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25 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand

  • CC's Hideaway, 84/21 Patak Soi 10, Karon, Phuket, Thailand

Overview

Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teachers Training in Thailand

Yog Nisarga wants you to be really good at what you do! They invest themselves wholeheartedly, both in class and one-to-one, in coaching you to clear personal blocks and ensure that you attain the highest level of ability. The certificate you will hold in your hands forms a lifelong connection with them, the aim is to send home graduates who embody the highest standard of the yoga that they teach.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Certification uniform
  • Yog Nisargas Yoga Alliance certificate
  • Ashtanga yoga teacher training manual
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Airport pick-up

Skill level

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 20.

  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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Yog Nisarga allocates for each student a clean and comfortable accommodation that is close to the yoga school. Accommodation is on a single occupancy basis, but if you are coming with a friend or a partner, for a small additional fee, you can be given a double room. Room availability near the yoga school is on the first-come-first-serve basis.

You are responsible for the extra nights accommodation fees if you plan to arrive a few days before or wish to stay few days more after the course ends. For more information, please ask directly to Yog Nisarga.

All the rooms offer individually controlled air conditioning, free ultra-high-speed WI-FI broadband internet connection,traditional and modern art pieces, custom designed teak furniture, LED flat screen television premium satellite, Western style mattresses, mini bar, mini fridge, and in-room safe.

Standard room

Elegant and stylish, every room is not only decorated in modern Thai style but also equipped with the comforts of the Western world.

Ocean view

Spacious rooms in with large sliding doors onto the balcony providing beautiful views over Kata and the Andaman sea.

The journey to become a yoga teacher starts with establishing a personal practice, a dedicated study of the ancient wisdom of yoga sutras, and applying their core principles in your life. Yog Nisarga’s 200-hour residential Ashtanga Vinyasa flow yoga teacher training program will help you to build a strong foundation and to deepen your practice. The course is officially recognized by Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance UK.

For twenty-five days, you will be immersed in the theory and practice of yoga, yoga philosophy, and the art of teaching. During the course, you will have the opportunity to apply the new theoretical knowledge by teaching classes to your fellow students. Since the students come from all over the world, Yog Nisarga has designed a cross-cultural friendly and adaptable program.

By the end of the course you will return home not only with useful information and new skills, but many fond memories of your time in Thailand. After completion of the course, the students are awarded the certificate of the teacher training course. This certificate is valid worldwide. You can find a job overseas, in your hometown or even start your own teaching school. Working in this area gives a total satisfaction as this is the way one can serve the community and the people.

Ashtanga yoga

Ashtanga yoga is described in the ancient text yoga korunta. This text was lost for centuries and was rediscovered by T. Krishnamacharya in the early 20th century. It was his student, K. Pattabhi Jois, who started teaching Ashtanga yoga to westerners in his school in Mysore, India.

Through intense focus on body movements synchronized with breath and internal heat generated, body purification takes place enabling one reach the higher states of yoga. This makes Ashtanga better suited over other forms of yoga for teacher training programs.

Yoga philosophy

In this course, you study the rich and fascinating history of yoga in India, as well as read, contemplate and write about yogic philosophy. You will also consider how yoga can be applied to the daily lifestyles. There are lively daily discussions on the eight limbs of yoga from the yoga sutras.

In addition, you will study India’s famous spiritual masterpiece, the Bhagavad Gita, which will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the roots of Indian philosophy. There is a brief introduction covering the various yoga styles Hatha yoga, Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Ashtanga yoga and other contemporary yoga styles.

Ayurveda and yogic diet

A professional teacher will be teaching basic Ayurveda on the course. According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas or energy patterns (vatta, pita, and kapha) in the body that need to be kept in proper balance. Ayurveda recommends a diet for each dosha and different diets for different seasons. Students will gain an understanding of Ayurveda basics and the fundamentals of a vegetarian sattvic yogic diet.

Basic warm ups and suryanamskar with variations

Before an intense practice of Ashtanga yoga, a warm-up is essential to avoid injuries and get a more effective stretch. The most important function of warming up is to stimulate the circulation of blood throughout the body. As blood circulation quickens, more oxygen and other fuels reach muscle cells and enable them to work more effectively.

