28 Days 300-Hour Hatha & Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cross-Cultural Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand

Give yourself the opportunities to learn and have a magical life-changing experience of yoga with this 300-hour yoga teacher training program in Chiangmai, Thailand. This training mainly consists of the traditional Hatha yoga, Patanjali's philosophy and eight elements of yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga styles. The special highly intensive yoga teacher training program is dedicated to many students who desire to step into the path of yoga and meditation that but are still caught up in the midst of the modern lifestyle that allows only so much time one can take off from the fast-moving life. The teachers have been brought up and spent their lives in traditional ashrams and gurukulams with yoga and meditation as their sole purpose in life. In this special occasion, they are traveling to Thailand with a pure intention of transmitting authentic knowledge of yoga and meditation from the ancient Vedic scriptures. The mission is to spread peace, health, and joy, which can be achieved through yoga. All walks of life are welcome to learn how yoga leads an individual to a healthy body and lifestyle!

Meet the instructors

Onit
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Highlights

  • Yoga asanas, relaxation, and yoga-Nidra techniques
  • 300-hours yoga TTC Certificate from Yoga Alliance, USA
  • Daily guided exercises of breathing and pranayama practices
  • Sankhya and yoga philosophies and instructions to teach and guide others
  • Ancient Buddhist temples visit and sightseeing on Thailand's highest mountain range
  • Traditional Northern Thai dinner with Thai cultural performance
  • Three daily nutritious vegetarian meals
  • 27 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


28 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hindi, Thai, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer available:
Chiang Mai International Airport (US$25 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:30
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be accommodated for 23 nights at Maewin Guesthouse & Resort. The accommodation for the training is a traditional Thai-style 2-story wooden house. The 2nd floor has a view of the farmland, forest, and mountains and three dorm rooms (three-four people per room). There are one bathrooms in each room, a small kitchen and common space on the first floor. The house is situated in a private family farm owned by a local Thai lady, who is the owner of Maewin Guesthouse & Resort. The farm is a few minutes walk from the guesthouse and all guesthouse facilities are also available to our students (i.e. dining area, common resting area, cleaning service, etc.). However, students can also opt for a private room at extra charges. Private rooms will be within the guesthouse area instead of on the farmland, but it is only a few minutes walking distance between the locations.

Program

This teacher training is a multi-style course for intermediate and advanced-level students, with more than just basic knowledge of yoga. After the completion of the course, the students will be given a yoga alliance certification for the 300-hour yoga training course, from Yoga Vidya Mandiram School. This 300-hour yoga teacher training will be held by experienced reputed meditation guides and the team of accomplished yoga teachers.

The teachers and guides include an Ayurvedic doctor who feels privileged to share his/her knowledge and practice of ancient traditions with modern elements of medical sciences (yoga anatomy and physiology).

This training course aims to provide a solid foundation in different aspects of yogic disciplines that prepare them to adopt yoga as their life profession. In addition, this 300-hour yoga training course includes mantra recitation (mantra - Japa), daily joints and glands practices (granthi - vimochana - kriya), yoga postures (yoga asanas), meditative steps of doing asanas, six cleansing exercises (shat karma), science of breath (pranayama), yoga energy locks (Bandha) and yoga gestures (Mudra), meditation (Dhyana), yogic sleep (yoga Nidra), history and philosophy of yoga (yoga Darshana), yogic anatomy and physiology of human body, basic principles of Ayurveda, asana alignment practicum classes, yoga teaching practice, and teaching methodology. Yoga psychology enhances the students' learning at various levels; mentally and emotionally by which they learn to adopt the yogic disciplines in daily life. This intensive course helps the students to establish a harmonious lifestyle.

Course curriculum

Mantra chanting

  • Intro to Mantra science
  • Basic mantras: aum, gayatri, trayambakam, guru, shanti, etc.
  • Morning prayers and evening prayers
  • Meal prayers
  • Study prayers
  • Health prayers
  • Surya-namaskara 12 mantras along with bija mantras
  • 1-20 Sanskrit counting
  • Names of the asanas
  • Selected yoga-sutras recitation

Hatha Yoga Asanas

  • Meditative steps of performing the hatha yoga; centering, entering, refining, holding, coming out, and reflection
  • Astanga vinyasa flow - series 1 & 2
  • Surya namaskar (sun salutations) - dynamic surya namaskar, surya namaskar with breath awareness, surya namaskar with bija-mantra chanting
  • Modifications of yoga asanas
  • Types of yoga asanas - standing, sitting, backward bending, forward bending, spinal twisting, fire series, inversion, shavasana, etc.
  • Alignment and art of adjustment
  • Preventing common injuries
  • Counter pose
  • Contraindications
  • Yoga asanas benefits

Pranayama (the science of breath)

