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41 Days 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand

Thailand Yoga Teacher Training

Join this 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training program directed by Jonas Westring, team Shantaya, and specialized faculty Carlos Pomeda and Balaram Chandra. This program consists of three individual 100-hour modules that form a complete 36-day intensive 300-hour program. All modules are established in a regular steady rhythm of pranayama, kriya, meditation, and asana.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Daily lecture and practicum sessions
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • 36 nights accommodation
  • Ayurvedic yoga therapy
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Advanced

Yoga styles

40 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will be staying in either private or shared rooms.

Shantaya Yoga and Bodywork School Chiang Mai Yoga Teacher Training Program

The three individual 100-hour modules that form a complete 36-day intensive 300-hour program are:

Module I - Yoga Structure

  • Yoga anatomy and therapeutic benefits of yoga
  • November 3 - 15, 2016 (100 hours)
  • Main faculty: Jonas Westring
  • Supported by Team Shantaya
  • This module strengthens yoga teachers understanding of both structural and functional anatomy as well as therapeutic techniques and benefits of yoga practices.
  • Shantaya Yoga and Bodywork School approach begins with education and empowerment of yoga teachers by expanding the understanding of the body and its relationship to yoga asana. Using anatomy and bio-mechanics, alignment-based asana, principles of alignment, physiotherapy, therapeutic bodywork techniques, and more – they investigate the physical structure and function of the body while shedding light on the therapeutic benefits of an intelligent and lasting approach.
  • Structural anatomy and body systems: detailed study of the musculo-skeletal systems and an overview of other body systems including respiratory, nervous, circulatory, and endocrine.
  • Functional anatomy and kinesiology: study of how the body moves and works through its major muscle groups while identifying joints, key muscles, fascial networks, tendons, ligaments and bony landmarks – and looking at their association to movement and problems in the body.
  • Joint range of motion and movement patterns: learn how the major joints move: restricted / normal / excessive joint range-of-motion. Identify imbalances and common problems that arise through life patterns in everyday living and in yoga practice.
  • Therapeutic problem regions: categorizing and investigating common problem areas of the body including: feet, ankles, knees, hips, pelvis, SI joints, spinal column, shoulder girdle, elbows, wrists, and hands.
  • Hands-on assisting and adjusting: manual techniques and therapeutic tools to stabilize, mobilize, and align the body so it can return to homeostasis, a balanced place free from stress.
  • Therapeutic practices and techniques: a range of effective therapeutic methods and techniques that add up to a toolbox of exercises with therapeutic benefits.

Module II - Meditation, subtle body and yoga philosophy

  • November 17 - 29, 2016 (100 hours)
  • Main faculty: Carlos Pomeda
  • Supported by Jonas Westring and Team Shantaya
  • This module focuses on stabilizing the mind (meditation), discovery of energetics (subtle body), and unpacks yoga philosophy (especially tantric).
  • Each day will begin with a two-hour sadhana led by Jonas Westring / Team Shantaya. Then followed by two daily 2,5-hour sessions with comprehensive lectures and meditations by world-renowned scholar Carlos Pomeda. Evenings will have additional activities including film, kirtan, restoratives, and every other evening free time.
  • Lectures and topics covered by Carlos Pomeda (more additions will come: Upanishads, Tantra, subtle body).
  • History and evolution of yoga and its methodology through the ages: this seminar will lead you through the tantalizing history of yoga, exploring its development and the subtleties you can learn and apply to your practice. Understand the differences of the various forms of yoga. There is a river of joy that runs through each current of yoga, and this joy is infectious!
  • The tantric universe: what is most unique about tantric yoga philosophy is the fact that its teachings and practices are best suited for contemporary life. Tantra presents an inspiring view of the world and of human existence addressing: the heart, the intellect, the body, and the environment.
  • Spanda Karikas: what is the secret of the tremendous display of energy behind all natural phenomena? What is the dynamism of life? What is that power which enlivens our senses and our mind? How can you be in contact with the source of energy and happiness?
  • Dharma: what is right and what is wrong? How can you confront the dilemmas that life often presents to you? Explore the traditional wisdom on the topic of dharma, or ethics, and extracts valuable guidance for life.
  • Yoga sutras: this fascinating source text contains a well of knowledge that provides a deeper understanding of reality and gives powerful insights to make your practice deeper. You will explore those deeper teachings and practices.
  • Bhagavad Gita: karma, bhakti, and jnana. What is the relationship between the emotions and yoga – and between yoga and your daily activities? Investigate the answers of the yoga tradition since its beginning through an exploration of the Bhagavad Gita.

