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29 Days Yoga Teacher Training Course in Thailand

  • Banbourtong, Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Overview

Thailand Yoga Teacher Training

Gaiatreeschool will be organizing a unique transformative and powerful training course for all yoga teachers and those who want to become one. During the intense sadhana practice you will be sensitive to feel the Earths energy and take within. Breathing the fresh and clean forest air and practicing pranayama as an integral part of yoga have a deep and practical significance here. You will be living in an Ashram. Practicing the asanas under these conditions helps to a better understanding of yoga and meditation. Gaiatreeschool's yoga is a therapeutic yoga which is not the same as a conventional yoga class. It is member of YAI (Yoga Alliance International) and all courses offered are certified.

Highlights

  • Meditation and Vipassana sessions
  • Evening discussions and consultation
  • Yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology
  • Daily yoga classes on Asana and pranayama
  • Daily organic vegetarian Thai food
  • Practical teaching methodologies
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Karma and Hatha Yoga

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 28 days with instruction
  • English
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You can choose to stay in single room, double rooms, 5 bed dormitory with five beds or a separate house with beds. If you want, you can also camp in a tent. Dinner will be served on the big terrace overlooking a wonderful view over the forest. The big yoga hall is used for yoga and meditation classes.

It’s a rustically local old traditional Thai farm house with an easy lifestyle. Bathrooms are separate. In long walks through the forest and countryside, yoga classes and deep meditation can help you find yourself, gain energy, and vitality. The hot sulfur springs also give you new strength and energy.

Gaiatreeschool's Yoga is a therapeutic yoga which is for people with serious illnesses and yoga therapy last an hour in general or will be taught in small groups. In this retreat, you will be practicing in ordinary small groups with maximum 10 students. Therapeutic yoga is gentle and caring, although it can also be a challenge. So a strong focus is put on body awareness, posture, coupled with movement leading to a relaxed, rhythmic breathing.

Participants will be taught the therapeutic yoga class, as they can perceive the subtle sensations of their muscles and joints, organs, and inner experience of the spirit. Furthermore, a strong emphasis is placed on relaxation. The approach is always tailored on each individual’s needs, abilities, and reactions. The teacher / therapist has the task to observe the student in his exercises and determine contraindications. Each participant on a call before the exercise begins. At the end of each course, the student gets the right sequence of different exercises, techniques and behavioral clues and can then implement these in every daily life. Regular consultations are part of the training plan.

Daily schedule

06:30 Individual practice in the center / lectures

07:30 Meditation / Vipassana in the group (Sangha)

08:30 Pranayama / breathing exercises

09:00 Yoga class

11:00 Brunch / relaxing/ Karma yoga / massages

13:00 Lectures/ self-study/ Hindi or Sanskrit class

14:30 Practical-methodical training/ yoga classes for beginners

16:30 Yoga class for all levels

18:00 Meditation / Vipassana / Puja / Satsang

19:00 Dinner / break / bathing

The intense 200 hours training in all aspects of yoga (philosophy, asanas, kriyas, pranayama, meditation, mudra, bandha, anatomy and physiology) is the foundation for a practical-methodical teacher training. Our brand new dual training concept includes the teaching from first moment onward.

Asanas

There are 84 asanas in the Hatha tradition. These poses are used to steady the body and mind, making the practitioner more energetic, free from disease, and ready for the practice of meditation. These are often the most familiar part of yoga tradition in the Western world.

Pranayamas

These practices utilize breathing to control and influence the flow of vital life force (prana) in the body. Pranayamas are practiced after asana practice. You will learn and practice the basic pranayamas and Kriyas.

Meditation / Vipassana

Dhyana, or meditation, is the practice of calming the mind and body through controlling the thoughts, calming the senses, and deep concentration. You will get an overview about the various techniques in yoga. Basically you will practice Vipassana which is a part of this program. It's one of the oldest Indian meditation techniques. It is the process of self-purification by self-observation. He begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness one observes the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence (anicce), suffering (dukha ) and egolessness (annatta ). This truth-realization by direct experience is the process of cleaning. The entire path (Dhamma ) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with organized religion or sectarianism. Sila provides a basis for the development of samadhi - concentration of the mind and the purification of the mind is achieved through panna - the wisdom of insight.

