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7 Days 50hr Samkhya Yoga Course in Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Wise Living Yoga Academy, 198 Moo 2, Luang Nuea Sub-Ditrict, Doi Saket, 50220 Chiang Mai, Thailand

Overview

Intensive Yoga Retreat in Chiang Mai

Wise Living Yoga Academy is an educational body affiliated to The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India, the worlds oldest organized yoga institution. They impart yoga education and lifestyle principles of classical yoga, following the lineage of the late Shri Yogendraji the father of modern yoga renaissance direct disciple of Guru Pujya Paramahamsa Madhavadasji. Knowing this, it is only right for them to offer an intensive Samkhya yoga course. Embark on a yogic journey like no other in peaceful Chiang Mai within Wise Living Yoga Academy.

Highlights

  • Course materials
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Foundation on classical yoga philosophy
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 days accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The rooms are spacious and very comfortable. They are newly built with nice flooring and furniture, a private and clean bathroom with hot shower, and beds with good quality mattresses. It has a very quiet and inspiring atmosphere for self-reflection and deep yoga studies and practices. Rooms are equipped with fan and window nets. Students are usually accommodated in a twin sharing room with a person of the same gender. Private rooms may be booked in advance or according to availability.

This is a 7 day full-immersion experience with a foundation on classical yoga philosophy and practices, including meditation, Asanas (postural training), Pranayamas (breathing techniques), and simple Kriyas (cleansing techniques).

People glibly speak about yoga without realizing that it forms an integral part of a composite Samkhya-yoga philosophy, the oldest philosophical system in the world. Samkhya provides the theoretical base without which one can neither understand the philosophy of Patanjali (the Yoga Sutras or Ashtanga yoga) nor derive full benefit of yoga by just practicing mechanically at the physical level.

It was stated in the Mahabharat: There is no wisdom like Samkhya, no power like yoga; and in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells the warrior Arjuna: The ignorant differentiate between Samkhya and yoga, not the wise. He who sees the two as the same has the right understanding.

Therefore, anyone interested to understand yoga in its entirety should start by studying the Samkhya, metaphysics, and then proceed to learn the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. All techniques in yoga are meant to allow the practitioner to bring the philosophy to the practical level. If you dont know why you are practicing yoga, or if you dont have the right attitude towards the practice, youll be hardly practicing any real yoga.

Rules and regulations

The applicants should not join the program if they are only interested in acquiring a yoga certification;

The applicants should be aware that the main objective of the course is to provide opportunity for development of self-knowledge and yogic expertise through the following of a good routine and self-discipline besides the understanding of yoga philosophy and techniques;

Yoga education is not a conventional type of education or learning. Introversion, self-awareness, and meditative practices are encouraged throughout the course;

Our yoga programs have no religious approach. However, the applicants should be aware that yoga is a heritage of Indian culture and Vedic tradition. It is integral part of the course, the study of Indian scriptures of religious-philosophical nature (like the Bhagavad Gita, etc.) along with the chanting of Vedic mantras and the study and memorization of Sanskrit vocabulary;

Trainees are requested to maintain a yogic atmosphere of sincerity and positivity;

Meat of any kind, seafood, egg, tobacco, illicit drugs, alcoholic drinks, coffee, and black tea are under no circumstances allowed during the course;

Attendance to all classes is compulsory. Trainees should follow the time table and complete the assignments with the necessary discipline and dedication;

Participants with overt emotional and mentally anxious condition or with indulgent and uninhibited behavior may be asked to discontinue the course at any time;

The academy reserves the right, to return or not, in part or otherwise the course fees.

These are essential acknowledgements to participate in any of our yoga programs.

By submitting your application for any of our yoga teacher training courses or workshops, you automatically agree that Wise Living Yoga Academy and other service providers associated with these programs shall not be held responsible for any loss and damages incurred by delays or cancellations due to events outside our control, such as natural calamities, social conflicts, etc. Wise Living Yoga Academy reserves the right to chance or cancel the program schedule if necessary.

You agree to assume all risks associated with the trip and agree that no liability will attach to Wise Living Yoga Academy or other service providers for any personal injury, illness, delay, loss or damage to health or property experienced during the activities or elsewhere. We highly recommend that you protect your investment with travel insurance for your trip.

