Ananda Yoga & Detox Center in Thailand offers a variety of life-enhancement yoga holidays and rejuvenating affordable detox programs for body, mind, and spirit.
Johnny Nasello is an E-500, YACEP Registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, certified personal trainer, and expert group fitness instructor. He specializes in alignment-based yoga with attention to form and posture, so that his students can deepen their practice in a safe environment. He believes that the challenges faced on a yoga mat should be relatable to the challenges faced in everyday life. Through consistent practice, meditation, and introspection, he believes everyone will be able to empower themselves to live a life with meaning and purpose.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200
Melissa was born in Southern California and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She is trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha alignment, and Reiki healing. She enjoys guiding Yin yoga classes, yoga Nidra, meditation and sharing the softer side of the practice with her students. She is a firm believer in taking your yoga off the mat and into your everyday life. She believes in the transformational power of yoga and enjoys sharing principals of positive thinking and self-love with her students.
from United States, April 2018
Ananda's teacher training cultivates a great bonding experience where Yogis see the best in each other. This program is not strict like a Sivananda Ashram, but there's a lot of information available to learn if you put the work in. Great food, great pool, great steam room, great staff. This program is not just about poses, its very well thought out and will provide you a plethora of information useful for every aspect of being able to properly teach Yoga.
from Lebanon, August 2017
The experience overall was life-changing. The program was rigorous and benefitted me immensely both physically and spiritually. It combines both aspecs of yoga in a smart and effective way. I left after the program feeling confident that I can start teaching but also very excited to do that.
from Thailand, June 2017
"TTC Experience "
The yoga classes and alignment were excellent
from Japan, August 2018
"perfect place to reset "
everyone at Ananda is lovely and available.
food is vegetarian, organic and delicious.
the place is a peace of heaven and the yoga shala is incredibly inspiring
excellent value vs other expensive, trendy and fashionable yoga places on the island.
from Thailand, May 2018
The yoga lessons, food, massage and the accomodation
Yoga Teacher Training and 7.5 days detox.
Amazing experience with the teacher training. Johnny was an incredible teacher from whom we got the chance to learn a great deal. We were 12 for the training, good group, great encounters and friendships. Johnny had two teacher assistants, Martha & Yafit, who were also of good advice when practice teaching in smaller groups. I would recommend this experience to anyone interested in yoga and deepening their knowledge on the topic.
This is the place to be! Johnny is the best yoga teacher ever (and now a close friend and guru). The place is beautiful and the food awesome! Even if the sea there is not very swimable but they've got a nice pool and a great steam sauna. Everything about this place is just paradise!
I am beyond thrilled I chose Ananda Resort to do my YTT. The Resort was beautiful - I didn't want to leave! Johnny was an incredible teacher & instantly became a life long friend. I learned more than I expected to & will definitely return for more. Please start a 300 hour YTT! Ali was amazing as well - you guys are doing a wonderful thing for people. Keep it up!
I met Johnny back in May 2016 during a short visit to the island of Koh Phangan when a friend I met told me she was going to be teaching at Ananda, she was a relatively new teacher and Johnny was helping her with some tutelage. First I experienced one of the best yoga classes I have ever had with Johnny and secondly I was kindly invited to join in the lesson Johnny was giving to my friend on teaching, cueing and sequencing methods.
The idea of doing my yoga teacher training at that point had been somewhat of a pipe dream. It wasn't until I so thoroughly enjoyed Johnny's incredible yoga classes and was able to experience a sample of his actual teaching strategy that I was certain I had to do my Yoga teacher training, even if it wasn't with Johnny (because at that point he had not confirmed a course), the experience made me realise my dream. A few months later Johnny contacted me and told me of his official plans for the Yoga TTC in November, and so the journey begun!
The yoga TTC was down to earth, practical, professional and unprejudiced. Johnny's grounded, level headed manor and perspective provided our group with the support and stability we needed during such an intense and life changing experience. The lessons we learned and subjects covered were practical and useful. Though a lot of what we learned was transferrable to many aspects of life and personal growth, the core intention was always - to teach yoga and become yoga teachers. Something that I think could be lost in many TTC's when not enough emphasis is placed on the actual art/skill of teaching. Johnny is professional and respectful always, he and his wife Ali (who manages the resort side of things) are a wonderful team, kind and caring while remaining professional, the perfect combo for a TTC! The course is Alignment Hatha, Vinyasa focused, though we also covered a number of other styles and I found it to be very unbiased which I really appreciated. It is unlimited to one specific school of yoga and Johnny encourages learning in all aspects and styles of yoga.
The course has given me a really firm and broad base from which I am excited to grow my lifetime of learning from. It was a truly, life changing experience, I feel I have grown and developed in all directions and uncovered so much about myself. There is no more perfect quote to describe my experience of Johnny's yoga TTC at Ananda than that in the Bhagavad Gita - " Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self."
I encourage everyone who is considering yoga teacher training to take the jump! It is the greatest gift you will ever give yourself.
While traveling in Asia, I ended up on the small island of Koh Phangan trying to find a place to practice Yoga intensely. After trying several spots on the island I chose to stay and follow Johnny's class twice a day. I've learned so much thanks to Johnny and will forever be grateful our paths crossed! It was so inspiring it also gave me the wish to complete the 200h Yoga Teacher Training with him, which I did, and I cannot but strongly recommend this place. Not only Ananda is an excellent Detox place, where you'll be taken care of by professionals who know what they're talking about, and will bring you all the attention and love needed to fulfill such an enterprise, but it is to me definitely the best place to do a Yoga retreat and Teacher Training. Johnny has a strong background of teaching more than 7000H, this make his alignment focused way of teaching clear, thorough, and mindful of security cues to protect the body from any injury while deepening your practice. I gained so much awareness of the body and understanding of the functioning of even the tinier muscles involved by following his teaching, and I also learned a lot about life in general as Johnny has a true gift when it comes to draw parallels between the practice on your mat and Life. Moreover, I definitely recommend the place as a resort, the staff is very friendly (special mention to the kitchen staff who were cooking for us very healthy food full of love), the room was simple but very clean, the sea-salt pool amazing! Thanks to the training, I gained so much more discipline, but I also made new friends that are like a new family to me now. This place feels like home and I miss my room number 12! I hope to be back very soon! Thank you so much for everything.