Anahata Yoga Shala, located west side of Koh Phangan on Haad Yao Beach, organizes teacher trainings, yoga retreats, and yoga holidays.
Yoga Retreats (2)
With a deep knowledge and practice of Tantra yoga, shamanism, and Reiki, Vanessa blends her crazy wisdom with much humor, as she enjoys assisting her students to free themselves from their limited belief systems, encouraging them to live their truth of soul-consciousness-bliss, teaching them to expand their conscious awareness of themselves and the world they live in. Her free spirit has pushed her own ego's limits on her own path of healing. She has healed many of her students and inspired them to live a life of authentic bliss.
Tegan was first taught yoga by her mother, Vanessa Burger; who was also taught by her mother, both from an early age. It was only after Vanessa completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training that inspired Tegan to follow her mother's foot steps the next year in 2011. Tegan has a successful yoga teacher training course run in South Africa. Tegan will assist Vanessa with a few master classes on arm balances and hand stands.
from United States, February 2020
"200 Hour YTTC January 2020"
Anahata provided an amazing experience all around. Vanessa is unbelievably talented and a fantastic teacher. I am so thrilled with my experience at Anahata. The new shala is gorgeous and the combination of Anton and Vanessa both teaching is super well balanced. I learned more than I thought possible and my practice improved tenfold. The training was very personalized and I feel well equipped and confident to teach, as we were provided ample teaching time with other students as well as the public. I would absolutely recommend this program for anyone looking to improve their practice and build confidence and skills to teach yoga.
from Malaysia, January 2020
The view from the Shala was very good, right at the beach with a view of the ocean.
We also had a lot of fun at the training and enjoyed the yoga with good music and playfulness.
I think the training is good for people who are just starting on their yoga journey or who just want to deepen their practice for themselves.
from United States, September 2019
"A month in paradise "
I loved starting the mornings chanting with Cheryl. She has a beautiful voice and a gentle presence, and it was a wonderful way to start the day.
We were lucky to have a small group of only 6 students so it was a very personal and transformative experience. I feel like we really got to know each other and valued one another’s unique contributions to the group.
The food that was provided by Art Cafe was so fresh and healthy, and it was really a feast every day. I liked the freedom with the schedule because after a few weeks I started to skip the lunches and take some “me time” at the beach or the pool instead.
I highly recommend communicating your intentions for the program with Vanessa, if you have an idea of what you would like to gain from the class. I told Vanessa early on that I was interested in pregnancy yoga and she made a point to ensure that I had all the resources I would need to gain that knowledge. She regularly checked in with me to ask if I needed any further instruction or resources. She gave me books and her personal notes from workshops she had attended on the topic, and mentioned alternative poses for pregnant women during our classes. If you know what you want and communicate it, she will make sure you get it!
from Great Britain, July 2019
"A transformational month"
Vanessa and Anton really really care about their students. They are both so passionate about what they do, it’s incredible. Being taught philosophy by Alex was also an amazing experience. I felt privileged to have teachers from such diverse experience backgrounds, all teaching what they knew the best. The daily feast we were provided was always delicious and nutritious and we usually had leftovers for dinner too. The Dropbox that was shared with us has so many useful files and books on it, which is so appreciated. Overall, I learnt so much from this experience and I’m ready to take on the world as a yoga teacher!!
from United States, April 2019
"Thank you!! "
Vanessa, thank you for your unwavering support and for continuously encouraging us to find the passion and joy in life. Anton, thank you for your honesty, for sharing your love of yoga, and for teaching us to be here for ourselves and no one else. And Alex, thank you for challenging our beliefs and asking us to dig deeper in this practice of yoga, and of life. You have all changed my life, and I would encourage everyone to seek you out and take this course!!
from United States, April 2019
Amazing teachers, one whole Shakti the other hero Shiva, the third a man with supernatural abilities. (Yes, that's my experience)
Climbed up to the top list of meaningful / interesting things you have done in life. Thanks! Namaste! Mikael Mannerbjörk (Sweden)
from Estonia, February 2019
Absolutely everything.The teachers are just amazing and full of bliss.Its really hard to but this change/feeling into words.
