Awe-struck

I spent a week in Bulgaria with Yoga Dharma as part of my 200hr Teacher Training Course. I had a wonderful time and was awe-struck by the beautiful surroundings. It was an extremely peaceful environment, as we were situated up in the hills. The purpose-built yoga studio is a joy to practice in and the house itself is charming. We had wonderful teachers who were able to both challenge and inspire us. Having never visited Bulgaria before, I am already keen to return!

Clare Mcall


“Intensive Teacher Training”

I have just spent a week away in the absolutely beautiful mountains of Bulgaria with Yoga Dharma. This trip was part of the 200hr Teacher Training course, and was as such, a lot of hard work! However, the peaceful unspoiled environment, the amazing purpose build facilities, the incredibly knowledgeable and supportive teachers, and the wonderful accommodations, allowed us all to stay focused on the task at hand and kept us inspired at all times. I really was a wonderful and transformative experience, one I cannot recommend enough, and a place that I very much look forward to visiting again.

James Wheatly

“Teaching Training in Bulgaria – Energy, Expertise and Transformation!”

The level of expertise and energy at yoga dharma made teacher training in Bulgaria a transformative experience. The teachers adapted their appoach to suit all our individual abilities – motivating us to challenge ourselves and enjoy the process 🙂 the improvement in all our physical practise was clear throughout the week and our group discussions about philosophy provided us all with a greater insight into the life enhancing powers of yoga!

Dan Kyee


“A Truly Life Changing Experience”

“Martin is a brilliant teacher. His knowledge and expertise on the practical, philosophical and historical elements of yoga are second to none”

“If you are considering a yoga teacher training course in Europe then I would highly recommend Yoga Dharma Bulgaria. I went in September 2013 for a 3-week intensive course. Martin is a brilliant teacher. His knowledge and expertise on the practical, philosophical and historical elements of yoga are second to none. My practise and confidence improved considerably during my time there”.

The location is in the mountains and the grounds and orchard are stocked with walnuts, grapes, plums and apples, which you can help yourself to. On our day off Martin drove us to the local town of Tryavana which is full of amazingly inexpensive gifts and local crafts. The cafes and bars all sell lunch and drinks for a couple of pounds.

Our days started with a three hour practice which included practising Kriyas, Pranayama and Asana. Brunch was at 10 am which included porridge, toast, fresh fruit salad, homemade jams and a special which included locqal eggs and pancakes.

Afternoons were set aside for philosophy and teaching / adjustment practise which incuded anatomy, subtle anatomy, the sutras and history.

Every student recived a course folder and handouts for each lesson which built into a comprehensive manual. Homemade cakes with tea and coffee were served for afternoon tea. Dinner was two courses of freshly prepared vegetarian meals and the ingrediants were fromthe local markets and farms  Evenings were spent doing homework, usually after a walk up the mountain to watch the most amazing sunsets.

It was truly a life-changing experience and great value for money.”

Stacie Kinchin.

  • Martin is a brilliant teacher.
  • If you are considering a yoga teacher training course in Europe then I would highly recommend Yoga Dharma Bulgaria.
  • His knowledge and expertise on the practical, philosophical and historical elements of yoga are second to none.
  • Every student received a course folder and handouts fro each lesson which built into a comprehensive manual.
  • It was truly a life-changing experience and great value for money.
  • On our day off Martin drove us to the local town of Tryavana which is full of amazingly inexpensive gifts and local crafts.
  • My practise and confidence improved considerably during my time there.

An invaluable experience

“For me the course was an invaluable experience of 7 days of thorough practise, learning and benefiting from both teachers and students. I loved being totally immersed in yoga away from distractions, and being surrounded by the beautiful Bulgarian wilderness. It has transformed my practise, thank you.”

Anna Carr. Student.


