So you’ve decided you want to continue your yoga journey by undertaking a teacher training; first off, you’ve made the right choice! Whether you want to teach or not, doing a yoga teacher training (ytt) will not only improve your own yoga practice, but also it will give you invaluable tools to radically transform your health and life (and the lives of those around you), and you will be guaranteed to make friends for life.
Traditionally most people immediately think of India or South East Asia when considering a ytt – and of course these places have their advantages (and disadvantages!) – but you maybe didn’t know that there are a host of great yoga schools right on your doorstep, here in Europe, that offer trainings in traditional yoga styles, but with all the Western comforts and amenities. While these courses might not be any cheaper than in Asia (in fact, they tend to be more expensive than India), bear in mind that you will save money on airfare and visas (if you currently live in Europe), and you don’t need to worry about things like vaccinations. If you are not that used to solo travel, or not as comfortable with venturing further afield, this could be a great option for you.
But how to sift through all the options out there? We have narrowed down the search for you, with our handpicked list of the best yoga teacher training courses in Europe.
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1. All Yoga Training
Since 2009, All Yoga has trained more than 2000 graduates worldwide through their thorough and comprehensive yoga training programme, which focuses particularly on the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. You will have the chance to deepen and explore your own physical practice, with daily led and Mysore-style practice, as well as daily lectures on important topics such as functional anatomy, yoga history and philosophy, meditation, pranayama, and much more. You will also have the opportunity to explore other yoga styles such as Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, and Rocket Yoga, and learn how to creatively sequence your own classes. Skillfully blending East and West traditions, you will also learn how to set up your yoga business, develop your marketing skills and online presence, and understand the ethics of yoga teaching. There is also an emphasis on safe, hands-on adjustments, and offering suitable modifications to your students. As this course is accredited by Yoga Alliance, you will be all set up to start teaching in your home country, or abroad, upon graduation.
With courses usually taking place in Thailand and Bali, this is the first training All Yoga is offering in Portugal, at the gorgeous Olive3 Yoga Retreat Centre in Ericeira old town. With a limit of 16 students per training, spots fill up quickly, so book your space asap (plus, there is an amazing early bird discount if you book now for September!).
Style: Ashtanga Vinyasa
2. Samvid Yoga
Samvid offers a 300hr multi-style training on the small, remote island of Iz, in Croatia. Set in a truly unique and stunning location, this training gives you the chance to experience Tibetan yoga and Vipassana meditation, as well as a one day fast and silent retreat. With a really impressive teaching team, and its beautiful location, this training looks truly worth every penny. They have lowered their prices 20% at the moment due to COVID19 so take advantage of this great discount!
Style: Multi (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, restorative, Tibetan yoga)
Price: €3512* Covid price
3. Anapnoe Yoga
If you are looking to combine your ytt with an amazing sunny getaway then this might be the training for you! Located on the beautiful Greek island of Paros, Anapnoe yoga trainings focus especially on Ayurveda, Chakra theory, and Vinyasa Krama yoga. Led by the school’s founder, Irana Ji An, the 200hr training gives you a solid foundation in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, and a starting point to continue your learning in the field of yoga therapy.
Style: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin/Vinyasa Krama
4. Love Evolve Awaken
Love Evolve Awaken’s 200hr teacher training is not like most other ytts; for this reason their website states right away that their trainings “are not for everyone”! There is much more focus on the spiritual and philosophical side to yoga, which would therefore appeal to anyone who was looking to go on a journey of self-discovery, rather than only looking to gain a qualification. While the course still covers the usual asana and anatomy modules, there are also opportunities to try new and unusual practices such as tantra (no nudity involved!), a weekly cacao kirtan ceremony, the use of a steam room and sauna, and weekend trips to nearby places such as Pisa. There is also an additional 4 day module included in the price, which changes according to the dates chosen; you can choose from Ayurveda, Bhakti, or a silent retreat. The teachers and founders of the school really ‘walk the walk’, and have a wealth of experience in meditation, tantra and bhakti yoga. If you want a life-changing experience, this is the training to choose. While the course is more expensive than most other 200hr trainings, it does comprise 33 days (while other 200hr trainings tend to be only around 21 days). They are also offering a special, limited-time-only, discount due to COVID19, so book soon!
Location: Italy (Tuscany)
Style: Tantrik yoga, Hatha, Kundalini
5. Gayatri Yoga
Despite being the cheapest of all the 200hr trainings listed here, Gayatri’s 200hr training still covers everything that a 200hr should, including an introduction to Ayurveda and yoga therapy. Accommodation is included in the price but food is not; on the other hand, the school states that the kitchen is so well-equipped you shouldn’t need to buy much extra food. Flights to Tenerife from mainland Europe also tend to be reasonable, so this could be a great budget option, whilst still giving you the feel of an island getaway.
Location: Spain (Tenerife)
Style: Hatha, Vinyasa
6. Durga’s Tiger School
The 200hr training offered by Durga’s Tiger School in Europe is unique in many regards. The training is based predominantly on Kaula Tantra yoga, a form of yoga that involves longer holds (of asanas) in a slower flow, with less emphasis on ‘correct’ alignment and more space for individual expression. Students are also taught Ayurvedic walking massage, partner yoga, kundalini, applied tantric wisdom, and shamanism, and have the opportunity of exploring their creative side through expressive arts, mantra and dance. With links to the ZEGG community in Berlin, there is also a strong emphasis on open communication (with weekly ‘talking stick’ circles, etc.), and learning how to listen to others and to create open, inclusive spaces of support. While the course is one of the more expensive options (especially their Greek training), this truly is a unique course that offers a lot more than a simple teaching qualification.
Location: Greece (Corfu), Germany (Berlin), or Spain (Granada)
Style: Kaula Tantra yoga, Expressive Arts, Shamanism
Price: €2820 (Spain), 2874 (Berlin), 3580 (Greece)
7. Fit Yoga
If a strong, aerobics-style yoga practice is more up your street, then this might be the training for you! Set on the beautiful island of Malta, this course allows you to teach the ‘Fit yoga’ set 90-minute sequence (a blend of Power Vinyasa and Pilates, created by the school’s owner and founder, Balazs Heller). In addition, you will also have workshops in Pilates, Ayurveda, and raw vegan nutrition, plus the opportunity to attain your level 1 Reiki certificate! A well-rounded course that provides you with a solid foundation to not only teach yoga and Pilates, but also the chance to learn other skills, which might particularly appeal to someone wanting to become a life coach, for example.
Style: “FitYoga” (power vinyasa + Pilates) & Reiki level 1
8. Frog Lotus Yoga International
Led by the school’s founder, Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, who has over 40 years’ teaching experience, the 200hr training at Frog Lotus is a very thorough, traditional training in Vinyasa flow, located at the beautiful Suryalila retreat centre in Southern Spain. For those looking for a detailed, traditional approach to yoga, but who are not able to study in India, this might be the course for you. This is one of the most expensive options for 200hrs, although the accommodation is more ‘high-end’ (even the dorm room looks luxurious!) and all meals are included.
Location: Spain (Andalusia)
I hope this has shown you that you don’t need to travel far for a life-changing experience, and that there are some really great options closer to home. Having weighed up all the factors such as cost and how long you have to spend on a training, choose the training that resonates most with you, trust your gut feeling, and know that, whichever training you choose, it will be a valuable, if not life-changing, experience that will help you shape you as a teacher and student of yoga.