30 Days 200 Hours Hatha Teacher Training on Koh Phangan, Thailand

  • Siam Healing Centre, 94/3 Thong Sala, Surrat Thani, Ko Pha-ngan, 84280, Thailand


200-Hour 4-Week Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

The Akasha Yoga Academy offers you a space for integral evolution in which you will journey to the very roots of classical Hatha Yoga. Five supervised teaching assignments, coupled with sequencing skills, adjustment, touch & voice training enable you to grow into a confident asana teacher. The comprehensive curriculum of this fully accredited instructor course exceeds the standards of the international Yoga Alliance. Successful graduation authorizes you to become an officially Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).


  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certificate & letter of recommendation
  • Comprehensive preparation material with systematic guidance
  • Teaching confidence through weekly supervised teaching assignments
  • Daily present moment awareness inspired by Spiritual Heart Meditation
  • Asana practice: deep going, energy-based, classical Hatha Yoga (twice daily)
  • Introduction to nutrition, Yogic diet, and Ayurveda
  • Daily tasty vegetarian breakfast buffet
  • 29 nights in stylish accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 20.

  • 25 days with instruction
  • German, Spanish, English
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The Akasha Yoga Academy courses on Koh Phangan are hosted in a stylish venue located directly on the waterfront, near the main harbor town of Thongsala. The place is characterized by the fancy architecture, an amazing view of the turquoise ocean, and dozens of coconut palms right on the beach.

The attractive beachfront houses have immediate ocean access and are designed in the sleek style of Thai-minimalism with large widow fronts. The studios are equipped with a large king-size bed, television, small kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, private bathroom with hot water, and optional air-conditioning. Each house features a balcony and a private roof top terrace with stunning ocean view. Shared accommodation options provide separate twin beds.


This 1-month full-time training transmits the essence of classical Hatha Yoga: Sun Salutations, Asana, Pranayama, meditation, and practical Yogic philosophy. Its systematic structure is tailored to the needs of prospective teachers, covering alignment of postures, voice training, practicum assignments, purification, Ayurveda, Thai-Yoga massage and much more. The course empowers beginners and advanced aspirants alike to develop a solid self-practice, and to grow into confident Yoga instructors.


The cornerstones are energy-based Hatha Yoga, Spiritual Heart Meditation, and the non-dual vision of Advaita Vedanta. The aspiration is to synchronize mind & heart, to combine rational understanding with deep-going practice, and to develop present moment awareness. Authenticity & inspiration, passion & enthusiasm are the hallmarks.


The training is led by Kirsten & Burkhard, the directors of the Akasha Yoga Academy, and their inspiring team. They both teach Hatha, Hatha Flow, Yin, Pranayama, meditation, and Yogic philosophy in retreats, workshops, and teacher training courses around the globe.

Both are experienced registered Yoga teachers at the highest level of the international Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-500). They are passionate practitioners of the Yogic tradition, and are sharing their experience and knowledge in a very personal, authentic, and cordial way.


The educational curriculum of this fully accredited Teacher Training meets and exceeds the official standards, and is fully accredited by the international Yoga Alliance. Upon graduation you will receive a properly recognized Yoga Instructor Certificate with which you can sign-up as a Registered Yoga Teacher with the renowned Yoga Alliance (RYT-200).

Daily Schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Asana & meditation practice
  • 09:00 - 09:45 Breakfast break
  • 09:45 - 12:45 Morning theory
  • 12:45 - 13:30 Breath-work practice
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Lunch break
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Afternoon theory & supervised practicum assignments
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Asana practice

The schedule applies Monday-Saturday.

Saturday afternoons end early at 17:00 with a workshop on the specific topic of the week.

Sundays are free, providing time to study and to explore the tropical paradise island.

The schedule includes weekly chanting practice and occasional Q&A sessions with the lead teachers in some evenings.