The Training week in Bulgaria had a huge beneficial influence on my Yoga practice. I feel a lot more confident now teaching and guiding a Yoga Class.
I was able to immerse myself into yoga without the normal distractions of life. The training structure and format was excellent with good on-hand training support from Yoga Dharma.
I fully recommend that anyone keen on their Practice should take a week of Yoga training in Bulgaria, to bring their practice to a new level.
The Environment was peaceful and calm. A great place to train with like-minded people.”

Kirk Williams. Student


“A wonderful week in beautiful surroundings with lots of hard work and a great group of people. I was able to disconnect from the distractions of life at home and really immerse myself in my practice and learning. Thank you Martin and Abi for all of your support.”
Kerry Whitelegg, 95 hour Intensive – Bulgaria, July 2015


“Great week. Bulgaria gave me the opportunity to concentrate and focus on my practice without distractions. The course was full, informative, interesting and rewarding. Would definitely recommend it anyone who wants absorb fully into their practice and studies “.

Donna Gaba June 2015


“Martin and Fran””are amazingly experienced and knowledgeable people about yoga and human nature. The literature, education materials, methods of teaching and guests during the training, were to the highest level.”
Ania Tyburska.
Teacher of Yoga.

I feel this course has opened my heart to be a better person with confidence and I would recommend this course to anyone”.
Peter Jones.
Teacher of Yoga.

“The Teacher Training under the watchful eye of the two committed experts Martin and Fran took my
practice and knowledge of Yoga so much further over the year and has inspired me to start my own teaching practice.”
D.D

“Yoga Dharma’s Teacher Training course”will challenge you and question you, however the knowledge and experience you gain will be transformational to you personally and to your teaching”.

Under the expert guidance of Fran and Martin, we were provided a safe and inspiring environment where we could explore our personalities to build confidence and learn about the art of teaching Yoga
I can honestly say it has been a life-changing experience. During the year I have learnt so much about myself, the human body, how to teach and adjust, Yoga Philosophy and most importantly I have made some amazing Yoga teaching friends whom will be part of my life for a long time to come.

Yoga Dharma’s Teacher Training course will be transformational to you personally and to your teaching”.

Daniel Groom.
Teacher of Yoga.

” Martin and Fran have excellent teaching skills and very extensive knowledge. This course definitely has greatly improved my practice and has given me the ability to progress further.”

“The course was structured to allow our own personal development. With a relaxed atmosphere allowing the students to work at their own pace.

Although I started this course to improve my practice, the course opened my eyes to a much wider variety of subjects, such as philosophy, mythology as well as anatomy.

I feel this course has opened my heart to be a better person with confidence and I would recommend this course to anyone”.

Peter Jones
Teacher of Yoga.


“Under the watchful eye of the two committed experts””Martin and Fran took my practice and knowledge of Yoga so much further over the year and has inspired me to start
Taking up the Teacher Training at Yoga Dharma opens up new possibilities to learn philosophy from within an experience of connecting mind, body and soul and it is a path to greater self-control, mindfulness and health that transfers to all other parts of your life.
The Teacher Training under the watchful eye of the two committed experts Martin and Fran took my practice and knowledge of Yoga so much further over the year and has inspired me to start my own teaching practice.”
Damian DeLucian.
Philosopher.

Training of the highest level

The literature, education materials, methods of teaching and guests during the training, were to the highest level.”

Martin and Fran were always very supportive and both of them are amazingly experienced and knowledgeable people about yoga and human nature.  I became aware about my weaknesses and strengths, encouraged to work harder or taught when to stop. The literature, education materials, methods of teaching and guests during the training, were to the highest level.

It was a journey on which all of us went through different transitions, although I hope all of us got closer to our inner-self.
Now yoga is with me every day and I also found the passion of teaching. More than happy to continue this path…”

Ania Tyburska
Teacher of Yoga

“I loved the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training” Course at Yoga Dharma Fran and Martin complement each other very well as they are both very knowledgeable but have different teaching styles which make the classes challenging and fun. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting to delve deeper into all aspects of Yoga- it is a life changing experience.
Bessie Refalo.
student of Yoga and life.