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26 Days 200-Hour Intensive Teacher Training in Koh Samui Thailand

102/8 Moo 3 Laem Set Road, Na Muang, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

Authentic Traditional Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Thailand

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Thailand.

Become a certified yoga teacher in paradise! Enjoy the magic of Thailand, while immersing yourself in authentic Yoga Knowledge with like-minded souls. Our Program offers it all. A balance of learning with amazing excursions and fun weaved into the program. If you you looking for a Professional Authentic Yoga School that sets the bar higher than all other yoga schools in Thailand, we are your school, come and learn with us. At The Yoga Mat, we work with experienced Yoga Teachers to a create an incredible life-changing, most rewarding, yoga teacher training experience. Your mat is waiting.

Meet the instructors

Tania, Basak, & Nicolas
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Pranayama practice sessions
  • Daily philosophy and anatomy sessions
  • Opportunity to teach during the program
  • 25 nights luxury 5 star accommodation
  • Daily Suble Body Study sessions
  • 3 Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

25 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), French, Russian, Thai, Turkish
The maximum participants in the group is 30
Airport transfer available:
Samui Airport (US$22 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Bicycle rental

The Yoga Mat School is located in The Banburee Retreat and Spa Centre, on the south coast of Koh Samui in Thailand. Directly on the beach, this deluxe accommodation offers incredible 5-star services and amenities. Each deluxe room has a deep soak jacuzzi bath to relax in after a hard day of training. The resort offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant with room service.

The incredibly peaceful location is set in a magical garden, with gorgeous foliage and bloomage including orchids and frangipani all around.


  • 24 hour security guard
  • Front desk
  • Ocean front and beach front
  • 5-star friendly staff rating
  • Traditional Thai resort
  • Full spa services with 50% off for Yoga Mat guests
  • Free shuttle to Lamai beach daily at 13:00
  • Free bicycles and scooters available on site for rental
  • Free kayaking
  • Fitness gym
  • Front desk staff to midnight
  • Rooms are beautiful and spacious with jacuzzi baths and fridge, kettle, and hairdryer
  • Laundry service available
  • 4 outdoor yoga Shalas looking over the ocean


This program in Koh Samui suits those who are looking for an authentic yoga experience balanced with time to enjoy the beautiful island of Koh Samui. The Yoga Mat School has a rich program filled with excellent content, delivered by caring, experienced Yoga Teachers from all over the World. Whether you are planning to start a new career as a yoga teacher, or are seeking a course for deep personal interest and expansion of your yoga knowledge and practice: our teacher training program will give you a firm foundation for both. The asana program is based on Hatha yoga primarily.

The goal is to ensure that you feel confident teaching Classical Hatha Yoga, Yin and Vinyasa Style classes upon completion of this course. You will also explore a variety of yoga styles during the program, such as Kundalini, Nidra, Metta and Eccentric Dance Style Yoga.

Immerse yourself in yogic philosophy and history, anatomy and physiology, asana, pranayama, healthy living, developing a home practice, ethics, chakras, mantras, meditation, teaching methodology, and practicum, through hands-on instruction, independent study, reading, and assignments.

200-hour intensive teacher training program.

The Yoga Mat School yoga teacher training program is based on the Eight Limbed Yogic Path, the primary resource of this teacher training program. The certified, experienced faculty guarantee that you will be challenged and fulfilled, by the material and practice, offered in this course.

Yoga is a lifelong study and practice. To study and teach yoga is to learn about the self. They know that students are faithful, dedicated yogis who will give and share as much as receive from this experience. Each student brings a wealth of life experience and unique gifts and they look forward to this amazing learning process and exchange of ideas.

Through demonstration, lecture, and hands-on, active participation you will explore:

Asana or body postures

The detailed study of asana (postures), alignment, grounding, awareness, modifications, contraindications, use of props, mudras (hand gestures), bandhas (energy seals), drishti (focal points), adjustments, enhancements, modifications, corrections, variations, and more.

Pranayama or breathing techniques

  • Learn to direct, enhance, and build life force
  • Study energy locks and channels, bandhas, and nadis

Meditation and Mantra yoga

Finding peace through meditation helps you learn how to help guide others to focus and quiet the mind. Various meditation styles and techniques will be explored during the program. Mantra yoga is the yoga of sound, a variety of Mantras are learned during this program.

Anatomy and physiology

Human anatomy and physiology, body planes, body alignment, body systems, the spine, injures, disease, physical effects of yoga, both benefits and risks, anatomy, and physiology application in asana. The fascia and muscle or skeletal systems are a main focus of study.

Chakras and nadis

You will also explore the chakras and nadis.

