Bend it like Buddha is offering 200 and 300-hour training-retreats adjacent to stunning locations in Portugal, India, and Indonesia.
Yoga Retreats (2)
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.
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.
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 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.
MA, E-RYT, TCTSY Facilitator, Certified Mind/Body Therapy Practitioner. She holds a Masters Degree in Dance and Research from American University in Washington, DC and a BA in Dance and Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kirsten is the founder and executive director of Legacy Motion. Her professional dance career spans over 10 years during which she performed with such companies as The San Francisco Ballet, David Dorfman, and Heidelberg Ballet. She is also the Director of International Programs at BodyWise Foundation.
Ricardo Louro, an Ashtanga Yoga practitioner since 2015. His studies took him to Mysore, India where he studied at KPJAYI with Saraswathi and Sharmila Jois, the direct lineage to Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya. It was there also where he began studying Advaita Vedanta with Arvind Pare. Since then, he studied with many national and international teachers.
Daniela teaches Vinyasa, Yin, Pre Natal Yoga and Kids Yoga at Bend it like Buddha school in praia da Rocha, Algarve Portugal. Daniela is an International certified mindfulness coach, a healer practitioner and an experienced meditation and yoga teacher, based in Portugal. From social education and social activism to yoga and meditation, Daniela traveled the world and lived abroad sharing her life mission to empower different communities and unprivileged groups, co-founding and managing social projects in Mozambique, Italy and Australia.
from Great Britain, November 2019
"Soul Nourishing, Thought Provoking, Transformational"
In an ideal world, I would have chosen my first 200 hours yoga teacher training in yin or restorative yoga, but having researched the market in Portugal, I opted for Bend it Like Buddha's 200 hours Ashtanga & Vinyasa, and Ayurvedic Massage because the timing coincided with my plans, and because I felt I needed to step outside of my comfort zone and really challenge the yogi within me.
What I found was that the emphasis on the philosophy and ethics of yoga was much broader than most other offerings. I also learnt a great deal about myself through the amazing meditation and asana practices.
Being in the Algarve, one of my favourite places in Portugal, changed my direction, my beliefs, and my view of the world. Learning to be a yoga teacher left me with a heightened respect for the universe. I am so grateful to have found Farrah, Danni, and Tori, each with their own style of teaching, which has left a profound impact.
The Flor da Rocha apartment, which I shared with one other student, was comfortable, spacious and clean, and I made full use of the spa facilities on site.
The food was in line with the yogic teachings of kindness to oneself and my surroundings, tasty and nourishing. Though, I did need snacks at times.
The people and the training made me feel free and comfortable to express and nurture myself. I am grateful to have had this life-changing experience.
Since returning home, I have maintained my meditation and yoga practice with renewed clarity.
from Switzerland, May 2019
I had an amazing time. The YTT was beyond my expectations. I have learned so much about yoga, its philosophy, Pranayama, Meditation, etc... the team is wonderful and focus. This teacher training was everything I needed to be confident to start teaching. I feel so grateful and blessed to have met so many wonderful and empowered women. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Namaste!
from Great Britain, May 2019
AMAZING experience. Perfect teachers, perfect location, perfect food! This teacher training was honestly a dream, I've learnt so much and made friends for life. The teachers were incredible, patient, so skilled and committed to helping us learn us much as possible. The location was incredible - right by the ocean, amazing caves - what better place to learn yoga?
Could not thank you enough, Farrah, Tori and Martyna! Wish I could do it all again! Ready to start teaching now!
from United States, May 2019
"Most amazing experience EVER"
Everything about this teacher training was incredible. All the readings that are meant to be completed prior to the training are super interesting and beneficial to the material that will be learned. Not doing the readings is only detrimental to yourself and your education. The readings help you further understand the poses, correct alignment, the yoga philosophy, anatomy, and pranayama practice. I loved all of the classes. We had two daily asana practices that were ashtanga and vinyasa. We also had anatomy, pranayama, meditation, adjustment and alignment, teaching practice, and massage class. Elvis and Anna provided amazing vegetarian meals at Super Juice every day. The location was beautiful and every teacher was so supportive, informative, and kind. This trip was worth every penny!
Eilleen Bahamon Cotes
from Norway, May 2019
"100% recommended, the best RYT course in Europe!"
