Welcome to Yoga Bahia!

I have lived and taught in many countries and am currently based in Portugal although I do travel to teach as well.

On this site you can find the timetable for my weekly classes, dates and locations for my upcoming retreats and workshops, information about Iyengar yoga and testimonials from students who enjoy my teaching.

Thanks for your interest,

Georgia 🙂



Tuesdays: 7.00 pm to 8.30pm – Mixed level

Wednesdays: 9.00am to 10.30am – General level*

Wednesdays: 10.45am to 12.00pm – Beginner level

Saturdays: 9.30am to 11.00am – Mixed level


Mixed level classes are for beginner and general level practitioners.

*Thursday morning classes are divided into two levels: the 9am class is for students who have done at least two years of Iyengar yoga classes . The class at 10.45am is for new students.

Private or small group classes are available by arrangement.


Classes are in Colares, Sintra, Portugal.

Please email me for directions and to book into a class.

2.00 per class or choose a monthly package:

€40.00 for 4 classes,€50.00 for 6 classes or €60.00 for 8 classes.

Class guidelines:
When enrolling in a class for the first time, please tell me of any illnesses, previous injuries and past yoga experience.
Bring your own mat if you prefer, but all equipment is provided.
Do not eat a meal for at least two hours before class. Do not drink during class.
At the beginning of every class please inform me of any recent illness or if you’re stressed or exhausted, and women also need to inform if you are pregnant or menstruating.
Please arrive on time. An important aspect of Iyengar yoga is the sequence of postures. Students need to arrive on time to participate in the whole sequence being taught.
Classes are taught in English although I can teach in basic Portuguese if necessary.

This Iyengar Certification Mark is an international symbol of the highest standard of training and continuing education in the Iyengar method of yoga.
The mark allows the community at large to identify who are qualified Iyengar yoga teachers. It establishes the teacher’s authenticity and dedication to the Iyengar method and is a way for Iyengar Yoga teachers throughout the world to acknowledge B.K.S Iyengar and his work.



About Georgia

Georgia Marnham is a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher with broad experience, having practised Iyengar Yoga for more than 25 years, and taught in Australia, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Brazil and now Portugal. 

She has Junior Intermediate level 3 qualifications and has studied with senior Iyengar teachers from many countries and on several occasions studied at the RMYI in Pune, India with BKS Iyengar, his daughter, Geeta, and son, Prashant.

Georgia knows first-hand the ability of yoga to rehabilitate and has a strong focus on the restorative and remedial benefits of Iyengar Yoga. She uses a clear and calm style of teaching with an emphasis on poses that reflect the individual needs of each student. Classes make use of a variety of props ensuring correct alignment within the pose, so that the body feels energised and not strained, which is the hallmark of the Iyengar style.

Georgia deeply understands that the depth of yoga comes with focussing the mind and learning the art of self observation and reflection within the practice of the asanas. She teaches both beginner and general levels. She has three children and practised yoga through all pregnancies.


B.K.S. Iyengar

Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) – thanking you for your great teaching.

Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.”

Guruji Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar’s style of teaching yoga is internationally respected for its sophisticated understanding of physical and mental movement, balancing strength, flexibility and endurance.

For over 70 years BKS Iyengar refined over 200 classical asanas (postures), in an ordered, safe and progressive system. The asanas focus on structural alignment with the use of props which help in minimising the risk of strain and enable Iyengar yoga to be done by people who are stiff, aged, injured or sick. All practitioners, working within their own limits to safely gain many benefits.

The regular practice of Iyengar yoga reduces stress and brings good health. Iyengar yoga aims to unite the body, mind and soul. It is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as described by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras.

B.K.S Iyengar’s main teachings can be found in his numerous books including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Light on Life.




SPECIAL RETREAT:  Ulpotha, Sri Lanka, 1 to 15 March – see separate page

2020 Portugal retreat dates:  

April 30 to May 4  /  June 4 to 8  /  September 24 to 28   / October – tba

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Visit the spectacular Sintra region, near Lisbon, Portugal

Spend 5 days doing yoga on an beautiful eco-farm from only 390€

(Or organise your own accommodation; attend classes and meals for 270€)

Do you need a retreat, a holiday, an exploration into yoga or a deepening of your practice? This extended weekend can be some, or all, of the above. Quinta Ecosophia is a beautiful eco-farm located within a UNESCO world heritage natural park, 45 minutes from Lisbon between the foothills of the Sintra Mountains and the nearby Atlantic coastline with beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs.

Before and after summer are favourite seasons in this region of Portugal – warm but not too hot, and outside of the busy tourist months so the tranquil day-to-day village life continues. Experiencing Quinta Ecosophia will give you a taste of living in harmony with nature and  ecological principles, while restoring your energy with twice daily yoga classes and delicious vegetarian meals. The natural swimming pool has brought an incredible amount of wildlife to the area and has a “plant zone” of water lilies.

