28 Days 250-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Koh Phangan, Thailand

  • Orion Healing Center, 15/2 Moo 8, Srithanu, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani Province, Thailand

28 Days 250-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Koh Phangan, Thailand

  • Orion Healing Center, 15/2 Moo 8, Srithanu, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani Province, Thailand

Yoga Teacher Training Thailand

This 200-hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training course provides an in-depth exploration of the fundamental Vinyasa yoga in a fluid combination of breath and movement. Taught in a hands-on and very practical approach, you will be guided in a step-by-step process through each posture, transition, and sequence. Study classical yoga philosophy with truly experienced teachers and build a solid foundation in your practice which will prepare you to confidently teach this dynamic yoga style.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practices
  • Comprehensive teacher training manual
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved and registered curriculum
  • Mentorship, teaching, and coaching before, during, and after the training
  • Certificate upon completion and apprenticeship and teaching possibilities
  • 2 Thai massage and one Reiki sessions
  • 3 daily buffet vegetarian meals
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 26 days with instruction
  • English
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Orion Healing Center has been standing on the island of Koh Phangan for more than eight years. Amongst the wide array of holistic treatments, Orion offers massage, Reiki, an abundance of high-quality vegan and raw food options, and a herbal steam room. Orion promotes the benefits of a harmonious lifestyle and above all, offers a place of healing. The center is a sanctuary for those seeking to connect and transform.

All the accommodation options are situated amidst peaceful surroundings on or within walking distance to the beach. The bungalows have sea views - either overlooking the beach or the beautiful bay of Srithanu. The area boasts private and magical beaches that feature a beautiful coral reef, perfect for exploring marine life.

The accommodation at Orion Healing Center will ensure peace and quiet during your stay. The Orion Garden bungalows are located in the tropical gardens of the main Orion Healing Center campus, where swimming points are located within a five-minute walk. Wi-Fi is available at the main center and restaurant.

Dormitory

Orion Healing's dormitory can accommodate travelers on a smaller budget, with a single bed in a shared fan room and a shared bathroom. The dormitory is situated in the garden, a few steps away from Orion’s Cafe, yoga halls, and herbal steam room.

Type A - Orion backpacker

This is a basic fan room with hot water shower. Choose the simple life in Orion Healing's basic accommodation, a rustic bamboo room, equipped with a double-sized bed, a fan, and hot water shower. Situated in Orion Healing's garden, a few steps away from the restaurant, yoga halls, and herbal steam room, this room is a typical Koh Phangan backpacker bungalow.

Type B - Fan or air conditioner

This room has more space than type A, with larger private bedroom and bathroom. Experience the simple life in a rustic bamboo room, equipped with a double-sized bed or twin bed, a fan, and hot water shower with a long comfortable balcony seat.

The room is situated in the garden zone B, a few steps away from the main center among coconut trees and closest to the brand new round yoga hall.

Type C - Orion terrace

This is a standard air-conditioned room with hot water shower. Surrounded by coconut trees and plants in the second garden, this standard terrace room is equipped with air-conditioning, a fan, a queen size bed, and a hot water shower. Enjoy the tranquility while being just a short walk away from the yoga halls, restaurant, and herbal steam. You may choose the option of two twin beds or one large bed.

Type D - Orion sunset

This is an air-conditioned room with hot water shower and garden or sea view. Choose a room with a sea view, a few steps away from Orion Healing's restaurant, yoga halls, and herbal steam room. The room offers an air-conditioner, a fan, double size bed, hot shower, and a balcony surrounded by beautiful plants.

Type E - Orion serenity

This room is an air-conditioned room with DVD/TV and hot water shower. Orion Healing's superior garden bungalow is equipped with air-conditioning, a fan, queen size bed, hot water shower, and TV/DVD player. A few steps away from the restaurant, yoga hall, and herbal steam room, this room offers a large balcony with cushions and table and is surrounded by beautiful plants.

Type F - Orion zen

This room is an air-conditioned room with DVD/TV, living area, and hot water shower. Treat yourself with Orion Healing's best room surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers. Its large balcony equipped with hammock will make you forget about your hectic life. The room offers an air conditioner, hot water shower, flat screen TV/DVD player, queen size bed, refrigerator, safe box, and a large living area with cushions and table.

