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Portugal Yoga Teacher Training and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Course

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!

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L. Farrah, Reshma, Mafalda, & 4 More…
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  • 8-hour Ayurvedic massage therapy
  • Amazing Reiki attunement session (optional)
  • 2 daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama sessions
  • 200-hour yoga Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga training
  • Daily healthy vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Learn from eight instructors and guest healers
  • Support after completion of the program
  • 15 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

15 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Faro Airport
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  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

During this program, you will stay at the newly renovated 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.



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

Online portal of the Pegasus a Business Yoga course with 12 experts sharing marketing strategies in Health and Wellness and sharing their best tips on how to launch your teachings on in-person and online courses and retreats.


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.

What to expect

  • Ancient teachings brought into a contemporary context
  • Becoming a part of the family and feeling like you've known everyone for years.
  • Complete change in your lifestyle
  • Delicious healthy organic, detoxing food during the entire retreat
  • Develop human interaction, intimacy, inner confidence, 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/ teacher forum and 200 hours Online Blue Print Portal. This is 7 years of curation of the best of the best of our teacher training, first-hand teacher training videos, on-site training, audios, articles collected and curated from our ten years of experience leading retreats and teacher training in Taiwan, Goa, Mysore, Bali, and Portugal. This is a transformational experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life

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.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 Ashtanga yoga or Vinyasa yoga flow
  • 08:00 Take rest and breakfast
  • 09:00 Pranayama
  • 10:00 Yoga Nidra meditation, kundalini meditation, chakra clearing meditations, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist meditation, mantras or Reiki
  • 11:00 Alignment, adjustment, and modifications
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Eight limbs, ethics, philosophy, running an online or in-person yoga studio, how to find your tribe of students, teacher branding/ social media
  • 14:00 Anatomy, physiology, and Ayurvedic therapeutic massage modules or kirtan-chanting with instruments and voice
  • 16:00 Evening meal (4 planned dinners out to recommended restaurants)
  • 17:30 Applied teaching methodology, Sequencing skills, and practice teaching, how to sequence any themed class or student demographic
  • 18:30 Take rest

The last training held in September and October 2020 by Bend it like Buddha Yoga attracted students and teachers from 17 different countries.

Included excursions

  • Go on 4 planned dinners out to experience the local culture
  • Meditation Mindful walks and journaling on the beach
  • Pranayama and breathwork on the beach
  • Yoga at sunrise on the beach
  • Yoga at sunset on the beach


L. Farrah Furtado

Reshma Datar

Mafalda Rodriguez

Danni Cullen

Kirsten Wilkinson

Ricardo Louro

Daniela Luz

Retreat location

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 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.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Yogic
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 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:

  • 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: Bend it like Buddha Thai yoga massage certificate or/and Usui Reiki Level 1, 2, 3 certification
  • 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 in your journal
  • Spiritual hiking trip with a guided yoga Nidra meditation at the peak
  • Horse Riding Lessons
  • Swimming at the stunning nearby beaches
  • Taking surf lessons, rent boards/wetsuits or paddleboard lesson
  • Candle Light Spa services at 5-star hotel with hot/cold pools, aqua circuit, a variety of jets for muscle massage, and healing massages.
  • Enjoy nightlife in Lagos
  • Visit nearby Alvor, Sagres, Ferragudo, Monchique, Lagos

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 and Tibetan bowl sound healing
  • Swedish massage

There are a variety of 5-star hotel spas and services not listed here.

What's included

  • 15 nights accommodation at 4-star Hotel, Flor da Rocha
  • 8-hour Ayurveda therapy massage course
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved training in Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga Training
  • 2 daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama sessions
  • Self-serve kitchen and dining area
  • Ayurveda healing massage or Reiki
  • Airport transfers
  • Consultation, health assessment, and support after the training
  • Daily morning tea or organic juices
  • Daily organic vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch, and evening meal
  • Breath Work Journey +Sacred sound
  • mantra concert with 3 guest healers
  • Tibetan bowl sound healing, gongs, shrutti box, voice, mantras
  • Access to the Bend it like Buddha 200 Hour Online Blue Print Portal with 150+ content pieces of videos, audios, pdfs
  • Access to the Pegasus Business Yoga course with 12 experts sharing their best recommendations for launching your courses online and in person
  • Eligible for registration with Yoga Alliance upon completion

What's not included

  • Additional exursions
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare

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 arrange for a driver to pick you up at the airport which is 40 minutes from the airport.

Arrival by private transfer

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

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.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer included: Faro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 21% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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