Sunny Spain boasts some of the best weather, scenery and cultural sites in Europe. It’s also the country with the biggest selection of yoga retreats and there are many amazing schools offering yoga teacher training in Spain.
As well as being Europe’s yoga hotspot, Spain is considered to be one of the most captivating destinations in all of Europe thanks to its rich culture, cuisine, relaxed lifestyle, fun festivals and of course not forgetting the fantastic beaches and diverse landscapes.
Tips for choosing a school for yoga teacher training in Spain
As yoga has spread across the globe, some yoga schools have even moved over from Asia to Europe so now you don’t have to go far to get your yoga fix! There is a diverse variety of places to take a yoga teacher training in Spain, from luxury beach villas on the islands to hidden eco retreats in the mountains and even in the buzzing and artistic cities making Spain the best place in Europe to get your YTTC.
Whether you just want to deepen your personal yoga practice or invest in a healthy and rewarding future career doing a yoga teacher training is a challenging but rewarding and transformative experience that could really change your life!
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Doing any YTTC is a big investment of your time and finances and it’s more important than ever to make sure to do your research before you book to make sure that the course and style of yoga taught matches your interests and aspirations.
Always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved. Most accredited schools have similar curriculums, but quality can vary a lot so it’s useful to get reviews from previous students before you book your yoga teacher training in Spain.
I find sites like www.bookyogaretreats.com and www.bookyogateachertraining.com really useful for reading reviews from previous students as well as seeing information about the style of yoga, instructors and daily schedule. Also see here for more things to look out for when choosing your YTT.
I’d also recommend considering the course with the longest duration you can as you’ll have more time to absorb all the information you’re learning, relax those sore muscles and explore the area.
All these yoga schools have implemented enhanced hygiene, safety and distancing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (Note that the photos in the article were taken before Covid-19) Also be aware that the situation in Europe could change at any time so double check the situation and entry requirements for the country you want to visit and the re-entry requirements for your home country when you return. I find this regularly updated article by Wanderlust Magazine about which countries are open for tourism really useful. It’s also more important than ever to have good travel insurance that covers coronavirus – mine is with SafteyWing.
To help you find your perfect YTT here’s my recommended top schools for yoga teacher training in Spain.
The 6 Best Schools for Yoga Teacher Training in Spain
Several of my friends trained at Green Yoga in Goa, India and now you can get the same training in Europe! Held at the Shanti Niketan Yoga Ashram, Green Yoga International is doing what they do in India, but in Spain. If you want to learn a wide range of yoga styles with authentic Indian yogic philosophy from someone who is inspired by some great Indian masters, then this is the best yoga teacher training in Spain for you.
Not only will you learn yoga philosophy, anatomy and alignment but you’ll also learn the basic principals of Ayurveda as well as practicing and learning how to teach different styles of yoga and meditation. Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Restorative, Aerial, Acro, Yin and Yoga Nidra are all taught here and you’ll also have the option of taking a SUP yoga workshop.
This 21 day 200 hour YTTC is held in a Mallorcan village on the eastern side of the stunning Balearic island in a peaceful peaceful, eco friendly ashram surrounded by nature with a saltwater swimming pool while being just a few minutes drive away from beach. Accommodation is provided in stone rooms or a glamping tent, both of which are decorated in a yogic way. Shanti Niketan Yoga Ashram is the perfect setting for finding inner peace, learning more about yourself and Indian yogic philosophy by bridging East and West. Click here for more info, to read reviews, see dates and prices and to book.
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Even though the island of Ibiza is most famous for it’s vibrant nightlife, there is also a big holistic, wellness side to the island and it’s a magical place for learning yoga. This 22 day 200 hour Yin and Yang yoga teacher training course in Ibiza focuses on a Tantric and mindful Buddhist approach. It’s the best yoga teacher training in Spain for those who want to find healing and balance by learning both dynamic yoga styles and the slower, rejuvenating and deeply healing yin yoga practice.
You will do two daily asana practices, a morning meditation session, and theory and lecture studies in between on yoga philosophy and anatomy. You’ll learn not only the Vinyasa and Yin Yoga poses with correct alignment, adaptations and adjustments but also understand the effects of the poses from physiologic, anatomic, energetic, emotional, mental, and therapeutic perspectives. A highlight of this course is learning about energy, Chinese medicine, fascia, the 5 elements theory and yoga nidra. This course allows you to dive deep into Yin Yoga to release emotional blockages and peace and balance to your body, mind and soul.
