Functional Vinyasa, Anatomy, Philosophy & Mindfulness - 100 Hours

Cabeceiras de Basto, Portugal

100 hours

Intensive Module

06 April - 16 April 2024

D'Alijo Retreat Center

Price: from €2800

With Marcel van de Vis Heil and Esther Ekhart

Join us for an extraordinary journey as we bring together two renowned teachers, Esther Ekhart and Marcel van de Vis Heil, in a new and unique training. This is your chance to embark on a transformative yoga teacher training that blends their extensive knowledge, expertise, and years of experience into one exceptional program.

Together, Esther and Marcel present a 100-hour, Yoga Alliance Accredited, Functional Hatha-Vinyasa Teacher Training that will empower you to become the most authentic and skilled yoga teacher you can be. This comprehensive course covers yoga theory, philosophy, movement, anatomy, and self-inquiry techniques, all aimed at unleashing your full potential. 

In this training, you will learn:

  • The 14 skeletal segments and their movements.
  • How to identify compression in these segments and adapt poses accordingly, if required.
  • The functions of the 10 myofascial groups.
  • The seven groups of poses, including their function, modifications, and adjustments.
  • Authentic movement practices.
  • Sequencing a Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class.
  • Teaching a Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class.
  • Mindfulness techniques.
  • Meditation practices.
  • The fundamentals of yoga philosophy.
  • The relevance of the Sutras of Patanjali in our modern lives.
  • Mindfulness practices.
  • Online teaching methods.
  • Online technology for yoga instruction.
  • How to effectively incorporate music into your classes.


April 6: Day 1

  • 16:00: Welcome at D’Alijo
  • 18:00-19:00: Group gathering in the studio
  • 19:00-21:00: Dinner

April 7 – 15: Day 2-9

  • 7:30-8:00: Meditation
  • 8:00-9:00: Breakfast
  • 9:30-12:30: Lecture/Workshop/Class
  • 13:00-14:00: Lunch
  • 16:30-19:00: Lecture/Workshop/Class
  • 20:00-21:00: Lecture/Workshop (not daily)

April 16: Day 10

  • 7:00-7:30: Meditation
  • 7:30-8:30: Breakfast
  • 8:30: Departure according to flight times

Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you


Unlock the secrets of the body to understand the poses fully. Learn functional anatomy that emphasizes the uniqueness of each individual’s structure, enabling you to adapt and adjust poses for yourself and your future students. This knowledge will empower you to create safe, creative, and delightful practices for all.


Cultivate a present and aware state of mind, both on and off the mat. Discover the transformative power of mindfulness through meditation and learn how to integrate it into your everyday activities, making every moment a mindful experience.


Delve into the profound wisdom of yoga philosophy, which offers guidance, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of our existence. This exploration will touch your heart and soul, reminding you of forgotten truths and enriching your modern life.


Experience the profound benefits of meditation as a gateway to self-realization. By regularly immersing yourself in silent introspection, you will gain insights into deep-rooted patterns of behavior and embrace your true self, leading to liberation from sorrow and suffering.


The theory comes alive through practice. Engage in a dynamic blend of anatomy study, philosophy exploration, and asana practice to deepen your understanding. Observe and learn from your own experiences to create a meaningful and authentic practice for yourself and your future students.

Authentic Movement

Discover the transformative power of movement therapy and spiritual practice. Through authentic movement, you will tap into the wisdom and insights held within your body, fostering deep self-awareness and personal growth. This practice can be integrated into your yoga classes or explored as a standalone for balance and well-being.

More information and booking on Esther Ekhart’s website:


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