Traditionally, before the practice of asana, five rounds of suryanamaskar A and five rounds of suryanamaskar B are performed. Suryanamaskar means sun salutations. It is a sequence of asanas which engages all the muscle groups and joints, warming and stretching all the body. However if you are new to yoga, or practice during the cold months, it is a good idea to do some warm-up before the sun salutations.

Gentle rotational movements in the joints will prepare them for the subsequent exercises. For the muscles, you can do any short warm-up program you are used to doing. But keep in mind that the class starts with Suryanamaskar. If you need some extra time, come early and do the warm-up on you own.

Standing asanas and hand balancing asanas

The function of standing poses is to warm up and stimulate the whole body, develop balance and stability, increase resistance, flexibility and strength in the body, especially in the legs. Standing asanas increase body awareness and concentration and help to balance and correct the posture. Through balancing standing poses, you will harmonize your body and mind, you will find the equilibrium and center.

It is very important to perform both sides (left/right), in this way you do not lose the balancing aspect. Hand balances give us balance and physical flexibility as well as harmony for body and mind. They prepare the chest and arms for any energetic work, strengthen the arms, wrists and shoulders, stretch all the muscles from these zones and provide major flexibility. They stretch and lubricate the joints, tendons and ligaments from the upper body.

These postures revitalize the nerves and muscles from the hands, wrists and forearms. Students will learn how to avoid injury in the shoulders and/or wrists caused by limited strength, poor alignment, or because all the weight is on the wrists. They will learn to know to identify key points within the poses to distribute the weight correctly.

To do hand balances without the risk of an injury, you must put the hands/palms firmly on the mat, fingers have to be very active and open (hasta bandha), the wrists should be aligned with the elbows, and the elbows with your shoulders. Breathing is important (don’t force yourself to do the pose, when the body is ready and strong it will work out all by itself). You will learn how to support your students while they do back bends and follow with the correct counter-poses.

Sitting asanas, spinal twist, forward bends and, hip opening asanas

The forward bends are relaxing poses that invite you to go inside. There are three types of forward bends: standing, sitting, and lying down. Forward bends support the abstraction of the senses, help you to go inside of yourself, and help to calm, balance and relax the nervous system, and tone the internal organs.

Furthermore, they are the principal counter-poses after any extension-poses like back bends, hip-openers or the stretches of the femoral biceps and calves. This part of the course deals with lateral extension, which is normally referred to as spinal twists.

The standing asanas and lateral extensions prepare the muscular-skeletal structure of the body to learn the inversions. You will learn safety guidelines for teaching forward bends and hip openers, as well as learn the contraindications while practicing and teaching the above asanas.

Finishing sequence back bends and inversions

The function of back bends is to strengthen and give flexibility to the spine and the adjacent muscles. They activate the blood circulation around the spine, rejuvenate the spine, tone the organs, and increase the optimal capacity of the rib-cage. Spiritually, they help to open your heart and they provide a sense of freedom and joy.

You will learn the safety guidelines for practicing inversions, how to use props whenever required, how to demonstrate headstand and shoulder stands, and also how to come safely out of the poses. You will learn how to assist students in doing spinal twists and inversions, and also, when not to practice inversions, for example, cautioning women to avoid inversions on the heavy flow days of their menstruation cycle.

Using belts, blocks, and bolsters

Yoga asana practice will make your body healthy, stretching and strengthening your muscles but only if you pay attention to the right alignment of spine and limbs. When you start practicing you are not expected to do the final (full) variation of each asana right away.

If you are overly eager to reach for your toes or adopt the lotus position as soon as possible and fail to listen to your teachers safety instructions, you will be wasting precious class time and increasing the risk of injury.

It takes a time to gently open the body to go all the way. Be patient and kind to yourself. But you can and will get benefit from yoga starting with the very first class! Props such as belts, blankets, and blocks will help you to modify asanas to suit your bodies needs in the moment.

Using yoga belts helps to extend your reach or to fix the limb in the right position. Yoga helps you keep the spine healthy which is why it is important to keep it straight all through the practice. Blocks give the spine additional support, helping to avoid unnecessary stress. Blocks are also very useful if your hip joints are stiff. The expert yoga teachers will advise you how to use props to get the best from each posture.