They are life changers.....❤💕
from Denmark, December 2018
Everything, I would do it over again in a heartbeat! I can't describe in enough words how amazing this experinece have been.
from France, October 2018
"Wow! What can I say? This exceeded all expectations! "
I really liked the sincerity of the teachers. They were real people who connected with each of us and gave us the “permission “ to be ourselves. Excellent month! Couldn’t have asked for more!!
Kelly Ah Kiau
from New Zealand, October 2018
"An unforgettable experience!"
Loved this course... The instructors are such an interesting mix and will challenge you, inspire you and lead you along a path to choose your own beliefs. I was very happy with my air conditioned room.
from United States, September 2018
"Challenging and rewarding"
The group was absolutely amazing. We all were all in similar places in life. Vanessa has a great way of bringing us together, and the other instructors absolutely made the course with their classes. The food from Art Cafe was phenomenal, and calling Thailand "home" for a month was fantastic. I recommend this class for anyone who has been practicing for a year or more.
from United States, September 2018
"Great Life Decision!"
Booking this trip was a great life choice - overall, I left feeling great about the new yoga knowledge and new friends from around the world. Accommodations were great (I was in the upstairs a/c which I was very happy with) - Ging at Hut Sun took great care of us and I’ll miss my early morning coffees with her! Vanessa is a firecracker - go in with an open mind and you will gain a lot more - you’ll appreciate her quirks in the end! Alex’s theory definitely worked our brains; he patiently and knowledgeable answered our millions of questions and we all thoroughly enjoyed our sessions with him. Other instructors were great too; especially loved Gemini’s healing sessions and Ferdinanand’s restorative yoga. The food for brunch is AMAZING. I’m not vegan but if someone made me that food every day, I could easily be!
from New Zealand, September 2018
"Transformed in mind and body "
Best decision of my life. All the teachers were the most compassionate loving giving extremely talented in their specialities Vanessa obviously only employs the best. All are fulfilling their true purpose in life makes such a difference to a yogi trainee like myself. Go for it a month on Koh Pha-ngan was such a bonus ❤️👌🏻Book today
from United States, June 2018
"One of the best decisions I've made"
I really enjoyed all of the teachers in different ways. Each one of them brought a different dimension of learning and practice that made it so vaulable as a whole. I LOVE Anton, he truly is a great yogi and human being, not to mention he's hilarious. Vanessa is absolutely incredible and helped me greatly through some things that came up emotionally. Alex is one of my greatest teachers and I valued his lectures above all.
I loved the freedom of the practice and it truly is what you make it. Its a lot of yoga!! But now my body craves it. I stayed at HutSun and it was the best! had breakfast there every morning and Ging (the owner) is nothing short of accommodating. The pool is also great, especially on hot days during our lunch brakes. Plenty of great restaurants near by, no need to get a scooter. I made some lifelong friends and I couldn't be happier with my choice to do this retreat.
from United States, April 2018
"It was worth it"
Vanessa, Anton and Mica. They're great teacher has intensive teaching in the different area of Yoga knowledges, very impressed how they do have a perspective caring all of students in the classes
from Germany, April 2018
"The best gift you can offer yourself is here!"
This was the best TTC I could ever wish for, and I knew from the start I made the right choice. It felt right from the beginning to the end. The island is a paradise on it's own, and an amazing place to go on a spiritual journey and to reconnect with nature. The teachers are very inspiring and encourage you to make your own experience, without being dogmatic. You will receive a great amount of valuable information and the teachers really care! Note that this school is open to beginners as well. On a side note, the food is also sooo delicious and healthy. I am so blessed by this wonderful experience at Anahata, I recommend 100%.
from Pakistan, April 2018
"Best experience. Kicked my butt but it is what was needed."
