This teacher training program is considered one of the most comprehensive trainings in the world. It is a course of the highest standards, with a broad curriculum that encompasses asana, vinyasa, pranayama, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, meditation, chanting, and spiritual practices. Authenticity and integrity are the core of this program and the team firmly believe that a deep understanding of not only the correct practice, but also its inherent purpose, is essential to a true yoga lifestyle. Prepare to come and be transformed and equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to share the gifts of yoga with the world.

This celebrated Yoga Institute has been providing yoga certification courses since 1999 and has graduates around the world. This is where the depth of practice and tradition meets modern understanding and scientific knowledge, plus a good dose of fun, music, chanting, caring & sharing, saving the planet, looking within, and how to enjoy a life while thinking of others, open the heart, sharpen the mind, and free the spirit.

The training is held on the beautiful tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand. Stunning beaches, authentic culture and the mountainous rainforest awaits those who wish to take in the beauty of Thailand while deepening their yoga practice and developing their teaching skills. This one-month residential, all-inclusive training includes lovely accommodation and delicious, healthy cuisine situated in an idyllic beachfront setting. You are given the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the training and be guided by superior and highly qualified teachers and attentive and friendly staff. Get ready for a teacher training program that will set you on the path to becoming an admired teacher in your own right. 

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • Air-Con Room
  • All Meals
  • Course Material
  • Facilities Access
  • Fitness Centre
  • Mats
  • Meditation
  • Pool
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi Internet
  • Yoga Props

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Syllabus

HOURS + TOPICS

Asana is a typical starting point in yoga, and what you will primarily teach. 
The course covers traditional Hatha yoga asanas found in classical texts and expanded upon in modern times. Alignment, breath, inner focus, benefits, common mistakes, and variations are covered for each pose. You will learn from doing the pose and adjusting students in it, both in group and in private instruction.
The course will alternate between exploring detailed alignment, dynamic vinyasa and gentle restorative approaches. The asana teaching will also emphasize and encourage the exploration and growth of your individual practice.

The training in this course is grounded in the classical teaching of Sw. Kuvalayananda and his primary student, Sri O.P. Tiwari (Kaivalyadhama, India), one of the few authorities on Pranayama. You will learn and practice the preparations for Pranayama together with six of the classical techniques. You will be guided daily and observed carefully as you build a personal practice. Upon completion, you will understand the nature of the inhale, exhale, and retention; the correct performance of each Pranayama; and how to guide someone in basic breathing. You will also study the breath and its mechanisms.

You will take a detailed, thorough approach to anatomy and physiology. During the course you will methodically go through the anatomy of the human body as it relates to asanas, vinyasas, and pranayamas. In addition, we will explore at length the nervous system, the musculo-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine, the circulatory system, and other topics.

This is a practical course, in which you will learn chiefly by doing. The first two weeks you will work with your fellow trainees on teaching assignments. The effort of explaining and showing something to someone else serves to embed it into your consciousness. From the third week onward, there will be other (non-trainee) students in the morning asana class. You will progress from observation to assisting to adjusting to private instruction to group instruction.

Awareness and understanding of the vital layer of the body can greatly advance your practice. You will study it and then integrate it in to your practice. The identification of energy lines in practice receives a lot of attention, along with chakras, nadis, vayus, koshas, to be learnt and understood in the light of the process of yoga.

In the Vedic system virtually all activities commence and conclude with a chant. In addition, one can increase the feeling of devotion (bhakti) through chanting sessions known as kirtans. Beginning with the simple but powerful Om, chants permeate the practice. There are some classic chants you will learn, some standard slokas you will become familiar with, and also a few bhajans you could enjoy during any lively kirtans.


When it comes to food, much confusion surrounds what, when, and how much.  Food is one of the biggest influences on our practice. Eating well is not just a matter of good health; it affects and nurtures the nervous system and mind. With a new understanding of food and its effects, you may be inspired to make positive changes in the way you eat. The food at Samahita Retreat is healthy, nutritious, and tasty. 

These are the sixth and seventh limbs of Ashtanga. Building concentration of mind should be developed in all practices. You will learn how to harness the mind while practicing asana and pranayama. It then will become a direct practice when you sit for meditation. You will learn meditation techniques, external to internal, which will engage the mind through concentration. 