Alignment and modification of poses

Yog Nisarga believes that yoga should be modified to suit each practitioner, instead of being a rigid path and method. During the course, you study and evaluate all the poses in the teacher training manual. You will discuss the alignment and form of each pose and how to teach it. You will also show you how to modify the poses for students with injuries, lack of flexibility or strength.

Practicing meditation and yoga Nidra

You will learn what meditation is and why and how one can practice meditation. By the end of the course, students will be able to practice meditation at home by themselves. Yog Nisarga introduces and teaches deep meditations which you can apply in everyday life with awareness. During the course, you will regularly do active meditations which impact the deepest levels of your being and different dimensions of your awareness.

Active meditations include centering, relaxing, mind/mood awareness, cathartic exercises, sacred dances, chakra journeys, as well as other transformative practices. The state of meditation (dhyana) is the seventh limb of Ashtanga yoga according to Patanjali's yoga sutras. All the practices and the other limbs of yoga are a preparation for meditation.

Patanjali defines yoga as a chittavrittinirodha meaning that the cessation of the mind is the real yoga. Yoga Nidra is also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness. Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness, and clarity. yoga Nidra is one of the deepest of all meditation practices, leading one's awareness through many levels to a state of supreme stillness and insight.

Anatomy and physiology

The course has a comprehensive anatomy and physiology section, which students find fun and engaging. It is easier to practice and teach yoga asanas when one understands the human musculo-skeletal system. Yoga Nisarga teaches applied anatomy so that you will understand how to use it wisely and systematically in your teaching. During this section you will learn to assess and understand limitations in your own body, as well as body read others. You will be amazed at how much you learn about anatomy during the course and how this knowledge will increase your effectiveness as a teacher.

Alignment and modification of poses

Yog Nisarga believes that yoga should be modified to suit each practitioner, instead of being a rigid path and method. During the course, you will study and evaluate all the poses in the teacher training manual. The group will discuss the alignment and form of each pose and how to teach it. You will also show you how to modify the poses for students with injuries, lack of flexibility or strength.

Hands-on assisting

You will also show you how to make hands-on adjustments for every pose you study and you will practice these daily with your fellow students.

Teaching skills

During the course, you will learn how to teach the asanas postures, how to plan a good class sequence of postures and all the basics of teaching yoga classes from start to finish. The teaching skills covered include demonstration, observation, correcting, observing other teachers, receiving and giving feedback, and the general qualities that make a person an effective teacher.

This section includes the art and principles of demonstrating asanas, how to observe and assist students with injuries, special needs and other conditions such as pregnancy, unbalanced blood pressure and immune system disorders, learning to see the body as an inter-related whole system so you can make adjustments from a place of understanding the underlying cause of problem building confidence by assisting students while someone else is teaching, giving both verbal and tactile adjustments to improper alignments.

Giving verbal feedback to the whole class in order to bring all students to the same level of alignment and action, practising teaching your peer group in the presence of the primary teacher, practising techniques such as giving clear instructions, voice projection, observing safety guidelines in the class, observing and taking notes while other teachers are teaching, giving and receiving feedback from students, and observing your teaching from the primary teacher.

Yoga as a business

You will cover ethical issues related to a yoga business or career, such as how to best market you while maintaining a strong ethical standard. Yog Nisarga gives detailed information about the Yoga Alliance process for registering as a teacher. Also, guidelines will be given to planning a yoga career or business. Marketing points like creating a website and social marketing will be discussed. Legal and ethical issues related to yoga as well as tax issues and insurance are also considered.

Pronouncing asana names in Sanskrit

Yoga was born in India and all of its terms such as asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha are in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Learning to pronounce the Sanskrit names and understanding their structure and meaning will connect the teacher with the ancient tradition.

The objective of this lesson is to learn the correct pronunciation of the Sanskrit names, such as asana, pranayama, mudra, and bandha. Your teacher will pronounce them, explain their meaning in English, and students will follow. Don’t worry if you can't remember all the names at once. You will hear them every day in classes and by the end of the course will remember everything you need to know.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow, teacher-lead class, and self-practice
  • 08:40 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Anatomy and physiology
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Yoga philosophy and meditation
  • 13:00 - 14:50 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 13:50 Alignment and theory classes
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Asana practice, hip opening, jump back, and back bending
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Dinner

The class ends on Saturday after 10:00. Please note that there are no yoga classes on Sunday. This is a sample schedule, subjects will change every week. When you arrive, you will be given a current schedule for the coming week. The program includes various theoretical topics and practical lessons. A schedule will be provided weekly.

