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This yoga teacher training is a holistic program; to understand yoga you must first understand self, body, mind, and spirit. The chakana or andean cross acts as the guide and foundational structure for the course. The chakana encompasses a lower world, middle world, and upper world and within each wold you will focus on different types of movement, diet, and meditation. It will bring to life the ancient teachings of yoga through accessible spiritual lessons, a solid foundation in yogic philosophy, and a daily yoga practice, called the Kula flow. During the training, you will wake up while the sun rises and experience the beauty and serenity in the midst of the tropical setting. You will end with meditation or satsang to contemplate and reflect on the sadhana of the day. Living with the rhythms of the earth and embracing the fullness of your practice, you grow into yourself and into life.
The accommodations in The Sanctuary range between luxurious garden rooms and unique jungle houses, to bungalows and dorm rooms. Some of the houses and rooms are very open and your closest neighbors would be friendly jungle creatures such as gekkos, monitor lizards, mosquitoes, bats, moths, and the occasional Sanctuary cat.
The program is a 25-day course, using the chakana as the foundational structure. This means the course is separated into lower, middle, and upper worlds. The lower world represents the physical, the middle world reflects the mental and emotional, and the upper world involves the energetic or spiritual realm, leading you on a true journey from the head to the heart. Uncover and let go of the layers and step into a more awakened state of being to sit in the seat of your soul.
You will spend eight days in each world, broken down into two half-cycles of three days, with a half-day on day four to apply these practices to modern day living, and a full day off on day eight to live your spiritual practice.
For full school days you will follow the detailed schedule below. On half days, you will open with a morning's rest, restorative Yin class and a workshop to deepen your understanding of the chakras associated with the world you are working in, with the rest of this day free.
You will meet the group for evening gathering every other day.
The training will consist of 25 days, 18 full training days, three half days, and two full days off, plus opening and closing on the first and last days.
Asana, pranayama, and kriya techniques will be taught, practiced, and trainees will then practice teaching them to their peers. There will be time to develop ones own asanas, learn about benefits, checkpoints and contraindications, as well as to teach and assist peers during group teaching sessions. Group teaching means that we form a circle and each participant demonstrates and teaches one asana while others either perform the technique or assist their peers.
A variety of asanas from the following groups of asanas will be taught including gentle beginner and intermediate variations. The trainees will be taught how to enter and exit a pose, how to use the breath in the asana, checkpoints for alignment, benefits and contraindications for the asana, and how to assist students in the pose.
Standing and balancing asanas, forward bends, back bends, side bends, twisting poses, crouching and seated poses, poses on the abdomen, poses on the back, inverted poses, and meditation poses. Trainees will also learn how to adapt the techniques for specific ages, levels, some ailments, and in the case of pregnancy. They will learn warm-up techniques and relaxation poses including the importance of deep breathing in relaxation to prevent muscle fatigue and the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles.
Teacher trainees will learn the form, benefits and contraindications of the following pranayama techniques, as well as when to incorporate them into the class and how to introduce pranayama techniques. Abdominal breathing, the three-part breath, ujjai pranayama, brahmari pranayama, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati pranayama. They will learn how to perform these pranayamas with the bandhas and with relatively short breath retention (Kumbhaka) when appropriate.
In order to perform the retention in the above breathing techniques, it is necessary to teach and learn mula bandha, jalandhara bandha, and uddiyana bandha, the latter also being instrumental to kriyas such as nauli. The purpose of the bandhas will be discussed in its relation to the uniting of prana and apana to channel them into the shushumna nadi.
Trainees will learn the following kriyas, their benefits, primarily for their own practice, and later how to introduce the kriya to a class. Jal neti, jal kapalabhati, agni sara, and tratak.
In the theory section, the goal and paths of yoga will be discussed, thereby leading to the concept and techniques of meditation. Guided meditation will be explored, including creative visualization, meditation using yantra, mantra, ideation, ishta chakra and the withdrawal of the senses from external objects. Students will be guided in choosing a mantra for meditation.
You will explore the idea of mantra as a mystical energy encased in a sound structure in relation to both saguna (nama) mantras and nirguna mantras such as om. Trainees will learn to chant and present yogic mantras for the beginning or ending of yoga classes (such as the shanti mantra or the jyothi mantra). Bija mantras for purifying the chakras will also be explored including the timing and procedure for using these mantras in meditation.
During the transformational experiences evening program, students will delve into the practice of both nama and abstract kiirtan, as well as Vedic mantras such as: the Gayatri mantra, the Mahamrityunjaya (healing) mantra, the shanti mantra, the loving-kindness mantra, and the akhanda mantra. Transformational experiences will also include some rituals, sharing, healing circles, and creative movement.
The program attributes quite a bit of emphasis to this section, as you believe that western students of yoga tend to focus more thoroughly on the physical aspects of yoga like alignment, and health benefits, than on the philosophical base and framework of yoga, including the practice of yoga off the mat. This section will introduce yoga psychology and philosophy through discussions on Patanjalis yoga sutras, chapters one and two. Trainers will present sutras, and also use pair work and group work discussions to give trainees the opportunity to explore how these sutras relate to their practice, and how they live their lives. Patanjalis eight-fold path is the climax of chapter two, and the trainers will offer concrete examples of how to implement yamas and niyamas in your daily life. Trainees will have the opportunity to discuss their understanding and experience with these yogic guidelines. They will also be guided to see the interrelationship of all of the ten principles, as well as the interrelationship of the different paths of yoga. The paths (bhakti, karma, raja and jnana) will also be introduced in both a philosophical and practical light.