I absolutely recommend Bend it like a Budha. This course was a life- changing experience. I met an incredible group of empowered and lovely ladies. Farrah, Tori and Martyna were the most understanding, helpful and amazing teachers. They guide us through this journey with all the kindness and loving hearts. Accommodation, food, Yoga studio's location, classes and materials we're all fantastic and well organized. I will definitely repeat this experience again❤❤❤❤ Eilleen
from Belgium, October 2018
"Bad management - far from 200hours"
The two excellent teachers for Vinyasa and Ashtanga, Danni Cullen and Mattia Michielan, where the only good thing in this TTC and the only reason me and some other students did not drive home directly.
from Portugal, October 2018
"A life-changing experience in the best conditions"
I started this training only looking to deepen my own yoga practice, and left inspired to not only to teach others how to cultivate presence, mindfulness and self-love, but also to never stop learning and opening myself to new sides of yoga. The course was extremely complete, with a strong ashtanga or vinyasa practice in the morning, a different pranayama and meditation technique every day, thought-provoking philosophy classes taught by the Italian-Indian sage that is Mattia Michielan, and a softer asana practice in the evening. With this packed schedule, we also had time to get a massage certificate - in fact those massage hours in the afternoon were a welcome relief for sore muscles! We were taken care of the whole time, with beautiful, healthy meals prepared by the Super Juice team, so we had lots of energy and focus for our practice.
from Germany, October 2018
"Not to recommend"
Danni and Mattia are incredible teachers. They Know what they are Talking about and they I learned so much from them.
The Food at the super juice Café was very good.
from Canada, June 2018
It is not just a yoga instructor course. We became family!
I will never forget it and so blessed for this experience. Was he best decision I have ever made. It changed me forever <3
Farrah, Tori and Danni are so beyond wonderful and make an amazing team! Loved every moment.
from Canada, June 2018
"Amazing YTT Experience"
I just completed the 15 day June YTT 200hr program and all I can say is WOW. Farrah has put together an amazing program. Prepare to be spiritually enlightened!
The curriculum is an excellent combination of various styles of yoga, practical understandings of anatomy and adjustments, spiritual practices such as pranayama and meditation, and a good variety of teaching techniques.
Our group in particular formed an amazing bond allowing for some serious emotional breakthroughs and learning opportunities.
I recommend this training for anyone looking to really learn the spiritual side of yoga!
The food from Super Juice was also AMAZINGGGGGGG.
from Belgium, June 2018
We really got deeper into our own soul through meditation; pranayama; soundhealing...
from United States, June 2018
"Amazing, transformational experience"
It's hard to believe that two weeks would be so amazing, inspirational, and transformational. It started with 17 people I didn't know, and ended with 17 people who became family. Everything from the food, lessons, and excursions were organized very effectively and efficiently. I left with all the knowledge I need to begin teaching.
from Ireland, June 2018
"AN MAGICAL JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION"
Amazing group of people and amazing and helpful teachers. These 2 weeks were a journey of sharing...knowledge, and yoga.
I learned so much during my time at Bend it like Buddha, was definitely a journey of self-transformation... and now, I'm extremely confident with my Yoga teacher abilities.
looking forward to my next adventures as yoga teacher.
I meet amazing people, that touch my heart deeply! Sending Love <3
from United States, June 2019
"Une expérience formidable ! "
Un séjour inoubliable ! Des cours très intéressants et enrichissants tant au niveau physique que théorique. Les professeurs sont supers ouvertes et à l'écoute ce qui encourage les élèves à évoluer et à s'épanouir dans leur pratique.
from United States, November 2018
We had the best combination of a yoga teacher training, self-healing and the most wonderful was to see how each teacher brings their strengths in the class giving us the optimal experience. I just loved it!
from United States, June 2018
"Great yoga experience "
I liked the most the teaching and all the amazing experiences we’ve gone through pranamaya, meditation, mantras and asanas. Every thing was great and all the team we learned very much :)) so much generosity :)) Special thanks to Danny Cullen and Rachel Berryman as instructors as they are not in the list for the flow’s and teaching amazing :))
from Italy, May 2020
"amazing online yoga tribe "
I learnt lot of things, thanks! the teachers are lovable. I felt a lot of love and good energy! the content shared was great.
from Austria, December 2019
"Enlightenig yoga and cleansing journey"
Wonderful place, beautiful and perfect guided detox retreat, individually ajusted lectures, classes in the beach, no questions let open
from United States, April 2019
"Amazing, intense & well structured."
The way the course was structured meant there was less anxiety around teaching the demo at the end.
from Australia, March 2019
Varied teachers and alternative views. Lots of hands on training opportunities to ensure you learn concepts.
from Isle of Man, October 2018
Everyone was made to feel extremely welcome and included. The instructors all showed great patience, never ending knowledge and gave time for each and every one of the students (whom have all become friends for life!)
An amazing experience ❤️
from Switzerland, July 2020
"Online Yoga TT"
from Germany, April 2019
"Amazing experience with a great team of teachers "
The combination of health orientated, spiritual, cueing expert, tradition oriented teachers helped me to develop a great bride knowledge and were an amazing introduction. I met so many beautiful human beings and feel thankful for being empowered to give this great gift to others. One of the most rewarding things I did for myself so far!!