We invite you to immerse yourself in this sacred practice, living on an abundant green sanctuary in the hillsides of Portugal, as you study the diverse and dynamic subjects of Ayurveda, Trauma Informed Yoga and the Yoga Sutras.
Meditate and move in nature while you take in the incredibly beautiful countryside in one of Portugal’s most diverse regions. Nourish yourself with organic food grown right in the garden, swim in the bio-pool, dine by evening firelight, and star gaze to your heart’s content. Spend your days off walking cliffside along some of the most breathtaking beaches the country has to offer.
Nestled on 175 acres of unspoiled nature, this family run, eco-sustainable retreat center will restore your body and enliven your soul. Truly unlike any place you’ve stayed before, Orada expands health and fosters purposeful, transformational experiences.
We invite you to learn more about Monte De Orada.
Curriculum Focus of This Unique Training
Art of Asana as Philosophy
An exploration into the Art of Asana through the practices the roots of Yoga and lineage practices through Kemetic Yoga, weaving in Hatha, Jivamukti, Yin, Kundalini and Bhakti influences and practices. Take a deep dive into what it means to teach an “all levels” asana class with curiosity, exploring different techniques and variations for all bodies and skill levels. The intention is to empower you as a teacher to allow students to find their “way” into and out of postures through the guidance of breath, discernment (Viveka), and intuition (Vichara). We will question and examine the essence and purpose of more advanced methods and effectively and mindfully teach more purposeful variations in a skillful and informed way.
Yoga Therapeutics & Trauma-Informed Training
Deepen your understanding of how trauma affects the brain and the nervous system. Learn how trauma lives in the body and the healing potential available through embodiment practices and breathwork. Create and maintain inclusive environments that support your student’s emotional exploration. Increase your awareness and sensitivity when working with trauma survivors and marginalized communities. Enhance your ability to share Trauma-Informed Yoga classes through inviting cues, consistent classes, and intentional necessary hands-on adjustments. Practical Somatic Experiencing exercises will be shared as well as sequencing techniques that support the nervous system.
Ayurveda is called the mother of all healing. It is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science and sister science to Yoga. Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance. Over the course of the training, you will gain a deep understanding of Ayurveda as a lifestyle as well as techniques to take home with you to cultivate and share in your personal and professional practice.
Social Justice Responsibility
Yoga is Social Justice and we learn more about how to decolonize yoga, make yoga for ALL bodies, dismantle racism, identify cultural appropriation and support each other through the necessary work we have a responsibility to do as a community.
Our goal at Indra Yoga Institute is to increase our awareness on all levels. At Indra, we dedicate time and resources to finding solutions to the environmental challenges facing us now and in the future. More science and more technology cannot get us out of our present ecologic crisis. A global awakening must take place to shift the current conscience. Through literature, poetry, dialogue, and practice, we uncover the power of yoga to connect all beings and bring about global change.
Our ability to thrive creatively depends on the generosity we offer each other through sharing of knowledge and skills, resources and strategies. Immersion into the creative process is woven throughout the training. Within this safe and uplifting community we will explore how to deepen and share your personal creative voice through art, writing, music, dance, poetry and other forms of free expression.
Meridians and Yoga
This is where we weave the philosophy together with anatomy and the practices to create a sense of awakened understanding as an advanced yoga teacher. Apply the natural rhythms and subtle energies of the five elements to your life on and off the mat. Begin to learn about the nadis and main meridians, as a pathway for the five elements. Learn general movements that access the meridians, how the matrix of the 12 meridians of Chinese Medicine and five elements create and influence the “energetic effects” of your practices. Learn and apply safe acupressure points along the meridians in your practice and daily life as part of your self-care routine.
When the breath achieves the qualities of prolonged, deep, even and subtle, it is the state of Pranayama. Gain an in-depth understanding of the theory, practice, and teaching of pranayama and various forms of meditation. Through intermediate and advanced instruction, participants learn how to create a variety of pranayama sequences for specific needs. Accompanying the regular practice of pranayama are daily meditation practices exploring a variety of mindfulness techniques.
Unique Daily Schedule
10:00AM -12:30 PM
12:30 PM- 2:00 PM
Orada has a wide variety of accommodations. We will spend the bulk of our time in one of the large, open air shared spaces (the sacred 3 tiered temple space, the Nave indoor glass Shala, the upstairs outdoor Shala, the nature Shala, the restaurant classroom, etc). There are 6 suites with bathrooms opening onto the beautifully maintained permaculture garden, 2 large forest bungalows surrounded by nature with an outdoor bath and shower and other unique spaces. Orada also has a shared loft space and spacious dorm room offered as budget accommodations. Let us know what you are looking for and we can customize accommodations to meet your needs.
Local Portugal Activities
Top Rated Dining in Nearby Towns
Natural Bio Swimming Pool
Pristine Beaches and Cliff Walks
Sauna and Spa Treatments
Rota Vicentina Hiking Trails
Live Music and Fireside Meals
Trail Biking on Lush Green Trails
Surf Lessons & Kayaking