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Certified Yoga Teacher Training

This unique 200-hour yoga teacher training program provides a powerfully, life-changing experience that guides you towards clarity and empowerment on your life journey. This mystical yoga teacher training curriculum is influenced around Peruvian Shamanism, providing students with a unique and spiritually driven course that goes beyond just a certification. Called by the energy of the Portugal ocean, mountains, spirits, and each other, you are invited to come to evolve on your spiritual and yogic path. You will gain knowledge in yoga alignment, anatomy, adjustments, philosophy, and Ayurveda. On this profound journey, you will earn your Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certification.

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  • Learn the art of teaching and art of touch
  • Fundamental of yogic theory and healing practices
  • Daily sunrise meditation and 90-minute asana practice
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Open up more subtle forms: earth medicine, energy healing, and shamanic journeying
  • Evening satsang of meditation, kirtan, or sacred ceremony
  • 3 daily vegan/vegetarian meals
  • 22 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

22 days with instruction
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Orada is a family-run, eco-sustainable, community-based soul retreat center, nestles in 71 hectares of nature and privacy, created with the aim of expanding health and proposing purposeful transformational experiences. Orada is a transitional educational community promoting and bridging spiritual, ecological, and transformative embodied experiences and retreats towards a transition into new attitudes and paradigm community living. It is found in the heart of a nature sanctuary in the woods of Odemira, Alentejo, South West Portugal, bordering Algarve.

Orada focuses on organic farming and conscious nutrition, meditation, and nature contemplation spaces. Orada is a space holding community and a force for innovative possibilities and new mindsets. Orada was founded on the vision that nature, health, sustainability, and community are fundamental insights to transition out of the toxicity of modern times. It is a place to get inspired and redesign life on earth and manifest collective awakening.

Orada is equipped with a bio-pool, yoga and meditation temple, panoramic solarium, rooftop terrace, bird watching habitat, and a natural fire amphitheater. Peace and nourishment are easily accessible throughout the property. Orada offers different accommodation types from private suites and bungalows to tepees and cozy dorm rooms. The buildings and retreat facilities were reconstructed using traditional and organic materials (adobe) giving this beautiful property not only an authentic Portuguese feel but also providing a healthy and comfortable environment in all weather.



The course is open to people of all yoga abilities. SYI simply asks that participants set an intention to devote their time and energy to the process of being present and open to becoming. They also suggest that you work to establish your own personal yoga practice, through attending classes or workshops, or on your own. Set intention, with an open heart and mind, to fully embrace and experience the yogic lifestyle during your training and beyond.


Students who complete their training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)

Mystical yoga style

SYI trainings hold a strong intention for personal transformation. In this way, the courses are designed not only to provide students with tools to share the wisdom of yoga with others, yet also to look at their own lives from a spiritual perspective. Each training holds unique energy, created from like-minded souls who join from all over the world.

SYI values intimate trainings with intentionally smaller groups in order to provide more one-to-one time with teachers and a deeper sense of community and connection. To guide the process of personal transformation, they draw on the ancient wisdom of the east as well as on the shamanic medicine wheel of Peru. SYI's yoga teacher training courses are arranged in four cycles, following the four cardinal directions, asking the guardian spirits to guide a cycle of release, understanding, growth, and empowerment. Together you create a space that reveals your wisdom within and accelerates the realization of your life purpose.


Mystical yoga, or yoga of spiritual practice, reaches deep into the roots of this ancient way of life, calling on us to reveal the yoga, the union, within everything. SYI's 200-hour trainings embody this approach, opening you up to the wisdom and the teacher that is already within you all. You dance, chant, sing. You find community with like-minded people and you embrace the stillness within yourselves. You call on your intuition for the answers and you speak from spirit to spirit. You dive deep into the experience, free from unnecessary distractions and allow your authentic connection to emerge.

Throughout the process of the training, you have the opportunity to step into your power as yoga teachers who share the mystical dimensions from where we all came and to which we will return. The universe is a place of discovery, mystery, and mysticism. We come into this world to unveil our own soul-purpose and to reveal our own gifts, so we can serve the world and advance our own spiritual evolution. Through yoga practice, your personal spiritual exploration, you uncover a deeper connection within you.

From the ancient wisdom, daily yoga mystical practice, and through the transformative mystical yoga practice, you begin to reveal a greater sense of beauty, love, and freedom. You see yoga as a vehicle that carries you to experience and enjoy the pure, true essence of life. This path will ask for self-reflection, growth, and discipline. These trainings provide an opportunity to learn under the Gurukula system, living with our teachers - both our external gurus and our inner gurus, and immersing ourselves in the world of yoga.

A day in the life

During your trainings, SYI asks participants to embrace all aspects of the yogic lifestyle, such as observing a vegetarian diet, living free from the distractions of other substances, and moving away from technology and unnecessary communication with the external world. They ask dedication, commitment, and surrender, as well as immersion in the spiritual community for the duration of the training in order to allow the work to be as impactful as possible.

Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind, and enter the enlightened perspective and sacred landscape of your training with an open heart - whatever comes will be exactly what you need.

Each day carries an intention, a spiritual lesson of the day, that you explore throughout the day. You begin each morning with a sunrise meditation, followed by a 90-minute asana practice and nourishing yogic breakfast. The days are spent learning yogic theory and healing practices through workshops, classes, and group discussions. During this time, you cover the fundamentals of yogic living, including yogic diet, anatomy, meditation, cleansing practices, pranayama, Ayurveda, and the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras. Your training also opens up to include other methods of healing, calling on not just the physical and mental elements, but also the more subtle forms such as earth medicine, energy healing, and shamanic journeying.

