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Sacred Journeys Into Yoga Teacher Training is a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance registered Womens Yoga Training led by Lorraine Taylor and a wonderful team of Guest Teachers including Narayani Baker and Dorien Israel. The course is a four week immersion into the depths and beauty of Yoga plus a supplementary exploration of Devotional Kirtan, Voicework, Sacred Dance and Tantra.
Our venue for the training is on the beautifully serene northwest coast of Koh Phangan. Serenity is a stunning property infused with Mediterranean style and hidden away on its own private beach. Tropical flowers grow throughout the property and views are spectacular with breathtaking sunsets direct from your balcony every evening. The yoga space is bright and airy again with views directly out to sea. There are a variety of private and shared room options available on site and we have a fantastic French/Thai restaurant on site serving wonderful meals as well as fresh juice & smoothies.
Throughout the course, you will work with the Great Wisdom Goddesses (Mahavidyas) which originate from the Indian Tantric tradition and gain understanding of how they can help on your path to Awakening. You will also develop your own personal practice (sadhana), learn how to teach a Yoga class to Beginners/Intermediate and delve into the subtle world of Pranayama. The afternoons will be spent exploring freedom through Voicework, Devotional Kirtan and Sacred Dance. And at the end of each day, a simple Meditation or Yoga Nidra will help to soothe the soul.
The course is designed to empower you to go and teach the sacred! It contains all the necessary information you need to become a unique Yoga teacher. And SO much more. Sacred Journeys Into Yoga helps women reconnect with their feminine essence while balancing both the Divine Feminine and Masculine energies that lie within. This is a very intense journey into spiritual transformation and this direct experience can not be learnt from any book. This training covers the essential groundwork it takes to become a successful teacher and a powerful Yogini.
Thailand’s capital Bangkok is served very well by many scheduled airlines with numerous daily flights from Europe, North America, Australasia and the Middle East as well as many other Asian hubs. Last minute cheap flights are generally a myth, especially at busy times so our advice is to start looking into your travel options as soon as possible. Skyscanner, Kayak, Travelocity and Expedia will all search many airlines for fares but it’s a good idea to contact your local travel agent as well as they may have deals that are not made public on the search engines. If you are coming from the UK, Ollie Raikes at Travel Counsellors can take care of your booking and you can reach him at www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/ollie.raikes. Tel 01865 987790.
STA Travel (not just for students) and Flight Centre can be very competitive plus you have the added advantage of being able to negotiate a little on prices and credit card fees etc. If coming from North America, China-Airlines.com are often cheapest but United Airlines & Korean Air have fantastic deals from time to time too – these prices are generally not published, so it is definitely worthwhile looking at airlines own websites for fares. Be sure to check the terms and conditions of your ticket! Our time together on Koh Phangan promises to be transformational and changes to life plans thereafter are very common. Make sure you are not locked into a non-changeable flight if you can possibly avoid it. Don’t forget to sign up for Frequent Flyer miles!
Once you have arrived in Bangkok, there are many options for getting down to the island. The most convenient (and most expensive) is to fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui with either Bangkok Airways or Thai Airways. Prices generally begin from 100 USD although there are occasionally offers with lower prices. From Koh Samui you can catch any number of boats to Koh Phangan, all easily booked upon arrival at Samui airport and costing 5 to 10 USD including taxi to the pier.
Air Asia fly from Bangkok to the mainland port of Surat Thani and again many boats for Koh Phangan are available from Surat Thani or nearby Donsak for 5 to 10 USD. It is best to check times for the ferry’s before you book your flight or you may end up spending a night in Surat Thani. (www.lomprayah.com www.songserm-expressboat.com www.seatranferry.com)
The most common means for travellers heading to the south of Thailand and to the islands is by overnight train. Joint Tickets to Koh Phangan which include train, bus and boat are readily sold throughout Bangkok and in every travel agent around Khao San Road. Second Class Fan or Air Con sleeper are both perfectly adequate and reasonably comfortable with clean soft sheets, blankets and pillows provided and costs around 25 – 30 USD. If you are in the top bunk however be aware the curtain does not block out the light which will remain on all night. Eye masks are your friend. If you have any trouble booking trains at short notice you may be able to get a cancellation (or a more spacious lower bunk) by going to Hualomphong railway station in Bangkok and booking your train ticket direct. It is also a little cheaper to do it this way. You can then buy your onward boat ticket directly beside the station upon arrival in Surat Thani.
There are also many bus services running from Bangkok to Surat Thani with onward boat tickets. This is certainly the cheapest method available and many tourists travel this way. Tickets are readily available all around Khao San Road. Buses have reclining seats, sometimes show videos and are air conditioned; nice during the day but freezing at night, so bring warm clothes. A standard warning for the buses is that drivers can be very erratic and outrageous speeding is the norm. Also be aware that theft on the buses from under the seats and in the baggage area is unfortunately very common. Please make sure your valuables are safely attached to your body all night and that your baggage is securely locked. If you do decide to come by bus, please seek a Thai Government approved service from the travel agent in Bangkok, this will be the safest option.
Air Asia and Jetstar are the most prominent in a handful of low cost airlines serving the local area. Air Asia have an ever increasing network of international flights coming from Europe, Australasia and India. They regularly have sales and are well worth checking out. Cheap flights into Phuket or Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Sebang in Malaysia are not uncommon and from there you can either connect to Koh Samui by flight or take a long and indirect train journey up to Surat Thani and take the boat as above. Be aware that low cost airlines are very strict in regards to baggage allowances and missed departure fees etc, and they will likely not negotiate or waive anything so be sure to check the terms and conditions of your ticket before you travel.
When you have finally arrived on the island of Koh Phangan either to the port of Haad Rin or Thong Sala, shared taxis are bountiful. Negotiating your fare for the taxi can be quite an experience so remember to smile. Thai people are generally very polite and a smile goes a long way. You should expect to pay between 100 and 150 THB (3 to 5 USD) to come to Serenity Thailand in a shared taxi from Thong Sala, if you arrive at Haad Rin, expect to pay twice that. If you wish for a taxi by yourself, or face a long wait for fellow travellers to share with, it will cost upwards of 600 THB.
Overall, transport in Thailand is reasonably priced and reliable. Consideration, patience, a pillow and a smile are your best travel companions.