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28 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Brazil

  • Picaranga, Bahia, Brazil


Yoga Teacher Training Brazil

Join Swaha Yoga School for a transformational 200-hour yoga teacher training program in Brazil. Through this training, you will become a yoga teacher who will be teaching with skill and passion, based on your own practice and personal discipline, with the inspiration and desire to share your deep knowledge of yoga and enrich with it the lives of the others. This modern and ancient spiritual wisdom is embedded in your everyday practice, with and without your yoga mat.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily lectures and meditation sessions
  • Chanting, satsang, and service to the community
  • Training manual and Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification
  • Daily morning fruits, ginger tea, and bottled water
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • 27 nights’ accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 28 days with instruction
  • English
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Piracanga is an eco-community situated in a slice of paradise under coconut palm trees. It stands next to a deserted tropical beach and close to the river Piracanga and the lush forest. It is part of the protected nature resort of the peninsula of Marau, an idyllic area of islands, mangroves, lakes, and deserted beaches and six kilometers away from the lively surf town of Itacare.

Piracanga is actually a community. It is a dream that manifested through a group of people who wanted to create a place to live and work in harmony with nature. Their intention is to inspire humanity to be more happy and free. The community functions in a strong relationship with the Center for Art and Human development Piracanga, which is nearby. People from over 20 different nationalities and a large Brazilian majority are part of the community.

You will be staying in a cozy house with a traditional straw roof. The yoga shala will be circular, like the vernacular indigenous "oca", communal space.

Are you ready to get your yoga practice to a deeper, more effective level or to improve the lives of others by teaching yoga? Swaha Yoga Center has many different categories of yoga, such as Swaha Vinyasa yoga, Swaha Hatha yoga, and Swaha gentle or Restorative yoga, thus upon the completion of this program, you may include any kind of audience and teach according to the needs of the students.

The curriculum is based on classical yoga, using elements from the ancient scriptures, such as Sutras yoga, Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, Upanishad, Hatha yoga Pradipika, Tantric yoga, combined with modern spiritual teachings such as Jiddu Krishnamurti of Eckhart Tolle, Emmet Fox, and others. This ancient and modern spiritual wisdom is embedded in the daily practice, both within yourself and off the yoga mat.

Swaha Yoga Center envisions this program for people who want to be yoga teachers with skills and inspiration, teaching from the heart, based on their own practice and personal discipline. It’s for people with the desire to share the wealth of yoga and enrich the lives of others and themselves.

This particular Swaha yoga teacher training is based on Vinyasa yoga. However, upon completion of this program, you can include any kind of audience and adopt the teachings according to the students’ needs.

The daily schedule includes two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, chanting, satsang, service to the community, and study hours. You will be offered a supportive environment, assistance, and the proper nourishment, so you get the chance and the opportunity to re-assemble yourself, in a way you haven't ever experienced before.



This class is a detailed exploration of the musculo-skeletal system with understanding of its function, in order to help you start building safe sequences for your students as well as sequences to advance them in their own practice. Swaha Yoga Center will cover some common yoga injuries and how to avoid them, linking alignment with body bio-mechanics. The lessons include: introduction to the major body systems such as cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine; skeletal and muscular systems; and the effects of asana and pranayama in these systems.


The morning asanas lesson is dedicated to your personal practice. The afternoon practice consists of your practice and the teaching of how to teach others. The daily in-depth practice includes: basic warm ups, sun salutations variations, basic, medium difficulty, and advanced yoga postures, postural alignment, deep relaxation techniques, benefits and contraindications of asanas, Vinyasa creation (flow), right sequence, injuries, and special population.


Chanting is a practice that develops a very pure vibration and lifts the practitioner to the higher self. It is one of the most effective practices to achieve transformation. You will start and finish the day with chanting to lift your spirit, open your heart, and to purify your mind.

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service. It is a way to achieve unity, as the work becomes an offer without any thought of personal gain. All participants will take part in what is necessary for the proper functioning of the community.


This includes classical cleaning eye exercises, nose, the air passages, esophagus and stomach, abdominal organs and intestines. The class covers tratak, neti, kapalabhati, dhauti, nauli, basti, and sankapraksalana.


The class will cover topics including what is meditation, why and how to meditate, effects of meditation, and experiences in meditation.

Nutrition in yoga

In this class, you will learn about how diet affects the brain and all the systems of the body, the impact of nutrition for the planet and the environment, the concept of ahimsa, the right balance of key nutrients, the suitable combination of foods, the therapeutic effects of fasting, and a cooking workshop.