  • Introduction to science of breath
  • Physiology of pranayama
  • Postures for pranayama
  • Establishment of diaphragmatic breathing
  • 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 breathing practices
  • Different practices of pranayama: nadi shodhana, ujjayee, kapalabhati, bhastrika, shitali, shitkari, brahmari, and anuloma viloma, suryabhedi, and various types of kumbhaka pranayama and others
  • Benefits or pranayama practices
  • Guidelines for regular pranayama

Bandhas (lock)

  • Jalandhara-bandha (chin lock)
  • Uddiyana-bandha (abdominal lock)
  • Moola-bandha (root lock)
  • Maha-bandha (great lock)

Mudra Vijnana (Science of Graceful Gestures)

  • Intro to mudras and their importance in yoga practices
  • Mudra and its psychology
  • The elements residing in the fingers and five mudras: akasha-mudra, jnana-mudra, agni-mudra, varuna-mudra, and prithvi-mudra
  • Other important mudras: dhyan-mudra, prana-mudra, apana-mudra, linga-mudra, shunya-mudra, vishnu-mudra, bhairava-mudra, and hridaya-mudra

Satkarma or cleansing exercises

  • Jala-neti
  • Sutra-neti
  • Kunjala
  • Trataka
  • Agnisara
  • Nauli

Practice Relaxation and Yoga Nidra

  • Introduction to the concept and practices of relaxation
  • Relaxation in daily life
  • Sequence of relaxation
  • Tension and relaxation exercises
  • Systematic relaxation exercises
  • 31 points relaxation exercise
  • 61 points relaxation exercise
  • Preparation for yoga-Nidra
  • 61 blue star relaxation

Meditation

  • What is meditation and what is not?
  • Meditation in daily life
  • Yoga asanas for meditation 2-5 minutes meditations
  • Steps into basic meditation
  • So-ham mediation
  • Mantra and meditation
  • Spinal breath Sushumna breathe through chakras

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

  • Introduction to Yoga anatomy and physiology
  • Systems: Digestive system, Circulatory system, Respiratory system, Muscular system, Nervous system, Endocrine system, Skeletal system, Excretory system, Lymphatic system, Homeostasis
  • Stress: Introduction
  • Humoral theory (in ancient Indian medicine, Greek medicine, and modern medical science)
  • The Brain and its subcortical centers
  • Stress and Neuro-endocrinal changes
  • Therapy principles for stress disorders
  • Stress management through yoga: Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breathing practices), Dhyan (meditation)
  • Effect of yoga posture on muscles and systems
  • Nadis (energy channels)
  • Chakras (energy plexus)
  • Pancha tattva (five great elements)
  • Panchakosha (five sheaths)
  • Pancha pranas (five vital energy)

Yoga philosophy, Life-style and Yoga Ethics

  • General introduction: six schools of Indian philosophy
  • Philosophy in daily life
  • Elementary intro to Samkhya and Yoga philosophies
  • The Yoga-sutras of Patanjali
  • History of Yogic science
  • Astanga-yoga: yama, niyam, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
  • Introduction to Vedanta (Yoga of the Upanishads)
  • The yoga of the Bhagavad-gita
  • The tantric yoga
  • Yoga Ethics: Yamas and Niyamas, More on the ethics of a teacher
  • Daily life style of a sadhaka

Yoga and Ayurveda (Science of Life)

  • Intro to Ayurveda
  • Philosophy of Ayurveda
  • The concept of tri-dosha
  • The concept of tri-gunas
  • Ayurveda and the balanced diet
  • Balance of the mind and body through proper diet as prescribed in Ayurveda

Teaching Methodology

  • Learning to instruct and guide
  • Main points: Teaching to what you observe, timing a class, greeting / centering, sequence in teaching
  • Theme-ing a specific posture
  • Classroom Organization
  • Demonstration
  • Health Concerns
  • Language
  • Modification in Posture
  • The role of a teacher
  • The practice and service of teaching yoga

Yoga Practicum

  • Class sequences
  • Develop intention for classes
  • Self-evaluation
  • Assignments
  • Practice teaching
  • Feedback
  • Group discussion
  • Questions and answers
  • Homework

Typical Daily Schedule

  • 05:00 Wake up!
  • 06:00 - 06:30 Mantra chanting, and shat karma
  • 06:30 - 08:00 Warm-up exercises, joints, and glands following hatha yoga asanas
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Pranayama and breathing practices, mudras, bandhas, meditation
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast and free time
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Yoga Philosophy
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch and free time
  • 14:00 - 15:15 Anatomy and physiology workshop, and Ayurveda
  • 15:15 - 16:00 Tea break
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Astanga Vinyasa and Practice teaching
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Dinner and free time
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Guest lectures, Satsanga, meditation, audios and videos, self-study, inner dialogue
  • 21:00 Go sleep!

Schedule is subjected to shifts and changes without prior notice.

It is advised that you arrive at the yoga school one day before the course starts.

