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28 Days 200hr Hatha YTT in Phangan Island, Thailand

  • Siam Healing Centre, 94/3 Thong Sala, Surrat Thani, Ko Pha-ngan, 84280, Thailand


200-Hour Thailand Yoga Teacher Training

Akasha Yoga Academy offers you a space for integral evolution and invite you to journey with them towards the very roots of classical hatha yoga. They believe that a sound and solid self-practice, a substantial physical, subtle, philosophical and spiritual understanding of yoga, and the passion for what they do, is key for successful yoga instruction. Their vast past experience of coaching yoga teachers enables them to convey effective tools that quickly empower aspiring practitioners to transform into confident asana instructors. The comprehensive curriculum of the training meets the standards of the international Yoga Alliance and allows graduates to register as RYT200. Akasha Yoga Academys teacher training is an invitation to turn your passion into a meaningful profession.


  • Energetic and anatomical understanding of postural alignment
  • Applied adjustment training, development of touch, and voice training
  • Deep going, energy based, classical hatha yoga practice of asana, pranayama and bandha
  • Fostering of present moment awareness through daily spiritual heart meditation
  • Development of confidence through weekly supervised teaching practice
  • Integration and application of yogic philosophy in daily life
  • Introduction to Purification, Dieting and Ayurveda
  • 29 nights accommodation with half board meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 26 days with instruction
  • English
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There are two types of accommodation to cater to different needs: contemporary beachfront houses directly on-site, and garden-view bungalows for a lower budget just next door. The attractive beachfront houses have immediate ocean access and are designed in the sleek style of Thai-minimalism. The charming hideaway bungalows are situated around a nearby pond, at a five minute walking distance.

Private room has a large king-size bed and shared accommodation is on separate twin beds. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, television, private balcony, small kitchenette, Wi-Fi and private bathroom with hot water. Each beachfront house features an additional roof top terrace with ocean view.


The certified course meets and exceeds the international standards, and is fully accredited by the Yoga Alliance (RYS-200).


This one-month full-time training transmits the essence of classical Hatha Yoga: sun salutations, asana, pranayama, meditation, and practical yogic philosophy. Its systematic structure is tailored to the needs of prospective teachers, covering alignment of postures, voice training, practicums, purification, Ayurveda, Thai-Yoga-Massage and more. The course empowers beginners and advanced aspirants alike to develop a solid self practice, and to grow into confident yoga instructors.


The cornerstones are energy-based Hatha Yoga, Spiritual Heart meditation, and Advaita Vedanta. The aspiration is to synchronize mind and heart, to combine rational understanding with deep-going practice, and to develop present moment awareness. Authenticity and inspiration, passion and enthusiasm are the hallmarks.


The training is led by Burkhard and Kirsten, the directors of the Akasha Yoga Academy. They both teach Hatha Yoga, meditation and yogic philosophy in retreats, workshops, and teacher training courses. They are passionate practitioners of the yogic tradition, and are sharing their experience and knowledge in a very personal, authentic, and cordial way.

Daily schedule

06:15 - 09:00 Practice - asana, pranayama, meditation

09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast

09:30 - 12:30 Morning theory

12:30 - 14:00 Leisure time

14:00 - 15:00 Afternoon theory

15:00 - 18:00 Teaching practice with supervision and feedback

The full-time training of the Akasha Yoga Academy stretches over a period of four weeks. There will be no classes or arrival and departure day. Teaching hours are from Monday to Saturday, 06:15 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 18:00. The day starts with three hours of practice: meditation and Hatha Yoga. After breakfast follows a two hours morning theory block. The afternoon restarts with theory. The last part of the day is again dedicated to practice: Hatha yoga, alignment training, Thai yoga massage, and practicum assignments.

On some evenings they offer events such as yoga documentaries, movies, creative dance or bonfire. Saturdays we end in the early afternoon. Sundays are completely free to allow for rest, self study, and day trips into the stunning tropical nature.

Weekly Program

Week 1

The emphasis is on the fundamental principles of Yoga, subtle energetic anatomy, and introduction to the basic techniques of Hatha Yoga (Surya Namaskara and Asanas). A simple assignment takes place in the second half of the week to get first teaching experiences.

