An integrative holistic approach, Pure Nature Yoga’s 200-hour certified teacher training provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of Hatha yoga, Yin, and Restorative with therapeutic elements. The powerful combination of yoga, sound healing, and mindfulness practices offers highly effective tools for deep transformation. Strong emphasis is placed on how to adapt yoga to yourself and for the individual, in order to teach more skillfully and for optimal health and well-being. Share your passion and help facilitate change in the lives of others.
During the training, you will stay in resorts within a few minutes walking distance to the venue. There is the option of being by the beach in wooden bungalows, or in a more modern plush concrete room inland side. There is a choice of single fan or air-con rooms with double bed, or twin share.
Two of the resorts Pure Nature Yoga uses have their own small swimming pools. Scooters and bicycles are easy to rent to get around and find yourself in some unknown terrain in Koh Yao Noi and enjoy the fantasy-like nature of this little island gem.
Bookings are depending on which is available at the time of inquiry and also whether another student may be interested in sharing a bungalow.
This one-month immersion takes a comprehensive approach to Hatha yoga with a strong focus on therapeutic elements to deepen your practice and understanding of the mind-body connection. Learn how to apply yoga as a holistic modality, to improve physical health, emotional balance, and bring mental clarity. Gain more in-depth knowledge of structural alignment and the subtle therapeutic benefits of yoga. Explore life empowering tools to deepen your own journey, through which you can inspire and educate others.
Pure Nature Yoga’s focus is to provide students with thorough theoretical and experiential practice and to keep teachings ‘real’ and relevant, adapted for the modern body and lifestyle. Learn the principles needed for making yoga accessible to special populations such as beginners, the elderly, women’s health, chronic stress, and low mood states. Techniques to modify for common injuries, postural imbalances, back and pelvic care are also emphasized. Be better prepared to deal with private clients one-on-one and those with limitations in a group class setting.
Asana, anatomy, philosophy, and yoga psychology are interwoven throughout the course to take your practice to the next level, and to build a solid foundation to teach skillfully. Discover the art of teaching, voice and language, adjustments, sequencing, and theming with plenty of actual teaching practice.
Holistic healing with sound is a powerful component of the training, being a transformative tool to restore balance and harmonize the cells. Learn how to incorporate sound and mantra into your classes through the aid of singing bowls and voice. Gong ceremonies and sound baths will be held weekly to deepen your own personal experience.
Meditation and mindfulness practices are also an important aspect, to cultivate awareness and essentially embody the practice. The techniques are sourced from traditional yogic methods such as mantra and calm abiding and mindful awareness practices from the Buddhist tradition.
The main practice is Hatha yoga as a functional alignment-based slow flow, with emphasis on the breath and internal focus of the mind, influenced by the more dynamic flow practices as well as Vinyasa Krama as taught by Sri T. Krishnamacharya, honoring the ancient origins of yoga. Chinese Taoist arts are also utilized to stimulate the meridians (energy channels), encourage healthy organ function, and harness internal energy, working with the elements of the Chinese Taoist system. Gentle Yin yoga and Calligraphy yoga practices increase receptivity, creating a deeply profound practice that invites deep listening and presence.
Sunday is a rest day to explore and enjoy the island. There will be some weekly evening events including group sound bath, gong ceremony, new and full moon ceremonies, and conscious cinema to deepen your experience. This one-month intensive training balances nicely by treating yourself to a local Thai massage. These can be much more therapeutic and in-depth than other forms of massage and relieve muscle tension greatly.
The course is presented in two modules which allow you to build upon the skills in a methodical way. The first two weeks are dedicated to your own personal embodiment of the practice, establishing the fundamental principles of yoga. Small daily teaching assignments will also be interwoven so that you are actually instructing from day one. The third and fourth weeks focus on empowerment and how to transmit the teachings to others effectively, including to special populations. The teaching assignments increase each week until you finally teach to the entire group.
The curriculum exceeds the standards of the International Yoga Alliance, through which it is accredited. On successful completion of the training, you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement and be able to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200.
Koh Yao Noi (“long, little island” in Thai), is located in the very picturesque Phang Nga Bay between Krabi and Phuket and is the most up-and-coming destination in southern Thailand. One of the lesser developed islands of Western Thailand known for its natural beauty and serenity. Found just a 30-minute speedboat trip away from Phuket, Yao Noi's tight-knit local Muslim community has led the island along a more low-impact, peaceful development path. This provides the perfect sanctuary for in-depth practice and solitude.
The 140-square-kilometre island is about half the size of neighboring Koh Yao Yai. The east side has sandy beaches with superb views of the towering limestone rocks of the bay, suitable for swimming and snorkeling. The west is a photogenic landscape blend of rice flats, mangrove forests, and pine trees. Rubber tree plantations and coconut groves can also be seen all over the island. Accommodation wise the island is a mix of high-end plush resorts such as Six Senses, and Paradise Island Resort, as well as traditional low-medium budget wooden bungalows.
This training unfolds in the beautiful wooden ‘Lotus Shala’ situated on the east side, by the beach and the mangroves where you can welcome the sunrise. It provides a safe nurturing space where you can explore and integrate the teachings effectively. With fewer distractions around, it allows for deep relaxation and integral growth, allowing your full immersion into the practice in the most tranquil environment.
The shala is located in a resort with a restaurant and swimming pool. A few local Thai restaurants, small shop, and massage parlor are within 5 minutes walking distance. It is about 10 minutes' walk to the long tail pier (to Krabi), and more local restaurants, and also an ambient Italian restaurant in the other direction, especially good for the evenings. Also, a pretty little health café run by a German lady is a favorite with students just 20 minutes' walk away. To get further afield and into the small main town, about 15 minutes by scooter, it is recommended to hire a scooter or bicycle.
The food is prepared from local ingredients, a mix of traditional Thai vegetable and noodle dishes, Thai sweet / savory snack wrapped in palm leaves, and also tropical fruits readily available here. There is also a Western influence of muesli and yogurt, pancakes, bread, and eggs.
Lunch breaks allow you to venture further afield and sample more local dishes or indulge at the island’s health café Chaba. Evenings let you explore a wider variety of foods for dinner at one of the foreign-owned restaurants.
International flights arrive at Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). If you are flying with Air Asia they will arrive at Don Mueang International Airport (DMK). Depending on your home country, you will even be able to fly directly to Phuket instead of Bangkok.
From Bangkok, take an internal flight or overnight bus / train to Phuket. If for some reason you are coming from East Thailand then Krabi will be your port of call.
It is easier to access the island via Phuket which has more flight and ferry options than Krabi. Flying into Phuket, the last ferry departs at 5:40 p.m. From Krabi, the last ferry departs at 5:30 p.m.
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