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Pilamaya Yoga 220 Hour Teacher Training

Pilamaya Yoga is a bio-spiritual approach to yoga that is created by bridging science with spirituality. This system of yoga aspires to impart a diverse array of knowledge and hold the space for students to acknowledge and work with their innate wisdom. This course has been curated specifically to open a portal for its students to see the road that will lead them to heart-way living. 

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 and Earth-based traditions. As such, this process can be considered to be shamanic in nature, for when we all reach back to our roots we are children of the Earth our re-connection brings us onto the heart-way.

What you will get from this training

Our students leave this training with a clearer understanding of themselves as humans that are evolving alongside this Earth and all other beings. Therefore, the Pilamaya training course is suitable for those who wish to teach yoga and is of equal value to yoga teachers who wish to undergo a deeper process of self-integration. All students will leave with the ability to understand how multidimensional aspects of yoga can be utilised to teach in an intelligent manner that works with the needs of the participants. The training instills excellence in teaching, including compassion, sensitivity, and confidence.

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
  • Pilamaya graduates also leave possessing greater confidence in describing the physiological benefits of yoga to the general public and to medical professionals.
Dates + Location

Dates for 2018/19 (2019 are at the bottom of the webpage)

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


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

During the training Pilamaya people share a home together in a house that is surrounded by rolling hills and natural beauty. We journey together in a space that supports our intention to expand our awareness to the next level. The Pilamaya Way shows its people how to work together for the wellbeing of each other, therefore, we honour the practice of seva (karma yoga) while on the training. The accommodation is a spacious, private and peaceful home, it has an outdoor swimming pool and terraces that give you the opportunity to recharge during the break times.


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
  • Overview of the (Ashtanga inspired) standing sequence
  • History of yoga & yogic lifestyle
  • Yogic diet & food prep
  • Yogic approach to relationship
  • Yamas
  • The Seven Sacred Virtues of the Lakota people
  • Pancha koshas
  • Basic cell biology
  • The yogic approach to relationship
  • Overview of the nervous system
  • Basic Pranayama


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

You will learn

  • Sun salutation variants
  • Pilamaya sun salute
  • Overview of Vinyasa Yoga
  • Working with breath and asana
  • Intelligent sequencing for vinyasa
  • The peripheral nervous system
  • The circulatory system
  • Safety in the flow
  • Hanuman as one of our allies
  • Qualities of fierce devotion and inner strength
  • Niyama’s


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

You will learn:

  • Introduction to side bends and twists
  • Overview of the Hot Yoga sequence
  • Origin of Hatha Yoga
  • Enteric nervous system
  • History of Agni and practical application in yoga
  • Transformation and tapas
  • Self study and Identity


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

You will learn:

  • Introduction to backbends
  • Anatomy of backbends
  • Introduction to group sequencing
  • Deeper into pranamaya kosha (the breath body)
  • The respiratory system,
  • The energetic systems including:
  • Sun and Moon energy
  • Major energy channels
  • Pancha vayus (five internal winds)
  • Teaching pranayama
  • Sequencing for the vayus


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

You will learn:

  • The seven chakras
  • Kundalini yoga chakra meditations
  • Various Pratyahara methodologies including:
  • Use of mudra
  • Use of mantra
  • Bandha lecture and practice
  • Field-Work group processing
  • Group practice


Limb: Dharana
Asana: Forward Bends
Pranayama: Elemental breath

You will learn:

  • Introduction to yin yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Teach Meditation
  • Field-Work group processing
  • Group practice
  • Myofascial connective tissue and yoga


Limb: Dhyana
Asana: All
Pranayama: Various

You will learn:

  • Lesson planning & intelligent sequencing
  • Teaching methodology
  • Field-Work group processing
  • Group practice
  • Teacher, Steward, Leader: Becoming a Yoga Entrepreneur


Limb: Samadi
Asana: All
Pranayama: Various

You will learn:

  • Earth Festival
  • Practical
  • Assessment
  • Student interpretations
  • Field-Work group processing
  • 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.

Future dates for this training

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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