Week 2

This week continues with further study of Asana, Pranayama and Bandha. The syllabus contains the relevant teaching techniques, alignment and correction training, practicum assignments 2 and 3, as well as scripture study of the Bhagavad Gita, which transmits the Spirit of teaching Yoga. By the end of the week all teaching relevant techniques are presented. The acquired knowledge is scanned with a first exam.

Week 3

Here we deepen the understanding of the physical body with anatomy study and teachings on yogic cleansing. Thai-Yoga-Massage practice helps gaining confidence in touch. During this week all students teach their first full Yoga class (60 minutes).

Week 4

The last week focuses on practical yogic philosophy with the study of the fundamental Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the introduction of different states of consciousness. After the last teaching assignment (a 90 minutes class), the teacher training concludes with a final exam and a joyful graduation.



General: Warm Up Exercises*, Final Relaxation*, Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations)*

Asana: Padahastasana (Standing Forward Bend)*; Tadasana (Tree Pose)*; Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)*; Virabhadrasana I+II (Warrior Poses)*; Natarajasana (Dancer Pose), Eka Pada Pranamasana (One-Legged Prayer Pose)*, Garudasana (Eagle Pose)*; Paschimottanasana (Sitting Forward Bend)*; Janu Shirshasana (Head to Knee Pose)*, Virasana (Hero Pose) Shalabasana (Grasshopper Pose)*, Navasana (Boat Pose)*, Majariasana (Cat Pose)*, Ushtrasana (Camel Pose), Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)*, Chakrasana (Wheel Pose), Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)*, Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose), Shashankasana (Moon Pose)*, Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)*, Ardha Matsyendrasana (Spinal Twist)*, Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)*, Halasana (Plow Pose)*, Ardha Shrishasana (Half Headstand) & preparation for Shirshasana, Shirshasana (Headstand), Shavasana (Corpse Pose)*

Bandha: Uddiyana Bandha (Abdominal Suction), Mula Bandha (Root Lock), Jalandhara Bandha (Throat Lock)

Pranayama: Complete Yogic Breath, Sukha Purvak Pranayama (Alternated Breath)

Shatkarma: Basic morning purifications, Vamana Dhauti (purification of the middle), Varisara Dhauti (intestinal cleansing), Agnisara Dhauti (purification with the essence of fire), Trataka (mental purification through focused gazing)

Meditation: Postures, centering in the Heart, breath awareness, Spiritual Heart meditation

The techniques marked with a star* can be taught by the aspiring teacher after successful completion of the teacher training course.

Teaching Techniques

Alignment, adjustment, and correction

Usage of voice and vocal training

Group dynamics and leadership qualities

Class structure and sequencing, Sources and research

Attitudes of a Yoga teacher

Certification, marketing, and network strategies

Thai yoga massage and the art of touch

Personal interviews


Subtle energetic anatomy: chakras and nadi system, indriyas, panchakosha,

Physical anatomy: skeleton, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems

Practical yogic anatomy: anatomy of Yoga postures

Ray Long: Scientific Keys. The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga & The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga

Practical Philosophy

Polarity and Unity: philosophical basis of Yoga

Patanjalis Yoga Sutras and introduction to the Eight Stages of Yoga

Yama and Niyama: morals & ethics for a spiritual life

Role, attitudes, and qualities of a Yoga teacher

Classical paths: Raja, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga

Bhagavad Gita: the Yoga of selfless action

Yoga and health: introduction to yogic dieting and Ayurveda

Teaching Experience

Assignment 1: Warm Up Exercises, Surya Namaskara, Final Relaxation, one-on-one training

Assignment 2: Warm Up Exercises, Surya Namaskara, Final Relaxation

Assignment 3: Presentation of Yama and Niyama (15 min)

Assignment 4: Surya Namaskara, Warm Up Exercises, 7 - 10 Asanas, Final Relaxation (60 min)

Assignment 5: Surya Namaskara, Warm Up Exercises, 10 - 11 Asanas, Final Relaxation (90 min)

Kristen Reiss

I am fascinated by the highly refined complexity of yoga and meditation and its simultaneous simplicity. My practice is a space to purify the different levels of being, and to cultivate present moment awareness.

Kirsten holds a German Diploma in Architecture and a Masters Degree in Art History. Her Yoga endeavors started in the early 2000s in India, where she was introduced to Hatha Yoga in a Shivananda Ashram. Following her persistent passion for Yoga, she went through a comprehensive three-year full-time education in classical Hatha and Kundalini Yoga with Swami Vivekananda Saraswati in Thailand. Kirsten later studied Kundalini Yoga with Reinhard Gammenthaler, a disciple of the legendary Dhirendra Brahmachari, and Pranayama under the guidance of B.N.S. Iyengar in Mysore, India.

