Treat yourself on this inspiring yoga retreat to southern Portugal. Be awestruck by the beauty of Praia da Rocha beach in Portimao, Algarve. Be surrounded by several stunning beach coasts such as the Benagil sea cave beach and grottos declared by the Huffington Post as one of “the most beautiful beaches in the world.” Be inspired, meditate, learn, contemplate, take home a valuable gift of restored health, and learn in depth about the art of teaching yoga, meditation, pranayama, yogic lifestyle and self-sustainability as a global yoga teacher.
Participating in a certified Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Hour training and 8 Hour Ayurveda massage course and applied yoga anatomy will transform and inspire you.
Our teacher training program can be the first step in a life transformative journey of health and wellness. This program has the best of the best teachers which are available for this unique certification training. You will be learning from highly experienced, talented, and compassionate instructors.
UPCOMING ASHTANGA AND VINYASA 200 HOUR TEACHER TRAINING CERTIFICATE+ BONUS 8 HOUR AYURVEDA MASSAGE COURSE – PRAIA DA ROCHA BEACH, PORTIMAO – PORTUGAL:
SEPTEMBER 24TH-OCT.8TH, 2019 (OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS)
OCTOBER 11TH-25TH, 2019 (OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS)
For more information on this retreat, please refer here.
The accommodations offered by Bend it like Buddha is at Flor da Rocha Portimao hotel apartments and have shower, toilet, patio, living room and a kitchen. Swimming pool, lounge chairs, cafe, 24 hr security/concierge, satellite television, strong wifi.
On request and at additional cost a premium private room at Flor da Rocha can be arranged for you, only 5 minute walking distance from the yoga school and Praia da Rocha beach.
The private option offers private bedroom, bathroom, own kitchen and patio accommodations. All bedrooms have their own bath and shower.
- Hiking nearby
- Mountain walking/trekking nearby
- Swimming pool
- World class beaches nearby
- Relaxing Dining area
- Local markets nearby
- Tour assistance
- Stand up paddle boarding
- Self-service Kitchen
- Lounge area
- Newly renovated Yoga studio
- Free Wi-Fi
- Room cleaning, towel service
SHARED APARTMENT: € 2,399 EUR
PRIVATE APARTMENT: € 3,399 EUR
*TO REGISTER € 400 EUR DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED
- Intensive 200 hours of Ashtanga + Vinyasa training
- Variety of daily Meditation and Pranayama ( powerful breathing techniques)
- Receive a one-of-a-kind training +certificate upon completion
- Alignment & Modification lessons in Ashtanga+ Vinyasa Flow
- Daily morning tea, coffee or organic juices
- Daily Vegetarian Meals
- 14 days accommodation
- Introduction to massage and Yoga Nidra Meditation
- Yoga Philosophy: How to apply 8 Limbs of Yoga into daily life, learn more about Patanjali Yoga
- Study The Patanjali Sutras and daily application of Yoga Teaching Methods
- Learn about Nutrition & Vegetarianism
- Modules on applied anatomy in a practical, applied manner
- Sound Healing session with gongs, Tibetan Singing Bowls,crystals, angel cards and powerful Kirtan and celebration.
- Reiki Attunement Session(optional)
- In-depth learning about yogic lifestyle
- Practice teaching yoga everyday
This training is a perfect balance between peaceful countryside relaxation( for private villa option) and upbeat, lively friendly, cafes and restaurants of the beach strip of Praia da Rocha beach. The evening and morning Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda massage techniques and Pranayama are the essential aspects of this training. You will find the teachers and the Bend it like Buddha Yoga studio uplifting and relaxing.
During the training, you will practice sunrise Vinyasa flow yoga in the morning, followed by gentle Flow, Restorative yoga, Yin or sessions such as powerful sound journey healings by local Shaman healer in the evenings. The sessions are usually held in a boutique yoga studio on Praia da Rocha or on the beach depending on weather, and include pranayama (breathwork), mindful meditation, and yoga Nidra meditation.
Students will have ample time with teachers 1×1 and will be practicing teaching starting on day one and receive practical, supportive feedback on their teaching daily. Business yoga, Acro, arm balances, kids yoga, social media tips for branding yourself as a global yoga teacher will be covered.
We will be enjoying a variety of unique activities such as Reiki sessions, Tibetan bowl sound healing, Chakra & Kundalini meditations and powerful Pranayama and Breath Work sessions. There will be classes on lesson planning, Sequencing Vinyasa Flows and Ashtanga inspired sequencing and how to teach students each of these techniques.
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.
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 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 ( RYT 500) comes from a background of theatre and performance. With the uncertainty and stress of the acting world she decided to try yoga, to calm the mind, keep her sanity and a new way to stay fit for productions and tours. But what she did not know was how much effect yoga would have on her.Whilst on tour in South American, she discovered Ashtanga Yoga and hasn’t looked back since. Steven Spielberg had not called her so in 2014 she fled to Mysore to receive her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hour in Ashtanga Vinyasa. Whilst on her travels she also started practicing Vinyasa yoga, inspired by teachers from all over the world. In yoga you never stop being a student…so she decided to take another step. In 2017 she flew to Goa, to complete her advance Yoga Alliance training RYT300 hour specializing in Vinyasa yoga and sequencing. 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, workshops and teacher trainings all over the world- India, Bali, Ireland, Portugal, Barcelona and Morrocco.