SYI shares the art of teaching and art of touch, during which students learn to teach two asana sequences, the Mystical Hatha flow, a slow, meditative, Sivananda-based practice, and the Mystical Vinyasa flow, a more intense, breath-synchronized flow. SYI also shares the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing and explore alignment and adjustment of poses in depth. Each evening, you close with Satsang, your evening gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan chanting, or sacred ceremony.

What to expect

From your unique School Yoga Institute immersion program, you will experience:

  • Spiritual immersion
  • Daily yoga practice
  • In-depth meditation techniques and practice
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Art of teaching
  • Art of touch
  • Ayurveda
  • Yoga anatomy and physiology
  • Native American medicine wheel
  • Kriya yogic cleansing
  • Kirtan bhajan chanting
  • Energetic healing practices
  • Cacao and fire ceremonies
  • Chakras and energy work
  • Communal and sustainable living
  • Ethics for yoga teachers
  • Lifelong friendships

Core curriculum

During the 200-hour teacher training program, you will:

  • Work through the traditional Peruvian shamanic medicine wheel in a process of self-inquiry and personal transformation
  • Learn to teach two sequences: Sadhana Vinyasa and Sadhana Hatha flows, as well as guidance on creating your own unique sequences
  • Live the yogic lifestyle, improve your personal practice and develop your sadhana, your own spiritual practice
  • Incorporate daily meditation, pranayama, and asana
  • Explore the art of teaching through interactive daily workshops and learn through regular peer-teaching starting day one
  • Participate in daily satsang, evening gathering, and learn traditional kirtan chants from India and the rest of the world
  • Participate in a traditional ceremony, including full- and new-moon ceremonies, letting-go ceremony, traditional Andean gratitude ceremony (despacho), cacao ceremony
  • Study yoga anatomy and physiology, and incorporate these principles into your own teaching and practice
  • Study select Yoga Sutras in depth
  • Learn the foundation and historical background of yoga philosophy
  • Explore chakras, bandhas, and energetic anatomy in your personal practice and your teaching
  • Study Ayurvedic philosophy and medicine, and study and live the yogic diet
  • Practice advanced pranayama
  • Experience kriyas, yogic cleansing techniques
  • Focus on integrating yoga into your life through daily spiritual lessons
  • Receive an introduction to Conscious Business and discuss ways to bring your yoga to the marketplace
  • Learn and integrate holistic health modalities, such as massage, energy healing, nutrition, and other forms

Mystical Hatha and Vinyasa flows

By the end of an SYI 200-hour yoga teacher training, you will have broken down two yoga sequences. These sequences will prepare you to step into the light as a teacher or as a foundation to deepen your own practice. You learn an Ashtanga-inspired Vinyasa flow sequence and a Sivananda-inspired Hatha flow sequence.

Required books for the program

Prior to the training, SYI recommends that students take a look at the required reading, and if possible some of their recommended reading list as well:

  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (purchase at Amazon, iBooks, Kindle, or your local bookstore)
  • Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill (purchase on SYI's website, at Amazon, or your local bookstore. You can also bring a different version of the Yoga Sutras)

Sense of community

At School Yoga Institute, everyone is wholeheartedly accepted and encouraged to be their authentic self. Their talented facilitator team works together to create and hold a space where participants feel safe and comfortable. They support the growth and expansion of people’s horizons - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically. As a group, a community, a tribe, and an extended family, they practice and learn to let go. They allow the world to unfold before them without reaction or judgment.

SYI's intention is to guide students through their own healing journey in order to better prepare them for healing others, letting go of anything that holds them back from what their hearts are truly called to. Together you unveil the essence, learning to taste the sweet nectar of life while maneuvering in the world with strength and grace.

Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind, and enter the enlightened perspective and sacred landscape of your training with an open heart - whatever comes will be exactly what you need.

SYI's graduates commonly describe the training as a life-changing experience that provides an opportunity for individuals to know themselves and a deep and lasting way. SYI's programs offer much more than the physical aspect of yoga, they offer their students the opportunity to embark on a journey that brings them to a place of inner knowing. They invite students to take this back into their communities.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 09:00 Guided meditation / pranayama / asana
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast and self sadhana
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Spiritual lesson / intention of the day
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Yoga Sutras / yoga anatomy
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Snack and self sadhana
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Special topics
  • 15:00- 18:00 Art of teaching and art of touch
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner and self sadhana
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Satsang (sacred circle)


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Retreat location

The course will take place in Alentejo, Portugal. Orada is located one hour and 30 minutes from Faro Airport (FAO) and two hours and 30 minutes from Lisbon. Orada is located in one of the most diverse regions of Portugal, close to some of the most precious beaches this country has to offer as well as incredibly beautiful countryside. The Costa Alentejana has unique characteristics, which very few destinations in the world combine: easy access from any European airport, breathtaking scenery, and an itinerary of excellent sporting, cultural, and leisure activities.


  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 1.5 hours
  • Lisbon - 2.5 hours

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Three meals will be served every day. Permaculture is a primary focus at Orada and delicious and nutritious vegetarian food straight from the garden will be provided during the program.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

You can explore the Rota Vicentina hiking trails, take a surf lesson, explore the area in a kayak, or take your friend on a horse riding adventure or on a jeep safari through the countryside. Orada is more than happy to help you organize a trip and there will be opportunities to explore as much as you would like on the day off.

What's included

  • 22 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegan / vegetarian per day
  • All instructional courses
  • 2 manuals
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion

What's not included

  • Travel
  • Additional reading materials
  • Extras

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). If you fly into Lisbon, for convenience and to reduce footprint, the group will have a meeting time and location in Lisbon at noon on the first day of the training (more details will be emailed on this meeting spot one month prior to the training). From Lisbon, you will travel together as a group to the center. It is approximately 2.5 hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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Arrival: Friday March 25, 2022
Departure: Saturday April 16, 2022

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