Yoga Alliance 200HR Vinyasa & Ashtanga Training + Ayurvedic Massage - Nov

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Flor da Rocha

Avenida Tomás Cabreira, Verandas do Sol 3, Loja 1



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This yoga teacher training is a perfect balance between peaceful countryside relaxation and upbeat, lively, and friendly cafes and restaurants of the beach strip of Praia da Rocha beach. The evening and morning yoga, meditation, and pranayama are the essential aspects of this training. You will find the teacher 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 Yin or Restorative yoga session in the evening. The sessions are usually held in a stunning yoga studio on Praia da Rocha or on the beach depending on weather, and include pranayama (breathwork), mindful meditation, and Yoga Nidra meditation.

You will be enjoying a variety of unique healing activities such as Reiki, Tibetan bowl sound healing, yoga Nidra meditation, and healing, powerful pranayama sessions and how to teach students. All of the yoga sessions are Shakti inspired, empowering, and made with love to ignite your heart’s spark.

During this program, you will stay at the newly renovated Flor da Rocha Hotel in Portimao. All rooms are spacious, include in room fast Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping and towel service, a large flat screen, cable TV, air-conditioning, self-service kitchen, joining patio with table and chairs, concierge/security, a large swimming pool, lounge chairs, a pool cafe, gym, new spa and wet and dry sauna. It also classified as a 4 Star Tourist Hotel.

Bend it like Buddha offers 140 contact hours and the 60 remaining hours are allotted for study and reviewing course material during free time, preparing for assignments, and pre-reading handouts prior to the program start date. Preparing prior to the program by pre-reading the course material helps students retain information and encourages everyone to get the most out of the training.

All the teachers of this retreat have their own yoga studios and are teaching yoga worldwide and have valuable wisdom to share regarding yoga business, branding, and social media. You will be inspired by the talented, passionate team, and learn from their wealth of information and decades of experience.

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 (subject to change)

  • 06:00 - 08.00 Alternating Ashtanga Primary Series & Vinyasa Flow

  • 08:00 - 09.00 Pranayama

  • 09.00 - 10.00 Anatomy

  • 10:00 - 10.30 Breakfast

  • 10.30 - 11.30 Philosophy

  • 11:30 - 12.30 Meditation

  • 12:30 - 13.30 Adjustments

  • 13:30 - 14.00 Lunch

  • 14:00 - 15.30 Practise Teaching Sequencing

  • 15.30 - 16.30 Ayurveda Massage

  • 16.30 - 17.30 Vinyasa Flow, Yin or Restorative Yoga

  • 17.30 - 18.30 Satsang - Q/A with Teachers

  • 18.30 - Dinner / rest

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

Important to note the following dates:

Nov 2nd - Optional Orientation at 5pm

Nov 3rd - Official training starts at 6.30am

Nov 16th - Training ends at 4pm followed by graduation dinner

Nov 17th - Departures / Check out

If you would like to stay an extra night it is 45 euro p/person for shared - 75 euro p/person for private room - including meal.


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

Things to do (optional)

During your free time and rest days on Sundays, you are welcome to explore and try what you would like. In the Algarve, the things to do list is endless. This is your holiday retreat and Bend it like Buddha Yoga believes you should choose what's best for you. They can help you design an itinerary of unique activities and excursions, for an extra cost such as:

  • A walk to the Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos

  • Boat tour or kayaking through beach grottos and caves

  • Chilling out at the beach strip café

  • Enjoying one of the healing treatments offered: Ayurvedic yoga massage, Reiki, and sound therapy

  • Enjoying the beautiful beach cliff surroundings

  • Kiteboarding

  • Meditation walk to the stunning beaches, caves, and grottos

  • Optional kayaking trip to a private beach, lunch will be included

  • Reading or writing

  • Spiritual hiking trip with a guided yoga Nidra meditation at the peak

  • Swimming at the stunning nearby beaches

  • Taking a surf or paddleboard lesson

Spa treatments

An Ayurvedic yoga massage is included in the price. Additionally, you can also book the following massages for an additional fee:

  • Acupuncture

  • Hydro aqua candlelight spa with cold massage jets (for Friday nights)

  • Indian scalp massage

  • Reiki attunement

  • Reiki chakra balancing

  • Swedish massage

What's included:

  • 2 daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama sessions

  • 14 nights accommodation

  • 8 Hour Ayurveda Massage Course

  • 200 Hour Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga Training

  • Access to self-serve kitchen and dining area

  • Balinese healing massage or Reiki massage

  • Consultation, health assessment, and support after the training

  • Daily morning tea or organic juices

  • Daily organic vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Sacred sound mantra concert

  • Tibetan sound bowl healing

What's not included:

  • Additional exursions

  • Additional transportation

  • Airfare


L. Farrah Furtado

Reshma Datar

Tori Mitchell

Mafalda Rodriguez

Danni Cullen

How to get there:

Recommended Airports

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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.


This is what our students said about our Trainings.

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 f

ollow. 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 not have 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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