Love the combination of different teachers and styles. Gentle but strong. Love to all the teachers and the students.
from Austria, April 2018
"Wonderful experience @ Anahata Yoga Shala "
I liked everything. The location was paradise. The island is very special and you can feel such a special energy there. I especially liked the different personalities of the teachers. They were perfectly complementary to each other. Vanessa, Anton, Micha and Alex constituted very different personalities and had very different teaching styles. For me this diversity was actually the highlight. I learned so much and am very thankful for this beautiful experience. Next to the physical development, I learned so much more about myself. Thank you Anahata !
from Great Britain, February 2018
"A great month, learnt a lot & had a lot of fun."
Each teacher offered a completely different style and personality, which gives you the chance to pick and choose what works for you.
The course is physically demanding (about 4 hours of physical yoga per day) At first I hated this as I felt unfit but by week 3 was loving this and actually miss this now.
The food was amazing. Thanks to Pat and Irina!
We learnt the asanas well and I actually feel comfortable teaching them now, even with modifications.
We had a good number of opportunities to teach in a safe space which some great feedback from eachother and the teachers.
We connected a lot as a group. What an amazing group of people.
Great value for money.
The yoga space is beautiful and very close to the beach which was nice for the breaks.
from Great Britain, February 2018
"Great month of yoga, self recognition and strengthening. "
Great location . Surrounded by trees, beaches, jungle and wonderful restaurants. Shala is beautiful and well kept. The instructors were welcoming , knowledgable, friendly and helpful. They helped to ensure the group gelled well and flowed together. No drama. So much fun. It was an intense few weeks physically and for many, on an emotional level too. We left feeling confident and informed. Ready to teach lessons and further develop personal practice.
from Cambodia, February 2018
"Fantastic teacher training course."
If you are looking to do a TT course I highly recommend Anahata. The four teachers, Vanessa, Anton, Art and Jenny are all passionate, highly experienced and very diverse, so you receive instruction which is always of a high quality yet contrasting in its delivery. This is a real strength and for me, kept my motivation, engagement and commitment high throughout the 28 days, 8 hours a day!
At the end of the course I felt well prepared to lead classes working within my own yoga practice capabilities. On a personal level I thoroughly enjoyed the course, developing a more holistical understanding of yoga that I hope to incorporate into my life back in UK.
The yoga Shala is open on two sides so you look out onto the jungle,birds and nature. As the days are long, having the feeling of being outside connecting with the beautiful surroundings was important to me.
The food is delicious. Range of vegan dishes from a local cafe/restaurant served in the smaller Shala.
Anahata is very close to the beach, so during the lunch break and after classes it is quick and easy to have a swim/watch the sunset/walk along to Zen beach. It is also close to a range of cafes for healthy snacks/ juices.
from United States, February 2018
"Paradise yoga teacher training"
Art, Anton, and Vanessa contrast and compliment each other so well with their different teaching styles. Classes were balanced and a challenge for all levels spiritually, physically, and mentally. Restorative classes balanced the strenuous vinyasa. Meditation and breathwork pulled it all together into a neat package.
I felt these teachers are here for the passion and sharing. A nice mix of visiting teachers as well.
The shala is wonderful and often filled with songs of tropical birds. The shala attracts yogi classmates who are just wonderful people.
from Greece, December 2017
I loved every single thing about the retreat! I thank the universe to be the lucky one who had the chance to be at this wonderful full of growth journey
from Finland, December 2017
"A huge personal journey to inner self "
A good combination of three different teachers (hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, yoga therapy, tantra yoga) All of them was awesome persons and skilled yoga teachers. Im grateful that I got every of them to my yogateachers. The facilities were good. The food was delicious. I got good personal support for my practice.