Prerequisites

  • This course is suitable for intermediate students and long-time practitioners who aspire to become teachers.
  • Yog Nisarga expects participants should do yoga for four to five times a week for minimum four months and read and watch online study material which will be provided after booking the program. Participants are expected to be healthy and fit physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  • You should have practiced yoga for two years before attending this course.
  • You are expected to attend all the classes in the yoga teacher training in order to qualify for the graduation certificate.
  • Nature and respectful behavior towards fellow students and teachers, and in the community is required.
  • Consumption of alcohol, smoking and use of non-prescription, illegal drugs are not permitted.
  • Come with an open, receptive mind and heart to learn and study. Let go of the limiting labels and stories about yourself.
  • Remember that if you have the tendency to complain about things then Yog Nisarga suggests you not to join Yog Nisarga program. Participants require life affirmative and positive attitude to receive the knowledge of yoga and meditation.
  • Punctual and 100% attendance for all the classes is mandatory. Missed classes, if any, must be rescheduled with an extra cost with teacher’s available time. Yog Nisarga does not entertain people who come just for the certificate.

After the conclusion of the course, you’ll have the option to apply for the certification process right away or to continue practicing and assisting the teachers at Yog Nisarga in order to perfect your skills before applying for the certification process.

The teachers are qualified in Indian traditional Ashtanga yoga. They share this knowledge with the best ability, in a way that is easy to understand for the students, they are well prepared and have excellent guidelines to teach and share. The instructors are always there to support you in the class and outside too. You will feel guided through the entire course.

This yoga teacher training will be held at Yog Nisarga in Phuket, Thailand. Being the third largest country in southeast Asia; Thailand has a dynamic and versatile appeal to all masses. Rich in culture and heritage, this exotic destination is equipped with a true essence of tranquility as it is no secret that the land draws its pure source of energy from its widely practiced Buddhism. Amidst all the peace, also lies a fast paced developing country, furnished with upbeat infrastructure and affluent transportation. From catering to the young and restless to those who have come of age, Thailand is the perfect treat.

Activities
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wedding

The price of this course includes three daily vegetarian meals from Monday to Friday, with only a breakfast on Saturdays. No meals are served on Sunday. You can also enjoy the menu offered by CC's Hideaway's restaurant, Refuge.

Refuge Restaurant specializes in Thai food and offers a wide selection of Western dishes also. Refuge offers exquisite meals complemented by a wide selection of cocktails, freshly prepared juices, and a variety of other beverages. Refuge Restaurant is open seven days a week, offering a truly enjoyable dining experience in an inviting atmosphere with exquisite food.

Whether its headline entertainers or local singers and musicians, CC's Hideaway knows how to arrange for a good time. The recent shows have featured female impersonators, various dancers, a mermaid photo shoot, and fire performers. You never know what's next. In addition, they have held various competitions for guests in the swimming pool designed to make everyone laugh.

But typically, CC's Hideaway does quieter events like morning yoga classes or movie nights. Movies are typically shown outdoors weekly on the roof deck. From time to time, they bring in outside chefs to arrange special themed meals. Eco-adventures and island trips are also offered.

You can book a massage in the Rooftop Studio by CC's Hideaway., for an extra price.

  • 1 airport pick-up
  • 1 uniform for certification
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day from Monday to Friday
  • 25 nights accommodation
  • Ashtanga yoga teacher training manual
  • Breakfasts on Saturdays
  • Yog Nisargas Yoga Alliance certificate
  • Lunches and dinners on Saturdays
  • Meals on Sundays
  • Spa treatments
  • Transportation back to the airport

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Phuket International Airport (HKT). Transfer from the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yog Nisarga an inquiry.
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    10 out of 10

    "The experience at YogNisarga was lovely and unforgettable. The yoga classes where for advance yogis, but with instructions from teacher, a beginner can perfectly follow the class. In just 6 days, I was feeling already the evolution on my body and on my awareness. The location of the school is inside a resort with nice facilities, right next to the beach. The yoga, the teacher, together with the kindness of the people, the smiles and the delicious food makes me recommend this place, and would like to come back one day. Thank you very much for all your help and the lovely experience Prem Sandip."