Jeena Mehta (Co-founder and director)

More than 10 years of teaching experience in personal fitness training and yoga. Over 1500 students trained and clients with health problems. Over 1500 hours expertise in yoga teacher training course at The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India for the past 6 years and as a director of Wise Living Yoga Academy.

Jeenal Mehta Fonseca is the co-founder and director of Wise Living Yoga Academy and has been conducting yoga teacher training courses and workshops in India, South Asia (Hong Kong, Thailand, Bali), and South America (Brazil) along with her husband Daniel Fonseca. From a young age, she has been studying and applying the philosophy of Bhakti yoga in her life. Now, she is actively training several clients with challenging history of obesity, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension and postural disorders. She is also a motivating counselor for weight management, stress, anxiety, depression, and other life problems. She has also been a successful trainer to clients for anti-smoking and an addiction-free lifestyle. She is a passionate animal and nature lover and teaches yoga to spread ecological awareness and vegetarianism amongst the people. She is motivated by Mahatma Gandhi and such personalities who aim to bring sustainable development in the society and especially to the younger generation through yoga. She is also a faculty teacher at The Yoga Institute, Mumbai which is the worlds oldest yoga organization.

Daniel Fonseca (Co-founder and headmaster)

More than 1000 students trained and over 2500 hours expertise in yoga teacher training courses as a faculty teacher at The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India for the past 6 years and as headmaster at Wise Living Yoga Academy.

Daniel Fonseca is the co-founder and headmaster of Wise Living Yoga Academy. He has been conducting yoga teacher training courses and workshops in India, South Asia (Hong Kong, Thailand, Bali), and South America (Brazil) along with his wife Jeenal Mehta. Born in Brazil, he was interested in martial arts and adventure sports and got his bachelor degree in tourism. After spending a few years in Europe and completing a pilgrimage throughout Northern Spain in 2005, he made his way to India where he has been living since 2006. He has then adopted the yoga philosophy as his way of life and he inspires his students with teachings based on classical yoga, Bhagavad Gita, and Shri Yogendras methods for the practice of Hatha yoga. Besides his formal training in Yoga Education and Therapy at The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India, where he is also now faculty teacher, he also holds a diploma in Buddhist studies and Vipassana Meditation from the University of Mumbai.

As a dedicated practitioner, in his classes, Daniel inspires the yoga aspirants with precise instructions originated from insights of his own practice. Expect from his classes fun filled comments on yoga philosophy and helpful advice on how to start or progress with your training.

Stefano Notarbartolo (Assitant yoga teacher and teacher training coordinator for Bali programs)

Has completed teacher training courses with The Yoga Institute of Santacruz in Mumbai, India and with Wise Living Yoga Academy besides others. He is a very active and well sought teacher in Jakarta where he teaches in several centers and international schools besides coordinating our yoga TTC in Bali, Indonesia.

Stefano Notarbartolo left Italy in 1998 to look for living traditions in the east. First, he moved to China, as he was attracted by the Taoist and Buddhist philosophies at the root of the martial arts he loved to practice, Wushu and Tai Ji Quan. He studied the Chinese language for 2 years in Beijing where he met his wife. He moved to her hometown, Jakarta, in 2000, where he started from scratch as a teacher of Italian language and librarian. He then got employed by an international freight forwarding company and he spent the following 8 years fulfilling his duty as a father of three, working in an office with responsibilities and related high stress and bad temper; as well as recurring back pain, migraines, and weight problems.

In 2007, the discovery of the deep truths in the Bhagavad Gita lead him to look for a teacher able to lead him on the yoga path, not just as a physical practice, but as a holistic lifestyle. He then went into two comprehensive yoga teacher training programs and attended several workshops in specialty areas in yoga such as Anatomy and Asanas in Indonesia and Singapore. He finally took the fundamental decision of deepening his learnings by going to the roots of yoga, at the birth place of the modern yoga renaissance, The Yoga Institute Santacruz in Mumbai, India. He attended a 3 month intensive and comprehensive yoga teacher training where, amongst his teachers, were Daniel Fonseca and Jeenal Mehta. Hes now teaching full time in Jakarta in 4 studios, at the Singapore International School and for few private students, including some corporates. Hes currently the Indonesian sole delegate for the World Yoga and Ayurveda Association. You can contact Stefano in Jakarta for any subjects related to our yoga teacher training course in Bali and for yoga programs for the corporate sector.