from United States, October 2017
"Asanas for Life"
I loved that Anton had given up his wealthy & sophisticated life as an IT guy from Russia & the US, for YOGA! He's a super intelligent, brainy person with so much wisdom & experience from all over the world. He was kind, helpful & I loved being his encyclopedia for when only his Russian brain was working. Better yet, Anton being a shy & introverted one was also extremely funny! You just had to pay attention or his dry sense of humor one would miss. But I didn't miss his jokes at all! Best of all, he really helped to break down my fast pace of exercise & helped me heal my tendon in my arm, my recently strained knee & kept my rebuilt shoulder happy & healthy! Yay! A new life of injury free exercise.
from Vietnam, February 2019
"absolutley worth it"
wow. no words needed. i learnd so much the last weeks. it was one of the best decisions to join this course. we learned different styles of Yoga & we had so many interesting lectures about Yoga history, philosophy, kinds of yoga, nutrition,...
The most i liked the motivation of Vanessa, Anton & Verena teaching Yoga. It was so inspiring. Thanks for this amazing experience, for caring & for sharing so many things with us.
from Germany, September 2018
"Won’t book it again "
from Spain, August 2018
"Better than ever expected"
Great teachers, always leading you out of your bounderies, giving you confidence in yourself. Whole knowledge of yoga philosophy not only as asanas. It has been an amazing journey to my innerself, to perfectionate my own practice in the asanas with different styles (Pranayama, mantras, sanscrit, yin, hatha, tantra, vinyasa...), a lot of tips not to get injured and get a wider view about what yoga really is. Namasté dear Anton & Vanessa. You really are in my heart. Love
from France, July 2018
"Enseignants de très grande qualité "
J ai infiniment apprécié le professionnalisme des professeurs qui tenaient à nous transmettre le meilleur de leurs connaissances et compétences, et nous amener à explorer le meilleur de nous-mêmes, de nos capacités. Enseignement respectueux et humain : ce n est pas une usine à donner des diplômes. Excellente ambiance bienveillante et chaleureuse.
from Austria, December 2017
"Eine Yoga-Ausbildung, die mein Leben verändert hat"
Ich bin wahnsinnig begeistert von der gesamten Erfahrung. Alles war stimmig. Die Ausbildung hat mein Leben extrem zum Positiven verändert. Meine eigene Yogapraxis hat nicht nur an wertvollem Fachwissen, sondern auch an spiritueller Tiefe gewonnen. Ich habe in diesen wenigen Wochen mehr über mich selbst und meinen Körper gelernt als das ganze Jahr davor, in dem ich Yoga praktiziert habe. Die Unterkunft war perfekt für mich geeignet. Ich hatte einen Raum mit Ventilator und Badezimmer - alles, was ich brauchte. Der vegane Brunch war vielseitig und immer köstlich. Sowohl die anderen TeilnehmerInnen, als auch die KursleiterInnen sind wie eine Familie für mich geworden. Ich werde diese Wochen als wundervolle Erinnerung in meinem Herzen behalten und freue mich viele dieser lieb gewonnenen Menschen bald wiederzusehen. Ich kann diese Yogalehrer-Ausbildung wirklich jedem 100%ig ans Herz legen.
from Australia, December 2017
I've traveled around 5 months and decided to come to Anahata Yoga Shala for the 28 Days TTC. Well, it was the best month.
The teachers are amazing. Everyone has their own kind of teaching and their own character. They showed us how diverse Yoga is.
The Vegan Brunch was fabulous! Some non-vegans joked that they could become vegans if some1 would cook for them like this everyday.
The whole community is kind, loving, funny, non-judging and caring. We were 18 students and, quite frankly, it felt like having a new family.
I stayed in HutSun, make sure to stay there as well! Pool, beautiful rooms and bungalows, very kind host and good service.
No written exams, beautiful location with amazing restaurants, nice accommodation (in HutSun) and caring, loving ppl around you.
from Thailand, December 2017
"Perfect for deep Yoga knowledge + a lot of LOVE"
Everyone's practicing level or flexibility were accepted and everything was without any pressure! It's really professional and all teacher having a deep knowledge about yoga! The teachers all have their own way and this is what keeps a balance and harmony there! I'm in love with Anahata Yoga Shala