This YTTC is held in a peaceful venue near Santa Eularia, just 5 minutes away from the beach, with bright and spacious rooms, a huge garden and roof terrace and a swimming pool. You will also have the chance to enjoy unique healing crystal bowl sessions and participate in sacred ceremonies at magical power spots on the island. For more info, to read reviews or to book, click here. Rise and Shine also run a popular 7 day 60 hour dedicated Yin Yoga course.
Deepen your own practice while learning how to effectively teach others to deepen theirs during this 22 day 200 hour yoga teacher training in the Canary Islands. The amazing teachers at Gayatri Yoga will teach you traditional Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, philosophy, alignment and the basics of Ayurveda. You will also leave with knowledge on Pranayama, Meditation as well as Kriya, Raja, Bhakti, Jnana and Karma Yoga.
The villa’s location, surrounded by the foothills of the magnificent Anaga Mountains, is the perfect place to go deep into your yoga practice and enjoys pleasant weather all year round. You will be staying in shared double rooms, some of which have attached bathrooms. The house has a swimming pool, gardens, a terrace, and chill out areas that are perfect for taking in all that you learned and connected with the other students. It’s a self-catering retreat but all the basics are provided, from fruits and vegetables to spices and pasta, and they encourage those in the YTTC to cook together. Click here to book, read reviews, check dates or get more info.
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If you want to combine your YTTC with enjoying the intoxicating city life of vibrant Barcelona then Yoga Weeks 21 day 200 hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training course is perfect! Barcelona is my all time favourite city – it has everything including world class art and architecture and even a beach. You’ll be accommodated in a big, beautiful, artistic house in the heart of Barcelona, walking distance from everything you’ll want to explore in your free time.
You’ll be practicing yoga on the rooftop looking over this exciting city or in the studio and get started perfecting your teaching methodology on day 3 so you’ll be a confident yoga teacher by the end of this course. The teachings here are traditional with a modern twist. As well as yoga, meditation, philosophy, anatomy and alignment classes you’ll also receive bonus Ayurveda, nutrition and yoga business modules. Astrology consultancy and onsite massages are also available. All meals are included and you’ll also have access to the kitchen. This is one of the best places for yoga teacher training in Spain for city lovers. Click here to see more info, prices, reviews and to book.
Join a loving, conscious community in the mountains, not just a yoga teacher training course at Comunidad Om Shanti. This 31 day 200 hour YTTC focuses on Hatha and Tantra yoga and is held in a fully renovated traditional Masia surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of the Biosphere Reserve of Montseny in the mountains only 30 minutes from the vibrant city of Barcelona. The house boasts sunny patios, balconies and gardens where you can soak up the magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and enjoy hiking, cycling and rock climbing in your free time.
You will start your days with meditation, pranayama, Hatha and Karma yoga practice before attending lectures on anatomy, history of yoga, teaching methodology, Vedanta, Tantra and Yogic philosophy. Daily vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner are cooked with love and served for you during the training. This is the best yoga teacher training in Spain if you want to be immersed in a super supportive, loving, community, family atmosphere. For more info, reviews, dates and to book, click here.
At this yoga teacher training in Spain, not only will you learn different yoga styles like Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative, but also delve deep into the knowledge and philosophy behind the different practices guided by experienced yoga teachers from the US. You will leave after 24 days with a 200 hour certification and in-depth knowledge on asanas, yoga anatomy, adjustments, modifications and creating sequences. You will also learn about pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy and the chakras.
You will be starting your morning with rejuvenating yoga practice, and wind down for the evening with a relaxing yoga practice and/or meditation. In between, you will learn all about yogic philosophy and the art of teaching yoga. There are also a couple of breaks in between where you can head to the beach, relax on your balcony or head to one of the local coffee shops in the peaceful coastal village of Torre De La Horadada, where this yoga training takes place. The accommodation is right on the beach with views looking out towards the Mediterranean Sea. You can opt for either a self catering or meals included package depending on your budget and preferences. Click here to read reviews, see dates, prices and more info and to book.
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