6 Days Journey into the Heart Yoga Retreat in Portimao, Portugal

  • Praia da Rocha Beach, Portimao, Algarve, Portugal

Portugal Yoga Retreat

Treat yourself on this inspiring yoga holiday to southern Portugal. Be surrounded by stunning beauty 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 vegetarian cooking from the garden, yogic lifestyle, permaculture, and self-community sustainability.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • In-depth learning about permaculture and yogic lifestyle
  • Learn about community self-sustainability in Algarve
  • Journal writing in a woodland forest mountain peak
  • Tibetan bowl sound healing
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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During the retreat, you will be staying at a comfortable, cozy, private room accommodation located on an eco-garden paradise with a lovely chill out area. All bedrooms have their own bath and shower. The venue is located on a surreal two hectare garden estate villa which is also an art studio that displays over 200 art pieces.

Facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Cutlery
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Glass ware
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Microwave
  • Plates
  • Stove top oven

This retreat is a perfect balance between peaceful countryside relaxation and upbeat, lively 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 retreat. You will find the teacher and yoga studio uplifting and relaxing.

During the retreat, 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.

The evening yoga sessions will be followed by various unique healing activity such as Reiki, crystal and Tibetan bowl sound healing, angel therapy cards, yoga Nidra meditation, and healing, powerful pranayama session. All of the yoga sessions are Shakti inspired, empowering, and made with love to ignite your heart’s spark.

What you will get from the program

  • 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
  • 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
  • Meeting people from all over the world who share the same passion for the yogic lifestyle
  • Transformational experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 Meditation on the beach and pranayama (breathwork)
  • 09:00 90-minute peaceful Vinyasa Flow yoga sessions
  • 11:30 Free time
  • 15:00 Planned day activities
  • 16:00 Gentle Vinyasa flow or Yin or Restorative yoga classes followed by Shakti inspired activity

Excursion that you can enjoy during this retreat include:

  • Boat tour or kayaking through beach grottos and caves on Friday
  • Hiking through the woodland forests of Monchique on Sunday
  • Hydro aqua candle light spa with cold pools, hot pools, Turkish baths (steam rooms), sauna, and various relaxing aqua massage jets
  • L. Farrah Furtado E RYT 500

    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.

  • Pujari

    Pujari is from Holland and teaches Osho meditation and gentle Hatha yoga. He also has been teaching permaculture and community self-sustainability for over 10 years. Pujari was first awakened to the yogic lifestyle in India in the 1960s and he has an enormous wisdom to share with everyone he meets regarding meditation, yoga, and self-community sustainability. His wisdom, energy, unique journey, and generosity are enormously inspiring.

This inspirational yoga retreat is held at two locations: gorgeous Praia da Rocha beach in Portimao and in the Lobos Valley in Lagoa, an unspoiled, peaceful country side village in southern Portugal.

During the retreat, you will be served with daily breakfast. 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 for a small extra fee small snacks, vitamin, health-booster juices, and fresh local fruit. You can have these at your room or relax in the garden lounge by the swimming pool - the perfect place to rest, study, or listen to some chilled out tunes.

During your free time, you are welcome to explore and do as much as you 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 a unique activities and excursions for your six-day retreat just for you.

Optional activities

  • A walk to the Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
  • Chilling out at the beach strip café
  • Enjoying one of healing treatments offered
  • Enjoying the beautiful beach cliff surroundings
  • Kite boarding
  • Meditation walk to the stunning beaches, caves, and grottos
  • Reading or writing
  • Swimming at the stunning nearby beaches
  • Taking a surf or paddle board lesson

You will be able to enjoy one session of therapeutic massage tailored to your needs. Other available treatments that you can enjoy at an extra cost include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Balinese or Reiki healing massage
  • Indian scalp massage
  • Reiki attunement
  • Reiki chakra balancing
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai yoga massage
  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Access to the resident kitchen
  • Balinese healing massage or Reiki massage
  • Consultation and health assessment
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily meditation and pranayama classes
  • Kayaking, swim, snorkel through the most beautiful beach grottos in the world
  • Personalized yoga program by three experts in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Osho meditation and yoga
  • Post-program support
  • Reiki 1 attunement session
  • Spiritual hiking trip through a woodland forest and yoga Nidra at the top of the peak
  • Airfares
  • Airport transfer
  • Lunch and dinner

Driving direction from anywhere in Europe

  • Lagoa, Algarve can be easily reached from anywhere in continental Europe. A superb network of new motorways and dual carriageways allow for trouble free motoring through attractive areas of southern Portugal. Apart from major holiday periods, there is not a problem with traffic congestion.
  • The A22, also known as the Via Infante Sagres Spain is close to Lagoa. Roads branch off to beaches, coastal towns, and inland villages.

