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Yin Yoga and Meridians Teacher Training in Portugal

Even though not acknowledged by western science, yogis believe that qi/prana is live energy and that it flows in the body through channels called meridians. For a yogi or eastern practitioner, meridians or nadis are just as real as the blood transport system, nerves, and lymphatic system. Even though you can’t "see" the meridians and measure your qi, you can learn how to feel it.

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Marcel & Anat
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  • Learn the anatomy of the human body
  • Learn the location and tracing of the meridians
  • Daily yoga asana class and chakra-nyasa meditation
  • Acupressure points, meridian stretching
  • 6 months The Fat Yogis membership
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals included

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  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

The accommodation consists of the main house, the heart of the retreat center which is rebuilt from huge granite rocks. The main house offers five bedrooms, a kitchen, a restaurant, and terraces. Spread over the grounds are wooden chalet-style rooms and houses. All rooms have outside verandas and they provide heating when needed. Surrounded by large terraces, they offer undisturbed views of the area and premises.

D’Alijo Retreat Center sprawls across five hectares of land consisting of terraces, olive fields, and hills with large rock formations. They offer two swimming pools, water features, and a peaceful meditation cave. On property, they encourage you to enjoy their beautiful walking trails or feel free to venture off to the bordering national park to take in its enchanting waterfalls and towering trees.


D’Alijo Retreat Center offers the very first private yoga center in north Portugal dedicated to retreats, workshops, and trainings only. When you book your retreat, the studio is exclusively reserved for your classes and participants. This semi-enclosed studio with floor-to-ceiling windows is climate-controlled for your comfort and also comes with the possibility to practice Hot Yoga. The studio is perched atop a small hill and provides gorgeous views of mountains and valleys.

Listen closely and you will hear the sweet sounds of running water alongside the studio. The size of the studio is 91 square meters and it has a wooden floor and can comfortably hold up to 28 participants. The studio is equipped with yoga mats, cushions, and props with a state-of-the-art sound system. For your convenience, connected to the studio is a cozy lounge area and a restroom.


The retreat restaurant is located in the main house on the top floor. The kitchen and restaurant are the health heaven of D’Alijo Retreat Center. The interior has a modern vintage design and touch. Inside spaces and outside areas blend with each other. The restaurant is also the lounge area for relaxation and has two fireplaces and offers sweeping views of the property and surroundings.



The course/hours count as Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) only.

What you will learn

In this course, you learn about the 12 main meridians, their relationship to your organs, what the different types of qi are, how the 5 elements work, and what the meridian clock is. As well as how to apply this to your (yin) yoga practice, how to use some of the main acupuncture/acupressure points and we look at pulse and tongue diagnosis.

To get a good understanding of the location of our meridians and how to apply meridian stretching in your yoga practice it is necessary to get a good understanding of our anatomy, so this too will be an important part of this course.

In this course:

  • Anatomy of the human body
  • Location and tracing of the meridians
  • The five elements
  • Meridian clock
  • What is qi
  • Meridians and the organs
  • Acupressure points
  • Meridian stretching
  • Pulse and tongue diagnosis
  • Daily yoga asana class and chakra-nyasa meditation

Who is it for

The training is meant for anybody who has been practicing yoga for at least one year and has done Yin Yoga before.

In order to receive a certificate, students are required to attend all sessions, and to complete all homework assignments. No examination is required.


Day 1: Arrival day

  • 17.30 - 19.00 Group gathering
  • 19.00 Dinner


  • 07.30 - 08.00 Meditation
  • 08.00 - 09.30 Breakfast
  • 09.30 - 11.00 Lecture
  • 11.15 - 12.30 Practice
  • 12.30 - 16.30 Lunch and time off
  • 16.30 - 18.00 Lecture
  • 18.15 - 19.00 Practice and meditation
  • 19.00 Dinner

Day 8: Departure day

  • 07.30 - 08.00 Meditation
  • 08.00 - 09.30 Breakfast and check-out


Marcel van de Vis Heil

Anat Geiger

Retreat location

The retreat will take place in Cabeceiras de Basto, Norte Region, Portugal. D'Alijo Yoga Retreats is in the heart of nature with stunning views and plenty of walking trails. The estate is remote, surrounded by nature. It has a couple of great hiking trails, which can lead you to rivers and waterfalls, and natural pools. The closest town, Cabeceiras de Basto, is about 12 minutes by car. Guimarães, a Unesco-listed beautiful city is just 25 minutes away. Porto and Braga are within one hour as well as other Unesco sites.


  • Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) - 1 hour


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals
  • Tuition fee
  • 6 months The Fat Yogis membership

What's not included

  • Plane ticket and transfer from/to retreat

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • 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.
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Arrival: Thursday November 4, 2021
Departure: Thursday November 11, 2021

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