Sunny Yoga offers yoga classes for all skill levels as well as yoga teacher trainings and retreats on a beautiful jungle hilltop in Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Yoga Retreats (3)
Sunny is originally from Thailand but had moved to Canada in 2000. Her yoga passion started in 2008 when she went for her first yoga session in Winnipeg. In 2011, she received her RYT 200 yoga teacher training certification, where she was trained in the Sivananda style. She started her teaching career in Bangkok area at a fitness center, and then assisted and led a few yoga teacher training classes in Kerala, India. After returning from India, she decided to move to Koh Phangan, Thailand to start building her own yoga teaching business, which she did in 2012.
Arya Murty is the founder and director of Arya Yoga Sala. He belongs to a South Indian Brahmin family from Andhra Pradesh and started his yogic practices at the age of 15. By the age of 18, he was initiated into Mantra yoga and his practices included the mantras of Ganesh, Shiva, and Shakti. He finds joy in sharing the knowledge he has cultivated from various traditional Indian yoga teachers. To date, he has taught yoga philosophy, asanas, and meditation mostly to international students, in over 30 yoga teacher training courses.
Nancy’s life changing journey started as she walked away from her corporate job to find her heart’s desire. She followed her desire- travelling guided her through healing from her burn-out and she found new inspiration for her life. Yoga, Reiki and Meditation in combination with the nature and the holistic Ayurvedic system of self-healing helped Nancy to create the right balance, mindfulness and peace in her body, mind and soul to reach her purpose in life with love, compassion and consciousness. She teaches Ayurveda, Partner Yoga and Chakra Yoga during Sunny Yoga teacher trainings.
Born into a Theravada Buddhist family, Nishan has practiced meditation since 1998, learning through monasteries, meditation groups, and self-study. He began teaching meditation in 2004 and currently works in Thailand, offering his wisdom at Healing Centers, Yoga Teacher Training Courses and to individuals. He has practiced all the main forms of Theravada Buddhist meditations, focusing on Metta (Unconditional Love) and Vipassana (Insight). Through his practice, he gained a strong awareness of other people's mind states which enables him to help people see and heal their own emotional pains.
When I was 28 years old, a heart attack awakened me to a journey of self-discovery as a student of the healing arts. I have experienced and witnessed profound healing through the power of conscious connected breathing. When we learn how to consciously connect to our breath with mindful awareness and breathe in specific rhythms, we can gently move into expanded states to receive guidance and insight straight to our hearts. Breathwork is a profound tool for moving emotions, unleashing creativity and connecting with Divine intelligence.
Phra Nick Dhammarato
As a Buddhist monk in the Theravada lineage since 2005, Venerable Phra Nick has cultivated a very deep meditation practice. Having practiced with a range of Theravada Buddhist teachers, mainly in the Thai forest tradition, and Mahasi-style Vipassana, he has done several six month Vipassana retreats and currently focuses on Vipassana and Metta practice. He has also carefully studied the Tipitaka (original teachings of the Buddha) as well as modern teachings on Buddhism, meditation, and psychology. He attends some of the workshops and closely reviews and guides the course design and book.
from Japan, March 2020
"Learned more than I expected"
It was so much fun and we were laughing all the time, despite all the new information being quite intense! The course structure - each lecture presented answers to questions I had the day before and had a link to with the practical classes. My body got so tired from ~4hrs of yoga/day, so Sunny accommodated for that with restorative classes at the right time. The quality of the classes had a good balance between new challenges and asanas I was never able to do, and really learning and going over the basics in an easy-to-follow format. I can still hear Sunny's instructions when I practice! And there's a mind-blowing surprise practice on the last day, what a trip! The personalities and teaching styles of the different teachers gave me a lot to learn from, in creating my own style. They were all very personable and open with her experiences, and understood our individual journeys could get emotional at times, so we received a lot of support. The setting was also beautiful, up in the trees with fresh-cut fruit each day is hard to beat. Also super close to Zen beach, and everything you need within walking distance.
from France, February 2020
"A great experience! "
Really great times how make me grow up ! People, place and training are just perfect like they was 🙏
from United States, February 2020
"Learned more than I wanted!"
I love Sunny and Nancy! They are superb teachers. You can tell they are very knowledge and knows how to teach well! It’s a talent to not just know, but to share in a very digestible and practical way. Their energies made it easy for all of us to be present and absorb.
Sunny taught teaching methodology, the asana classes, and the practicum classes.
Nancy taught Ayurveda, chakra, chakra balancing yoga, and partner yoga.
I enjoyed Adam teaching us anatomy, especially about fascia. He taught us the Western and Eastern aspects of the body/medicine, and nicely tied it to yoga.
Lucy and Mattia were also our asana teachers. All out teacher emphasized breathing, concentration, and meditation. Their classes very fun and informative!