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 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.

Arrive on Thursday AM for a complimentary pick up to your accommodations. The retreat starts on Thursday evening at 4 p.m. Departure on Tuesday morning.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Maida
    10 out of 10

    "We enjoyed the yoga lessons a lot and also the hiking experience. Your way of telling about yoga and your deep knowledge about the different postures and the impact yoga has made us enjoy your lessons very much. You have a very good ability to combine theory and practice of yoga and to highlight how some of the yoga and meditation can be used in everyday life. The hiking was a really nice experience, I love nature. Thank you for everything."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Julia from Taiwan
    10 out of 10

    "I loved meeting up with all of the beautiful teachers and students from around the world. It was wonderful to have many different teachers to learn from. Love from everyone is felt here...as we are all sharing, learning and improving each day. I would highly recommend this program to others wanting to go deeper with their practice"

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  • Review by Jessica from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed the deep connections I've made with everyone. I liked the morning flow classes and modifications/ adjustment sessions with Reshy. I LOVED the beachside venue. I like that I was exposed to a variety of different teachers and aspects of yoga ( Yoga Nidra, Osho meditation, Mindfullness, Pranayama-blissful breathwork with Farrah. I liked that some of the classes were discussions and some others were structured. I feel like I have a better grasp on what yoga is as a whole. I feel like I have a good foundation and this course inspired me to learn more. Thank you for this amazing experience!"

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  • Review by Vania from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed sharing yoga with such a colorful, talented and interesting group of teachers and classmates from around the world. It was such a HUGE transformational experience for me which I did not expect and it was more than what I expected. I adored the Philosophy classes with Reshy because it was ancient universal teachings applied to modern life. The teachers provided practical ways on how to apply and improve my daily life. I loved Farrah's Pranayama classes. It was a magical, relaxing and inspiring, safe space by the seaside and perfect for self reflection and personal discovery. I loved the Ayurvedic, clean, delicous food and morning practice at 6:30am. Thank you teachers for everything!"

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  • Review by Jennifer from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "There are too many magical moments to mention. I loved Yoga philosophy as it was taught in an applied way for daily life and how we can improve our lives by applying the 8 limbs of Yoga. I have learned so much! The massage-anatomy modules were incredibly helpful as they apply to yoga postures and safely for beginners and injuries. Farrah's Yoga Nidra, meditation techniques and Pranayama classes have opened up a whole new world for me that I never knew existed before, thank you!! Loved the whole experience, I cannot thank you enough!"

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  • Review by Helen from China
    10 out of 10

    "I loved learning and sharing yoga. I feel very happy everyday and comfortable even though English is not my first language. The teachers are kind and the journey was incredible. I am very grateful for this experience"

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  • Review by Taylor from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Lovely souls... Im not sure how to put the last two weeks into words? What a transformational journey!! I feel so much gratitude for meeting so many uniquely remarkable teachers!I am so very excited to see where this life adventure takes you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so open, genuinely kind and continually giving! It has been the most humbling experience. I have learnt so much more than i could ever imagine from each of you; patience, stillness, love, truthfulness! So truly Thank you!! All the best with your journey, whatever that maybe, and i cannot wait to cross paths again! All my love!"

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  • Review by Carina from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "It was an amazing and transformational experience. I learned so much more than I initially imagined."

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  • Review by Diana from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "The guided meditation and refreshments were wonderful. Farrah's yoga nidra was so peaceful and relaxing. The tea times come at the most perfect timing to continue through the retreat. The recommended books were very interesting and help deepen curiosity and encourage further personal exploration."

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  • Review by Chris from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I especially liked best the various meditations and asanas for chakras we learned and the teas were great!"

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  • Review by Willy from Taiwan
    10 out of 10

    "Each part of the retreat will help me grow and evolve as a person now and in the future."

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  • Review by Lianne from Malaysia
    10 out of 10

    "Everything about the retreat was wonderful. I learned a lot and it exceeded my expectations. I especially loved learning the yoga philosophy and how to apply 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga into daily life."

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  • Review by Lauren from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed Farrah's guided meditation and I never experience that type of style before. I like the variety of different teachers all teaching in their expertise, so nice to have different teachers to learn from!"

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  • Review by Vanessa from USA
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was very relaxing and inviting to all levels of people, beginners or intermediate. It was great for those who want to go deeper in their practice and who want to practice traditional yoga and learn meditation and how to apply the practice into all aspects of life."