Certification

This program is 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved and is a registered teacher training curriculum with the Orion Yoga School. A certificate of completion will be given after all training requirements have been met.

Discover your dharma

The moment you discover your dharma - your life’s purpose - is a profound one. For many, the search for knowledge and truth leads to self-mastery and eventually to the sharing and teaching of the wisdom accumulated.

On the path of yoga, many practitioners decide to share with the world the benefits they’ve received by becoming a teacher. A yoga teacher training course can be undertaken as a means to share your knowledge and passion with others by becoming an instructor or as a way to deepen your own practice. The path to becoming a teacher can be challenging, but the benefits of such an intense training last a lifetime.

It is Orion Healing Centre’s dharma to equip those wanting to teach yoga or expand their yoga practice with the knowledge to become confident and precise instructors.

Orion Healing Center’s trainings and workshops offer the highest standards of teachings, authentic and approachable methodology, and above all, hands-on, practical experience for enhanced personal practice and teaching skills.

Why study at Orion?

This yoga teacher training course offers the perfect balance between strong physical practice and profound spiritual teachings.

Orion Healing Center strives for quality over quantity and keeps student numbers small. This means students will experience the true meaning of ‘parampara’ - teacher to student transmission - and receive individual guidance from Orion’s core team of instructors.

The training content is 250 hours of teacher-to-student class time: 50 hours more than is recommended by Yoga Alliance. For Orion, these extra hours are essential for students to understand the true essence of parampara and the depth of the teachings.

Orion Vinyasa flow makes this training unique; it is a direct tool for students to deepen their practice, discover their body in a new light, and unveil the teacher within.

In this four-week yoga teacher training course, you will:

  • Deepen your yoga practice physically, mentally, spiritually, and psychologically
  • Equip yourself with the tools to confidently share your knowledge as a certified yoga teacher
  • Learn exceptional hands-on teaching techniques and practical adjustments
  • Develop your own Vinyasa class with a unique sequence of postures and safe, solid transitions
  • Study traditional yoga philosophy and texts: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and works of Advaita Vedanta
  • Learn pranayama, meditation, mantra, bandha, and kriya
  • Understand correct alignment on Orion’s Iyengar rope wall

Throughout your 200-hour yoga teacher training course, you will learn two distinct but complementary styles of yoga - Orion Vinyasa flow and Yin yoga. These two styles in combination will bring balance to your practice by combining an active (Yang) and a passive (Yin) practice.

Yin yoga is a meditative yoga practice with slow, gentle, and rocking movements. You will learn how to create a sequence that is deeply nourishing and guide students in a gentle transition from one asana (pose) to another by flowing seamlessly into a relaxing, deeply de-stressing, and contemplative practice.

The Orion Vinyasa flow style was created by Orion’s head teacher, Ewa Juszczyk, and is a dynamic sequence of asana and fluid transitions. Learn to flow from pose to pose as you build up grace, strength, and stamina in your body. This deep, conscious and unbroken flow of inhalation and exhalation sets the rhythm to move effortlessly from posture to posture.

Through breath, rhythm, and movement you will build a deep focus which manifests as a state of tranquility in the mind. Get to know the art of Vinyasa flow, learn perfect alignment in each pose, and discover the joy of teaching challenging transitions so that you feel confident enough to structure your own classes.

Experience dynamic meditation through movement and find equilibrium between mind, body, and soul. Learn the art of intuitive touch and technical adjustment and understand how bodywork can become a vehicle for spiritual transformation.

In joining this training, you will embark on a journey of transformation and benefit from everything Orion Healing Center has to offer by learning to teach yoga in an environment dedicated to peace and well-being.

Here, you can develop a balanced lifestyle - one of wholesomeness, creativity, balance, and confidence. At Orion, you are encouraged to enhance the benefits of the yoga practice by cultivating a calm mind and meditative state through a sattvic diet, eating plant-based foods, inspired by one of the core ethical guidelines of yoga - ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence).