Mudras

Mudras are advanced yogic techniques that alter mood, attitude, and perception, thereby deepening awareness and concentration. They have a subtle but powerful effect on energy flow in the body and thus are a good preparation for deeper spiritual practices. You will learn to practice five mudras during the training.

Bandhas

Bandhas are bodily locks that help to redirect the flow of energy in the body. They involve locking the chin, abdomen, and perennial region. As they are an advanced practice, they are best practiced individually under stable instruction before being incorporated into other yogic practices. You will be practicing bandhas every morning during the Kundalini session.

Yoga philosophy

For successful yoga practice, there must be an understanding of the ancient yoga philosophies as described in traditional texts based on Bhhagavadgita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Anatomy and physiology of Hatha yoga

It is important for yoga teachers to understand the movements and range of motion of the human body, as well as the inner workings of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems. This knowledge will help teachers to address the safety concerns of students and give proper adjustments, while helping students understand the full benefits and limitations of their practice.

Teaching methodologies - learning to instruct

From the beginning of the course, you will teach in the group (dual system). You will learn how to prepare good yoga class, to bring the different parts and sequences in a systematically and logically way together. You will learn to use an effective and clear language, to observe your students and adjust them in the right way. The unique combination of Gaiatree Yoga (Yoga Sutra) and Vipassana (Sattipathana Sutra) is expanding the popular concept of Hatha yoga as a physical discipline, in a strong therapeutic and spiritual dimension. There is yoga of self-discovery. In this case, the practitioner develops powerful techniques that can be integrated into everyday life. Thus the unconscious forces of the restless spirit are harmonized and resolved the emotional conflicts.

Special Sunday programs to Doi saket hot spring, Doi Saket and Chiang Mai.

Mike Narada Wohne

Mike Narada is German and he has been living in India for the last 7 years. As co-founder of Gaiatreeschool Foundation and the Vishwanedam Ashram (from Sanskrit: where the universe grow) in the centre of Odisha, he has been involved for many years for the rights of Adivasi / tribal people. Yoga and Vipassana has been an integral part in his life for more than 20 years.

For the last six years, he has led the Buddhism Mahabodhi Yoga Highschool in Leh / Ladakh in Himalaya. Every year, up to 3.000 students join in his inspiring yoga and meditation classes, TTC and different courses in 3.500 meters above sea level. His yoga classes are well structured and are testimony of a sound knowledge and basic experience. In Banbourtong / North Thailand Mike founded a yoga and meditation center where he organizes successfully different forms of retreats.

Shashirekha Putel

Shashi is 25 years old and was born in Odisha/ India. Her last name, Putel, means the caste of farmers. Together with her seven years younger twin siblings, she grew up in a small village in western Odishas. She fulfilled her greatest wish as a yoga teacher in recent years. For over 6 years, she practiced mostly herself and 4 years ago, she completed her training as a yoga teacher and works in the Mahabodhi center as a co-teacher. She teaches the beginner classes as well as Hindi and Sanskrit.She practise Yoga since childhood and studied for more than two years in different places in India. As follower of Sri Aurobindo she is closely linked to the Hindu way of life. Having grown up in India, she speaks Sanskrit and Hindi. Her Yoga classes are very empathetic and balancing.

Katja

Katja is German and she is an experienced yoga teacher who has studied with Yoga Hari (Sampoorna Yoga) in Florida. As a general doctor she has a comprehensive anatomical and medical knowledge. Her yoga classes are characterized by harmony and balance.

Banbourtong (Spring- Flower) is a small community in the countryside, on the way from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. In the middle of the Thai jungle, the place is surrounded by tropical flora and fauna, located on a small hill from where you can have a stunning view of the surrounding mountain peaks. Within minutes of walking, the Earth opens and gives hot sulfur springs water. You can literally feel the energy of Mother Earth on this place. Here, you can watch the bustle of the village in the evening, cleanse yourself, and enjoy the yoga day.