Training Content


  • Sun Salutation sequence with all standard variations
  • 36 classical Asanas
  • 3 fundamental Pranayama breathing techniques
  • 3 main Bandhas of Kundalini Yoga
  • Purification techniques of Shatkarma
  • Spiritual Heart Meditation
  • Bhajan chanting

Teaching Techniques

  • Posture alignment
  • Adjustment & assistance training
  • Efficient instruction & skillful usage of voice
  • Holding space & leadership qualities
  • Class structure & sequencing
  • Thai-Yoga massage & the art of touch
  • Responsibilities of teaching Yoga
  • Marketing & network strategies
  • Personal interviews


  • Introduction to anatomy: basic terminology & directions
  • Human anatomy: skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems
  • Applied anatomy: key muscles of the essential Yoga poses
  • Subtle energetic anatomy: chakras, nadis, vayus, panchakosha


  • Philosophical basis of Yoga: unity & polarity
  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras & the Eight Stages of Yoga
  • Yama & Niyama: ethical tips for a harmonious life
  • Classical paths: Karma, Raja, Jnana & Bhakti Yoga
  • Bhagavad Gita: the Yoga of selfless action
  • Yoga & health: intro to Yogic dieting & Ayurveda

Teaching Experience: 5 Practicum Assignments

  • 1: Sun Salutations (one-on-one)
  • 2: Sun Salutations & relaxation (teaching to a group)
  • 3: Presentation on Yoga in daily life (teaching to a group)
  • 4: 60 minutes Hatha Yoga class (teaching to a group)
  • 5: 90 minutes Hatha Yoga class (teaching to a group)

All assignments are supervised by an experienced instructor and are systematically evaluated with group feedback. The careful & competent guidance allows aspiring students to step into the new teacher’s role with confidence.

  • Burkhard Langemann

    International Yoga Federation (Hatha Yoga)

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)

    Burkhard holds a master’s degree in psychology and alternative education from the Free University of Berlin, where his thorough exploration of Ken Wilber´s Integral Theory culminated in a thesis on holistic development. In 2001, Burkhard began to explore yoga in India. He has dedicated more than 5,000 hours to the study of classical Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, and yogic philosophy. He started his meditation practice following the Vipassana style of Theravada Buddhism, and has practiced under Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo in Northern Thailand.

  • Kirsten Reiss

    International Yoga Federation (Hatha Yoga)

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)

    Kirsten’s Yoga endeavors started in 2001 in India, where she was introduced to Sivananda Hatha Yoga. She is the co-founder of the Akasha Yoga Academy where she develops educational programs and presents teacher training courses in Bali & Thailand. Following her persistent passion for Yoga, she went through a comprehensive three-year full-time education in classical Hatha & Kundalini Yoga in Thailand. Her meditation practice is based on the non-dualistic teachings of Advaita Vedanta and Sahajananda’s Yoga of the Spiritual Heart.

Koh Phangan is a beautiful, small island located in the Gulf of Thailand. Glimmering white sand beaches, lush tropical forests, and various Buddhist monasteries characterize this secluded paradise.

The Akasha Yoga Academy is hosted in a fancy beachfront resort near the harbor town Thongsala. The aesthetically appealing venue is situated in a spacious coconut grove right at the waterfront. The refreshing color of the turquoise ocean, the endless palm beach, and the view of the neighboring island Koh Samui are ever present, even on the gorgeous Yoga deck.

The vibrant town center with its colorful markets, shops, supermarkets and restaurants is within walking distance. The versatile offer also features affordable massage parlors, Spas, Thai-massage schools, and much more. The mixture of local Thai culture and international Yoga community contributes to the unique, laid-back atmosphere of this marvelous tropical island

Nearby Places

  • Beaches for bathing, tanning, sunsets & snorkeling - from 1 min walk to 15 mins drive
  • National Parks with prime rain forest & waterfalls - 15 mins drive
  • Massage: traditional Thai, oil, foot-reflexology - 5 -15 mins walk
  • Harbor town center - wihtin 10 mins walk
  • Spas with a variety of beauty treatments - within 15 mins walk
  • Local Buddhist temples - from 10 mins walk to 15 mins drive
  • Walking street market - within 5 mins walk
  • Health food shops - within 10 mins walk
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Beach nearby
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free drinking water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning

The course tuition includes daily vegetarian breakfast buffets Monday - Saturday. The food is a reflection of the spirit of Koh Phangan: a happy blend of Thai cuisine, infused with raw and international tastes - a vibrant mélange, just like the island itself.

The food is fresh and healthy - everything is prepared with seasonal and mostly local ingredients: daily tropical fruit selection, muesli, whole grain bread with eggs or pancake, or authentic Thai breakfast snacks.

