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Do you ever feel like there is more to this life? Are you interested in spiritual knowledge and esoteric experiences? Do you want to consciously evolve? Agama provides a foundation for creating a whole new life. In addition to helping students find their way on the yogic path and establishing a daily Yoga practice, it also aims to inspire each and every individual at the school to achieve new goals and to become a better version of themselves. Agama is a yoga school for spiritual seekers who are looking for truth.
Agama Yoga does not provide accommodation, but offers several trusted recommendations, and help with booking.
A budget price bungalow with attached bathroom may cost around 6,000 to 8,000 THB per month. Budget bungalows are usually older, may not have hot water and may not have a kitchen. Medium price bungalows, which generally include hot water, tiled floors, kitchen, and air-conditioning, may start from around 8,000 to 14,000 THB per month. High price bungalows start from around 14,000 THB per month, and would normally be a much larger and more luxurious bungalow located in a prime location such as beachfront.
The Thais are constantly building new accommodation near Agama Yogas campus, although more and more students are joining Agama yoga annually. However, the abundance of new construction probably helps to keep rent down and increases your options of finding something suitable.
Ananda Wellness Resort was previously the host of Agama Yoga first level intensive yoga course and so is very yogi-friendly. Ananda offers Agama Yoga students a 30% discount off its official rates, with additional discounts for longer-term stays or for accommodation, in conjunction with cleansing programs. Ananda offers detoxification cleanses using the herbal products of Arise and Shine, in three-day, seven-day or 11-day formats. It is a newer, yogi resort with herbal sauna, natural (un-chlorinated) pool, massage therapists on call, internet and many other services, including free wireless internet for room guests.
The areas close to Agama Yoga center are Ao Hin Kong, Srithanu (sometimes spelled Sri Thanu or Seethanu, depending on the source) and Haad Chao Phao. There are a number of websites through, which resorts and rental bungalows can be booked. A locally run option is Phangan Rentals, and another option is Phangan Accomodation.
Phangan Resorts provides a detailed description of accommodation to be found on Koh Phangan, though this is focused more on resort style accommodation and not long-term bungalows. Koh Phangan Thailand also has information on resort style accommodation. You can also try Travelfish, as well, which offers an overview of some of the bungalow resorts along the side of the island. For some you may do online booking, although this may be a more expensive option than showing up in person.
Agama is one of the pioneers of Yoga on the paradise tropical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Founded by Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, Agama is a place for self-discovery, for revealing ones full potential and for spiritual evolution. Agama offers great teachings, a special atmosphere and profound knowledge. Its understanding and teachings of traditional Yoga are valuable and rare, making it unique among the array of other yoga schools in this world. The surrounding community also adds to the experience of Agama. Generations of Agama yogis have helped form a supportive, dynamic, and interesting environment in which, to grow and thrive.
Agama gives access to an authentic form of Yoga based on Indian and Tibetan traditions, presented in a practical and comprehensible way through a university-style curriculum program. The teachings are easy to implement in daily life and are often adopted immediately by students. The aim of Agama is to guide students into a journey of self-discovery and self-development.
The teachings and classes at Agama provide the space for students to improve health, increase vitality and strengthen ambition. In addition, Agama helps students develop an intimate understanding of what energy is and how to work with energy in the body. This theoretical and experiential understanding of energy is a unique gem of this Yoga system. Students become aware of energy, learn to recognize different forms of energy, understand how it influences them and how to master energy and utilize it for a purpose. The Agama teaching training course (ATTC) is an excellent platform to expand upon existing practice and knowledge, to learn new and interesting ideas, and to help support and guide oneself and others along the yogic path.
Most Yoga schools and styles focus on the physical part of Yoga, looking to increase flexibility, to detox the body, to release stress and to recharge. Agama goes far beyond the physical components of Yoga. In the Agama practice, postures are only the first step. The teachings and courses help students go deeper into the understanding of the source of emotions, explore the mind and its abilities of perception and discernment, and learn to govern energy in the body.
