22 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Uganda

  • Bohemia Resort, Jinja, @The River, Ishasha

22 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Uganda

  • Bohemia Resort, Jinja, @The River, Ishasha

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
  • Accredited Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
  • A night bush glamping, sleeping under the stars in Ishasha QENP
  • Game drives and bird spotting and animal watching opportunities
  • 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 Bohemia Resort in Jinja and @The River in QENP. These 2 guest houses are perfectly located for you to enjoy 2 very different sides of Uganda. Bohemia Resort is nesteld on the edge of the River Nile a few kms from town. This stretch of river has rapids and is often visited by vervet and red tail monkeys.

The River is also situated on a small river on the edge of Ishasha sector of the QENP. Almost all rooms have their own relaxing terrace and hammocks are dotted around the property offering seclusion and great views. There is a plunge pool great for dipping into to cool off. The main dining area also overlooks the area offering magnificent views of your surroundings. The birding here is phenomenal and there is a chance that baboon, monkeys and genet cats will wander through the lodge.

This training is a holistic and integrated approach in yoga. The training will be split into three modules. The first 65 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 second module 105 hours will be in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park. It will prepare students to teach, as well as learn the fundamental philosophies and subtle energy practices of yoga. The final hours are made up of pre and post training work.

  • 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.

  • Payal Gori

    Payal is a biotechnologist turned yoga teacher. Since she was a child, she found herself very curious about the mind, body, and soul connection. Until the age of 23, Payal had a regular yoga practice as a part of her culture, not paying much attention to it. At the age of 24, due to a major shift in her life, she left her job in one of the most competitive environments in the world and took a break. This is when she re-discovered her enthusiasm for yoga. She dedicated the next year deepening her own practice with several teachers in India, and in 2014, she became a full-time yoga teacher.

The yoga teacher training will be held in two places, in Jinja and in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation in Jinja For the first 11 nights

Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) For the last 10 nights, you will be staying in an accommodation located in Ishasha, QENP

Ishasha is an unspoiled remote sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees. It is home to 350 bird species as well as giraffe, buffalo, oribi, defassa water buck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi, and reed buck.

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.

Mountain gorillas activity

You could always arrive a few days earlier and take the opportunity to spend time with the mountain gorillas or tag this trip onto the at the end of your stay. The area for tracking gorilla is only a 4 hour drive from Ishasha which is where you will finish the training. The gorilla express three day trip costs $2,150USD if traveling solo. If you share the room and transport expenses, it would cost $1,750USD per person (2 people $3,500) in November in December the permit to track increases in price so the cost would be $2,300USD solo and $1900USD per person (2 people $3,800USD).

Included in the price

  • Comfortable 4-wheel drive super custom vehicle
  • English speaking driver and guide
  • Gorilla permits
  • Two nights mid range accommodation in Silver back 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

For more information please look at "add a safari" on yogauganda website

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
  • Air fares
  • Visa
  • Books
  • Extra excursions
  • Spa services
  • Transfers

Arrival by airplane

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

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • 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."

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  • 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."

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  • 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."

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  • Review by Charlotte from 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."

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  • Review by Elly from United Kingdom

    "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."

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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."

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  • Review by Olivia from 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."

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

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