• Simrose Resort Simrose Resort
  • Agonda Beach, Near St. Anne’s church, Canacona, Agonda, Goa 403702, India
  • Jan 12 - 25, 2019 (14 days)

About This Event

Participating in Bend it like Buddha Praia da Rocha, Portimao Yoga Alliance accredited RYT 200 and Ayurvedic massage-therapy certification in India can be the first step in a life-changing journey of health and wellness. This one-of-a-kind double certification training offers an opportunity to learn and practice a variety of yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation, Reiki, Ayurvedic healing practices, and massage. You will be learning from four experienced, talented, and compassionate instructors with more than 50 years of combined experience.


January 11, 5PM Optional-Orientation “Meet-Greet” with students & teachers followed with Welcome Dinner

January 12th , 6:30AM Official first day of training

January 24th 4 pm training ends, followed with Graduation ceremonies & dinner

January 25th Check out


Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance. Registration with Yoga Alliance provides a globally recognized credential. You will receive a one-of-a-kind double certificate upon successful completion of the training.


Beginners are welcome to join the training, however, six-months to one year of experience is highly recommended in Vinyasa or Ashtanga practice.


This yoga teacher training in India program is offered by several highly experienced, talented, and compassionate instructors. All of their teachings are only on their specialty and expertise in their chosen disciplines. Together, all of the teachers have over 70 years of combined teaching experience.

Through this retreat, you will learn the ancient art and science of Mysore-Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga primary series and Vinyasa flow. You will also learn the incredible skill of adjustments and modifications for eg.)using props, by the lead instructor who was trained by BNS Iyengar, the lineage of the great yoga master, Sri Krishnamacharya, considered the father of modern yoga; teacher of the world-famous yoga master Pattabhi Jois.

You will learn about the Astanga eight limbs, yogic lifestyle off the mat, nutrition modules, attend optional Indian vegetarian classes to learn delicious dishes and know more about the world famous Indian spices. You will practice with instructors who specialize in alignment and are physiology experts giving you lessons on yoga anatomy and how to safely teach yoga for beginners, elderly, and those who are in pain, with injuries, and many health conditions that are commonly seen in today's world.

You will also learn Myofascial release, which is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Applied yoga therapy is taught in a practical manner through the yoga massage therapist certification modules.

Another highlight of this training program is an opportunity to learn Ayurvedic Indian massage which is an ancient healing art involving intensive work on the body’s meridians utilizing assisted stretching, deep compression, channeling of breath, and rhythmic movements. It is traditionally performed on a fully dressed recipient lying on a thin floor mat with or without oils.

The comprehensive massage and yoga anatomy modules will set the foundation for an enduring practice as an Ayurvedic massage therapist and yoga teacher. By keeping class sizes small, it is ensured that every student will work or gets worked on by the instructor, making the learning accurate and experiential. The Ayurveda, massage, and yoga anatomy modules are conducted typically from Monday to Friday, about 60 minutes per day (8 hours total).

The modules cover about 45-massage techniques with the client lying usually in a supine or lying-on-their-back position. The course is most beneficial for massage therapists, body workers, yoga practitioners, energy healers, and people interested in alternative healing methods for clients, friends, and family.

There will also be classes on yoga therapy, yoga for kids, the elderly, pregnancy and for pre and post-natal students, teaching methodology, ethics, business aspects of opening up and branding your yoga studio, yoga teacher social media tools, energy healing, Reiki, Kundalini, chakras, nadis, pranayama, Sanskrit mantras, yoga philosophy, kriyas, and much more!

Bend It Like Buddha Praia da Rocha, Portimao will teach you about professional ethics and how to earn a living worldwide from sharing yoga with others in your community and abroad, how to create a business plan for your yoga studio and massage practice. This training will show you how to be a yoga teacher and massage practitioner starting from day one. You will be practicing one-on-one with your peers and teachers throughout the course. Essentially, you will be practicing how to be a teacher and practice to teach what you have learned starting from the first day of training.


This yoga teacher training is suitable for all levels. Everyone is welcome but a year of yoga practice is highly recommended in Ashtanga or Vinyasa.

Prices will go up by 100 Euro after the 10th November.

Non residential options available for 1899 euro.  

Just breath, I slow down now, and I am aware of my gifts & blessings and I allow all these divine gifts into my heart

Event Highlights

  • Daily multi-style yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and pranayama sessions
  • Ayurvedic massage training with certificate
  • Intensive Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hours yoga training and certification
  • Receive a one-of-a-kind double certificate upon completion
  • Comprehensive, practical, and applied modules
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 14 nights accommodation


06:30 - 08:00 Ashtanga Vinyasa asana flow
08:00 - 09:00 Take some rest, breakfast, fruit smoothies, tea, or coffee
09:00 - 10:00 Alignment, adjustment, and modifications
10:00 - 11:00 Biometrics yoga therapy
11:00 - 12:00 Pranayama, philosophy
12:00 - 13:00 Meditation, mantras
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Anatomy, physiology, Ayurvedic therapy, and yoga massage modules
16:00 - 16:30 Dinner
16:30 - 17:30 Teaching practice
17:30 - 18:30 Vinyasa flow or Restorative yoga session

The schedule is subject to small changes. Please do not hesitate to inquire if you have any questions about the schedule or subjects covered.

Venue Highlights

You will be staying at Simrose, located in the center of beautiful Agonda beach, with soft golden sand framed by palm trees. Their tranquil beach has an amazing ability to make you relax almost instantly.


They offer 14 comfortable beach huts, five rooms on the first floor of a stone house and three ground floor stone rooms in different categories. The huts are all just a few steps from the beach and a few of the accommodations have the ocean view. They have a beachfront restaurant offering great food, a yoga shala for your daily practice, and offer free Wi-Fi access.


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian


You will be served three daily delicious organic vegetarian meals. There will be vegan options and the on site chef can cater to all diets.

There will be no meals offered on Sundays.


If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation


We can provide a shared ride service with other students & teachers from Dabolim , Goa international airport pick-up for you to take you to the venue.

Please note that if you are traveling alone, Bend it like Buddha Yoga can match you with someone of the same sex who is also traveling alone.

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I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

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