Swara Yoga School

Based in Portugal, Swara Yoga School offers yoga teacher training, yoga therapy training, retreats, and consultations in Portugal and worldwide.

  • Ericeira, Portugal
Limited availability
from US$0
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Sofia Araujo

Sofia is a yoga teacher, therapist, macrobiotic chef, and holistic health educator that shares a passion for healthy movement and living. She has been practicing yoga for the last 15 years and teaching internationally since 2006. Educated and certified in the styles of Sivananda, Ashtanga, Anusara, advanced Hatha yoga, and Vinyasa, she combines all her knowledge from yoga, bodywork, holistic health, and coaching to deliver an integral yoga education in all her trainings and courses.

Cathy Pearson

Yoga Arts Australia (Yoga)

Cathy has been involved with yoga since 1996. Since then, she has spent her years living in Thailand, India, Ireland, and more recently, Bali, deepening her understanding of the vast layers of yoga. She is a certified yoga teacher from Yoga Arts Australia. She has studied various styles of yoga including Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga, and meditation, as well as being a qualified cellular healing therapist. Her classes emphasize on a deep connection with the breath, clarity, and stillness of the mind, strength, balance, a graceful flow of moving meditation and the exploration of consciousness.

Testimonials

  • Review by Sorcha Macmahon from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I would highly recommend taking this teacher training. Not only has it provided me with a solid foundation for teaching yoga but also t has helped me to develop personally. I particularly love the combination of dynamic yang classes in the morning and releasing yin postures in the afternoon. I loved the food! Every meal has been really tasty, interesting and well thought out. Everything was really fresh and seasonal. The variety of food was amazing and well connected to the 5 elements. The meals allowed me to integrate the practices and gave me a great insight which foods are beneficial for me and which aren´t."

    "The combination of deep practices, healthy food and a beautiful safe environment with amazing teachers has made this a truly memorable and rewarding experience Thank you for everything you have done for us on this path of learning and self-development."

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  • Review by Nicole Kaggan from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for all of it! The course was deep, informational and pretty fitting to the vibe I got from your website originally. I´ve been looking for an experience like this for a long time and I don´t think I could have gotten it at any other teacher training. The practices were innovative and challenging, satisfying and engaging. This course was one of the best experiences I had in my life – the opportunity for self-enquiry balanced with yoga and study. The food was amazing and really inspiring. The teachers are really knowledgeable, warm and caring. I felt supported during the whole time. I recommend this course to anyone that is looking to learn more about themselves, yoga and holistic health"

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  • Review by Amanda Bjorling from USA
    10 out of 10

    "My time with Swara Yoga School gave me the chance to grow both physically and emotionally. My body changed and my mind got a bit more still. The classes were super well structured with a focus on practical elements that I could put them into practice right away. The beautiful environment of the mountains gave me a deeper connection to Nature. I had an amazing time here, learned lots about myself, yoga and life from two supportive and experienced teachers. Thank you"

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  • Review by Rose Thiescheffer from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "This course has provided me an indescribable experience and journey through myself. I not only feel incredibly prepared to teach yoga but also I know and accept myself more for who I am. The journey through the 5 elements using yoga has been transformational in a way that I have learned to accept and let go of certain challenging habit patterns. I´m more than grateful for this experience."

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  • Review by Ista Boszhard from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "This was a journey through my body, my feelings, my elements and of course my own Nature. On the journey I met all kinds of challenges, triumphs, subtle and gross parts of me and I tapped into something bigger than me. This holistic journey brought me the realization that in the end we all connected and One. To share this with an amazing group of people inspired me to go out into the world and share it with my students and community."

    "To my teachers, thank you for your energy, your love, your listening, your knowledge and for sharing it all with us."

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  • Review by Anna-Katharina Burghartz from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "This course was an important turning point in my life that allowed changes to happen from the inside. The teachers lead by example, making it possible for the soul to perceive the greater good. I cannot conceive a better way to bring together the knowledge one needs to practice and teach yoga safely and confindently I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to join the Elemental Therapy course in the future. AUM"

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  • Review by Anna Weber from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I came to this course with curiosity and I left it with even more! The teachers didn´t explain Yoga but created a room, where I could experience it myself. They are deeply inspiring teachers, sharing their wisdom through movement, meditation and awareness, leaving the rest for their students to discover, while listening, supporting and guiding with all their energy. I left this course feeling calm and full of energy at the same time, amazed and curious to learn more about nature and its elements. And without even noticing, this experience slowly moved me to a place inside myself, where I feel confident to teach and share yoga with the people around me."

