Teacher Training

Are you ready to become a yoga teacher?
Or are you looking to learn more about yoga, yourself, life and yoga philosophy?
Join Esther on one of her training programs.

Functional Yoga Teacher Training 200 hours with Esther, Marcel and Anat

Learn to teach yoga with Esther Ekhart, Marcel van de Vis Heil and Anat Geiger.

Three renowned teachers, one exceptional training

01 Jun 2020 – 22 Jun 2020, Portugal

We are delighted to announce that in June 2020 we are joining forces for the first time to offer a unique teacher training that unites our many years of knowledge, experience and expertise.

For over 20 years, Esther Ekhart has been an international reference for high-quality yoga, both online and offline. Her classes, retreats and teacher trainings have inspired thousands of students to deepen their knowledge of yoga and themselves.

Anat Geiger and Marcel van de Vis Heil have been leading classes and teacher trainings for over 20 years, focusing their programs on strong scientific and philosophical education.

Together we’re offering a 200-hour, Yoga Alliance Accredited, Functional Hatha and Vinyasa Teacher Training.

This in-depth course will give you a strong grounding in yoga anatomy, theory and philosophy, underpinned with a range of self-inquiry techniques to enable you to be the most authentic yoga teacher you can be. 

This Yoga Teacher Training course will give you the foundations to teach both Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga flow classes. The 200 hour course is accredited by both Yoga Alliance US and Yoga Alliance Professionals (formerly Yoga Alliance UK). 

The training consists of two parts: a three-week residential course, followed by homework assignments and a theory exam to be completed within three months of the residential. 

We will accept up to a maximum of 27 participants to ensure that you get our full support and attention.

For full details and to register please visit ekhartyoga.com/workshops



D’Alijo Yoga Retreats, Rua de Alijo 36, 4860-133 Casal – Cabeceiras de Basto, Portugal

The D’Alijo Retreat Centre is very comfortable and set in beautiful natural surroundings. The food is vegetarian and outstanding. They cater for specific diets if needed. Tea and coffee is always available.

Visit the centre’s website for lots of photos.


Esther Ekhart is a registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

This 200-hour Teacher Training course has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Our graduates are trained to the highest standard and are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Name of school: Ekhart Yoga / RYS 200

The Yoga Teacher Training with Esther Ekhart provided me with the structure and space to delve deeper into my yoga practice. I learned anatomy in a hands-on, interactive fashion; I learned new approaches to meditation and pranayama, and I learned how to teach Hatha Flow yoga—all within a supportive community of teachers and other trainees. I highly recommend this course to those who have loved the online classes at EkhartYoga.com, and who want to deepen their knowledge of anatomy, asanas, and the connection between body and mind. Angela

I entered the teacher training with high expectations, as was familiar with Esther and the other teachers. Nothing prepared me for what I received though. I was supposed to deepen my practice and regain inspiration, but I left with eagerness to teach, share what I’ve learned and friends for life. The teachers are up to date with everything yoga, every doubt was carefully answered and I felt so respected and cared for. Even if you don’t even think about teaching Yoga, this program is an experience for life that I think everyone can benefit from. Extremely professional teachers with gigantic hearts. Yara

A great investment on so many levels. More than how to safely and creatively practice and teach yoga, this training equipped me with the language and tools to communicate better with the people in my life, both on and off the mat. Under the often-challenging, but always wise & stimulating direction of the Ekhart team (Esther, Tracey, Jennilee and Gilda), I grew more as a yogi in those three weeks than in all the years I’ve been practising at home and abroad (online/studios/workshops, etc.). Maybe it was the total immersive nature of the course; maybe it was being away from everyday routines in such the safe sunshiny haven of Suryalila, surrounded by strangers who soon became solid friends; maybe it was the sunrise meditations and the sunset veggie feasts. (Ok, maybe it wasn’t getting up in the dark for the sunrise meditations, because the morning struggle is real.) But it was a truly special experience, in terms of practice – learning about the anatomy of yoga (shout out to Jennilee for putting the ‘om’ in ‘anatomy’), and how to safely & creatively cue and sequence poses (drawing on Esther and Gilda’s encyclopaedic knowledge and experience) – and theory, understanding the WHY of it all (from our resident guru, Tracey). And then applying all that every day, teaching fellow students, followed by the practice classes at home with friends and family: it is so true that to really learn something you have to teach it! Plus, somehow, by showing up and doing the inner work* involved in this course, I became a better listener and developed a greater capacity for holding space* for people, which has made such a difference in my day-to-day life. (*Confession: I used to be the kind of person who would die a little inside whenever anyone used words like ‘inner work’ and ‘holding space’, but without having become all woo-woo New Agey or developing a synthetic fabric-softener yoga teacher voice, this training has helped me be a better version of myself.) Being around such great teachers, sharing their energy and soaking up how they embodied their teaching, as in actually practising what they were preaching, it makes a real difference. You are what you do. Doing this course was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Effortful? Frequently. Easy? The ease came with the effort. Worth it? Absolutely. Audrey