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  • Review by Susan de Wolf from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    " I attended the 200 hrs Asthanga vinyasa yoga teacher training at Yognisarga in February - March 2015. I chose Yognisarga based on their content on the website and several positive reviews. My expectations came more than true. Yognisarga maintained during the month a high quality course. They have several excellent teachers for the different classes: anatomy, Yoga philosophy, alignment, teacher skills, Ayurveda, pranayama, Bandhas, mudras, meditation, teacher skills, start your own business and of course the daily asana practice. Great thanks to the excellent classes by the lovely Deepika and Prem. The course is intense, 100% attendance of the classes is acquired but the course is packed with all round knowledge about yoga lifestyle. At the end of the course I gained confidence, knowledge and lots of fun in deepening my own yoga practice and teaching Asthanga vinyasa yoga. I booked the course without the accommodation and meals, and this was the best choice for me and my partner. It's very easy and cheap to arrange your own accommodation in Goa, and this way you can choose whatever accommodation suits you best and choose your meals freely from lots of excellent restaurants and beach shacks. If you've never been to Goa, don't be surprised that a lot of accommodations are low budget and adjust your expectations to that"

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  • Review by Irene
    10 out of 10

    "Yog Nisarga was found to be a learning supportive environment. The surroundings in Palolem is conducive for this endeavor with its natural endowment of a beautiful beach, greenery, polite and warm local people. Instructors were professional yet friendly, and adhered to the rigor of the Yoga training. Course content is comprehensive with a good balance of practice session vs theory. Variety is introduces with meditation sessions, beach walks and on-the-beach practice sessions. Best part of the course starts mid-way through the training when students are given ample time, opportunity and support to practice their teaching skills among their peers. All in all, a wonderful learning experience at the school and good times with peers.."

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  • Review by Therese Sullivan from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "My trip to Goa and to Yog Nisarga was a fantastic experience. When one compares India to a Western culture; a trip to India is full of surprises and new experiences. Should we do a Teacher Training course with Yog Nisarga? My overwhelming response would be Yes. The benefits far outweigh the costs. Getting outside your comfort zone and connecting to a culture that is so warm and friendly is incredible. The class becomes a team, where everyone makes an effort to support you to achieve your goal. I have a memory and a yoga practice that I hope will last a lifetime!"

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  • Review by Nahn Rossiter from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "Important experience for me. Good teaching level, had some of the best teachers of my life. They could transmit motivation and enlightenment. About the location and accommodation I was really happy, beautiful hall directly on the beach, never wore any flip-flop. Naked feet for one whole month, nothing better to feel grounded."

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  • Review by Benoit from France
    10 out of 10

    "Learning about the all yoga philosophy and living this experience has changed my life forever...good luck to all the future yogis and yoginis, and thank you to our teachers for sharing their passion with so much love"

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  • Review by Joerg Schwille from Greece
    9 out of 10

    "In December 2014 I took part at the 200hrs yoga teacher training at YogNisarga.The location couldn't have been better, direct at the beach and the Indian Ocean. Simply fantastic! The accommodation was rather basic and the W-Lan not very reliable. So what, a small price to pay for being direct at the sea at this price. Speaking about the price, the whole package is great value for money. We were a small international group of students with different levels of experience and knowledge. Yet, the teachers did understand it how to pick us up as a group and still to coach respectively to cater to our individual needs. Coming from the hustle and bustle of the western world, it took me a few days to be able to let loose. But then a whole new world opened up to me. I did learn a lot about Yoga and also about myself. I had to challenge myself on several occasions yet with the assistance of the teachers I felt comfortable and succeeded. I am looking back to an amazing time with amazing people. I am saying thank you! Yours, Bob"

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Goa, India

Yog Nisarga offers 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher training courses, retreats, and daily yoga and meditation classes.

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Departure:
Thursday July 27, 2017
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