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  • Review by AndrĂ© Batalha from Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "This course was an important turning point in my life that allowed changes to happen from the inside. The teachers lead by example, making it possible for the soul to perceive the greater good. I cannot conceive a better way to bring together the knowledge one needs to practice and teach yoga safely and confindently I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to join the Elemental Therapy course in the future. AUM"

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  • Review by Fride Kunze from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "As I think of teaching Yoga and living a life of integrity go together I can say that this Yoga Teacher Training provided me with so much knowledge on different levels. I received several teaching tools but most of all it gave me access to discover myself from new angles through the practices and guidance of these light hearted and caring teachers. I now feel the confidence to teach and hope I can create an environment for my community with such presence that I was inspired by"

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  • Review by Mapson from UK
    10 out of 10

    "This course has given me the hunger and motivation to keep learning, studying, developing and grow. I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of each teacher. They have a compassionate understanding of the journey we are taking. It is very clear that you give yourselves fully to facilitate this process. I felt we always had the space to dwelve deeper both into ourselves and the course, and at the same time offered your support should we need it. This was vital to the fullness of the process. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I´m sure I will be back for more."

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  • Review by Daniela Gabriel from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "This was such powerful 3 weeks, so many beautiful experiences and learning that lead to a real feeling of myself. I loved the focus on the micro lessons, how to break down poses and I really appreciate the emphasis on acceptance, self confidence and voice. An experience that opened the door to a life of freedom and self trust. Thank you for inspiring us and guiding us."

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  • Review by Anne Marie from Amsterdam, Holland
    10 out of 10

    "Before i started the Swara Yoga Teacher Training Course, i already knew from hearing from friends that trained with Swara Yoga School, that the approach would be very holistic and complete. Now that the course is finished i can say with full trust that i would never have thought to learn so many aspects of yoga teaching in just 3 weeks and i feel that i am totally confident and happy to start teaching by myself very soon. Thank you Teachers."

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  • Review by Emily Gati from Switzerland

    "This retreat gave me a great inspiration to cultivate a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It was a relaxing and nurturing environment based on a very elaborate and deep philosophy. It allowed me and everyone, to dive as much as I wanted to. Thank you for a fun, brilliant, and inspiring week."

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  • Review by Liz O'Hagan from Ireland

    "This is a retreat I highly recommend, an amazing week with lovely people in sunny Portugal. I learned so much about food, macrobiotic philosophy, and practice and especially how to cook for every season in an interesting and enjoyable way. Thank you for an amazing holiday!"

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  • Review by Emilie Maynor from USA

    "Such a perfect experience! This retreat taught me a great deal in a playful way. I feel like all aspects of food, movement, and even relationships are coming into balance after this. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to learn from and with everyone here. Highly recommend this retreat for everyone that wants to create and develop a good relationship with food, their bodies, and habits."

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  • Review by Ista from The Netherlands

    "Sometimes I don’t know how to explain in words to people what I gained from the courses I did at Swara and how to explain what yoga in general means to me. But because I feel the urge to share this powerful wisdom, I try to find ways to make people around me experience some of that all. And that is exactly what the teachers do. During the yoga teacher training and therapy training, they let me experience the wisdom of my body and nature, showed me what is already there in me and how to connect to this. I could experience myself as a whole again and from there on; connecting with the world around me. Because they connect the experience of doing elemental yoga with more practical knowledge about yoga, food, the element system, daily life and the world we live in, it gives me the possibility to make aware choices in my life and relate to them. The teachers practice what they preach, are on the path with me, guiding, sharing all their knowledge. And although I always said I didn’t want to become a yoga teacher, I couldn’t help that I became one."

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  • Review by AndrĂ© from Portugal

    "This course was an important turning point in my life that allowed changes to happen from the inside. The teachers lead by example, making it possible for the soul to perceive the greater good. I cannot conceive a better way to bring together the knowledge one needs to practice and teach yoga safely and confidently. I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to joining the elemental therapy course in the future."