Nearby places

  • Doi Saket - 20 minutes

The in-house cook, Noi prepares all the meals and teaches Thai cooking. You will be served delicious, local, organic vegetarian Thai food for brunch and dinner. You will also be offered fresh local fruits and tea all day.

  • Bicycle tours in the mountains
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Gain new strength and energy through the hot sulphur springs
  • Indulge in professional Thai yoga, oil or herbal massages
  • Special Sunday programs to Doi saket hot spring, Doi Saket and Chiang Mai
  • Take a walk through the forest and countryside

Massages are available at an extra cost.

  • Thai massage
  • Ayurveda massage
  • Oil massage or herbal massage
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Daily bath in hot spring
  • Fresh fruits and drinks
  • Individual consultation lectures
  • Renting bicycle
  • Training manualVegetarian brunch and dinner
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Extra treatments
  • Transport from Chiang Mai and back
  • Optional tours
For information about the booking conditions, please send Gaiatreeschool an inquiry.
  • Review by Amrei Hellwig from Germany

    "Thanks for the nice time in Banbourtong / Chiang in May. It was a wonderful time for me and my girlfriends with meditation, yoga in a beautiful , jungle -like nature and silence , served delicious food , lovingly prepared by Noi . I am happy to come back"

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  • Review by Annet Gosens from Breda, the Netherlands

    "GaiaTreeSchool is a really nice teachers training course. Although the programme is quite tight and tough, there is still time left to relax, study or whatever you like. The place, Ban Bourton (about 45 minutes from Chiang Mai) is really nice! It is at the country side and only a 10-minutes walk to the village, it is a quiet place, surrounded by a lot of nature. The hostess named Noi is a very lovely woman and a terrific cook! Every day she surprised us with her cooking arts. Even if you are not a vegetarian, you start thinking about to become one.I can really recommend this course to everyone who is thinking of becoming a yoga teacher or everyone who wants to 'refind' themselves!"

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  • Review by Tk Matsabu from Johannesburg, South Africa

    "Absolutely unreal experience. Only went for 5 days but this place helped me get in touch with my mind and body. Learned some amazing lessons I can apply to everyday and met the greatest people during my stay. Mike and Sashi are such great teachers! Namaste."

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  • Review by Hope Matthews from Fishers, USA

    "I had a wonderful experience at Gaiatreeschool! The setting was beautiful, the accommodations were rustic but clean and appropriate for the setting and atmosphere. Meals were delicious. Noi is an awesome cook and so sweet! She really makes you feel cared for. Mike was a great leader and really cared about making your experience the best it could be. I would definitely recommend going!"

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  • Review by Bronte Cleo

    "It was an awesome retreat. The location was great and the yoga center was on top of a tree house which overlooks the whole mountain range. It offered vegetarian food which was all organic and self- grown. My friend was a carnivore but he enjoyed it equally well. The yogis were very patient with us beginners, and the "ah ma" there was so nice to us, even offered us a ride back to the city. They were lovely people. Left with a grateful heart and light lit up by yoga philosophy"

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  • Review by Braundt from Hong Kong, China

    "Thanks for the time with you, it was full of surprises and we had a great retreat. The environment was perfect, so peaceful and quiet, it was such a nice place to unwind and reconnect with nature and ourselves. Maybe it was the chat at the very beginning that have explained us the basics and elements of yoga plus the philosophy, so it gave us a deeper understanding of what to expect. It really helped - especially the question on happiness, it made us get into our thoughts. And your patience with us in yoga too, really appreciate that.I would say the highlight of the retreat was the hot spring at Banbourtong. It has such unique vibe of tranquility. It was so relaxing and nice to be washing up under moonlight . Will make sure to keep it secret. Didn't have the chance to say good bye and thank you to you. And also thanks to the Thai ladies who drove us back to our resort, she was so nice to us eventhough it was so late at night and still waited for us.I absolutely have no complaints and would really hope to come back some day if I can take one whole month of holidays off for the yoga teacher training. Would love to see Ladakh too! Thanks again and take care. Namaste."