Kirstens meditation practice is based on Ramana Maharshis non-dualistic teachings, and Sahajanandas Yoga of the Spiritual Heart. She has participated in more than a dozen Spiritual Heart Meditation Retreats, and lately completed her first 49-day solitary meditation retreat. Currently she studies Ayurveda with Dr.C.K. Shashirekha in Mysore, India. An experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the highest level (E-RYT-500), Kirsten has completed 500 hours of certified Teacher Training in the tradition of Hatha Yoga (IYF and RYS-500) in 2008.

Since 2008, she has been teaching yoga full-hearted and year-round in Asia. She has been developing educational programs, leading meditation retreats, presenting teacher trainings, and guiding Hatha Yoga and Kundalini classes. She was managing and coaching Yoga teachers in Thailand for Agama Yoga, and was leading the Hridaya Yoga and meditation school in Mexico. In 2011, she founded the Akasha Yoga Academy together with her partner Burkhard.

Burkhard Langemann

My passion is the integration of spirituality and science. The focus of my personal practice and academic research is a unified understanding of Eastern and Western Philosophies.

Burkhard holds a Masters Degree in Psychology and Alternative Education from the Free University of Berlin, where his thorough exploration of Ken Wilbers Integral Theory culminated in a thesis on Holistic Development. In 2001, Burkhard began to explore Yoga in India. He has dedicated more than 5,000 hours to the study of classical Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and yogic philosophy.

He started his meditation practice following the Vipassana style of Theravada Buddhism, and has practiced under Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo in Northern Thailand. He has participated in more than a dozen Spiritual Heart Retreats lead by his primary meditation teacher, Sahajananda, who introduced him to the non-dual traditions of Advaita Vedanta and Kashmiri Shaivism. Following his example, Burkhard recently concluded a 49-day solitary meditation retreat in the jungle of Thailand.

Burkhard is a Yoga Alliance certified and registered Yoga Teacher (IYF and RYS-500). In 2008 he completed a 500-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand. Three years later he co-organized and participated in the 500-hour Hridaya Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training. Since 2008, Burkhard is sharing his experience in a variety of contexts, including teacher training courses, meditation retreats, Hatha Yoga classes, workshops, and private life-coaching sessions. He has been teaching in various locations across Asia, Europe and North America. Together with his life partner Kirsten he founded the Akasha Yoga Academy.

The teacher training courses on Koh Phangan island are hosted by the Siam Healing Centre. The aesthetically appealing venue is situated in a coconut grove right at the waterfront of the harbor town Thongsala. The paradise island setting is characterized by the refreshing color of the turquoise ocean, the endless palm beach, and the view of the neighboring island Koh Samui. The vibrant town center with its markets, shops, and restaurants is within walking distance.

The dishes are a blend of nourishing Thai and Western cuisine infused with raw and Indian food a tasty mlange just like the island. The meals are fresh and healthy. Everything is prepared with local ingredients, rich in seasonal vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

Whats included

30 days on-site accommodation (including 1 night before and 1 night after the training takes place)

200 guided teaching hours with professional primary instructors (A-RYT 500)

Course material: teaching manual, instruction manual, anatomy and massage manual, relevant scriptures (Bhagavad Gita & Yoga Sutras)

Daily practice of asana, pranayama and meditation, and daily theory classes

Digital collection of audio, video & text files

Extracurricular cultural activities

Fresh prepared vegetarian breakfast from Monday to Saturday

Yoga Alliance certification and letter of recommendation

Arrival by airplane

The most convenient and fastest way of transportation is a connecting flight to the neighboring island of Koh Samui, which is just a 30 minutes boat ride away. Thai Airways and Bangkok Air run several flights a day from Bangkoks main airport Suvarnabhumi. From there you can easily find a passenger boat to Thong Sala, the main harbour of Koh Phangan, which takes about 30 minutes.