Located in the outskirts of Chiang Mai, in the district of Doi Saket, our new training facility is set in midst of rice fields and surrounded by hills and forests. The center provides an Ashram-like environment which is ideal for the full immersion experience in traditional yoga studies. The center is built around a lovely garden with many plants, flowers, and trees. There is also a small pond with aquatic plants.

Distances

  • Chiang Mai International Airport, 45 minutes
  • Thapae Gate, 30 minutes
General
  • General
  • Garden
Services
  • Services
  • Library
  • Shop

Vegetarian, wholesome, clean, and nutritious meals are served three times a day plus an afternoon tea. At tea time, the students can make their own natural teas for cleansing/detoxification such as cinnamon tea, turmeric tea, ginger tea, lemon tea or even make a hot soya milk drink. Natural dark brown cane sugar is served along with the tea. We take a lot of care to provide good quality food, so no white sugar, refined, or canned foods are served. The diet has varieties of beans, grains, lentils, tropical fresh fruits, nuts, and freshly cooked vegetables.

Exclusions

Outside food is strictly not allowed to be brought into the center, especially non-vegetarian items and processed unnatural food, chewing gums, etc. Please also DO NOT bring with you any alcoholic drinks, or cigarettes/tobacco (or any other illicit drugs). If you are caught with any one of these items during the course, inside or outside of our center, youll be asked to leave the course at once.

During the weekends, students will have the opportunity to enjoy walks in midst of the rural farming area, exuberant greenery of the rice fields, and other beauties of the Luang Nuea municipality in Doi Saket.

One should not miss visiting Wat Phrathat Doi Saket at the top of the hill.

Enjoy also a short hiking to the nearby Mae Kuang Dam with the Khun Tan Range in the background.

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Course materials
  • Tuition and practices
  • Certificate of participation
  • Any other activity not mentioned in the above given program, accommodation, and amenities are to be paid for additionally. Flight ticket is also not included.

Arrival by taxi

A pre-paid taxi can be easily booked at the airport counter for 550 THB (around 20 USD). The center can be reached by an inside road from the highway. It is lined with shady trees. On the way, you can enjoy the view of the rice fields and mountains in the background and the fresh air. Visitors can also take a yellow car from Warorot Market / Ton Lum Yai Market from 06:30 to 18:00 until Doi Saket.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Wise Living Yoga Academy an inquiry.
  • Review by Ellen McCormack from Hong Kong, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This is a beautiful TTC in traditional yoga incorporating not just asanas but a total well being package from eating vegan sattvic meals, relaxation and cleansing techniques, meditation, study of yoga sutras and scriptures and mantra chanting. The course instructors Jeenal and Daniel are both excellent, considerate, attentive to your individual learning paths and extremely knowledgeable from all their experience studying in India. The ashram is peaceful, clean and comfortable. I can’t recommend this course enough if you want to follow the true path of yoga and yogic lifestyle. om shanti."

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  • Review by Ellen McCormack from Hong Kong, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This is a beautiful TTC in traditional yoga incorporating not just asanas but a total well being package from eating vegan sattvic meals, relaxation and cleansing techniques, meditation, study of yoga sutras and scriptures and mantra chanting. The course instructors Jeenal and Daniel are both excellent, considerate, attentive to your individual learning paths and extremely knowledgeable from all their experience studying in India. The ashram is peaceful, clean and comfortable. I can’t recommend this course enough if you want to follow the true path of yoga and yogic lifestyle. om shanti."

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  • Review by Ellen McCormack from Hong Kong, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This is a beautiful TTC in traditional yoga incorporating not just asanas but a total well being package from eating vegan sattvic meals, relaxation and cleansing techniques, meditation, study of yoga sutras and scriptures and mantra chanting. The course instructors Jeenal and Daniel are both excellent, considerate, attentive to your individual learning paths and extremely knowledgeable from all their experience studying in India. The ashram is peaceful, clean and comfortable. I can’t recommend this course enough if you want to follow the true path of yoga and yogic lifestyle. om shanti."