As a natural extension to the ten principles, as well as the discussions on teaching methodology, you will flow into a discussion of professionalism and ethics in the teaching profession in general and the yoga profession in particular. You will present your statement of professional standards and discuss as a group the importance of having and maintaining codes of professional standards.
Practical teaching methodology includes how to demonstrate, observe, cue and assist students. This will be integrated with the techniques class. You will also model the importance of language used to describe entry, maintaining and exiting poses. Theoretical discussions of methodology aim to explore how to become a transformational facilitator rather than just an instructor. This includes such topics as, the art of sequencing, creating a safe space, establishing a student-centered class, managing group dynamics, language and cuing, the ethics of assisting, and creating a yogic environment for learning. Trainees will also discuss qualities that will be instrumental to them as teachers.
This class aims to teach trainees about anatomy and how it relates to yoga. Resources such as anatomy and asana, and the anatomy of movement will guide teachers and students. Subjects will include the study of the skeleton, muscles and joints, the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system and the endocrine system and how they are benefited by yoga.
Subtle anatomy is the yogic teaching regarding the three bodies, the physical body, the astral body and the causal body, as well as the five corresponding sheaths, and the yogic techniques that purify each sheath. Further, the concept of nadis and chakras will be explored. The shape, location, associated glands, and characteristics of each chakra will be explored. The practical meditation sessions and chanting sessions, which will explore meditating, and chanting to purify the chakras will complement this subject. It will also complement the discussion of the ida, pingala, and shushumna nadis that is intrinsic to any discussion of pranayama and the bandhas.
In the first half of the program, trainees will be gradually introduced to teaching by teaching peers each pose or mini sequence in the techniques class. This will progress towards teaching one pose or mini sequence to the whole group. In second half of the course, the trainees will each teach two classes to a peer. Each class will be 90 minutes long. They will then get 15 minutes of feedback from their peers and from the trainer.
The Sanctuary is a dream beach resort offering a stunning yoga space along with wellness cleansing, spa, workshops, classes, and natural healing therapies. With its unique architecture incorporating old style thatch roofs and buildings built in and around rocks, you will feel truly part of the stunning natural wonder that is the home of the Thailand registered yoga teacher training 200-hour yoga teacher training. Walk along the beaches along the three bays that make up this small and peaceful community and dine in a restaurant, which has gained rave reviews from media all over the world.
Haad Tien Bay is situated on the east coast of Koh Phangan, an island known for its Thai friendliness and, more recently, for its famous full moon parties in Haad Rin.
The bay is two beaches away from Haad Rin and therefore offers the best of both worlds, the chance to experience the clubs and parties of Haad Rin, and yet you can easily return to the peace and tranquility of an unspoiled island bay with excellent swimming, snorkelling and relaxation facilities.
You can also walk to Why Nam Beach and Haad Yuan Beach, along with Haad Tien, these three bays make up the small community. Why Nam is very small and peaceful, with just one bungalow resort and a restaurant. Haad Yuan is more developed and great for swimming. It is encouraged to walk, explore, and enjoy everything the three bays have to offer.
The beach is kept clean and we all endeavor to take care of ecological waste and, through cooperation, keep this bay very special for all of our visitors and long term residents. In addition to providing a family-type atmosphere, it is a unique place in a fast-changing world.
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The price of this retreat includes three daily vegetarian and organic meals. You will devour on delicious traditional Thai cuisine and scrumptious vegetarian dishes from around the world during your stay.
Snorkel in the bay
Relax on the beach
Walk around and explore the community
Aloe Thai herb hair treatment (750 THB for 45 minutes)
Aromatherapy massage (1050 THB for 90 minutes)
Deep cleansing lifting facial (600 THB for 30 minutes)
Deep tissue neck and shoulder oil massage (700 THB for 45 minutes)
Detoxifying Bali body and scrub and wrap (950 THB for 60 minutes)
Dry skin brush (500 THB for 30 minutes)
Foot massage (550 THB for 45 minutes)
Hot coconut oil hairapy (550 THB for 30 minutes)
Hot stone massage (1200 THB for 90 minutes)
Manicure (600 THB for 45 minutes)
Manicure and pedicure (1000 THB for 90 minutes)
Maui pineapple body scrub (750 THB for 30 minutes)
Natural fruit facial (600 THB for 30 minutes)
Papaya body polish (900 THB for 60 minutes)
Pedicure (600 THB for 45 minutes)
Relaxing oil massage (1050 THB for 90 minutes)
Sea salt body glow (600 THB for 30 minutes)
Traditional Thai massage (800 THB for 90 minutes)
Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM).
Koh Pha Ngan island is easily accessible by ferry from Surattani. Ferry arrives on Koh Pha Ngan in Tong Sala town. From Tong Sala take a taxi truck to Had Rin town where you can get a boat taxi, from Sunrise beach, or a car taxi from the pier to Haad Tien Bay, home of the Sanctuary.