Included excursions

  • Temples and Thai ancient sites
  • Old city excursion
  • Thai fresh market

Instructors

Onit Kumar
Onit Kumar is a well qualified and experienced instructor of Hatha yoga. He is regarded as one of the very inspiring Hatha yoga teachers in Rishikesh. He has in-depth knowledge and has been practicing yoga therapy, marma therapy, alternative therapy, Hatha yoga, and yoga philosophy. He owes this to his yoga practice and the blessings of all the masters he learned from. He is also specialized in teaching physical, breathing and mental training techniques to students of different sex and age from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Retreat location

Yoga Vidya Mandiram will be holding this unique training at MaeWin Guesthouse & Resort in Chiangmai, Thailand. The mountain ranges of Chiangmai are part of the system of hills extending through Laos, Burma, and China. It is here that begins to rise the chain of the Himalayas and the place includes the highest peaks in the country, Doi Inthanon. The fertile region of mountains, valleys and rivers, the North and its provinces are a paradise for nature lovers. Maewin Guesthouse is a peaceful and quiet country resort located in one of the most beautiful parts of our valley, Mae Wang. Offering you the most relaxed and tranquil stay possible is their primary target.

Their rooms vary from a number of private bungalows with terrace, to a big Thai-Lanna style teak wood house. Due to the convenient situation in the unspoiled Karen village Mae Sapok, located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, they are able to provide you with numerous adventures. Beautiful waterfalls, the king's royal project, elephant sanctuaries and Thailand's highest mountain are only a few of the places that can be easily visited from here. With a breathtaking landscape and nature we also provide a number of trekking and hiking tours. Furthermore, professional Thai massages can be arranged privately in the room. The Mae-Win valley offers the perfect mix of unspoiled natural beauty and insights into the charming culture and lifestyle of the local people. Maewin guesthouse awaits you to experience their unique hospitality and an unforgettable stay.

Nearby places:

  • Chiang Mai International Airport, 36 kilometers

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Yogic
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)

  • Bamboo rafting
  • Buddhist monastery visit
  • Mountain hiking
  • Waterfalls
  • Thai cooking course

Spa treatments

  • Thai Massage service is available with advance booking

What's included

  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Three daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Filtered water, herbal tea, and snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi connection
  • Free use of yoga tools during the course
  • Local sightseeing exploration
  • Neti pot and sutra neti
  • Quality 300-hours teacher training course, internationally accredited by by Yoga Alliance, USA and the corresponding certificate, upon completion
  • Textbooks, printed study handouts and 300-hours yoga teacher training manual

What's not included

  • Laundry service charges
  • Travel expenses (i.e. airfare, train, bus, taxi, etc.)
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

1. GETTING TO CHIANGMAI, THAILAND

ARRIVAL BY PLANE:

You could opt for a direct flight to Chiangmai International Airport (CNX). If there are no direct flights from your city, there are certainly connections you could make from your city to Chiangmai.

ARRIVAL BY TRAIN:

If you are travelling from within Thailand, you could take the train from the city you are into Chiangmai province. From Bangkok, the journey takes about 12 hours but evening trains feature comfortable bunks with or without air-con. Train tickets from Bangkok are between 600-1,000 THB for a train ticket depending on the level of comfort you want.

ARRIVAL BY BUS:

Buses run roughly every hour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, departing from Bangkok’s Mo Chit Station and arriving at Chiang Mai’s Eastern (main) Bus Terminal. The first departure of the day is at 05:30 and the last is at 22:00. From Bangkok, the journey takes about 10 hours and there are a variety of buses available, with the VIP buses being the by far the most comfortable. Bus prices range from 12 USD to 25 USD per trip from Bangkok to Chiangmai.

2. GETTING TO THE TRAINING CENTER

ARRIVAL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

Maewin Guesthouse & Resort is 38 kilometers in the southern direction from Chiangmai city and 36 kilometers from Chiangmai International Airport (CNX). The bus for Mae Wang district leaves from the corner of Wualay Rd. and Chang Lor Rd., opposite the Chiangmai Gate (1 of the 4 city gates) on the south side of the moat that surrounds the old city. Look for a bus that goes to บ้านกาด (Baan Kaad), it’s a yellow pick up truck with seats at the back and a sign on the roof, the route stops in Mae Wang. Sit to the end of the line which is 5km passed Baan Kaad fresh market. The ride will cost only 35 baht per passenger. From there, you have to pay extra fee of around 250-300 baht to reach the guesthouse.

ARRIVAL BY TAXI:

Yoga Vidya Mandiram is happy to assist you in arranging a taxi pick up once you arrive in Chiangmai. The taxi fee and travel time will depend on your pick up location and traffic. It is an average of 1.20 hours from Chiangmai International Airport (CNX) to the guesthouse by taxi and costing around 1,000 baht per trip.

Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport Airport transfer available: Chiang Mai International Airport (US$25 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Arrival: Saturday October 26, 2019
Departure: Friday November 22, 2019

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The prices below include an early bird discount of 350 USD per person for the upcoming October course. To benefit, book or reserve before September 20, 2019.

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