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  • Review by Suzanne Chang from Queens, New York City
    10 out of 10

    "My experience at Wise Living Yoga Academy has been transformational. It has given me such insight and direction in life through the philosophy. It is so much more than just asanas. I am so grateful and thankful for the teachers. They are so inspiring and encouraging. I will never forget this experience and I am very excited to continue on my yogic journey."

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  • Review by Kamini from California, USA

    "Such an awesome place to be! Jeenal and Daniel have created a beautiful sanctuary, in peaceful surroundings and healthy organic vegetable and fruit garden. So Thankful to have been there with my family and to have experienced it!"

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  • Review by Vanessa

    "WLYA was the best decision I could have made to study true authentic Yoga! I learned and took away much more than I ever anticipated!"

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  • Review by Amanda

    "I am so grateful for my experience at Wise Living Yoga Academy. I thought long and hard about if a 200 hour YTT was right for me--it was a deep thought process--I am not a traditional Yoga practitioner, I don't keep a regular practice, I'm overweight, not flexible, etc...etc..., but it was the very best thing I have done for myself. I learned so much and feel so good. I also have a great circle of friends that I met at WLYA and stay in contact with. The entire experience is unforgettable and life-changing in such amazing ways!"

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  • Review by Marisa Legge from California, USA

    "This was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had in my life. The lessons I have learned here are priceless. The opportunity to immerse yourself in the study of Classical Yoga while being surrounded by the beauty that is Chiang Mai is one not to be missed. Jennal and Daniel are exceptional Teachers. They will guide you through an unforgettable learning experience. If you want to learn what Yoga really entails, then this is the place for you. Namaste. "

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  • Review by Verbena from Verbania, Italy

    "The teacher training course organized by Jeenal and Daniel was one of the deepest experience of my life.The syllabus of the training is very complete and it allows the student to really understand the yoga philosophy,that is thousand years old, through the study of the main traditional scripture. I realized how much the modern perception of Yoga is wrong as only associated to physical exercise. It is actually a profound spiritual path with a very small physical component that anyway should as well being used to achieve the ultimate goal of Yoga: clarity of the mind and recognition of the nature of the true self.Wonderful experience that I will surely advice to anyone that really want to be completely absorbed in knowing the root of yoga and have concrete tools to educate and spread the knowledge to different group of people."

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  • Review by Haley Scheer

    "This is a place dear to my heart, a truly unique and beautiful community that Jeenal and Daniel have created. I am back for my second time in one year, and it feels like home. When I came here for the first time in February, I had no idea what to expect. It changed my perception of yoga completely, changed my lifestyle, grounded me and opened my eyes to so many things. Jeenal and Daniel are two of the most inspirational and incredible people I have ever met. Their teacher training course was truly a course on life! I have eternal gratitude for these people and this place, and would wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone and everyone, regardless of whether you want to teach yoga. Do it for yourself. It's one of the best things you'll ever do. "

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  • Review by FongFong Shereese Tsang

    " Highly recommend Wise Living Yoga Academy for yoga aspirants who are looking for a real yoga training and experience. Teachers are with solid background from India, the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, teaching Hatha yoga and other aspects of yoga in a traditional way, including yogic lifestyle, pranayama, cleansing technique, diet, philosophy and history etc. Living in the ashram with accommodation and meals provided, you can stay focus with your practice and embrace the lovely environment! I am so glad to pick Wise Living Yoga Academy for my 200-hour YTT. The experience and knowledge I earned are just incredible! "

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  • Review by Kelsey

    "I did my due diligence in regards to researching numerous teaching programs in Thailand and I can firmly say that I'm 100% sure that I made the right decision when choosing the Wise Living Yoga Academy as the program to undertake. I could not have asked for a more well-rounded, well-thought out program that takes into consideration all aspects of Yoga and what a beginner aspirant should begin to study.Not only was the course interesting and challenging, but it took care of my well-being as I studied my way through the days of work, in terms of physical health, nutrition, place to take rest, etc.This way, I could attend each class fully rested and engaged on the course at hand.Both instructors are so knowledgeable and fully committed to their teachings, and I'm confident in saying that they'll be people I will turn to in the future when I need advice or knowledge in regards to my own yoga practice/teachings.Although I still have much to learn on this life-journey with yoga, WLYA is an amazing place to start treading water and learning how to navigate one's path in both their personal and teaching plans with yoga. Namaste."

