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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Portugal.
Bend it like Buddha Yoga invites you to join them in this Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga training plus a bonus 8-hour Ayurveda massage course. Participating in Bend it like Buddha's program can be the first step in a life-changing journey of health and wellness. This program guarantees the best of the best teachers for this unique double certification training with a bonus of an 8-hour Ayurveda massage therapy certification. 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 more!
During this program, you will stay at the newly renovated 4-star Flor da Rocha Hotel in Praia da Rocha, 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, 24-hour concierge / security, a large swimming pool, lounge chairs, and a pool cafe. The spa is newly renovated with hot / wet sauna, massage services, and fitness center.
Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
Students receive a Certification in Ayurveda Massage that allows you to give an hour massage, 45+ massage techniques
Students receive access to the Bend it like Buddha blueprint, Online portal with the 150 pieces of content for reference such as videos, audios and pdfs, ebooks including Metamorphosis, by L. Farrah Furtado an Amazon Bestseller in 14+ categories
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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, daily practice teaching, 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 or Ashtanga in the morning followed by gentle Vinyasa, 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 the 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, intimacy circle work, emotional releasing breath work, 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.
Bend it like Buddha offers 160 contact hours and the 40 remaining hours are allotted for pre-course study and reviewing course material during free time, preparing for assignments, and pre-reading handouts prior to and during the program start date.
Preparing prior to the program by pre-reading the course material helps and yoga practice prepares students to better retain information and encourages everyone to get the most out of the training. They also have an online 200-hour Portal Blue Print with 150+ content pieces of video, audio, and pdfs for your teaching references and students have access to this forever, even after the training.
Together, the teachers of this retreat have 50 years combined experience and 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.
The official training starts at 6:30 a.m. On the last day, the training ends at 4 p.m. There will be a graduation, a buffet meal, and celebrations. Check-out and departures are the days after graduation.
The last training held in September and October 2020 by Bend it like Buddha Yoga attracted students and teachers from 17 different countries.
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.
This inspirational program is held at the gorgeous Praia da Rocha beach in Portimao. The program will take place minutes away from Praia da Rocha beach, Portimao-Algarve at the Bend it like Buddha Yoga school. There are three beaches nearby walking distance, several good restaurants, shops, and cafes with a variety of other activities nearby.
The accommodation venue, the 4-star Flor da Rocha Hotel, is a five-minute walk from the famous Praia da Rocha beach and a three-minute walk to the yoga training venue at Bend it like Buddha Yoga studio.
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You will enjoy daily high vibe, organic vegetarian and vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners, green detox smoothies, snacks, and four dinners out at recommended restaurants, around Praia da Rocha Beach.
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 our on-site vegetarian and vegan restaurant. There is a kitchen in each hotel room 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, 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.
Students will also enjoy 4 dinners out experiencing the local culture.
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 yoga retreat and Bend it like Buddha Yoga believes you should choose what's best for you as everyone is unique. They can help you design an itinerary of unique activities and excursions, for an extra cost such as:
An Ayurvedic yoga massage is included in the price. Additionally, you can also book the following massages for an additional fee:
There are a variety of 5-star hotel spas and services not listed here.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Bend It Like Buddha Yoga will arrange for a driver to pick you up at the airport which is 40 minutes from the airport.
There is a green bus transfer from Faro Airport (FAO) that can take you directly to Praia Da Rocha.
You can reach the Algarve through the many ports and marinas spread all along the south Portugal coast.
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.
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