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22 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Uganda

  • Source of the Smile Guest House, Jinja, Rwakobo Rocks, Lake Mburo


Women's Empowerment Yoga Teacher Training Uganda

Join Yogauganda for a yoga teacher training that will deepen your knowledge and practice of yoga. This teacher training will incorporate the ancient knowledge of yoga into a practical way for students to understand, learn, practice, and teach. Learn to practice yoga gradually and develop yourself on a spiritual, mental, and physical level. This course will transform your life in many aspects and will help you to become a master in teaching yoga.


  • Daily morning yoga and sadhana
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Comprehensive yoga practices and theory workshop
  • Game drives and bird spotting and animal watching opportunities
  • Accredited Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • A service project with a women's rights initiative
  • 3 organic vegetarian meals daily
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 21 days with instruction
  • English
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During the training, you will be staying at Source of the Smile Guest House in Jinja and Rwakobo Rocks in Lake Mburo National Park. Those are amazingly beautiful and in harmony with nature. They also have a swimming pool, enticing you for a dip during your free time and a chance to soak in the view.

Smile Guest House in Jinja

The guest house has fantastic art and design all over the place, great breakfast, and free fast WI-FI. Almost all rooms have their own relaxing terrace and lounge. There is also a swimming pool area for you to relax during your free time.

Rwakobo Rock

Rwakobo rocks is a peaceful and secluded retreat center where you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, offering you great sunset views. The main dining area also overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park, giving you the magnificent views of your surroundings.

This training is a holistic and integrated approach in yoga. The training will be split into five modules. The first 60 hours in Jinja will teach students the fundamental philosophies and practices of yoga, empowerment and leadership, being of service to others, and how to create and serve an outreach community. The final module will be in Lake Mburo National Park. It will prepare students to teach, as well as learn the fundamental philosophies and subtle energy practices of yoga.

60-hour module

  • Exploration of asana, optimal alignment, use of props, and risks and benefits
  • Hands-on adjustments and verbal cues
  • Injury prevention and management
  • Introduction to pranayama and meditation
  • Introduction to Sanskrit
  • Outreach, with tips on teaching outreach and ways to create connection
  • Western anatomy where you will learn functional anatomy as it relates to yoga practice
  • Yogic history and philosophy which cover The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Sadhana, where you will be developing a personal practice
  • Seva, where you will travel to a local village and will be on a service project

140-hour module

  • Creating a creative Vinyasa sequence
  • Creating a trauma sensitive sequence
  • Developing your voice as a teacher
  • Further exploration of asana
  • Kriya and energy sequencing principles
  • Kundalini energy and the chakra system
  • Kundalini yoga basics
  • Mantra, which is the power and magic of chanting and what they mean
  • Meditation which involves functions of the mind and meditation practices
  • Practice teaching groups and individuals
  • Pranayama techniques to control the life force within

Sample daily schedule

  • 14:00 Arrival in Jinja on November 10th and the opening ceremony and welcoming
  • 06:00 Arrive in silence, followed by meditation, kriya, and pranayama
  • 07:00 Silent breakfast
  • 08:00 Physical practice, adjustments, followed by technique of key poses
  • 10:00 Lecture introduction to Yin yoga, followed by Chinese medicine theory
  • 13:00 Lunch and free time to enjoy the river
  • 15:00 The art of creative and intelligent sequencing
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • Closing ceremony will be in the morning on the departure day.

Objectives of the training

  • Becoming mindful through meditation
  • Confidently instruct and align the body verbally and through hands-on adjustments
  • Create a space that allows students' true personality and true selves to come through in their own life and teaching
  • Create creative flowing and aligned orientated yoga classes
  • Create teachers that feel confident to teach students from all levels of yoga
  • Encourage trainee teachers to bring love, joy, and grace in their teaching
  • Gain control of the mind through control of the breath in pranayama
  • Incorporate yoga philosophy concepts into your class and teach your students how to apply it practically into their lives
  • Maintain the purity of the ancient knowledge of yoga
  • Understand and share the knowledge and transformational powers of yoga
  • Understand the power of your thoughts and intention
  • Understand and incorporate spiritual law teachings into your classes