Agama has a strong and all-encompassing understanding of how energy works, and utilizes the Chakra system - the seven governing energy centers of our being, as a map to navigate through this world. Chakras enable us to achieve a state of inner balance and harmony, access amazing powers, and reach mystical experiences and deep states of consciousness.
Students have a rare opportunity to learn and practice forgotten, sacred teachings and techniques from the east. This school integrates authentic India and Tibet wisdom with a Western mindset. Agama believes that there should be a bridge between spirituality and rational thinking. Classes are taught in a modern and easy-to-understand way, while keeping the essence and integrity of the ancient teachings.
The Agama program consists of principles and techniques from various styles of Yoga, which includes:
Information and explanatory lectures are given on a variety of related topics such as:
Diet in Yoga
Healing through natural methods
Purification and cleansing techniques
Yin / yang balancing
Physiology and psychology in Yoga
Mastery and transmutation of the sexual energy
Music in Yoga and meditation
The Agama teacher training course (ATTC) is a great program for self-development, and offers an amazing and comprehensive training in becoming a yoga teacher in this style. The ATTC is an intensive, 12-week course, designed by Agama Yoga founder and director, Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, and taught by advanced Agama teachers. Upon successful completion of this full-time program, graduates will not only be formally certified as yoga teachers, but also be spiritually empowered to transmit these teachings in the lineage of Agama to students around the world. New teachers leave feeling confident, empowered and spiritualized! In short, this course helps participants transform into the best version of themselves.
One of the main goals of this remarkable and intense three-month course is to help students become yoga teachers who are full of aspiration and competence, in order to bring these teachings to an ever-widening scope of spiritual seekers worldwide. This intensive experience is a guarantee for transformation, as it will help participants face, overcome and transcend their limitations. Moreover, the ATTC will help participants develop discipline, motivation and willpower to change their lives for the better. This training not only emphasizes the teachings, but also the understanding of the purpose of practicing Yoga.
The ATTC runs twice a year. This program is specially designed to immerse each participant in the spirit of Yoga, so that they may later spread the teachings. All participants will receive a RYT-500+ certificate at the end of the program, provided they comply with necessary requirements for graduation.
The Agama Yoga teacher training course includes:
500+ hours of course instruction and practicum training, including all the necessary components to qualify under international Yoga teaching standards
Instructions on asanas, pranayama, mudras, and bandhas according to the classical yogic texts
A 30+ hour program of anatomy and physiology, with a yogic emphasis
An eight-part series on pedagogical theory, specifically pertaining to the art of teaching Yoga
A series of inspired commentaries on the essence of Karma Yoga and teachings revealed in the Bhagavad Gita
Exceptional teachings on the development of subtle energies and psychic protection, the importance and power of consecration, and other rare, advanced, esoteric information
Teachings, personal interviews and daily guided Hatha Yoga classes from advanced teachers
Four student-teaching opportunities per participant over the course of eight weeks, critiqued by peers and supervised by senior Agama Yoga teachers
A comprehensive set of printed materials that contain information about the techniques, anatomy and physiology, and various other esoteric topics.
Agama Yoga is a registered member of Yoga Alliance and International Yoga Federation (IYF). Certificates are extended under this authority. The Agama teacher training course certification provides the ability to teach one of the most profound Yoga systems in the world, as well as, have the support of international recognition in the global teaching community. Swami Vivekananda Saraswati conducts personal interviews with each ATTC participant, and senior Agama teachers are available for consultations, questions, and personal guidance. There are many free extra-curricular activities throughout the duration of the ATTC held by Agama. Swami Vivekananda Saraswati presents special discourses each week, and throughout every month Agama offers bhajans, special meditations, and occasional festivities.