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  • Review by Thea from Norway

    "This has been a life-changing experience for me. I gained a lot of knowledge about yoga and teaching skills. I really loved the way we learned to teach by doing the micro lessons. I think it was good to do it in a practical way and felt that I learned a lot by the way things were done. At the same time, I got the time to turn my gaze inwards and see my life in a new perspective. I feel that I have come closer to my true self and nature.Thank you, teachers for everything you have helped me to see and learn."

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  • Review by Sheena from UK

    "This course has given me the hunger and motivation to keep learning, studying, developing, and growing. I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of each teacher. They have a compassionate understanding of the journey we are taking. It is very clear that you give yourselves fully to facilitate this process. I felt we always had the space to delve deeper both into ourselves and the course, and at the same time offered your support should we need it. This was vital to the fullness of the process. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I'm sure I will be back for more."

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  • Review by Alvaro from Portugal

    "This course came to me at the right time in my life. As someone who already had a connection to ritual life, I was truly moved as I learned to relate to mother nature and her elements on a much deeper level. I was expertly guided and supported all the way through my discoveries by these two extraordinary teachers. It is difficult to be more specific because words don't really describe the feelings that come with moving the elements into harmony with yourself. I am deeply touched by this course."

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  • Review by Jessica from USA

    "I am a tea drinking salad eater that lived in the country over 10 years. I was having an adventure one day and stumbled across the attuning to the seasons retreat in Norway, July 2014. I am super thankful! Teachers are top notch quality, bright lights, good hearted, inspirational, humble, and kindred folks that graciously shared their lifetime of knowledge with an eclectic group of folks, young and old, yoga teachers and beginners. During this retreat, I actually felt the seasons changing with the food and with the yoga. It was wild and so much fun! I believe that what they shared with us is very important! I feel much more connected to mother nature. The teachers are encouraging folks that have truly inspired me, and I totally recommend taking a retreat with them! I am super excited to share this experience and great recipes with my friends and family. Thank you! Brightest wishes and happy trails."

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  • Review by Anna-Marija from Germany

    "The teacher training changed something for me on a much deeper level than I had expected. I connected into my body in a way that I had never before, getting control over how and where to move deeper into my body. With this came stability and confidence in myself, giving me a deeper feeling of where to move towards in my life.I loved traveling the journey through the five elements inside myself and reflected in the beautiful group around me, as it made me understand a lot of things about myself and life itself. It was the perfect course for me, joining yoga and nature back together as I feel they are, deeply inside myself. I feel more whole now, light and stable at the same time, and very inspired to learn and experience more about yoga, the elements and the human body, and within all this, to learn more about myself. Thank you, for inviting and leading us on this beautiful journey."

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  • Review by Tove Kristiansson from Sweden

    "It's hard to imagine a better teacher training than the elemental course. I feel that I received the tools and the feedback that I was looking for and have come into closer connection with myself. I learned so much about yoga, about energy, about teaching, and in such an inspired and healing way. Teachers are extraordinary yoga teachers and I am so glad I found my way to them. They are honest, straightforward, caring, and have a wonderful sense of humor, and the way they taught us to teach just works so well."

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  • Review by Marinela Benelli from UK

    "This course showed me how yoga goes way beyond asana and pranayama, and into a way of living and being. It reminded me that nature is our greatest teacher and I look forward to sharing this with my community through these magical yoga classes. The Swara Yoga's teacher training course is held in a safe and sacred space that creates a very special sanga that feels now like a new family. With blessings and gratitude."

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  • Review by Rachel Allen from England, UK

    "This training is simply transformative. I left feeling connected to myself in a way I haven't felt before; steady and yet expansive. I now have a new set of principles that not only align my life with nature but to also help me to support others in a transformative way. Magic! The teachers create a space for growth and development, within a depth of yoga principles and a true connection to nature. I walked out ready to start working with my clients."

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  • Review by Martin Blueberg from Norway

    "I have completed three trainings with this form of elemental yoga, and each time, the course showed me how to connect even more deeply to the elements inside me. Teaching others how connecting to nature and the five elements can heal and transform deeply rooted issues and imbalances is simple when you know how to use this system."

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