For lunch and dinner you have the freedom to choose between numerous options: The offers range from our fantastic & convenient on-site café and nearby beach restaurants, to a variety of bistros, facilitating different budgets & tastes in town. Sundays are an invitation to explore the versatile culinary offer, ranging from panoramic bars and beach restaurants to the nearby local night market.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

The following excursions and activities are available in the area:

  • Snorkeling and diving
  • Kayaking and stand up paddling
  • Jungle hikes & paradise waterfalls
  • Marine National Park
  • Exclusive swimming pools
  • Temple visits

On Saturdays classes end in the afternoon, and Sundays are completely free, allowing for exciting day trips into the stunning tropical nature. The paradise island of Koh Phangan offers a great variety of breath-taking excursions:

Scuba diving is among the favorite activities on the island: The nearby Sales Rock is one of the most beautiful & affordable diving spots in South East Asia. A variety of certified professional diving schools welcomes beginners and advanced divers for their famous boat-trips.

Other popular beach activities include snorkeling, stand up paddling, kayaking – or even kite-surfing on more windy days. Another great way of discovering the diversity of the island is by beach hopping, relaxing, tanning and swimming in the various bays.

The nearby Angthong Marine National Park with its countless untouched limestone islands is worth another day trip. Excursions include an impressive boat ride to the islands, a hike to the blue lagoon, kayaking and snorkeling.

Most of the forest covered mountains in the center of the island are protected National Park and invite for a day away in nature: Hiking small jungle trails, enjoying beautiful views across the nearby islands, and hanging out by the many waterfalls are wonderful ways to recharge in paradise.

Experience shows that it is beneficial to combine the intensity of the teacher training with a few regenerating wellness treatments. The nearby spa centers offer a variety of pampering services, such as massages, therapeutic bodywork, as well as health & beauty packages.

The local rates are very affordable, as a professional 1-hour treatment only costs 7-12 USD!

Specifically recommendable is the traditional Thai-Yoga massage. This therapeutic healing method has existed in Thailand for many centuries and relieves muscular tension and rejuvenates the entire organism.

  • 200 guided teaching hours with professional primary instructors (E-RYT-500)
  • 29 nights on-site accommodation (including 1 night before & 1 night after the training)
  • 25 tasty & healthy vegetarian breakfasts, Mondays – Saturdays
  • 700 page teachers’ handbooks with all facts
  • Accredited Yoga Alliance certification and letter of recommendation
  • Anatomical & energetic understanding of postural alignment
  • Applied adjustment & voice training, conscious touch, leadership skills
  • Asana practice: deep going, energy-based, classical Hatha Yoga (twice daily)
  • Breath-work: Pranayama, Bandha & purification exercises (daily)
  • Comprehensive preparation material with systematic guidance
  • High-end quality course material: Systematic preparation kit with videos, audios & texts; printed 700 page teaching manual, instruction manual, anatomy & massage manual, as well as relevant scriptures (Bhagavad Gita & Yoga Sutras)
  • Individual guidance in 5 practicum assignments & several personal interviews
  • Introduction to nutrition, Yogic diet, and Ayurveda
  • Practical Yoga philosophy, relating ancient wisdom to modern life
  • Present moment awareness inspired by Spiritual Heart Meditation (daily)
  • Several one-on-one interview sessions with the lead teachers
  • Snacks and excursion to a traditional Thai opening ceremony on the welcome day
  • Teaching confidence through weekly supervised teaching assignments
  • Wide-ranging digital collection of audio, video and text files
  • Flights
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Breakfasts on Sundays

Arrival by airplane

Book an affordable flight to Thailand’s famous airport Bangkok (BKK).

Thailand is a very popular destination, and the convenient airport efficiently handles millions of passengers per year. It is a very safe place and all practicalities are very well organized.

Airport transfer to the venue

Bangkok is just a 1-hour flight away from the nearby island airport on Koh Samui, from where there is a direct ferry transfer arranged. Simply communicate your exact travel dates in advance and Akasha Yoga Academy will fully assist you with your arrival. You can trust that it’s all safe & very easy.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Akasha Yoga Academy an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaTeacherTraining.com reviews

  • Review by Aykut from Istanbul, Turkey

    "I find Akasha Yoga Academy an exceptional yoga school in many respects. Everything is very well thought of. Even before arriving for the YTT course, through extensive material you receive and the clear heartful communication you feel very cared for and supported. The material and teachings given at the course are very well researched and extensive. In addition to the fundamentals like postures, breathing, meditation, etc. the trainings have all sorts of great extras such as local rituals, weekly chanting and movie screenings."