Not everyone falls under the category of average health. Different approaches, as well as compassion and patience, are needed for children, people with disabilities and overweight cases. Simple approaches will be taught and where possible even practiced. Some cases will also be simulated.

The language of yoga is Sanskrit. It is the oldest language still in use today, and it is the basis of many other languages. All language is simply vibration, and Sanskrit possesses the highest vibration and the best organized. You will learn the alphabet, numbers, pronunciation, and the chanting of all pose names, kriyas and pranayamas, and sutras-all taught in a light and enjoyable way.

Translates as the yoga of action but typically taken to mean selfless service. You will typically have a program to work on for each course under the work of Centered Foundation. In the past students have worked as a group on some of the local schools for young children here that do not receive enough care or financial support. It is a great task for the group and causes a lot of positive change in these young kids lives. On occasion you also get out and help Mother Nature by cleaning the beach.

Certification

Graduates earn a Centered Yoga 200-hour certificate Yoga Alliance Accredited. This certification enables you to teach globally.

Meet The Facilitators

 
Venue   Samahita Retreat
Samahita Retreat, Venue for 29 Day 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

Situated on Laem Sor beach, Samahita Retreat is surrounded by palm fringed coconut trees in a quiet and spacious area. Your eyes will be greeted with breathtaking views to the islands dotted at the horizon. A famous landmark is the Laem Sor Chedi sitting at the rocky water edge. This area has its own natural beauty and offers a perfect hideaway for a peaceful holiday. The nightlife and shopping areas of Lamai can be reached within 15 minutes by car or motorbike.

Samahita Retreat is a dedicated center with a strong purpose: to provide a place in which to practice balanced and healthy living in all areas of our life! Regardless of where you are, the yoga shala, restaurant and lounge, swimming pool, and beach are only one minute away. It's gentle setting inspires long, refreshing walks on the beach or through the meandering back roads. 

Samahita is forty-five minutes away from Koh Samui airport, and taxi drivers will know how to get to Laem Sor. Directional road signs will also guide you to Samahita Retreat as you begin to approach. 

Accommodations

Food

Great emphasis is placed on the importance of food at Samahita Retreat. It serves a dual purpose of healthily nourishing the body and mind while also delighting the senses through great taste and variation. The food philosophy is based on the principle of “Sattva”, a Sanskrit term that means pure and light and a focus on easy digestion. Your delicious buffet style meals are included in the training. 

The emphasis is on natural ingredients including yoghurt, kefir, soy milk, coconut milk, breads, jams, muesli and breakfast juices all homemade daily. The approach to eating is that food is medicine for the body and food effects not only the body but also the mind. For those that want to eat light and natural, there is a raw food offering for all meals. The balanced diet will be different for individuals which is why you are provided a big variety of dishes containing all the necessary macro and micro nutrients, such as, healthy carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and good quality protein. The majority of meals are vegetarian, but fish and eggs, as a protein option, is served a few times a week.

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WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS TRAINING

Paul and the team at Samahita Retreat have created a yoga teacher training that goes far above and beyond a standard training program. Rich in sacred lineage and with modern twists to make yoga accessible to all, this training will equip you with all you need to be a confident teacher with the ability to inspire and uplift your own students. Train in paradise, stay in luxury accommodation, feast on fresh, healthy and vibrant cuisine and feel part of a radiant community that Samahita upholds with passion and integrity. Invest in yourself, your career, your own self-development, with this remarkable 200hr teacher training. 

Kelly Fielding

Yovada Yogini

  Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is unique among Thailand's islands in maintaining a broad appeal for everyone. From bustling tourist attractions to secluded beaches, it’s suitable for all types of travelers. The easiest way to access the island is by plane via Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. You can also take a train, then ferry from Bangkok. 

Laem Sor beach, located on the southern tip of the beautiful island of Ko Samui, is surrounded by towering coconut trees and boasts incredible sunrises and sunsets that play with the colors of the water, sand and tropical fauna. The beaches are private and virtually undisturbed, creating a peaceful setting for you to enjoy your getaway. The main shopping areas are still within easy reach, while the quiet setting inspires long, refreshing walks on the beach or through the meandering back roads.

Laem Sor is a 40 minute drive from Koh Samui's international airport.

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