Required reading

  • Divine Alignment by Guru Prem
  • Functional anatomy of yoga with online anatomy course
  • Prana and Pranayama by Swami Niranjananada Saraswati
  • Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens
  • The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Satchidananda
  • Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith

Recommended reading

  • Anatomy of Spirit by Carolyn Myss
  • Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India's Essential Yoga Text by Joshua Greene
  • Mantra and Sound by by alanna kaivala
  • Yoga Mind Body and Spirit by Farhi
  • Leyla Meredith

    With her diploma and certificate in hand, Leyla flew to Ethiopia. She has traveled a lot and had various journeys through Africa before settling in Jinja, Uganda. She became qualified as a yoga teacher in 2008 with Africa Yoga and has been teaching extensively over the world since then. Initially drawn to the dynamic nature of Ashtanga and its power and moving meditation qualities, she has now softened herself and prefers to teach Vinyasa Flow.

  • Deidre Norman

    Deidre is a certified yoga teacher specialized in Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini yoga. She first started practicing yoga in 2000, after she sustained a knee injury. She quickly realized that yoga was much more than a physical practice and she took her first yoga teacher training with Yoga Tree in 2008. Deidre has taught Kundalini and Bhakti yoga in Uganda, Jackson Hole, and San Francisco. Her students are encouraged to flow from the heart space. Yoga has been becoming a path of truth for her, a way to heal old traumas and become more conscious in her life.

The yoga teacher training will be held in two places, in Jinja and in Lake Mburo National Park.

Accommodation in Jinja

During the first week, you will stay in an accommodation located in Jinja. Jinja is both legendary and mystical. As the historic source of the Nile River, Jinja is home to a peaceful and vibrant international community of nature lovers, kayakers, yogis, and families who truly embrace the holistic lifestyle. It has an easy going vibe and the friendly Ugandans will welcome you like family.

There you can enjoy white-water rafting, horseback riding, bird watching boat trips, village walks, and also a good coffee. The town itself is a buzzing little place with some wonderful and crumbling colonial architecture.

Lake Mburo National Park

During the second and third week, you will be staying in an accommodation located in Lake Mburo National Park. It is the smallest Ugandan savannah national park and is underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back for more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi, and reedbuck.

During this teacher training, you will be served three healthy and delicious meals daily. The meals are gourmet vegetarian with plenty of options of locally grown organic food. The foods can be adjusted if you have any dietary requests and restrictions. Please inform Yogauganda in advance. Drinking water, organic juices, coffee, herbal blends, and teas are also available daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Vegetarian
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Mountain gorillas activity

You could always arrive a few days earlier and take the opportunity to spend time with the mountain gorillas. If you would like to see the gorillas in November before the training begins, Yogauganda can organise the trip for you. The gorilla express three day trip costs 2,050 USD if traveling solo. If you share the room and transport expenses, it would cost 3,050 USD for two persons.

Included in the price

  • Comfortable 4-wheel drive super custom vehicle
  • English speaking driver and guide
  • Gorilla permits
  • Two nights mid range accommodation in Silverback Lodge, overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Things to do

  • Birdwatching boat tour
  • Bungee jumping
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Reading books
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Sunset cruises
  • Swimming

There is a spa service in town. Yogauganda can help you organize and book any treatment you would prefer such as massages, manicure, pedicure, or facial. All of the treatments can be booked at additional costs.

  • 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • All course materials
  • Daily meditation and pranayama
  • Daily yoga classes and theory workshop
  • Tuition fee
  • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Books
  • Optional activities
  • Spa services
  • Visa and travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

  • Review by Karin Sosis

    "I have just come back from a wonderful yoga weekend in Northern Kenya with Leyla. She guided us through energizing sunrise practices, intensive workshops, and powerful sunset Yin sessions with grace and a lovely warmth. She encouraged me to push past my assumptions of what I could do, including new hip-opening and balance poses that I cannot wait to improve in my personal practice. Looking forward to our next class." website, edited

  • Review by Britt Gwinner from Nairobi

    "Leyla is an excellent yogini and teacher! She qualifies on her own as a renewable energy source. She was one of two tremendous yogis who led a mindful, thoughtful, vigorous, and rewarding three-day retreat in Laikipia. I would do it again in a heartbeat." website, edited

