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Yin Yoga Teacher Training Portugal

Shanti Atma Yoga invites you to a diverse training program in Yin yoga and myofascial release. The course combines asana practice with meditation, anatomy, and fascia studies and has a strong thread of the art of teaching Yin yoga and other subjects, and takes a deeper look into the energetic workings of the body. You will discover different types of Yin Yang practices and shift your focus, feeling how the energy of your mind and body become connected. You will learn to think and feel from a Yin perspective and truly discover your mind, body, and soul. This course is a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program) which means it accounts for extra training hours per year needed to keep YA designations for registered teachers.

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  • Small and intimate groups
  • Daily Yin and Yang yoga classes
  • 100-hour Yin yoga teacher training
  • Retreat vibe for an optimal learning environment
  • YACEP certification upon completion
  • Gift bag and learning materials
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Yoga styles

10 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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During this retreat, you will be staying at Villa Elise in either a shared twin room or a private queen room.


Functional anatomy:

This course will give you the fundamentals and foundations needed to teach Yin yoga safely. You will gain an intelligent understanding of how you can adapt the practice for different body types, exploring the bio-individuality of your body and its uniqueness upon everyone. You will be able to transfer all of what you learn to other styles of yoga to enable optimal functioning of body movement through physical asana practice.

Chinese medicine:

Discovering the roots of Yin. Breaking down the 5 Chinese elements you will be opened up to another world pertaining to Yin yoga. Incorporating Taoism into your practice will give you a deepened meaning and intention to what is beyond the asana. You will be prepared to teach from both a functional and an energetic point of view.


This 12-day course will start with an orientation meeting on the first day at 5:00 p.m. where everything and everyone will be formally introduced. Please bring white attire for the certification and closing ceremony.

  • Week 1: Functional Anatomy, Fascia, and Art of Teaching
  • Week 2: Chinese Medicine, 5 Elements, and Art of Teaching

The day

Morning nurturing practice

This is the main practice of the day and is Yin yoga with mindfulness and meditation. The first week will have a strong focus on the functional approach to yoga, functional anatomy, and the unique bio-individuality of the body. Targeting the physical body you will incorporate physical target areas and visit multiple propping techniques for myofascial release through Yin yoga. The second week will have a strong focus on the energetic approach to yoga, targeting the energetic dimension of the body, incorporating Chinese 5 elements.


This is the juicy bit of the course where we will have the opportunity to intricately break down the components of Yin yoga and reveal what it all means. In the first week, you will break down skeletal variation and dive deep into fascial studies. The second week is an introduction to Chinese Medicine, 5 Elements and Qi (energy, prana, Ki, vital life force). Some of the theory classes will have supporting educational videos and workshops to accompany the lecture. This session is to give you the scientific and theoretical foundation needed for a deeper understanding of experiential Yin yoga

Art of teaching and asana breakdown:

These classes are where Shanti Atma Yoga will break down what it means to teach Yin yoga. This is the ‘how to’ and the ‘why’. You could call this the ‘behind the scenes’ of Yin yoga teaching. The art of teaching is a discussion-based class and participation from students is welcome and encouraged. Asana breakdown is a practical class where we break down the Yin yoga asana (target area, cueing, propping). This requires small group work from students for experiential learning. This session is ultimately about you and building your teaching expertise.

Evening empowering practice:

Evening practice incorporates a multitude of inner practices that range from yang styles of yoga and movement to a meditation circle. This course will take you through a journey like no other. You will get the chance to get to know yourself, to come home to yourself, and most importantly to nurture, nourish and love yourself whole hardheartedly. This is where the heart meets humans and humans meet the soul.

Functional approach to Yin yoga - 50 Hour

  • Functional approach to Yin yoga
  • Yin and Yang asana practice
  • Meditation practice
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Muscle mandalas with physical target areas
  • Skeletal and muscular system
  • Fascial studies
  • Myo-fascial release workshop
  • The approach of bio-individuality
  • Tension and compression theory and workshops
  • Art of teaching (teaching methodology)
  • Responsibilities of a Yin yoga teacher
  • Cueing and sequencing workshops
  • The art of propping and asana breakdown
  • Mind-body connection
  • Observation of a Yin yoga class

Energetic approach to Yin yoga - 50 hour

  • Energetic approach to Yin yoga
  • Yin and Yang asana practice
  • Mindfulness and meditation practice
  • Anapanasati Meditation
  • Energetic target areas
  • Chinese Medicine and 5 Elements Theory
  • Yin Yang primary organ meridian channels
  • Theory of Yin, Yang, and Qi
  • History of Yin yoga
  • Art of teaching
  • Techniques to boost confidence and overcome obstacles
  • Teaching practicum with feedback
  • Yin and pregnancy
  • Group work and study time
  • The art of propping and asana breakdown
  • Observation of a Yin yoga class
  • Marketing your yoga offering

Experiencing is fundamental to learning


This course offers you the time to slow down and work on bringing yourself back into the parasympathetic nervous response. This is where rejuvenation, relaxation, and restoration reside. On a practicing level, you will dive deeper into the connection of yoga asana, meditation, and mindfulness, both on and off the mat.


