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Practice Karma yoga and selflessly give for the benefit of others while preparing yourself to be a certified yoga teacher in this course. It is Samma Karuna's mission to cultivate a lifestyle that fosters inner growth and helps people to rediscover meaning and purpose in their lives. They believe that everyone already has everything it takes to create a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable existence. They just need to renew their relationship with themselves, their community, and their environment.
Samma Karuna is nestled amongst the palm trees, beautiful beaches, and jungle landscapes of Koh Phangan. The island is a perfect environment for self-discovery and self-development. There are many lodging options available in the area offering a wide range of amenities. All of the rooms have their own private bathrooms.
Comfortable and spacious bungalow room with amenities and sea view.
Standard private medium range bungalow with air conditioner.
Simple and clean bungalow with fan or standard medium with air conditioner shared with another student.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
The program covers all Yoga Alliance requirements but also includes an exceptional study of yoga techniques and practices.
Sundays are days off. During the four weeks, the time schedule will be the same, but the topics will change according to the program.
Prerequisites to enroll in the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour Course are previous experience on yoga practice, an open flexible mind, commitment to learning, and motivation to become a yoga teacher. A high level of self-discipline is required during the course as it is physically, mentally, and spiritually demanding but also highly rewarding.
You must be able to read, speak, and comprehend English with a satisfactory degree of fluency.
By volunteering with Samma Karuna for two to three hours a day, you can practice Karma yoga and selflessly give for the benefit of others. Volunteering is typically done at the school or in nearby areas. They have programs to volunteer at Phangan Animal Car
e, work at an organic farm, or help at the school in activities such as assisting in classes, Welcome Center duties, distributing flyers, etc.
The volunteering is offered either four full weeks before the Teacher Training Course starts (recommended) or four full weeks immediately after your Teacher Training Course finish. In exceptional cases, volunteering can be allowed during your course as well.
Samma Karuna actively works to develop empathy and compassion. By bringing their light and energy forth, they help to open up people's hearts, ease each other's suffering, and cultivate long lasting happiness.
The community program is designed for people that have worked on themselves for a minimum of one year, and feel like taking the next step on their path by helping others. You will bring your positive energy and attitude to the school students, whilst being part of the mindful community team that sustains the energy that heals and supports student’s growth.
Community work is divided into three areas, work at the school, assisting the local Thai community, and work on environmental projects. For examples, they have programs to clean the beaches, volunteer in Phangan Animal Care or the local kindergarten, and gardening. You can also assist in classes, help at the welcome center, or distribute flyers, etc.
Ishi is the creator of the bio-development platform and has nine years of experience in different music therapy backgrounds. He is the founder of Samma Karuna and an international teacher, holding a background in a wide spectrum of disciplines including Tantra, Taoism (Tao garden instructor), bio-development, Biodanza, and meditation.
Keith’s mission is to guide others to discover freedom, abundance, and love, through yoga and human connection. He has been passionate about teaching yoga since 2011 and since has lead several teacher trainings, workshops and events internationally, co-authored The Yoga Fix alignment book, and is a featured teacher online on YogaDownload.com. He completed his initial 200-hour teacher training at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico, and in the years since, has practiced and studied with several influential teachers, including Kate Mulheron, Shannon Paige, Matt Kapinus, and Shiva Rea. Keith's
Karen Karen has been practicing yoga for over ten year and completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Samma Karuna in 2015. Since then, she has been teaching non-stop in various schools on Koh Phangan, in India, Malaysia and London. She teaches Vinyasa style with strong focus on alignment, awareness of breath and movement, drawing these principles from her personal studies in Ashtanga Yoga, a style she's been practicing since 2016. Karen is also a Reiki master and a student of Advaita Vedanta.
Aliona started her spiritual journey 8 years ago practicing yoga and meditation. In 2012 she met her meditation and reiki Master Mika and her Guru Swamiji, founder of Om Reiki Family Trust. She spent two years helping them in Om Reiki ashrams and centers in Russia, France and India, learning different types of meditation, mind/body awareness, pranayama and healing techniques. Aliona moved to India in 2014 where she was staying with the Osho community in Pune. There she facilitating different Osho active meditations and practiced Reiki. For the last three years she has been traveling and tea
Martin Rietdijk is an experience Yoga Teacher certified on Agama Yoga. His specialities are the knowledge of the Chakra System, Pranayama and still Meditations. Martin is also co-founder of Samma Karuna and lead teacher for the Awakening Classes. Both warm-harted and meditative, Martin brings passion for living in his talks an is an example of ethical behaivour and selfless work.
Samma Karuna is located in front of the beaches of Koh Phangan, a paradisiac island in the Gulf of Thailand. The accommodation is nestled amongst palm trees, beautiful beaches, and jungle landscapes with stunning mountain views. Thong Sala city center is only a 15-minute drive away. Crossing the street from the school, you will find an ATM.
Also you will be able to enjoy "Art Café" - a very famous and cozy coffee shop. The shopping villa Srithanu is just a 5-minute walk away and there you can find supermarkets, a recreational aquatic center as well as restaurants serving both local and international food.
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You will be provided one vegetarian meal a day. You may eat healthy and tasty food served at Samma Karuna's vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Monosodium glutamate, sugar, industrial salt, gluten, refined oil, or artificial flavoring are not used. The menu is designed to optimally support you in your yoga practice.
The location of Samma Karuna is also perfect to enjoy the most popular tourist attractions of Koh Phangan. You can experience popular attractions such as diving, trekking, visiting the Thong Sala night market, enjoying Thai cooking classes, dip in the pools, taking a massage shower, resting in beautiful beaches with incredible sunsets, discovering waterfalls, and being amazed by beautiful natural landscapes!
Surat Thani Airport
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You may book your flight to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. From there, you may fly to Samui Airport (USM). Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways. Flying time about 50 minutes. A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan (see ferry info below).
From Bangkok, you can also fly first to Surat Thani Airport (URT). Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily, flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani Airport (URT) to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about one hour and 30 minutes. At Donsak, you transfer to the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes three hours. Whilst the overall journey is longer than flying directly to Koh Samui, it can be cheaper to fly via Surat Thani, depending on the time of year.
There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of these are sleeper buses. They can be booked from travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station (Sia Thai). The journey takes about ten hours to Donsak, the ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around three hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.
There are ferries from Samui To Koh Phangan. The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00 and 13:00. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00, 11:15, 12:30, and 17:00. The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a ten-minute drive and the Lompraya pier is located 50 minutes from the airport. The Lompraya pier is 50 minutes from the airport. Please take this into consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala pier.
For returning back, the Seatran ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 11:00 and 16:30. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 07:15, 11:00, 12:00, and 16:20.
From Koh Samui airport, there is a shuttle service going to the ferry ports for Koh Phangan. This is usually available as a free service. Please ask for this service when you purchase the ticket for the ferry in the Seatran / Lompraya ferry counter as you exit Koh Samui airport.
Trains leave Bangkok several times daily, the journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available for some services. Leaving the train at Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak pier takes about one hour. From Donsak, the ferry journey takes three hours to Koh Phangan.
There are two companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which takes about six hours. At Chumphon, you transfer to a large express boat that stops at Koh Tao before arriving at Koh Phangan. The boat journey from Chumphon to Koh Phangan takes about three hours.
Local taxis are available from the pier. Please inform the taxi to go to Samma Karuna Srithanu. Please print out instructions in Thai to give to the taxi driver, this will avoid any unnecessary delay and frustration. Taxis are approximately 200 to 300 THB per person.
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