Top Yoga Teacher Training Destinations & Courses in Europe
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With a well-preserved cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, diverse landscape, and delicious cuisines, it’s no wonder that Europe accounts for more than half of the global tourism market.
Each year, more and more European countries organize world-class yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses. Greece, Spain, and France constantly rank among the top yoga destinations in the world.
If you are looking to enhance your yoga practice or plan to start teaching yoga, there are plenty of quality yoga teacher training courses in Europe to choose from.
Throughout the continent, you have access to a variety of yoga vacations in stunning places. Whether you fancy the mountains or the sea, want to spend time in the countryside or near buzzing cities, you are spoiled for choice in Europe.
Note: BookYogaRetreats offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.
History of Yoga & Meditation in Europe
Meditation can be traced back to two thousand years ago in Europe. A deep state of meditation (samadhi in Sanskrit) was practiced by both Greeks and Romans.
The proof is found in the Enneads, a book written by Plotinus, one of the most famous spiritual masters of the Roman world. He mentions meditation being practiced in the city of Rome in the 3rd century AD.
In Ancient Greece, meditation was called henosis and was taught in many places, including the Platonic Academy in Athens.
But the yoga and meditation practices we know today were introduced in Europe in the 1890s, probably by a Hindu traveling monk.
Yoga grew in popularity throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and especially the 1980s. However, it became less a of spiritual practice and more of a physical exercise.
Top Destinations for Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Europe
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One of the most popular yoga destinations in the world and by far the most popular in Europe, Spain is blessed with beautiful beaches, mouthwatering cuisine, and vibrant culture.
» Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Spain’s Best Yoga Destinations
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With gorgeous beaches, stunning islands, a wealth of historical sites, and vibrant cities, Greece is another destination that offers unforgettable yoga retreats. Feel the sand between your toes, watch some gorgeous sunsets, and indulge in the mouthwatering cuisine.
Whether you choose the gorgeous islands of Crete, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, or head to the mainland, there are plenty of yoga teacher training courses to choose from.
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Famous for its exquisite cuisine, incredible archeological sites, and excellent beaches, Italy constantly ranks among the top 3 yoga destinations in Europe.
After all, who doesn’t want to enjoy yoga with a side of pizza, pasta, wine, and stunning backdrops of the rolling Tuscan hills or golden beaches?
Join one of the yoga teacher training courses in Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, or Puglia and enhance your practice in gorgeous settings.
»Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Yoga Retreats in Italy
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A small, yet charming country in Western Europe, Portugal is known for its wines, beaches, and amazing surfing.
Head to Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve, or the Azores to enjoy some of the best yoga teacher training courses on the Old Continent.
»Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Portugal Yoga Destinations
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The most visited country in the world, France is also a favorite among yoga practitioners.
The impressive cities, delicious food, and natural beauty will make you fall in love instantly. You may be tempted to stay close to Paris, but you should know that the French charm can be found throughout the country.
The French Alps, Cote d’Azur, and Occitanie are just three of the regions where you will enjoy exquisite yoga teacher training courses.
Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses to Join in Europe
- Price: from €1,680
- Availability: October & November 2021
- Location: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks Portuguese
- Instruction level: all levels
This yoga teacher training course takes place in the center of Funchal, within walking distance from the main tourist attractions.
Funchal is the largest city on the island of Madeira in Portugal. Blessed with a subtropical Mediterranean climate, which ensures even temperatures all year round, it is a major tourist town. There are gorgeous gardens to visit, a cable car that offers fantastic views of the area, stunning beaches, and charming cathedrals.
Deepen your knowledge of yoga and enhance your personal development during an Integral Yoga Teacher Training on this beautiful island. Immediately upon graduation, you are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance (RYT200).
You’ll be staying at Apartamentos Casa Branca, which features an outdoor swimming pool. Each apartment has a balcony, fully equipped kitchenette, TV, washing machine, and a private bathroom.
There’s Wi-Fi available throughout the property. This retreat is self-catering, which means you need to buy and prepare the food. There’s a supermarket close by (400m) as well as numerous restaurants.
Your day begins at 10 a.m. with a yoga class, followed by the basics of practice module (2 classes with a break between them). You’ll take a break for lunch (at 2 p.m.) and then you have time for individual study.
In the afternoon there’s another basics of practice module, followed by a yoga class at 7:30 p.m. and meditation.
You will be flying into Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport (FNC). From here, you can take either the Aerobus to Funchal or grab a taxi.
- Price: from €750
- Availability: All Year Round
- Location: Athens, Greece
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks French & German
- Instruction level: intermediate & advanced
During this yoga teacher training course, you’ll be staying in Paiania (Glyfada residential area), just 10km from Athens, Greece’s capital.
The cradle of Western Civilization, Athens is a city that blends the old and the new, making you fall in love with its charms. The archeological park includes the well-known Acropolis of Athens, Roman & Greece Agora, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Kerameikos. Close by, you can relax in the National Gardens, a green oasis in the middle of an otherwise always buzzing city.
This yoga teaching program is designed to shed light on many aspects of yoga. It is ideal for established yoga teachers who want to earn credits (42hours credit) to upgrade their status as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance USA. Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive a certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance (YA).