Be part of a global family, become part of the Orion yoga teacher community, and learn how to bring a conscious community spirit back home with you to create your own sangha.

The teachers are there to offer guidance, support, and first-hand insight into the business-side of yoga teaching in the modern world. This will be of invaluable help as you take your first steps towards becoming a successful yoga teacher.

Traditional Vinyasa yoga

The operative word in the tantras (texts) for this sādhana (spiritual practice) is usually ‘sequence’ (Vinyasa), wherein the ritual liturgy of ‘rites’ (kramas) are the yoga practices comprising it which must be performed in a specific order, identified as a ‘Krama-Vinyasa’ by Christopher Tompkins.

Vinyasa was never just meant to be a term for a sequence of poses. It is the entire ritual that involves the practice. How you can break this down into a modern day yoga class is by honoring the intention in which you set the practice; making each movement, each breath, and thought part of the sequence.

This importance must be transmitted to students: if they wish to allow yoga to happen in their practice, they must start with the intention, and this intention should come from a space of love, compassion, surrender, and pure passion, not body, ego, and asana oriented, which will lead to injury and fuel the wrong energy.

Pre-requisite

Orion accepts students of all levels. However, to become a successful teacher after this course, you should have a regular Vinyasa or Ashtanga practice of at least one year. You should be in good health and not have any injuries that could prevent you from completing this intense month-long training. This course is very physically demanding and requires full attendance and commitment from each student.

Why 250 hours?

The market for teacher trainings is over-saturated. For Orion, it is paramount that they teach traditional yoga. This means the trainings are intense, profound, and Orion sticks to the essentials of what will benefit you on your path to enlightenment.

Orion’s in-depth teaching style encompasses more one-on-one teaching time with the instructors because Orion wants students to complete the trainings feeling confident and full of knowledge; 200 hours is simply not enough for Orion’s standards.

Teach yoga after this training

Completing a one-month 200-hour teacher training course does not guarantee you will be ready to teach yoga. Orion sees this course as a foundation and the beginning of your yoga journey. Orion will do their best to create the right environment for you to learn as much as possible in these four weeks. The tools and skills you learn are directly applicable in teaching and daily life.

Books and reading materials

Orion provides you with all the necessary manuals and writing equipment for this course. They also offer a wide selection of books for your pre-course studies. Please enquire with your course coordinator, Ben, and he will gladly send them to you. Yoga mats, blocks, and straps are all included and not essential for you to bring.

Teaching module

You will learn in a guided class setting for the first week. During the second week, you will already be practicing Mysore (self-practice) style. Under guidance from Ewa and Ben, you will start planning your own classes in week three.

During week four, you will teach your own class in a live setting and the Orion Vinyasa flow sequence in a closed group setting. There will also be an anatomy and philosophy exam. For all students remaining on Koh Phangan, Orion can offer a mentorship program. This way, you will be able to observe Orion’s teachers and learn from them directly.

Syllabus

Become a knowledgeable and precise yoga teacher

  • Develop your own Vinyasa and Restorative classes with a unique sequence of postures and safe, solid transitions.
  • Discover the connection between self-practice and teaching
  • Learn the Orion Vinyasa flow asana sequence designed by the main teacher, Ewa Jusczcyk
  • Study safe posture and alignment on the Iyengar wall with ropes
  • Practice Restorative yoga and learn how to teach it
  • Structure intelligent yoga classes: Vinyasa, energy, or Restorative
  • Learn to observe and assist your students with intuitive adjustments
  • Practice and learn to teach pranayama, kriya, bandha, and mantra
  • Study inversions in a workshop setting
  • Understand anatomy to keep your students safe in class

Go beyond the physical practice

  • Study the energy bodies: chakras, nadis, prana, five bodies, five sheaths, and spanda
  • Find flexibility, strength, and grace on all levels of your being
  • Understand how a yogic lifestyles works, on and off the mat
  • Sing your heart out in Kirtan
  • Discover how intuitive touch and adjustment holds potential for transformation and healing

Discover yogic philosophy

  • Chant the Patanjali Yoga Sutras
  • Study traditional yoga philosophy, such as the foundations of Advaita Vedanta
  • Understand essential yogic texts, including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita

Study in Orion, a place of healing and transformation

  • Relocate to a place of tranquility
  • Visit Buddhist monasteries, untouched jungle, and deserted beaches
  • Take time for personal development
  • Enjoy white-sand beaches, crystal waters, and tropical gardens
  • Meet like-minded people from all over the world
  • Experience the benefits of sattvic food at the vegan and vegetarian cafe
  • Study raw or vegan food in raw cooking class
  • Experience a range of holistic healing treatments
  • Enjoy access to Orion detox programs with 10% off

Sample daily Schedule

  • 07:30 - 08:00 Morning meditation, pranayama, or kriya
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Vinyasa class
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Chanting sutras
  • 11:30 - 13:30 Asana clinic
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Lecture, anatomy, or philosophy
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Dinner

On Thursdays nights, Orion hosts Kirtan, and Fridays are movie nights. Saturday is rest day. The schedule is subject to change.

  • Ewa Juszczyk

    Ewa has been practicing yoga for 16 years and teaching since 2004. Her yoga journey began with Iyengar yoga in 2000 when she studied with Geeta Iyengar. Her yoga journey continued when she discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and studied under an authorized level II teacher, Basia Lipska. Further studies brought her to Mysore to study with BNS Iyengar in 2012. In the same year, Ewa studied intensively with Kamal Singh in Rishikesh, India. Other authorized teachers Ewa has studied with are Maty Ezraty, Tim Feldman, Petri Reisenen, Noah McKenna, Ajay Tokas, Kino MacGregor, and Bela Lipat.

  • Ben Makosch

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)

    For Ben, yoga has been a practice that very quickly became a passion, and, soon after, a way of life. His practice started in 2008 with Iyengar yoga under Joey Mascarenhas in Zurich. Joey’s precise style, teaching, and careful guidance set Ben upon his path. After three years of Iyengar yoga, he felt ready to dive deeper into yoga and become a qualified teacher. Swapping his career in club management for a full-time life on the yoga mat, Ben completed an intensive 500-hour Hatha yoga teacher training in Thailand and began his teaching journey.

  • Swami Pujan

    Swami Pujan (Stephan Kahlert) is a German-born psychologist who studied yoga philosophy (Jnana yoga) in India and Australia for many years. He received the title of “Swami” after initiation with his teacher, Bhagavan Shree Rajneesh, who is a world-renowned spiritual guide and teacher from Puma, India. Through his first teacher, he continues to transmit the message that spirituality is a joyful journey, filled with passion and the celebration of life. His teaching style is fun and engaging, and he has the ability to explain complex Eastern philosophical concepts in an easy-to-grasp way.

Located in the Gulf of Thailand in Surat Thani Province, Koh Phangan is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands. With its white-sand beaches and crystal waters, the island is an ideal destination for a trip focused on nourishing mind, body, and spirit.

Legend has it Koh Phangan is situated on an ancient bed of crystal quartz and this powerful foundation is what makes the island a site of healing and abundant energy. Visitors to the island all attest to its intensity. Many come with the intention of visiting for a few weeks and end up staying for years, working on personal development and choosing to live simple, conscious lives. For those open to its magic, Koh Phangan is a place full of transformational potential and the perfect site to begin a journey of self-discovery.

Nearby places

  • Srithanu Village, 500 meters

The food plan includes three nourishing vegetarian meals daily for the 26 days of the training in the famous Orion Cafe. Apart from that, you will also be provided one herbal tea, one raw dessert, one young, fresh coconut juice, and one fresh juice or smoothie per day.

Orion Cafe

Orion Cafe serves healthy and vibrant vegetarian and vegan food including raw and living food, superfood, whole food, sattvic-yogic, and Thai vegetarian cuisine. Their food is prepared in a way which keeps the highest energy level of all ingredients. These foods help to deepen your spiritual practices and many of their tea, juices, and dishes are designed to enhance the detoxing process. This is a great place for those who are transitioning to a vegetarian diet.