The Retreat

Designed to give you a nourishing, energising, and peaceful break from your busy life, your days can be filled with a combination of yoga, rest, delicious vegetarian meals, dips in the natural pool and, if you like, some time to explore the local region, visit tourist attractions or trips to the beach, depending if you’re looking for a retreat or a holiday.

For regular Iyengar yoga students the retreat will give you a concentrated dose of all the benefits you already know Iyengar yoga brings, while also helping with your personal practice and understanding. People new to yoga are welcome if you’re prepared to enjoy learning among already converted yoga practitioners!

The Location

Sintra was once a sanctuary for the Portuguese royalty and aristocracy. The mountain stands out prominently between Lisbon and the Atlantic ocean and is sprinkled with historical villas and palaces. Visable from the capital city, the mountain is crowned with Pena National Palace, well know for its sweeping views and 19th century Romanticism style of architecture.

Cabo do Roca (Europe’s most westerly point) with stunning coastal and pine forest mountain views, is also located nearby.

Quinta Ecosophia

The quinta exhibits how to live both comfortably and minimally with as little impact as possible on the natural environment. The owner, Denise Luxton, has transformed an abandoned farm into an attractive homestead that focuses on sustainability and nature. The well-planned gardens, eco-buildings and natural pool are built with as little impact as possible on the environment and the result is an oasis for all who step foot on the property.

The vegetarian meals are full of local flavour and fresh ingredients. Fresh eggs will be provided by the hens and many vegetables and herbs are grown on the farm. Quinta Ecosophia is home to horses, chickens, dogs, a cat and a wide variety of wild birds.

Accommodation options

Quinta Ecosophia works in partnership with two other nearby quintas – one by the sea and the other on the nearby hillside with beautiful landscaped gardens. All classes and meals are held at Quinta Ecosophia and whether you stay on the rustic eco-style Quinta Ecosophia or with more luxury and comforts at Quinta Beira Mar or Quinta das Glicinias depends on your accommodation choice. Those staying at one of the nearby Quintas will be picked up before classes and driven back after meals which are enjoyed after the daily yoga classes. They are both a 5-minute drive away or walking distance for active people!

Mongolian Yurt – shared The original Mongolian Yurt offers a cosy, picturesque glamping experience situated next to the natural pool and sandy area. The beautifully painted Yurt has electrical lighting and sockets, and use of a shared outdoor solar shower and compost toilet.

Quinta Beira Mar  This Quinta is situated next to three stunning beaches and has views of the sea and the Sintra mountains. Praia Pequena beach is 2 minutes walk from the Quinta and Praia Grande, a world renowned surfing beach is 12 minutes walk. The beach and village of Praia das Maças is a 5-10 minute walk from the quinta, which also has a pool and lovely garden.

Quinta das Glicinias Rebuilt in a very traditional and authentic architectural style, this elegant Portuguese country house is surrounded by beautiful gardens with a swimming pool. The spectacular setting offers views towards the ocean and over the Sintra mountain range.

Yoga Sessions with Georgia

Until I tried Iyengar yoga specifically, I had not been very impressed with yoga. I had a damaged lower back, tight hamstrings and a stiff body. I had decided that yoga wasn’t for me!  But after my first Iyengar yoga class, in 1992, left me with a very different opinion, I haven’t looked back and I can honestly say it has transformed my life!

I’ve now been teaching for nearly 20 years and I feel fulfilled and grateful to have learnt a yoga system that is so thorough and effective. I gain great pleasure from passing on the benefits of yoga to people and watching the change it brings to their body and state of mind.

I provide all the equipment used in Iyengar yoga, so you don’t need to bring anything to class, unless you prefer to use your own mat. This retreat is limited to 12 people so that during the 15 hours of yoga classes offered, you will receive lots of individual attention and tuition.

Daily Programme  

7.30 – 8.15    Pranayama

8.30 – 10.30 Asana class

10.45 – 12.00 Brunch

12.00 – 17.00 Free time

17.00 – 19.00 Restorative class

19.00 – 20.30 Dinner

Optional Extras

  • Massage
  • Cranio-sacral therapy
  • Guided coastal walks
  • History Tours
  • Visits to local tourist sites
  • Surfing / Body boarding lessons
  • Rock Climbing
  • Mountain hikes
  • Bike riding
  • Horse riding

Retreat price options

Yurt Glamping (shared): 390€

Shared room (up to 3 people): 410€

Twin or couple: 450€

Twin or couple with en-suite: 470€

Single: 530€

Single with en-suite: 570€

Non-residential: 250€

*Above prices are per person in Euros and include accommodation (4 nights), meals (brunch, dinner, snacks, tea and coffee), and yoga classes  (up to 15 hours of tuition in a group no bigger than 12 people).

What is not included:

Airfares need to be arranged independently. Airport transfers and optional extras can be booked through Yoga Bahia at an additional cost to the basic retreat cost.

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