Another option is to fly to the nearby mainland airport of Surrat Thani, from where it takes another 3-4 hourse of bus and ferry ride to reach Koh Phangan. Air Asia, Nok Air and Lion Air do operate numerous daily flights from the domestic airport Donmueng in Bangkok.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Akasha Yoga Academy an inquiry.
  • Review by Aykut from Istanbul, Turkey
    10 out of 10

    "I find Akasha Yoga Academy an exceptional yoga school in many respects. Everything is very well thought of. Even before arriving for the YTT course, through extensive material you receive and the clear heartful communication you feel very cared for and supported. The material and teachings given at the course are very well researched and extensive. In addition to the fundamentals like postures, breathing, meditation, etc. the trainings have all sorts of great extras such as local rituals, weekly chanting and movie screenings."

    "Kirsten and Burkhart are the sweetest people, with warm hearts and very inspiring aspiration. The extended Akasha Yoga team takes care of everything before, during and after the trainings which leave very little to complain about. One thing I like a lot is the community of Akasha graduates which plays a great role for support and inspiration after the course."

    "To say it simply, this is not any yoga school, these people know their stuff very well, pick the most amazing locations to hold courses in, take care of you all the way through and help you"

    "transform your life. "

    "Yoga Teacher Training - November 2016", edited

  • Review by Simona from Germany
    9 out of 10

    "A month long course offering Yoga practice twice a day for 6 days a week plus practicing breath control and meditation plus countless hours of teachings on anatomy, Yoga history and philosophy, teaching techniques plus corrections and adjustments is no doubt an intensive affair."

    "Not only does this kind of Yoga Teacher Training literally take your Yoga practice to the next level, it transforms your whole being on all levels: The body becomes so much more soft and open, but more importantly body and mind come into a sweet connection with each other, life energy and emotions can flow so much more freely and the mind can finally come to moments of rest! Eye-opening, de-stressing, and making the being feel whole again."

    "The way Akasha Yoga Academy is creating a safe space for the students to allow all this to happen, is truly exceptional. The main teachers, Kirsten and Burkhard, are visibly sharing their practice and insights from their very own experience and they share from their heart with an incredible amount of warmth and generosity!"

    "Becoming a Yoga teacher with Akasha Yoga Academy was much more for me than just gaining a certificate. It was the beginning of a very beautiful and rewarding journey. What they taught and shared with me in the month of the course and afterwards is with me until today."

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  • Review by Yousra from Morocco
    10 out of 10

    "My teacher training with Kirsten and Burkhard and the amazing dedicated team who supports them was a journey that exceeded every expectation I had."

    "The course covers all that you need to know to start your journey sharing the teachings of Hatha Yoga: Yoga anatomy, Yoga philosophy, posture alignment, class sequencing, the history of Yoga and even a marketing class! You can feel the immense dedication that they put into designing the course just by going through their material!"

    "I felt guided in every possible way to give my first Yoga class and was given great constructive feedback each time I gave a class."

    "We also studied the Yoga sutras, the Yamas and Niyamas and were introduced to Ayurveda."

    "Everything was well thought of, be it the wonderful venue in the beautiful town of Ubud, home to many Yogis and to an amazing nature that supports the journey immensely, or the way the classes are scheduled throughout the 4-week journey to give you all the necessary material and experience needed to start your journey into sharing Yoga, or the beautiful bhajan nights and ceremonies where you connect on a deeper level with yourself and your other fellow students."

    "Kirsten and Burkhard are people who embody their teachings fully. They are kindhearted, fully dedicated to sharing their passion and to serve their students in the best possible way. It has been a tremendous privilege to study with them."

    "A training I highly recommend for anyone willing to start their journey sharing the teachings of Hatha Yoga."

    "Yoga Teacher Training - November 2016", edited

  • Review by Anke from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I am so pleased I had chosen Akasha Yoga Academy. Right from from the very first email exchange I felt ‘home’ and knew this course is the one I have been waiting for a long time. Kirsten und Burkhard are two amazing yoga teachers, teaching from their heart, with wisdom and with a lot of passion. I think every yoga teacher should in fact do this training as it goes back in depth to the roots of yoga and gives a very good ground knowledge that every yoga teacher should know. Chakras play a vital role in this course so for anyone interested in working also with energy this course is for you!" website, edited

  • Review by Stacia from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Being taught by people who embody their teachings was inspirational. I felt the lecture topics were presented at precisely the right time to address whatever I was feeling physically/ emotionally/ mentally/ spiritually, throughout the course. I felt very supported, encouraged and challenged enough to create positive changes. The material was presented in a very effective and practical way.The teachers took time to answer all questions in depth to ensure our understanding of such complex concepts, and I loved the interview opportunities, where I could open up about more personal things and receive guidance. Simply being in the presence of Burkhard and Kirsten contributed to my perspective and understanding of yoga." website, edited