You’ll be staying at the Yoga Skyros Academy. The property features an outdoor swimming pool, washing machines, and a communal kitchen. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and AC. Daily breakfast is provided and caters to vegetarians and vegans. There are plenty of shops nearby to buy the food necessary to prepare lunch and dinner.
This course will enable you to learn the in-depth mechanical movement of the entire body, understand the proper functioning of the skeleton and muscles, learn how to design a class, and plenty more.
Your day starts at 8:30 a.m. with an introduction to the day’s agenda. Asana practice is at 9 a.m., followed by a coffee break at 11 a.m. The yoga philosophy class is at 11:30 a.m. The lunch break is at 1:30 p.m. You can then study the asanas you learned and take another coffee break (at 4 p.m.). Meditation & Yoga Nidra class is at 4:30 p.m.
You have the evening to yourself to explore the beautiful city of Athens and the Glyfada residential area. Of course, you can also spend time on the nearby beach.
You’ll be flying into Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). Airport transfer is available for an additional fee (€25).
- Price: from €2,200
- Availability: September & October 2021
- Location: Mallorca, Spain
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks German, Italian, & Spanish
- Instruction level: Beginner & Intermediate
If you are looking for inner peace and wisdom, you are open to understanding the Indian yogic philosophy, or you want to bring your regular yoga practice to the next level and to share the knowledge with your friends or with the world, this yoga teacher training course in Mallorca is a great option for you.
You’ll be staying at the Ashram Shanti Niketan, located on the eastern side of the island. The ashram is set in a peaceful atmosphere, away from the crowds and beach.
The rooms are comfortable and cozy, decorated in a yogic way. The glamping tents are eco-friendly with natural toilets and showers.
Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion to register with Yoga Alliance.
Green Yoga teaches a multi-style yoga practice, including Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga (dynamic flow), Yin yoga, Sivananda, as well as many other traditions of India.
The main areas of the program can be classified into 5 modules: Yoga teaching techniques, teaching methodology and yogic lifestyle, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, and practice.
Your day begins at 7 a.m. with meditation, kirtan, and Satsang. After a 30 min tea or coffee break, you’ll attend the morning asanas class (dynamic) and enjoy brunch (at 10 a.m.). Two more classes follow before you’ll have another break for refreshments or to spend time at the onsite pool.
In the afternoon and evening, join an anatomy or physiology class, followed by the evening asanas class (slow pace) and dinner (at 6 p.m.). End the day with meditation, counseling, and group discussion.
A great deal of care is taken when preparing the food served at this teacher training. Keeping in mind the nutritional values and following the guidelines of ayurvedic science, they offer a widespread of sattvic food which satisfies not only the taste of tongue but also the soul and mind. Do let the organizer know if you have special dietary requirements.
Three meals each day (except on Sundays), as well as snacks and drinks, are included in the package.
You may also choose to enjoy fun activities, such as Ayurveda cooking class, SUP yoga classes, surfing, horse riding, hiking, and more.
You should book your flight to Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI). The transfer is available for an additional €80 per person.
- Price: from €950
- Availability: All Year Round
- Location: Campofilone, Italy
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks French, Italian, & Spanish
- Instruction level: Beginner & Intermediate
This course is designed for teachers and students who are interested in gaining confidence and want to empower their teaching skills with the ancient wisdom from traditional yoga science.
You’ll be staying at a villa built in the late 1800 and completely renovated. It is located in a valley, connecting the charming seaside of Pedaso to the stunning Sibillini mountains. The seaside is just 3 km away, which makes it easily accessible between classes.
Hiking and biking are the best ways to enjoy the variety of colors that this land has to offer each season.
This program focuses on in-depth breathwork, the physiology of chakras, sacred geometry, subtle anatomy, the mastering of Kundalini energy, and more.
Your day starts at 8 a.m. with a hot drink. A yoga and meditation class follows from 8:30 a.m. Brunch is served at 11 a.m. Then you’ll enjoy free time until 5 p.m. The evening practice focuses on Yoga Nidra, guided meditation, and relaxation. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m.
All meals and drinks are included in the package. As much a possible the food is seasonal, organic, and local.
There are plenty of airports close by, including the two serving Rome. The organizer offers the pick up and drop off from and to Pedaso bus or train station (closest to the retreat).
- Price: from €1,850
- Availability: From January 2022
- Location: Biarritz, France
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks French
- Instruction level: Beginner & Intermediate
This Yoga Alliance certified 200-hour yoga teacher training course is a combination of lectures, workshops, and practice hours.
You’ll be staying in an apartment, with a fully equipped kitchen, near the beach in the middle of Biarritz. The classroom is located a short walk away.
The glitzy surfing town of Biarritz has three famous beaches, plenty of shops, and cafes. It’s elegant, iconic, and historical.
From Monday to Friday, your day starts at 7 a.m. with meditation and pranayama, followed by asana practice. There are two lectures during the day, before and after the lunch break. The evening practice includes gentle yoga, chanting, and meditation.
Saturdays and Sundays are days off, except for the last weekend.
Kindly note that the food is not included in the package.
There are plenty of airports you can fly into, the closest being Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ), just 3 km away. If you fly into a bigger airport, such as Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD), take the train to Biarritz. The station is close to the center.
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*All prices are valid at the time of publication and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change without notice.
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