Haz was our morning mediation teacher.
I enjoyed Cheryl’s kirtan, knowledge of philosophy, and her flexibility!
The meal included was delicious and nourishing! (Plus fresh fruits and coconut ?! :)!
I will miss every aspect of what I enjoyed. It has deeply made me grown as a person and built my confidence as a yoga teacher.
from Sweden, September 2019
"Wonderful teacher training on a paradise island!"
I am really happy I chose to do my yoga teacher training at Sunny Yoga! It was truly an amazing experience and the support received by the teachers was truly appreciated. Sunny is such a passionate yoga teacher who is always open to your ideas and thoughts on something. She is very demanding, which I loved because it forces you to keep trying and improving your practice. Yet, she was always happy to help with any questions or concerns we might have. I was really impressed with her commitment to her students :)
The course is very intense physically, mentally and emotionally, but you are guided by very experienced and friendly teachers throughout it. I evolved immensely in my personal yoga and meditation practice. From day 1 you are taught how to teach yoga in the methodology class, which was really good as it gives you the entire month to get comfortable and confident in your own teaching.
Even though the course is very intense, make sure you take some time to explore the beautiful surroundings. I don't think I could've chosen a better place for my teacher training - I feel I received a very solid foundation of knowledge of yoga, yoga philosophy, teaching methodology, Ayurveda but also loved having my own cozy private bungalow to rest in after a long day, exploring the beautiful beaches, mountains & amazing food (make sure to get the Pad Thai at Phangan Cove!)
from Turkey, September 2019
"It was like a beautiful dream which passed so fast!"
I am so happy that I experienced my first YTT with Sunny Yoga. I met amazing people there and we shared special moments and feelings all together in a very kind way that heals you. I can say that it was a quiet good 28days in terms of classes, teachers, location and accommodation. In the yoga methodology class you are getting involved to teaching even starting from the first days which is really important for you to focus on the reason of why you are there. Also Ayurveda class was one of my favourites, it opened my mind to the places that I have never heard before. And the island is so beautiful! I fell in love with Koh Phangan. Such a calm and pure beauty!
from Portugal, September 2019
"A gift that keeps on giving"
The 28 day YTT with Sunny was such a wonderful experience. The course was challenging physically, mentally, emotionally - but with Sunny and the group of teachers she selected to work with us - I knew I was in good hands. You can feel that Sunny genuinely loves what she does, and she takes the time to work with each student individually to ensure everyone advances in their own practice (even if that means getting back to basics to have a strong foundation!). There are also ample opportunities to teach and lead, so you can improve your confidence and capabilities as a teacher. The 28 days is intense, and at times it is difficult for body and mind to process everything happening at the time, but now that I am back home, I can truly feel how much my yoga, meditation, and pranayama practice has evolved thanks to the experience shared with Sunny and her team.
from Czechia, March 2019
"One of the best decisions I made🙏"
I am very happy I decided to do my YTT at Sunny Yoga and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about their yoga teacher path. Sunny is such a beautiful person and great teacher. She is professional and her training is very well structured - I really liked her classes of teaching metodology and I appreciated that we had to prepare and teach 3 different sequences of yoga (which is not usual at many yoga teacher trainings as I could compare it to my friends experiences). What is more after the completion of the training we got a chance to teach a public class which was great opportunity.
I also enjoyed the variety of yoga styles during the morning practice (hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga, yin). Yoga philosophy classes and Ayurveda were my favourites.
The view from the yoga studio (hidden in the jungle) is just priceless, the vegan buffet so delicious and there are many good eateries around & beach is in a walking distance.
This training was absolutely worth it, I consider it one my best decisions. I learnt a lot during this month, met many interesting people and we had great time together. Thank you very much Sunny. I will never forget❤️
from United Kingdom, February 2019
"Amazing Experience "
Sunny and Nancy were both near perfect yoga teachers. Really good attention to detail and very concise. They seemed to know all the asanas; their names; their benefits; the exact positioning and the best methods for adjustment.
In terms of theoretical classes Sunny and Nancy (who taught yoga history and Ayurveda respectively) were able to clearly impart their knowledge without ever coming across as dogmatic, which for someone who is not really spiritual (like me) was really appreciated.
I also enjoyed the variety of classes. Sunny asks different teachers to take the morning class to give students experience of different styles which I thought was fantastic.
Another shout out to kris who led a number of classes and who was a brilliant vinyasa teacher. Similarly to Adam, who led the anatomy classes. These were really well structured and I found them really interesting
Again thanks all for the amazing experience.
from United States, September 2018
"It was good"
The location and food were amazing, i think sunny is an amazing teacher
from Ireland, July 2018
The course was great value for money, Sunny is an amazing teacher who shared so much knowledge! I feel that the course covered a lot of information and I feel confident in my abilities to teach yoga. It was a life changing month of intensive yoga!
