own meals if you prefer. There are diverse fusion recipes in a peaceful and tranquil setting. Bend it like Buddha Yoga believes that pleasing your palate is fundamental to your experience.

If you are vegan, raw foodie, or gluten-free, it’s no problem. The resident chef can make something delicious for you. You can choose from fresh tropical fruit, homemade organic yogurt, a wide selection of vegetarian dishes (delicious even for those not used to vegetarian food), curry dhal, rice, salads, herbal teas, and chai. Throughout the day, you can order small snacks, vitamin, health-booster juices, and fresh local fruit for a small extra fee.

You can also enjoy trying dinner out by visiting some of the delicious local restaurants nearby. There is a variety of restaurants that serve excellent Brazilian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Russian, Indian, Turkish, Italian, or English food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Whole food

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

What's not included

  • Additional exursions
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare


L. Farrah Furtado

L. Farrah Furtado is Canadian-Portuguese and is a Yoga Alliance E RYT 500 Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher, author of three spiritual best-selling award winning books, and director of Kaohsiung Yoga School and Bend it like Buddha Yoga in Portugal. She has lived in Asia for over 14 years, studying the healing arts in Buddhist monasteries in Taiwan, Balinese healing with energy healing masters in Ubud, and has trained in the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system and pranayama with BNS Iyengar, the lineage of Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya in India. Farrah is a third degree Usui Reiki master.


Reshma Datar

Reshy has assisted and also led several 200-hour yoga teacher training programs in India and Thailand for different schools. She has registered her yoga school, Yoga Space, with Yoga Alliance and offers 200-hour yoga teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa flow yoga. Reshy trained in the discipline of yoga under two very experienced teachers, Sujata Nerurkar and Dr. Renu Mahtani at Param Yoga, in Pune, India, where she completed her foundation in Hatha yoga teacher training and medical yoga therapy in 2011. She trained further in Vinyasa yoga, prenatal yoga, science of pranayama, and Viniyoga.


Tori Mitchell

Tori Mitchell is an expert in Ashtanga Vinyasa and the founder and main instructor at Vibe Yoga, Taiwan. Her most recent background training is in the advanced teacher training in anatomy and adjustments with Arielle Nash at Centered Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand. Tori Mitchell also studied Ashtanga Vinyasa with Manuel Ferreira, an authorized teacher from KPJAYI and also completed a two-week immersion with Iain Grysak in Ubud, Bali on pranayama, philosophy, and Ashtanga Vinyasa. She's trained in asana and pranayama in Mysore, India with the last living legend of Ashtanga, Guruji BNS Iyengar.


Mafalda Rodriguez

Mafalda Rodriguez started practicing yoga about 11 years ago and soon realized how yoga is transforming, how it brings people back to their center and allows them a universal and conscious view of life. In 2008, she completed the yoga course in the Samkhya Line by FLY-Lusa Yoga Federation and in these nine years of experience teaching, learning a lot and continuing to learn through her students' needs, and with the challenges she is encountering on the way.


Danni Cullen

Danni loves to teach and share… she is passionate about what she does as yoga had such a special effect on her life. It is rare to be in one of her classes and to not burst out in laughter, child-like giggles or even laughing so hard your crying with stomach pains! Her classes are strong, creative,and super fun! Most importantly, she teaches from the heart. At Bend it like Buddha Danni teaches Vinyasa, How to theme and sequence classes, Kids yoga, Acro yoga and Adjustment-Modification classes. She has taught in classes & TTCs in India, Bali, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.


Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Bend It Like Buddha Yoga will help you anytime with the direction.

Arrival by bus

There is a green bus transfer from Faro Airport (FAO) that can take you directly to Praia Da Rocha.

Arrival by ferry/boat

You can reach the Algarve through the many ports and marinas spread all along the south Portugal coast.

Arrival by train

Bend It Like Buddha Yoga recommends you to arrive at Algarve by using a train. It is because Portugal is part of the European rail network and can easily be reached from most of the European capitals.

