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Pilamaya Yoga 220 Hour Teacher Training

The Pilamaya training aspires to help each student find their unique voice in teaching yoga.  We combine this highly individual and spiritual approach to yoga with the strong scientific tradition of The Minded Institute to offer you a training that is truly unique, from the heart, and based in sound evidence of the benefits of yoga for all.

Pilamaya means ‘thank you’ in the Native American language of the Lakota people. This name embodies the sense of gratitude and contentment brought into the gift of life via yoga. Shaura has a deep connection to the Lakota and Yogic traditions and these two spiritual threads inform her rich teachings.

What you will get from this training



The Pilamaya Yoga Teacher Training instils excellence in teaching that is rooted in compassion, sensitivity, and confidence. Our students leave this training with the ability to teach yoga with a deep understanding of multi-dimensional student needs and greater confidence in describing the physiological benefits of yoga to the general public and to medical professionals.

Pilamaya Yoga:


  • Teaches from across 8 schools of yoga to support students in finding their unique yoga signature
  • Explores the influence of yoga in the anatomy, physiology, neurophysiology and subtle energy systems of our bodies to empower our students with a comprehensive understanding of the practice
  • Aspires to help each student develop their consciousness and become a teacher of the heart-way through our exploration of how yogic philosophy translates to the Western mind
  • Shows students how to structure their own teaching with business development tools that instil excellence and leadership in the field
Dates + Location



Dates for 2018 (2018/19 are at the bottom of the webpage)

Part one 1st – 10th of May 2018
Part two 1st – 10th of October 2018


The Pilamaya Yoga teacher training course is held in the gorgeous eastern Algarve, Portugal. Students will need to book return flights to Faro airport.

During the training, Pilamaya students and teachers share a home together in the hills of the Algarve, surrounded by mature gardens and natural beauty. The house becomes a space in which we will journey together, living as a small community with compassion and kinship. This is the Pilamaya Way.

The accommodation is a spacious, private and peaceful home, set in almost two-hectares of land. It has an outdoor swimming pool and terraces where you can relax and take in the sea and countryside views.

From the restorative fresh ocean breeze to the scent of orange and fig trees, we think you will see why we believe the Algarvian hills have magic in them.






Your investment for this training is £2,750.

This price includes all of your training, accomodation and food during your stay with us in the Algarve. It also includes personal supervision sessions (via Skype) every month throughout the training period (October – April).

You can request your place on the training by either payment in full, or with a non-refundable deposit of £1,000.

An enrolment form will be emailed to you following receipt of deposit/payment. We are happy to discuss payment plans with prospective students, please do get in touch.

Please view our policies for training before booking.



The course is an amazing blend of eastern philosophy and western science,
consolidated by the practice of asana and meditation.

Gail Stephens

Founder/Director, Dancing Warriors

Course Structure

The course is divided into eight foci that present a combination of biological, physiological and subtle anatomical offerings. In addition, we consecutively impart and give reverence to the eight limbs of Patanjali.

We have found that the way the course is structured enables participants to contextualise and embed the diverse learning program.

Each of the eight foci are outlined in the table below.


Limb: Yamas
Asana: Standing Poses
Pranayama: Ujjayi
Meditation practice: Anapana Sati

You will learn:

  • Introduction to standing poses
  • Anatomy of standing poses
  • Kinetics of movement
  • History of yoga & yogic lifestyle
  • Overview of the nervous system
  • Pancha koshas
  • The yogic approach to relationship
  • Basic introduction to Pranayama



Limb: Niyama
Asana: Sun Salutation
Pranayama: Ujjayi
Meditation practice: Anapana Sati

You will learn

  • Sun salutation variants
  • Pilamaya sun salute
  • Anatomy of sun salutation asana
  • Alignment of Asana
  • Stages and forms of yoga
  • Story of Hanuman
  • The peripheral nervous system (HM)
  • Safety in the flow
  • Intelligent Sequencing
  • Self study



Limb: Asana
Asana: Side bends and twists
Pranayama: Ujjayi

You will learn:

  • Introduction to side bends and twists
  • Enteric nervous system
  • History of Agni and practical application in yoga
  • Origin of Hatha Yoga
  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Use of props
  • Yoga practice
  • Giving clear verbal instructions



Limb: Pranayama
Asana: Backbends
Pranayama: Nadi Shodhana/Kapalabhati/Breath of Fire

You will learn:

  • Introduction to backbends
  • Anatomy of backbends
  • Science of pranayama
  • Teaching pranayama
  • Pranamaya kosha
  • Sun/ Moon – Ida/pingala nadis
  • Pancha vayus
  • Hatha yoga
  • Dealing with common physical problems



Limb: Pratyahara
Pranayama: Kundalini breathing techniques
Asana: Forward Bends

You will learn:

  • Anatomy of forward bends
  • The seven chakras
  • Kundalini yoga chakra meditations
  • Various Pratyahara methodologies including:
  • Use of mudra
  • Use of mantra
  • Bandha lecture and practice
  • Dealing with student challenges



Limb: Dharana
Asana: Yin Yoga
Pranayama: Elemental breath

You will learn:

  • Introduction to yin yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Introduction to Buddhist principles
  • Teach Meditation
  • Metta meditation
  • Lecture on myofascial
    connective tissue and yoga



Limb: Dhyana
Asana: All
Pranayama: Various

You will learn:

  • Lesson planning & intelligent sequencing
  • Safety in asana, the practice and personal space
  • Teaching methodology
  • Meditation and pranayama
  • Review of yogic texts
  • Yogic diet & food prep


Limb: Samadi
Asana: All
Pranayama: Various

You will learn:

  • Practical
  • Assessment
  • Student offerings
  • Group process
  • Celebration

“I did not just learn how to be a yoga teacher, I learnt what steps to take to become an improved version of myself”

Muna Mcadie

Pilamaya Yoga graduate 2015

Professional Certification



Upon completion students will be qualified as a 220hr yoga teacher accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals. This means they can to deliver one-on-one sessions, set up classes, and approach gyms and healthcare providers to offer services.

Assessment Process

Our students are supported through the practical assessments in a nurturing environment. Creating good teachers requires great practical experiences. All of our teachers are trained in the art of holding to a high standard, and your success is our joy. Our instructors guide and work with you through any areas you are less comfortable with and you will leave secure in your ability to teach.

Practical assessments include teaching various practices to individuals during class hours and teaching groups both in class and outside of contact hours.



We guide our students toward an enjoyable assessment that allows them to see the depth of knowledge they have gained during the course. We go through the assessment together before the end of the course.

Our grading scale is:

Pass level one (excellent): 85-100%

Pass level two (competent): 70-85 %

Pass level three (able): 54-69%

Fail (supported): below 54%

We do not grade students’ final certificate, the continuous assessment scores indicates to us whether the student is ready for the final exam. Should overall scores fall below 54%, the student will be offered the chance to undergo further training until they are able to consistently achieve the required level. We grade each assignment and client session on: knowledge of asana, correct application of pranayama, basic scientific understanding, rudimentary understanding of philosophy and subtle anatomy and overall evidence that emotional intelligence has been applied.

Future dates for this training


Dates for 2018
Part one: 1st – 10th May 2018
Part two: 1st – 10th October 2018

Dates for 2018/19
Part one: 22nd October – 1st November 2018
Part two: 20th – 30th April 2019

Dates for 2019
Part one: 4th – 14th May 2019
Part two: 4th – 14th October 2019



Details of our booking t&c’s can be found here.
View our policy documents for Pilamaya Yoga here.

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