If you’ve truly taken the yogi lifestyle to heart, you’ll undoubtedly be looking to take your practice to the next level. A yoga teacher training course allows you to not only practice what you preach but provides a unique opportunity to develop your practice while helping others progress.
We’re sure few would argue that there is any better place to do this than in India, the home of yoga. However, when distance gets the better of your dreams, there are a wide range of alternative European yoga teacher training courses that will have you counting yourself lucky to be on the continent.
Mariza Yoga: Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Course
Mariza Smith is a registered and fully certified yoga instructor. Based in London, she runs a range of retreats and training programmes around the region. The 200-Hour Yoga Alliance course is what caught our eye—three and a half week’s fully immersing yourself in yogic practice in the stunning Mont Blanc area of France.
If you’re looking to engage in some serious, life-altering study, Mariza’s retreat is perfect for you. Teaching posture, meditation, and how to tailor your practice to suit each student’s individual needs, you’ll be studying asana and pranayama, as well as a wide range of other techniques. Prices start around US$2,262.
Three Treasures Yoga: Level 1 Teacher Training 200 Hours
What could possibly sound better than a tranquil yoga retreat under the Tuscan sun? Not much, we imagine. You’ll be working hard, but feeling good at this Three Treasures Yoga retreat, studying and practising on average nine and a half hours each day. But with the backdrop of the Casentino National Park in La Croce, you won’t find it too strenuous.
Balancing a study of asana and pranayama with practical lessons, chanting meditation, anatomy classes, and a focus on eastern philosophy and alternative healing practices, this fully certified member of the International Yoga Alliance will leave you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, and ready to share your new found zen with your students. Prices start around US$2,142.
Yoga Retreats Paros: Integral Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga
If you’re looking for a course that balances work and leisure, the Paros retreat offers just that. For 22 days on the beautiful Greek island, the Hatha and Vinyasa focused course will teach you the essential techniques involved in yogic practice—chakra, meditation, Hatha, vinyasa, yin yoga and more.
Firm believers in allowing time for reflection, there is plenty of time left for leisurely reading and walking around the island. There is also a range of optional activities on offer, including horseback riding and mountain biking. With detoxifying, locally sourced and vegetarian food available on site, you’ll be looking and feeling refreshed. Prices start around US$1,630.
Yoga Shala Ibiza: Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Teacher Training Course
Party Central has a secret side, and it’s not the type you’d expect. The island of Ibiza hosts a tranquil and idyllic space for yogis and the perfect place to begin your teaching journey. The 200-hour training course is run by Jacqueline Purnell, a best-selling author and face of the ‘10 Minute Yoga’ DVD that has taken the world by storm.
The 19-day course is founded upon traditional ancient practices and techniques, and requires you to give as much as you get herethe commitment starts from the get go, as you’ll be required to prove you have been consistently practising, and to interview for your place on the course. The on-site study with its wide breadth of course materials and organic, locally sourced meals to keep you sustained on your journey are worth the pledge. Prices start around US$3,774.
Rise and Shine Yoga: 50 Hour Yoga Alliance Yin Teacher Training
If you’re relatively new to the world of yoga, or just don’t have three weeks to commit to an intensive 200-hour training course, Rise and Shine Yoga have the perfect introductory course for you. Their 50-hour Yin Yoga teacher training is a six-day programme designed to give you a good foundation in yoga teaching, and prepare you for leading yin sessions with groups or individuals.
While founders Kata and Erno van Doesselaar are usually based in the Netherlands where they run their yoga studio, these short teacher training courses (along with other, longer and more intensive teacher training programmes) take place in a private villa in Ibiza, offering you the chance to not only fine-tune your yoga practice, but have an idyllic island holiday, too. Prices start around US$980.