    "Kirsten and Burkhart are the sweetest people, with warm hearts and very inspiring aspiration. The extended Akasha Yoga team takes care of everything before, during and after the trainings which leave very little to complain about. One thing I like a lot is the community of Akasha graduates which plays a great role for support and inspiration after the course."

    "To say it simply, this is not any yoga school, these people know their stuff very well, pick the most amazing locations to hold courses in, take care of you all the way through and help you"

    "transform your life. "

    "Yoga Teacher Training - November 2016"

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  • Review by Simona from Germany

    "A month long course offering Yoga practice twice a day for 6 days a week plus practicing breath control and meditation plus countless hours of teachings on anatomy, Yoga history and philosophy, teaching techniques plus corrections and adjustments is no doubt an intensive affair."

    "Not only does this kind of Yoga Teacher Training literally take your Yoga practice to the next level, it transforms your whole being on all levels: The body becomes so much more soft and open, but more importantly body and mind come into a sweet connection with each other, life energy and emotions can flow so much more freely and the mind can finally come to moments of rest! Eye-opening, de-stressing, and making the being feel whole again."

    "The way Akasha Yoga Academy is creating a safe space for the students to allow all this to happen, is truly exceptional. The main teachers, Kirsten and Burkhard, are visibly sharing their practice and insights from their very own experience and they share from their heart with an incredible amount of warmth and generosity!"

    "Becoming a Yoga teacher with Akasha Yoga Academy was much more for me than just gaining a certificate. It was the beginning of a very beautiful and rewarding journey. What they taught and shared with me in the month of the course and afterwards is with me until today."

    "Yoga Teacher Training - November 2016"

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  • Review by Yousra from Morocco

    "My teacher training with Kirsten and Burkhard and the amazing dedicated team who supports them was a journey that exceeded every expectation I had."

    "The course covers all that you need to know to start your journey sharing the teachings of Hatha Yoga: Yoga anatomy, Yoga philosophy, posture alignment, class sequencing, the history of Yoga and even a marketing class! You can feel the immense dedication that they put into designing the course just by going through their material!"

    "I felt guided in every possible way to give my first Yoga class and was given great constructive feedback each time I gave a class."

    "We also studied the Yoga sutras, the Yamas and Niyamas and were introduced to Ayurveda."

    "Everything was well thought of, be it the wonderful venue in the beautiful town of Ubud, home to many Yogis and to an amazing nature that supports the journey immensely, or the way the classes are scheduled throughout the 4-week journey to give you all the necessary material and experience needed to start your journey into sharing Yoga, or the beautiful bhajan nights and ceremonies where you connect on a deeper level with yourself and your other fellow students."

    "Kirsten and Burkhard are people who embody their teachings fully. They are kindhearted, fully dedicated to sharing their passion and to serve their students in the best possible way. It has been a tremendous privilege to study with them."

    "A training I highly recommend for anyone willing to start their journey sharing the teachings of Hatha Yoga."

    "Yoga Teacher Training - November 2016"

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  • Review by Anke from London, UK

    "I am so pleased I had chosen Akasha Yoga Academy. Right from from the very first email exchange I felt ‘home’ and knew this course is the one I have been waiting for a long time. Kirsten und Burkhard are two amazing yoga teachers, teaching from their heart, with wisdom and with a lot of passion. I think every yoga teacher should in fact do this training as it goes back in depth to the roots of yoga and gives a very good ground knowledge that every yoga teacher should know. Chakras play a vital role in this course so for anyone interested in working also with energy this course is for you!"

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  • Review by Stacia from USA

    "Being taught by people who embody their teachings was inspirational. I felt the lecture topics were presented at precisely the right time to address whatever I was feeling physically/ emotionally/ mentally/ spiritually, throughout the course. I felt very supported, encouraged and challenged enough to create positive changes. The material was presented in a very effective and practical way.The teachers took time to answer all questions in depth to ensure our understanding of such complex concepts, and I loved the interview opportunities, where I could open up about more personal things and receive guidance. Simply being in the presence of Burkhard and Kirsten contributed to my perspective and understanding of yoga."

