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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).
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).
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.
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 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’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
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 excursions and activities are available in the area:
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 Sail 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.
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.
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.