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25 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in France

200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in France

During this yoga teacher training, you will be personally trained and mentored by an experienced yoga and meditation teacher, so you can feel the support every step of the way. RainbowLight Yoga is looking for students who can understand that yoga practice goes beyond the physical poses and are looking to make yoga part of their lives and share it with others in loving-kindness.

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  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily lectures and workshops
  • Course manual and certificate
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Yoga styles

23 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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RainbowLight Yoga Retreat offers the tranquillity of the French countryside and the charm and luxury of a former 17th century relais chasse with spacious dorm rooms or quad rooms (only three or four in each room) and also offers double and single rooms. Each retreat or yoga teacher training accommodates a maximum of 15 participants, so you can be assured that you will get time and attention.

Step into a romantic time enjoying the ambiance that is created by retaining the much of the building's original features like period fireplaces, claw foot bath tubs, column barge walls, and terracotta tiles. The property sits on 10 acres of its own land, surrounded by an organic farmland and views of undulating low sweeping hills. Enjoy walking the wild meadow garden or take a stroll down to the lake reservoir.

Guests gather at the grand reception room for meals across the way from a dedicated yoga hall. Enjoy all the outside garden space for meditation, contemplation and some outdoor yoga in the late spring, summer, and early fall. One of the barns has also been converted to a fun yoga chill out room.


Rainbowlight Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance, the largest international yoga registry. They are also a registered school with the Independent Yoga Network. They run a dedicated yoga school in Coudures, Landes in South West France. As a graduate of the Yoga Teacher Training (YTT200) program, you will be able to register with REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) as L3 yoga instructor in the UK and as a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

You are probably reading this and you are wondering if you can be a yoga teacher. You've wondered about the possibility. You enjoy your own yoga practice and you feel the time is right to deepen your understanding and experience. Your mind is slowly opening up to the possibility of making this yoga dream a reality. You've searched online. You've found this site. You can begin to feel your doubts and fears subside as you start to feel excited about the possibility of this new adventure, a new holistic chapter in your life.

There are yoga students waiting for the exact type of yoga teacher you will become. Because every different personality and body type responds to different types of teachers too. Intuitively you know, you already have what it takes to become a successful yoga teacher because you have the enthusiasm, the passion, and dedication. You will be personally trained and mentored by an experienced yoga and meditation teacher, so you can feel supported every step of the way.

The group sizes are small and the teacher training program runs several times a year. You also have the option of taking the training in two parts, so you can easily find this fits your calendar and budget. You can start your yoga teacher training application today. Monthly payment plans are available.

RainbowLight's yoga teacher training focuses on yoga as a holistic spiritual practice. They take an in depth study of yoga’s ancient Indian and Tibetan roots. They balance the knowledge and practice of the physical poses with knowledge and practices of the inner body, the channels and the chakras, as well as the practice of meditation (Raja yoga).

Yoga teacher training in France is a 25-day intensive residential course, accepting a maximum of 15 students per course, this means you get all the support and personal attention you need when embarking in such a life-changing venture. RainbowLight Yoga Teacher Training can be taken in two modules, especially handy for those who can only manage shorter holidays from work; Etape 1 and Etape 2. Completion of Etape 1 is a pre-requisite to Etape 2 which leads to a full certification.

During the course, you will be given grounding in the different aspects of yoga to enrich your life and deepen your yoga practice. The yoga teacher training course also covers asana practice and teaching methodology. It will give you enough practical experience to feel confident to teach your first professional class.

Course curriculum

The Yoga Teacher Training (YTT-200) under Yoga Alliance requires 180 contact hours for completion following these five learning categories:

  • Techniques, training, and practice
  • Teaching methodology
  • Anatomy
  • Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers
  • Practicum

Under the IYN framework, the course covers four areas of study:

  • Safety and care
  • Practical skills
  • Knowledge
  • Practice

What you will learn in Etape 1

  • Origins and history of yoga
  • Yoga evolution in the West (different styles)
  • Meditation and visualizations
  • Mantra and chanting
  • Inner body anatomy (the koshas and chakras)
  • Introduction to the yoga sutras of master Patanjali

What you will learn in Etape 2

  • Anatomy of the physical body
  • Over 40 yoga poses plus their variations
  • Benefits and contraindications for each pose
  • Modifications for each pose
  • Teaching methodology
  • Health and safety in yoga practice
  • How to link poses
  • How to structure a yoga class
  • Teaching practice

Sample daily schedule

07:30 - 08:00 Meditation

08:00 - 09:00 Yoga class

09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast or contemplation

10:00 - 12:30 Lecture or workshop

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch or contemplation

14:00 - 18:00 Lecture or workshop

18:00 - 19:30 Dinner or contemplation

19:30 - 20:00 Meditation

RainbowlightYoga Teacher Training is a spiritually oriented rooted in Indian and Buddhist philosophy. We focus more on philosophy, the subtle body and meditation aspects of yoga rather than physical alignment and physical anatomy. Although these topics are covered, they are not emphasized. A few days a week, we may practice maouna or silence to deepen our meditation and contemplation. You must already be practicing meditation and contemplation to prepare for this course. If you are planning to come to France for touristic activities, please plan these before or after the course and not on rest days so you can focus on deep retreat and gain maximum benefit of what the course offers. Many thanks


Sunshine Ross
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)
Sunshine Ross has been teaching yoga for over ten years and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200 level three yoga teacher. She is also a yoga teacher on the register of exercise professionals in the United Kingdom and an accomplished teacher trainer. She completed her yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas under yogi Vishvketu of Akhanda Yoga. Sunshine embarked on a formal study of Tibetan Buddhism and completed the Asian Classics Institute's 18 courses.

Retreat location

The courses will take place in the tranquil rural location in the idyllic forested region of Landes in South West France, which is the setting of the 19th century manor house and lodge where you settle into the peaceful surroundings during your retreat. The manor house and lodge is a property typical of the Landaise architecture. It is surrounded by countryside and 10 hectares of organic farmland.

RainbowLight Yoga functions as a retreat center but is also a family home. It is a family run yoga retreat. Please do not expect hotel standards and hotel service. Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and are also take part in light kitchen chores from time to time as part of the practice of karma yoga.

RainbowLight Yoga Retreat is located deep in the countryside which is ideal for retreat and contemplation. There are no shops, stores, or big towns walking distance. If you plan to do some sight-seeing and touristic activities, you are recommended to do so before or after your retreat. Be prepared to immerse yourself in deep retreat during your training.

Nearby places

  • Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ), 120 kilometers
  • Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD), 170 kilometers
  • Mont de Marsan, 28 kilometers
  • Pau Pyrénées Airport (PUF), 43 kilometers


During the course, you will be served three simple meals a day. Main food is vegan and gluten free with non-vegan vegetarian side options.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

What's included

  • 1 local tour
  • 3 simple meals a day
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • Course manual and certificate
  • Daily lectures
  • Daily practice of yoga and meditation
  • Focus on spiritual side of yoga
  • Indian and Tibetan roots of yoga
  • Learn about different styles and approaches to asana practice
  • Learn to teach poses safely, modifications and adjustments of poses
  • One to one support
  • Practice teaching right away to gain confidence
  • Yoga Alliance certification

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Transportation from airport to the manor house and lodge

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Pau Pyrénées Airport (PUF), Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ), or Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

Arrival by train

Train service from Pau Pyrénées Airport (PUF), Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ), or Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD) are great viable options with RainbowLight Yoga's nearest main line station being Mont de Marsan, which is 30 minutes away (28 kilometers). From Mont de Marsan, RainbowLight Yoga can arrange your pick up.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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