Yin Yoga Teacher Training

with Marcel van de Vis Heil, Joe Barnett and Esther Ekhart

We are excited to announce our new Yin Yoga Teacher Training! This 100-hour teacher training will be guided by Marcel van de Vis Heil, Joe Barnett and Esther Ekhart at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center in the beautifully green region of Northern Portugal on 10-20 April 2023. This training is registered with Yoga Alliance as 100 YACEP points.

Price start at: € 2572

About the training program

This course is intended to generate a deeply nourishing experience for body, heart and soul. High up in the mountains of Portugal we dive in the yin universe. We look into the variations in human anatomy and how this influences our practice, we learn what the poses are supposed to do for us and how everybody can achieve that, regardless of age, experience or flexibility.

We will also explore chakras, meridians and mindfulness and their relevance for our daily lives, learning different meditation techniques.

This course will give you all the basics to teach yin yoga if that is what you hope to do, and to take the most out of your practice if teaching is not for you. More than anything, these 10 days are a time for gentle self development and self care.

This training is registered with Yoga Alliance as 100 YACEP points.

Guest teachers: Esther Ekhart and Paul Grilley

Joe and Marcel are the leading teachers in this training and will teach the majority of the material, Esther Ekhart will facilitate the mindfulness part of the training. All sessions with Joe, Marcel and Esther are in-person. We are also honoured to be joined by Paul Grilley who will be guest teaching a module via Zoom on the big screen.

What you will learn

Anatomy: skeletal segments, muscle groups, the concepts of target areas and functional yoga, skeletal variations, tension X compression and more

The Yin Yoga poses: analysis of poses, their modifications and alternatives and how to teach them

Assisted Yin routine

Chakra theory

Meridian theory and tracing


Chakra and mindfulness meditation

The concepts of karma, samskaras, vrittis and vasanas


Day 1 (10th of April): Arrival day

17.30 – 19.00​ group gathering

19.00​ dinner


7.00 – 8.00​ meditation

8.00 – 9.30​ breakfast

9.30 – 11.00​ lecture

11.15 – 12.30​ practice

12.30 – 16.30​ lunch and time off

16.30 – 18.00​ lecture

18.15 – 19.00​ practice and meditation

19.00​ - 20:00 dinner

20.00-21.00 lecture

Day 10 (20th): departure day

7.00 – 8.00​ meditation

8.00 – 9.30​ breakfast and check-out

Check in and check out

On arrival day you can check in from 14.00 on, note that there is no food or lunch in the centre yet. Check out is after breakfast on day 10.


Shared rooms​: ​​​​​€ 2572

Single room shared facilities​​​​: € 2822

Singleroom​​​​​​: € 3143

Practical information

Language: English

Type: 100-hour teacher training

Teacher: Marcel van de Vis Heil, Joe Barnett and Esther Ekhart

Location: D’Alijo Yoga Retreat Centre Portugal

Date/Time: 10-20 April 2023

Price: from €2572

About the teachers

Learn from expert teachers

Marcel van de Vis Heil
Marcel is a teacher of teachers, a passioned yogateacher and practitioner who started his yoga journey in the late ’90’s after being in a depression for a couple of years. Not long after starting on this yoga path he started to teach in gyms and studios. Marcel followed trainings with a lot of teachers worldwide but his current teachers Paul and Suzee Grilley the founders of yin yoga
Joe Barnett
Joe Barnett is an ERYT-500 Yoga Teacher Trainer, based in Tucson, AZ. Joe was the original assistant and is still one of of the few primary and to Paul Grilley, the founder of Yin Yoga and innovator of a highly popular functional approach to anatomy and yoga asana. Joe has also recently copy edited Grilley’s recent works on meditation, philosophy and energy work. Joe has been teaching Yin and Yang forms of
Esther Ekhart
Esther worked for many years as a therapist and has a huge fascination with the human psyche. Through her spiritual studies (including the Clarity Process) and application of this knowledge in her daily life, she found that old conditionings are what hold us back from experiencing the reality of the present moment as it really is. It is.

About the location

D’Alijo Yoga Retreats Center

D’Alijo Yoga Retreats Center is a yoga retreat in the midst of beautiful Portuguese nature. It sprawls across three hectares of land consisting of terraces, olive fields and hills with large rock formations

The accommodation consists of wooden chalet-style houses, cabins or rooms which are tastefully decorated, positioned in rural parts of the grounds at walking distance from Yoga Studio, swimming pool and the main house. All rooms have outside verandas.

The main house which was rebuilt with huge granite rocks from centuries ago is now the cosy “heart” of the retreat centre. Surrounded by large terraces and undisturbed views of the area and premises. It offers 5 guest rooms. The centre offers a heated swimming pool, water features, and a peaceful meditation cave and the surroundings invite tranquil walks.

D'Alijo Retreat Center is located 1 hour away from Porto International Airport. Transfers from/to the airport can be arranged on request.

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