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  • Review by Kiki from Taiwan
    10 out of 10

    "The best part for me in this retreat was the relaxing atmosphere and everyone attending is seeking the same things; peace. Yoga Nidra is very cool!"

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  • Review by Grace from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I received my Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Hour certification with Bend it like Buddha and Kaohsiung Yoga school. I loved pranayama and asanas the best. Understanding the postures, muscles and the benefits how to get into it and the benefits were great. I loved the pranayama a lot and especially the 6 breathing techniques we focused on and how it benefits the body and deepens meditation. Also, I love the variations of different modifications of the postures shown for students in pain, beginners and intermediates, and the variety of activities and techniques we learned the openness of the teachers and the liberal range of topics was always so interesting and wonderful! Thank you, Tori, and Farrah, for everything."

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  • Review by Kathleen from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I loved learning the ashtanga series along with other variations of the series and different styles of yoga. The day was also balanced nicely with asanas, meditation, pranayama, meditation, therapy, theory, and philosophy. Philosophy, Reiki, and Ayurvedic medicine were some of my favorite topics. It was something new and also enjoyed learning more about business or career of yoga and how to brand yourself as a teacher and the studio branding modules. I also enjoyed practicing to teach as we learn each day, bit by bit."

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  • Review by Caitlin from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I enjoyed learning yoga philosophy, history, and traditional ashtanga teaching. I really felt I was receiving authentic, pure teaching (the way it is taught in India). I really liked the way Tori and Farrah would teach us what their teachers in India taught them and their interesting stories. I liked the alignment modules and the teaching practice of what we learned each day-meditation, pranayama, and asanas."

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  • Review by Genevieve from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I really liked learning about the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa style. I learned so much throughout the course and I enjoyed seeing my physical and spiritual progress. And I enjoyed learning all of the pranayama techniques with Farrah and have already started teaching them in my meditation classes at my studio. I enjoyed learning. The massage techniques and all of the helpful tips and interesting discussions in Yoga Business class on how to start and brand a yoga studio. Very useful! Thank you Tori and Farrah for your wonderful teaching!"

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  • Review by Rachel from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I loved how there was so much variety in all of the topics we covered. My mind and heart feel very full. I feel empowered and the teachers. Paced the lessons quite nicely, especially the modifications class as we learned 75+ postures! There was a nice flow to all of the classes. Every day I felt warmly received and comfortable. There was a nice balance of extremely challenging with extremely relaxing and restorative. I would recommend this course for everyone. Well done Farrah and Tori! I will recommend this RYT for anyone and everyone."

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  • Review by Sophie from UK
    10 out of 10

    "One of the main positives from the retreat that you helped me improve my confidence, I joined a yoga studio as soon as I got back to London and now I practice four times a week, Ashtanga Vinyasa remains to be my favorite. Also, you taught me a lot about the philosophy and history of yoga which has implications for everyday life. Your classes really focused on pranayama which really helped me realize the importance of the breath and how this maximizes the benefits from each posture. I enjoyed visiting the place where we did the moving meditation and the guest house was just perfect. I'd say the retreat was a lovely balance of everything. Funnily enough, I was talking today with a friend about the Tibetan bowl healing, that also was an amazing experience, one I probably wouldn't have chosen to do before, so it was great to learn and to gain new experiences. "

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  • Review by Vanda from Lisbon, Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "I am glad to know that you are pursuing your way in teaching yoga. I really enjoyed your classes. When I arrived, I had just ended a really stressful, long, and demanding task, and the exercises with you really helped me getting some balance back. Of course, when the vacation days ended and I had to get back to work, things got more complicated. But some things remained; yoga is now more present in my life, and the same for meditation. I feel more aware, more present, and for now I am trying to keep this feeling and (slowly) make it grow in all the little things of daily life. As I said I really enjoyed your way of teaching yoga, both indoors and outdoors. The sunrise session at the beach was great, and also the yoga Nidra. Another moment I enjoyed greatly was the sound session with Mafalda. That’s one of the things that I am trying to explore and learn more, the healing sounds of the Tibetan bowls."

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  • Review by Hanna Koskinen from Helsinki, Finland
    10 out of 10

    "Like they say, beginners are welcome! Sunrise yoga and sunset yoga is great experience in the beautiful settings in Praia de Rocha. Teachers are warm and welcoming. Very relaxing. Booking the lessons was easy, just a quick message to the page and you will get an answer soon."