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  • Review by Sue from Hong Kong, China

    "Thanks for Wise Living Yoga Academy, Jeenal and Daniel. A great school and teachers inspire me a lot for Yoga and also a life experience, with love and thanks. Namaste."

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  • Review by Roxanne from Montreal, Canada

    "This was one of the most influential and best experiences I have ever experienced. The teachers were outstanding and the food the staff and location all made this all around the best school I can recommend."

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  • Review by Melanie

    "An excellent environment to study yoga with knowledgeable, experienced and sincere teachers. I feel so grateful to be doing my studies here and look forward to returning in 2016. It is a wonderful challenging inspiring and life enriching experience."

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  • Review by Kaya

    "This is simply a wonderful place, filled with serenity, knowledge, warmth, compassion and set in beautiful gardens. Jeenal and Daniel will welcome you warmly and teach you superbly! I enjoyed doing my 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training certificate here and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a place to learn."

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  • Review by Evin

    "I can't find words good enough to describe my experience with Wise Living Yoga Academy. It was truly a life changing experience for me. The training is beyond excellent! I'm now teaching; Yoga Philosophy to teachers; Yogic Lifestyle & Health to my clients; Classical Yoga Asanas for relaxation & stress reduction; Yoga for Beginners. The accommodation is set in an incredible environment in nature, amazing food! The teachers have endless knowledge, outstanding teaching ability, compassionate and constant support towards students. Thank you for an amazing experience. I'm forever grateful. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Felicity from Birmingham, UK

    "Completing my yoga teacher training with Jeenal and Daniel was such a wonderful, enlightening and heart warming experience. I learnt so much from them and my fellow students that I can only thank them all for making this opportunity possible. I feel ready to immerse myself in practicing Yoga and sharing it's teachings with others. I am already looking forward to coming back to keep on studying. Thank you so much."

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  • Review by Suzi

    "Amazing experience with amazing people, it was very hard and not what i was expecting. But after completing the 200hours and coming away, i could clearly see why it is a 5 star yoga retreat. I look forward to returning."

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  • Review by Marissa from Indonesia

    "I just finished 200hr training! This is such an amazing place for the traditional yoga seeker!"

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  • Review by Apaporn Siriamornathee from Bangkok, Thailand

    " I am very impressed with the dedication, passion, and knowledge that Daniel and Jeenal have. They have both opened my eyes to the true meaning of yoga and its spiritual path. Daniel is so strong and flexible. He has a real devotion for yoga and I salute him for this. For someone who has experienced the Rajasic, Tamasic aspects of life and chose to become Sattvic is honourable. Jeenal has the spirit of a true teacher. She keeps pushing the students out of their comfort zone and letting them achieve beyond their proximal development. "

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  • Review by Denise Diamond from USA

    " Daniel and Jeenal are very knowledgeable and passionate about yoga. They are very good at explaining difficult concepts and you can tell that they care a lot. I learned a lot from them. I am happy to have so much valuable information."

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  • Review by Ellen Ward from USA

    " I learned a tremendous amount about Classical yoga! My understanding of Patanjali Yoga Sutras and how to incorporate their teachings into my life and classes developed. It has been well worth the effort. Thanks to Jeenal and Daniel for sharing their dedication to yoga as a life path with us. "

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  • Review by Chiraporn Chongchraen from Bangkok, Thailand

    " The information of Classical yoga and the Indian philosophy is given very clearly and it is all beautiful and practical. Daniel and Jeenal are very passionate about their teachings and they are such role models for anyone who wants to pursue this path. They are very helpful in every way a teacher can be. They can inspire us! "

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  • Review by Martin Antonie from France

    " I am very happy about the training and I learned a lot about what a yoga teacher is. I really liked the practice - Asanas, Pranayamas, and meditation. This will help me for my everyday life. I know now how to improve myself. Thanks again for this nice program. "

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

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