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  • Review by Clarissa from USA

    "This course has inspired me more than I could have ever imagined. The training has not only given me the tools to make the transformation from yoga student to yoga teacher, but also the tools to connect with my heart, relax and be present, and it has shown me the joy and passion I have for teaching."

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  • Review by Moises from Europe

    "Burkhard and Kirsten are living examples of what they talk and teach. Their personal commitment and professionalism was there in every moment. Simple and powerful gestures of compassion and kindness were always their natural expression. I feel inspired by their profound and truthful example as persons and teachers."

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  • Review by Arianne from Canada

    "For me the course was not only inspiring, but transformative. I first got into yoga for the asana practice, but I soon realized that there was more to it. I have found so much meaning in the teachings of yoga and I am ready to apply them to my life. Moving forward, I know that I can trust in myself and in the universe. For the first time in my life, I feel connected."

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  • Review by Cora from USA

    "I came to deepen my own practice, with no intention to teach, but I am leaving with a passion to share this energy and the lessons I have learned here. The support from the teachers and students made me abandon my fears that I held on to and gain the confidence in all areas of my life that I was lacking. I really feel like a new person ready to shine and to share what I have learned."

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  • Review by Pip from UK

    "The two who train you are Burkhard & Kirsten. They're a couple, not married, from Germany. Truly fabulous teachers, they remain professional 100% of the time, two very different personalities that compliment the training (& each other) beautifully. And they're both extremely passionate about teaching. The kindness is overwhelming from these two."

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  • Review by Nadine from Germany

    "Kirsten is very much to the point, captivating, precise and enthusiastic."

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  • Review by Rafaella from Italy

    "I loved the passion and the generosity of Burkhard. He shares his deep knowledge on many topics with unconditional love."

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  • Review by Ashley from USA

    "The best elements of the TTC were the love within the group and from the teachers, the spiritual topics and meditation, and the view. I am so grateful for this amazing experience. I am honestly speechless and have no words to express the gratitude I have in my heart for the two of you. This TTC was exactly the next step for my spiritual journey and I can feel a newfound momentum. My life will never be the same and this is a beautiful thing. Thank you for helping me grow and dive deeper."

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  • Review by Anastasia from Germany

    "Burkhard is extremely intelligent, kind, giving. Sometimes harsh, always spot on in his comments and psychological understanding. Kirsten is a sweetheart. She is super clear and precise. She has a beautiful presence. She is motherly, but not patronizing, kind and compassionate. "

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  • Review by Kaitlin from USA

    "Kirsten and Burkhard, teachers, instructors, guides, mentors, leaders, friends, family and lovers. Youve been all the above to me. If someone had told me two months ago that Id be the person I am today, I wouldnt have believed them. Ive shown myself that I can become the person Ive always wanted to be. I owe so much of this to the both of you. Thank you. Thank you for being who you truly are, doing what you do and practicing what you say. Its rare and its inspirational."

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  • Review by Zoran from Canada

    "Kirsten comes directly from the heart, which is soothing, patient & understanding. The depth of practice is brilliant. Burkhard really holds the space well, and opens from the heart consistently."

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  • Review by James from Australia

    "I was lucky enough to attend Burkhard and Kirstens Spiritual Heart Retreat in May 2012. It was such a beautiful, humbling experience, and, for me, the perfect introduction to Spiritual Heart meditation. The workshop structure was a really well-balanced mix of meditation, Hatha Yoga and short lectures which all seemed to flow naturally from one another. The talks were really well-prepared and covered many aspects of spirituality which I was questioning and gave me much to reflect on in the evenings of the retreat. On a personal note, I found both Burkhard and Kirsten to be truly inspirational facilitators, both of whom have an obvious gift for teaching and genuine passion for sharing a style of meditation in which they are both beautiful examples of its benefits in daily life."

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  • Review by Eyal from Israel

    "I highly recommend Burkhard and Kirstens meditation retreats and yoga classes. They are knowledgeable and experienced, and they practice what they preach. On top of that, they are very loving, caring and compassionate to their students."

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  • Review by David from USA

    "The best part is that now that Im teaching I can see how well this Yoga Teacher Training prepared me."

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