Sara Randant Ayran
from Bosnia and Herzegovina, March 2018
"One month of bliss and challenge in paradise."
It was great to learn so many different styles of yoga from lots of different teachers. It really inspired us to find our own voice as teachers and move forward with confidence.
from Malaysia, December 2017
"Best month of my life!!!"
What a truly amazing experience, everything was better than expected! From day 1 Sunny and Shannon took really good care of us planning and perfecting the schedule so we could focus on all the aspects of our learning. We had experienced so many different styles of yoga and also learned about other aspects of yoga living / teaching such as ayurveda, philosophy and anatomy. All the teachers have been amazing and totally different so we could find something to suit us all. The course gives you a lot of opportunities to create and practice your own sequences, which is really great. Upon graduation those of us who wanted to even had a chance to teach a real class! The course has been a perfect balance of theory, meditation, pranayama and asana practice, which really brings the poses to life and you get a really good understanding of doing and teaching them. Sunny's personality is super positive and she made us smile every day whilst working us very hard - what a great teacher! The living arrangements and the food provided was superb too, we even walked away with a goodie bag. Amazing people and great value for money! Thank you :-)
Luana M Stoica
from United States, December 2017
"Amazing month with great teachers, yogi people and food"
I really liked everything! First and foremost Sunny, the lead teacher who is an inspiration for all of us now. Thank you so much for everything!
Then i was lucky that the group of yogis in this course were simply the best. We had such a strong bond. Did everything together. You will be missed guys but forever in my heart.
Fooooood was delicious!!! Happy i also lost some weight. Looking and feeling amazing after this month.
We also had many goodies included in the package: massage, tshirt, book, yoga mat cover. Very nice and useful and thoughtful!
from United States, October 2017
-How open Sunny was to listening to our suggestions. If we wanted to do morning beach meditation, we were likely to do it.
-The luxury of having that space to ourselves for the entire month.
-The food was delicious, so healthy and nourishing.
-I enjoyed having breaks to pause or dip in the ocean.
-Appreciated the cotton mat, strap, and asana book.
Angela Mauri Galindo
from Belgium, August 2019
"The best TTC ever !"
The teachers, they where lovely, passionate about yoga, Ayurveda, philosophy. Sunny was always there to support us with everything. To be honest the TTC is one of the most beautiful experience of my life
from Spain, April 2019
"Un antes y un después en mi vida"
El trato humano y la calidad de los profesores
from Germany, March 2018
amazing teachers if in ayurveda, philosophy or anatomy! sunny is great in transmitting the most important basics and background.
i am very happy with how the course went and all the new input i got!
from France, December 2017
Everything. Good, accommodation, Platforms yoga, class, teacher.
from United States, February 2020
i found the debt of the human experience collectively as one heart. I have never experienced such a connection between 12 perfect strangers. All vulnerable, receptive, kind, and mindful.
from Lithuania, February 2020
"What a journey!"
For me all those days was like living in the bubble of safety. It was perfect space for self exploration, seeing pains inside of me and releasing them. During the course I had plenty of opportunities to experience that pain is only there because we're holding it. I still feel that unconditional love and support and it becomes easier and easier to accept myself just the way I am.
Everyday I just kept on repeating 'what a day, what a life, what a journey' (and I still feel this way!). For me it was much more than meditation teacher training. However, I feel that I've got plenty of insights about meditation and also skills how to share it with the world as well. From my point of view, the course and the course book were very well structured and it was fascinating to see how much love and honest effort Nishan put in this course (same applies to other teachers that I've met on this journey - Phra Nick, Patty and Kurt). It can't go wrong when people truly believe in what they're doing and they're sharing their knowledge and experiences from their hearts. I'm honestly grateful for this journey together <3
I could say only good words about accomodation and food as well.
So yeah, I honestly recommend to come there and experience this inner journey!
from France, February 2020
"Truly AMAZING course! "
There is no word to describe how wonderful this course is. Nishan, Phra Nick and Patty, the instructors, have built an amazing method of healing based on meditations, emotions work and self acceptance/unconditional love. The result is incredible, you will truly learn how to heal people in a very gentle and efficient way. You'll also learn how to guide meditations from a peaceful state of mind (by overcoming fear of judgment etc thanks to the help of the instructors). I must say that there is something magical with the main teacher, Nishan. He knows DEEPLY what he is talking about, he is truly dedicated to helping others through unconditional love and has developed some amazing skills through his own practice. He also helps you to heal your own things all along the course, you won't be the same when the course finishes. In addition, Patty is sharing with you such incredible methods of breathwork that will take your breath away 👍 and help you get closer to your truly self.