Module III - Using Ayurveda to enhance your life, practice, and teaching

  • December 1 - 13, 2016 (100 hours)
  • Main faculty: Balaram Chandra
  • Supported by Team Shantaya
  • This module takes a comprehensive look at the complimentary sister science of yoga known as Ayurveda, the science of life.
  • Ayurveda आयुर्वेद is not a new or old system to be implemented but a “vision”(veda) of the simple patterns in “life” (ayu) which are already present. Yoga is a dynamic system which Ayurveda utilizes as a means to enhance health, maintain health, or to bring oneself into balance by using easily available means:
  • The body – all of it’s parts and functions
  • The breath – functions and supports of vayu (air) and prana
  • The mind – all of it’s parts and functions (chitta)
  • The soul – awareness / consciousness
  • All encompassing spirit / divinity and all of its parts and functions: it is possible to predict, observe, and reflect upon the influences of all substance experienced and actions expressed. The intelligent person accepts that everything is influencing and will influence all aspects of your life, whether it is immediately perceivable or not. All parts of your body, your mind, and your behaviors are affected and may or may not assist in the balancing of various needs of life and the achievement of desires. We seek to develop understanding of and mastery of all gross and subtle substance and functions of the human body through the yoga tradition and Ayurveda and be established in swastha (health).
  • Ayurveda foundations in theory and practice: Daily yoga sadhana (complete practice), lecture, and practicum
  • Sankhya Darshan: An in-depth overview of the traditional vedic perspective of the universal parts (tattvas) that come together to provide the human experience within subtle (psychology) and gross (physical) bodies.
  • Guna, element, and dosha theory: Specific elaboration on the utilization of substance and actions to effectively balance health, and successfully live an outstanding life full of enthusiasm, satisfaction, and joy.
  • Ayurvedic yoga therapy asana, pranayama, and meditation: Using traditional yoga techniques we will immerse in a detailed exploration of how to adjust and stabilize the elements within the body and mind, seek and discover what prana functionally is, and sharpen awareness, and all of its evolutes within chitta for the purpose of health and greater goal achievement.
  • Dinacharya: Daily self care routine for yoga teachers to maintain health and support recovery from any imbalance, illness, or disease.

Pre-requisites and Yoga Alliance

  • To qualify for the full 300-hour advanced program (all 3 modules) you must have completed a 200-hour YTT Program (of any type and school).
  • To join 1 or 2 modules of the 300-hour advanced program you do not need to have previously completed a 200-hour YTT program.
  • Those who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved program (with any school) plus Shantaya Yoga and Bodywork School's 300-hour advanced program can become RYT500 with the Yoga Alliance.


Jonas Westring
Jonas Westring was trained as a physiotherapist in his native Sweden and is also a licensed Physical Therapist in the United States. Jonas has personal experience in many yoga styles, and especially Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa. He is the founder-director of Shantaya Yoga & Bodywork School based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. When not at his home in Chiang Mai, Jonas teaches and travels worldwide sharing the essence of yoga, bio-mechanics and therapeutics with precision, clarity and joy.
Carlos Pomeda
He received formal, traditional training in yoga during almost 18 years as a monk of the Sarasvati order, 9 of which he spent in India, in the Siddha Yoga Ashram, studying under the guidance of Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. He learned the various systems of Indian philosophy, immersed himself in the practice of yoga and became one of the senior teaching monks of the tradition – teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world.
Balarama Chandra Das
Balarama Chandra currently focuses his professional practice on Ayurvedic psychology and habit reformation through positive expression and the simple means of yoga, breath, and diet.

Retreat location

The training will be held at Amaravati Ashram in Mae Rim, 20 kilometers north of Chiang Mai. This beautiful spacious venue is located on top of a hill with panoramic mountain views and built with high standard according to traditional vastu (principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement, spatial geometry). The ashram is a suitable venue for yoga studies and easily reached from Chiang Mai city / airport (and is located next door to the Four Seasons Resort).



  • Outdoor swimming pool


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Terrace

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Three daily and healthy vegetarian meals are included in this packages. It covers a variety of Indian, ayurvedic, Thai, and fusion.

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy panoramic mountain views in Mae Rim
  • Trips to Chiang Mai

What's included

  • 36 nights accommodation
  • Ayurvedic yoga therapy
  • Daily lecture and practicum sessions
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yoga Alliance certification

What's not included

  • Accommodation between modules
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