Philosophy of yoga

During the philosophy class, you will be introduced to the four paths of yoga including Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga, and Jnana yoga. You will also explore the yoga sutras of Patanjali - a detailed study of the text and commentary, basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy, introduction to Tantra, Kundalini yoga, and Bhagavad Gita - the in-depth study of the text and commentary.

Practical teaching

In the last two weeks of this teacher training, you will teach each other under the guidance of experienced teachers. The class will show you how to create a safe environment for the classroom, how to hold the seat of a teacher, how to use language and tone of voice, and the general advice for teaching a course, teaching of basic Hatha, Vinyasa, gentle course, teaching intermediate Hatha, Vinyasa, gentle course, teaching a mixed level class, teaching a class with special emphasis, create a theme, guided relaxation techniques, hands-on assists, injury and modifications for special population, and how to address challenging situations.


Pranayama is breathing techniques for controlling and expanding your vital energy. This includes: basic methods of breathing, methods for extending the breath-ability, kapalabhati, nadi shodan, surya bheda, ujjayi, bhastrika, sitkari, sitali, bhramari, and introduction to advanced pranayama.


The meaning of satsang is "to be accompanied by the truth and wisdom". You will read and inquire on the scriptures of ancient and modern masters and discuss how you can convey their importance in your daily lives.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Breakfast and break
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Philosophy or anatomy
  • 13:00 - 16:00 Break or study
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Asana class or methodology
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Evening satsang
  • Polyxeni Aklidi

    Polyxeni is a freelance actress with a rich background in physical movement work. Her interest for meditation and yoga was triggered during her studies in drama school, where she started sensing the innate wisdom of the body. During the last ten years, while working on stage, she has kept an intensive yoga practice. In and all, she has found the two complementary in a beautiful way. Her love for yoga and performance has led her to travel around the world, from Brazil to India, to the United States, England, and Costa Rica.

  • Tanya Popovic

    Tanya is a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher and yoga Acharya in Sivananda tradition. In addition, Tanya is on the faculty board of International Yoga Therapy Institute in New York, and Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher trainer. Other studies include Anusara yoga teacher training, Anusara yoga therapeutics, Trika yoga, and four years of working next to and learning from Swami Nirvikalpa in the Satyananda yoga tradition.

This training will take place by the Atlantic Ocean of Bahia, Brazil.

Nearby places

  • Ilhéus Jorge Amado Airport (IOS) - 3 hours
  • Itacare, 6 kilometers
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Zip lining
  • Beach
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • River
  • Yoga shala

Nutrition for the duration of the training, vegetarian buffet for breakfast and dinner, and early morning fruits and herbal tea are included in the price.

Itacare is a very unique place because it is one of the very few locations where the Atlantic rainforest meets the ocean, so there is so much to do! The activities include:

  • Boat trips up the river
  • Hiking and snorkeling
  • Rafting
  • Relaxing at one of the many waterfalls
  • Surfing
  • Visiting cacao plantations
  • Visiting nature reserves
  • Zip lining
  • 2 daily lectures
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 vegetarian meals daily
  • 27 nights’ accommodation
  • Chanting, satsang, and service to the community
  • Meditation sessions
  • Practical teaching
  • Training manual
  • Yoga Alliance certification

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ilhéus Jorge Amado Airport (IOS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The cost of transportation is approximately 80 EUR.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Swaha Yoga Center an inquiry.
  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I have had an amazing experience at the Swaha yoga Teacher training in Greece. It was everything I had expected and more. I have learnt so much there about myself and about yoga and apparently the program attracts amazing people as well, since the group I was with was very special. Overall an experience I would not have missed out on." website, edited

  • Review by Maria Macsay, from New York City, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Throughout my yoga teacher training I was impressed and inspired by Tanya‘s depth of knowledge on yoga and it’s philosophy. She is someone who really walks the walk and lives her practice. Her actions always expressed a deep respect for the tradition which deepened my own fascination and respect for it. Tanya really emphasized the important of alignment of each of the asanas, and how to most respectfully and effectively assist students in class. This has been a huge take away for me in my own teaching. What also struck me about Tanya, was her willingness to share from her own journey so that her students could learn from her experiences both in practice and in business. She showed us how to merge the two without compromising the tradition or ourselves. Thank you Tanya!"


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  • Review by Evy Vourlides from New York City, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I completed my 200hr RYT training with Tanya years ago in Amorgos, Greece. As I continue my own practice of yoga and taken many different classes, the more I understand the value of Tanya‘s strong and compassionate teaching style. Tanya always made me feel safe and cared for, while pushing me to my fullest potential. She emphasized the importance of the Yoga Sutras, and always integrated asana practice with yoga philosophy. Tanya is a responsible and inspiring teacher, and her teachings continue to be a powerful force in my life."