Yogic History and Philosophy

The 8 Limb Path of Yoga and Yoga Sutras are the primary source of study. Influential yogis, Sanskrit, ancient yogic texts, and the evolution of yoga from pre-classical to modern day yoga will be explored

Required reading

  • Bhagavad Gita

Teaching practicum and methodology

  • Class creation, class sequencing, adjusting, aligning, demonstrating, cuing, guiding, reading your class, ethics of a yoga teacher, enhancements, modifications, corrections, and variations
  • Language, Sanskrit, instructing various levels, groups, special health needs, injuries, benefits, and trauma sensitivity yoga
  • There will be opportunities to teach in a supportive and nurturing environment throughout the program

Yoga as a business

  • ​Successful marketing, community building, insurance, registration, compensation, and social media use
  • What to expect when you become a yoga teacher

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Asana
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast
  • 11:00 Lecture
  • 13:00 Break
  • 15:00 Lecture and asana
  • 18:30 Dinner

Your teachers

  • Tania Winstanley (E-RYT 500): Asana, Anatomy & Physiology Teacher
  • Basak Unver (500RYT) Asana, Subtle Energy Body, Asana, Mantra Teacher
  • Nicolas Nolette (500RYT) Asana, Advanced Asana, Ashtanga, Inversion Teacher

Included excursions

Join in for wonderful trips to:

  • The Mueang Waterfall and enjoy a refreshing swim after a deep asana practice
  • Sunset beach meditation trip to Laem Sor Temple
  • Beach dance party at Coco beach


Tania Winstanley

Basak Unver

Nicolas Nolette

Retreat location

The Yoga Mat School is located in The Banburee Retreat and Spa Centre, on the south coast of Koh Samui in Thailand.

Ko Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It's known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas.

Koh Samui offers incredible beaches, and endless activities and entertainment as well as beautiful Buddhist temples and statues in all sizes.

The Thai food is out of this world, but if you want something else for dinner, a plethora of cuisines are available.

Or you can visit one of the countless night markets to sample delicious bites and buy some souvenirs.A 20 minute ride to Lamai, one of the main cities on the Island. And we're just 45 minute ride to Chaweng, the largest city on the island.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During the program you will enjoy the most healthy way of eating during your asana training. With 3 delicious meals daily while most programs offer just 2 daily meals. Big hearty breakfasts, healthy lighter lunches, and dinners. Please note that the breakfast includes eggs and meat options.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Koh Samui's repertoire of things to do and see is varied and interesting, the island hosts a great deal of splendid natural and man-made attractions from mummified monks to the famous grandma and grandpa rocks (Hin Ta and Hin Yai) to attractive waterfalls and more. There is nothing to stop you having a blast on Samui Island. For those interested in religious imagery and architecture the Big Buddha will impress, especially at sunset.

Nature lovers can also visit Ang Thong Marine National Park on a day trip to enjoy a genuine 'get away from it all' feel in the splendid tropical islands it hosts.

Incredible Koh Tao, meaning ‘Turtle Island’, lives up to its name, being the scuba diving destination of choice in Thailand. The perfect white sand beaches which ring the hilly 21 kilometers square island are surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

Spa treatments

Kindly, make your spa appointments through the front desk or at the spa. Yoga Mat students receive 50% off all spa treatments at The Banburee. Thai Traditional massage, oil massage, Colonics, aroma bath soaks, deep tissue massage, and therapeutic massage. Treatments are not included.

What's included

  • 25 nights luxury accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Free Shuttle to Lamai Beach daily
  • Gym
  • Bicycles
  • Welcome gift
  • Daily asana and pranayama practice
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Yoga philosophy and yoga anatomy lectures
  • Water and tea
  • Yoga mat
  • Tuition
  • Printed certificate
  • Study manual
  • Notebook and pens
  • Bug spray
  • WiFi
  • Pool
  • Beach direct access each and beach towels

What's not included

  • Travel and/or health insurance
  • Airport transportation
  • Authentic Thai ancient cooking classes
  • Magic garden
  • Motor bike rentals
  • Visit to Big Buddha
  • Boat tours
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

The easiest and quickest way to get to Koh Samui from Bangkok is to fly, flight ticket is cheap if you book early. Bangkok Airlines has 19 flights per day from Bangkok to Koh Samui. Thai Airways has 2 flights per day. Fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani, then take a ferry to Koh Samui. This is cheaper than flying directly to Koh Samui. The bus from the airport to the pier and the ferry across to Koh Samui add at least 3 hours to your travel time.

Transportation to/from this airport is not included but can be arranged easily for a very fair fee. Provided by our Resort Partners, at The Banburee. The fee can easily be added to your final bill at check out for the utmost convenience.

Arrival by bus

Take the bus from Bangkok to Surat Thani, then take the ferry to Koh Samui. This is the cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Koh Samui. No reservations required, just show up at the bus station and you should be on a bus heading south within the hour. The bus will take you directly to the ferry terminal. Be sure to buy a bus and ferry combo ticket.

Airport: Samui Airport Airport transfer available: Samui Airport (US$22 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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