On a teaching level, you will significantly enhance your teaching style and technique with your personality. You will refresh your knowledge of functional anatomy, fascial studies and the bio-individuality of the body through experiential workshops and theory sessions. You will be introduced to Chinese Medicine, the 5 elements, and will develop an art of teaching to teach Yin Yoga creatively and efficiently.

  • *This course has a strong thread of art of teaching**

The art of teaching will prepare you to understand the responsibilities of being a Yin yoga teacher, looking at key aspects within a teaching methodology. Being an experiential, positive, and inspirational learning environment, you will embody the physical, energetic, mental-emotional realms within the Yin yoga practice from two points of view: the practitioner and the teacher.

There are two parts to the training:

Functional approach

This part of the training explores the understanding of the unique bio-individuality of the human body. This can be translated not only into Yin yoga but your day-to-day practices. You will be introduced to functional anatomy, the fascial system, tension and compression, skeletal variation, muscle groups, and target areas, asana breakdown, the art of teaching, and the art of propping. Propping is taught uniquely but can be adapted to all other styles of yoga asana.

Energetic approach

In this part of the training, Shanti Atma Yoga will break down the essence of the energetic body and how we can teach Yin yoga from this approach. Breaking down Chinese Medicine theory, Yin Yang Theory, and the 5 Chinese Elements you will gain new insight as to how we can benefit from yoga, how Qi (energy) flows around the body. You will layer onto the depth of philosophy by looking at the history of Yin yoga from its original roots; the Daoist point of view.

What you will gain from this course

  • Confidence in yourself
  • Solid introduction to Yin yoga
  • Opportunity to share your vision of teaching Yin yoga with your peers with feedback from teachers
  • Strong sense of community with inspirational and like-minded people
  • Understanding your body and mind connection a little better
  • 100-hour YACEP accreditation
  • Broaden your teaching and practice with knowledge from a yin perspective
  • Have a sound foundation of the art of teaching Yin yoga
  • Offer your students a new style of yoga that complements and balances other practices of yoga and life
  • Time to self for development and exploration

Course structure

The course is split into two informative modules:

  • Functional approach to yoga: anatomy and fascial studies with the art of teaching
  • Energetic approach to yoga: Chinese medicine and philosophy with the art of teaching
  • Module 1: 5 days
  • Day off: 1 day
  • Module 2: 5 days

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:45 Morning practice
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Theory and workshop
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:30 Art of teaching and asana breakdown workshop
  • 17:45 - 18:45 Evening practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Arrival time shall be between 3 to 4 p.m., ready to start the course at 5 p.m. The course shall finish around midday on the last day.


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Retreat location

Located in the beautiful setting of the Algarve in southern Portugal, this homely villa gives you a feeling of serenity and comfort. Walking barefoot, connecting with nature, and dipping into the pool in between sessions are just some of the things that you can experience while on the training. Close by the local beach and town on your day off you can explore the local culture of Portugal, or simply stay put and enjoy the villas vibe.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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For the teacher training course, you will enjoy daily vegetarian meals. The on-site private chef will cook up three delicious vegan meals per day to fuel your hungry brains (with tea, coffee, and fresh juices throughout the day). Your dietary requirements can be catered for, please just let Shanti Atma Yoga know before arrival. Vegan and gluten-free are available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Nourish yourself in nature
  • Take a dip in the swimming pool
  • Take an afternoon walk and admire the beautiful surroundings of Spain

What's included

  • 100-hour Yin yoga teacher training
  • 11 nights accommodation (twin shared unless private is available)
  • 3 homecooked meals a day
  • The course/hours count as Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) only
  • Welcome bag
  • Learning materials
  • Time with teacher
  • Retreat with like-minded people
  • Intimate and personal learning experience

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurances
  • Airport transfers

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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.
12 days / 11 nights
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Wednesday October 5, 2022
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