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  • Review by David Dauncey from Durham, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I completed my first 200hr Hatha/Vinyasa training with Tanya last summer 2015 and it was incredible. The knowledge, passion and talent of Tanya and her team provided me with a solid foundation on which to build my practice and teaching. She taught with such compassion and humility that she will always be an inspiration to myself for years to come."

    "The training far exceeded my expectations and, from my understanding, the 200hr criteria of Yoga Alliance. Tanya‘s knowledge of Vedanta philosophy and Yogic tradition ensured that her training was delivered in depth, whilst being sympathetic to the roots of yoga. It was inspiring to learn how eastern yogic principles can serve us in modern times and I hope to attend more trainings with Tanya and Swaha Yoga in the future. This training changed my whole perspective on life and I’m forever grateful for her teachings. "

    "With love and gratitude."


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  • Review by Katy Fernandez Pardal from Los Angeles, California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I have had the opportunity to practice with different teachers in different cities and when I met Tanya in Munich I became a regular in her classes. I like her strong and creative sequences which are always challenging and rewarding. She guides you with an amazing smooth voice, to become aware of the important -not so obvious – alignment details of your own body. I also learned to recognize my breath patterns and to practice different breathing techniques in her breathing and meditation classes as a tool to improve my living quality. Tanya inspired my yoga practice in many levels: physical, mental, spiritual… I considered her an experienced and honest teacher, a teacher with integrity. For all these reasons I decided to do my first yoga teacher training with her and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the experience that has served me to shift my life perception forever."

    "The program, the team and the books she chose are truly jewels of wisdom that made me an integral teacher and being. "

    "I’m thankful that our paths have crossed and I’m looking forward to my next training with Tanya!"


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  • Review by Shelly Grabiak from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Tanya struck me from the moment I saw her as a powerful, knowledgeable, wise, confident and strong woman. This is the same aura she maintained and resonated steadily throughout the entire teacher training I attended with her. I was proud to know her immediately and to be in her presence throughout. I was proud that I was going to learn, grow and have the opportunity to be in an intense training with her. I wanted to emanate pieces of her aura and incorporate them into the parts of me that needed it. I truly hope and believe I did after that training in September 2014 too and continue to do so always.I feel that I’m a stronger, wiser, more diligent, dedicated, committed, aware, more courageous and enhanced of a person and yogi after her training, in major part due to her, her design of the training and who she is. She truly has the ability to move mountains and it shows. Yet, as she’s teaching you how to do it, she will also remind you of how quickly they can be torn down, so you healthily stay in a good place. She teaches balance. She strives to give her work her fullest, and it shows. She understands her students, yet pushes them to achieve no less than their true potential either. She demonstrates commitment to continual growth in philosophy, discipline, learning, practicing, health, teaching and being an amazing yogi. At the same time, when the time is right, she’ll laugh, dance, sing, loves people and animals and will let you know to come to her if you need anything. The breath of her knowledge is expressed greatly in her asana and text classes. I felt like I was always learning and trying something new, was always challenged by her, and I always looked forward to it and wanted to show her my best. I always felt like her knowledge was coming from vast and deep places and valued being a part of her training for a multitude of reasons I understood then and continued to grow to understand later too. She earns great respect from students and returns it when earned equally. I feel very grateful to have known her in this setting and to be able to keep in touch with her as someone to look up to always. I will always follow her many excursions and lessons learning, emanating and striving to maintain that part in me of what I so strongly admire to be like her, and that’s a rare wonderful thing! :-)"


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  • Review by Portia Leigh
    10 out of 10

    "I've done a lot of research on certification programs over the years and one of the reasons why I chose this one was because of their well-rounded approach, I'm thrilled to be in a training that has not only helped me grow with asanas, but learn more about yogic philosophy, pranayama, anatomy and the many ways this practice benefits all of us, not too mention the beautiful community that has been created between us. "

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  • Review by Hara Georgatou
    10 out of 10

    "A studio with nice and friendly atmosphere, consisting of great and inspiring instructors. Many thanks to Tanya Popovich and Evangelos Aik for the unique experience of participating in such an amazing teacher training program. Swaha Aerial yoga teacher training highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Annette from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks to Amber Buckley for opening her classes of Namaskar yoga flow and Vinyasa during my stay in Athens this October. The atmosphere in the studio is calm and beautiful and I warmly recommend Swaha Yoga Center. Namast."

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