Swami Vivekananda Saraswati
The founder and director of Agama Yoga. Swami is the brilliant exponent of a unique and modern trend of thinking in yoga. He is a passionate and dedicated teacher of the true, ancient lines of Indian and Tibetan Yoga.
Dharmananda, a Pisces who was born in Israel in 1977, discovered Agama Yoga in 2001. Dharmananda most values the ability that Agama has taught him to induce different states of mind and consciousness according to the chakras, and to help others learn the same process and evolve spiritually, and as well make the world a better place.
Keith, a Leo from Boulder, Colorado spent his formative years in upstate New York. Keith’s continued commitment to practice is born from a deep desire to fulfill his innermost request of deeply knowing what it means to be alive, to know the world as it actually is and to live a life guided by principles of intimacy, love and connectedness.
Michael began his exploration of Yoga in 1997 with a book from the school library. What started off as an exercise routine eventually developed into an esoteric fascination with the discovery of the writings of Swami Sivananda on Kundalini. In this retreat, he endeavors to share his practical knowledge acquired through long hours of daily practice of delving into the mysteries of Kundalini.
Muktananda began his search towards unfolding his innermost excellence with the guidance and love of his spiritual mentors. Muktananda was thrilled and fascinated by the vastness and miracles of the yoga system which ignited within him a quest towards the infinite power and potential of being human. Yoga teaching is an evolutionary path for him, too. He prefers an action-oriented spirituality and believes that, amongst many such actions, teaching Yoga is very noble, good and beneficial to all beings. Teaching Yoga is a part of his Dharma in terms of service to humanity and Shiva.
Enjoying fresh mango and coconut for breakfast, taking a Yoga class, relaxing on a hammock with an ocean view, and saving a massage for the afternoon. This is just one of the typical ways to start a perfect day on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan in Thailand, where Agama is located. Nature is constantly blessing Koh Phangan with blue skies, breathtaking sunsets and short, refreshing rain showers to cool down the tropical weather.
The large global network of Agama teachers enables access to Agama yoga classes and workshops in various studios and schools near and far. Agamas main campus is located in Srithanu, situated in the peaceful Western part of the island, far from the full moon partiers and tourist traffic. Agama also has international branches all over the world. There are seven large Yoga halls across three campuses. The main campus has a vegetarian and vegan restaurant, a spiritual library, a Yoga shop and the schools healing center.
7 large, fully equipped Yoga halls
Vegetarian and vegan restaurant
Natural surroundings and peaceful space to relax
Flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui
The closest airport to Koh Phangan is on the neighboring island, Koh Samui. There are daily flights between Bangkok and Koh Samui through Bangkok Airways (flying time: 65 or 90 minutes). From Koh Samui, take a connecting ferry to Koh Phangan. Ferry times and transportation to the pier can be arranged at the transportation counter in the Koh Samui airport.
Flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani
Air Asia and Nok Air provide daily flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani (flying time: 70 minutes). Each airline provides the option to combine the flight and connecting ferry ride. On their website, Search for Koh Phangan (Thong Sala Pier) as the destination. This combination includes a shuttle from the airport to the pier.
There are many bus services (mostly sleeper buses) from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Book a ticket at any travel agency in Bangkok. The journey takes about 10 hours to Donsak, the ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around 3 hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.
Ferries from Samui to Koh Phangan
The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00 and 13:00
The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00, 11:15, 12:30, and 17:00
The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a 10-minute drive
The Lompraya pier is 50 minutes from the airport - ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Pier
Ferries from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui
The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 11:00 and 16:30
The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 07:15, 11:00, 12:00, and 16:20
Local taxis are available at the pier in Thong Sala. Taxis are approximately 200 to 300 THB per person.
Trains leave Bangkok several times a day. The trip takes an average of 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available for overnight trains. Book in advance to reserve a sleeper car. From the train station, transfer via taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak pier (1 and a half hours). From Donsak Pier, take a ferry to Koh Phangan (3 hours).