  • Review by Brennan Winter

    "Leyla's retreat was well planned and well executed. It felt like exactly the right balance between relaxation and working towards goals in classes. Leyla is intuitive and empowering while working with students and the entire atmosphere of the retreat was blanketed in positivity. I left having achieved new goals and with a renewed commitment to my practice." website, edited

  • Review by Valerie Gwinner from Nairobi

    "I have had the pleasure of taking classes with Leyla during two yoga retreats. Her approach, while thoughtful and serious, is also fun. Leyla meets each person in the class where they are, whether beginner or advanced, with openness and a lack of pretense. The result is that she brings each of us along in the practice, going further than we thought we could go. She is a joy to know, as a teacher and as a person."

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  • Review by Charlotte from Tasmania, Australia

    "The yoga retreat I did with Leyla was fantastic. Leyla is a great teacher. She is very motivational and adapted the classes to my level and the objectives I had for the week. It was a challenging week and I feel that my yoga and meditation practices advanced a lot, thanks to the expert guidance and support Leyla provided. She also showed me around Jinja and organized a number of other activities for me outside of yoga. Jinja is a wonderful place to do a yoga retreat; very relaxing and peaceful but also with the opportunity to do a number of other activities if you so wish. I would highly recommend this retreat." website, edited

  • Review by Elly from Leeds, UK

    "The yoga retreat with Leyla in Jinja was just magical! Leyla is a fantastic yoga teacher and host, and the Source of the Smile guesthouse is wonderfully welcoming. Jinja is a beautiful and friendly area. I would thoroughly recommend any of Leyla's retreats, she is truly caring and inspirational." website, edited

  • Review by Aisling

    "It was so lovely to spend time with you and your teaching was amazing! I was raving to my mother, a long-time yogini, who I used to make fun of for doing yoga, about your flows because we so often get tired of the same transitions or routines. It was so nice to practice with a fresh and different routine. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Sophie

    "Leyla is one of those special teachers who truly lives her yoga and inspires you to do the same. She carries a sense of energy and light both on and off the mat, infusing each moment with her vitality, adventurous spirit, and positivity. Leyla's teaching is thoughtfully sequenced and challenging but with a bit of playfulness to keep it soft and fluid. She brings a depth of knowledge of Ayurveda, alignment, and the healing arts, which she incorporates into her classes, sometimes in surprising ways. To practice with Leyla is to be touched by her beautiful spirit... enjoy."

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  • Review by Bilal

    "Thanks for reaching me and also organizing this yoga retreat. It was a pleasure to attend it, it was my first one, and I have noticed how is it important for a person to have a retreat from time to time. All my body is sore from the yoga practices but what is most important is my mind is clearer and very peaceful. Also, all this good energy, it was wonderful. Having yoga next to the beach, it is super relaxing! Although I felt a little bit uncomfortable at the beginning since I was the only guy, but it was fine for me later on. The weekend gave more space and time to connect deeper, it is amazing. The inner journey is not easy but it is worth every single step to go for it. Thank you, Leyla!"

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  • Review by Andrita Mallik

    "Highly recommended for most of us, this has been an amazing journey. MRL is a fabulous retreat. The location is stunning, service impeccable, food wholesome and delicious, and, most of all, I enjoyed my morning and afternoon yoga with Leyla Ahmet Meredith, who has helped me on this transformational trip with her positive healing energy complemented with her Shiatsu and Reiki practice." website, edited

  • Review by Olivia from Longyearbyen Svalbard, Norway

    "Uganda was magnificent! Leila was fun, patient, and very helpful. Where we stayed in Entebbe on arrival was amazing, being able to hear the chimps in the park from our rooms and see them run around in the park was amazing, we even had a giraffe eating outside of the room. Murchison Falls, where we spent most of our time, was a beautiful area where the guides were well informed and fun to be around. The tents we lived in were clean and comfortable and the food was tasty. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants experience with lots of wildlife, a great instructor, friendly people, and breathtaking scenery." website, edited

Jinja, Uganda

Yoga Uganda offers yoga teacher training programs and yoga and mindfulness holidays in Uganda, the pearl of Africa.

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Arrival: Friday November 10, 2017
Departure: Friday December 1, 2017

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