  • Review by Clarissa from USA
    10 out of 10

    "This course has inspired me more than I could have ever imagined. The training has not only given me the tools to make the transformation from yoga student to yoga teacher, but also the tools to connect with my heart, relax and be present, and it has shown me the joy and passion I have for teaching." website, edited

  • Review by Moises from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Burkhard and Kirsten are living examples of what they talk and teach. Their personal commitment and professionalism was there in every moment. Simple and powerful gestures of compassion and kindness were always their natural expression. I feel inspired by their profound and truthful example as persons and teachers." website, edited

  • Review by Arianne from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "For me the course was not only inspiring, but transformative. I first got into yoga for the asana practice, but I soon realized that there was more to it. I have found so much meaning in the teachings of yoga and I am ready to apply them to my life. Moving forward, I know that I can trust in myself and in the universe. For the first time in my life, I feel connected." website, edited

  • Review by Cora from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I came to deepen my own practice, with no intention to teach, but I am leaving with a passion to share this energy and the lessons I have learned here. The support from the teachers and students made me abandon my fears that I held on to and gain the confidence in all areas of my life that I was lacking. I really feel like a new person ready to shine and to share what I have learned." website, edited

  • Review by Pip from UK

    "The two who train you are Burkhard & Kirsten. They're a couple, not married, from Germany. Truly fabulous teachers, they remain professional 100% of the time, two very different personalities that compliment the training (& each other) beautifully. And they're both extremely passionate about teaching. The kindness is overwhelming from these two."

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  • Review by Nadine from Germany

    "Kirsten is very much to the point, captivating, precise and enthusiastic."

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  • Review by Rafaella from Italy

    "I loved the passion and the generosity of Burkhard. He shares his deep knowledge on many topics with unconditional love."

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  • Review by Ashley from USA

    "The best elements of the TTC were the love within the group and from the teachers, the spiritual topics and meditation, and the view. I am so grateful for this amazing experience. I am honestly speechless and have no words to express the gratitude I have in my heart for the two of you. This TTC was exactly the next step for my spiritual journey and I can feel a newfound momentum. My life will never be the same and this is a beautiful thing. Thank you for helping me grow and dive deeper."

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  • Review by Anastasia from Germany

    "Burkhard is extremely intelligent, kind, giving. Sometimes harsh, always spot on in his comments and psychological understanding. Kirsten is a sweetheart. She is super clear and precise. She has a beautiful presence. She is motherly, but not patronizing, kind and compassionate. "

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  • Review by Kaitlin from USA

    "Kirsten and Burkhard, teachers, instructors, guides, mentors, leaders, friends, family and lovers. Youve been all the above to me. If someone had told me two months ago that Id be the person I am today, I wouldnt have believed them. Ive shown myself that I can become the person Ive always wanted to be. I owe so much of this to the both of you. Thank you. Thank you for being who you truly are, doing what you do and practicing what you say. Its rare and its inspirational."

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  • Review by Zoran from Canada

    "Kirsten comes directly from the heart, which is soothing, patient & understanding. The depth of practice is brilliant. Burkhard really holds the space well, and opens from the heart consistently."

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  • Review by James from Australia

    "I was lucky enough to attend Burkhard and Kirstens Spiritual Heart Retreat in May 2012. It was such a beautiful, humbling experience, and, for me, the perfect introduction to Spiritual Heart meditation. The workshop structure was a really well-balanced mix of meditation, Hatha Yoga and short lectures which all seemed to flow naturally from one another. The talks were really well-prepared and covered many aspects of spirituality which I was questioning and gave me much to reflect on in the evenings of the retreat. On a personal note, I found both Burkhard and Kirsten to be truly inspirational facilitators, both of whom have an obvious gift for teaching and genuine passion for sharing a style of meditation in which they are both beautiful examples of its benefits in daily life."

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  • Review by Eyal from Israel

    "I highly recommend Burkhard and Kirstens meditation retreats and yoga classes. They are knowledgeable and experienced, and they practice what they preach. On top of that, they are very loving, caring and compassionate to their students."

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  • Review by David from USA

    "The best part is that now that Im teaching I can see how well this Yoga Teacher Training prepared me."

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