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  • Review by a traveler from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "My sister whom I was traveling with had never done Ashtanga yoga but the teacher was very professional and also very receptive to her and all levels of skill. the class is 90 minutes. which is good to not feel rushed. the whole setup was very relaxed but so professional. It is a very reasonably priced for the beautiful space and high level of personal instruction. The only thing I would say is the studio is a bit chilly so bring a sweater or hoodie. I felt very relaxed but inspired at the end of the class. The teacher was amazing and very intuitive, very spiritual and I felt very aware and open spiritually after the experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from Swindon, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I came across this studio as the weather wasn't great whilst on holiday. I contacted the studio via Facebook and was responded to very quickly. The studio is located to the rear of the main strip and so is very private. The instructor is wonderful, very experienced and insightful. If you like yoga and want to continue with some relaxation and meditation whilst on holiday I would recommend this studio."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I found this studio on facebook. Quick response and I was provided with all necessary information by the very sweet and welcoming teacher. A beautiful new and fresh studio just up the stairs from the beach. Mats and props are provided. Morning classes are also given at the beach, highly recommended! Fantastic experience! I had the pleasure of taking classes with the lovely and very skilled teacher Farrah and her guest teacher Kristen for two full weeks. The majority of classes was given at the beach, and was beautifully set up! The teachers cater to all levels and are very insightful and open to sharing what ever might be of interest for the participants. In addition to yoga, Farrah has extensive experience in meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) and was very happy to share this with me, which was truly and amazing and eye opening experience! The teachers are very gentle and loving and take good care of the students, and are very flexible and accommodating in every way. I highly recommend Bend it Like Buddha for all levels, and all interest!"

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  • Review by Ann T.
    10 out of 10

    "I was amazed with both the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that I attained during my 200 hour course. I would highly recommend for others to seek their yoga training through the Kaohsiung Yoga School."

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  • Review by Bernie Kelly from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "They have lovely classes on the beach and in the studio. I really enjoyed."

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  • Review by Vibeke Hansen from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "A great location at the beach, or at the beautiful studio just by the beach. Lovely and utterly skilled teachers. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Sankt Polten from Austria
    10 out of 10

    "It is an awesome time and perfect location. The huts are simple as expected. However, there is a toilet and shower, also, a basin included. So that was surprising to me and really great. The beds are comfortable. I did not have Wi-Fi in my hut because I was too far from the reception desk. In the front ones, I guess there would be. The yoga lessons are awesome and the beach and location are really calm and clean. The only thing I was not so happy about is loads of dogs all around and especially during the night when they were howling so much. And a train seems to be going close by there, so there are quite a few sounds during the night. Get earplugs and you'll be fine! Food is awesome and fresh! The staff is great, fun, and helpful."

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  • Review by Indira D.
    10 out of 10

    "I taught a yoga retreat at Lotus and had the most amazing time. Manav, Smeeta, Rajul, and the team took such great care of us all. Nothing was too much trouble, they were always ready with a smile and did everything they possibly could to make sure everyone was happy. The customer service was faultless. The food was delicious! Again the wonderful meals we enjoyed every day were absolutely faultless. In fact, we wished we hadn’t bothered to have dinner out on the last night as the food was nowhere near as good! The location, right on Patnem beach was lovely, being able to just walk out of your hut and be on the beach was incredible. We loved being able to practice yoga looking out to sea with the sound of the waves around us. The huts are simple but comfy and clean. They have ensuite bathrooms and you can have a hot shower as long as you don't shower first thing before the water has had a chance to warm up. Patnem beach is just beautiful and still unspoiled, it's like Palolem was 12 years ago and I hope it will stay the way it is. If you want to get back to nature and love being on the beach, with the sand between your toes and the sound of the waves as you go to sleep, you will love this place. You won't find more helpful or friendlier staff and the food is incredible."

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  • Review by a traveler from New Delhi
    10 out of 10

    "It was an amazing experience to spend a week at Lotus Oasis. This is one of the few places that I have discovered on my travels around the world. That one can experience peace, music, beautiful view, fun people, and great food at the same time. A true paradise with a bohemian vibe! The yoga teachers are very good and doing yoga or meditation next to the beach adds to the effect of serenity. I met some cool travelers during my stay and one week passed quickly. The bonfire and music nights are legendary! I congratulate Manav and his team for a fabulous job and will come back again for sure."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Really enjoy every single class we did at Lotus as all have different styles and all the teachers were extremely knowledgeable and offered very helpful corrections which deepened our practice! Slightly quieter than its neighbor not a bad thing as hence it feels more personal."

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Bend it like Buddha Yoga is an RYS 200 that offers yoga courses and retreats in a center adjacent to a stunning beach location in Algarve, Portugal, and India.

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This vacation is available from April to October, with arrival on Thursday.

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