Orion Cafe uses organic vegetables and ingredients as much as possible from their own garden, local markets, and they also source specialist ingredients from all over the world. They use only mineral-rich natural salts, unrefined whole sugar, raw honey, mineral-rich maple syrup, fine cold-pressed oils, unrefined wheat, organic local brown rice, organic local soybeans, high-quality Japanese miso, and shouyu (soy sauce). For cooking, they use ghee or local rice bran oil which has a high smoking point.

Orion Cafe prepares mostly organic raw nuts by soaking and dehydrating, so they are more nutritious and all the enzymes are activated. Their super smoothies, raw dishes, and raw sweets are so innovative and nutritious that you will have a new experience of raw food. All sprouted seeds, grains, nuts, and rice are prepared in their kitchen. They use reverse osmosis filtered water for washing ingredients and cooking.

Orion Cafe makes sure that they do not use any genetically modified organism products and sauces containing MSG, artificial additives, coloring, preservatives, and flavorings. All dressings, mayonnaise, and ketchup are home made.

The price of this training includes two sessions of Thai massages and one Reiki healing session. The team at Orion Healing Center also provides holistic therapy treatments at an additional cost. They will be able to provide insight on which therapy or therapies are best for you, whether you are looking for a treatment to complement a detox program or a series of therapies to deal with a specific issue or disease.

Orion Reiki uses the limitless source of universal life force energy to heal the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body, healing negative beliefs and thought patterns held in your DNA from past traumas and experiences. An Orion Reiki treatment leaves people feeling relaxed and at peace with the world, and gives a general sense of well-being. There have been many cases of miraculous results too.

  • 1 fresh juice per day
  • 1 herbal tea per day
  • 1 raw dessert per day
  • 1 Reiki healing session
  • 1 young, fresh coconut juice per day
  • 2 Thai massages
  • 3 healthy vegetarian buffet meals per day for 26 days
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved and registered teacher training curriculum with the Orion Yoga School
  • Access to experienced instructors
  • Apprenticeship possibilities at Orion Healing Center
  • Broad understanding of the anatomy, functionality, and connection between the body and mind, breath and movement, and yoga and life
  • Certificate of completion after all training requirements have been met
  • Complete roadmap to structuring and teaching a yoga class
  • Comprehensive teacher training manual
  • Daily use of the herbal steam room
  • Mentorship, teaching, and coaching from the training instructors before, during, and after the training
  • Opportunity to teach yoga at Orion Healing Center
  • Raw (live) food cooking class
  • Use of yoga mats, blocks, and straps
  • Welcome bag and T-shirt
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at either Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and then take a domestic flight to Surat Thani Airport (URT) or Samui Airport (USM). The nearest airport is in Koh Samui. Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways. Flying time about 50 minutes. A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.

Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily, flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani airport to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about one hour. At Donsak, you transfer to the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes three hours. Whilst the overall journey is longer than flying directly to Koh Samui, it can be cheaper to fly via Surat Thani, depending on the time of year.

Arrival by bus

There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of these are sleeper buses. They can be booked from travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station (Sia Thai). The journey takes about 10 hours to Donsak, the ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around three hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.

Arrival by train

Trains leave Bangkok several times daily, the journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available for some services. Leaving the train at Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak Pier takes about one hour. From Donsak, the ferry journey takes three hours to Koh Phangan.

Arrival by ferry

If you take ferries from Samui To Koh Phangan, The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 8:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.

The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a 10-minute drive and the Lompraya pier is located 50 minutes from the airport. Please take this in consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Pier.

For ferries from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui, The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 7:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 4:20 p.m.

From Koh Samui airport, there is a shuttle service going to the ferry ports for Koh Phangan (this is usually available as a free service). Please ask for this service when you purchase the ticket for the ferry in the Seatran or Lompraya ferry counter as you exit Koh Samui airport.

Arrival by taxi

Local taxis are available from the pier. Please inform the taxi to go to Orion Healing Center Srithanu. Please print out instructions in Thai to give to the taxi driver, this will avoid any unnecessary delay and frustration. Taxis are approximately 200 to 300 THB per person.

Surat Thani, Thailand

Orion Healing offers a wide selection of Thailand detox retreats, yoga retreats, and has also created retreat program which combines detox, healing, and yoga.

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