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  • Review by Tracy Javis from Seatle, USA

    "The retreat in Banbourtong Thailand was truly a magical experience. I have done many yoga and meditation retreats, each are unique and each stick with you the rest of your life. This was an individual journey; a spiritual cleansing even if you are conscious of it or not. Every day life can drive you away from perspective and a retreat like this helps get you back on track. It also gives you the tools to create new habits and ways to bring more peace to every day life. Our mind is a muscle and Mike helps jump start the work out; to observe and control your daily reactions.It is evident that Mike lives and breaths these teachings, they are rooted in wisdom and authenticity. He bring decades of experience from all over the world and from the source of yoga, India! The yoga covers all kinds of styles and is customized to the students. It is not easy for sure, but nothing that is worthwhile is. I am a certified yoga teacher and not only learned a lot but was challenged. We also had students that have never done yoga and they were able to successfully learn.Learning Vipassana and taking silence for a week was obviously difficult but not at the same time. It was peaceful, and necessary to really learn and go inside. The retreat schedule was full from morning to night, from classes, to walks, to hot springs trips, to massages and fantastic food. I enjoyed the intense schedule and thoughtfulness of the flow. You can tell everything was built to teach you from the ground up, it was well structured and came from love.The house was rustic, the location was peaceful and the staff were beyond sweet. This was home for a short time but will be a lifetime of memories to help find our way home when we get lost.I highly recommend considering a retreat with Mike! Thank you again for a wonder end to 2014, I am beyond grateful!"

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  • Review by Roy Langer from Copenhagen, Denmark

    "Gaiatreeschool rocks!The 6 Days Yoga and Vipassana Retreat with the honoured Ajarn Mike Narada in Ban Bourtong has been both a challenging and purifying experience for both my body and mind. Ajarn Narada was mindful and attentive to both newbies and more experienced participants, so everyone learned a lot. The unique Gaiatreeschool combination of yoga and meditation was very powerful. The location - in the middle of the forest, but close to a village and hot springs - was simply perfect. And, being a food lover, I will never forget gracious Noi and her staff, who prepared the most delicious vegetarian meals for us.In conclusion, I am - weeks after - still really happy about this retreat experience. Hence, I can recommend this retreat to anyone, who would like to get control of her/his restless mind and a stronger, more healthy and agile body. Gaiatreeschool indeed improves and rocks you!"

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  • Review by Meta from Singapore

    "Gaiatreeschool yoga retreat was the perfect way to end my 2014. Spending the last 5 days of the year in silence, going within and just being with myself in the waking hours and through the meditations while nurturing the body through yoga, was the best gift I could give myself. The location of the retreat was also absolutely beautiful. It reminded me to be thankful for being alive on this beautiful Earth."

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  • Review by Andreas from Zittau, Germany

    "Hi Mike. After many years of more or less regular yoga practice, this year I joined your YTTC from 01.06.2015 - 28.06.2015 in Leh, India. I had planned just four weeks of intensive one on one yoga practice. You've managed to inspire me so that after the very intense four weeks training, little by little I have found fun in teaching yoga myself. Within those four weeks, I have received a very challenging yoga practice through you, a very interesting anatomy lesson by Anke and a lot of help by Shashi. I gained a lot of new experiences, had a lot of yoga practice, a lot of fun and got a lot of ideas and suggestions.Your Yoga was very challenging for me, but I never felt overwhelmed. You've also shown me where my weaknesses are, and where I still need to catch up. Even the Meditation Retreat in Choglamsar was an very good experience I would not want to miss.So as a conclusion: It was a four very beautiful, exhausting weeks for me, very good accommodation, good tips and help, even during preparation, everything well organized. Time went by so fast because I felt very much at home in Leh. Thank you very much."

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  • Review by Jamie Thomas Haugheys from Germany

    "Gaitree Retreat is beautiful nature with hotsprings with healing power and no tourism. It is colder out here in the mountains of Chang Mai and at night the forest is playing a complete symphony of crickets, frogs, birds and creatures I have not yet decided what they are."

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