Getting to the Algarve is part of what makes it one of Europe’s most fascinating holiday destinations. Whether you choose to arrive by plane, car, train or bus, you are bound to be received with a warming and welcoming spirit.


Testimonials: - 

The people have been fantastic and the energy in the group was amazing.  The diversity of teachers and what they each brought to the group has been so much more than I ever imagined.  

Nina, Nurse USA (Portugal training - October 2018) 


Peaceful space to share knowledge with like minded beings coming from different backgrounds.  This space helped me realise things about myself and life in general and will definitely be using this experience to empower others.  This training also helped me connect with myself on a much higher level and connect with amazing beings on a spiritual level.

Miriam, Lebanon (Portugal training - October 2018)


The atmosphere is amazing and helping us to develop and enjoy ourselves.  The structures of the days and lessons are good and the food is delicious.  The teachers are very knowledgeable and have opened me up to new ideas and methods.

Amy, UK (Goa training - January 2019)

The atmosphere is very welcoming and supporting.  I appreciate all the knowledge put together so that we return home with a much better understanding of the anatomically correct yoga.  I enjoy the teaching parts.  

Fanni, Austria (Goa training - January 2018) 


The morning asana practises are amazing.  I am loving the classes and teachers. I am really loving the alignment classes and pranayama too.  They are really educational and easy to follow.  Also loving how much teaching practise we get.  

Amelia, UK (Goa training - January 2019) 


Teachers are so knowledgeable and it's a very nurturing environment.  Great range of classes and I am already starting to feel more comfortable teaching.

Sian, UK (Goa training - January 2018) 


Loved the terrific group of encouraging and enthusiastic women,  the mix of teachers, their mix of style and their encouragement. The time allotted for questions and answers during every class and the massage courses.  An unexpected love.

Mishel, New York - (Portugal training - June 2018)


I loved everything, every single moment.  Great professional teachers, great combination of theory, practise, adjustments and spirituality.  Food, accommodation, wonderful energy and beautiful nature.  

Sandu (Portugal training - October 2018) 


It is hard to say what I enjoyed most, because the entire experience was incredible.  I really benefited from pranayama and meditation and the reiki was an experience I will never forget.  I loved that we were practising teaching from day 1, because the demo feel much less 

intimidating.  Of course I loved the asana practises each day as well.  

Rachel, USA (Portugal training - June 2018) 


I enjoyed Meditation, Pranayama, Philosophy and Vinyasa.  The teachers, all of them were amazing.

Taylor, USA (Bali training - March 2019) 


People, food, location, sun, amazing, very individual teachers that give a personal note (motivating, inspiring).  The vibe, very good knowledge, good schedule, everything went very smooth all the time and there was no stress and negativity.

Julia, Germany (Goa training 2018) 


I enjoyed all content from Asana, Pranayama, Philosophy, Meditation, Anatomy and Alignment.  Most of it could have not been learned online or reading books only. It has been an honour learning from two Masters as Farrah and Reshy and I hope to transfer these learnings  truthfully. The setting was magical and the schedule well thought of. The food was excellent. The group was empowering and this was the most transformational experience of my life.  

Camille, UK  (Goa training 2019) 

I really liked the traditional and spiritual approach of yoga that was taught here, not only the physical.  The customized emotional and self development work was not easy but necessary to start this new step in life.  I am grateful for each teacher that helped me throughout this eye and heart opening journey. Everyone was amazing, kind, dedicated and super available and caring yet with different styles and personalities.  The step by step learning process is well designed so it almost felt natural to teach a 30min class at the end. Thank you for the wisdom, the fun, the positive vibes, genuine relationships, the feel good flows and meditations, the caring and listening ears.  Thank you for finding the right words. Thank you for helping me grow, ground, open and accepting. Thank you for being so inspiring and for giving me confidence and trust for the world, for others and for myself.

Laurine, France - (Portugal training - June 2018)





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